Monday, 26 July 2010

It is Fantasy of Planning?

I bought some tickets in the Royal Melbourne Hospital Home Lottery last week.  It is not something I have done before.  Like many people, I will by a $2 or $5 raffle ticket here or there but it is rare to spend $100 or more on a ticket. I just figured I have 1 chance in 26 of winning a prize and 1 chance in 80,000 of winning the grand prize.  Those are far better odds than Tattslotto (1 chance in over 8 million) and the money goes to a good cause.

Discussing the prizes with Wifey, we started planning what we would do when we won the Aston Martin Vantage (she likes Aston Martins).  Which of the other cars would we sell, where would be park it, where would we drive it and that kind of thing.  It struck me, is it fantasy or is it good planning.

It's a bit of both really.  In the same way when you are planning a new business venture, you need to consider some of the finer points and put yourself in the position of achieving what you want.  It gets the mind ready for it and you will already know how to deal with the situation happening.  Yes it is a bit of fantasy, but it is planning for what your hard work will bring about.

Where do you need to do some more of this kind of planning?


PS  Doesn't it look sweet??

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Marketing via Humour

A friend just sent me this joke email
Instructions for a fun time on the interstate ... 

Step 1. Tie 3 balloons to your pickup truck...
Step 2. Drive like a bat out of a hell!
Step 3. Watch people freak out!!!

This is very funny.  Almost like a Warner Brothers cartoon funny.
But then I noticed the truck. NonStop Action.  I did a search but couldn't find further info about them, so lets play "What if"
What if "Nonstop Action" was a:
  • TV Channel
  • Paint Ball park
  • Video game arcade
  • Extreme sport agency
  • Balloon manufacturer
  • Event organiser

This simple idea of driving on the freeway/motorway/interstate with some unique balloons and some appropriate contact detail on the side of the car would definitely get you some attention.
A more detailed search has shown this to be the 2004 Cannes Lion Grand Prix Winner for Outdoor Advertising.  The company was indeed a TV Channel.
So what about you?  What can you tie to your car to attract attention?  Or maybe just stick to the side of the car, colour in the window, attach to your brief case, hang from your hand bag?
Use this award winning idea to come up with a funky idea to market yourself.
Let me know what you do!

Warwick Merry
The Get More Guy

Monday, 19 July 2010

Do You Hear Voices?

Yesterday I was contemplating the old saying "The person who says something can't be done is usually interrupted by someone doing it."  I am not sure if it is a quote, saying, proverb or adage, but its meaning is true.

It may surprise you who the person is saying that it can't be done, it's you!!

I suspect you will be telling other people they can achieve their dreams but you may hold yourself back on your own.  Have you ever heard that little voice saying "Who are you to attempt this?", "There is no way you can do it", "What if it doesn't work", "Don't bit off more than you can chew", "Think of all the things you will have to do and you are not that lucky".

I know these voices because I have heard them a lot over the years.  But yesterday I was reminded of a fantasy I had years ago where I would be paid a lot of money to sing or play music.  It popped into my head as I was returning from singing at a sell out gig with my vocal group Mood Swing.  At the same gig where we were paid well and sold CD's as well.

What do you think is impossible for yourself?  What do you stop yourself from doing before you even get started?

It's time to change the voice in your head.

Photo Credit: Me! On stage looking at audience on the right

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Challenge Update - Don't Put It Off!

So far so good.  

I have been drinking the water, doing the classes, doing push ups in the comfort of my own home and even doing extra exercise!!

Little observation though, skipping is way harder than I first thought.  I need to do an additional 1/2 hr of exercise each day so I thought I would do skipping.  Just step out the back and away you go.  After about 2 minutes I was ready to collapse!!  It is tough work.  It is a full on cardio work out and makes your calves hurt for days after.  I only got to 10 minutes and I had to stop.

One thing I will say is, don't put things off.  It is too easy to say, "I will do those push ups later, maybe after I get home from choir practice".  I knew if I put them off, they would not get done.  Plus I then got the benefit of knowing when I got home, I could just relax and not have to do stupid exercises.

You could say the same for things that come up every day.  It is so easy to say, "I'll call them later, I will email soon, I will do that after...."  It is usually not until the end of the day that you realise everything that you have put off is now teetering in a tower of to do notes right in front of you.  If a task will only take 5 minutes you are better off doing it now versus spending the same 5 minutes postponing it and scheduling time in your diary.

Still looking for the endorphin kick.  Let me know if you find any!


Warwick Merry
The Sweat More Guy!!

Monday, 5 July 2010

Need a Challenge?

Everyone loves a challenge (or so the saying goes).  I am just about to start the Step Into Life Winter Challenge.  Let me explain.....

First we need to back track a little.  Some of you may know that I am a generously proportioned individual (code for carries too much body fat).  What makes it worse is that I am not a fan of sport or exercise.  I know my lifestyle is very sedentary, but I just couldn't face a gym full of lycra covered beautiful people (and that's just the guys!).  A friend of mine, Super Steph, suggested I do Step Into Life which is group personal training outdoors.

So for the past 16 months I have been running around like an idiot at really early hours of the day because it is in the best interest of my body.  Apparently some endorphins will kick in soon and make me feel fantastic, but I am still waiting!!  As part of this foolishness (which also lets me talk for an hour and tell stupid jokes because I know the others are not going anywhere so I have a trapped audience) they have a Winter Challenge.

For 6 weeks we have to do extra things.  As much as I don't want to, I have to.  I know my body needs it and now I am part of the legendary team 4 and I don't want to let them down.
This weeks challenges are:
  • Do an additional 30 mins of exercise every day (and that is not Jumping to Conclusions!)
  • Be in bed by 10pm
  • Drink 2 litres of water a day (this is tough so I use soda water - Bubbles! Yay)
  • Do daily pushups starting at 10 and adding 5 every day.
  • Turn up to the sessions I said I would
As you can see, it is not too challenging but when it is 4 degrees C you need a little something extra to get you up and going.

Want to join the challenge?  My theory is why suffer alone.  If you want to do something fabulous for yourself, join me on the challenge.  Just do the top 4 things every day and see how you go.

I'll keep you updated on my progress and I hope you let me know how you go too!