I have recently had the opportunity to be on the Founding Team of a company called Global Mind Mastery. However as part of bringing a new team together on a new venture we were each asked to list the 100 things we want to achieve in our lifetime. Initially the list was relatively easy. Its a personal thing to write down some of your aspirations and dreams but as I got to about 30 it became a challenge. After talking to quite a few other people who complete their list of 100 things it appears there is transitional process people go through. You see the first part of your list is easy as it hits mostly materialistic items of desire like the dream home and great car. Then it might transition to love, marriage, kids and health. Most people then focus on travel and start listing all their desirable destinations around the world. But then most people stop. They never finish their list. It took me weeks to write and re-write this list and its not perfect. But the transition I saw was once you have all you desire you start to think about what you can give back to the world.
I have learned that wanting to be abundant is a great thing because you can give back and help more people. Successful entrepreneurs come to mind and then of all their charities and philanthropic activities. When you write the list yourself I would hope you too would impart on the world to be a better place. Send me your link to your 100Things in the comments below. For now welcome to mine.
- 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 1 study home on a semi-acreage property. It has a pool, spa and a meditation retreat and view. 1,000,000 Value.
- The land is also large enough for hobby cows, chickens and a dog.
- Own a 12 X 12 auto workshop with Hoist for Nathan to pursue his auto mechanic passion
- Earn a min $30,000 + a month residual income
- A beach wedding . Twin daughters as flower girls
- Honeymoon in Cook Islands – Moana sands Hotel
- Multi-million dollar property portfolio
- Family holiday to France and Spain for 2 months
- Inspire and present to a crowd of 6000 people
- Have baby no 3 (1 boy)
- Grow a beautiful garden and a large sustainable vegetable garden
- Buy a building apartment block as part of investment portfolio
- Weekly meditations and fortnightly facials
- Motorhome road trip around New Zealand
- Breast enhancements
- Hire a Boxing personal trainer and box competitively
- Join a weekly art class
- Present my art work at my own art exhibit/show
- Learn to speak and read Spanish
- Move to Europe to live for a few years
- Go on an annual meditation and detox retreat
- Learn Burlesque and dance on stage at a show
- Learn Swing dancing
- Buy a new digital SLR camera and learn how to take professional photos
- Take the family and parents on an Australian outback adventure through the Kimberley’s and Broome
- Write a book
- Have a weekly radio program on entrepreneurship and mindset
- Trek the Grand Canyon
- Holiday in the Greek Islands of good food and culture
- Trek Mt Kilimanjaro
- Have baby no 4
- Swim with the dolphins
- Hire a tutor and re-learn the piano and practise daily
- Learn to play classical timeless piano pieces
- Give $15K each to family and friends
- Wear a pair of diamond earrings and diamond necklace
- Own a luxury Tag watch bought in Switzerland
- Learn to ride a bicycle
- Take the kids on a bike riding holiday to the Eiffel tower in France and Copenhagen
- Have a White Christmas in Europe
- Send my kids to Private high school
- Teach my kids financial independence
- Learn to Ski
- Own a BMW XG Silver
- Buy a Jet boat for Nathan
- Visit my World vision sponsored child in Bolivia and support the community in a project
- Donate to Kids Help Line
- Donate to Domestic Violence support networks
- Learn cake decorating and create awesome birthday cakes every year
- Meet Dave Sharpe and Dave Wood
- Earn $1M with Empower Network and be in the Million dollar club
- Go on an Ancient History study tour with the family through Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt
- Grow roses and have my own rose garden
- Complete a business/entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate at the Harvard Business School
- Visit silicon valley and meet some of the top technology/online business entrepreneurs
- Learn and implement sales and conversation hypnosis and NLP
- Go on an overseas Art tour and painting workshop with my mum
- Manage my own million dollar online internet business
- Be an authority for the latest Technological innovation trends and own the latest tools
- Go parasailing
- Support the World Scouting Association through grants in youth entrepreneurship and commercialisation
- Star in a Movie
- Hire a personal virtual assistant
- Win the Telstra Business Women’s Award
- Have laser eye surgery to fix short-sightedness
- Build a retirement home where residents can bring a pet
- Go on a shopping spree to New York, London and Paris
- Hire a personal shopper
- Hire a housekeeper
- Sponsor an orphanage and education programs for young women
- Fund and manage an annual grant for medical research in Australia
- Support medical research into dementia
- Be in the inner circle of entrepreneurs and millionaires
- Take the family on a 4 week holiday to Hawaii
- Live in Auckland New Zealand for a few years so the family can be part of the Maori culture
- Visit Denmark and meet Princess Mary and Prince Fredrick and their kids
- Own a holiday home in NSW on the country coast
- Get to and maintain a size 10 figure
- Hike to the South Pole
- Decorate my home with original art work from international artists
- Member of the Order of Australia
- Write a series of children’s books and illustrated with my mother
- Receive an Honorary degree PhD and give a Graduation Speech
- Have one day “off work” just for me
- Dye my hair pink
- Host regular family dinners for friends and family
- Have a personal chef on call
- Fly first class to London and New York
- Create 5 award winning and blockbuster mobile Apps
- Visit Claude Monet’s House and Gardens in France
- Take the family on an Alaska Cruise Vacation
- Have an annual family photo taken every year at Christmas
- Have a fortnightly date night with my husband (no kids)
- Have one weekend away with each of my children every year (one-on-one)
- Celebrate 50 years of happy marriage
- Perform in a dramatic play at the theatre
- Travel to Broome and the Australia Kimberley’s both luxury camping, helicopter and pearl farming
- Build a Family trust fund for education expenses for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren
- Support funding into aged care services and maintenance of facilities
- Die peacefully in my sleep at age 100 and have a wonderful funeral celebration
A few months ago I was introduced to The Dear Diary Process. As an avid reader and collector of law of attraction books since Rhonda Byrnes, The Secret was launched, I was eager to see what made this one so different. As a kid I had written in diaries outlining everything had happened during the day and on the occasional times where I flip through those old diaries the script bemoans frustrations of school, friends, boredom, and sibling arguments. As I approached high –school my journaling was replaced by yearly day calendars to keep appointments, write down goals and record appointments. So when I read the Dear Diary Process it introduced me to a whole new way of writing in a diary. If I could describe it as a combination of writing as if the following day had already finished setting your intention in advance by visualising each goal and appointment.
“Why write about what you did, it is now history? Why remind yourself of it, especially if it was bad?”
That is probably why all my childhood journal entries are consistently lethargic. I wonder how well I could have achieved at school and friends if I had written each night for the next day?
So the Dear Diary Process book introduces you to a new way of thinking giving you the tools to do it. The method is not onerous and once you get the hang of the wording, intent and structure it starts to become fun. Fun as when you see your days unfold exactly as you intended the night before.
What I enjoy about the process is the habit of doing it every night as the last thing you do before going to bed and then you have the option to quickly read it when you wake up but then it is advised not to read it again. Already since I have started doing the Dear Diary Process I have recognised some changes. For instance my meetings have had more positive outcomes, opportunities have opened up, financially I have had some great wins in my business and my relationships have improved. Whatever you want in your life you can have just by the simple nightly activity of writing in your Dear Diary book. So grab your copy (ebook or soft copy available) and then send me your testimonial click here. Books available for order on the Global Mind Mastery product website.
About the Dear Diary Process Author:
Stuart Walter is a Brisbane-based sports psychologist who works with elite athletes to maximise their potential and improve their performance in competitive situations. Drawing on his work with champion athletes, Stuart has developed a simple, powerful and effective process for anyone seeking to maximise their potential in their everyday life. This book is both an instructional manual on the Dear Diary Process and a daily journal for five months of entries to “turn the page to a new you”.
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It amuses me to recall but I am not that old but when I went through high school we only just had the internet and we didn’t have social media. Somewhat I am grateful for as now I am in my 30’s it appears my age is not immune to the effects of cyberbullying in social media. You see it would be another ten years before Facebook was launched and my year 12 computer studies were limited to Microsoft Word and Excel training. I always loved to write and had numerous international pen pals over the years and my first emails carried a similar writing to online pen pals to the Scouts in the USA. As my life has grown and relationships expanded and now I am a mother, I have become fully aware of the impact of cyberbullying on the internet through constant media stories. As yet I still have ten more years before my girls become teenagers but I truly fear what the social media landscape will look like when they start opening their own online accounts.
Bullying when I was a kid was the feeling of exclusion of activities from other kids. Not always getting the in-joke and not cool enough to be invited to parties. Some parts of the bullying has actually been a personal driver for success, improving my self-esteem and being certain of the friends I hang with actually bring me up than let me down but then again I feel fortunate that I don’t have a Facebook profile that started when I was 16.
So what the hell am I talking about? What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is the use of technology to bully a person or group. Bullying is repeated behaviour by an individual or group with the intent to harm another person or group.
In the case of cyberbullying the intended harm may be social, psychological and even, in extreme cases, physical. It can cause shame, guilt, fear, withdrawal, loneliness and depression.
Because children and young people are often online it can be hard for them to escape cyberbullying. Nasty messages, videos and gossip can spread fast online and are hard to delete. Sometimes the attackers can be anonymous and hard to stop. These factors make it harder for adults to see and harder to manage.
A resource for parents on Bullying online inks and practical tips to help parents manage online risks with teens be found here: – See more at: http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Parents/Cyber%20issues/Cyberbullying.aspx#sthash.sgo1we8y.dpuf
Cyberbullying in the Internet Marketing Industry
Since working online now for over a year building skills in internet marketing, social media marketing is one tool a lot of leaders use to generate online traffic and build a reputation. And recently it has been my great dismay reading so many Internet Marketing leaders promoting popularity by their daily rants against people new to the industry. Daily rants that include the name of a person to ridicule is one such tactic that is clearly an act of cyberbullying and one I too was a victim recently after emailing a particular profiled Internet Marketer a question about a marketing tactic where my name was published and ridiculed on her wall. After a succession of rebuttal comments about this disgusting behaviour before the post was deleted and an apology sent, still has me shaken up. Internet Marketing is a competitive industry and also can be bloody nasty and ego’s rampant. So my recommendation to you is to choose your leaders well for their ethics and values and not just because they earn the most dollars.
Cyberbullying and Parenting
I also see Cyberbullying in all forms with parents and on online mother’s forums. Other mums ridiculing, intimidating or excluding you on how you parent your child. Another incident only just this week had me reeling as well. A person I had known for a very long time who is also a Primary School teacher and mother herself took a photo of someone else’s child without their mother’s permission and posted it on her page to joke about her size in comparison to her own child. Apparently it was seen as ok if you put a sticker on the child’s face and any comment to the contrary was responded with a rant of how “sensitive people are and it’s JUST a JOKE?” Unsurprisingly I was “unfriended” for my reply that yes it did disturb me.
What you can do to respond to Cyberbullying
No I am not over reacting. Why is it people think behind the computer they can ridicule people whereas they may consider twice if it was to your face? When I see and experience stories like these I think its time to reconsider the newsfeed that scans down my eyes on a daily basis. Essentially your social media newsfeed is your account and a reflection of the online friends you have made and the communities and pages you have liked. To take back control of any content that disturbs you is to feel empowered to block, delete, unlike and remove it from your account.
Some recommendations say to ignore the person if you are a victim of an attack or something that is posted about someone else that does not feel right and I am in two minds of this. One I recommend you not to reply in haste but leave it awhile before responding. Secondly I also think if it disturbs you enough to respond than its OK too as long as you target the behavior as incorrect and not the person which is a common strategy for providing negative feedback.
Last thoughts. If you see cyberbullying online, take the courage to speak out. You are not silly or insensitive as there are other people who may also feel the same but are too afraid to speak up. Be smart and take control and recognize what cyberbullying is and take action against cyberbullying.
I would love to hear your comments below.
You might know that you’re perfect for the job, but your online profile, or lack of it, could be standing between you and your potential dream employer. Before recruiters offer you a position or see you for an interview, they will pay very close attention to the information about you that’s available on the net. CVs and cover letters do a great job of communicating your experience, and an interview is your chance to show off your suitability for the role. However, in order to get to this stage, you need to spark their interest with that initial online search.
Google your name and examine your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn profiles and all other social networking sites with a critical eye. If there’s anything on there that you know an employer wouldn’t want to find, you’ve got some editing to do – remove ranting statuses and drunk photos before they come back to haunt you. Even if nothing comes up, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Most jobs require you to be connected in some way to the social media bubble, and zero Google hits could suggest to an employer that your understanding and experience of even the basics of online profiling are also non-existent.
Join the dots
If you’re applying for a PR or marketing job, make sure your accounts support any claims you’ve made about your skills with digital media. If the job you’re going for requires a high level of written English, be extra vigilant about spelling and grammar. Think about setting up a blog to demonstrate your writing skills. If it can show off your passion for the industry you’re applying to work in, so much the better. Make sure everything in your online life matches with what you say on your application and at interview.
It’s likely that the person interviewing you won’t be the one who runs the company Twitter account. However, it’s a good idea to follow the company in question on Twitter before you apply, and retweet some of their posts. This shows you have an interest in them and their work, and will give you quick up-to-the minute information that you can show off if you get to the interview stage.
Don’t talk about your job hunt
Tweeting about how well or badly you think an interview went is not a good idea. Neither is broadcasting to Facebook how bored you are with all these applications and rejections. A potential employer wants to see someone who is upbeat, proactive and keeping themselves busy – make sure you present this image to the public, and restrict the griping and the exchange of adorable cat videos to private messages.
I was asked recently what are you afraid of? I have been doing lots of personal development this past year and part of the process was identifying with your fears and taking responsibility to overcome them. What am I afraid of? Well I used to have a lot of fears that started from my teenage years.
For a very long time I was afraid of writing, driving and picking up the telephone. Thank goodness I have learnt to mostly to overcome these but its funny how some behavour still lingers.
Fear of Writing
A blogger fear of writing! How funny but when I think of writing I remember so many returned essays at school and in Honours with red marks scribbled over it. I have no idea what happened to the confident 13 year who loved English, writing short stories and poetry who passed with High Distinctions could cower in class 5 years later hiding behind C’s and D’s. It was not so much a failure in spelling but grammer and expression. Thank goodness with blogging I have the freedom without the critique! My failure to write only compounded 4 years later at uni when my supervisor would also return my papers heavily marked with changes and request for re-write that I convinced myself my writing was so appalling everyone was talking about me behind my back. By the time I enrolled in my Masters degree where assignments were a regular occurrence I was paralyzed to start. I paid friends to review my drafts and even found a uni counselor to tutor me. Now many years I am starting to think my writing wasn’t so bad. My grades once again were distinctions.What remains sometimes is the paralyses.
Fear of Driving
When I was 16 I started the milestone of getting my car license. Peer pressure told me to learn a manual license and in absence of family who would teach me to drive I sat for hours with an instructor driving around the suburbs. For one reason or another I racked up 5 failed driving tests. I was on a roll. Each test I would remember the failure of the time before which almost certainly set me up for failure the next time. There was doing a hill start when the lights go green and giving way to the right at the same time fail. Which technically was a tough one to the silly fail of turning right when I didn’t see the No Right turn sign until after half way through the turn. During one early test I had bought myself a box of chocolates to give the instructor to my impending pass only to be curling up in bed eating the box myself. When finally I got awarded the yellow laminated license card I didn’t drive a car again for another 2 years. There were plenty of excuses like, “I have a boyfriend who drives me,” “I don’t have a car” or “I just use public transport.” But when I did finally drive again I had to go back to a lesson or two just to work on that confidence.
Fear of picking up the Phone
Lastly I had a fear of picking up the phone at work. I remember distinctly hiding in the aisles at the Toy Shop where I worked at 14 years old refusing to pick up the phone when it rang. I used to rationalize that I was afraid I could not answer a question. It was a Toy Shop dammit! If I had to call someone I did not know I would write out a script in front me. Even to the point of writing, “Hi my name is Lisa….” When I started my first “real” full time job it was for a start-up company with 3 offices right next to each other. The boss still used the phone intercom system but I could not tell if the ring was an internal ring or external. If I had to make a business phone call I would time it so when my colleague was not in earshot. Likewise when I did a short stint in recruitment in an open plan office it was excruciating as I was afraid people would laugh if they heard me on the phone. I have no idea! where that fear came from. Now that fear only appears if I have to make a cold call. Thank goodness for online businesses I am no longer pressured to do that. I would hate the Tupperware nights where you had to cold call your list when just extended that fear.
All these fears can be overcome. One book I recommend is “Feel the Fear and NO IT Anyway!” Or try hypnosis. With hypnosis, you can program the right thoughts into your mind and eliminate negative beliefs. This doesn’t work for everyone, but it might for you.
So what are your teenage fears that you still carry? I welcome your questions below.
Just like Ideas to Market, Recipe to Riches is a TV innovative series that takes much-loved home recipes from everyday Australians and turns them into top-selling products on the shelves. Just like the concept in Dragon’s Den where entrepreneurs had the opportunity to pitch their Idea to a panel of Investors, Recipe to Riches is just about food. I have steered away from reality competitions in the past (dancing – no; singing – no; talent quests – groan no; cooking – no) but what I have liked about Recipe to Riches is the fact it does following the commercialisation steps you will need in any product (somewhat condensed in fast tracked bite size bits).
Stage 1: The Pitch
What you will see is the Stage 1: The pitch and in this case its your 30 second elevator speech and product sample of your recipe in front of 3 judges. You only have a small amount of time to impress them to assess what you have. This week it was sweets – my favourite! This week the three contestants were Patsy a sweet grandma from Tasmania with her raspberry jam slice; Garth and his chocolate coated popcorn called Chocorn; and Karen and her perfumed macarons.
Each recipe has a story and an inspiration.
Stage 2: Scale Up
Stage 2 is like with any product needs to be able to scale up for market. When I worked in the laboratory this was also the critical stage. What might work in your kitchen, garage or lab may not work scaling up for mass production. Quantities, times and ovens will need tweaking and materials may need substituting. In this episode some key problems were recognised:
- The ability for an entrepreneur to delegate
- The problems that do occur in working in large quantities
- The time pressure to complete products to a schedule
- Quality control and quality assurance to maintain a consistent standard between batches.
Stage 3: Advertising Campaign
This week in Stage 3 we were down to only two finalists: Chocorn vs the Raspberry Jam Slice. Stage 3 is developing the advertising campaign. It was interesting as the advertising campaign was all about the product. While competing with the high-end chocolate market it was to be targeted as a luxurious sweet with many flavours and nut combinations whereas Patsy’s Raspberry Jam Slice was all about promoting Patsy. Patsy had a beautiful Grandmother image, which communicated home cooking and nostalgia. Unfortunately she was also competing in the highly competitive biscuit market.
Stage 4: Market Testing and Product Launch
In reality you would have done lots of market testing BEFORE the Advertising Campaign and Product Launch but it is a TV show. So in stage 4 both Chocorn and Patsy’s Raspberry Jam Slice delivered product launches and market testing to suit their product campaigns. As inspired by the cinema of combining popcorn with choc top ice-cream, Garth delivered a launch at the local cinema to the surprise to the patrons of the day. A little bit of a cringe when the promotional advertisement was delivered flat to the sound of silence as the patrons wondered what was going on was soon saved as the dancing girls came out with platters of Chocorn samples. What Australian doesn’t like a good sample as hands went out to scoop up Chocorn by the mouthful to the murmuring agreement that Chocorn was a success.
Meanwhile over in the city garden, Patsy was capturing passer-bys with her free high-tea. Patsy’s Raspberry Jam Slice was delivered with classic afternoon tea style. I did have a chuckle as she confidently moved people on after sitting down for too long enjoying their tea as she wanted to distribute as many slices as she could and ask if they would buy her Raspberry Jam slice if it was for sale. Overall I felt that a lot more people would be a returning customer to Patsy’s Jam Slice but as the judges conferred once more a winner it was decided Chocorn won.
So the next day I picked up my box of Chocorn from Woolworths to test the winning product of the week. There were 3 flavours in each pack individually sealed combining dark, milk and white chocolate with different caramel coating and nuts. In marketing another factor is P for Price and Chocorn retails for $7.99 which is quite reasonable. I was a little hesitant as I took it to the checkout thinking it would be priced at double that so was happy at this reasonable price instead.
Okay to Taste Testing.
Yes I enjoyed the Chocorn and it is addictive. A great Christmas treat or a special treat to enjoy in a night in watching a movie. Would I buy again? Yes I will buy some more before the week is out as unsure if it will be on the shelves again anytime soon after the promotion is over.
I am looking forward to next weeks Recipe to Riches to see another Australian Entrepreneur having their product in the world for sale.
Send me your comments below.