Keep your eye on the ball

It’s been a while since you last heard from me. Well, I’m still very much still here and beavering away at exciting new initiatives that I can’t wait to share with you.

For many years my expertise has been in nutrition and of course, that will always be there. But in the past couple of years I have been speaking and writing about a bigger picture. That is, personal performance and the myriad of factors affecting how we do that well on a daily basis.

Performance is a funny thing – it means different things to each of us and there’s no doubt that it is one thing to perform, and yet another to achieve success in our personal lives.

It’s this link between performance and success that has really inspired me to discover what some of the world’s top performers actually do that enables them to be the best in their fields. In fact it’s the topic of my new book Ready. Set. Go.

My research has revealed that innate talent and motivation are common threads, but quite often these people have tactics and strategies that they have developed and honed over the years to gain an advantage and stay at the top of their game.

I would love you to gain the same edge as Prime Minister John Howard, celebrity chef Maggie beer or star footballer Matthew Pavlich to name a few.

That’s why I’ve developed an online program that will allow you to tap into these little known secrets and show YOU how you can access and utilise the attributes of world class athletes in business and personal performance.

I’m so excited about this because there is nothing else out there like this.

I’m busy putting the final touches of my program together and look forward to sharing more details with you shortly.

This blog will be back in action with a brand new look but in the meantime catch my latest blog posts here:

If you would like to be part of my conversation with the community at large, join me on radio here at 6PR 882AM.

My passion is to provide you with the essential tools to live your life with energy and vitality.

The best days go the fastest and I’d like to help you keep up.

Hope you can join me.

Julie

PS.  A little later I will be sharing a  lesson I learn’t today while crossing the road…..

Celebration Time

“It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to” 

Jim Jarmusch

I admit that I am on the very bottom of rungs in the world of yoga ability. I am impatient and sadly very inflexible but I keep going because I know that the outcomes of this persistence will be worth it both mentally and physically. A few days ago as I was struggling to maintain my twisted pretzel shape and beating myself up about my incompetencies in my yoga class, I took a breath and told all the little voices in my head to be quiet.  I then asked myself a question, “Instead of being negative and focusing on what you can’t do (yet), how about reflecting on what you have achieved so far?” I had made the effort to get to the class and there was a whole lot of stretching (and pain) going on and although it probably didn’t look particularly pretty, I was actually doing yoga.

Most of us usually celebrate our biggest successes in life such as a new job or a career win without acknowledging how important our smaller yet sometimes more significant achievements are. In the world of health and your own personal performance, worthy milestones might be eating breakfast after many years of skipping it, getting out to exercise in the rain, cementing an exercise routine, completing your first 5 or 10km run, losing 1kg, reducing your cholesterol levels, engineering an extra hours sleep every night, taking time out for yourself to relax, having the energy to get out and play with your kids, implementing a handy strategy to reduce stress levels at work or just plain feeling good about yourself.

I work with a lot of high achievers in the sports and corporate world.  Both are very disciplined, work very hard, have crystal clear goals in mind but are their own harshest critics. Whether it is a World Championship placing or successful negotiation of a deal, they cross the achievement off their list and keep going, often without giving themselves a high five for a job well done. What about your list?  Are you crossing things off it without reflecting on what you have achieved and giving yourself the recognition you deserve?

Weight loss is a perfect example.  I hear people flog themselves about their inability to lose more than 1kg each week or downgrade the achievement of ‘only’ losing 5kg.  Have you ever considered that every time 0.5kg breaks its friendship with you, you have just waved goodbye to the equivalent of 500g margarine or butter?  And what about the fact that you are feeling and looking pretty awesome and your clothes sit rather nicely on you now?

Patting yourself on the back for putting runs on your physical and mental health board is essential to a long term win but you could formally  recognise your successes by writing a daily, weekly or monthly report addressed to yourself. Writing a self-report is a great tool that enables you to hit the pause button and reflect on your successes and wins.

Whether it is exercise, food, stress or sleep, stop focusing on what you’re not good at or what you haven’t done yet and celebrate the smaller yet hugely significant successes along the way. After all, its those incremental steps that get you across your own personal finish line.