Mindset Growth: Notice the Distractions

When it comes to mindset growth there are 4 aspects to this: mind, body, heart and soul and how do you link with these. One of the ways is to stay connected.

I was asked the question inside a workshop this morning …

“How does one stay connected with the whole mindset growth and what are some of the things you can do?”

My response was …

“What I suggest is that you write a love list.”

A love list is where you go naturally, those things you enjoy doing, those activities you love to do; for example, going for a walk or a run, walking the dog in nature, journal writing, meditation, de-cluttering space etc. Anywhere you go to where you tend to find yourself in a space of your own. You are in your zone.

Creating a love list can also include things like eating healthy foods, getting plenty of sleep at night etc. something that gives you natural energy. You can call this an energizing habit that really keeps you grounded and focused.

Inside this group I also mentioned the importance of noticing what your distractions are. Most people are not aware of what distracts them. They tend to get caught up in their head and then notice they are off path with their mindset and focus all over the place. By making a list of those things that has you become distracted, will actually help you with your mindset and focus skills.

Things like; being online too much, checking your emails too often, being in reaction mode, comparing yourself with others in your industry, doing too much research and getting yourself off your path. Finding yourself going down a rabbit warren and losing focus of your purposeful business path and your obvious next steps.

When you start to compare yourself, that makes it a lot harder for you to create a deeper believability, and the head talk being louder which can play tricks on you. By creating a love list and a not so love list, noticing what those distractions are, will actually help you to stay on your mindset growth path. This will give you a clear focus in all areas of your life.

Enjoy watching my video on ways to eliminate your distractions and to stay focused with clarity.

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Connected Mindset: Leading Edge Focus Skill

This focus skill may make all the difference for you right now during times of change and uncertainty.

I thought I’d share with you an insight I had whilst I was swimming this morning and that was there were moments in time I noticed how my concentration skills and mindset was a little bit all over the place. It was scattered which really did not support my breathing and my focus.

So one of the ways I realized that I tap into very quickly, because I get asked a lot “How do you maintain focus?” and one of the skills I’ve learnt is that focus is not just a mindset thing. It is actually a whole body experience thing.

As I continued swimming, I noticed that I consciously slowed my breathing down and then consciously went into my belly. So as I was taking deeper, slower breaths into my belly, this slowed my mind down and I was able to maintain a deeper focus on the next stroke in this very moment.

I would stay in stroke for a while and then I noticed my mind would start thinking about other things I needed to do for the day, thinking about the future etc. This caused my breathing to become scattered again, which affected my focus and concentration. This in turn affected my body alignment and definitely not in my flow.

It is noticing what are the things that take you away from being fully present in this moment inside of your chosen activity. These are some of the techniques that really support me that I also teach my clients and I thought I’d share this particular one.

A lot of people are not aware of this when it comes to focus and concentration skills because as I mentioned earlier it is not just about mindset, it’s breathing into the belly and placing your mind into the belly.

So literally asking yourself “Where am I now?” “What am I doing now?” Deep breathing, staying calm and this will support you wherever you are at right now.

To be able to focus in on what your next steps are, to be able to hear your next steps in whatever situation you might be in, inside your personal and professional life as we go through these volatile changes throughout the world right now.

If this is something I can support you with in any way, shape or form, then please feel free to reach out and I would be happy to have a conversation with you. It’s my way of giving back to the community so we can all get through this together – staying sane, staying resilient and staying productive.

Most of all, being human and being gentle on yourself. Enjoy your day nurturing yourself and looking at ways that you can maintain focus in this moment. Take some deep breaths and relax.

You might like to share with me in what ways are you looking after your mental and emotional stability right now so that you can stay calm, relaxed and focused in on what you can focus in on right now, looking at what is working for you.

Live your Vision: Set yourself up for Success in 2018

With 2018 just around the corner, I have been taking time out to reflect on my accomplishments, challenges and insightful lessons throughout the year. This is always a fabulous time for reflection.

I am wondering how did your year shape up? Did you achieve what you set out to or did you notice yourself still facing the same challenges feeling frustrated about what will change in 2018?

If you want to hit the ground running in 2018 with greater clarity, making sure you live your inspirational vision, achieving your goals, below are 5 tips that can give you a strong foundation.

1. Reflection

Take time out before the year is over to reflect on your accomplishments in 2017 – no matter how big or how small – write down all your achievements. This will create momentum to build on your foundation for 2018. Then look at what systems worked for you in your personal and business life covering all areas important to you i.e. family, business, staff management, relationships, finances, leadership, health and wellness etc.

Notice when you reflect on what did work, what was it that did not work for you also and what were the areas that you let yourself down in i.e. not making time to exercise, business systems not managed, saying ‘Yes’ when you really want to say ‘No’ etc. By recognizing your habits that do not support your vision and goals, will give you the perfect opportunity to make the necessary conscious changes in 2018. No, not like a wish – a solid foundational system that will give you the time, energy and financial opportunities you truly want.

A celebration is most important in this step. When you celebrate and acknowledge your accomplishments, this creates a momentum for you to ‘ride the wave of success’ taking it into 2018. If you continually keep looking at what you did not achieve when you will take that way of thinking also into 2009 and nothing will change. Give yourself a break and start acknowledging yourself no matter what!

2. Clear Blockages

 This is the hidden bit that means so much towards your success. Have you heard the saying that says…’you will continually keep getting what you continually keep doing’. The way you will know your blockages is by looking at the results that you are not getting. For example, if you are struggling with a particular area in your business, then you will have a negative belief that is driving you to create the results you do not want or if you continually find your communication skills are not understood, then you may also have a negative belief driving it – no matter how hard you try.

To clear your blockages is to become aware of them and then to transform them into powerful positive statements based on the result you do want. Remember that you will always keep getting what you focus on and if you are not getting your desired results, there is a part of you inside that does not believe you can achieve it – no matter how determined and persistent you are. Your inside beliefs must match your outside desired results first. 

3. Clearing Clutter

I love this one because I get to throw out the old and make space for the new opportunities coming in for 2018. When you clear your home and office space, it will give you more energy (not to mention space) for you to build from. Clearing clutter is a physical, environmental and most of all, emotional experience, giving you space to deal with challenges. It can be difficult to understand this because it is an experiential reward, which will only occur once you have taken the action.

Are you someone who is used to living in clutter? Your office may always be a mess with papers disorganised, behind in taxation and budgets – or you may have clothes in your closet that you haven’t worn for years because you keep telling yourself that you will lose the extra kilos to fit into them again. When you live in an environment that supports you now, you will find that there will be more flow and freedom in your life and around your time scheduling. You will be surprised at what you can fit into your day when you live and work in a clutter-free zone.

Allow yourself to let go of the old and create a vacuum for the new. Be ruthless and either sell anything you are not using anymore, give it away to someone you know will use it, or give it to charity. Notice the loss of energy and focus and how much time is wasted in that very moment. Imagine what happens when you have a trail of things left undone and how much this stops you moving forward in life.

When you are clutter-free, you also clear your mind and create a free-flow of energy to do the things that are most important. Yes, it can be a little overwhelming if you have allowed things to accumulate over time, but persist, because it is worth it.

Live your Vision: Set yourself up for Success in 2018

4. Clear Vision and Goals

Imagine it is this time next year – yes, December 2018, and you are reflecting on your achieved vision and goals. What would you like to be saying you have accomplished? Write this in a script format being as descriptive as possible, using detail, feelings and expression.

For example: “I am so excited that I have now set all my systems up inside my business which are running very smoothly with a 75% financial growth. I love working with my ideal clients who are so easy to work with. My wife and I are so happy because we made time to go on holidays with our children to Queensland. Most of all I love the fact that I was able to keep my phone turned off and not worry about the running of my business.”

Bring in all the areas of your life that are important to you into you descriptive vision. You need to make it believable for you because your deep belief will be your natural motivator all year through, especially when you match your values.

Once you have your clear vision, then you need to break it down into goals. This is what I call ‘Zoning’. Zoning is a great way to maintain daily focus in the direction of your vision. How it works is you take a look at your vision and pick out all the desired end results i.e. Where do you want to go on Holidays with your family and what systems do you want to set up in the business and how much increase in your business do you want financially etc.

Once you have created your zoning goals, then you get a blank sheet of paper for each and bring the goals into reality today by answering these questions.

  1. Why do you want to achieve this goal?
  2. When would you like to achieve this goal by?
  3. What resources (people I know) do I currently have to help me achieve this goal?
  4. What are the Inspired Actions I want to take towards this goal?
  5. How will I celebrate when I have achieved my goal?

5. Success Mindset and Clarity

Without Mindset and Clarity, you will sabotage your success every time. Have you ever set a new year resolution really determined to make it happen only to find that by March that year the enthusiasm slipped through your fingers? You see, your conscious mind is the one setting your new year resolutions up and the subconscious mind is the one really running the show. So how do you set yourself up to succeed definitely this year?

In my national sporting days back in the 1980’s I heard about a non-evasive technique used at the Sporting Institute in America for performance testing. What they did was monitored the performance of each Olympian by linking them to a computer and got them to relax their body (yes they were in a still position) at the same time they would imagine in their mind that they were running their event at the Olympics. The results were astonishing because they found that the monitor showed that all the necessary muscles according to their individual event activated inside their body, even when they were still, as though they were running the event with the same amount of strength required. This all occurred from their Mind imaging their event as though they were actually participating in their event on the day.

I then practised this same technique as a part of my training for nationals and realized that if this works for my sporting events, then how about the rest of my life. I have been using this technique ever since and this is how I create my own life and business success.

Every day I visualize my Vision as though I have already achieved it, exactly the way the Olympians ran their event before they were at the Olympics. This is the most important key to having your vision and goals become a reality. You need to believe it first before you will see it in the physical form. Most of all you need to FEEL it as though it has already been achieved and take that feeling into your everyday life. You only need 2-5 minutes of your time each day to do this. The most challenging part for most people is to allow themselves to be still and slow down the busy mind that says “I don’t have time…” For you to maintain clarity and a mindset each day that matches, then this IS the key to Success for 2018 and beyond.

6. Daily Inspired Actions

Without action – nothing will be achieved. The actions I am referring to here are called Inspired Actions. These are not based on overwhelming should’s, ought to’s or have to’s. Inspired Action generally comes to you in the quietness of your mind, possibly when you are gardening, jogging, playing sport, meditating, holding your baby or even playing with your children etc.

These are actions that naturally come to you, which you feel, is your next step. This has a feeling of ‘I can’t wait to do it’. It also feels easy and in the flow. When you listen and take action on your inspired thought or idea, you will have no concerns about the outcome because you love whatever you are doing just by following your own intuition and acting on it.

When you follow your Inspired Actions your results will be amazing. We tend to look for ‘how to’ achieve your goals ‘actions’ coming from the left brain logic which is only one way of looking at things. This may be limiting your success. Everyone has Inspired Actions come into your mind every day, but we are so busy with our habits and routines that we either do not hear it or we say ‘I will get to that later’. Later never comes…until the new year resolutions!

Set yourself up this coming year to succeed by giving yourself plenty of time to de-stress, listen and act upon your Daily Inspired Actions.

Wishing you Great Success and Purpose in 2018 and beyond.

 

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