Archive for March, 2010

The original success plan – where are you with this right now?

Posted in Personal Development on March 22nd, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Nigel Wall
President at Ask Leadership

Paul J Meyer developed this almost 50 years ago in 1962. Where do you stand on these?

I. Crystallize Your Thinking

Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader.

II. Develop a Plan for Achieving Your Goal and a Deadline for its Attainment

Plan your progress carefully; hour-by hour, day-by-day, month-by-month. Organized activity and maintained enthusiasm are the wellsprings of your power.

III. Develop a Sincere Desire for the Things You Want in Life.

A burning desire is the greatest motivator of every human action. The desire for success implants “success consciousness” which, in turn, creates a vigorous and ever-increasing “habit of success.”

IV. Develop Supreme Confidence in Yourself and Your Own Abilities

Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses…on your powers, instead of your problems.

V. Develop a Dogged Determination to Follow Through on Your Plan, Regardless of Obstacles, Criticism or Circumstances or What Other People Say, Think, or Do.

Construct your Determination with Sustained Effort, Controlled Attention, and Concentrated Energy. OPPORTUNITIES never come to those who wait … they are captured by those who dare to ATTACK.

So, which is your next focus area?

Sex sells … literally!

Posted in From the Crow's Nest on March 22nd, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

The most valuable domain name in the world is up for sale.  The domain is valued at $18m and is presently under offer from PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals).

Who said boys don’t like toys ?

Posted in From the Crow's Nest on March 19th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Although you might have difficulty proving your augment if you use David Burlew as an example. Some recent necessities in the Burlew household. You have the Nissan office runabout. And anticipating airfares on the rise, David getting his pilots license just in case.


Posted in Fun on March 19th, 2010 by Sammy – Be the first to comment

Clear Out The Clutter

Posted in Articles on March 17th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

By Keith Millar

Some 10 years ago we moved from a large double fronted Victorian house in Essendon, close to Melbourne, to a brand spanking new single fronted townhouse on the city edge.

As you can imagine, and many may have already experienced, moving your worldly goods from a big house to a place half that size can be painful. If I didn’t know it before I quickly found out two doesn’t go into one.

It meant discarding a whole lot of furniture and stuff which we had acquired over the years at the larger property. My personal style is that of a hoarder and collector, so you could imagine what agony I went through sorting items that would make it into the new property. The rest moving to a new home via St Vincent de Paul.

Whilst it was difficult to separate myself largely from books, old broken sports equipment (kept in case it was needed), favourite jumpers and t shirts (I did take my flared wedding trousers, believe it or not). Several years later I reflect on this angst ridden period.  My feeling now?

Freedom! I have to admit I feel liberated without the clutter in my wardrobe draws and book cases.

It was just so refreshing and a feeling of lightness.

We seem to collect, unknowingly, clutter (a.k.a. stuff, crap).  And it is not just around our home.

It’s in our email boxes. In our cars, in our draws, in our backyard, in our sheds.

It also manifests itself as unfinished jobs, pergolas, backyard barbecues, and other DIY, started in a burst of enthusiasm and energy one weekend or annual holidays, but never quite finished.

It is said that after we walk past something (an uncompleted renovation or household addition) for a month we don’t see it anymore!  It becomes a scotoma. We just walk around it.

And this is just the material stuff.

What about the mental and emotional clutter we have collected over the journey?

This can be even more debilitating than physical clutter.

There are many emotional challenges, problems, unfinished relationship disagreements, grudges we harbour long after the reason is forgotten.

These weigh heavily on us, our productivity, our focus and our ability to operate normally, let alone at our very best.  Often reflected in our attitude and self confidence.

Personally I know when my attitude is not quite right I will notice my desk and in-tray is a mess (I am not normally more messy than most) or I will see in my car, it is unclean, has rubbish or files inside that I may have left there longer than I needed . Our physical world will often reflect our inner world.

For me it’s a clear sign that I need to get things sorted out.

So when you have physical or mental clutter, it affects your concentration and focus.  It saps your energy and adds to your stress and angst.

So think about clearing out the clutter if you want to be more productive, effective and more successful.

Think of the times you have made a personal decision that has lingered around for far too long. How do you then feel?  FANTASIC!

When you have been mulling over a problem for a few days, a week maybe, what happens when you finally make the decision? Relieved, light-headed and, dare I say, a feeling of a major weight lifted from your shoulders.

So if you want to become more successful, less stressed and happier, clear out the clutter.  

Here are some ways:

Take an audit of yourself and your surrounds:

  1.  Take a look at your desk, your in-tray (how many files have been circulating to the top then making their way to the bottom again?)
  2. Take a look inside your car.  And the outside.
  3. Look in your wardrobe draws.
  4. Look in your backyard and shed.
  5. Consider your relationships. Are there any unresolved issues?
  6. Unresolved decisions – are there matters you have been considering for some time, in fact too much time, and procrastination has slipped in?
  7. Are your Goals unclear? Do you have clarity – written goals and a written action plan?
  8. Consider whether you have clients that you shouldn’t have. They may need to be moved on. High maintenance customers who don’t spend and, when they do, they take forever to pay.
  9. Employees, high maintenance workers that weigh you down? Maybe it’s time for them to move on and your best people to be appreciated more.
  10. Are there “to do” actions that seem to move from day to day?  Then each day do the hardest jobs first, whilst you are fresh and high energy.  As they say: Fatigue makes a coward of us all.

Just imagine if you are living and working a no clutter life. How will it feel? Fabulous I assure you.

This brings me to one last action. Now where are those Wedding flares?

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