"Operating at your optimal performance comes down to having better life systems not motivation."
"I have designed an operating system for success that will cause an outright revolution of transformation in your life."
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We live in an uncertain world. Natural disasters fill our news, work security does not exist, governments are still invading countries for political gain instead of focusing on the nourishment and progression of their own people and for many people living and enjoying life is becoming a challenge amidst the negativity, uncertainty and confusion of modern, western life. Which is why living a life by certain principles, beliefs and actions is more important now than ever before. These are eight principles that I live by. Please add to them, elaborate on them and apply them personally.

Principles are the root of our existence

1. The key to constant enthusiasm is the forging of positive alliances with common-goaled people. Human interaction is at the core of our existence. Aim to have as many friends as possible. Surround yourself with people who want the best for you. Share your thoughts and dreams and they will help you achieve your goals.

2. Obsession is a great tool if used for creating your best life. Obsession is not a bad thing if applied to eating good food, exercising daily and learning to be a better friend, better family man/woman and a better colleague. Improving yourself should be an obsession. It is only unhealthy if it is applied in only one area of your life to the neglect of the others.

3. To find excitement in your life you must go looking for it. In business we know to go looking for clients. The same goes for our personal life. Fun and friends will not come to you. You have to go looking for them.

4. The effortless way to change your life is to replace old useless habits with new powerful and productive ones. It takes 21 days to sow a good habit. Start today.

5. Admitting you are wrong about a situation puts you in control of that situation.  It liberates you and takes power away from people who would like to tell you that you are wrong.

6. Spend at least 5 hours a week exercising the body and at least 5 hours per week sharpening the mind. These are your only insurances to prolonged health and happiness. Body = eating fresh food & daily exercise. Mind = reading and learning daily about how to improve all aspects of your life.

7. True leadership is about giving everyone a fair go. Before you write-off a work colleague as having a bad attitude first consider whether your stated expectations have been communicated clearly and effectively. Good leaders acknowledge that not all of us are built for leadership. Some people need to be led and directed and that is an honorable quality. If all of us were leaders then not much would get done.

8. Do not dismiss your heart’s feelings. They are like a friend guiding you to greener pastures. Feelings are prompts for you to take action (e.g. opportunities) or prompts to make change in your life (e.g. problems). Stop and feel your feelings even if it hurts. If your feelings are one of the positive emotions of love, faith, hope, then act on it. If your feelings are one of negative emotions of fear, anger, envy, then recognize it as negative. If it’s fear, then face that fear. Do what you’re scared of! If it’s anger then ask yourself why you are angry. Are you blaming others, yourself or a situation for something that has happened? Recognize it as such.

5 words to live by in 2012:






Success in life is no more complicated than living by those five words. The real questions are:

1. What are you going to spend your time, energy and money FOCUSING on?

2. What decisive ACTION are you going to take?

3. How will you ACCEPT and deal with the bad stuff that happens?

4. What should you be GRATEFUL for daily?

5. What areas of your life do you need to display FEARLESSNESS? What stifling fears do you need to overcome?

Sitting dow and writing the answers to these 5 questions can be the best 60 mins you spend this year.

I live by the thought pattern as depicted in the diagram below. I know the title is a little cliche but there is no other way to describe it. When it comes to living a successful and therefore happy life we must manage our thoughts in a pattern that locks us in. This is how we get our thoughts to lead our emotions in the direction we want. Away from anger and fear, to love courage and fearlessness. In my next journal entry I will share with you how I recently used the Circle of Positive Thinking to manage one of the most difficult periods of my life. The period where I had to travel from Sydney to the Bekaa Valley to help transport my father (who had suffered a stroke) to Beirut.