The Importance of Self Development

The Importance of Self Development

I woke up this morning to a notification on Facebook sharing a memory of this exact day last year.

 

 

It was a photo capturing the very first event held in Las Vegas that I have ever been apart of since joining the Six Figure Mentors. It was also the very first time visiting America and is to this date one of the most unforgettable trips of my life!

 

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This memory reminds me of what an amazing year it’s been..

 

 

Looking back a year ago, I wouldn’t be half the person I am today if I didn’t continuously surround myself with people who challenged me, inspired me to reach new heights and encourage me to be the best version of myself.

 

 

These events have personally been extremely life changing and helpful to me. ​​​​​​​

 

 

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I attend these events to not only surround myself with some of the most successful entrepreneurs and 7 figure business owners of whom I have learnt so much from to be where I am today, but also a fantastic community of people who have chosen to challenge the status quo, pursue their dreams and truly live a life of greatness.

 

 

It’s these people and events that I continually surround myself around that have played a tremendous role towards my success to this date.

 

 

A year ago, I was shy, very reserved and I didn’t believe I had greatness within me to become a powerful leader.

 

 

This year was the year that I had really stepped out of my shell.. I started to become fully self expressed and I had finally built the courage to pursue those things that really drive and excite me in life without a care in the world about what others would think or say about me.

This year was the year where I found myself and I don’t think I would be where I am today, being my own independent boss if I didn’t take the risk to leave everything that didn’t contribute towards my growth.

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I’m venting out today because I know everyone has greatness within them.

 

That one event last year enabled me to really discover my greatness. And since that day, I have been growing everyday and working towards reaching my fullest potential.

 

So start attending events that will challenge your way of thinking, be open to developing yourself mentally, physically and emotionally and start hanging out with people who inspire and challenge you to grow.

 

I know very well that YOU TOO have greatness within you and so I want you to start taking the action towards achieving it today!

 

Enjoy your weekend ahead 🙂

 

Till next time,

Merrilee

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Stop Settling For Less, You Deserve More!

Stop Settling For Less, You Deserve More!

Have you ever seen yourself settling for less?

 

You know..denying yourself from pursuing what it is you’ve always wanted to do in your life?

 

I know I used to and to be honest, I did it more than I realised every day.

 

You see.. I used to think I didn’t have a choice, that I was suppose to live life answering to a boss and fulfilling other people’s expectations.

 

I used to think that was just life and that I had to suck it up and accept it!

 

But I was wrong..

 

No one should live their life being a passive bystander where they lack control of where their life is going and how they choose to live it!

 

You are the author of your own story and you have the choice to almost everything in your life..

 

It took me awhile to understand this..it took me a redundancy in my job to realise I was better than that.

 

So today I shot a video that I’d love to share with you on how to stop settling for less than you deserve.

 

 

Do you know what the secret is to stop settling for less?

 

Keep giving yourself the time and energy to be your best.

 

Be your best by surrounding yourself with people who inspire you. Be your best by stepping out of what’s comfortable to you and challenging yourself to reach new heights.

 

The more effort and time you invest in yourself, the more you’ll discover another facet to yourself..one that is on his/her way towards greatness.

 

I hope you enjoy today’s video and remember..

 

Stop Settling and Start Living!

 

To your success,
Merrilee

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Security Vs. Freedom

Security Vs. Freedom

Today I want to talk about security vs freedom.

 

Firstly, lets define both..

 

Security are things like your personal financial security or job security. Freedom on the other hand, is about financial freedom and time freedom.

 

Many people believe that there’s a trade off, that if you are working towards gaining security, you’re losing more of your freedom in life.

This may have been true in the past but times have changed..

 

13384844_10154100155635295_2067994613_nWhen growing up, I was really programmed to work towards security. I went to school, I studied hard and got a degree so that I can find a full time job (which I did) in the hopes of securing my financial future.

 

Yet in the midst of doing all of that, in the midst of working towards security by answering to a boss, I started to lose a sense of my freedom.

 

I was so controlled in the 9 to 5 corporate environment that I started to live my life by always asking for permission..

 

I would ask permission to leave work early, I would ask permission to take a holiday, I would even ask permission to visit my family overseas at least once a year.

 

I was drowning in this environment of being told what I can or can not do and I was sick of it!

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 13.40.01Yet I stuck it out because I didn’t think I had a choice.. that my only option to get the security I needed, one that I worked so hard to achieve, was by answering to a boss and conforming to societies version of success.

 

It didn’t take long for me to realise that what I thought was secure, wasn’t secure after all. I got made redundant two years after working in that job.

 

You see.. although I thought that job security was the safest way to go, it is now becoming a thing of the past due to the ever growing evolution of technology.

 

13495384_10154136294360295_2839514027142188635_oPeople are starting to get replaced by machines. Airports, fast food chains and banks are all cutting costs by letting employees go and integrating machines to do the work for them 100x more efficiently.

 

I realise that the only way forward to achieve financial security in this digital age was to stop working for money, but have money work for me.

 

I knew that I had to start adapting to this ever growing digital economy and find opportunities for me to leverage the internet to start making a full time living.

 

If I told myself two years ago that I was going to be a 7 figure business owner working full time as a digital entrepreneur, I would have thought I was crazy!

 

IMG_9839Fast forward two years later, and I am happy and the most fulfilled I have ever been.

 

I have been running a successful online business with three other entrepreneurs, and we have just recently surpassed the one million mark in affiliate commissions which is a HUGE milestone for us as we can officially say that we are 7 figure business owners at the age of 20+!

 

My redundancy in my job had completely changed my perception and attitude towards life. I no longer base my decisions on what’s going to give me a ‘false sense’ of security..

 

13406796_10154112460905295_4931172684295833424_nI base my decisions on what’s going to give me total freedom, freedom in how much income I can earn, freedom in my time and what I do with it and freedom simply by choosing how I want to live my life.

 

And ironically enough, the freedom I have achieved these past 2 years has given me more security in my life and in my finances than a job had ever given me.

 

How crazy is that!

 

So I want to ask you something..

 

What would you rather work towards, job security or freedom?

 

You see..most people tend to smile when thinking about freedom. Thinking about security doesn’t yield the same emotions as freedom does.

 

But why is it that most of us spend so much time worrying about security and so little time planning for freedom?

 

It may be because you have a family to look after, bills to pay.. I get it.

 

 

But what if you could have both freedom and security in your life?

 

 

13923480_10154271084685295_4524900304247963174_oI used to think you could achieve either one or the other..

 

 

But given today’s economy where there are so many more opportunities for you to step into entrepreneurship and take advantage of the digital age where information is so widely accessible, it has now become a possibility to achieve both.

 

 

 

The financial freedom you will achieve will ultimately result in security towards your life and your future because you are no longer relying on someone else to give it to you..

 

 

14021571_10210343474447681_7768448780517896524_nYou are no longer working for money nor relying on a monthly pay check. You will have total control over how much you make and what your future will entail and NO ONE can take that away from you!

 

If being an entrepreneur is for you, start today so that you can see the purpose of your career or business as more than meeting a financial need.

 

Working for yourself and being your own boss goes infinitely beyond financial security. You are in charge of your own life and what happens to it that you will no longer need to rely on anyone else or ask for permission.

 

It is then where freedom takes its place and that’s when you are TRULY LIVING.

 

Speak soon

Merrilee

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Discovering Your Why

Discovering Your Why

Have you found out what your why is in life yet?

 

 

For me personally, I never discovered what my why was until a year and a half ago.
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I used to live my life focusing on WHAT I had to do, the countless of tasks and responsibilities that kept mounting up on my plate and HOW I was going to keep up with everything.

 

 

Boy has my life changed drastically from that day..

 

 

I started to realise that life gets so much easier when I stop focusing on the WHAT and HOW but rather ask myself WHY I do what I do.

 

 

I live my life today based on my WHY, it’s what I think about every single day because it’s my WHY that fuels my passion and my motivation for life.

 

 

If you’re in a place in your life where you’re lacking motivation, it’s either because you’re losing site of why you do what you do or it’s because your why is simply not strong enough.

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 11.51.41If there is one thing I’ve learnt this past year, your why is the single most important factor that will play a huge role in achieving success in your life.

 

 

 

Your WHY is so important that no matter how many setbacks or road blocks you encounter in your life; it is the fuel that continually propels you forward.

 

 

After a year and half of soul searching, personal development and continued growth, I finally discovered my WHY.

 

 

Let me tell you what they are..

 

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My why is my family, my number one supporters, who sacrificed so much to fly me overseas 6 years ago so that I could find my feet and explore my true passions. All I want to do is give back and make them proud.

 

 

 

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My why is being my own boss, having the ability to choose my own hours, control my own income and pursue my own passions so that I could live a life based on fulfilment and meaning.

 

 

 

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My why is to travel, to experience different cultures and seek new adventures so that I could create a lifetime of unforgettable memories.

 

 

 

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My why is my dream home, on the edge of a cliff where I wake up to stunning panoramic ocean views that leaves me breathless every time.

 

 

 

 

And lastly..

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My why is to make people discover their own inner potential so that they can unleash that potential fearlessly into the world.

 

 

These whys I have are what I visualise every single day.

 

 

It is what makes me get out of bed each morning. It is what motivates me to keep chasing my dreams and moving forward even at times of difficulties and setbacks.

 

 

It is the fuel that keeps propelling me forward regardless of whatever circumstances come my way.

 

 

You see, when your WHY is strong enough, you’ll start to discover WHAT you need to do and HOW you’re going to get to where you truly want to be.

 

 

And when you’re in the process of doing this, you will discover so much more about yourself.

 

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You’ll start to exceed your expectations, defying all your assumptions of what you thought was possible.

 

 

 

 

You’ll start to become resilient, challenging yourself, pushing your limits and doing things that you thought was once impossible.

 

 

You’ll start to grow, living life outside of your comfort zone and working towards becoming the best version of yourself.

 

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It is the journey of living out your WHY where you will start to truly discover who you are and the purpose behind everything that you do.

 

 

So let me ask you this..

 

 

What is your WHY? What is it that makes you come alive?

 

 

If you’re not sure what your why is yet..that’s okay. You will have an opportunity to discover that.

 

 

But I want to challenge you today to start reflecting on your life and discover what it is that you love and what’s important to you.

 

 

 

Everyone has something that they love doing, whether that be spending time with friends and family, doing a particular hobby, your job, or traveling.

 

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Whatever it is that you love doing, it’s important to keep it in mind constantly and use that as fuel to keep you motivated and moving forward.

 

 

Once you discover what’s truly important to you, the reason that gets you out of bed each and every day, you will start to discover your WHY, your purpose behind everything that you do.

 

 

And it is through discovering this WHY that your HOW and WHAT will start to reveal itself.

 

 

I hope you found this article helpful and that it inspires you to take action, live out your WHY and follow your dreams.

 

Merrilee – Co Founder of Lifestyle By My Own Design

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Surround Yourself With The Dreamers And Doers

Surround Yourself With The Dreamers And Doers

ImageThink of the five or ten people you spend most time with. What are these people doing? How passionate are they? Do they inspire you?

 

If the answer is no..then I highly suggest you assess your current environment and find people that will.

 

You see..a big factor that led to our entrepreneurial success was the people we surrounded ourselves with.
 
 
We chose to surround ourselves with people who impact the way we think, act and feel on a day-to-day basis.. people who challenged us to think bigger and bolder, people who inspired us to take massive action in our lives.

 

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These people did not always have to be in person, they were in books, podcasts, videos and more that we had constantly immersed ourselves around.
 
 
The truth is.. I used to think entrepreneurship was unattainable. That it was too hard to build a successful online business due to the amount of scams out there promising success with a ‘click of a button’.

 

That’s what the general population always told me..

 
Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 2.10.56 PMThen I started hanging out with entrepreneurs, who had drive, purpose and dreams, those who believed that insane things can be done as long as you have the right mentality and determination to pursue it..

 

The team and I are now on our second year of running a successful online business and we’re finally living a life based on fulfilment and meaning 🙂

 

Have a look at a video I produced the other day that truly captures the essence of our community and the people we surround ourselves with on a day to day basis..

 

 

The video was taken from our recent trip to Bali where we got to spend a full week masterminding (and having loads of fun) with some of the most influential and incredible entrepreneurs at the DEA Black retreat.

 

There is nothing more powerful than masterminding with people who not only inspire you, but who challenge you to become the best version of yourself.

 

So I challenge you to start involving yourself with people who lift you, inspire you, and motivate you to do and be more.

 

And as you grow, this might mean changing friends and colleagues, and that’s part of life.

 

Just trust in the power of your environment because it’s the people you surround yourself with that will play a huge factor in living the life you dream of.

 

Speak soon,
Merrilee

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