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You are what you think. Meet the Quokka's

Updated: Jun 4

Officially the happiest animal in the world.

Most day’s I wake up feeling like a Quokka, however before I moved up here to Cairns I felt like real Numbat!

People often ask me why Cairns? It’s such a long way away from Sydney, your family, your friends, your colleagues and clients?

I have a long list of reasons for my move however when it really comes down to it I have to say it’s happiness. My happiness. I simply had to make a conscious decision to feed my happiness and what it means to me. 

Better explained in the Tale of Two Wolves AKA YOU are What You Think.

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued,

“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

The message in this tale is the importance of acknowledging one's constant experience of both negative and positive thoughts and feelings throughout our daily lives. Our strength comes from our self talk, activities and our choices.

The more negative thoughts and experiences we feed ourselves, the less our motivation becomes and our chance of becoming depressed, stressed, sad, afraid, fearful, resentful etc increase. A downward spiral of self-sabotage.

The same is true with our positive thoughts. The more positive thoughts and experiences we feed ourselves the stronger our motivation becomes and our chances of happiness, embracing more experiences, passion, engagement, sharing and fulfilment increase. An upward spiral of growth and of achieving more from life.

Some tips to help you achieve your goals sooner.

1.   Align your choices (financial and personal) with your values. Doing so gives us greater purpose, motivation, clarity and on the fast track to achieving our goals; because at the core we are achieving them for ourselves and not simply to keep up with the Joneses.

2.   Invest in activities that leverage your time. My clients, staff, colleagues and friend are my best sales people. By investing in their success I leverage my time which heightens my own chances of success.

3.   Keep a journal of how you felt when you had an excellent day. It’s crucial to read your entries when you’re having a bad day. Doing so can get your nut out of your rut. My journal diary has a Red Cross sticker on it and a message “Break open in case of emergency!”

4.   Change your environment. This could be a physical geographic relocation, new circles of friends, reading material, activities, health, spiritual, relationships etc. Say yes to that which helps you, and no to that which hinders you.

5.   Make your goals SMART (Specific, Measurable, Aspirational, Realistic & Time Bound).

6.   Help someone who is not in a position to return the favour.

This post was written by Me, as such they are my personal views and not financial or general advice.

You should always seek independent financial advice when it comes to choices about your personal finances. This is one area of your life where it’s worth paying for it to be done right.

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