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If It’s Not Working, Change It

If something isn’t working for you, it might be time to change it. Just because something worked well for you at one point, for some time… Doesn’t mean you have to keep forcing it to work indefinitely. Things change – your work, environment, schedule, you. And other...

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Group Work

For some, group work provides and opportunity to sit back and relax. To let others take the load, do their work for them. And benefit from the results. On the opposite end, those that pick up the load find group work painful. Excessive, and a tonne of extra work...

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Doing Nothing Is As Bad As Committing The Crime

When was the last time you witnessed a crime? An injustice? Another person in trouble, being victimised, or bullied? When was the last time you saw someone who needed help and didn’t help them? An elderly person crossing the road, needing help to carry their...

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Generations In The Physical World

Baby boomers grew up in a purely physical world. They know how to live physically, and figure things out. Generation X are on the cusp of the physical or analogue, and the digital or virtual world. They learned fundamental skills form their parents and added...

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Navigating Information And Knowledge

The mobile phone, tablet, laptop, internet gives us immediate access to the collective information and knowledge of the planet in our back pockets. We can find any thing we choose in an instant. The key then, is to teach our children how to navigate this information...

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What’s The Expected Outcome?

When asked to complete a task or activity, be sure to ask… What’s the expected outcome? What are you actually being asked to do? What do they think you’re going to produce? By understanding the expected outcome, you can then plan a path to get you there as easily and...

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Too Late To Touch Type?

After years and decades of doing things one way, the same way, over and over, your brain becomes hard-wired. The action becomes unconscious, automatic. It’s built into your brain. Like typing… Most of us type at least once a day. And very few of us actually type...

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Repeatable Routine Checklists

A “Repeatable Routine” is a series of tasks or things that you do over and over, on a regular basis. Saturday morning cleaning and chores. A monthly financial review and update. Preparation of tax records for tax time Packing for a trip away. A morning routine. The...

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What Did I Learn this Week?

The simple act of asking one’s self “what did I learn this week?” What could I do better? Differently? And taking a single, small step to make a change. Over time, adds up to steer us in the right direction. Rather than repeating the same things over and over again....

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Reset Your Inbox

What’s sitting in your inbox right now? Hundreds or thousands of unread emails? Or two or three outstanding tasks to do today Or something in between. Regardless, how much time do you spend each day, worrying about, sorting, reading, deleting emails? How much of this...

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Again With Incompetence

At some point, in order to grow and expand, you have to step into a place of incompetence. Where the familiar is gone, and every thing is new and unknown. Where the learning curve must set in again. The point of incompetence, where’ you’re not the expert, and you...

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Ebb Is Flow

Energy goes in ebbs and flows. Some times, some days or weeks, every  thing’s running smoothly, in sync. And then, it hits a rock. Things stall, stuck, and come undone. The flow stops, and we feel compelled to try to make it start again, to keep pushing forward....

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Technology Is Making Us Dumb

Technology has the potential to help us do great things. Except, when it’s taking away the opportunity to ”think” for our selves. When you don’t have to think about any thing in a day, you stop using parts of your brain. And literally become dumber. When asked a...

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What’s The Desired Outcome?

When you’re being asked to do something, create something, finish something The biggest question to get clear is… What’s the desired outcome? What do you want? What is expected? How you get there, is up to you – to choose the simplest ,, most direct path, or the most...

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Biproducts Of Micro Management

Trying to control and micro-manage every little thing that a team does, does two things: It tells your team that you don’t trust them and they are not capable of working by them selvesIt creates a tonne of extra work for the minor-manager. In the first instance, if...

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The Value Of One Customer

The value of one customer may not seem a lot. The hard-to deal with customer. The one who tells you your product is more expensive and they’ll go somewhere else. The customer who’s passing through. The value of these customers might be one sale, one purchase. But what...

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Pick Your Team Well… Why?

It has been said that as a leader or a manager, your team’s success is a reflection of you, and subsequently our own success. But this is not necessarily the case. It depends on three things… You, as a leader or manager, and how well you lead or manage.The cause, or...

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Less Meetings, More Purpose

When you have 25 people meet for an hour a week 52 weeks a year, at an hourly rate of $150+, does that meeting really add value of $200,000 a year? Really? There has to be some meetings, but when you look at the number of people multiplied by the hourly rate of the...

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Ask Three People

When you can’t figure something out… What to do next, how to do something, what the heck’s going on… Ask three people, instead of fumbling around on your own. Ideally, someone who’s done it before. Regardless, when you ask three people, you might get two good answers...

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Independent Learning

Independent Learning requires initiative. It requires an individual to make a choice. To choose to better them selves and become expert in a particular area. It requires one to take steps, ask questions, follow advice and feedback. And not just wait to be told what to...

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An Extra Morning Hour A Day

What would happen if you got up an hour early in the morning. If, instead of staying in bed until the very last minute and then rushing to get out the door… You set your alarm at the same time every single day. An hour earlier. And got out of bed and calmly and...

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Compounding 10% Of Cash

If you earned an average of $50,000 from the age of 18. And all you did was save 10% of that cash, or $5,000 a year, $416 per month, $96 a week. By the time you’re 50, that’s 32 years. You’ll have $160,000 in the bank. That’s without compounding interest, that builds...

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Quietly Making Noise

We’re convinced that fame and success comes to those who put themselves out there in the mainstream and social media. The ones who make the most noise. The real success comes to those who quietly work away, consistently, day after day. It’s the work you do behind the...

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When Your Boss Is A Douche

When your boss is a douche, and it’s just who they are. That’s a problem that exists, that you cannot change. No matter what you do, it’s never going to be any different. You can work your arse off, do your best, seek approval and recognition. That’s never going to...

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Design Is Never Done

When you’re developing something new, the design is never done. On the drawing board, you’re testing, tweaking, proto-typing. Trying to find a different way, a better way. Another improvement, to make this “thing” that you’re creating the very best it can be. Even...

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On The Way To Decay

Someone fixed the gate with a bit of wire. It works but it’s kind of hanging. The hole in the pavement got filled with some asphalt. It’s ugly. The mark on the wall got covered with some paint that’s… nearly…the right colour. Just don’t look too close. Each of these...

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Are You Making Beauty Or Ugliness?

Natures creations are astounding… wonderfully, awe-inspiring in their magnificence and beauty. Natures creations are astounding… wonderfully, awe-inspiring in their magnificence and beauty. Step out into a rainforest or stand on the edge of the ocean, and you will...

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Pick Three Things

At the start of the year we may set lofty goals. Three dozen different things to achieve and  create. Create a business, expand your career, improve your health, buy a new apartment, move countries, travel, create art, write a book… It’s endless. On the...

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Last Day Of The First Month

On the last day of the first month of another year. What have you created so far? What is different and what’s the same? What’s working and what’s not working? What do you have to change? What has to happen for next month to be better than this? For this year to be...

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Ideas Come From Every Where

Ideas come from every where. They pop in and out and through your head on a daily, hourly basis. The key is to catch them, write them down, and then choose the ones to act upon. And save the rest for another day. Creativity comes from paying attention to the ideas...

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Happiness Is Not Based On Stuff

Happiness is not the purchase of the next big screen TV, or a bigger house, a new wardrobe, a shinier car. Happiness is how you think those things will make you feel, once you have them. They might, for a short time, until the feeling goes away. And then you need n...

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Texting While Walking

When you walk across the road looking at your mobile phone and texting. And fall over. Yes, I’ll help you up. But I won’t have much sympathy. You’re lucky you didn’t walk in front of a car. The driver might have been texting and not seen you… XO Liz...

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F$*% The Five-Year Plan

Where do you want to be in 5 years? The problem with having a clear path and actions to get there. Is that, when you’re half-way along the path and you realise it’s heading in the wrong direction. You’ve mentally committed your self to the point that you won’t turn...

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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

What do you want to be when you grow up? For a 5 year old, a policeman, a basketball player, a teacher, an artist, an astronaut. The world is open to opportunity. But as we get older, we are forced to narrow it down, be more realistic. Pick a degree, a major, a...

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The Internet Is Not A Newspaper

There’s an interesting meme - an image of commuters of today flicking through a phone and commuters of 50 years ago with their heads buried in a newspaper. It seems the point being made is that human being have always isolated them selves in public scenarios. That...

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How To Start A Blog

How to start a blog? Find a free online platform like Blogger or Wordpress.com and join it. Create a new blog post. Write something. Anything, even if it’s crap. Push the Publish button. Congratulations. You have a blog. Rinse and repeat. XO Liz...

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Market Where They’re Already Looking

The marketing gurus will tell you that you need to be on social media, blogging, vlogging, networking, cold-calling… In other words, spending most of your day trying to convince people to “buy your stuff.” But what if marketing became a much more integrated part of...

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Access To Every Thing

You don’t need to pay thousands of dollars for degrees and courses and gurus and experts. With this thing called the internet, the information is out there. You now have access to every piece of information or thing you could possibly need. You’re not restricted to...

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Tracking And Checklists

Many successful mentors and coaches teach that tracking and checklists are a key to success. If you’re training for an Olympic gold medal, which is the focus of every waking hour, that might well be the case. Every split second or extra hour of training will have an...

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When The Horse Won’t Drink

They say, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. But what happens when you can’t even lead the horse to the water? You can try to entice it, with incentives and promises of rewards. You can push it and force it, with sticks and punishments and...

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Life Is Collective

You cannot measure the success or failures of a person by one moment in time, or the outcome of one event, or one project or one job. Your life is the collective of every thing you create and do and are - the good, the bad and the ugly. Each moment of your life is...

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There’s No Self Love In Squats

You know those people at the gym, both girls and guys. Huffing and puffing under 100kg weights, or running until they vomit. Legs burning as a personal trainer screams at them for yet another 10 squats. Red-faced, unhappy, and counting the minutes until it’s over....

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Capitalist Crap In Your Lounge Room

We live in an economy of Capitalist Consumption. In order to survive, the capitalist system must expand infinitely. It requires more and more profit which has us creating disposable and obsolete products. On a daily basis, we’re buying stuff that we don’t need or goes...

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Is Any One Having Fun Yet?

Did you have fun yesterday? Ave you had any fun today? Do you enjoy what you’re doing? Or are you doing it because you have to, because it’s your job, because someone told you to? If you’re not having fun in the daily activities and experience that you have chosen to...

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Hand Dryer Or Paper Towel?

When you’ve washed your hands in a public bathroom. Do you go for the hand dryer or the paper towel? The paper towel is going into landfill. But the dryer is using fuel to power it, most likely fossil fuel. Which is better for the planet and the environment?...

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Consumtionism

There are two types of product. Those that you use, for the long-term - cars, washing machines, refrigerator. And, those that you use up - food, The consumer society encourages us to start to see the products you use for the long term as something that you now use up....

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Don’t Be Fooled By The Pretty Pictures

Technology and software does amazing things. Graphics and fly-throughs and virtual reality. Digital wizardry with effects that, on the surface, look amazing. Many can be fooled by the special effects. But those who know good design and quality product, can see through...

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Renaissance In A Specialist World

Leonardo Da Vinci was interested in painting, sculpting, architecture, inventing, mathematics, music, astronomy, botany, geology, history, writing, cartography, literature, engineering… Michelangelo loved painting, sculpting, architecture, poetry, engineering… They...

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Every Thing New Is The Result Of Creativity

Every thing new is the result of creativity. An expression of the self. A coffee, an email, a face of makeup, a business report. Each of these things, in their own way, evolves into something from nothing, or something else. Taking one form of energy and transforming...

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Consistent Pressure Creates Diamonds

It’s amazing how last minute deadlines put the pressure on to create magic. What evolves in the last 24 or 48 hours compared to the previous week or month, can blow your mind. Some people work brilliantly under pressure, making fast decisions and acting quickly....

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There’s A Buyer For Every Thing

There’s a buyer for every thing. Someone’s junk is someone else’s treasure. You just have to look at garage sales and op shops to know that. People buy the craziest things for who knows what. So, no matter what you offer or what you sell, There’s someone, somewhere...

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The Needs Of Resistance

A part of you wants to do or be or have something. Another part of you does not. When we push and force for what we want. And supress and repress and try to hide that which we don’t. We are simply adding more energy fuel to the resistance of our desires. Instead,...

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Finding Purpose And Meaning

If the purpose of human beings is to remember and rediscover the truth of who we are. The purpose of life is the vehicle for that journey of remembrance. Our emotions are the compass on that journey. When we feel good we are closer to the truth of who we are. When we...

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Clear The Clutter

When you sit down to work, how much stuff clutters your desk? Multiple versions of the same thing… scissors, pens and paper. Old notes, note pads, receipts. Stuff that does not help you do work. Stuff that gets in the way. Stuff that can easily go. How long will it...

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What’s On For 2019?

What’s on for 2019? What are you going to do to make next year different? Or are you going to live the same life over again? Even if 2018 was your best year yet… Don’t you want to make it even better? How? XO Liz Watt

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Eliminate Excess Detail

Sometimes, giving too much detail is to much. Trying to cover every single base, fill every single gap. Give people every little thing they need… Can be overkill, especially if they’re only going to take in twenty, or thirty, percent. Instead, find the crucial twenty,...

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Onerous Tasks Done Two Ways

Tasks that seem onerous, or not that exciting can be done n one of two ways… Slowly, "small-ly", bit by by bit, in small, daily pieces. Or, all at once, in one big hit, getting it out of the way. The problem with slowly, is, it’s always there, calling, at the back of...

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You Can Only Do What You Can Do

You can only do what you can do. With the information that you know, and have at hand. Every thing else is still unknown to you, and you don’t know what you don’t know. So do what you can do now, And make a commitment to keep learning as much as you can. Asking...

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No-One Cares About You As Much As You

No-one cares about you and your interests as much as you. No-one cares about your business, your relationship, your mental wellbeing… As much as you do, or you should. If you’re relying on other people to put you and your interests first. Make sure they do so, before...

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Let Builders Build And Architects Architect

Is a builder the right person to teach an architect how to design? They know about buildings, but no. A builder knows how to build, an architect knows how to design. There is a crossover, where an architect knows how things might go together. And a builder knows how...

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Infinite Money To Be Made

Money is a tool, that exists in infinite potential. Made from nothing, by simply adding a perceived value to something. Buying a house, painting it and selling it for an extra $50k. Buying something for $2, and flipping it for $30 on eBay. Working a job to provide...

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Aim For One Bit Better Than Yesterday

When you’re stating out in any thing, business, a hobby, a skill, a relationship. The way to improve… is to set the intention to be just one bit better than yesterday. Just one bit. If you typed 40 words a minute yesterday, today, aim for 41. If you swam 900m...

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Why Waste Words?

Why waste words? Why say something in 300 hundred words when you can say it in 50. Find the point, and say it, and leave it at that, Save every one some time. XO Liz Watt

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Strike A Vote For Policy?

On the day of an election, people step up to the polls. Bombarded with flyers and how-to-vote cards as they move towards the door. It is interesting to see how many people take 2, 3 4 or 5 of these? Is it out of politeness, or because they have no idea who they are...

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Procrastination Or Deeper Instinct?

We live in a hyper-productive society. Where a sense of worth or value is often measured by how much you do So when procrastination kicks in, you can feel stagnant, stuck, not as productive as you need to be, should be. But what if procrastination is intuitive...

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$12 Life Coaching Course

Life Coach…a person employed to help people attain their goals in life. You can buy a Life Coaching course online for $12. You watch some videos, do some activities and get certified as a “Life Coach.” For $12. Created by a person who knows some stuff and puts it...

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Time To Opt Out?

How many things in your life do you need to opt out of? That you’re paying for without realising it. Or needing it? Or that aren’t delivering the value you used to get, or thought you’d get? Or that are just taking up valuable time in your life? The insurance policy...

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Showing Up To Class Gets You Half Way There

Just showing up to class gets you half way there. Turning up to a lecture means you hear what you need to and don’t struggle to catch up. Turning up to your pilates class means and all you have to do is follow the instructor and don’t have to motivate your self....

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Every Eleven Minutes Count

Every now and them in your day there’s a spare eleven minutes. You’re ready to leave for work a little early. That report took less time than you thought. You’ve finished a task and ou have to leave for yoga in exactly…eleven minutes. What are you going to do? Sit...

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Ease Or Endurance?

Endurance implies struggle and push and force. Ease implies calm and flow and inspiration. Choosing ease and easy frees up space for movement and creation and inspiration. Choosing endurance takes up space for pressure and stress and coercion. Endurance is a myth and...

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Choose Strengths Over Weaknesses

When you’re good at something, and love something, do more of it. When you’re not that great, and there’s no real love, don’t do it. Strengths that come easily will yield more ease. Weaknesses that are a struggle will yield more struggle. Stop battling instincts. Stop...

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Evolution Or Revolution

A vision board includes images of a bigger, brighter future. Things that are out there, in the future, that when achieved will make things better. A vision board is a list of all the things you perceive you lack. The things that today you do not have, and think that...

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Throw Away Your Vision Boards

A vision board includes images of a bigger, brighter future. Things that are out there, in the future, that when achieved will make things better. A vision board is a list of all the things you perceive you lack. The things that today you do not have, and think that...

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Get To Bed On Time

It’s easy to stay up late, to read one more chapter. Or finish that last piece of work. To potter around, in front of the TV. Till midnight has come and gone. And a second wind hits. It’s easy to keep going until all hours of the morning. Until you have to get up and...

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A Single Point Of Focus

A single point of focus means… All your energy and time is pointed in one direction. Things get done faster. Productivity and efficiency is high. A single point of focus gets things done. BUT... A single point of focus can get monotonous, repetitive, Boring and...

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What Needs To Be Said?

What’s important? What do people need to hear? What will change the world? What will make a bit of difference today, to some one? That’s what needs to be said. Every single day. And if you know it, you’re the one to say it. XO Liz Watt

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Rose Are Red

Roses are red… Violets are blue… But only at certain times of the year, So make sure you enjoy them in bloom!! XO Liz Watt

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When You Don’t Know What You Want

There are many people living their life based on what they thing they “should” want. What society, culture, religion, politics tells them is important. And there comes a time, where it’s just not enough. There comes a time, to go inward, and discover what you really,...

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Insane Complexity Of Modern Society

Modern society has become insanely complex. So complex, that it’s often hard to get seemingly simple things done. And yet there are layers and layers of bureaucrats fuelling the insanity on a daily basis. Busily “doing” but achieving little. The tenant, with no hot...

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The Apathy Of Long Term Contracts

Creating contracts between organizations for the long term, like, we’re talking years here. Sound great at the start – when every thing’s new and fresh and exciting. But what happens down the track, years later, when the individuals have changed. When needs and...

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(In)Decisions By Committee

Decisions by committees give every one an opportunity to be heard and to have a say. But it is often unlikely that every member of a committee will all agree on the same thing. And, it is completely likely that a committee may defer an issue, or debate it around and...

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You’re Never In The Hands Of The Plumbers

The hot water’s not working. The plumber’s been out twice, and isn’t quite sure what the problem is. It’s raining and it’s a public holiday - so it’ll take a few more days to figure it out, order parts. Meanwhile, there’s 60 apartments who’ve been without water for 4...

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Technology Connects And Disconnects Too

Technology allows us to talk to someone half way around the world. Connected in a matter of seconds. In online forums, and groups and communities. To people we would never meet on the streets. Or would travel days or months to discover face-to-face. Technology...

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Where Are You Trying To Get To?

The modern world moves fast. And people are following it. With endless to-do lists and errands. Beneath it all, where are you trying to get to? And why? And does it really matter if you don’t? Enjoy the now. Breathe… XO Liz Watt

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8pm… It’s Never Too Late

When you make a daily commitment and then the very next day forget about it, and put it off. Until 8 o'clock at night. It would be easy to say, oh well, I’ll start again tomorrow. Or, you can choose to do it any way. And be two days ahead of your starting place. It’s...

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30 Days Of Writing… Go!

I was reminded by Seth Godin about the simplicity and the value of writing every day and putting it out there. I receive Seth Godin’s blog daily, and have done for years. I don’t always read it every day, but at times I’ll sit and devour dozens of unread snippets of...

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Choosing To De-Commit

There comes a time in projects, relationships, business, work, friendships… When the right thing might be to de-commit. When things aren’t working the way you want any more. When it’s hard, forced and full of pressure and angst. But, but, but... You committed. You...

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Average Depends On Compared To What

Considering where you sit on the spectrum of great to crap depends what and who you’re comparing against. If you’re comparing your self to group of Olympic Athletes, then you’re probably well below average. If you’re comparing your self to a group of three year olds,...

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Where Do You Get Your Expertise From?

Where do you get your advice from? “The plumber down the road says I should paint my house this colour…” “The guy at the post office reckons it’s a bad time to buy real estate…” The plumber probably isn’t an expert in design. And you might want to ask the guy at the...

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Working To An Outcome

There are times to be creative and go with the flow and times to be working towards an outcome. The challenge and the skill is to know which is which. When you’re working freely, there’s no boundaries, no restrictions, you can try any thing and do what you want. When...

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When The Idea Comes, Act

When the idea comes to you, act upon it right away. Even if it’s just to write it down so you can act on it later. Otherwise you’ll be left 4 hours later wondering what the heck that great idea was you had to write about 4 hours earlier… XO Liz Watt

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Become Good By Being Bad

How do you become good at something? Writing? Drawing? Sales? Marketing? Relationships? Child-rearing? How do you become good at any of these things? By choosing it, starting it, and doing it. And being prepared to do it badly, or completely fail, over and over an...

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Apartment Living

Doing what you want to do is fabulous. But considering how it might impact other people is worth a look. It’s like apartment living. Are you the person who opens all their windows and blares music at all hours of the day. Or the one inside, annoyed they can’t use...

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When Help Comes Your Way… Take It

How often does someone offer extra help to you? And when it comes, do you accept it willingly? Or do you turn it away, maybe even ignore it? On the grounds that you feel like you don’t deserve it. Or you don’t want to put people out. Or your stuff isn’t good enough...

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What’s Your Computer Backup?

What do you keep on your computer these days? Every photo from your life? Every document you’ve ever written? Every creative piece you’ve created? Gone are the days of hard copy records. Every thing exist in digital form. So what are you doing to back it all up – in...

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One Daily Thing Leads To Greatness

What is one thing that you can do or practice every day, no matter what, without fail, to move you forward? Closer to your goals and dreams. Three tiny, seemingly insignificant things, that over the course of a year, a decade, will add up to something great. A...

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Do One More Thing A Day

You know that thing that you said you’d do today. That when it comes down to it, you’re not quit sure if you have the energy for it. But you said you would. And you know if you don’t you’ll be thinking about it all night. If you don’t do it today, that’s one less...

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What Are You Actually Committed To?

It’s fine to want to do what you love and go with the flow. Following the energy and what comes easiest is definitely going to make life much easier. But at the same time you have to consider what you have actually committed to. Have you committed to building your...

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Killing Time On Planet Earth

What if there is no point to all of this? No purpose, no deeper, bigger meaning of life. What is there is no grander reason for each of us being here? Or collectively as the human race. What if we all just get born, live and die. And the whole point of life is...

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Creativity Is Iterative Not Linear

When you’re doing something creative, figure out how long it’s going to take. Then double it. To factor in your miscalculations of tests and dead ends and versions and changes. Any kind of creative endeavour will always take longer than you anticipate. Because it’s...

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Cut The Jargon. Keep It Simple

Ever read an insane sentence in a professional, or slightly intellectual context? That you have to read 5 times to make any sense of them? Like… The purpose of the project is to develop a strategy to superimpose the infrastructure criterion with the aesthetics of the...

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An Hour Versus A Twelve Hour Drawing

When design students ask me, “how do I get a high distinction, how do I be the best?” I tell them… This student spent twelve hours on their work. How many did you spend on yours? Did you research, explore, experiment? Did you plan and strategize and pay attention to...

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