5 Simple Steps for a Personal Year in Review

If your year didn’t turn out as well as you hoped it would, it’s time for honest reflection and make time for your personal “year in review”.

At this time of year many people end up disappointed and perhaps disillusioned as to where it went wrong.

But rather than looking back with regret you owe it to yourself to look back with curiousity to actively seek the lessons that you can take into your next 12 months.

In this podcast, Paul and Chris give practical steps to make sure you review with the right attitude, mindset and desire to learn, and outline these 5 perspectives to investigate from.

Clarity

Whether you set specific goals at the start of the year or not, the quality of your actions are constantly influenced by the amount of clarity you current have on how to achieve what you want. On reflection, we often discover that we weren’t nearly as clear as we thought we were – or needed to be – in order to get what we hoped for.

Confidence

To what extent did you have the certainty and confidence to take the steps that were needed to achieve your outcomes, or to overcome the barriers in your way? Listen to Paul and Chris discuss the factors that shape your confidence as it relates to Continue reading

Awaken The Olympian Within

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Yes, the British population and most of us Londoners have been on a high for the last week or so with the massive medal haul at the Olympic games.

In every country, the headlines are celebrating the new heroes, role models and sudden stars. The broadcasters and publishers are scrambling to dig up childhood photos, videos and heart-warming stories of the struggles and commitment that rocketed the kid-next-door to become the nation’s new idol.

Beyond all the media hype and the competitive arena, what lessons can we take from the incredible exhibition of human potential?

Unfortunately, most people will conclude – without much consideration whatsoever – is that this athletic talent is a genetic gift and those accomplishments are only for special people. Nothin’ to do with me.

But more and more research and studies are consistently showing that it is learned talent, not gifted talent that fuels most high achievers. Like Daniel Coyle writes in [amazon ASIN=”0099519852″]The Talent Code[/amazon] and Matthew Syed writes in [amazon ASIN=”0007350546″]Bounce[/amazon], the qualities of commitment, discipline, passion, conviction, confidence and belief are the REAL deal makers.

So building on that, how can you awaken your inner Olympian?Continue reading

The Illusion of Freedom

What is freedom to you? Financial, emotional, occupational?

Often we hear people say that if they had more money they would be able to do something else; something more exciting or interesting. Or they blame their current circumstances, having to look after the kids, an elderly relative or some other kind of commitment.

All too often we find ourselves holding on to this wishful thought that if we had the freedom, things would be different. Well Paul and Gina are here to tell you that vision of freedom is, in fact, just an illusion. It’s your own way of stopping you from actually fulfilling your dreams.

By sustaining this illusion, people even feel somewhat satisfied that they have already attained their goal, even though it’s just in their mind. This has the added benefit of them never having to go through the hard work and change that might be required to achieve this dream.

So if you often find yourself lost in wishful thinking, it’s time to shatter that illusion and start working towards making it a reality instead.

 

Give Yourself a Break, Commit to Less

(*Sorry if you have received this post twice, the first time the audio wasn’t attached then I some how managed to attach the wrong audio! Maybe I should give myself a break 🙂  Paul )

Do you often find yourself saying yes to an increased workload, when you should be saying “No”? Are you working evenings and weekends leaving no time for FUN, or hobbies or relaxing with your family and loved ones? How about asking for longer deadlines, or factoring in more realistic time schedules for your work? Covering Tip #25 from our book 80 Tips, Tricks and Perspective Shifts for Everyday Action, Gina and Chris share their own experiences of being overwhelmed and the repercussions of taking on more than they can chew. And how by committing to less, and incorporating more FUN into their lives, they are actually achieving more.

Are you Trustworthy?

Do you do what you say you will? Are you trustworthy? Do you find that by not following through you are really letting yourself down as well as others?

Chris and Gina cover the subject of walking your talk. Tip number 54 in our eBook. By not following up with what you have promised can really put a strain on your own self confidence. Where as if you stay true to your commitment you’ll feel more empowered.

Use hindsight as foresight – and live life on your terms

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is to stop. Stop chasing deadlines, stop pushing harder, faster and just…just slo-o-o-o-o-o-o-w down…to a full stop. Spend a bit of quality time with yourself to take stock of what’s working and what’s not.  Are you able to spend time on the things that really matter, that you really want to do (or at least a good portion of your time on these things)?

Research shows that people that are stressed and overwhelmed spend less than 25% of their time on things that are fulfilling to them. This can be at work and at home and at play. Are you being distracted from the important? Under demand from other people’s requests? Continue reading

Time out

Ever get the feeling that you seem to be putting a lot of effort in but don’t really seem to be getting the results out? Maybe you just need a break, some time out to relax and allow yourself to have some fun. Paul and Gina talk about how being too focused on one thing can actually be counter productive and a simple break can result in some refreshing ideas and results that just pure hard work can cause you to over look.

The Funny Thing About Commitment

The personal development field is rife with promises of the power of commitment, specifically the commitment to change old patterns or the commitment to strive towards new goals. If you’ve ever been to a personal development seminar, you’ve likely been led through an exercise to get clear on what you want, decide on what new actions you’ll take, and finally, commit to taking action. You’re excited, you’re focus, and you’re committed.

Sort of.

Your heart says you’re committed and your mind knows you want to, but are you really, truly and honestly committed? Continue reading