HOW TO BE STRATEGIC, SUCCESSFUL & SANE…

Starting a new year, a new decade even, may prompt questions such as…

What have I achieved?

Where am I headed?

If there is no clarity in the answers, there may be a realisation that things have remained status quo.

When reflecting on the time in question, seeing that all the time has been spent just getting the day to day completed, there may be a sense of frustration. Maybe there’s been no growth, no expansion of ideas, no movement forward to achieving your original vision.

You may even feel like you’ve become stuck on the hamster wheel. Doing the same routine day in, day out.

How do you address this?

Building strategy into your business or your personal life is more than an annual event.

It will be far more effective when it becomes a habit.

Being strategic needs to come from a place of stepping back from the day to day. It can’t be done when you are caught up in the thick of the everyday…that is being REACTIVE!!

It is ESSENTIAL that you block out quiet time.

This may seem counter intuitive however, being busy isn’t necessarily going to move you forward. You are most likely spending time on things that really aren’t that important and may even be better done by someone else.

It is in that quiet time that we can allow ourselves to become the observer.

Take that helicopter view.

Have a pen and paper handy so that you can jot down your thoughts.

Breathe deeply.

Be aware of your posture.

If your shoulders are up toward your head, you are most likely carrying tension and stress.

Relax them. Open your chest out. Breathe deeply.

This practice has a deep physiological effect within your body.  It allows oxygen to flow to your brain and to the cells within your muscles.

From this space you become effective in your thought processes.

At a personal level, begin noticing how you feel in certain situations – both positive and negative.

Observe what is driving that reaction.

If it is negative, ask yourself, who do I need to become to react differently?

If it is positive, the question may be, who do you need to become to enhance that behaviour?

There may be practices that need to be let go.

Responding to any of these changes requires courage.

You have that within you.

It resides deep within you. You will be able to tap into that in the stillness of your being.

Start by allocating 15 – 30 minutes a few times a week into your schedule.

Gradually, you will find when this works best for you.

I have found that the more I practice this, the more that it has become a state of being.

I am becoming change every day.

Within your business one area that you may begin to review are your sales calls.

Listen carefully to the reasons for objections or not wanting your products/services.

Are they pointing to opportunities to improve systems, meet a need, address some learning in your social media content, grow your business, collaborate with another service provider in a joint venture, or cross promote with a partner?

What about your employees?

Are they contributing in all ways possible?

Identify their strengths and give them space to play. They may still do their core duties and consecutively become part of a think tank/new ideas group.

Be open to unexpected value.

Do you feel assured enough within yourself to be accepting of these unexpected attributes from others, to not feel threatened?

People want you to succeed, especially when they recognise that your success is better for them.

This comes when individuals recognise their own strengths and limitations but also recognise the synergy that comes from working together.

Be the observer. Notice the situations in which people flourish or struggle. Decipher if this is a system/process issue, a learning/development opportunity or a combination.

Consistently allowing yourself time and space to be still, to change your state of being, will bring a strategic awareness into your personal and business life that delivers unprecedented outcomes.

If you would like help implementing these changes into your personal life or your business please reach out to me via email – sue@suemathieson.com.au or mobile – +61417387170

I am available for individual coaching or group workshops.

LIFE GETTING IN THE WAY?

We all want to feel safe and secure

Owning our own home, having that roof over our head, gives not only a sense of physical stability but also financial

Often though, owning our own home remains a dream with life seeming to consistently get in the way…

There’s a school excursion that needs to be paid for

An unexpected dental bill

An emergency trip to the vet

The holiday you so desperately need

The list could go on….

As much as we try to plan there always seems to be something getting in the way…

Feeling like, no matter how much we try to do the right thing, nothing seems to change

What I’ve learned in these situations, is that I’m allowing my external environment to control how I think and feel (which is my internal environment)

This is a situation of cause and effect

I invite you to focus on changing your internal environment first (how you think and feel) and then see how your external environment changes

Move from being stuck in ’cause & effect’ to ‘causing an effect’

There may be a number of hurdles that you are trying to address in your journey to owning your own home:

  • saving a deposit
  • deciding where to live
  • choosing a floor plan

Become the observer of your situation

See yourself as the person who has overcome the particular hurdle or hurdles

What qualities do you possess?

What decisions or small steps have you made?

Identify the gaps between who you are today and who you need to become…

Focus on becoming that person….

Relax and lean into that journey…then watch with excitement as your dreams begin to unfold and ALL that you desire comes into being….

www.suemathieson.com.au

Anthony Lolli – Author, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Real Estate Mogul

Whilst in New York (April 2017), I also had the privilege of meeting Anthony Lolli. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY and at the age of nineteen obtained his real estate license. By the age of 23, he was a millionaire.

Anthony built Rapid Realty NYC from scratch. He diverged from the Manhattan sales market and instead chose to focus on the apartment rentals of the outer boroughs. With his intimate knowledge of Brooklyn, he recognised that renters were a very under-served market.

With any property investment strategy, having detailed knowledge of the particular area being considered is imperative. The more knowledge, the greater the likelihood of being able to find deals that others will miss.

Anthony’s decision proved to be very fruitful and renters began flocking to Brooklyn in record numbers. He was able to grow Rapid Realty, his portfolio of investment properties and even open a real estate school.

The growth was such that Anthony was able to begin opening franchises. He became known nationally and internationally.

He has also published the book The Heart of the Deal: How to Invest and Negotiate like a Real Estate Mogul

Jason Flom – Millionaire music executive helping the wrongfully convicted

In April 2017, I was fortunate to be in New York and met Jason Flom. He shared some of his background in the music industry. He began his career with Atlantic Records and eventually became CEO. He moved from there to Virgin Records, then Capitol Music Group and is currently CEO of Lava Records, which he originally founded in 1995.

Along the way, he has discovered artists such as Lorde, Katy Perry, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Kid Rock.

For over 20 years, Jason has also been an advocate for first time offenders and the wrongfully convicted. He now has a regular podcast where he interviews those who have been exonerated, giving them an opportunity to discuss their stories in greater detail and to talk to experts about the science that has helped to free them.

Cherie Barber – Renovating for Profit

In November 2016, I was able to attend a 3 day Renovating for Profit workshop in Sydney, NSW run by none other than Cherie Barber – Australia’s renovation queen!!

Information covered topics such as:

  • determining what strategy was going to be the most effective
  • what changes could be completed as part of a cosmetic renovation that would not require council approval
  • what style of home was most suited to a cosmetic renovation
  • the time frames that should be allowed in which to undertake a cosmetic renovation
  • how to determine what purchase price should be offered in order to drive a good profit
  • tips on the most effective changes to make in order to gain the optimum return
  • tips on styling
  • an overview of building and planning regulations
  • how to drive a project plan
  • managing and mitigating risk on a project
  • the importance of mindset

Since undertaking this workshop, I have completed a successful renovation of an investment property in Pakenham, Vic and a number of other small projects.

John Travolta – Actor, Cinema Producer, Singer and Dancer

Not only is John Travolta a much loved actor, he is also an accomplished businessman. It was inspiring to hear of his interests and achievements beyond acting and film.

However, the most fun was being able to sing “You’re the One that I want” with John Travolta!! Thank you JT Foxx for allowing all of us this privilege at Family Reunion, November 2016

Johanna Mukoki – Group CEO “Travel with Flair”

Meeting with Johanna on the 18th November 2016 was an absolute delight. She is a Rhodes University graduate and co-founder of Travel with Flair. Along with her two business partners they began with only 3 employees. They now have over 800 and offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

She is the first person to sit on the Global Tourism Board representing the Middle East and Africa. She has been awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Business and Government in Tourism”, the “Ernst & Young Emerging World Entrepreneur of the Year” and in July 2014 was awarded a certificate for “Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business”.

Johanna spoke about being the best version of yourself and striving for excellence through a life well lived.

First Steps

FIRST STEPS!!

My heart was beating a little faster than normal, sitting on the train, that morning of 23rd August 2016.

I was excited and had a sense of anticipation heading off to an event, not really knowing what to expect. As I sat on the train, my mind drifted back to when I was in Year 9 at school. I had just delivered a speech to the school assembly. There was an overwhelming sense of ‘this is what I want to do’. To be a woman of influence, to make a difference in other people’s lives, to be a voice for those that have no voice.

It had taken me nearly 40 years to reignite that dream and to consciously start to find a way to make it happen. I had no idea who JT Foxx was. After spending some time searching on the internet for speaking opportunities, an ad appeared on my Facebook feed to an event for aspiring women speakers. It was free, in Melbourne, so the only sacrifice was my time and a day off work.

By the end of the day, I was exhausted. It was close to 6pm and my brain was buzzing with all the new knowledge that I had received: how to go about branding, marketing, the importance of coaching, tips on speaking for 90 minutes or 3 hours and how to complete an excellent presentation. The content that JT Foxx and his coaches delivered that day, was exceptional. I would definitely be making an effort to take part in more events.

Me with JT Foxx