Motivation

How to stay fit for life

Recently I had my 30th birthday, turning 30 was once something I was worried about. I worried as I had so much I wanted to get done before age crept in and was always conscious of getting the most out of life. As I got older I added more and more things into my life, which meant I had less and less time for working out.

During my teens and early twenties I was obsessed with training and building muscle. In my early twenties, with a marriage, kids, and a business to run my ability to stay as focused and as committed to training started to waver.

When I was younger I used to brush off the excuses my older clientele would feed me as to why they couldn’t commit to their health and fitness due to their ‘responsibilities’. I swore I’d never let those excuses affect me. Sure enough as more and more responsibilities I had laid on myself the more the excuses started to surface.

Thankfully, I value my health too much to have let slide for too long. After a brief stint of being unhappy in my own skin and having to upgrade to a 34 size pant up from a loose 32, I decided to put together a plan that would get me back into my former 20 year old body without killing myself in the gym with unrealistic training and eating routines. A plan that would see me stay fit for life.

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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 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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Daily Gratitude

At a recent breakfast I attended with Tim Ferriss author of The 4 Hour Work Week, he spoke of his morning ritual, one of the key rituals he does every day is write down 3 things he is grateful for each morning. This gave me a kick up the bum as it used to be one of my morning rituals too.

Documenting my daily gratitude was introduced to me by my first mentor and it was something I had done every morning for 4 straight years. Then I kind of forgot about them. It’s not that I was un grateful, but I was missing out on taking the time out to reflect and express gratitude daily. From listening to Tim it reminded me of the importance of taking a small amount of time each day to record what it is I have to be grateful for each day.

For example today I was grateful for:

My two children who slept the whole night unbroken (parents will understand this simple joy)
My morning coffee (it was sensational)
The delayed onset muscular soreness from “Leg Day” indicative of a great workout the day before

These simple gratitudes set me up for a positive day, by focussing on what I should be thankful for, before the day, environment and influences get me thinking about what I don’t have in my life.

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3 ways to avoid falling into the trap of comparing yourself to others

We all do it and we all have done it, comparing ourselves to others that is. Isn’t it funny how we always seem to compare ourselves with those who we perceive as having or achieving more, whether it be talent, status, money, power or material items. A sure fire way to be unhappy is to compare yourselves with others. It is a false benchmark of your own success and development.

The goal of beating your personal best should be your focus and desire. Realising your potential is your journey and responsibility.

If you fall into the habit of continually comparing yourself to others, you will ensure that you are perpetually unhappy and unsatisfied, no matter how much you achieve.

Here are 3 ways to avoid falling into the trap of comparing yourself to others:

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One year with a Ferrari

12 months ago I realised my childhood dream of owning my very own Ferrari. This post is to document the joy of ownership, Ferrari experience and to find out if the dream lived up to expectations.

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