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My Favourite Book: The Compound Effect

Today I’d like to talk about one of my favorite personal development mentor and his book called The Compound Effect. Can you guess who this is? Yes! It’s Darren Hardy. I’ll explain why this is a must-read book in a minute but before that, let’s have a look at this video:

Darren Hardy has been asked many times why he wrote the book The Compound Effect. Today more than ever we are constantly bombarded by ever increasing sensational claims to get rich, get fit, get younger, overnight. These repetitive marketing messages are distorting our sense of reality and what it really takes to succeed. So, my questions for you are: “You do want to have a more successful career, right?” “You do want to be healthier, have more meaningful relationships, earn more money, and make a bigger contribution to the world?”

However, what do you do? Who do you follow? Who do you believe? What plan do you invest in?

Every day Darren Hardy sorts through this entire body of knowledge called personal development. Each day he gets to sit down with the top thought leaders of our day and the extraordinary achievers of our time and discover what really works to be more successful.

The compound effectThe Compound Effect reveals the core essentials responsible for the success of every super achiever you will ever read about. The bottom line is this. Success is not doing 5,000 things really well. Success is more about doing about a half dozen things really well 5,000 times. The key is this. What are the half dozen things and how do you do them really well? That is what this book details.

Inside this book you will find strategies on how to win, every time. This is the number one strategy to achieve any goal and triumph over any competitor even if they are smarter, more experienced and more talented than you are.
Also in this book you will find out what stops people from making progress. There are some landmines that people are mostly unaware of but undermine their success. Furthermore, you will learn to painlessly install the new disciplines needed for world class performance and results. On top of that, you will learn how to get to do the things you don’t feel like doing, the real key to motivation, getting it and keeping it.

You’ll be given the simple formula for improving yourself and your results a 1,000 percent over the next 10 years. You’ll also be shown the elusive, but the awesome forces of MOMENTUM. Get this and you’ll be unstoppable. And finally, the acceleration secrets of today’s super achievers. Do they have an unfair advantage? You bet they do! Now you can to.

The Compound Effect brings you the best success practices and disciplines collected from the best in the world, made simple and actionable regardless of your current level of success.

Make sure you get yourself a copy of this book!

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Benefits of Life Coaching and Why You Need To Have One

Benefits of Life Coaching and Why You Need To Have One

Benefits of Life Coaching and Why You Need To Have One

What do you plan to do with this one wild and precious life? I’ve put this quote by the poet Mary Oliver at the top of every page on my website because I believe it is such an important question. And one that we should all revisit throughout our one wild and precious life.

Here are some questions I have for you:

  • What are your dreams? Are you still chasing them, or have you given up hope of ever achieving them?
  • Are you happy with every aspect of your life, or is it time to strategize and turn plans into actions so you can move closer to living your most fulfilling life?
  •  Is there a voice inside you whispering, shouting or screaming that there has to be more in life but you don’t know how to get there?

If any of these questions resonate with you, then it’s time to investigate how you can benefit from coaching. Some of the more common reasons people hire coaches are to:

  • Increase self-awareness and discover how their limiting beliefs are short changing themselves and others
  • Work through a transition
  • Be held accountable for the promises they make to themselves and others
  • Increase their incomes
  • Have a sounding board on work or personal issues and
  • Create more balance in their life

Wondering if coaching would benefit you at this point in your life? To find out, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I value collaborating with another, and working as partners?
  • Am I interested in having another viewpoint?
  • Am I open to considering new perspectives?
  • Am I ready to devote the time and energy required to create lasting change in my work or personal life?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, then coaching could be just the ticket to help you grow, develop and change. Through the miracle of coaching – and I don’t use that word lightly – you will consciously create a powerful, successful and abundant life that is in keeping with your values and your priorities. Top echelon athletes and executives have long known how effective coaches are in bringing out their best in a variety of conditions and situations. I’m guessing you’re visiting this website because you’ve heard that coaching has gone mainstream; that it’s no longer limited to these two groups and you’re wondering if it could benefit you.

What I can promise you is this: with dedication and effort on your part and with me at your side, it won’t be long before you’re chasing your dreams and find yourself living a more fulfilling life. How can I be so sure, you ask? Because as my tagline says, I’m in the business of growing people and possibilities. I’ve seen it happen again and again. Here’s what you need from a coach:

  • Create a safe space for you to take your learning about yourself to a deeper level
  • Provide objective observations that increase your self awareness and your awareness of others
  • Be your sounding board so that you can grow your possibilities and make wise and thoughtful decisions and plans
  • Help you experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities
  • Ensure that you see what’s working, what’s needed and how to get there
  • Champion your opportunities and potential, even when you can’t
  • Challenge you to stretch and grow in service of your goals
  • Point out your blind spots and self-limiting behaviours
  • Motivate you to stay focussed and not get side tracked by life’s many detours and
  • Hold you to your commitments, in service of your goals and a more fulfilling life

Check this video I have found for you about the benefits of having a life coach:

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Life Coaching and How To Be More Productive

Life coaching can be a critical part of your success and especially when you try to be more productive.

We all know someone who sails effortlessly through life, maintaining a professional career, a large family, social engagements and yet still has time to study for a higher qualification.  But have you ever asked yourself how they do it?

The answer is simple!  The more you do, the more you can do!  They say if you want something done, ask a busy person.  So how do you become a busy and productive person?

This video gives you 5 simple tips that you can follow:

Here are some more tips on how to be more productive:

  • Routine routine routine. Prioritise what you have to do, create a routine and stick to it.  Create a check list to motivate yourself throughout the day.  When you have an organised list of activities the amount of time you spend procrastinating will be cut in half.  Stick to the time limits you have given yourself to train yourself to get things done faster.
  • Get a mentor/coach. A mentor’s expectation can actually motivate you to be more productive and get results. This is why I believe so much in personal coaching and life coaching.
  • Push your limits every day in achievable ways. Do you feel like you can’t fit anymore into your schedule? Do ten squats in ten seconds! Write four posts on Facebook! No matter how busy you are, you CAN become more productive in simple ways without much effort. Having a life coach or a mentor can help you achieve this. They will push your limits higher.
  • Work with your body’s rhythms. If you are a morning person but feel sleepy after lunch, schedule in the most difficult taxing activities in the morning.  In the afternoon, schedule in activities that you can do easily and that will give you a feeling of satisfaction to complete. This way your most productive time is spent effectively, and your less productive e time is productive too!
  • life coach and how to be productiveSchedule in things you enjoy throughout the day and take regular breaks. Cleaning the toilet is a lot more fun when you can think about the cup of tea you will have when you finish.  Use treats to motivate yourself to work harder.  Challenge yourself by giving yourself bigger treats the more you do!
  • See the bigger picture and organize! Take an hour to reflect on what you have to do in the following week, and look at the bigger picture.  What information do you need to collate to do that report? How many steps will you take to complete a project, and in what order?  When you see the bigger picture, you use your time effectively, and save time looking for things, chasing information and working in a haphazard fashion.  You will save time and become more productive.  Keep a list of short term and long term jobs and the steps needed to complete them, and review them regularly.
  • Give all the activities you do a “weight” and eliminate the lower weight activities. Which activities are “must do”, which are “should do” and which are “enjoy doing”? Do you waste time on repetitive or unnecessary actions every day?  Could you spend the four hours of TV watching exercising, studying or checking emails?  Could you batch cook your food and freeze it, instead of spending an hour cooking a day? Would meditation actually relax you more than television?
  • Set easily achievable tasks to begin with, so that you know you will succeed. If your goal is to be an athlete but you are 300 pounds, then start with walking for five extra minutes a day.  Once you have succeeded at this, set yourself the goal of 10 minutes a day and cut out chocolate.  When you see yourself as someone who can achieve their goals, and stick to their routines, you will try more and harder and more often.  Success breeds success!
  • Multitask! When you leave the room, take some folded clothes with you. When you wash up, do squats as you go!  When you commute to work, check your emails, arrange your diary and focus on the day ahead.  When you are finishing one phone call, be preparing the next.
  • Fake it until you make it!Ask yourself what qualities you most admire in other people, and then use these qualities yourself. If you are not naturally productive,confident, powerful or motivational to begin with, don’t worry.  To begin with give yourself half an hour a day of “acting productive/confident/powerful/motivational.  Try this in an environment that isn’t challenging such as at home with your family.  Then tell yourself you will try this for half an hour a day at work.  This could be on the phone to begin with.  Gradually increase the amount of time you spend behaving in this way, until it becomes a part of you.  This technique genuinely does work, and the gradual personality change isn’t threatening for those around you.  You would be amazed to know that some of the apparently most confident people you know are not confident at all, and have been faking it for years!
  • Bite sized chunks! Cleaning the whole kitchen  takes an hour, but washing the surfaces takes five minutes, and you can probably fit four or five bite sized chunks into your day.  If a task seems too big and too daunting, break it into smaller parts and start immediately!
  • Just one more thing…. Make this your mantra, and add just one more onto your day! I’ll just make one more call, do one more push up, clean one more thing.  It will probably only take seconds and it will increase your productivity!

I hope you enjoy these productivity hacks. Feel free to share this article.

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How To Hire A Coach

As you already know the benefits of having a coach, the next step is to learn how to hire a coach.

Who to hire as your coach is an important consideration in your coaching partnership. The most important thing to look for when hiring a coach is someone you can relate to easily – this helps create a powerful partnership.

A word of advice, don’t restrict yourself to interviewing coaches who live in your community. Because most coaching is done over the phone for client convenience, many successful coaching partnerships have been forged between people who live in different cities and between people who have never met, based on client referrals.

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The International Coach Federation suggests asking the following questions to help you in your decision-making process. They can be asked in person or over the phone.

  • What is your coaching experience?
  • What is your coach specific training? (Be wary of those who call themselves coaches who haven’t had any training in coaching.)
  • Do you have a coaching specialty and what kind of people do you usually work with?
  • What other work and life experience do you possess that support your ability to coach?
  • What is your specific process for coaching (how sessions are conducted, frequency, etc.)
  • Do you have your own coach? (This shows a commitment to their own growth as well as having someone mentor them and keep their skills current.)
  • Do you have any past or current clients I could talk to to find out what coaching with you is like?
  • Can you tell me some of your clients’ success stories? (These will demonstrate how the coach has added value to the client’s life.)
  • Are you a member of the International Coach Federation? (This ensures they are governed by professional practice and ethics guidelines.)

* Base your final decision on a combination of the coach’s qualifications: training, depth of experience, testimonials and how well you align with his or her perspectives, approach and personal demeanor.

I found this video from Jairek Robbins very useful about the common mistakes when hiring a coach and what to do to avoid it.

And of course his father Tony Robbins is also a great life coach as well. You might want to see Tony Robbins at Unleash The Power Within event to learn more.

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