Monday, 30 November 2009

Gawk, Talk or Walk?

Do you Gawk, Talk or Walk?

More clearly, do you watch things happen, talk about things you will do or actually make things happen?

There is a time for all three of these but most people get stuck in the first two. So whether it is in your social life, your business life or even your spiritual life, don't just talk about things or watch things happen, become part of what is happening. Take action. It is more satisfying, more rewarding and more beneficial when you do.

What action will you take today?

Monday, 23 November 2009

Do you Invest Well?

It occurs to me that successful people invest well. They look at all the options available and put their hard earned cash where they will get the best return.

Do you invest well?

Successful people dabble a bit in shares, some in options, a bit in property, maybe some bond but that is not their most significant investment. They get returns here but not like their best investment.

Do you invest well?

After doing some research, I found the best investment they make is the one in themselves!! It is not always cash either. Sometimes it is in time too. Time to rest, time to recreate themselves, time to learn new ways or time to recharge their energy.

Do you invest well?

Until recently I had not invested in my own learning for awhile. On the weekend I went to a course and had the opportunity to learn new ideas, refresh old learning, meet new associates, and invest more in myself. It was the best investment I have made in sometime.

Do you invest well?

What investment will you make in yourself? Anything that grows you and your knowledge can only be described as investing well!


Thursday, 19 November 2009

Trim the Grass or Pull the Weeds?

Sometimes we just need to fine tune our habits and other times remove them completely. Take 2 minutes to find out what I mean.

Lovin' your work!

Warwick Merry
The Get More Guy

Monday, 16 November 2009

Are you an Active Participant?

I was fortunate enough to MC the TEDx Melbourne even on Saturday. If you are not aware of TED I insist you go to and find our more before reading any further!

Anyway, it occurred to me that most participants at events like this are Passive, a fair few are Semi-Active and a rare few are truly Active. Here is how I define each category:

These people are happy to be at the session. They enjoy themselves but may little, if any, contribution to the discussion at the time. They are not willing to "stand out" and state an opinion. They will enjoy the session but life will continue on as normal.

These people love this kind of session. They make sure their opinion is made (and heard!) and they may even continue the discussion after the session has concluded. But at the end of the day, life goes on as per normal with minimal changes made.

These people are sometimes considered "The Quiet Achievers". While they do express their opinion, they are also inclusive of others. They will encourage others to be part of the discussion and contribute their thoughts and ideas. Most importantly, they will actively implement some of their new ideas in their day to day life. They hear a new idea, decide what they can do about it and then put action in place.

I am not saying we should all be Active at this kind of session as it takes all types. What I am saying is that it is the Active Participants that get the most value out of a session.

What about you? What recent learning do you need to be Active about?

Photo: Peter Yandell

Monday, 9 November 2009

Do You Have Piles?

Are you one of these people with piles?

What I mean is piles of paper on your desk, the window sill, the floor, your secretary's desk? Maybe you even have them on the bench at home or in your home office? You know the piles I am talking about. They are the, "I'll do that later" piles.

These piles drain your energy. Just looking at them exhausts you. Have you ever turned up to work, looked at your desk and then left it in search of the coffee you need to get you started? You HAVE to get rid of your piles.

Here are some easy ways:
  • Do it - so often we spend more energy putting something off that actually doing it.
  • Dump it - you may be delaying it because you are not going to do it, just throw it away. My theory is "When in doubt, chuck it out".
  • Delegate it - maybe someone else is better off doing one this for you.
  • Deposit it - you pile may just need filing or archiving
  • Diarise it - Now may not be the best time to deal with a pile, so diarise an appointment with yourself when you will do it, and file the pile in your pending area until you need it.

Once you have dealt with your physical piles, what about your virtual piles? We call it email!!

Lovin' your work!

Warwick Merry
The Get More Guy

Photo Credit: Placid Casual

Monday, 2 November 2009

What's in Your Head?

It seems to me that one of the worst voices we listen to is that one that is in our head. What do you hear when someone gives you feedback?

If someone is giving constructive criticism do you jump to, "Typical I've stuffed up again".
If someone gives you a compliment do you hear, "They're just saying that".
When you achieve fantastic results do you hear, "But I could have done better".

The voice does not serve you well. It can often sound like a parent, an old teacher, a sibling or a jealous rival. You are best often to ignore or silence the voice. When the voice kicks in, tell yourself; "That is NOT what they are saying" and listen to what the feedback actually is.

When someone is giving you feedback the best thing to do is accept it. You may not agree with it, but there will be value in it. To know someone thinks you have done well or to find ways you can improve what you are doing or to accept that you are not perfect but you are improving is a far more valuable way to deal with this situation.

So what is that voice saying now?

Warwick Merry
The Get More Guy