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Getting your life off pause

The song is on the playlist but there’s no sound. It’s all quiet and serene when it should be happening and upbeat!

The equipment is in order so what can it be?

We’ve hit the pause button! We didn’t hit pause consciously so what happened?

Many of us experience this in a much more significant fashion – our life seems to be on pause. It hasn’t finished, we know that, yet nothing’s happening.

How can we get our lives off pause? It’d be great if it was as simple as pushing the play button… it can be, kind of 🙂

Getting your life off pause starts with alignment. We need to align our actions with our aspirations, those goals that demand us to stretch. We can gaze upon where we’d like to be or consider the person we believe we could be and see only the gap between here and there. This leaves us parked in the gap, on pause.

Stepping out of the known, taking a risk, can be both challenging and confronting. This action, though, will help build a personal culture of growth and opportunity. It will close the gap between here and there.

Aligning our actions with our aspirations starts with everyday decisions. We can have amazingly productive days or weeks, crossing multiple items off our ‘to do’ list, but if finalising them do not move us towards our goals, then we need to re-prioritise. Consider the macro goals and make decisions that reduce the gap between here and there by one step. Start. Daily.

Find your play button and let’s close the gap between here and there!


Choose your price tag

With every action and inaction, there is a likely cost; a price to pay. The price to pay initially may seem large and not worth your consideration, however, the longer-term price may in fact be significantly more distressing.

Case in point is my annual contribution towards my dermatologist’s Audi. The small fortune I have paid in annual consultations and pathology reports suggest I own a meaningful proportion of his luxury car! This price, though, is inconsequential when assessing the cost of not having this check-up.

Each year has been fairly similar. A number of superficial lesions removed via liquid nitrogen, a couple of biopsies and maybe an offending skin cancer surgically removed. I have even experienced photodynamic therapy (PDT) where special light is the basis of treatment. This year was a little different…

Appointment on the Friday, pathology results on the Monday, consult with a plastic surgeon on the Monday afternoon, surgery booked at the next available spot in eight days. Now, I’m definitely not a fan of anything stuck into my body – I wince at a prickle – and I figured enduring the three local anaesthetics for the biopsies was sufficient suffering for the cause. Blood tests, CAT scans and facial surgery was not exciting me. I didn’t like this price!

In reality, this price is insignificant compared to the cost of inaction. The price I could potentially pay if I choose to ignore the problem would indeed be far higher, for me and my family.

When we assess the price that is demanded of us now, we should compare that to the future price of inaction. Perspective is needed to ensure we do whatever it is that must be done. The reason there is a price to everything is that with cost comes value. The higher the price, the greater the value.

At the end of the day, we always have a choice. Which price do you want to pay?


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More stories from the front office…

Blogging, or writing in general, is an interesting beast. I aim to be “productive”, to regularly produce pieces that stimulate discussion, that inspire, that challenge – both the reader and myself!

The idea of productivity is a curious one. To some, it means having the suitable environment where the work can be done. For others, it may stem from systems and processes. Still, for others, it’s the routine or habit around the work. I think all of these are true. Productivity is focused on the outcomes, the fruit, and there is no one fruitfulness formula that works for us all. For me, though, being productive in any area of my world starts with a decision: I must decide to be productive.

I can have the most efficient systems and the most conducive environment but if I do not DECIDE to write, then nothing will be written. The most productive time for me as a writer is when I make the decision “today, I will write”. This starting points enables my environment and my processes to kick-in to further stimulate activity.

Many of us can be waiting for the ideal time to do something special. The ideal time probably starts when we decide it’s time.


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If you care, you do

I contacted a number of friends recently to share the important news of a friend-in-common who had been unexpectedly hospitalised. I was not surprised when I discovered that they all already knew. This news had been shared multiple times by people who care.

If you care, you don’t just think about what you can do, you do.

If you care, you’ll make the difficult decision, you’ll make the tough call.

If you care, you will act with urgency, with love, with compassion.

If you care, you mobilise yourself and you mobilise others.

If you care, you do.

I think we all over-estimate just how much we care because we like to think we care. It’s makes us feel special to be “caring”.

Let’s look at our actions – do they support our personal belief that we care?

If we care, we do.


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