Life Lessons

Daily Habits – Today Matters

One of my daily habits is to read. The last book I finished was John C Maxwell’s ‘Today Matters’.

If you were to ask people about their expectations and circumstances in the future most people would indicate that their future will be brighter than today and that things will get better. The truth is for many people it will not.

Most of us look at our days in the wrong way: We exaggerate yesterday. We overestimate tomorrow. We underestimate today. Today is the key to your success. Hoping for a good future without investing in today is like a farmer waiting for a crop without ever planting a seed, says Maxwell.

In the book Today Matters, Maxwell offers 12 decisions and disciplines-he calls it his daily dozen-that can be learned and mastered by any person to achieve success. I wont go over his list of 12 daily habits however I did take the time to reflect on my daily habits and made a list of the habits that I will continue to improve upon, and of those that I will work to reduce or eliminate entirely.  This exercise is something I’d recommend as a regular check up to see if you are indeed making the most of each and every day.

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The Power Of Now: learnings from Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle’s book the power of now is a powerful study of mind, ego and Being. Ultimately its a guide to help you reach that mythical place of enlightenment, of inner freedom from external conditions, a state of true inner peace.

The book is quite spiritual (for me anyway). For it to be fully comprehended you need to train your mind not to overly think about the concepts Tolle is writing about. I discovered in The Power of Now, that enlightenment is all about rising above thought.
Would this book give value to you? Here are some questions you can ask yourself to find out:

Do you have a fear of what others might think if you fail or who it will affect?
Are you enjoying this day, a gift given to you that is denied to many?
Do you glorify the past, focus on the future and neglect the present?
Are you constantly projecting yourself into the future seeking some sort of release or fulfilment there?
Do you derive your sense of self from the content and activity of your mind?

If you answered yes to any of these I highly recommend the book: The Power Of Now, it has shed light on areas of work-on for myself, and I can see in leading others how it could impact on them too.
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Finding passion in your work

I have been thinking a lot lately about career path, job satisfaction, fulfilment and how to stay engaged whilst finding passion in your work.

One reason for this is as a leader of people I have a constant battle to keep employees engaged and thinking big picture for their own self advancement and that of the business. And the second reason, more significantly is for myself. Having a lot of time off since implementing my 4 hour work week has provided me a considerable time for reflection and self discovery.

Recent learnings from great books, insights from my circle of influence and mentors has given me greater clarity about how to think positively about our work and turn our work into passion.

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11 tips for financial freedom

Early on in my teens I decided to make sure that long term my personal finances would not be a deciding factor on whether or not I enjoy my life.

One of my clients used to say those who say ‘money doesn’t buy happiness’ have never really experienced not having any! Whilst having money alone is not the key to happiness, it does buy you a level of comfort, provides choice, freedom and when used wisely and amassed ethically can indeed increase your levels of happiness through experiences, opportunities, reduced stress and liabilities.

Over time I have collected advice and pointers from financially successful people, and from financially independent people who live with little worry and stress. I have also taken note from financial disasters and make conscious decisions to avoid the same fate.

I committed myself to studying those who had the success I yearned for, and implemented the same principles and disciplines. Of course I have faulted along the way or done things my way despite advice from others, like buying a Ferrari at 26… Im not a total bean counter and have had a lot of fun along my journey to financial freedom which I’m well on the way to achieving. I hope this post will help you in your journey towards your own financial goals, and ultimately financial freedom.

Here are my 11 top tips for working towards financial freedom

Have short and long term financial goals. Once you have your goals written down, attach strong emotional reasons for reaching those goals. Combine the goals with faith in your ability to achieve said goals. Goal setting is important for a success-orientated person. Without them you are just playing around. Short term goals allow for smaller […]

Ferrari Ownership for just $22 a day

At the age of 26 I purchased my very own Ferrari. I had owned it for 20 months, travelled 5000 kilometres, shared the Ferrari ownership experience with over 30 people and have now moved on and sold it.  The Ferrari ownership experience only cost me $22 a day. How you ask? Well let’s find out!

I was able to purchase my Ferrari for a very reasonable price considering its condition. This was due to the rapport I had developed with the previous owner, understanding the market, the inherent difficulty in selling a Ferrari and my (wife’s) negotiation skills.

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How to own your own personal training studio

One of my trainers Daniel at Vision Clarence St in Sydney’s CBD asked me the following questions, to aid in his development and attaining his dream of owning his very own personal training studio.

I thought the questions were very good and hopefully my responses- which have been edited for this post provided him clarity and a better idea on how to make his dream a reality. This post will ideally give those who wish to emulate some of my own journey and successes with an insight into these commonly thought and asked about questions.

How much money do I need for a studio?

The more the better of course! Each and everyone will have a different set of circumstances and financial hurdles they will have to overcome to obtain the finance necessary to fund the opening and initial running expenses of your own personal training studio. My advice would be to consult with a financial planner who will get you on the right track according to your specific current position and your future goals. Inform them of your dream to open a studio and they will tell you exactly what you need to do to make this dream a financial reality.

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Finding motivation at work

I was inspired to write this post both after reading Clayton Christensen’s book “How will you measure your life?” and after much reflection on my journey so far.

Recently my brother finished his high school education, and is now ready to face the opportunities and prospects that the world offers. I remember being in the same position 10 years ago very well.

Not long after leaving school, I made the decision to leave a career opportunity with an accounting firm and follow my passion into health and fitness. It proved to be one of the best decisions I have made so far in my life. I hope for the sake of my brother and for yourself that you will find or are presently doing what you are truly passionate about. Something that will get you up out of bed each morning with a smile on your face and the gratitude of being lucky enough to do what you do each day.

Christensen’s book discusses a strategy to do just that, which I had unknowingly implemented myself 9 years ago.

What makes us tick? People can get caught up in unhappy careers, and ultimately unhappy lives by a general misunderstanding of what truly motivates us.
Frederick Herzberg published a breakthrough article on the topic of motivation theory. His theory distinguishes between two different factors in finding motivation at work: hygiene factors and motivation factors.
Hygiene factors: are things like status, compensation, supervisory practices, job security, work conditions, company policies, and working relationships.

It is interesting that Herzberg lists compensation as a hygiene factor and not a motivation factor. He also states that if you immediately improve all the hygiene factors of your job, you won’t suddenly love it, you just won’t hate it anymore.  “The […]

How to be a gun Personal Trainer

Approximately 6 years ago I was invited to be on a PT Panel for the annual Vision Personal Training trainer summit. I was asked to answer 5 questions in relation to my personal training career so far and how to be a gun personal trainer. The other panel members were a franchise owner and a studio manager offering an insight into their learnings and respective journeys. It was and remains a career highlight for me as a personal trainer before venturing out to start my own franchise.

I found my responses going through my old journals and thought seeing as some of my readership are perhaps personal trainers themselves that it may be of some value to those looking to be successful, long term as a personal trainer. The responses are unedited and as they were at the age of 22 with 3 years of personal training experience behind me.

What was my greatest challenge in my first year as a personal trainer?

My greatest challenge as a personal trainer in my first year, was adapting to different clients and differing standards that people set or place upon themselves. Being able to realise that not all people love exercise, or eating healthily and not everyone is aiming to get outstanding results for themselves. Whilst still taking the time to understand their needs, and get them to where they want to go, and not where I would like them to go.

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How to manage fear and worry

“The fears we don’t face become our limits” – Robin Sharma 

Fear is a powerful motivator and it can be a powerful detractor. Learning how to manage fear and worry is paramount to developing a champion’s mindset.

In this post I would like to share with you, 3 practical ways you can help manage fear and worry in your life.

Write down your fears, worry and problems

By writing down your fears and worries you will have an awareness of the massive amount of brain space these worries and fears are taking up each day. With more awareness you will be able to make better choices to alleviate the worry and fear that can consume your focus and energy. Bruce Lee would write down his problems on a piece of paper, scrunch it up and burn it!

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Simplicity

One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.

–Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was not only a master at martial arts and an actor, he was a philosopher and a believer in constant never ending personal development and self discovery.

He followed a non rigorous structure in his life and his martial arts going against the grain of traditionalist martial arts styles and threw away the rule book. He chose to be like water to be in a constant state of flow, as water is able to adapt and form into its surroundings. This philosophy allowed him the freedom to be flexible and adaptable to any situation.

 

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