Welcome to 2018.

Contrary to popular style, I am not going to be talking about goals and achievement in this edition. While I advocate you take time to set your goals for 2018 and the quarter ahead, I’d like to dedicate some time here to something I believe is more important than goals.

And that would be raising your level of self-awareness and setting some personal intentions of who you want to be.

At the end of the day, your business and your life are a direct reflection of you. It is a reflection of what is going on inside your head, a reflection of where you have emotional triggers and charges, a reflection of your beliefs (helpful and unhelpful) and your values. These mental, emotional and spiritual realms formulate your behaviour and your choices, which in turn create the results in your life.

Regardless of what goals you are going after, working on you is the path to exponential results in business and all areas of your life.

This edition gives you some thought provoking articles along with some tools you might find helpful. It includes a blog article from me where I share my internal ramblings during some intense self reflection. It’s a good read if you want to make yourself feel better and gives you a glimpse inside my head.

I truly wish you success for 2018. And regardless of what it brings and how you view or judge the happenings, it will all be helpful and exactly what you need. So just say thanks to it and be grateful.


A Moment of Honest Reflection

If you’d like a glimpse inside my head to make yourself feel better, this read is for you.

Or if you feel something needs to shift in you to make this your best year, then this read is also for you.

It is my honest reflection on an incident that highlighted for me one of the cornerstones of my philosophy behind business success…and one I was struggling with.

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How to Use the Placebo Effect to Achieve Your Goals

I know I said I wasn’t going to talk about goal achievement but this article shows how your mindset and attitude around time may be your biggest stumbling block.

It also shares a great TEDx talk from Dr Alia Crum that gives scientific evidence behind the concepts shared in this article


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The Elusiveness of Changing Habits

It has been said (and I believe it), that our lives are the sum of our habits. It is our actions that bring our results (and our thoughts behind our actions), so how do we become more intentional about our actions?

Or if we know the actions we want to take (like those you’ve outlined in your new years resolutions) how do you actually make them stick?

This article by Gretchen Rubin gives amazing insight to not only 21 possible strategies to adopt a new habit, but also into four personality types (not the classic types) when it comes to following through on behaviour change.


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SpotlightBetter Than Before

I’m going to cheat a little in this recommendation because I have not yet read what I’m about to recommend.

After listening to Tim Ferriss interview with Gretchen (you can listen here) and reading the summary above, this book is next in line in my Audible queue.

I believe understanding yourself, knowing what is important, what your tendencies are and being intentional about working on yourself is an absolute key to a successful life (whatever that is for you).

If you beat me to it, let me know what you think and send me your highlights ????