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Breathe, Visualize and Move

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Was there ever a time that you felt overwhelmed by so many things that are going on around you? Tasks that you need to finish, work that are piling up by the minute? How did you cope?

I want to share with you today the importance of B.V.M.: B for Breathe, V for Visualize, and M for Move. It’s a cool exercise that we do with a lot of our clients.

This is also an opportunity to really give you a tool that’s going to help you to get through the next couple of weeks at least.

So often, we have so many plates that are spinning around and around at the same time. What I notice is that people go from one plate, starts spinning, and go to another plate – and start spinning, and so on and so forth.

And what it does, it actually results to headache. People get overwhelmed with too much going on at the same time. People get frustrated.

So B.V.M actually allows you to transition those plate spinning. Transition those different tasks, activities or deliverable that you need to be working on throughout that day.

And this process really gets you centered, and it allows you to get clear on who you need to become and what you need to step into.

Breathe

Obviously breathing is a huge component. We all breathe, but how deep and how often do we actually really breathe? So, what happens is that when emotion is high – when you got so many stuff happening, your emotion’s through the roof – logic is usually low.

What happens is that, when we become quite emotive, we start to breathe from the neck part up. And we start to take short breaths, and we start to get more emotional.

And so, by breathing – it has to be some nice deep belly breaths. It enables you to decrease that high stake emotional component and start to get into more of a logistical kind of way of thinking.

Then, it starts to ground you. It starts to decrease that frustration and decrease that feeling of being overwhelmed. And when we do just a couple of, say 3 nice deep breaths, it starts to center us and it starts to ground us on where we are at right now.

If you are feeling overwhelmed then you can try this step right now. Clear your mind and take three deep belly breaths. How did that make you feel? It’s not time to move to the next step –

Visualize

Second component is Visualize. V for Visualize. Visualizing then moving into that next task. Moving into who I need to become or what am I about to do. You, seeing that task. You, visualizing that task in your mind.

Because what happens is that, when we play up our video screens in our internal mind – it starts to shift our behavior. It starts to shift our physiology. It starts to shift that internal reaction, those reactive models inside of us.

When it starts to shift our responses, then our physiology changes. Our behavior changes. Then our activity changes. Therefore, our results also change. So, V is to Visualize what’s coming up in your mind.

Visualizing the task is you preparing your mind and body to do the task. It may be a task that you do not particularly enjoy. It could be something tedious. Instead of putting it off, visualize yourself doing the task. Get a clear picture in your mind of yourself doing it.

Move

The last component is M for Move. And what I love to do, and I love to suggest to clients is, when we’re going through this B.V.M – we’re energetic beings. So, the more you move, energy creates energy. When people go out and don’t have enough energy on time – it’s like, nope, wrong.

Movement helps you do more, it creates more energy. And so, you know, if it’s a lap around the block – if it’s a lap around the office, if it’s a lap around your chair – by shifting your energy, by utilizing that movement, it starts to release those endorphins. Release those hormones that you can start to then find the energy to do the activity that you need to move in to.

So B.V.M: Breathe, Visualize and Move – this really helps you to transition from task to task. Really helps you transition from going to one conversation, then to a different conversation. And starts to help you get through the day and get through the activities, and obviously help you to achieve the goals that you want to achieve.

Internal vs. External Pressure

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Now that all the craziness of the holidays have died down, I’d like to talk about an interesting subject – pressure.

Where is the pressure coming from?

Now, you must have experienced going to shops and people are pushing. The prams, and you’re pushing the trolleys, and it’s just absolutely crazy sometimes. And it’s like – “where’s this pressure all coming from? Where’s all this stress coming from?”

It’s really an interesting opportunity just to take yourselves out of the situation and go – “Wow! Am I buying into this pressure?” And is this pressure or stress – whatever you want to call it – is it an external part?

Is it the people around you? Family? Is it friends – wanted to catch up. Wanted to do this, wanted to do that. You know, the pressure of – got to get presents, I got to do this, I got to do that.

Or is it an internal pressure? Is it the internal pressure of your own internal expectations? Is it the internal pressure of your own beliefs, patterns that you’re playing out?

And particularly within your business environment. What pressure are you putting on yourself or what pressure are you thinking is coming from an external component?

How do I lessen the pressure?

It’s always good to just stop and realize where’s this pressure coming from. Where’s this stress coming from? Is it internal? Is it something you’re putting on yourself?

Or is it external that you’re taking on?

And a good little strategy to actually just go – Wow! It’s just a stop. It’s just a (deep breath). Take that deep breath and go – alright, let’s just have a bit of a time-out here.

What am I feeling? How am I feeling? Where’s this feeling coming from?

Give yourself time to stop and realize what is really happening. You can control the pressure by just taking a couple of deep breaths and giving yourself time to analyse the situation.

Ask yourself some good, key, quality questions. Identify where the pressure is coming from. Then let it go. Do not let yourself get consumed by worries. Just have a laugh. Just have a joke.

So if you feel stressed or pressured today, stop, and think. Where’s this pressure coming from? Is it internally or is it externally? Take a few deep breaths and ask yourself some good, quality questions, and remember, don’t buy into it!

Looking forward to speaking with you soon.

Opportunities Are Everywhere

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Hey guys! Hope you are well. So, what’s been some of your wins? What’s been some of your lessons over this last week?

I am on my way back from a client meeting, heading back to the office and I thought I’d share my experience with you. When you start off your day you’ll never know who you meet. You’ll never know who you come across.

Recognize and Acknowledge Good Opportunities

I’ll give you a little example. On the way to a client meeting in the city, I called an Uber and I started chatting away – chatting away, lovely guy. And he started saying, “what do you do? Who do you help?”

We were about, you know, all the different things that I’ve been doing and who I’m helping – and guys, you know what? I think he’s someone I might need.

I said, “Okay, so tell me a bit about you.” And the next thing he’s telling me this whole story of coming from India and so forth. And he’s a structural engineer but he’s got a company set up, and he’s got all these other business partners.

The next minute, we had this amazing conversation, and he goes – “look me up on LinkedIn. Let’s continue the conversation.”

And I thought to myself as I got out the Uber, it’s just, you’ll never know. You’ll never know who comes across your path. You will never know who you gonna meet. You’ll never know what the next step is.

Yes, we can do the planning. Yes, we can do our goals but when we actually stop and we actually be present – and be present with ourselves and be present with other people, opportunities come up.

And so, those opportunities are everywhere. You just have to know when to recognize the opportunities for what they are.

Most of the time they come unexpectedly. They can be circumstances that you did not expect, or people that you did not expect to meet – like that Uber driver.

You just have to be present, and conscious enough to know when you come across these opportunities, so you can use them to your advantage.

So, I’d love to hear – what’s some of those little stories you may have had over the past couple of years. And, what’s been some of your wins and lessons throughout this week?

So, there we go! You’ll never know who you gonna run into.

How Engaged Are You?

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It is another week! And we are on our way again to face new challenges, learn from them and share whatever it is that we know will help us in the future.

So, today I want to share with you about ENGAGEMENT.

How engaged are you? How engaged are you in what you do and what you learn?

Engage with People with the same Goal

Little story to segway this into this quick little topic today. A number of years ago, I was fortunate enough to help out the Rich Dad Crew, Robert Kiyosaki.

I was up in a live event up in the Gold Coast. Gosh! This was close to 15, 16 years ago – and, I looked around and these people are coming in time and time again to learn and to grow.

And I start to question these people – so, what have you done between these courses? What have you done between then and now? And you could see, you could hear the blankness.

So what we did, what I actually did is I formed a relationship with nine other people who are actually from Sydney, but they are up at Gold Coast for this event. And we formed a “Master Mind” group.

From that Master Mind group, we met for – I think it was close to three years every single fortnight – and we implemented our learnings. We implemented what we’re taught, what we learnt from previous courses, from books, from what we discovered throughout the fortnight.

And being held accountable to a group was so powerful. Knowing that you had to report in what you were going to do over the last fortnight, which is huge. So much different from, I guess, going one on one.

The whole group environment where you had ten people around looking at you going – “hey, dude! You’re committed to this? What happened? What worked?” This somehow led me to fast forward to today.

What’s next?

“How engaged are you?” That question has kept me thinking what my next step would be and how I can make it meaningful. So, we read books, we attend courses, we were taking programs. But what do you do? What’s your strategy to maintain your own engagement? How do you maintain your own engagement?

What do you do once you read a book? Do you just go – “Ah, that was nice!”, then put it back in the shelf and away you go? Or do you actually take notes and do you highlight, and you go write this next month I’m going to implement X?

What do you do about your courses? What do you do about podcasts? How do you implement the material? Because, knowledge is great. Knowledge is fantastic. But unless you have the implementation of that knowledge, it’s just knowledge.

And so, I’m going to ask you guys today. How are you maintaining your engagement? How do you ensure that you are engaged in what you do? And how do you ensure that you take that engagement, and you take action?

So, there we go! How engaged are you in what you do and what you learned?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’d love to hear your comments. Comment below on how you keep engaged and looking forward to speaking to you soon.

The Power of Asking the Right Questions

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Well, another week has done and dusted.

How’s your week been? What’s been some of the highlights? What’s been some of the things you’ve achieved through-out the week?

Let’s just check in and review what key lessons and key wins we want to share with everyone.

This week, it’s all about the different flavors and theme of QUESTIONS.

Now, I’m a strong believer of the quality of questions is equals the quality of your results and therefore the quality of your life. So, what questions are you asking on a daily basis? Not just to your clients, your customers, your team, but to yourself.

If you are not the type to ask yourself questions, start now. Make it a habit to ask questions – in your personal life, at work, and especially in business – keep asking questions.

When you start asking questions, you will find out if the current situation or status can be improved. You can see the areas that still need some work. And you will see opportunities in places that you have not noticed before.

Now that you know what asking questions can do to improve your situation, you know that there’s no limit to the questions that you can ask yourself. But in order to see results – you need to be asking the right questions. So how do you know if you are asking the RIGHT questions?

There’s a series of 12 questions that we go through each and every time when we review and set some accountability, ownership over responsibility with the team. Here are some of them to help you reflect on the current state of your business:

  • Do you have the right resources?
  • Do you have the right ‘why’?
  • Do you have the right commitment?
  • What has worked?
  • What hasn’t worked?
  • What are some of the key lessons?
  • What are some of the things we need to be doing differently next week?

After going through all these, ask yourself – what questions do you ask yourself on a regular basis? Now, we can go many different ways and many different avenues from this – the whole “why,” right?

“Why are we doing this? Why are we doing that?

I’d like to know – what are some of the most powerful questions that you’ve asked on yourself and you’ve asked of others in the past?

So, what are some of your wins and lessons throughout the week, and what are some of your questions.

How to Turn Complex Skills into Progressive Skills

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I’m actually writing this down as I head off to basketball with a few friends and I thought I should share something around what we can actually learn from basketball.

So, I’ve never actually played basketball myself. I have always been active and interested in sports but of all the sports I tried, basketball never made the list. As I was growing up, I was all about water polo, swimming and surfing – and all that kind of stuff. But now that the youngsters are playing basketball, we’re going to actually learn about basketball.

Basketball, for me, is all about starting from scratch. As I have observed in the past, the sport taught me different things – you don’t just pass like, you don’t just keep the ball to yourself…you have to pass it to your teammates. It’s all about teamwork.

When you play basketball, everyone in the team has a role to play. Each member is important and have equal opportunity to contribute to the team. The ball gets passed around to different members of the team until the team scores. It is not a one-man show. Regardless of how good you are, if the rest of the team do not contribute, the team will most definitely lose the game.

And it’s also about, I guess, looking at different set of skills right? So, we start off breaking the complex skills down into really basics and we build upon that. I mean, what makes a good player? In basketball you need to learn first how to dribble the ball, how to shoot, and then improve on those skills.

It’s so good to see, so good to watch how it actually breaks down a technical skill into a progressive skill.  And taking some key learning and key lessons of those coaching skills on their other competitions. It’s all about learning and improving on those skills.

So, if you got a complex skill – this is where we can actually learn and implement into our business, into your own personal lives. If you got a complex skill, breaking it down into bite size pieces and developing those skills and the progressiveness along the way.

Short and sweet right?

There you go! Hopefully you’ve taken something from that. What’s the skill that you need to start to break down and to work through progressively?

I’d love to hear your thought by putting your comments below.

Turning Challenges into Opportunities

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Every time the week ends, it’s a great opportunity for me to review the week, and use these realizations to help me face the next week with a fresh mindset.

So, what’s been happening? What’s been some of the wins, some successes, some lessons along the way? Here in Sydney town, it’s a beautiful sunny day out there today. It’s sweltering hot! Hopefully you’ve got the beach and cool off throughout the day.

Again, this is a great way to review the week. What’s been some of the wins? What’s been some of the lessons? Love to hear those wins and those lessons. Comment below, and yeah, let’s see how you’ve gone.

Lesson 1: Keep Challenging Yourself

Now, looking at a good lesson from this morning’s training session. I’m training up for our next event, which is coming up in February, which is the Tarawera Ultra Marathon. It’s a 100k in Rotorua in New Zealand, and that’s in February.

So, training up and back on the stairs, Coogee death stairs – so to speak. It’s about 200 plus stairs there, and I’m training with this mate this morning.

As I was doing 10 steps and was up to my 9th set – about to stop on my 10th – and I suddenly noticed that he has just got on to his 4th of his set. Anyway, he’s obviously gone through some ups and downs at the moment, through some challenges.

Instinctively, I looked back at him and said, “Mate, alright! Last set! Here are the rules. There’s no walking and we’ve got to go to the top. And you got to lead the way.

And he goes, “Yeah! You’re on.

Then I said, “If we walk, we’re going to do another set.

He goes, “DONE!

Then, what happened was, in previous set – I’ve gone halfway and have a little bit of walk, and go again, and so forth, and so forth. This last set was a game changer. What happened was that he obviously made through that whole 200 plus stairs without walking, and he lead the way.

And I said, “What a great metaphor in life.

  1. You knew the rules that you need to be playing by.
  2. You finished it and you completed it to the end.
  3. There was no walking, you jogged it all the way.
  4. You led the pack.

Lesson 2: Learn from Your Challenges

I finally said to him, take those lessons now into your day, into your week – and watch what happens. And now, this is where exercise can draw upon so many amazing lessons that we can utilize in our own life.

You know, that little self-talk that the challenges, you know – working by yourself or working with your mate, or working in a group. Always different components, we can take a lot of those lessons into your day to day, into your business life.

So there we go, some lessons learned from training this morning. What’s been some of your wins? What’s been some of your lessons?

Love to hear your thought. Please comment below and looking forward to speaking to your soon.

Motivation is NOT Enough

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It’s another opportunity to start our week right.

Nice and wet outside, but hey, it doesn’t hold you back from achieving what you want to achieve for the week.

So, we have the opportunity to really start the week fresh. Start the week with some excitement. Start the week with some clarity, direction and some focus.

Motivation is NOT Enough

So I often I hear – “Yeah, I just want to be motivated. I just want to get more motivation. I just want have someone motivate me.”

All well and good! You know you can watch the videos, you can listen to the music, you can listen to the personal development stuff – but that’s going to give you a quick fix.

Those things can only give you a little electric shock. That’s going to give you the little thing that’s gonna jump start you. But that’s not enough to keep you going.

Coming up tomorrow, we have what we call out GoalsTribe Intensive which will bring all our clients together for two days to work on themselves and also on their business. To really get re-focus, re-strategize and really get clarity of where the next quarter needs to be.

What comes after Motivation?

What happens is that the motivation where they get really excited to come to this event is fantastic – they leave really pumped. But what happens next is so crucial, and there are two components in relations to utilizing that motivation and how do you actually make it everlasting. And there are two key components.

One is obviously having really clear goals that you actually working towards. That will enable you to maintain your motivation.

What are your goals? Are they specific? Are they measurable? Are they attainable? Are they relevant? Are they time orientated?

We know the SMART principle! That’s one component.

And the other component is, are they compelling enough? – “What is your why?”

When we have the clear, concise goals and we have the why – that is going to maintain the motivation. That’s going to maintain our drive. That’s going to maintain us moving forward to actually achieving what we want to achieve.

That’s why motivation is not enough, but having clear, concise goals and having your why – enables you to really instill that motivation day in and day out.

There we go! Love to hear what your goals are maybe? Or what is your why?

Love to hear! Comment below and looking forward to speaking to you soon.

Plan vs. Review – or Both

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Welcome to another opportunity to shed some light and learn some tips and techniques, strategies and some insights for the week ahead.

So, what do we do? Do we go planning or reviewing – is the question for today.

What do you do? Do you plan, or do you review?

Coming up to our next intensive where we bring all our clients together to go through a couple of these different strategies. And obviously, I’ve been working with a lot of clients over the last week.

So the questions comes, do we plan or do we review?

And the answer is both! Alright!?

Because what happens is, we can’t plan unless we review. We can’t review unless we plan. It sounds like a funny concept, and it reminds me of the question about which comes first – the chicken or the egg? But it’s so true. Let me explain.

How do you know where to go, if you don’t review where you’ve come from? Are you familiar with the saying about hindsight being 20/20?

The review isn’t so much about beating ourselves up on what we did wrong, or the things that we could have done better. That’s not the point in doing all of this.

While it’s true that we should not ignore our wrong decisions in the past so we would not repeat them, let’s not spend so much time on that during the review process. It’s getting the key wins, it’s getting the key lessons, getting the key aha! moments.

Once we get the review underway we can take a look at the different patterns and the different things that we need to change. We take that into consideration and start planning ahead. Armed with the knowledge of what works, and what doesn’t, we look at our vision and plan what steps to take to make that vision into a reality.

So, again – planning or reviewing? Do both!

The four core questions that we need to go through during a review:

  • What’s working?
  • What hasn’t been working?
  • What are the key lessons?
  • What do we need to be doing differently?

When we’re planning, we’re obviously seeing the big picture ahead. And then, we start to reverse engineer back to the key KPIs that we need to be achieving and also the three key projects that we will be working on.

Hope you learned something today. Love to hear your thoughts by commenting below.