Reflect Back – Manifest Forward

Thanks Dave Rogers for this appropriate title.

I noticed my last blog was on June 11 this year… over 6 months ago…. why? Because Landi jac and I literally took 6 months off… a sabbatical. It didn’t mean we did absolutely nothing. In fact for any of you who think it sounds lovely… I dare you to do it. It’s really one of the hardest things I have ever done.

Why you may ask?

You see … the thing is that all you have to do is stare inward. It doesn’t matter that you may be in a street bar in Prague, or laying on the beach in Corfu, you are confronted by yourself, the real you. The one that is easy to hide from in your normal routine. You have to decide who you really are, and mostly it’s the stuff you have done well at bottling up and hiding away that finds a way to bubble up and confront you.

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All that said, how do I feel…. GREAT, it’s all culminated with a bad 10 day flu that is cleaning me out before Christmas. We visited 26 countries this year. Most people have an excuse not to do that in a lifetime. We have laid on a lot of beaches and am currently in a stunning resort in the Gili Islands off Lombok. Out of this has come some really big goals for next year.

We are manifesting and what that means is getting VERY clear on what we want, who we want in our lives and business and where we want to be in a years time. I’m excited.

So what can I share with you to help you have an awesome future?

  1. Revisit the stuff in your closet that you felt you have dealt with and de clutter it once and for all. It’s finally time to move on. That even means clearing out some nostalgia on Facebook – get it out of your energy.
  2. Focus on what you really want. Seriously … do you really want a Maserati? If yes… ok cool. If your life dream is to own one, but be careful about what your heart truly desires. It comes to you, but it may have baggage.
  3. Agree and write down simple action steps. IE. I want to have a meeting with a specific person, so I have joined his groups, written to people around him I can get to, going to where he hangs out in January…. and talking about it to everyone. I haven’t just left it in my head. That’s not manifesting. That’s dreaming.

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To anyone who is reading this who has been part of our journey at Rock Your Life. In February we are launching Version 4.0 of Rock Your Life. It’s going to be awesome.

You rock.

PS: A huge thank you to the love of my life – Landi Jac – what a year we have had. You have been absolutely stunning. xxx

What does one do with all the time in the world?

Six weeks into my Sabbatical – I sit here reflecting. The days seem busy and at stages I feel like I am not achieving much at all. But why is there this constant drive to achieve at all one asks. Why not relax and simply stare at the moon, the fire, the ocean. So for those of you that are wondering what someone who has written 14 books and stood on over 1,000 stages in the past ten years does with all of he time in the world. Here is a brief synopsis of the past six weeks:

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With the mask of Tutankhamen
  • I have lost several kilo’s and my skin looks better and I am definitely more relaxed
  • I have been working on understanding my blood pressure. Ever since I was 25 my BP has been 130/95 now I have it around 125/85 and even down as far as 110/80. The main thing is I know the triggers, Coffee, Alcohol and Stress. Cayenne pepper has been a blessing in helping this
  • I am drinking almost zero alcohol. I was always someone who loved to binge drink… from time to time
  • I have been working on our new feature film, Arjuna, now draft twelve of the script is in Draft two of the Screenplay. It’s feeling great and we launched our crowdfunding project to assist with the tens of thousands I have spent on it personally. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-story-that-inspired-1-1-billion-people/x/5461155#/story
  • I have launched a documentary on my old band – Charley Browne and am talking to they guys about recording a few new tracks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q-FNZoeiug&spfreload=10
  • I have been re writing the manuscript for my new book on Pythagoras. This has taken a lot of work with the help of Todd Hutchison, Dave Rogers and Landi Jac as we have had a closer look at the esoterics of his messages and reconstituted them. I am very excited about this work
  • I have been studying full out Marketing on line, so I can share aspects of it with our inner circle and so we at Rock Your Life can become better at it
  • I have had plenty of animal encounters, from having an eagle on my arm, to interacting with a porcupine to visiting several Lion and Tiger sanctuaries
  • I have relooked at every system and product we have at Rock Your Life, surveyed our market place and know more what you want from us and who you think we are. Expect a different us in a relaunch.
  • I have been to Landi’s home town Bloemfontein and seen everywhere she grew up, partied, lived, loved and lost and that has given me a deeper understanding of the love of my life.
  • Together we have had so much fun, from lunching at Wineries, to writing in café’s to visiting Cape Town like tourists, climbing Table Mountain, going over some of it’s stunning passes and sunsets at cool beaches
  • I have auctioned my home in New Zealand and been reviewing property, including a whole re look at life and financial goals and re framing those for the first time in a few years
  • I have de cluttered, getting rid of hoards of stuff from my NZ home
  • We have designed our whole Europe trip starting July, including a Northern Lights cruise and January visit to the Caribbean as well, over 20 countries in the next few months
  • I have deepened and strengthened my relationship with Landi and our beautiful doggie Simon (Seamon), where we have taken the time to have so much deeper and more transformational conversation that ever before and that most people never do, plus I have been practising animal communication
  • I have been studying ancient wisdom in documentaries, rare books we have obtained and online, plus I have a new found interest in a series TV show I never had before
  • I have written a couple of new songs
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Enjoying walking Simon

… and finally – I have gotten out of the habit of needing my laptop, replying to emails just because I felt obligated and have even had it off for days. In fact … one other thing. This is first time I have looked at what I have achieved, whereas I used to consider it daily and beat myself up if I didn’t tick off my to do list.. now I don’t even have one and I feel a lot lighter

One word is all it takes

Im into week four of my sabbatical and it hasn’t been all roses. Quite frankly I found myself falling into old patterns, like doing emails, Facebooking and other equally mundane tasks. So I simply switched it all off… for days. At the same time the universe assisted by allowing me to drop and break my cell phone, taking further communication and temptation away.

At Rock Your Life we pride ourselves on bringing you up to date, cutting edge stuff to save you time in your life and business. We don’t sell solutions, you can get those anywhere. What we sell is getting to where you want to go on the superhighway, not by horse and cart.

So I have been studying product launches, edutainment, and how to understand your market. Let me give you an example.

What if you could bring what you do down to just one word. (Wouldn’t that help at Networking functions)

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I looked at our three principals at Rock Your Life: Dave Rogers is an ex banker and billion dollar bond trader, but thats not who he is. Landi Jac is an ex human resources professional and consultant, but that’s boring for her and I’m an ex senior manager for a financial services company and ex rockstar. That means nothing for us or you our customer. So after discussion, research, testing and measuring opinions this is what I came up with:

Dave Rogers represents Bravery – Hell he is one of the most fearless and brave people I know.

Landi Jac is all about Liberty – She liberates you from the mundane is all her advice in all circumstance

Mike Handcock – well I am all about Discovery – thats what I do for you. Ever been on a Soul Journey with me?

This one simple piece of research will change the way we write to you, the way we communicate at events and the way in which we deliver product. You will have a better experience because of it and you will learn how to do it too.

So a sabbatical can be used to update your knowledge, it can be to view things differently. In the 1980’s people had a 20 minute attention span. Now it’s 9 seconds. I guess if your still reading, I have achieved my point.

Get your business down to one word. It will liberate you.

Catch ya later – Im off to my You Tube haven now to watch some cool stuff and upload a documentary I am in.

Our new film – ARJUNA

BREAKING NEWS: – Later this week we will be launching our CrowdFunding Campaign for our new film: ‘ARJUNA’ This is a major motion picture we are hoping to launch and we have a stunning team getting this off the ground. We have been working on this since 2012. Stage 1 of funding will be released this week and you have the opportunity to do everything from get the inside scoop on the movie and it’s stars to even being in the film and saying a line. This is not a talking heads green screen film. This is a Blockbuster film and we will be casting well known actors. be part of ‘ARJUNA’ and help us make the world a better place through it’s message. More details soon.

PS: What perk would entice you to be part of the crowdfunding platform. Any ideas?

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Sabbatical – should you?

After being on the road doing business in 46 countries and over 1,000 events for the past 10 years, it’s time to take some time out…

After being on the road doing business in 46 countries and over 1,000 events for the past 10 years, it’s time to take some time out, reflect on what’s next and make it even better. Of course I always welcome interaction with our circle of excellence members, plus we are full on into our new feature film, have a documentary coming out soon, and a few other projects, but there will be a lot more reading books, chilling out and Landi Jac and I are off to Europe for 3 months soon, and of course Greece. Have you ever considered a sabbatical and if so, what would you do?

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It took me ages to come to this decision. Whilst I have been teaching Lifestyle Entrepreneurship for about 4 years, living in Greece for the winter months for the past 3 years and generally organising my business to travel the world and hang out with cool people transforming the planet and making a difference the fact of the matter was I was pretty much working most of the time. So with the advent in 2015 of Dave Rogers and I sharing #youism, the biggest shift and trend of the next 5 years I thought… its time.

I guess it always takes a prompt. Mine was a few things – here they are:

  • Listening to Landi Jac share how she is getting off email in 2015, so thinking why not and having reduced my email by about 70% since january… yes folks it can be done.
  • Getting people off ringing me up… that’s taken a year or so, but I truthfully never get a call now except the occasional one from friends
  • A shift in the industry I am in, making me think how I want to approach it in future. I am truly sick and tired of these supposed personal development gurus who don’t walk their talk, take advantage of people in weak moments and don’t deliver… (yes its a gripe… I would love to have the balls to name a few of them – but instead I will focus on what I can control…. me and my delivery)
  • A few little minor health things, especially my somewhat high blood pressure that I have had since 25. It’s definitely related to type A, so yes I eat grapefruit, drink little alcohol (bugger it), eat cayenne pepper and a few other things to manage it
  • And lastly the fact that after 1,000 events + in the last 10 years… I just need some long service leave.

So – I’ll update you here from time to time on what’s going on. We are off to Europe and visiting about 19 different countries with only 5 days of events in that time and the highlight – finishing with a northern lights cruise out of Northern Norway.

You work hard… probably too hard. If you are reading this and you are male then my caution is to watch out for things like:

  • I must be busy (Landi says the business of being busy is no longer cool… and she’s right)
  • I must make a Million (just make enough to do what you want. Corolla or Ferrari… You won’t impress me thats for sure)
  • I have to look good amongst my friends (that’s the biggie and it traps me too…but its a walk seriously… get over yourself… looking good could cost you your sanity, relationship and health)

If your reading this and you are a female:

  • You are not responsible for the health, wellbeing and mothering of anyone of even near adult age. Think what you were like as a 16+ year old.
  • You are not your partners puppet. You have dreams, and wishes too
  • Don’t just agree with your man and go down the same road.
  • If you are a career driven female entrepreneur, like most of my audience then what I wrote about the men traps may apply to you.

Bottom line, look after you first. You are the centre of your universe and if you are anything less than 100%, in your life, career, relationships or health, you can never be anything you really want to be.

My issue is keeping my mind quiet. I have already had 50+ ideas in the first 7 days of this sabbatical thing. Even this blog is one of them. Let’s see how it goes. Drop me your comments and ideas on my Facebook or here.

Hall of Fame

At Rock Your Life we wish to acknowledge stunning members of our Circle of Excellence and have decided to do so by putting together a Hall of Fame

At Rock Your Life we wish to acknowledge stunning members of our Circle of Excellence and have decided to do so by putting together a Hall of Fame where every December the board of Rock Your Life get together and vote on our members who have been exceptional during the year. The categories one can be nominated under are:

  1. Excellence – this means they have significantly improved their business and their life. It could include revenue increases, asset increases or simply living one’s passions to the maximum and reflecting that to the world.
  2. Innovation – This means developing something that is unique, perhaps world changing, maybe green technology, perhaps sustainable, maybe disruptive technology that turns an industry on its head
  3. Contribution – This is clearly the way and manner in which this individual contributes to the world at large. How they play a bigger game, involving social contribution, charity work or work of a non profit basis.

In 2014 we are proud to induct the following people into the Rock your Life Hall of Fame.

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Garry & Jo Newton (Excellence) New Zealand

What a superb year they have had, integrating new business partner Wayne Baird whom they found at  Rock Your Business, their business has grown by over 200% and the are now considered one of the most significant structural engineering companies in New Zealand, working on many large projects including rebuilding Christchurch following the 2011 earthquake. www.structuralconcepts.co.nz

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Kim Davey (Excellence) USA

The winner of Entrepreneur X Factor globally 2013, Kim has gone from strength to strength building a lifestyle with her new hubby in Seattle whilst starting her expanded venture of World Class dance Tours taking kids from NZ to LA & London to meet with an learn from dance experts the likes of which work with Lady GaGa, Madonna and similar artists. Kim’s business is booming and she is in total flow. http://www.worldclassdancetours.co.nz

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Paul Lyons (Innovation) Australia

Initially from the UK and based in Perth Western Australia Paul’s business www.ecocentricenergy.com.au is a techno giant in the making. paul has done a lot f work in his own personal and professional development in the past few years and now with funding by the WA government who see his brilliance the UK is calling with a variety of offers and potential on the table. Next year Paul will fly.

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Shazar Robinson (Contribution) India

Shazar is a social contributor in many ways. having socially funded via crowd funding a jeep for Khmer guide Mr V, with another project to bring water to Indian villages, Shazar spend her time between Australia, Cambodia and India where she passionately leads one of the teams at Shiksham Gram orphanage in Lonavala, an awesome project in which we at Rock Your Life take a keen interest. https://www.facebook.com/shikshan.gram

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Anne & Melinda Tham (Excellence) Malaysia

Voted one of the top schools now by Cambridge University these two powerhouse sisters have built a spectacular modern and cutting edge school in Kuala Lumpur. Focussing on new teaching techniques, building community as well as test scores and with a whole wing committed to building learning Apps the kids at Sri Emas are the children of the future. It’s well worth a visit if ever in  KL. www.sriemas.edu.my

There are also two very special mentions for our youngest member:

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Eric Lassard (Excellence) Ireland

Eric turned 11 this year and has been an entrepreneur, professional speaker, author and board game creator, starting at age 6. Based in Dublin, Ireland this year saw Eric on large stages in Ireland, plus on the Global Internet Summit, working with the Mayor of Dublin, and other famous people, spreading his message that is equally applicable to 50 year olds as it is to teenagers and pre 10′s. www.z-ettitude.com

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Phillip Silverman (Innovation & Excellence) New Zealand

Phillip has totally followed his passion as a sculptor studying in New York and in Florence in 2014 with some of the great Italian masters. He is developing his art into a business, whilst also following his other passion of weightlifting and reducing his 9 – 5 activities to pursue his dreams. If you want a bust created of yourself or a loved one – you will be blown away by what Phillip can do.

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Personal Brand & your Business

RYPB S1 copyI’m about to embark on a series of Personal Branding workshops in South Africa, Australia & New Zealand. I decided to bring these back after five years off, as I did them the world over for two years. It got me thinking, what’s changed in Branding in five years and what the hell does that mean for the entrepreneur or career minded individual. As I did my research to update the workshop and spoke to my mentors the results were outstanding. Here are 3 things you may not know:

  1. No one gives a damn who you think you are any more – it means SQUAT… nothing. People simply know you by your online presence and privacy is ‘no-longer’ cool. People want to KNOW YOU. The real you – not the facade.
  2. Most of the world is brand conscious now. People have become drones that shop where the brands they know are. Everyone knows Coke and McDonalds are not that good for you, but people are still buying them on masse. People are still shopping where they know, even though they get no service, because they are brand familiar
  3. It’s no longer cool to be quiet. People expect you to have a ‘voice’. Steve Jobs made being a nerd on stage cool and now you can’t be an entrepreneur and not know how to speak in public.

These are just three things I found that I am sharing here. There is so much more.

So what is a Personal Brand? Here are some tips so we are on the same page and you’re not guessing:

  • A personal brand is the face of a business. It’s the personality of the business. It’s what draws you. (What would Virgin be without Branson… answer… just another airline)
  • A personal brand is you staking your ground as an expert, a person of note, a go to person, a wizard or similar. When you think of Hip Hop you think of Dr Dre, when you think of Basketball it’s Michael Jordan, and technology it’s Jobs, Gates and Zuckerburg
  • A personal brand is consistent, or else it’s not a brand. Think Michael Jackson or Boy George or Paris Hilton. It’s consistent. yet Madonna the genius found a way to reinvent constantly to meet change. That’s an art in itself.

You see the reason any entrepreneur ‘has to’ do this is straightforward. You are either memorable or you aren’t and being memorable denotes success. I’m not saying you can’t be successful with a great product and nothing more but most people aren’t. Great products, just like talented musicians, sportspeople, writers and others never get anywhere, because they don’t have a brand that’s memorable. By the way, memorable isn’t wearing a bear suit. It has to be congruent with your soul.

If you want more success in your life and business, hence more $ in your pocket then read on… 

Here are seven tips to help you be a more effective brand:

  1. Become an author, write a book that places you as an expert, or at the very least some excellent published articles
  2. Get on radio and TV. Start walking your talk and learn to be media savvy
  3. Have a consistent, concise and articulate message
  4. Create brand collateral (logos, cards, pens, caps tshirts etc) that are totally in line with who YOU are, not who you think you should be to get business
  5. Learn to speak and present
  6. Understand social media – but more importantly, understand which one is right for you
  7. Be yourself… everyone else is taken (‘an oldie but a goodie), seriously people see through fakes in 2 seconds these days

By the way. this is what I am sharing in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, plus much more. If you are interested to be better, to understand yourself more, then come along. I’ll be myself and I’ll be profound and rock your ideas… why… because that’s my brand. Click here for details (Sept – Oct 2014)

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