Monthly Archive for December, 2010

Ya Ya Sisters

Woman on bikeThese images were sent to me by Christine Lenghaus in Victoria. I think there are brilliant and funny. When you come across anything like this, please forward it to me and I’ll make sure I share it with as many people as possible!

This blog is all about sharing personal strategies to get life-work balance. That includes having fun with images like these – just to break the monotony of the day, spark a new idea, have a giggle. Life is too short to be too serious.

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Happy Holidays!

You never know who’s sitting next to you… This inspirational video was sent to be by Ioho de Beer – it’s topical for the holiday season. It reinforces the positive force that’s out there, making a difference in the world. One shopping experience at a time!

More work may save marriages

Along with the emotional toll of divorce, separating couples often face financial devastation. But there may be a simple way to avoid both – put more time in at the coalface. A new study by the Melbourne Institute found men who work long hours are no more likely to put their marriage at risk than anyone else.

Indeed, the incidence of a break-up is relatively low among couples where the man is working more than 40 hours each week.

According to the institute’s Professor Mark Wooden: “The optimal work arrangement appears to be where the man works a 41 to 49-hour week. Beyond this the risk of separation does rise, but it is still lower than for couples where the male works a 35 to 40-hour work week.”

In an environment of rising unemployment the findings may be reassuring to men who are spending more time at work in a bid to impress the boss. But while long work hours may not harm our love lives, they can certainly be detrimental to good health, especially if you’re a smoker.

The same study identified a significant association between long hours of work and smoking, but only among men. The theory goes that long hours at work act as a barrier to quitting.

Just something to think about.

You get what you focus on

Can you believe this was all found money? That’s right, just sitting there on the ground, ready to be picked up. Hundreds of dollars. My father-in-law is the one with the “eagle eye” for coins and even bills that no one else seems to see! It just proves once again… “You get what you focus on!”Money -Exponential Programs

New Year’s Resolutions

JanusNew Year’s Resolutions… they are aspirational, yet often vague and almost always corrective. People promise to spend more time with family, get fit, lose weight, quit smoking, reduce debt, consume less alcohol… yet just end up cataloguing the failings of the past year. As with most customs, New Year’s Resolutions are observed in gesture only, not followed up nor followed through. It’s a reflexive act rather than one of resolution or commitment.

People have been making New Year’s Resolutions since the time of ancient Rome, when the Julian Calendar was adopted in 45 BC. January 1 was introduced as the first day of the year after the Roman God, Janus (pictured left). Janus was the God of beginnings and endings, represented with two faces looking toward the future as well as the past.

Romans, believing that the gods witnessed the failures and shortcomings of the past year made promises to rectify the situation in the next year ahead.

Not surprisingly, 88 percent of New Year’s Resolutions fail. One of the reasons is that people tend to make the same ones over and over and over again without conviction or belief they can really change. Statistically, it takes up to 10 attempts to change which is well beyond most people’s attention span let alone level of discipline to make the change a reality.

Alarmingly, research shows that 25% of 1 out of every 4 people give up in the first WEEK.

So why is the prognosis so poor? One reason is that success is limited, yet most people (wrongly) believe it is achievable (when statistically it’s not – only 1 person can win a Gold Medal amongst hundreds of competitors).

Take quitting smoking as an example: It takes 6 to 12 attempts to stop smoking. One survey in 2008 reported that only 11%, 1 out of 9, people who set that as a New Year’s Resolution achieved their goal and stopped smoking.

There is hope – people who did achieve their New Year’s Resolutions did so, on average after 6 attempts.

To achieve your New Year’s Resolutions, you need a plan, simple as that. Ideally, you write a PLEDGE to yourself and you marshall help from others close to you who can help you. For example, if you want to get fit, get a buddy to walk or run with you, play a sport… If you want to lose weight, have family members help by reducing fatty or high calorie foods.

Without a plan, it’s simple – put your list away because nothing’s going to change. The odds are stacked against you.

Of course as you’d expect, there is a way to stack the odds in your favour… CLICK HERE -> To Make Next Year Your Best Year Ever.

Want to get more done? Get your hair done!

This is one of the many emails I get that illustrates how the strategies I teach are so simple, yet so effective.

Hi Marc,

Just had to share with you.

The RPM/Gap Management session we did on Wed has got me so focused.  And those plastic files, so simple BUT what a difference – I’m just dying to cross everything off my lists!

Off I went to my hairdressers appointment files in hand.  In between hair colouring, setting, washing, trimming and blow-waving I literally crossed off 6 things from my list that have been waiting months and occupying mindspace. They were some outstanding appointments, claims and follow-ups.  Man – how free do I feel!?!?!

The only thing I didn’t do which would’ve been so cool was to get them to take a photo of me… Next time.