You’ll land on something soft

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Is it too late to teach a dog new tricks. Too late to try a new sport. Too late to start a new business. Just too late?

Ask yourself why it maybe be too late. Maybe it is. Maybe you are set in your ways. Maybe you have a whopping mortgage. Maybe you have to put the kids through school. Maybe you are scared of your value in the real world. But maybe just maybe it’s not too late.

Being older doesn’t mean you need more time to relax. Or that you can’t mix it up with the kids of today. Sure you might not want to take up MMA (reflexes might be a little out of shape) but there are plenty of other things to try and do. I guess we’re not in a dress rehearsal.

With age comes experience and stubbornness (that could mean stuck in your ways but it could also mean resilience). With age comes maturity. With age comes the ability to assist others more than when you younger. Take Bill Gates. His charity has helped millions of people around the globe. He has had more impact because he was able to build his business up first. He made the networks. He made the money. He made a bigger difference than if he had started the charitable organisations at 17 or 18.

It’s never too late.

Jump. You’ll land on something soft.

Look at it a different way

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Maybe a strange question. Do you understand yourself? What gets you irritated? What gets you angry? Why does it get you angry?

Do these things truly matter. In the grand scheme of this very short time we have on the planet is it worth getting worked up about them? Should we let these situations consume us. Sometimes for months and years. Let’s take a different view.

Is it possible that there could be a positive to these situations. Sure, not all occasions will qualify but there will be some. What would happen if we didn’t stress about them. Would the situation get worse. Would your inner self get greater peace. Could it make you a happier person.

Over the next 7 days, test yourself. Take the positive out of every situation. Make sure you write it on your bathroom mirror in the morning. Make it your screensaver on your phone. Make it a habit. You will thank yourself.

Control what you can control

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Six years. Great job. Public company takeover. Redundancy letter arrives. Goodbye & good luck.

A good friend was made redundant last week. Ending months of uncertainty for him and his young family. It followed a public takeover of the company he worked for. No fault of his own.

Whilst it is exceptionally hard not having the routine of going to work, having a monthly income or being the bread winner, it’s turned out being the best thing that could have happened. This has weighed on his shoulders for months whilst the takeover ran its course. There was talk of going having to move to a different state, sharing a role or simply not having a role. Hard to sleep, no?

Now he has a new lease of life. He’s smiling again. The complete opposite to how he thought he would feel. Six months of uncertainty gone. He can get on with his life. The ideas are coming thick and fast.

A chapter closes, whilst another huge one opens. Embrace it, look it in the eye and CONTROL WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL. Nothing more

Guard your time

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Time is all we have. Its exceptionally precious. Be selective with what you do with it.

Be ruthless with your time. Spend time with those who you want to spend time with. Spend time with the people that add something to your life or do those things that just before you go to sleep they make you smile.

Don’t take appointments or meetings that don’t add to your life experience. Only take an meeting or an opportunity if you are truly 100% excited by it. Is your inner body telling you must do it, that you must take that meeting, then take it. If its not, then don’t. Don’t be sorry or feel bad for saying NO.

Is your time more valuable than your money? So why guard your money more than guarding your time.

“Busy is the death of productivity and happiness.” – Naval Ravikant

Spend time doing things you want to do. Spend time doing things that make you smile, make you happy. Too simple? Give it a go for a month. You’ll be surprised.

Find that 45mins – Its non-negotiable

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Its now part of the routine. Its become a non-negotiable.

The difference between a day where its in or out is marked.

Do you ever have a day that can be going exactly how you expected it go, when out of nowhere it takes an unexpected twist and NOT for the better. That curve ball can quickly affect the next day and beyond.

These days are only an issue if I skip a high intensity 45mins workout. When I’m in the box, the sole focus is on the workout, it takes all my energy, concentration and thought process. When I get out of the box those previously highly vexing issues become clearer and more manageable.

If I get my priorities wrong, skip a session and get sucked into something I should have said no to, the day can go pear-shaped quickly. The negative toll it takes on the body & mind outweighs the positive impact the workout has by at least 2x.

When you look at it that way the workout become a non-negotiable.

Critical investment of your time?

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So I started mediating 2 months ago.

For someone who has never meditated the benefits are marked.

I started at 10 mins a day and now up to 15mins a day. 15mins is a big step up and the mind does flip-out at the 12-13 mins mark.

Sitting in the toilet cubicle with headphones on whilst meditating is an interesting experience!

What is it doing for me

  • Providing greater focus and lifting the “haze”
  • Increases productivity whist under pressure. When already time poor taking 15mins out was crazy. Its now a critical investment.
  • Increased awareness of the situation around me. Allows better reading of body language and human signals
  • Greater appreciation of the ones closer to me

I’m interested to find out what else it brings