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Doom, I’m Not Feeling It

So, we have a new president of the United States of America. Doom is everywhere.

All forms of media are alive with  predictions of the future;

  • World War Three
  • Discrimination out of control for women and ethnic groups
  • Plummeting stock markets
  • Another global financial crisis

And on and on it goes. The media frenzy adding momentum to it all.

You know what…..

I’m not feeling it.

This feeling of doom and gloom.

Maybe I am ignorant, uneducated, uninformed, dispassionate to the plight of others. I don’t think so.

We all create our own realities.

Some consume everything that is fed to them. What they consume feeds their reality of how the world is.

It works the same way as how your body reacts to the food you eat in relation to the energy you use. Physical and mental balance.

The things you learn, read about and the people you mix with all shape the way you think.

Take charge of yourselves people.

The fact that we have a new president in a country that has huge diversity and power does not mean that your life is going to be all downhill from now on. One man or woman is not going to make all the difference. Bigger things are at play.

If you want to be a victim, follow the masses and keep gorging yourselves on the abundant negative information that is available, go ahead change nothing, feel the Doom.

If you want to create something positive out of this life, start fighting for it.

The biggest fight of your life is the one that goes on in your head.

Changing the way you think, your belief systems, your reality. It’s a battlefield with no rules. Challenges come at you from every direction. You need to decide to run, fight or avoid things that influence the way you think and react.

Do you want to learn the secret of feeling positive? It is so simple you would not believe it.

Take positive action and keep taking it until it becomes a habit.

Control your life. Listen to the voices in your head. If you don’t like what they are saying, change what you do. What you have done in the past is what put those thoughts in your head. Replace them with thoughts that help you become the person you would rather be.

Over the next ten years, it is highly likely the world is going to change faster than ever before in the history of mankind. We will hear about and see things we can’t even imagine right now.

With change comes opportunity.

Opportunity is there for the taking. Most of the time it passes us by because we are too focused on the distractions bombarding us through various media. We’re not looking for it. If we do happen to see a glimpse of an opportunity, we are not prepared and it's gone before we can act.

You need to keep learning useful skills, test your belief system and check your values are still current. Skills like;

  • Survival, obviously, the number one skill. If you are dead nothing else matters to you personally, in this world anyway.
  • Skills surrounding your legacy, your family, things you are creating, those skills are right up there near the top of your priorities.
  • Leadership skills will help you leverage from others what you are creating, speed things up, get it done fast and help you keep building your life, your legacy.
  • Thinking skills together with a belief system that what you think is a good thing, is possible and you can make it happen. These skills need constant nourishment and attention. You can do this by spending as much time with others on the same journey as possible.

Think way bigger than you are now because chances are you are not achieving anything like what you are capable of. Broaden your horizons.

Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. You will not thrive and may not survive in your comfort zone.

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On the wall beside my desk, I have a reminder to myself. It simply says;

“Change Fast, Stuff Happens, Deal With It”

So, I make no apologies that I’m not feeling the doom and gloom my Facebook feeds are communicating to me.

Yes, the world will no doubt change fast and I welcome that with my eyes wide open for the opportunity to help those that need what I can offer.

Some of the skills I have learnt here will help me and my legacy survive and prosper. They could help you too.

Take charge of your life.

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Getting old blogging

Getting Too Old For This

I’m getting too old for this!!

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I’m getting too old for this. Words that echo in my head. Usually with some sort of expletive added to the end of the phrase.

So what comes next? Let’s think about that.

The one thing that is certain in life is, we are all getting older, then we die.

Some of us are privileged to become old enough to live through more than one generation.

Some people manage to build a lasting legacy, no matter how long or short their life is. They manage to change the world in a way that continues long after they have stood amongst us.

The decisions we make, what we learn and share, the things we create, all have an effect on the people around us.

For some, that circle of influence is not much bigger than their immediate family and close friends, others reach out to thousands, sometimes millions, like ripples in a pond.

What do I have to offer?

We acquire knowledge through the people we meet and the training we have been exposed to. We build on knowledge through the things we do. What we do with the knowledge makes us who we are, unique.

The actions we take are what other people judge us by.

Our stories from past actions may be interesting to others, giving us some credibility when we first meet. Those stories only go so far towards making us interesting enough that others want to stick around. As a result

The thing that makes others want to be around you more than anything else is, what you are doing with your life right now at this point in time, regardless of how old you are.

Like attracts like. Your actions will attract people interested in what you are doing.

Offer what you are doing, your interest and hobbies, what you are good at.

Learn now what you need for tomorrow

If you feel uneasy about your future and what it may be like, change some of what you’re doing.

Make some time to start walking a different road towards your dreams and goals or change tack and head in a different direction, like a yacht beating to windward toward the top mark.

If you are getting old and it seems like you’re older than most, no doubt you’ve thought “I should have done that” at some stage in your life. I know I am guilty of that phrase. When I really think about it, saying that sort of thing is just negative self-talk.

Your regrets are part of your story. Share the good the bad and the ugly, so others don’t make the same mistakes.

Learn how to share your story.

We live in the information age.

Those that have lived longer than others have more to offer, wisdom for one thing.

Learning a few new skills or getting help from someone who already has the skills,  is relatively easy making sharing what you know well within the capability of most.

Follow a few simple rules and people will find that what you share is interesting. Some may even be prepared to reward you for having the courage to share.

Google “how to make money using; YouTube, Blogs, facebook, podcasts. There is heaps of free info out there.

How old is too old?

I think about my mum and how she only has one income, the pension. At 83 she is still young relative to many her age and sharp as a pin. She created a great environment for us kids to grow up in.

The meals she made were always tasty because she used ingredients that made her home cooking better than what the average restaurant serves up these days.

It would be nice if that knowledge was preserved and shared for future generations.

If she were able to share that knowledge and her little tips and tricks, through modern communication platforms, I have no doubt others would find it interesting enough to follow her. She’d need some help of course. Also…

My brother and the wealth of knowledge he has in the design industry, no doubt has plenty to offer. I know others would love to know how his mind works to create one new idea after the other and

Then there are  Navy mates who have made the transition from life in the military. The highly refined structure within the defence force systems, to a life outside with civilian inefficiencies and poor leadership.

They all have skills and stories to tell that others would be interested in.

If you have been thinking of doing something to change your current situation. If you believe you have a story and knowledge others could find useful, why wouldn’t you share it?  Leave out the bits where you are sworn to secrecy, of course.

Maybe you have a talent for entertaining but selfishly keep it from others due to some untested fear.

The older you are the better.

Where to start learning

I can point you in the right direction.

There is one person I learn from that stands out from the others.

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What I am learning from him is helping me be useful to others.

I know that as I get older, my body is likely to restrict my options for generating income. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to bang away at a keyboard or create videos long after the rest of my body has worn out.

Start thinking about learning new skills. Future proof your life to avoid being dependent on insurance or benefits.

Take responsibility for your future income sources.

Seems like most of us will not have enough if we rely solely on current retirement systems to maintain a good standard of life, therefore

Learning how to share using modern communication systems is a much better gamble than buying Lotto tickets. So do this one thing

Learn how to generate additional income by sharing what you know.

The happiest people in the world are those who help others.

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Creator or Consumer?

Creators and consumers.Pretty women creator

Which one are you?

We are all both of course, just in varying percentages.

Do you spend most of your time creating something useful for others, helping make their lives better, or do you consume whatever is put in front of you to make your own life better?

I’m going to take a punt that those who consume to make their lives better are not as happy as those that create to make other people’s lives better.

Just a gut feeling, no scientific research, no evidence, it’s just a hunch based on my observations and reality. That’s enough for me.

If you focus on what other people need and have the ability to create something to fill that need, you’ll feel good about that for a very long time.

Think back to when you created something for others that made you and them feel good. I bet the memory is still clear in your mind and brings a wee grin to your face.

If you, on the other hand, are a consumer, the sort of person thinking about what will make you happy and you are constantly searching for that thing, think you’ve found it, and consume it, how long are you happy for? Not very long from my past experience. That thing can often have a reverse effect when it needs maintaining or is harder to use than the sales blurb led you to believe. So you move on to the next thing that you think will make you happy. It gets worse if those things start to accumulate, cluttering your life, robbing you of time.

Consumers look at their needs and wants.

Creators look at other people’s needs and wants.

Obviously, we are all consumers. We need to consume to exist. Good food, clean water, shelter from the elements.

Over and above the necessities, we make choices, based on what our comfort threshold is. Health, wealth and happiness are huge driving forces, savvy marketers are always targeting us. So we consume huge amounts of what we want, but don’t necessarily need.

Not all of us are creators.

Why?

Because it is much easier to consume in our spare time, than it is to create.

We follow what other people suggest, rather than taking the lead and problem solving.Man Couch PC

We waste huge amounts of time on our devices, watching movies or flicking through what others have found interesting, things that have pushed their emotional buttons. This gives us a sense of community. The majority of us are not creating any content of value, just consuming and sharing what the minority are creating.

We should or could create a lot more than we do, make it a habit, a normal part of our life. if we did, there is a very good chance this day and age we will stumble across something that others want so much, a business can be built around it. Hobbies can become thriving businesses. Just sharing our knowledge in the right way can create other income streams.

Knowing what other people want is fundamental to success.

Why aren’t more of us creating stuff that makes other people’s quality of life better?

Because the opportunities for creating income that exists today, didn’t exist when we went to school or university and most of us only learnt one way of making money. Get a good job they said.

We never learnt that creating things of value or investing part of what we earned in other people’s creative endeavours was vitally important to get ahead in life.

We got busy in our jobs and consuming things that give us a quick sugar like happy that didn’t last and robbed us of time.

We got too busy to continue our education, an education that would have opened our eyes to the multitude of opportunities available today to create automated recurring income.

We work in jobs that literally kill our creativeness with systemised routines. If it can be systemised it can be automated. If it can be automated, a machine or electronic system can do it.

Is your job on the line? Something for a post another day.

The creators have in the past and will be in the future, the ones with the rich life.

Start creating. Monetize and automate your creation. There are no good excuses these days, it’s easy to learn how.

The world is a different place, it’s changing fast. Change creates opportunity, but you have to use to new tools available to seize those opportunities and change what you do with your spare time.

Don’t believe you can do it? It is easier than you think.

Google “how to make money on Youtube”. Also have a look at what the top earners are getting.

Start your education.

Start creating.

Need for Speed

I stand here, tapping away on my keyboard, sweating like a gold medallist who has just one their race of a lifetime.

Why?

I’ll tell you why later.

I’ve always had this need for speed.Need for speed

My life is littered with friendly reminders from the authorities to slow down. They are right of course. There is nothing more irresponsible than speeding on public roads with the multitudes of events that could conspire to cause injury and heartache in the blink of an eye.

It doesn’t alter the fact I still need to go fast. I just have to keep within the law to fulfil this need.

It is ironic on so many levels that I have this desire to go fast whenever operating vehicles and boats or yachts. Ironic because from an early age, I have always considered myself slow with regard to school, reading, writing and thinking of something clever to reply to a put-down.

You know what? I DON’T GIVE A BIG RATS……

Slow and Fast are such relative words anyway. There is always someone faster. You can bet your bottom dollar there is someone slower. Sometimes it just doesn’t feel that way.

It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are relative to someone else. What matters is that you are moving towards what it is you want for your future goals and dreams.

Saying things like “I’m too old to achieve that” is probably just negative talk based on your current speed and skills. When you repeat something time and time again, you get faster. All of a sudden your horizons expand.

It used to take me ages to update the themes and plugins on my websites. Nowadays, not more than ten minutes. I’ve learned to open each site back end in a different tab, start an update, then move on to the next tab/site while the system is doing the work on the previous site.

My point is, don’t restrict your horizon of possibilities for your life based on the speed you are working at now or when you start something new. Think bigger. You might be surprised how close you get.

I have always had this need for speed and yet it does not translate into my ability to create an online business.

Why?

Too much baggage. Probably from as far back as my school days. Things were said that I can hardly remember, labels attached that allowed my mum to fight for one on one tuition.

That helped.

It wasn’t all bad being labelled mildly dyslectic. Mrs Shelton new more about alternative learning methods than most. I went from starting high school [3rd form/year nine] with a reading and writing ability of kids in the primers [year three] to passing school certificate in three subjects. The navy taught me more about reading, writing and maths than school ever did.

I wasn’t going to talk about this [eh Stephany]. What did I say, the time wasn’t right? The time is never right.

The person I was then is not the person I am now. So there, I said it. I was labelled Dyslectic. It doesn’t matter.

So why am I standing here sweating, as I punch out this insight into who I am?

For six months now, I’ve been searching for a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP), one that represented good value for money and is relatively fast.

A couple of weeks ago I purchased one and got on it for the first time. It was hilarious, trying to balance, doing a close impersonation of the Elvis Presley’s knee wobble. I worked out the basics and made a slow voyage through the canals.

I ‘ve now been out five times.

This time, it all came together and I had an excellent cardio workout. I was in the zone and focussed.

The wonderful sound of the bow wave peeling away as I pushed myself harder and harder, trying to perfect my style, using the right muscles.

I feel inspired, motivated and keen to get the other things on my “To Do List” for today done.

When the idea for this blog post popped into my head, I knew I had to do it right then and there. So here you have it.

The world is speeding up. It is changing fast.

I know that if I don’t change the way I survive and improve our current situation fast enough, we will end up uncomfortable and wanting for the basics with few choices.

I decided today to push myself to another level of discomfort and really focus on what matters most.

I am going to include my inherent need for speed into setting up my online business. I will improve the systems I’m incorporating into my life and focus, get in the zone.

Watch this space I’ll let you know when I’m ready to launch.

Let’s see how many of you like boats and boating.

What sort of boating lifestyle would you like if you knew how to fund it?

Leave a comment, anyone can.

 

Learning to Sail – Again

At this stage in my life, it feels like I’m learning to sail again.

I’m relatively good at sailing and boat handling. Boats have been my passion for a long time now.

I didn’t get competent with boats overnight.

Learning what I know now has been a perpetual series of events, some good some bad.

At the age of nine, I got to progress from playing with boat’s in the bath and mucking around in row boats, to start actually learning to sail.

My parents scraped together enough for a P-Class yacht, called “Pele”. The P-Class was a light weight 2.13 metre (7 foot) long hull with a tiny cockpit, large watertight compartments, together with a relatively large sail area. No matter which way up it was, the hull always floated high in the water.

The learning curve from this popular sailing dinghy was close to vertical from day one.

Learning how to rig the yacht was the first hurdle. I practiced at home when it was obvious I was taking three times as long to rig the boat as everyone else, missing the start of races.

WhenDoc - 11 Mar 2016, 7-23 am - p1 the yacht was rigged in our back yard, I’d visualise and practice stacking out, imagining a gust of wind trying to tip me out.

There is no faster way to learn sailing than to get out on the water, ideally with a club coach giving good advice. Club coaches are seldom available on race days with a large fleet to attend.

Mistakes were made.

At the very beginning, we also got some advice from the wrong people.

A salesman who knew nothing about dinghy sailing, sold us an offshore Kapok life jacket with all the buoyancy in the front and a large collar to keep my head above water. Apparently I needed this because the boom was likely to knock me out.

An old sales technique, create the fear and solve the problem. This became the obvious choice for nervous parents. Totally the wrong buoyancy aid for a wee dinghy sailor.

It must have been hilarious for those arrogant parents watching back in the clubhouse, making snide remarks within earshot of my parents, as the large collar of the lifejacket, hooked up on the mainsheet when I tried to get under the boom. This damn collar totally disrupted the flow of what I had visualised as a well-executed tack. The reality was another dunking.

This lifejacket with the large buoyant chest area effectively made my arms too short. I couldn’t reach the centreboard to lever “Pele” back upright after the yacht had turned completely upside down. Even with help to get the yacht back upright, the lifejacket made it impossible to climb back on board, prolonging my drift down the harbour.

A new sailing vest fixed that problem.

Beware of bad advice, from the wrong person, it equals wasted money.

There was one occasion when near catastrophe struck. It seemed like the end of my sailing for some time afterwards.Doc - 11 Mar 2016, 7-30 am - p1

I learned rigging the mast correctly is very important.

A small kink in the port shroud, the stainless steel wire that holds the mast up, went unnoticed. I sailed off from the launching ramp with the wind on my right shoulder.

To get to the start line I needed to tack to port. The manoeuvre went well. I was feeling confident.

A gust of wind threatened to tip me out, I stacked out to counter the additional weight in the sail, then in the blink of an eye, the mast and sail came crashing down, lying flat in the water beside the yacht.

What just happened?

What’s going to happen now?

I was still quite close to the shore, drifting toward a large boulder bank. I saved “Pele” from those rocks by jumping over the side, using my body as a fender.

Always look up when working rigging up the mast. I taught this rule to many people later in life.

The season ended before I learnt enough to compete in more than a couple of races.

It was all a bit of a blur to me, one lesson after another. Quitting never occurred to me.Doc - 11 Mar 2016, 8-32 am - p1

For my sponsors [my parents] the financial and time commitments were tough, the people they mixed with while I was busy learning, not their type. That winter the “Pele” the P-Class was sold.

I learnt that being a sailor was more than just getting into a yacht and pointing it in the direction you wanted to go. A whole raft of skills surrounds sailing.

My parents negotiated acceptance into the local Sea Cadet unit, TS DIOMEDE, a year younger than normal. I was age 11.

Learning to sail with Sea Cadets and mucking around in various rowing, sailing and motor boats most weekends gave me skills I never really valued until later in life.

Sea sense, spatial awareness, time on distance relative to speed and course, communication, systems and routines, teamwork and maintenance.

By the time I left Sea Cadets I knew how to sail fast.

In preparation for the northern area regatta, we stripped and painted the race yacht over the winter months. We studied the race rules, knots, and tactics and practiced on the water. My crew proudly beat the hotshot ring in “Chris Dixon” in a series of picture perfect races off one tree point, Whangarei Harbour.

I developed solid foundations for future learning about boats, seamanship and leadership over the seven years with sea cadets.

I am now passionate about building an online income. This is why I feel like I’m learning to sail again:

  • Learning how to rig the yacht = building a WordPress website.
  • Visualizing sailing upright = imagining the appearance of the site.
  • Club Coach = Internet income mentor.
  • Advice from non-sailor salesmen wasted time and money = Advice from people who are not making money online, wasted time and money.
  • Always look up when rigging the mast = Always check the back end settings of your website.
  • Losing your mast over the side = Having your money making website server hacked.
  • Maintaining the hull and rigging = Keeping the themes and plugins up to date.
  • A whole raft of skills surround sailing fast = A whole raft of skills surround creating a money-making website.
  • Planning, sanding/painting, practicing skills, winning races = Planning, preparation, creating and building, attracting income.

As you get on in life and try to learn something new, I believe it helps to draw on your past experiences that led to success. Older people have this advantage over those just starting out. They know that learning new skills is going have a large component of failures and perceived disasters. That’s okay.

Sticking with your passion and working through the good and the bad will eventually get you to the point where you can make a living from your knowledge and skills.

When you look back, the successes and failures will blend together into the stories you tell of your journey.

If you push hard to achieve your goals, it will all seem like a bit of a blur when you look back.

What can you relate back to, that fuels your current goals?

Leave a comment.

The Scariest Number

 

It is well known in business that the scariest number is “1”.44503410_s

Why?

If you only have one and you lose it, you have nothing.

Think about that for a moment. How does that fit into your life?

It is a sad fact of life for most people, they only have one income.

How scary is that!?

People all over the world are in fear of losing their job, their only source of income, for many their only option for maintaining the lifestyle they have become accustomed to.

Business owners love this; it gives them power over their employees.

It scares the hell out of me, the thought of only having one income stream. For that reason alone, I dedicate quite a bit of time exploring other options. If you haven’t set up multiple income streams, your life could become very different in a very short space of time.

Why do I believe this so strongly? The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), released research that found 60% of young Australian students are studying for jobs that won’t exist, or will look very different in the next 10 to 15 years.

If this is true, then it stands to reason that many of the jobs we are in at the moment as adults are also dying or changing rapidly.

Go to school [12 years] earn the right to qualify for university, polytech, TAFE or any other vocational educational training where you get a piece of paper that says you have achieved a certain standard. Usually a knowledge based assessment [4-6 years].

At this point, all you have is the knowledge, a licence to learn how to apply your knowledge in the real world, to be considered competent [5 more years].

You are now close to 30 years old. A family of your own perhaps. The next 20 to 30 years will become a blur as they race by.

You are required to constantly return to update that knowledge. After 10 years, chances are you are not that happy with your lot. You want to change but you feel trapped.

Many of these learning institutions have designed their courses to lock you into a certain career path. They upsell you to a higher level of skill in order to get slightly better wages. A financial cost to you in the form of lost wages and fees, just to maintain a single income stream.

It doesn’t make sense to me.

Most of the courses do not open your eyes to the potential income streams you could create for yourself in this day and age. The institutions that run these courses are in business and don’t want any competition, they don’t encourage you to share your knowledge.

There is nothing wrong with learning skills that are useful to other people. Just be very aware that the world is changing. The skills you have or are learning today could easily be replaced by new technologies or a shift in societies values in the next decade or so.

So what is the answer?

Share what you learn when you learn it.

You teach best what you need to know the most.

If you have been struggling to work through a problem, then come up with the solution or even better, a system that works, share it. if it is your system, you get 100% of the profit. if it is someone else’s system negotiate an affiliate cut of their profit for bringing them new customers.

Get a return on your investment in knowledge and skills as soon as you can because chances are the knowledge you have today is becoming less valuable as each year ticks by.

When you do this you will be helping other people fast track through the same issues. If you do a good job and create good value, you will be able to create additional income streams.

We live in the information age. There are multiple ways to share knowledge.

Do yourself a big favour, go the extra distance and learn how to share what you are learning, what you know or even what other people know.

Free yourself from the underlying fear of only having one income, an income that could dry up for a multitude of reasons.

If you need a place to start, go to Udemy. com, get your creative juices flowing.

Start creating.

 

Being Authentic when Changing

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Being authentic this day and age is so important. People have such good BS radars. Most can tell when you are lying, when you have copied something, or when you are trying to be like someone you’re not.

Having said that, the lines can become a little blurred when we’re making changes.

We all have the choice to create our own identities and transform ourselves or reinvent ourselves at any stage in our lives.

If you’re not changing who you are or what you do constantly it may feel like you are swimming around in the same old stagnant pool, doing the same old stuff and getting the same old results week after week month after month.

Who feels like that?

On the flip side, when you are making changes in your life it can feel quite awkward and uncomfortable.

Those thoughts start rattling around in your head like:

  • What would my friends and family think?
  • What if work mates find out I’m doing this and give me a hard time?
  • What if things I’ve said on social media don’t match who I am becoming or have become, will people call me a hypocrite?

All the demons of our past seem to rise to the surface and give us hundreds of good reasons not to change?

The reality is that those that matter don’t really care that you are changing provided you stick to your core values and are not deliberately going out of your way to hurt others.

Those that matter are the ones you can help, or the ones that want to share your journey and support you with your goals. Spend as much time as you can spare with these people, they are like rocket fuel for positive action.

I am working on something big that I’ll share with you at a later date. A key part of this project has been written for some time now, sitting in a folder waiting for I don’t know what.

I recently started communicating with a group of guys who want change in their lives, who support each other in achieving their goals on a weekly basis. All of a sudden this file was resurrected from the depths of my filing system then sent to the person I wrote it for. Amazingly I got a yes “sounds like fun” response. Because of a little support and accountability from a group of guys I’ve never met. How powerful is that?

People come in and out of your life all the time, we don’t always control that.

Some you may only meet for a moment, exchange smiles and make each other feel a little better, like many of the people I meet in my place of work. Then there are those you spend quality time with, maybe a few hours or days exchanging ideas and beliefs then they are gone. Others keep coming back time and time again. They come into our lives when we need them to, or they need us. They all influence who we are, what we do with our time.

When you spend significant time with someone else or a group of people, their influence and support [or lack of it] can be a major catalyst for changing who you are.

It is important to know, who people think you are [their perception of you], who you think you are [your self-image] and who you are working towards becoming [your ideal self].

Ask some of your friends or workmates how they see you, their perception is neither right or wrong so don’t be scared to ask, or judge them if they say something you don’t like. What they think is just their reality. Doing this is simply a way of getting some insight of what you say and do from another perspective.

Take a good honest look at yourself and write down who you are right now at this point in time.

Go on to write down who you want to be in the future and put a time line on it.

Writing these down is important, keep it somewhere safe for future reference. Write your values, the things you do on a daily basis, the words you use, your habits. Put the date beside it.

A hardcover blank page sketchbook works for me.

When you refer back to it at a later date, your core values should be much the same, your daily routines and habits different. This is what I call “Authentic Change”.

If you try to change too much about yourself including your values and you do it fast, people may see you as unstable and a bit of a loony. When you keep your core values in place, others may understand what you’re doing. You will no doubt feel uncomfortable like you’re on an emotional rollercoaster. That’s a good thing, you know your living life to the full, experimenting, creating a new version of you.

If you learn new skills and mix with a healthy variety of people, over a much longer time period, life is easier. We don’t have as much time as we think, so you have a high risk of failing to achieve the result you’re looking for before the goal posts shift. Life often feels easy and comfortable but boring at times in this mode of living.

You are what you say and do, not what you say you’re going to do. Some people will get you and others won’t.

I am who I am. Sometimes I use bad language, sometimes not. I try to respect the feelings of those I’m talking to. You either get me or you don’t. It doesn’t really matter to me. I prefer to be around those that get who I am and what I’m trying to achieve with the changes I make in my life.

Be authentic by sticking with your core values. Reinvent or change who you are by doing new things and creating new useful stuff. Broaden the circle of people you mix with on a regular basis. Change as fast as you can for a better life.

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Finding The Time

We are all given the exact amount of time each day.

The choices we have made in the past and continue to make throughout the day erode that time. Before we know it, the day is over, then the week, month and year.

How many of you said towards the end of last year, “well that year went fast”?

Many of the internet Gurus tell us, we need to change how we spend our time if we want to escape the time trap we have created for ourselves. They are right of course, if you keep doing the same thing with your time, you keep getting the same results.

It is frustrating when you know this, have good intentions and don’t seem to be able to get any momentum with the changes you are trying to make.

Dr Deming has a famous quote “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”.

Making commitments or planning how you use your time is important, but comes with the emotional consequences, both good and bad depending on your successes and failures.

We are now half way through the week. Before bed, I spent some time analysing where my time has and will be spent this week. Here is what I came up with.

This week (Monday to Sunday) I am committed to working 64 hours for wages. This consists of;
3 x 13 hour shifts 6am to 7pm
1 x 15 hour shift 6am to 9 pm
1 x 10 hour shift 7pm to 5am

I average between 6-7 hours sleep a night, say 49 hours a week. So that is about 109 hours allocated so far.

Daughter and friends in DinghyThere are 168 hours in a week, so I have 59 remaining of which I spent 13 hours’ yesterday;

  • Getting my body tuned up.
  • Helping my daughter find a car for her first year at University.
  • Supporting her with her job search.
  • Helping her set up the inflatable dinghy so she and her friends could motor out of the canals and have a picnic on the beach.
  • I had a wee catch up sleep during the afternoon for two hours.
  • Helped make dinner with my wife who had her first day back at school as a teacher.
  • Did some of an Udemy course.
  • Shared some commitments with a group of good blokes trying to get ahead in life.

Blue Heron - hard standSo in the remaining 46 hours I have unallocated until the end of Sunday, I plan to spend;

  • 16 working on our family yacht which is hauled out for repairs and maintenance. Sail drive oil change, progress engine instrument panel build and wiring and remove wind vane steering system.
  • 2 hours writing one blog post, [this one] for whoever may be interested.
  • 1 hour progressing an Udemy course.
  • 2 hours watching as licenced passenger, helping my daughter get enough hours for her provisional car licence.

I now have 25 hours remaining, which surprises me. Did I do my maths wrong, possibly. It doesn’t really matter. I know I waste time.

By doing this exercise, I have a greater awareness of where my time is being spent. By being aware, it is possible to make changes or prioritise what I use my time for.

We all waste a huge amount of time. We say things like “I wish I had more time and money” [to do what I really want in this life] but don’t really invest much of our spare time in making it happen.

If you want more out of life, you have to fight your way out of the Time Trap you created, bit by bit. Get rid of the stuff that is holding you back and do more of the things that will get you to where you want to be.

Note to self; Stop consuming any more time wasting crap and start creating something others find useful.

I don’t feel that comfortable sharing this insight into my life. If it helps others get ahead, then it is probably worth it.

What is Your Mission?

We have all had or been part of a mission at some point in our lives.

The mission may have been something relatively small and personal, or maybe bigger like getting your own house. Maybe you were part of a team working on a mission that no one person could have achieved on their own.

When a mission is big, a mission statement is often created and displayed for everyone to see. Smaller personal missions may only exist in your head.

A mission revolves around three key questions:

  • What do you do?
  • Why do you do it?
  • Who do you do it for?

So a mission statement describes the current situation while at the same time identifying the purpose of the mission.

How do I know this?

During my 27-year career in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), the Navy went through some major changes.

In 1980 it seemed to me as a new recruit that the predominant style of leadership was autocratic, “do as I say, do it now and don’t ask any questions”. This style of leadership was not just part of the initial training – it continued when I was posted to my first ship.

The lower deck workers or junior ratings knew who they worked for, were told what to do and didn’t know much more about the mission they were a part of.

The middle deck or senior ratings knew what had to be done, who to get it done by and had a fair inkling as to why it needed to be done.

The upper deck or officers, knew mostly why it had to be done, a fair bit of the what was done, and delegated who did it to the senior ratings.

This system had worked well in the past when there were plenty of sailors on ships to get things done.

Within the first decade of my career, government budget cuts reduced the number of sailors in the RNZN significantly through a process of natural attrition. People had to wear several hats, work longer and harder, and cracks soon began to show.

The RNZN was not a happy work environment at that time.

Old traditions like rum issue at midday began to disappear, which may have had some effect on moral also.

The RNZN was beginning to change the way they did business.

At about this time I began to form my own mission.  Crew superyachts, get good pay and an adventurous life, working for the rich and wealthy.

I wanted to quit Navy life, reboot and start a new life. Instead of quitting outright, my Chief suggested I hedge my bets.

I needed to be able to say to future employers, “this is what I do”.

So I took a year leave without pay and sailed more than 9,000 nautical miles to Canada from New Zealand via Tahiti and Hawaii. The yacht was a new 37-foot, full keel, cutter rigged, Lidgard design called “Katie II”. I’ll share some stories about that in future posts.

Sailing non-stop for around 26 days, doing four hours on watch and four hours off, for three ocean passages, took a bit of grit.

I spoke to a lot of people during our month-long stopovers. One I remember in particular during our Tahiti stop was Nigel Blackburn. We talked about the realities of the superyacht industry. This started to form a clear picture in my mind of life on superyachts. I started to doubt my belief that this was the right mission for me.

Having sailed to Canada, it was time for a new mission: drive across America to look for work on a yacht and enjoy being a tourist in another country along the way. I loved that 1972 Chev Impala Station wagon. But that is another story that includes 14,000 miles of driving.

To cut a long story short, I went back to my Navy career in 1989.

Many of the lessons I learnt because of the missions I undertook became invaluable for understanding various situations later in life.

What happened to the RNZN over the next couple of decades was truly remarkable and a huge shift in the way we went about business. World leading experts were contracted to train everyone from the bottom up.

Task-specific situational leadership was introduced paving the way for Navy Excellence (NX).

NX revolved around three sets of tools, put together with the Baldrige Criteria, which empowered all staff to make change for the good of the RNZN organization. These tools were:

  • Standard improvement tools
  • Standard scorekeeping tools
  • Organizational Alignment tools

All of a sudden the majority of those in the RNZN were on the same page and developed a clear mission statement. We all knew what we did, why we did it and who we did it for. For this reason, together with the other changes implemented, moral in the RNZN improved in great leaps and bounds. It wasn’t all sweet-smelling roses but we now had the tools to continually improve.

So that’s how I know about missions and mission statements.

If you want to read more about “The best small nation navy in the world” just Google that phrase.

Are you on a mission? Is it clearly defined in a mission statement?

Ask yourself those three key questions.

Feel free to share your mission in the comments below.

 

Cash Is King

Here is a saying I haven’t heard in a while, “Cash Is King”.

The saying “cash is king” for most of us is equivalent to saying “don’t give up your day job”.

For me, I am very grateful to have a job. My job gives me cash flow, which allows me to pay the bills and keep my family in the lifestyle they have become accustomed to, while still allowing me to put a percentage aside for investing.

During my journey into becoming an entrepreneur, I was introduced to the analogy of two trains running on parallel tracks in the same direction.

One train represents your current life, complete with income from a job, pension or benefit. That train is on a track you don’t control. You could be shunted off anytime, in any direction or taken to a dead end. Wherever the track owner or governing authorities want that train to go, you either have to go too, or jump. Your destination is out of your control. We will call this the ‘job train’, which is in the here and now.

Just to be clear, if you are in a business you own that requires you to be there in order to make money, you own a job. You are still on the job train. You are still trading your time for money.

The other train represents the life you would like, with income from multiple automated investments or businesses that you have purchased or built, complete with the rights to build as much track as you need to continue your journey. We will call this the ‘opportunity train’.

The opportunity train is stopped on one set of tracks further down the line, loaded full of opportunities, waiting for someone to get it going.

The job train is rolling along the other set of adjacent tracks, catching up to the opportunity train.

To get from the job train you are on to the opportunity train you would like to be on, you have to add fuel to the opportunity train in the form of knowledge and investments. Get that train rolling down the adjacent track, getting more and more momentum (which equals cash flow) and increasing speed close to that of the job train.

When the job train catches up to the opportunity train, you will be able to safely step across and continue to build momentum and speed on the opportunity train, leaving the job train behind.

If you try to jump across from one moving object to the other while they are traveling at different speeds, chances are you are going to get hurt.

The reality of this scenario for most of us is the two trains are going at different speeds. When the opportunities come, we don’t have the knowledge or momentum/cash flow to step across and ride where we choose into the future.

So start building your investments and businesses while you still have cash coming in from your job, pension or benefit. Use a percentage of that cash flow to educate yourself, then create other income streams that get more cash coming in.

When you have as much steady income from your investments and businesses as you do from your current income, step across and take control of your future. When you own the knowledge, investments and businesses, you control them and the direction they go.

We live in the information age. It has never been so easy to automate income from the knowledge in your head.

In future posts I will share with you things I am learning that may help you jump from the job train to the opportunity train without getting hurt.

One book I highly recommend to start building your knowledge is Here: