Are you on track to reach the goals you set?
Do you have someone to hold you accountable?
Do you want answers? Would you like to discover the secret of success?
Ask yourself: What is the most important thing to me? If everything else was stripped away, what is the one thing that I absolutely want?
If your car is empty (needing fuel) – do you spend hours pondering over what went wrong when it was younger to cause it to need petrol?
Do you decide to simply press on and not worry about filling it with petrol (my husband might tell you that I have on occasion done this – never run out of petrol but it came close!) – or do you simply fill the tank up at the next opportunity?
How often have you ignored the little red light that comes on warning you that you don’t have much fuel left in your own tank?
I love deep thinking – but I do think there is a time and place to keep things really simple – and simply put into your life what you need. Time and time again I hear people saying it’s their limiting beliefs that are holding them back. Now that you know your limiting paradigms have held you back, you can change them! By repeating them, you’re making the decision to hold yourself back rather than move forward!
Sometimes we forget the basics and look for more complex answers, when we aren’t seeing the bright side of life because we are tired or hungry!
Arianna Huffington, author of The Sleep Revolution, says “I have one piece of advice for you: sleep your way to the top.”She also adds: “I had dinner recently with a guy who bragged that he had only gotten four hours of sleep that night. I didn’t say it, but I thought to myself ‘If you had gotten five, this dinner would have been a lot more interesting”.
We get inspired when we exercise. Get the blood flowing round your brain so you can think more strategically and see the opportunities that life presents. If you want to get fit, then strap on your trainers and get outside! Or put your bathers on and head for the beach. I get inspired when I have my toes in the sand on Hillary’s dog beach, or when I’m swimming down at Waterman’s bay. If you’re lucky enough to be near ski slopes, then hit the slopes and enjoy the snow!
If you’re not feeling healthy, then go and see a naturopath or homeopath (at least see a qualified medical person who will look at your body as a whole) – and get an action plan to become more healthy.
If you’re not happy then decide what it would take to make you happy – and do it. (Clue- it’s an inside job). Engage a life coach who will assist you in getting clear and setting your goals. When you set the right goals, you have the motivation to achieve them.
If you’re frustrated by those around you, make a decision to either change your attitude towards them or move away.
If you’re feeling lonely – then start with getting connected to yourself and your maker in a positive way – then go and make a difference to others. Ask a friend where you can volunteer to make a difference in other’s lives – it often changes the perspective on your own.
When is now a good time to make a decision to live the life you really desire?
You can either spend hours upon hours trying to find the causes of problems in your life, or you can ask the questions that will empower you and find the right answers. Spend a bit of time deciding what a great solution would look like.
By focusing on what you want, not what you don’t want, you will get exactly that. As Napoleon Hill tells us in Think and Grow Rich:
“Whatever idea is held in the mind, whether feared or revered, will clothe itself in the nearest physical equivalent”.
Decide what you want, and take the actions that you need to take to get it. Don’t wait for someone else to change, or to do it for you – you’re the only one you can control – you’re the only one that can take the actions you need to take. However, you don’t have to do this alone. Having strategic conversations with an expert, who dares to ask the tough questions, ensures you get to the right decisions quicker and more effectively.
Strategic Conversations – Daring to ask the Tough Questions.
Wayne Dyer says:
“As you think so shall you be!
Since you cannot physically experience another person, you can only experience them in your mind. Conclusion: All of the other people in your life are simply thoughts in your mind.
Not physical beings to you, but thoughts. Your relationships are all in how you think about the other people of your life. Your experience of all those people is only in your mind. Your feelings about your lovers come from your thoughts.
For example, they may in fact behave in ways that you find offensive. However, your relationship to them when they behave offensively is not determined by their behavior, it is determined only by how you choose to relate to that behavior. Their actions are theirs, you cannot own them, you cannot be them, you can only process them in your mind.”
As I reflect on the teachings that I have got from Wayne Dyer, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and with love. There is a sense of understanding that he played right to the end. The week before he died he was giving a talk in New Zealand. In October he was due to be on the cruise that I’m going on with my daughters and my mother.
I came across this quote above, which I had written down in 2010 on his “last Australian tour” (he did two more after that!). We were fortunate to meet him here in Perth. So if all the people we know exist only in our thoughts, then he is not gone. Wayne is still with us. He is just in another room.
with love and gratitude
The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.”
~ Wayne Dyer ~
~ Wayne Dyer ~
~ Wayne Dyer ~
This morning I was listening to my mentor, Bob Proctor, as I have so often, talk about goals. He mentioned how the goal that is right for you is one that inspires you, that excites you and challenges you. Which got me thinking….
How often have you written your goals down, and looked at the list and felt very little emotion? Or perhaps despondent? This is because we have been conditioned to only strive for things that we know we can achieve. When last did you think of something you really, really want, but didn’t have a clue how you would get it?
We are also conditioned to set goals that are realistic (I do believe I have seen this in some goal-setting seminars). Did the Wright brothers have a realistic goal of getting something to fly when previously the airspace was exclusively for birds. Research has proven that sometimes the more unrealistic a goal is, the better the chances of you achieving it.
You see, goals are there to help you grow. When you set goals that you know how to reach, you go sideways – there is no challenge in getting them. This is where procrastination sets in, or even boredom. If you would like to get some passion back into your life, and be really eager to jump out of bed in the morning, then perhaps now is a good time to set bigger, brighter, more exciting goals.
Use your intellectual faculty of imagination – and give your imagination time to focus on the business you would truly love to have; the relationships or the income. If you ever heard a child being reprimanded for day-dreaming, chances are that you decided it was a non-productive activity to let your mind wander. I’d like to challenge you to turn this around in your favour right now. Did you know that Richard Branson went to look at Necker Island long before he could afford to purchase an Island? The Wright brothers set out to create an aircraft that would fly, when no-one had ever succeeded in getting anything off the ground before.
What would you simply LOVE to be doing? How would you like your next financial statement to look? Where would you take a holiday if time and money were no object at all?
Have a great day,
with love and gratitude
Perth Business Coach Jill Hutchison works with business owners wishing to increase their results and their fulfilment. She is a business partner of Bob Proctor, from the hit movie, The Secret. Delivering seminars, workshops and coaching on the areas that make the most impact – beginning with your thoughts. LifeSuccess consultant, Jill Hutchison speaks to audiences both in Western Australia and around the world.
My mother wrote this in my autograph book when I was about 10 – and I have never forgotten it! I don’t know who wrote it – but a similar message has been conveyed by many motivational speakers over the years.
You are in charge of your own ship. You can choose to tap into your strengths and go where you want to – you can set your own sails. It’s not up to anyone else to do it for you. Circumstances can’t dictate your results. You dictate your own results. The time will never be right for many things – you have to find the right time. You can create ideal circumstances. It’s up to you.
If we set our sails in the right direction, we get the results we want. If you’re looking for happiness, then set your sails on gratitude. The practice of Gratitude has proven to be a key part of being happy – irrespective of your circumstances. Writing in a Gratitude Journal every day for 6 weeks has proven to contribute to your health and longevity too.
Decide whether you are going to set your sails to take advantage of the gales or if you are going to be one of those people who always complains conditions aren’t right. I know which kind of person is more fun to be around!
with love and gratitude
Perth Business Coach, Jill Hutchison is the “Tap Your Next Power” Mentor . She takes successful, driven professionals and business owners into their next stage of growth and advancement, the one they have been struggling to see and tap, the one that will throw open the doors to their next opportunity.
Jill connects you to your most powerful self, shifting attitudes, beliefs and actions to spark achievement rapidly by going straight to the issue. She draws out your creativity to craft a goal larger than perhaps imagined. Whether you have a career, or a small, medium or large business – getting clear on your goals is very important. Regular goal reaching conversations help to determine which goals are going to drive you through this phase of your life.
Now your eyes are open, and the path is clear and straight-forward. Now you tap the full power in you to achieve what’s next for you.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson, from her book: A Return to Love.
Marianne Williamson’s words are such a great reminder that we stand to stand tall In who we are. To remember that we so have a light to shine, and that we needn’t hide it so that others aren’t intimidated by it.
Today is Chooseday, you can choose to stand tall and allow your light to shine to inspire others.
It was pointed out to me that my Diamond Business Coaching program does exactly that – allow you to shine. It allows you to show your many facets, to attract the right clients, business partners and relationships that fit with who you truly are. Diamonds are precious, as you are too.
As a business coach in Perth, I love helping business owners to shine their light. To combine your skills, talents, abilities and experience into something amazingly beneficial for your customers and clients. There is good reason why you are unique, and there is a growing trend of doing business authentically and on purpose.
Keep Watering Your Bamboo Tree – by Eric Aronson
In the Far East, there is a tree called the Chinese bamboo tree. This remarkable tree is different from most trees in that it doesn’t grow in the usual fashion. While most trees grow steadily over a period of years, the Chinese bamboo tree doesn’t break through the ground for the first four years. Then, in the fifth year, an amazing thing happens – the tree begins to grow at an astonishing rate. In fact, in a period of just five weeks, a Chinese bamboo tree can grow to a height of 90 feet. It’s almost as if you can actually see the tree growing before your very eyes.
Well, I’m convinced that life often works in a similar way. You can work for weeks, months and even years on your dream with no visible signs of progress and then, all of the sudden, things take off. Your business becomes profitable beyond your wildest dreams. Your marriage becomes more vibrant and passionate than you ever thought it could be. Your contribution to your church, social organization and community becomes more significant than you have ever imagined.
Yet, all of this requires one thing – faith. The growers of the Chinese bamboo tree have faith that if they keep watering and fertilizing the ground, the tree will break through. Well, you must have the same kind of faith in your bamboo tree, whether it is to run a successful business, win a Pulitzer Prize, raise well-adjusted children, or what have you. You must have faith that if you keep making the calls, honing your craft, reading to your children, reaching out to your spouse or asking for donations, that you too will see rapid growth in the future.
This is the hard part for most of us. We get so excited about the idea that’s been planted inside of us that we simply can’t wait for it to blossom. Therefore, within days or weeks of the initial planting, we become discouraged and begin to second guess ourselves.
Sometimes, in our doubt, we dig up our seed and plant it elsewhere, in hopes that it will quickly rise in more fertile ground. We see this very often in people who change jobs every year or so. We also see it in people who change churches, organizations and even spouses in the pursuit of greener pastures. More often than not, these people are greatly disappointed when their tree doesn’t grow any faster in the new location.
Other times, people will water the ground for a time but then, quickly become discouraged. They start to wonder if it’s worth all of the effort. This is particularly true when they see their neighbors having success with other trees. They start to think, “What am I doing trying to grow a bamboo tree? If I had planted a lemon tree, I’d have a few lemons by now.” These are the people who return to their old jobs and their old ways. They walk away from their dream in exchange for a “sure thing.”
Sadly, what they fail to realize is that pursuing your dream is a sure thing if you just don’t give up. So long as you keep watering and fertilizing your dream, it will come to fruition. It may take weeks. It may take months. It may even take years, but eventually, the roots will take hold and your tree will grow. And when it does, it will grow in remarkable ways.
We’ve seen this happen so many times. Henry Ford had to water his bamboo tree through five business failures before he finally succeeded with the Ford Motor Company. Richard Hooker had to water his bamboo tree for seven years and through 21 rejections by publishers until his humorous war novel, M*A*S*H became a runaway bestseller, spawning a movie and one of the longest-running television series of all-time. Another great bamboo grower was the legendary jockey Eddie Arcaro. Arcaro lost his first 250 races as a jockey before going on to win 17 Triple Crown races and 554 stakes races for total purse earnings of more than $30 million.
Well, you have a bamboo tree inside of you just waiting to break through. So keep watering and believing and you too will be flying high before you know it.
Please Note: The above is a reprint of a post used by Don Miller on his website . He credits it to Eric Aronson
~Challenge What’s Possible~
Jill Hutchison is the “Tap Your Next Power” Mentor taking successful, driven professionals into their next stage of growth and advancement, the one they have been struggling to see and tap, the one that will throw open the doors to their next opportunity.
Jill connects you to your most powerful self, shifting attitudes, beliefs and actions to spark achievement rapidly by going straight to the issue. She draws out your creativity to craft a goal larger than perhaps imagined.
Now your eyes are open, and the path is clear and straight-forward. Now you tap the full power in you to achieve what’s next for you.
“I saw, from my bedroom window, a guinea-fowl trapped in the tennis court. Up and down it frantically hurried against the wire, up and down over a limited distance looking for a way out of its prison.
I went out to open the gate and encourage it to escape that way.
The interesting thing was that as I opened the gate the guineafowl got such a fright, it flew right over the top of the 10ft fence!
It had the capacity to fly and escape, all the time while it was trapped.
It took a fright to set that capacity in action.
Are we sometimes like that?
We need to get out of a situation that imprisons us – lack of ambition, boredom, can’t-do-ness – and a good fright makes us rise and get on with it!
Give thanks for the frights we get in our lives!”
Written by Margaret Kean, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.
She was the first person to tell me that it was
“The set of the sails and not the gales, which show you the way to go.”
She is my Mum and the best grandma our kids could wish for.
For many years Mum wrote “From the Edge of the Hill” – a monthly article on the humorous side of farm life, from a farm wife point-of-view, published in the NAUNLU (Natal Agricultural Union journal).
Before the days of internet and facebook – it seemed as if all our breakfast table discussions were suitable fodder for the entire farming community in the state!
As her children we knew that if we did something funny or stupid enough, everyone was going to know about it! One of these days I will talk her into publishing her articles in a book format!
What will it take to get you to fly like the guineafowl?
I firmly believe in learning from mentors that are leaders in their field. Mentors and coaches can encourage you to spread your wings and fly in a safe environment. I love seeing the potential in those I work with, and seeing your spread your wings.
Have a wonderful Choose-day, wherever you are!
Imagine you have a torch that doesn’t seem to be working properly. Do you simply throw it out? No, you would either recharge the batteries or put new ones in. You don’t judge how well something works when the batteries are totally flat.
Recharge those batteries and then evaluate how well it works.
If you start a goal setting exercise with a flat battery, feeling low and run down, it’s not going to be productive.
It’s way better to do goal setting when you are feeling a bit more optimistic and when your batteries are recharged.
So what do you do then if your batteries are flat and you want to get your goals achieved?
Start with listing everything you have actually achieved. This lifts your confidence and recharges your batteries.
It reminds you that you have had success in some areas. It focuses your mind on the good, not only the bad.
As a result, the goals you set are going to be the ones that energize you, the right goals for you.
It’s a bit like standing at the top of a mountain – it’s so much easier to see the bigger picture, than when you are standing at the bottom wondering how you are ever going to find your way up.
Why list your achievements?
1. It helps you focus on what has gone right rather than on what has gone wrong.
2. You get a more positive start to your goal setting.
3. Your goals will be more aligned with who you are.
4. It reminds you of the fact that you can achieve goals.
5. You see the bigger picture of your life as a whole. This allows you to set goals that get you closer to your greater good and higher purpose.
Why many people don’t do this:
1. They are so used to playing down their achievements because they don’t want to stand out.
2. If you’re in a negative spiral, you tend to question everything – wondering if anything is going right at all. This is not a productive or useful exercise at all.
Go ahead and list all your achievements and successes. Even if you think it’s a small success or inconsequential, write it down anyhow.
Have fun with this, till next Chooseday,
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