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Looking Back to Move Forward


We often hear the phrase, “forget about the past and focus on the future.” Whilst this is correct to a certain degree, it’s also important for us to consider what happened in the past in order to create a better and more meaningful future. There is still value in looking back to analyse what went well and what went wrong, treat them as learning experiences so that we can make further improvements whenever possible.


“To look back, to go back, is not to be weak. It is not to reopen wounds. It takes strength, it takes courage. It takes a person who is more in control of who they are to cast a discerning, non-judgmental eye over who they once were.”

― Cecelia Ahern

When looking back, we should only take note of the things that can be beneficial and not destructive. It’s good to recall previous experiences but only with the purpose of getting wisdom and insight. Focus on the lessons that matter the most but never dwell on the past. Establish healthy boundaries and do our best to not cross them. During the process, use mindfulness and optimism as your main tools to accomplish goals rationally and intelligently.


“I think if you look at exactly where you are, you can't really focus without looking back and forward at the same time.”

― Bill Laswell

“When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.””

― Paulo Coelho



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Goal Setting is an important part of success. Do you have a vision of what you want to accomplish? If you look at the CEO's and creators of this world, they all have an end goal of what they want to accomplish. Amongst that end goal, they most likely had smaller short-term goals that led them to their success towards their final goal. Even then, they will continue to create more and more goals to help themselves achieve what they want in life.

Goals can help keep you on track and establish what you want to do in life in order to achieve the final goal. The final goal could be to "learn how to swim freestyle". The question now, is how? This is when you will establish smaller goals of how you are going to achieve the goal of learning how to swim. Smaller goals could be to "Go to the pool twice a week" or "Get private swimming instructor lessons". Creating a time or date of when you want to achieve that particular goal will also help you stay on track. Be specific.

What is something that you are wanting to achieve? Having short term, medium term and long term goals can help you focus on the thing you want most to improve or to achieve. It could be anything from health, your career, your education or family goals.

Just make sure when you are setting goals, keep them realistic. Ensure that you are able to achieve them on your set time frame. Also, do not have too many goals because that can stir you from the main goals you are wanting to achieve.

To put it in steps:
  • What is your vision/dream/end goal?
  • What is it you want to achieve?
  • Write them both down.
  • How are you going to achieve that? Write down your short term and medium term goals that relate to what you want to achieve plus your vision.
  • Choose to share them with someone in relation to what you want to achieve. This will help keep you motivated.
  • Go over your goals often in order to help keep you on track and accountable.
  • Make it happen!
Here’s an example:
  • Vision/Dream/End Goal: "I want to finish writing my book"
  • How? "I will write for 3 hours every week"
  • Complete goal
  • Review goals as a reminder
  • Complete goal
  • Now that you know the steps on how to create goals, get goal setting and make your dreams happen!

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“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

– Annie Dillard

Every day you wake up, get up and go on with your usual routine. Is your mind geared toward self-improvement both professionally and personally? If not, then perhaps it’s time for a full self-assessment to determine whether you are evolving with the times, stagnating, or going backward.

We have shared a blog post about simple yet high-performance habits that can significantly change your life and let greater opportunities come your way. Click here if you have not read it yet. You will surely find great tips to help you get to the next level and live life to the fullest.

Make growth your number one priority. When you become growth-conscious across all areas of life, you focus more on your journey - your venture experience rather than just the destination or outcome of your goals.

While personal development and maturity vary with gender, age, race, and genes, what matters most is the chance you are given every waking day. You just have to start by making small, specific changes and you will eventually evolve into the person you want to be. You have 24 hours in a day and it’s up to you to make everything worthwhile and use each hour the best possible way.

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EOFY is coming! Don’t wait until the last minute to get things done. Planning ahead of time and getting everything in one place can definitely help you make the most of it this year.


Here are some practical tips that can possibly maximise your tax return before the end of the financial year.


Organise your documents


Keep all your financial paperwork tidy. Organise your receipts and other relevant documents as soon as you get them. Make use of colour-coded binders or folders to avoid mix-up and store everything in one easy-to-find location.


Set an appointment with your tax accountant


This is a good time to contact your tax accountant to determine and schedule the most suitable time and day for an appointment. Booking it early could save you potential headaches down the road. If you’re not able to go due to travel restrictions, you may also safely lodge your tax return online. Read more about it on the website.


Leverage your accounting software


Accounting programs have powerful features so make the most out of it if you have one installed in your system. There are platforms that allow you to share data securely and efficiently to your accountant for safe-keeping.


Be aware of government stimulus measures


In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Australian government has released the COVID-19 stimulus package. It pays to be informed and always be updated of how this will affect you when you lodge your tax return. Get more information regarding tax relief measures from the website.


Claim self-education expenses


If you are studying or planning to study, you may be eligible to claim self-education expenses. Enrol in a course before 30th June, and the course is sufficiently related to your employment, you may be able to claim the course and certain related costs such as attendance at work-related seminars or industry-specific conferences.


Claim home office expenses


If you are employed, you may be eligible to claim office expenses. Especially now that Coronavirus is causing massive disruption to the workplace, a lot of companies aim to protect their employees by having flexible work arrangements. When you have set up a home office, it may be possible for you to claim work-related expenses such as internet usage, mobile plan usage, computer repairs, software subscriptions, and others that you paid yourself and will not be reimbursed by your company.

Please note: The information in this blog is general advice only and is not intended to be financial or legal advice. You should obtain your own independent advice in relation to tax deductions that may be available to you.


Click here to find out more or check if you meet the eligibility requirements.




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To remain motivated in your job requires you to be motivated intrinsically. By this I mean that you need to be motivated by your work and overall experience and not by the extrinsic rewards such as money or status.


Often the job environment and the manner in which employers treat their employees goes a long way to keep staff motivated. Staying motivated in the workplace requires a contribution from both the employer and the employee.


You as the employer should:


Remove obstacles


Any obstacle that is standing in the way of a positive work environment should be evaluated and removed. If you take them out of the equation employees can focus on their job and not on the petty behaviour that often accompanies these issues.


Treat your key employee equally and with respect


By treating your key employees as equals allow them to feel that they are worthwhile contributors to the business. Key employees need to be rewarded for their efforts.




Your key employees understand what objectives the business is working toward. If they are included in the decision-making process they have a “stake in the game”. Always maintain transparency and don’t withhold information, work as a team, all with important specific jobs to do.


Foster Flexibility


Permit the key employees to have flexibility over the way they perform their job such as working remotely when the need arises, give them flexible hours of work, let them show some individual creativity as long as they do their jobs and reach the standards that are set for them.


Become an Active Listener


Encourage your key employees to talk through their concerns and ideas. Show them you value their input and care about them as an integral part of the company.


Encourage Feedback both ways


Be honest with your key employees. Just as you would act on feedback from them, they too should act on constructive feedback from you. Be positive when they do something great and empathetic when things don’t always go according to plan.


Don’t be a time waster


This is more related to ineffective meetings. Meeting too many times and without an agenda and action plans fosters non-productive behaviour.


Develop a culture


Just as great companies like Google have their own culture, it is important that all good productive companies have a special feel about them. Staff, identify with the company and are socially and professionally attached to it. It’s a great feeling to feel part of something with people that you like and respect.


You as the employee should:


Clarify your goals


You need a clear vision or a set of objectives that you need to follow to remain focused and motivated. Some employees waste the vast majority of their work time performing menial tasks that do not achieve anything for the employee or the business.


Establish a clear plan of attack


Once your goals have clarity, break down the big picture into manageable segments. This creates a clear blueprint that can be followed to meet your objectives. As each milestone is achieved you can tick it off and then move onto the next in the sequence with momentum.


Enjoy the success


By working hard and achieving success your work environment can be very stimulating and rewarding. The secret to all success is hard work.


Reward yourself


Once you achieve the objective you have set for yourself, reward yourself for the effort. This gives you something to work toward when setting off on your next objective.


Put work in its perspective


Making a difference, helping others, being creative in improving your skills are often the reasons why we go to work. It is important to remember that once away from work you have another life that needs some balance.


Surround yourself with positivity


If negative feelings are generated in the workplace it is almost impossible to achieve good work-life integration. Surround yourself with work colleagues that support you and create a positive environment. Find things to share with these people and laugh a lot. Always focus on the positive of any situation you are confronted with.


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