Ok, so I sent out an email on Friday about negative visualisation and gratitude – one of the first emails I got back was…
“Dude, Today is the End of the World”
But guess what: Although I wrote this just after I got the email and pre-scheduled it you’re still reading it so…
HE WAS WRONG
(and if he wasn’t, well – the world’s ended so who cares, nobody will know I was wrong – right. HA HA 😉
But seriously, how many “end of the world” predictions have there been over the years?
Anyway, there were some people who also thought it was metaphorical…
“An explosion of consciousness” said one grey hair hippie in California (where else, huh 😉 on the ABC’s web site.
That could be true – if you compare now to the 1950’s, we’re certainly a more open minded culture from what I can see.
Anyway, enough of my rambling (gee, I wish I kept some of my hippie Byron Bay photos from back in the day so I could shock you ;-).
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So Christmas is only days away.
Today will be (hopefully) my last day in the office… I’m off until the 14th
January, but will still be sending emails while I’m away as I believe now
is probably the best time, while we have time to reflect – to be planning,
learning and scheduling for 2013.
Here’s a thought many of us don’t think about much…
While Christmas is a happy time for most, knowing a few counsellors and
psychologists (my office is surrounded by them – handy, huh 😉 it’s also
one of the busiest times of the year for them.
Some people get really sad around Xmas. It reminds them of their childhood.
Or they compare themselves to others… there’s a lot of “emotion” (not to
mention family arguments) around this time.
I want to take a moment to ponder that, because in many ways we create our
own heaven or our own hell… not through our external circumstances… but
because of what one of my clients refers to as “the 6 inches between our
Here’s what I noticed recently…
In many ways, I’m already living the dream – 10 years ago I could not have
imagined earning the income I earn now, having the lifestyle, the family,
etc. (Most of us are in the same boat. We’ve turned many desires we once
had into reality.)
But despite this, I’m not always happy. I still get grumpy, anxious, etc.
Here’s a technique I learnt which is slowly changing that.
Whenever I get angry about something… frustrated… annoyed… etc, I imagine
my situation being even worse.
So let’s say I’m annoyed at the fact I don’t have enough time for myself… I
imagine that I’m in one of those factory jobs where I never even have time
Let’s say I get annoyed at a friend… I imagine what it would be like if I
didn’t have a friend to get annoyed at.
Let’s say I get angry at the state of my car… I imagine myself not having a
Let’s say I start thinking my house isn’t good enough… I imagine myself
living in a shanty town in South Africa.
It’s called Negative Visualisation.
It might sound kind of simplistic, even negative.
But believe me, once you start doing it, it’s the most positive thing you
can ever do.
And it makes you incredibly grateful for what you have.
For instance, let’s say you get really annoyed at your kids over Xmas. Take
a moment after that to imagine your kids were no longer with you tomorrow.
You’ll start to appreciate them like nothing else.
One of the things we can tend to do in this reflection time is compare our
lives to others who are more successful than us. But please, avoid doing
If anything, imagine all the most treasured things you have were ripped
away from you.
Your family. Your friends. Your house. Your possessions.
Doing this virtually forces us to be grateful.
And it’s true…
We’re on this planet for a short time. And at any given moment, these
things could be ripped away from us… so take some time over the next week
or three to be thankful for all the gifts we’ve been given.
Ok, that’s enough of the deeeeeeeppppp stuff. (hopefully I haven’t lost you
in the quicksand ;-).
Thanks for tuning into my rants this year. I hope you’ve enjoyed them. And
if you have a moment (send me a comment), I’d love to hear
any thoughts on what you liked, what you think I could improve, what sucked
and any other thoughts that could allow me to add more value to your
business in 2013.
One of the biggest problems many business owners have is winning
the battle against their competition.
For instance, some industries are so competitive that when people buy
a product or service they’ll always go out and get three or more quotes.
They’ll then compare the quotes.
And you have a 33% chance of securing the business – probably less
than that because a percentage of the people you deal with don’t end
up going ahead in any case.
What’s more, unless you have a way of separating yourself from your
competition… you’ll be competing on price.
So what do you do if you’re in this situation… where you’re converting
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You could start by improving your proposals – one of my clients, Tim
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profits by 500%.
You’ll hear more about Tim’s story next year – and believe me, what
you put in that proposal can have a massive impact on your results.
(Hint: Tim went from a 1 page proposal to a 7 page proposal everyone
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But what if you could set up the game where you were the only logical
What if you could set up the game where your clients were happy to
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Your margins are squeezed. You’re spending a lot of time on meetings
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YOU’RE THE ONLY CHOICE IN TOWN
They want you. They’ll pay more for you. All of a sudden, they’re begging
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It can be done, make no mistake about it.
In fact, I show you exactly how to do this on page 15 of the December issue
of the More Time at the Beach Newsletter
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