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Achievement instead of Regret

Death isn’t a pleasant conversation topic however it will find each and every one of us one day so it’s best to make sure you make the most of every day before then.

 

This is even more evident from the information gathered by Bronnie Ware, who for many years, worked as a palliative nurse in the Australian health system. She was taking care of the terminally ill during the last 12 weeks of their lives and had the pleasure of talking to these people about their lives and more importantly what they regret.

 

After a while, it became evident that there were many people that had the same regrets. These were…

 

Doing what’s expected rather than pursing dreams
Bronnie indicated that this is the most common regret. Many believed that the fear of expectations from family, friends and even society meant that many didn’t pursue the dreams that they had long held. When you’re nearing the end of your life, it’s easier to look back and see all the things you didn’t do and wonder how your life would have changed. Many believed they would have been happier if they pursued their dreams.

 

Working too hard
This isn’t a hard one to believe as many New Year’s Resolutions include “working less” or “achieving a work-life-balance” or something along those words but also many of these New Year’s Resolutions go unfulfilled as life gets in the way. Many were regretful that work took more of their time and they spent less time with family and friends.

 

Surprisingly many said that if they had their time over they would simplify their lives so that they don’t need all that money they felt they needed to work for, so they could concentrate on spending time with people that meant the most to them.

 

Not speaking up
It’s interesting to note that those terminally ill were upset that they hadn’t expressed their views, spoken up or talked about their feelings more. They realised that holding in feelings and thoughts meant that they bottled their feelings that turned into resentment, hate, and other unhealthy reactions.

 

Not staying in contact
Many missed their friends and were disappointed that they hadn’t stayed in-touch with many of their loved friends. It shows that connections with people seem to be more important than the pursuit of money or the lifestyle expected of everyone.

 

Not being happy
The idea of facing death can make some have many pivotal revelations but the most interesting is that many get an understanding that happiness is a choice.  With the pursuit of the next thing to make them happy, they didn’t stop to actually feel happy. You should enjoy the life you have now – smile and be happy that you are where you are. Appreciate what you have while still planning for what you want.

 

Many of us know that feeling of hindsight – If you could go back and do something again you’d change how you acted, what you did or maybe said, so why not learn from those that have lived it so that we never have the same regrets. Make the life that you want by setting goals and take steps to achieve them. Get yourself someone that is going to be a great coach and mentor to help you along the way as well as keep you accountable. But also smile and celebrate your achievements along the way.

 

Many of your goals will have a financial aspect so getting your money affairs under control is a great place to start. The best way to achieve your goals is to use the cash flow that you have in the most effective way. We at JBS want to make sure that you are hitting your life goals – but your real life goals – those things that mean the most to you; those things that will make you truly happy. Call us today to start achieving and leave regret behind.

 

Source Material: Bonnie penned a blog piece on her experiences and further wrote a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing.


My Dieting Attempts – Andy

Whether it’s to save for that new car or to sign up to the gym, the beginning of the New Year is often the time where we look to start new goals or review our existing goals.  This year I’m again looking to renew my dieting goals, which weren’t very successful in the past.  For anyone who knows me now wouldn’t believe it if I told them I weighed 63kgs and still standing at 180cms at the end of high school. I would be able to eat whatever I wanted and whenever I wanted, without having to be concerned about the consequences. I suppose many of us are in the same situation, whereby we find our metabolism slowing down as we get older.

 

Fast forward 12 years after high school, I now find myself married with a 3 year old son and weighing a lot more than the original 63kgs I was back in high school. I first noticed my weight during my regular visit to the scales at the gym. I would normally weigh myself just to ensure I was putting on muscle mass and not fat, but in reality it was a bit of both.  It was however a visit to mum and dad’s house that really made me think about getting my weight and health habits back on track. ‘Luckily’ for me I’m from an Asian family, which meant mum and dad’s very upfront and sometime blunt about what they tell me.  So one day, dad (purely from a visual observation) told me that I was getting really round on the edges. Well those weren’t the exact words he used, he was actually a lot more blunt. I didn’t take this to heart at all cause I know my parents meant well and frankly I’m used to the bluntness.

 

So with that in mind I decided to commence a diet, which consists of a stringent food and exercise regimes. This original plan initially worked well, as I noticed I was losing a little over 1 kg in the space of several weeks. Furthermore I noticed my muscles were becoming more defined, or it could’ve just been my ego, not sure now. Regardless it was working! I would only eat vegetables and greens along with a small portion of meat every day. All the soft drinks and junk food had completely dropped off from my diet. I have to admit the first week was really tough and having no junk food really made me crave for it even more. It was only after the 3rd week that I decided a chocolate bar wouldn’t hurt. It was also around this time that I caught a cold. I suppose it was only matter of time, before I caught a cold considering my now 3 year old son is constantly coughing in my face.  It’s ok though because he gives me a hug afterwards, so it’s all worth it.  After I caught the cold, all I could think about was getting better and the entire diet regime went out the window. In the space of 1 – 2 weeks, I had gone back to my old eating habits and completely forgotten about dieting. So it’s clear that a sudden strict diet doesn’t work as it shocks the system and can’t be sustained for long periods of time.

 

After several months have passed my determinations of losing weight have again re-surfaced.  This time I told myself I was going to plan my next attempt instead of blindly rushing into a new diet fad.  I kept in mind my overall goal which was to change my lifestyle with regards to food consumption and exercising.  So this time I’ve decided to put a plan in place. I was going to eat less with each meal and ensure each meal consists of more greens and fewer meat.  I also had days set out where I was allowed to have sweets and which days I wasn’t allowed to have sweets.  On the exercise side I’ve decided to do more endurance and cardio exercises as appose to heavy weight lifting, which I find puts on more body mass.  Again I’ve organised for myself to do cardio exercises on certain days and lift weights on other days.  It’s now been close to 8 months since I’ve put in place my new diet regime and I can’t say I’ve stuck to it 100% of the time, however the diet regime has changed the way I think about my health. I’m still losing weight, however at a slower rate.

 

So what have I learnt from all this? We all hear those crazy diet fads, which promise weight loss within months, weeks or even days.  I find that some of these fads do in fact work, however only in the short term because let’s face it, we all love fatty /junk food here and there. I found that depriving myself of these types of foods altogether doesn’t work, as it made me crave for it even more. So when I started to eat junk food again, I ate a lot more of it.  I now believe the best way to lose weight is to change my lifestyle in line with my dieting goals and just as important is to plan how I’m going to achieve those goals.  As we’ve just entered the New Year, I’m more motivated than ever to review my health goals, which hopefully will keep my waist line under control.


The Importance of Creating Goals

Top level athletes, successful business people and achievers in all fields all set goals. It gives them something to aim at, something to aspire to, something to dream of. They don’t just meander through life expecting things to happen. They create a goal, plan out the steps to achieve their goal and from there work hard to achieve their goals creating a sense of achievement along the way. Goals can be in relation to anything; whether it be a fitness goal “I want to lose 10kg by the end of the year”, a financial goal “I want to have $1,000,000 by the time I retire”, or a lifestyle goal “I want to travel to Disneyland with the kids for my 40th birthday”.

 

So why set goals?

 

There are 5 main reasons why you should set goals:

 

–  1.    Goals propel you forward – Having a goal written down with a set date for accomplishment gives you something to work and aim for.  Even if you don’t achieve your goal, just by attempting it, you put yourself in a better position than what you were in before. Let’s say your goal is to save $12,000 by the end of the year.  Even if you only save $5,000 by the end of the year, you are still better off than what you were previously.

 

 –  2.    Goals help transform the impossible to possible – We all have dreams that seem impossible to begin with. However when you break those dreams up into smaller goals all of a sudden it seems possible. Instead of saving $12,000 a year how about saving $250 a week. Achieving these small goals frequently will help build motivation and really drive you towards achieving your bigger goals.

 

–  3.    Provide inspiration – Some people just go through life doing what they’ve always done. They therefore achieve what they have always achieved. If you truly want to accomplish something that you can only dream about, you need to make a goal for yourself and work every day towards achieving it. Otherwise you will never ever get there.

 

–  4.    Goals hold you accountable – If you don’t have and record your goals, how can you look back and see if you achieved them or not, and if not why not? If you set yourself a goal and you don’t achieve it, you can see what didn’t work and make changes to improve your situation and give you a better chance of achieving your dreams.

 

–  5.    Goals tell you what you really want – Sometimes we set goals that aren’t really what we want to achieve. When we achieve these goals we don’t really get the sense of achievement that we might expect. A goal may be to purchase 10 investment properties by the time you are 40. The question you need to ask yourself however is why? It could be because you wish to supplement your income with the rent and hence spend less time working. Again, ask yourself why. Is it because you wish to have a less stressful life? Do you want to spend more time with the family? Maybe you just want to play more golf. Asking yourself why you want to achieve something will help discover what you really want and you may find alternative ways of getting it.

 

While we can’t help you lose weight, JBS can help you with the financial aspect of achieving your goals. Whether that be, saving up for a new home, retiring at age 60, building up a passive income or just building up an emergency account, give us a call to help uncover your financial goals and put you on the path to achieving them.


Cash Flow Management

There’s something about starting a new year that brings with it a tonne of motivation. That fresh start where you can re-set, clean-up, and where energy levels are high and excitement at its peak. Where our passion for giving those dreams of ours a really good shot is reignited and our visions of living bigger and better are at the forefront of our thinking.

 

However, we get to March and the motivation starts to taper off and by April most goals have been abandoned or forgotten about. Research shows, in the end only about 8% of people stick with their good intentions.

 

So what do this 8% do differently? Are they just more willing to invest wholeheartedly to work towards their goals? Maybe, but experts say it has more to do with how they set themselves up for success. Specifically, they use January to re-set themselves and clean up any messes from the previous year, then invest the time and effort into effective goal planning.

 

So with the new year having now kicked off, here’s a list of the best results-driven tactics to ensure you are part of that 8% and make 2017 your best year yet:
Get Super Clear

Vague or generalised goals such as ‘save more’ won’t serve you. They need to be specific and well defined so that they can be measured.

 

–  What?

–  When?

–  And How?

 

Specific goals such as ‘pay off credit cards by March’ are easier to measure. By then mapping out the action steps required it is then easier to achieve the goal than not.

 

But there’s also the why? Connecting emotion with your goals will help you remember why they were important in the first place and will reignite your passion for reaching them when things get difficult.

 

Write it Down

Study after study has shown that those who write down their goals accomplish significantly more than those who don’t. Why? Putting pen to paper forces you to clarify what you want, it motivates you to take action and it makes it easier for you to see your progress and celebrate your successes.

 

Get Support & Accountability

We’ve all heard the importance of being around the right people, especially when chasing our goals.  When you’re in pursuit of a dream, there are many elements that can resist your path and block your forward motion.  Surrounding yourself with people that are genuinely cheering for you will help you disengage from this resistance and keep you moving forward.

 

That’s where JBS fits in. We believe (and know!) that the biggest influence of you achieving your financial and lifestyle goals is firstly to have clarity on what your goals are, then aligning your cash flow to help you achieve those goals. Fortunately for you we have a program designed to help you achieve this.

 

The JBS Cash Coach program is tailored to you, your needs, your goals, and the actions you need to take to achieve those goals.  We take the time to understand you, then design solutions to help you achieve your goals. We help you create a spending and savings plan that is aligned to your goals, and keep you accountable and motivated on a monthly basis to maximise the probability of achieving your goals so you can have the lifestyle you are entitled too in 2017 and into the future.

 

The early part of 2017 is the perfect time de-clutter your life of the excess build up from last year, clean up, clear your head, set motivating goals, and get moving towards those goals.

 

The JBS Cash Coach program will help you get the most out of 2017 but only if you take action. Make time and join the best support network around (aka JBS Cash Coach).