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Qualified Life Coach and Fulltime working mother of 3 - Amy takes you on a journey of how iKi SRL has empowered her through the most challenging times of raising 3 children and remaining a model of what it means to be happy, healthy, strong.

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Be Persistent - Never Give Up!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

 

There is a ‘saying’ in real estate that there are 3 key ingredients to success; Position, position, position.
In achieving goals there are three as well. Persistence, persistence, persistence.

The Battle of Britain ranks as one of the great stories of beating the odds. The British Air Force were outnumbered by more than 3 to 1, yet they beat off their attackers. That historic victory was led by Winston Churchill, Prime Minister at the time, who said - “We will never, never, never, give up”

I remember years ago the world was shocked when it was revealed from private diaries that Mother Teresa suffered lifelong attacks of doubt. We shouldn’t have been surprised, as she was human like the rest of us. We all suffer doubt and fears sometimes.

Recently I was at a point where I needed a boost and happened on this poem in Paul Hanna’s book “You can do it”
I liked it so much I printed it out and read it regularly. I hope you like it too.

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile but you have to sigh
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must but don’t you quit

Life is strange with its’ twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a person turns about
When they might have won had they stuck it out
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another go
 
Often the goal is nearer than it seems
To a faint and faltering person
Often the struggler has given up
When they might have captured the victors cup
And they learned too late when the night came down
How close they were to the golden crown
 
Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
 
Remember, success is a journey, not a destination.
Kim

 


Educate

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

3. Educate

This weeks’ blog starts with a couple of quotes, followed by the results of a research project that make a powerful point. 

Somebody older and much wiser than me once told me that “the best investment you can ever make is in education.”
Another person, whom I didn’t take a lot of notice of, at the time, said “the main point of formal education is to learn to learn”.

Finally, the results of a recent study, - was that 6 months after spending a relatively large amount of money (several thousands of dollars) on either a new gadget or an experience (holiday, education, activity) “the people who invested in the experience reported much higher levels of long term satisfaction”.

Remember, the people who bought the gadgets still had the goods, while the ones who’d invested in the “experience” had nothing material to show for it. But they were happier with their investment.

Why? Because they had grown in skill, confidence, life experience. As a result, they were empowered, having learned - or reaffirmed - that the more you do, the more you can do.
And that can improve “quality of life” a whole lot more than material things.

At this point in the discussion let’s consider that education isn’t necessarily about going to school or doing a course, it can include practically any situation where you challenge yourself - travelling to new places, interacting with new people, broadening your horizons. DOING things that involve active engagement, new mindsets and/or some kind of change.

This week, do something educational. Learn something new. It can be as simple as opening a dictionary and looking up a new word, through to embarking on a university degree. It can be as quick as Googling information about a place you’d like to visit, right through to learning the language, planning and going on the trip.

Education isn’t just about facts and figures, it’s about ability and confidence. The knowledge that we can learn, grow, and take control of our lives.

We’d love to hear your thoughts. If you have any stories, theories or insights about education or experiences to relate, please share them with us - flick us an email admin@ikifit.com.au

A couple of proverbs to end with.
First for the pupil. “When the student is ready the teacher will appear”
The second for the teacher. “When you teach, you learn”
Finally, for all of us. “Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand”

Have a great week!

Kim. 



Look, Listen - put that technology down!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

 

Recently I was doing some additional hours from home on an urgent work project and was frantically juggling my work hat, domestic hat, wife hat and mum hat, all the while with a deadline looming over my head.

I had set Mr. 3 up in the lounge-room near me, around me, just not on me! - to play happily on the floor whilst I kept plugging away at my work.

Every now and then he would come up and show me the latest masterpiece he had built with his bright coloured bricks. Each time, only a few bricks differed from the previous sample.

Over a period of half an hour I obviously got a bit less enthusiastic with my responses of "Wow, aren't you clever, can you build something even bigger for Mummy" or "Cool, Buddy you are such a big boy being able to build that all by yourself" - or at least they must not have been to an acceptable standard, as suddenly Mr 3 was sitting up on top of me, squishing my face in his hands and pulling my head towards him.

I stopped what I was doing and looked at him, trying to breathe and not lose my temper, as the 'deadline pressure' washed over my whole body.

With my squished face like a ball of play dough in his chubby little hands, he eye balled me and in his most 'teacher-like' voice said "Mummy, Look, Listen & Learn Mummy. You not listen to me Mummy".

I said "I'm sorry darling, Mummy has been busy doing my work and you have been such a good boy playing by yourself while I do that. Why did you say I need to 'Look, Listen & Learn?"

Mr 3 said "I was talking a you and you not looking at me, you not listen to me Mummy. I love you this much (stretching his arms out wide) BUT you need to listen to me and look at me when I tell you".

NOW - Firstly can I just point out - how early the iKi Rulz stick for a child when embedded from an early age (both at home and at long day care - I can't take all the credit). Secondly, how brilliant that my Mr 3 understands how to apply them, and to voice how my behaviour is making him feel.

SO - What do we learn from this? It's like the saying goes "Do as I say, not as I do" Except not, it's "Do as I say and as I do" If we expect our children to grow into the happy, healthy, strong, respectful, contributing members of society we so want them to be - then we need to show them what that looks like. Because they ARE watching and they ARE listening! And they ARE learning all the time!!

When we ask our children to look at us when we are speaking to them, if we expect them to not continue playing their technology, then we must do the same. If we ask our children to use their inside voices and use words not actions to describe how they are feeling, then we must do the same. If we want our children to grow up to respect themselves, their siblings, their neighbours - then we must do the same.
So, in case you need some help with the basics, like I did (thanks Mr 3 for the shake up) - here is a little reminder:

1. Look, Listen, Learn - look and listen and you will learn and allow others to learn also.
2. I'm Ok, You're Ok - treat others the way you wish to be treated.
3. No Play, No Play - if you don't play by the rules there may be consequences.
4. Eat Well, Live Well - eat a healthy, balanced, nutritious diet and you will live a happy healthy life.
 
To get some help implementing these core life values into your home and get the whole family working as a Happy, Healthy, Strong
Team - why not sign up for an online membership - find out more by clicking here

 

Enjoy your week, Active Aspiring Amy. 

 


Delegate - Alleviate

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

2. Delegate

There's an old saying; "If you want something done properly, do it yourself" There's no doubt that in some cases this is true. However, someone else said; "I have so much to do, that I'm going to bed" Sometimes, life can be so overwhelming, we just want to stop.

Sometimes, doing things yourself is good strategy, but there are other times getting help can be smart. If you’re struggling to get everything done it may simply mean you've got too much to do, or that you are trying to do things you don't have the skills or aptitude for.

It can be good management to bring in specialists who will do the job quickly and efficiently - and there are other reasons and circumstances when delegating is beneficial.

Delegating a job can be a well-deserved reward. An occasional baby-sitter, cleaner, gardener or ironing helper can be a gift from heaven. Then there are times it’s a good idea to get someone else do a task for us because it is empowering for them. If they offer, let them do it. If they don't offer, ask them. Remember the adage, "Give a person a fish and they eat for a day, teach them to fish and they eat for life". 

Other times you just have to let go and ask the children or partner to do some of the chores. Great teams are made up of members who play their own part the best they can, as well as help each other when needed.

Remember, the key to successful delegating is clear communication. Give enough instructions to make the job achievable and then trust the person you have asked to do it for you.

Here’s a great delegation tip. Give part of the job of managing behaviour in your classes or home to the children. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how soon they will understand and use the iKi Rulz and how effective they are. To read what Helena and her partner Dane have to say about using iKi Happy Healthy Strong at Home - Click Here