Monthly Archives: October 2020

Smart wealth

Some people look like they have it all – heaps of money, flashy houses, cars and fabulous holidays but we often don’t see what is going on in the background. While it may seem that they have it all they could be going further and further into debt and taking their health and relationships down with them. Making life look different to what’s really going on is the surest path away from fulfilment. Twenty years ago we bought an old house for $500,000. It would have been easier – given we had two babies – to renovate before we moved in but we decided to live in the house during the renovation. For three years we lived with the noise, mess and disruption. When it was finished we had spent $300,000, created a spectacular home and increased the house’s value to $1,600,000. I learnt from an early age, plus add in 15 years experience in real estate sales, that one successful strategy was to buy smart and sell smart as the way to build wealth. This time we made the decision to do what was financially smart – sell the house to clear our debt and reinvest the profit. Many of our friends and…

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The answer to weak motivation

We strive to get things done, cross off the to do list – to be repeated the next day. Have you ever thought about those who turn up daily with unusually high amounts of energy, optimism, self-discipline, persistence and often courage? These people think, speak and act differently. Their difference is their purpose and this resoluteness is driving them further and faster. A strong purpose is the answer to weak motivation. Find your true path What drives you? What’s your compelling reason – the why you do what you do? It’s a BIG question and one that often gets put in the too hard basket. The first step to discovering your true path is asking a few questions: * What’s really important to you? * How would you spend your days if you had financial freedom? * What gets your heart racing – what’s your passion? * What do others compliment you for? * If today were your last day – what would you do? Now head this up “ My Values List” and maybe even read it every morning. When we focus on what we value and have a purpose each day we are moving ahead in a valued direction….

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Exposure to life

As the clock keeps ticking it is a reminder that time stops for no one. There are a finite number of days left, so make every precious minute count. Don’t play it safe – take a risk, get in the game and create the life you want. It is often fear that keeps us playing it safe. The fear of what we might lose if we take a risk. And it is true that where there is risk there is often uncertainty and few guarantees. But it is outside our comfort zone, where new playing fields lie, that truly amazing opportunities can be found. My advice for those who want to play a new game are: Don’t worry about what others might think Don’t avoid risk just in case you might fail Don’t blend in to the world around you Don’t sit quietly with your desires bottled up Don’t follow crowds – walk your own path Don’t hide the real you – show your uniqueness! My favourite quote is by J.K Rowling, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you…

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Have courage

In order to live with belief, conviction and commitment we must have courage. We must have the courage to create our own masterpiece — not the masterpiece others expect of us. It has to be our own frame and it’s never too late to create a new picture. No matter what your age or experience, it’s never too late to find a way to spend your days the way you want to. You’ve got to admire those who see something they want and put aside all constraints to go for it – with a decision, action and a bit of courage. But as we walk forward there are sometimes tough times as others get used to our decisions. The tough times don’t have to last, but the tough people do. Overcoming life’s challenges and curve balls provides enormous strength and resilience. And each time you fuel up with courage and drive forward you gain tools and wisdom to take you through to the next opportunity. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next…

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