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How Art Helps You Achieve Goals

“My goal is to make $20 million profit in three years time,” the business owner told me. My heart sank. Then I gave him this piece of critical advice. Do this, and any business or career goal can be achieved.

I went to the doctor last week. “Chris,” she said. “You have to lose 25 kilos.” Crikey! Outrageous. Do you know what I did immediately? I changed doctors. But no, dammit, the second doctor said the same thing. Now- I can’t lose 25 kilos! It’s a massive goal. I just visited Europe for three weeks and my suitcase weighed 25 kilos. I could not pick it up. 25 kilos! No way!

But here’s the magic. I can lose 5 kilos, right. And within say 12 weeks. And that’s the key. To achieve goals, in life, business and careers, please- adopt with energy this powerful technique:

Why We Do Not Achieve Goals- And What To Do About It

There are two forces at play if you want to achieve your goals. They have to be working in partnership if you are to succeed. This is powerful. Simple. Game-changing. Read on and discover how to beat goals more often.

Look in the mirror and you will see- at the same time- your best friend and your greatest enemy. When I see me in that mirror, I shake my head in dismay, wonderment, bemusement at what an oddity I am. Strong, decisive, able in many ways…weak, flawed, broken in so many others.

What baffles me most about me is how it is that I can be so goal driven, and achieve goals so often, and yet, at the same time, fail so miserably on others, even though I try multiple ways of tackling them. Not any more! I have the answer: and here it is:

The Hardest Habit Of All – Are You Able To Do it?

Here’s a habit I am going to try really, really hard to do this year. Already I know I am failing at it. It’s not easy. For me anyway. But it is a key to a successful year at work – with just about everything really. Are you able to do it? Here it is.

Yesterday, I spent the day with my colleagues, at one of our vitally important Fresh Air sessions- where we go offsite, suck in some air, and talk for hours across a range of critical business priorities.

We debated the myriad of opportunities and issues on our plates as we planned a successful 2013. The day progressed. The list lengthened. Then we paused: and reflected. “Hang on- let’s review that list and ensure we follow the hardest habit of all.” And this is what we did.

The Best Christmas Gift Anyone Can Ever Receive – From Me, To You

I received a powerful and welcomed Christmas gift this week. It’s so meaningful that I am going to give it to you. And then ask you to pass it on – to as many people you can. This gift is summed up in a four letter word. Here it is.

I hope (from the bottom of my heart) you will read this post to the end. Then take action. Go on- do it. Please. Probably 90 seconds and it will be done. After all, it’s my last post for the year (Possums will be back mid-January). In fact, as an extra bonus, there are two stories in this one post: linked, meaningful, reflective. Perfect for this time of year.

You see, I was given a great gift this week, and also the opportunity to give others a similar gift. And this gift is summed up in one, very simple word. It is something we all need in our lives.

How To Change Your Life’s Path – For The Better

My headlines are cheesy, and often ‘false advertising’- promising huge insight and then the post disappoints with bus ticket clichéd platitudes. Or so I am told. They do come from the heart though. And this story literally makes my heart pump. It is happening now and is seriously changing my life. It can do yours too. Here’s how.

I wrote recently of a tumor being removed from my vocal chords. I feared the worst until I got the ‘all clear’ a few days later. The following few weeks were extremely difficult. I was in shock. Not relieved, but deeply depressed. Preparing for my demise kind of took the joy out of knowing I was to live on.

I needed to make a start in getting my act together: to driving change in my health, energy, overall path. I needed to lose weight, eat better, stop my beloved cigars, reduce the alcohol. No wonder I was depressed. How to make a start? Then I remembered one of my platitudes from a few months prior. I re-read the Possums post. It inspired me. I grabbed hold of its message. It works. And this is what it said.

Achieve Your Goals Without Fail By Following This One Habit

My doctor just told me to lose 20 kgs. 20 kilograms!!! Do you know what I did? I immediately changed doctors. No- seriously- I bought a book by fitness guru Michelle Bridges. And almost immediately read a massive truth. Life changing. Here it is.

Burberry Australia MD Johnny Mutton told me this story. Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh was having his first ‘net’ practice session as a teenager with the Australian squad. Coach Bobby Simpson watched Waugh smashing the ball at every opportunity with youthful aggression.

“You’ll never make it as a top level Test batsmen playing like that,” he counseled a shocked Waugh. “But I wouldn’t bat like that during a real game,” replied Waugh. Simpson’s reply changed Waugh’s destiny. This is what he said: