Losing Weight in 2013

So what do I know about weight loss?   Well nothing except my own experiences, which I want to share.

As you know, I am a Brisbane-based business coach and financial planner, but I have always struggled with my weight. So if your goal is to lose weight, go to my AIKIDO SECRETS SITE site and check out my personal CHUCK WAGON diet journey.

The secret is to start small and do what you know you can stick with. My diet is simple. Start off bad and each day you improve by throwing out another piece of garbage food off the CHUCK WAGON. Slowly work your way to a new way of eating that involves a whole lot less fat and sugar. The chuck wagon way means that your body adjusts slowly and rather than going cold turkey, you simply get a bit better each day, until you reach your goal.

Also make sure you do something to move your body each day. I like walking for 20-45 minutes but everyone is different. REPEAT day after day. After a few short weeks you will slowly teach your self to be good with food and your little bit of exercise will make you feel rejuvenated.

The art of peace is a metaphor for business

Business coach Brisbane

A calm business mind for me comes from aikido, a subtle Japanese martial art known worldwide as the Art of Peace.  Whilst dojo training is never a life or death situation, it does teach a very useful self protection skill that I can use effectively in 95% of life’s unpleasant situations.   I am not talking about the battle field or the city streets at night.  I am talking about difficult interactions at home, at the office, on the road, at the shops or in the car park. 

Aikido also serves to take me out of my comfort zone regularly and gets me making decisions without thinking whilst under movement.  Remaining calm and relaxed under pressure and under movement is difficult and takes practice.   The good news is that all personal skills are transferrable.  So I simply transfer this state of being to the rest of my life, including my business life.   So even if you don’t have a lot of business skills, staying calm in a crisis and asking for help is your next best option.

The Great Aussie Business Coaching Challenge …. Call 0408 756 531


Business success is about motivation, knowledge and experience but above all, it is about business mindset.  You must be savvy; and you must be courageous, creative and willing to put yourself out there.

Our role in The Great Business Coaching Challenge is to actively encourage you to achieve your business goals and to help you live the life you want.  We do that firstly by showing you how to plan, and then by asking you to roll your sleeves up ready for action.


If you take up the challenge!

You will learn the skills you need to run your business.  You will learn by doing, whether the task is easy or not.  Your classroom will be in the school of hard knocks.  We will be there for you to help you overcome your fears.

Don’t worry, we know what you’re going through; we have all been through it.  Very few people succeed in business without help.

Will everything I do be for real; and all for my benefit?

This is not passive coaching or a static business plan preparation service.  You will gain real live business knowledge and experience by doing …. and doing ….and doing some more!

Will I be overloaded and mentally challenged?

Yes!!  There is a lot to learn and at times, you will be out of your comfort zone doing things that you have never done before.

So what can I expect?

  • Direct access to myself and my team as needed
  • You will learn goal oriented action planning without the fluff
  • You will be set weekly homework and reading to do
  • You will be given a weekly business challenge to perform
  • You and your business will be tested by invisible shoppers.

After completing this challenge, business will suddenly appear easy!

How long is the challenge?

We help those who are willing to help themselves.  So, after a one-on-one qualifying period of 1 month, your challenge runs for 3 months.  Over that time, we will show you how to earn multiple times your cost of entry.

Does the challenge apply to both new & existing business?

It makes no difference whether you are starting up a new business or renovating an old one.  Business is business!  And we are on your side.

All we ask from you is that you are ready to back yourself and you are doing something that you are passionate about.

In Australia, call 0408 756 531 to accept the challenge or email to

From the Aiki business coach – Your top 7 financial resolution sliders for 2011

As we approach 2011, it is resolution time once again.  It is natural that we wish for a better year than the last. If it comes to pass, it is a reassuring sign of development and growth.  So if 2011 is your year and you are contemplating a change or a new start, here are the Aiki business coach’s top 7 resolution sliders to help you.  Use them any way that works for you.

1. Snap out of your financial coma

If you want to turn your financial life around, firstly recognise that things are not perfect and that you really want to make a change.  Sometimes it is hard to break out financially because you are held back socially by friends and family.   So you may have to keep them all at arm’s length for a while.

2. Adjust your lifestyle and start saving

You need to start by setting a money goal here.  Figure out a realistic amount you can save and a realistic time frame in which to save it.   Reducing your personal debt is also a form of saving.  Perhaps save to pay out a loan or credit card.   You just have to trim your household budget and personal spending to suit.

3. Kill off that credit card debt

Almost 100% of people experiencing financial problems have significant credit card debt.  You are not alone but you will be so much better off without it.  Whilst folding money is not quite as available and convenient as your plastic card, it will re-introduce you to the real value of money and old fashioned concepts like ‘saving up to buy’.

4. Buy things that are likely to go up in value

Instead of watching your money disappear on lifestyle / feel good / self image purchases, try preserving your money in another form by purchasing ‘assets’ that typically go up in value.  While real estate, shares and managed investments are some traditional investment assets, there are other options, such as gemstones, jewellery, artwork, old coins and stamps.  Seek advice, but if it is something that you enjoy, you can have a hobby as well as boost your wealth.

5. Establish a second income source

There is no rule that says all your income must come from one source.  In fact it is smart not to be reliant on just one source.  Eggs should be spread further than just one basket.  Sickness, accident or unemployment could be just around the corner.  A second job is fine if necessary, but it is far better to secure a source of passive income, such as investment income or internet marketing income.  That way you have free time and money in your life.

6. Maintain financial independence

Always retain your own identity and some level of financial independence when you are in a live-in relationship.  It is reasonable to maintain your own separate bank account as well as a joint account with your partner.  There are plenty of examples of people being left with nothing without warning after months of planning.  Those caught out never saw it coming.

7. Success is a team effort

Week 1 of any resolution is easy while you have plenty of motivation and enthusiasm.  However, week 2 is where it starts to slip away.  So buddy up with a friend and keep each other focused on your goal respective goal journeys.  You don’t have to be doing exactly the same thing.  The purpose is encouragement, support and a little ‘talking-to’ when necessary.

My best wishes for a prosperous financial journey!  We will resume our coaching journey together in 2011.

Happy New Year!


Your Aiki business coach

Lightbulb moment 4: Find your opportunity

We continue our business planning odyssey….   Finding opportunity and converting it is the creation of everything.   It is the fun part of business planning because it leads directly to growth and profit.  However, don’t wait for opportunity to fall into your lap.  You must go outside and make it happen.  The most important part of opportunity is your mindset.   Be optimistic and think abundance!

Enjoy light bulb moment 4 – Find your Opportunity

Business Planning 101 – lightbulb moment 2 – your mind is your most valuable business asset

The Aiki-business Coach

In Business Planning 101 – lesson 2, you will learn that your mind is your best business asset.  It governs everything you do.  To help you I have combined the incredibly powerful principles of Aikido mind development with street smart business basics.  I share these with you online in my Aiki-business self development course.

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Enjoy lesson 2 below