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New Year – New You. Or Is It?

These are required if, you intend see the new year through to the end, and end it just the way you hoped to.

Wes Boshoff




We recently entered a new year, and with any new year and perhaps like previous new years, we have the idea that because it’s a new year, it’ll be a new me. The idea that a new year automatically equals a new you will soon let you down…or perhaps it’s us letting ourselves down.

Don’t get me wrong, a new business venture, a fresh start at life, another chance to do things differently or to make “better mistakes” than before is always welcomed, particularly after a year that has not been quite what it was supposed to be…or perhaps we weren’t what we were supposed to be.

Then we have conversations about new year’s resolutions, working out more…eating less, saving more and spending less…but when we get to the end of the year, we have spent more and saved less, eaten more and worked out less. That which should be more is less and that which should be less…is more. Are we doing it wrong? Maybe there’s a better way to get your head in the game, a better way to play the game.

Related: Get Ready For A Killer 2017. Here’s What To Do Now

2017 will bring new opportunities, but for the serious business owner or entrepreneur, comes a serious set of simple-yet-forgotten disciplines. These are required if, you intend see the new year through to the end, and end it just the way you hoped to.


You need a new mindset to get new results, it’s an attitude adjustment, a clearing and cleaning of the filter through which you see things – look at things differently and you will see them differently.

Related: Your Top 10 Growth Moves For 2017

This is not just a once off exercise, be disciplined every day to assess what you think, how you think and why you think about what you think about.

Remember, what you focus on you will hit, it’s like teaching a kid to ride a bike and then you keep telling them to watch out for the tree. Soon enough they hit the tree, in future tell them to watch the road. Then…put your thoughts into planned action.



Dreams only work if you do, so it will not help just telling everyone what you hope to achieve this year if you don’t do the hard yards…when it comes to working smart verses working hard, any successful individual will tell you that the smart thing to do, is to work hard for what you want.

It’s a combination of belief and will with non-stop commitment to doing what needs to be done in order to get what you want. The old saying that “actions speak louder than words”, has more value in business now than ever before because there is more competition for your job or service than ever before…so don’t tell me show me…don’t just tell yourself – show yourself.

Related: 5 Steps To Setting Your Intention For A Meaningful 2017


It’s never too late to figure out your goals, if you don’t have any then as soon as you finish reading this go figure out what you want, yes you can have whatever you want, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t – if you are willing to do what it takes – to learn more, to push just that much more, risk more, give more and do more…then you are the one, going to achieve more.

Set small daily goals that work toward your ultimate goal. Create good habits, disciplines that will focus your attention to what you set out to achieve. Oh and get a “cheerleader” who motivates you when times get tough.

Do this every new day, and 2017 can be your new ‘you’ year.

Entrepreneur, International Speaker, Thought Leader, Wes has been described as “Professional with a charismatic personality and great sense of humour. His messages, attention-grabbing. He uses a highly motivational style of communication with any audience! With futurist vision and leadership style that’s hands-on, Wes makes you feel truly part of the discussion”. His sound leadership principles deal with personal effectiveness, competitive advantage and creating high performance cultures! He led the team that built Virgin Mobile’s world record breaking vehicle!

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(Infographic) 9 Productivity Mistakes You’re Making In The First 10 Minutes Of Your Day

From setting goals to drinking coffee, these bad morning habits might surprise you.




There are a number of things you’re probably doing every morning that are actually hindering your productivity.

If you’re an avid coffee drinker, you might be surprised to find out that drinking coffee between 8 and 10 a.m can make you more stressed throughout the day. That’s because caffeine early in the morning interferes with the time that the stress hormone, cortisol, is peaking in your body. It’s best to get your fix between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

When you get into the office and try to jump right into the top of your to-do list, you might find yourself confused and not very productive. When you don’t let your brain empty and refresh before starting a project or task, it loses a sense of control, becomes overwhelmed and ultimately, makes you less productive. Something else to avoid is checking email or social media right when you wake up. Typically, after checking your inbox, it takes a person at least 25 minutes to get back into a productive state. If you start your day off reading and responding to email after email, it will take you a long time to get back on track.

Another surprising mistake is setting self-imposed goals. Setting goals and deadlines for yourself might seem like an obvious productivity hack, but it turns out, that’s not the case. Instead, share your deadlines with others and you’ll feel more pressure and responsibility to get things done.

Related: 5 Surprising Elements That Boost Your Productivity (One of Them Is Colour)

Check out’s infographic below for more productivity mistakes you’re likely making in the first 10 minutes of your day.


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Workflow And Business Efficiency – 5 Strategies You Ignore At Your Peril

Emails alone don’t cut it as an efficient way to communicate with team members. You’re not still depending on email, are you?

Toby Nwazor




An inefficient business can cost you a lot more than just growth – it can affect your revenue, too. According to a report by IDC, your business runs the risk of losing 20 to 30 percent of your revenue due to inefficient systems.

Unfortunately, many companies still struggle to implement the right systems to improve their workflow. Others have it worse, because they have no systems. In those situations, projects take ages to be completed, more time is spent on menial tasks and teams never seem to get enough done during work hours.

If that describes your company, your company’s profits may start to plummet, too.

Every successful business, then, has clearly defined systems to help the business run like clockwork. Improved workflow, better management and business efficiency save time, increase the bottom line and ensure a higher profit margin.

In fact, in an article on ContractZen, Tim Cummins, president of the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management, wrote that, “The average corporation could boost its bottom line by almost 10 percent if it invested in improving the quality of contracting.

For many companies – especially those in more complex, project-based industries – the prize could be much higher – perhaps as much as 15 percent.”

Related: Become A Life-Hacker

Unfortunately, some companies fail to provide systems that put users first, taking a negative toll on those companies’ workflow and efficiency. The good news is that they’re only five strategies away from turning this around:

1. Automate all you can


From email lists, bookkeeping, invoicing and contract management, to social media posts and payrolls, almost everything can be automated. For a business that aims to be more efficient, automation is a must.

Automation doesn’t just save you time, it can be the one strategy that can guarantee explosive growth and higher conversion rates. According to this Lead Generation Marketing Effectiveness study, 63 percent of companies polled that were outgrowing their competitors said they had automated their marketing.

Automating monotonous tasks that have to be repeated several times during the day helps you be more productive in tasks that require your personal attention.

2. Invest in customer-relationship management software

It’s not uncommon to find businesses that are barely able to keep up with their leads. Some waste hours hunting the low-quality leads instead of focusing their energy on those ready to buy. Here, a customer relationship management (CRM) solution linked to these businesspeople’s network phone system is a great way to enhance customer communications.

Customers value businesses that provide excellent customer service. A CRM solution increases the ability to keep track of customer information, monitor leads and provide efficient delivery. Businesses can provide for their customers’ needs faster and make effective business decisions. With CRM, businesses can also keep their focus on quality leads that will drastically improve conversion rates.

Related: 11 Ways To Maximise Every Part Of Your Day

3. Set up a task-management system


Emails alone don’t cut it as an efficient way to communicate with team members. Email makes it difficult to carry everyone along. However, setting up task-management software like Slack, Trello or Asana makes it much easier to have everyone’s tasks in one place and ensure that everyone is carried along in the project.

Task-management software helps members of a team track their progress and ensure that everyone is working on their tasks.

4. Sync your calendar with that of everyone else on your team

How many times have you had to reschedule appointments because you didn’t know you had other meetings lined up for the day?

Aside from leaving negative impression in clients’ mind, this error makes you less productive. Having to go back and forth until you have settled on an appropriate date can be cumbersome especially when different time zones are involved. So, do this instead: Sync your personal calendar with your work calendar, and make sure that everyone in your team is synced to the latter, too.

This will ensure sure that everybody is “on the same page” in terms of appointments and deadlines. Google Calendar can help you do just that. Once everyone is synced up, any change in the calendar will be seen by everyone so they can manage their own appointments.

5. Block out chunks of time


Constant interruptions hamper your workflow. Imagine having to deal with turning over a project on a deadline while you’re stuck in a series of meetings throughout the day. It can get very difficult to focus on completing your most urgent tasks.

Block out chunks of time on your calendar for uninterrupted work. It’s better to schedule a series of meetings in one day than to spread them throughout the week.

If you’re creating content, block out one day to create all the content you’ll use for the week. That way your business will run more efficiently.

Related: 3 Reasons You Should Embrace Change

Wrapping it up

With the right strategies, you can turn your business around to make it efficient and lucrative. Automating your processes, setting up the right software and remaining focused on the tasks at hand will go a long way to help you do this. But just as with every good strategy, you need to remain consistent and give it time to do its magic.

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How To Multitask Like Tim Ferriss, Randi Zuckerberg And Other Very Busy People

Nine entrepreneurs tell us how they get it all done.




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Think you’re busy? Take a look at Guy Fieri‘s calendar. Or a U.S. Army general’s. Or an in-demand teenage actor’s. Or the CEO of a globally recognised company’s.

Some of the busiest people on the planet took time out of their days to tell us how they get it all done. Take note!

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