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How To Create Your Dream Lifestyle

Creating your dream lifestyle is not a myth.  It can be your reality.

Take a moment to imagine your dream lifestyle.  What would it involve?  For most people, it involves some of the following ingredients:

  • Foreign travel
  • More time off to relax and pursue your hobbies
  • Quality time with your family and friends
  • New clothes
  • New hairstyles
  • New cars!

And the list goes on . . .

The Myth

But here’s where the myth begins.

Most people believe all this is beyond their grasp. As a child, all this seemed possible and yet as adult-hood sunk its cynical claws in, these goals become dreams, which in turn become ideals, which in turn become a faraway concept forever out of your grasp…

But this doesn’t have to be the case.

You Can Create Your Dream Lifestyle.

It’s just that most people don’t know HOW to create their dream lifestyle. And the sad fact is . . . it’s actually far easier than people think! People chase the magic pill of success which will change their lives, but as a business owner, if you just focus on the following 3 strategies and apply yourself, you can create your dream lifestyle.

  1. Increase Your Income: Using smart and effective marketing strategies you can increase both the number of customers you have and the amount each customer spends. Which will in turn…..
  2. Give You More Time Off: As you bring more money into your business you won’t have to work so hard. The goal here is to free up 25% of your time (minimum) to work toward passive income streams.
  3. Leverage Your Business Into Passive Income: You will then be able to select the quickest and easiest way to create passive income, in a way that works WITH your natural talents; not against them.

Summary
By following these 3 strategies, you could be on your way to creating your dream lifestyle. Don’t be one of the masses, why not take a step this week toward increasing your income so you can get more time off and leverage your business into passive income. . . . You never know, your dream lifestyle could be just around the corner.

 

Welcome to 2011!

Welcome to 2011!  I hope you had an amazing Christmas break and a fun New Year.  The holidays have passed so quickly and I can’t believe it’s the start of a new year and more importantly, only 10 days to our wedding!

This Christmas heralded the start of a new dawn . . . the patter of tiny feet.  No, not our own!  At least not just yet.   But this Christmas was a happy portent for Christmasses to come!  At Greg’s brother’s house on Christmas day we had the pleasure of Charlotte, Greg’s 2 year old niece, and then at dinner at my dad’s house we had my little cousins running happily around us.  As you know, our intention for 2011 is to create our own babies so it was great to get some practice!

On New Year’s Eve, we went to the beach near our new home in Williamstown, Melbourne, to sit and watch the fireworks cascade over the city.  Fireworks are such a dramatic way to bring in the new year – they beckon excitement and wonder and I love relating them to business.  As each rocket exploded over the city, I imagined how many of your businesses will take off and explode into profit this year. 

Profit comes with good planning and the right intentions.  If you want to set some intentions, now’s the perfect time to do it.  In the meantime, happy new year!

How To Be Your Own Best Parent

Let’s talk about love.

Loving yourself is the beginning. Regardless of your goal, be it harmonious relationships with your partner and your family, or financially orientated targets, do not underestimate the power of self-love. It – or the lack of it – is at the core of everything. And just like an apple, the more juice on the inside, the tastier life tastes.

But, as so much else in the personal development field, self-love is easier said than done. Loving yourself is so much more than indulging in some long denied desire, or lying in a bubble bath surrounded by scented candles while relaxing music soothes your jagged edges.

It’s Up To You

Loving yourself begins first and foremost with the recognition that if you are not in a place of well-being inside yourself, it’s up to you to do something about it. This should become your priority.

Imagine you are the parent of a small child. Your child is upset, or sad, or angry or frightened, You, as loving parent of the child, would attempt to help the child move to a better place inside. You might embrace the child, talk about what is going on, or do any number of things to help the child see the situation with new eyes in order to feel better about it.

But in order for this to happen you would need to be closely connected to your child, you would need to have strong communication with your child, and you would need to be totally aware of your child’s feelings. Furthermore, you’d need to want to be there for your child.

Be Your Own Parent

By now you’ve probably figured out that I’m giving you an analogy about how you need to be dealing with yourself. In order to show yourself that you love yourself (because that’s how it starts), you must be aware of yourself and your feelings at all times and be conscious or aware enough to choose to do something about them at all times.

Does that mean that you would never allow yourself to feel pain or sorrow or worry or have any other type of negative feeling? Does it mean you would keep yourself in some iron grip of control so that you would not have those feelings? Absolutely not! But it does mean that you would be willing to choose to focus elsewhere in order to help yourself move to a better place inside.

Choose To Focus On Something More Positive

Worrying about your business, your income or your relationship takes you nowhere. It is much more proactive to resolve whatever is going on in your life. You can attempt to resolve it by allowing it a certain amount of time per day – but only that amount of time – in your life, brainstorming, consulting, researching about the situation, and you would then choose to focus on something else in order to help yourself move to a better place inside. This is what you do for those that you love.

What Next?

If you start today, right now, this evening you will already feel better about how you are dealing with yourself. You’ll recognize that you’ve taken some steps to love yourself. And a part of you will feel just as loved as the child who has been enveloped in the loving arms of a caring and emotionally generous adult parent. This will bring you ever closer to inner peace and freedom, and this will bring you joy and who knows what else…

Reconnecting To The Colours Of Life

If you’ve been feeling that life has been black and white of late here’s 3 easy steps to reconnect you to all the beautiful colours that life can offer us.

  1. Play And Be Silly
    What silly thing have you done recently? When was the last time you made some space in your diary just to have a bit of fun?

    Look how much fun children have when they are playing – they brim with joy and a total sense of connection to the moment.  They are living in sunshine.  When we forget our ego and get lost in a moment of pure playfulness, it not only raises our frequency, it brings that shaft of sunshine to our day.

    Sometimes we get stuck into being too serious-minded with our business and as a knock-on effect, with our families and our lives.  We forget to make time for fun.  But it’s the fun times that lighten us up and adds a sunny yellow colour to our lives.

  2. Reconnect To Your Pipe-Dream
    When was the last time you thought about your pipe dreams?  You know, those dreams you had years and years ago.  They may have seemed crazy back then and they may still seem crazy, but they still light you up, right?  It might have been to sail the world, to go on a cruise, to watch the Northen Lights, to walk the Inca Trail, to visit an Ashram, to stand on stage in front of thousands of people…. What happened to these dreams?  Because they’re not just pipe-dreams, never to be realised, they’re dreams waiting to be coloured in.

    Dreams come in all colours – they’re vivid and alive.  Sometimes, I’ll make time to reconnect with my dreams.  I’ll look through my vision album, or I’ll journal them in my morning pages, or I’ll just take time out in nature to meditate on them.  When I allow them to come up to the surface repeatedly then I allow them to influence my life and that way I can act upon them.  

    Keep present to your dreams so you can keep them alive and vibrant. You’ll be more likely to realise them if they’re blazing in colour rather than in muted, pale tones.

  3. Do Something New
    When was the last time you tried something new or did something new for the first time?  It might be as simple as trying a new food, ordering a different dish at the restaurant, taking a different route to work.  Or maybe talking to a stranger, trying that sky-dive, booking that holiday to Egypt.

    When we do new things we light up the part of our psyche that likes adventure.   Then with each simple act of adventure you do, you encourage yourself to take bigger and bigger risks.  Red is the colour of adventure and also the colour of passion.  By trying new adventurous things each week, you make it easier to keep connected to the dreams you are most passionate about in life.

Summary

Breathing colour back into your life doesn’t have to mean making huge changes – it’s as simple as trying new things, taking the time to reconnect to your dreams and having fun.  

So see what colour you can add to your life and make a mental note of the impact that this has on your sense of possibility in all areas of your life.  I think you’ll be amazed. 

Fathers Day

Well, it’s been over a week of now of being an engaged woman and I did what all newly engaged daughters do – go back home to show my parents the sparkly ring!
 
My fiance and I (I just love saying that!!) went back to Hobart.  That’s in Tasmania for all you non-Aussies.  It’s so cold this time of year we could only manage 4 days.  But that was enough time for my ma to ask when the kiddies were due…..

 

 

 

 

Anyway, we spent a lovely weekend with my family.  See the piccies!  Father’s Day was the highlight – check us out outside the local hardware store.  That’s dad’s for you.

 

 

 

 

Apart from some quality family time, the other great thing that happened this week was an amazing coaching session and event critique with my MDM Diamond member, Michael Sheargold.  Investing in a mentor really does pay off in terms of creating some beautiful results.