The FOUR Elements that add value to our lives and motivate us to get out of bed in the morning are FLOW, IMPACT, ROLES & EXCELLENCE. The balance of these four elements in our life is what will increase its quality. The balance will give us motivation, meaning, fulfilment and purpose. Imbalance will make us feel stressed, useless, empty and lethargic.
So what can you do to light your FIRE? Plenty!
FLOW is a state which you can trigger through activity that is deeply focused, slightly uncomfortable, somewhat risky and out of your regular routine.
We know there are a range of ‘triggers’ that we can use to get into flow, through a process of commitment to enrich our lives. When in flow, your performance goes through the roof. Your brain functions at a higher level, helping you speed up learning, decision-making and impact. Learning how to get more flow is critical in your journey to light your fire.
IMPACT is your positive influence on people, environment and the public, achieved through altruistic actions, reaching out to others, doing no harm, and giving your time or money to causes you believe in. We have one short life and we must find more ways to make it meaningful.
Making a difference to others, from daily random acts of kindness to dedicated volunteering and mission work, everyone can make an impact on the people around them if only they paid more attention.
ROLES and responsibility is committing to be the best person in the role that you have accepted to take on. To be the best parent, sibling or relative you can be by giving your time and making them a priority. To be the best boss, colleague or employee by acting with virtue and honesty, putting in effort and maximising your contribution. To be a good friend and dedicated person in your community. To give full attention to what role you are performing at that point in time. Start by switching off your phone when you are with loved ones, and improving your listening skills when at work or with friends
EXCELLENCE is all about bettering yourself, learning throughout your life, and triggering new brain pathways through enhanced thinking, behaving and decision-making. Learning things that are outside the realm of your work requirements is also useful. Reading up on topical issues, staying informed of current affairs and developing an opinion on a range of matters is important. Honing a skill or a craft by practicing and getting coached, and a continuous thirst to learn and experience. Become excellent at your skill and you will be even more motivated to raise your game. Share that excellence with others by using your skill to have an impact, or to help someone else grow. Be excellent in all you do!
Like a Balance Scorecard, the magic happens when you colour all of your wheel on a regular basis, and not just have one or two quarters filled. Life puts pressure on us and makes us focus on one area more than another, so we must be able to get ‘unstuck’ and find ways to get all of the Elements into our lives. Mindfulness and getting headspace is important for us to realise the imbalances in our life. For coaching on how to achieve this, please get in touch.
“I felt that my business had grown rapidly but was starting to create problems with my work-life balance. I felt that I needed to work harder and harder to keep up, despite spending more and more money on managers to grow the business. It seemed like I was constantly having to make decisions for them and it got to a point that I was actually considering refusing new growth because I didn’t think we could handle it. Whilst I was concerned that I didn’t have enough time in the day to get help and advice, I realised I needed a more objective viewpoint to help me get out of this situation. It was affecting my whole life.
I called in a business coach who worked on three key areas: Purpose, Personal Wellbeing and Leadership. These three diverse but complimentary areas of growth helped me focus on the things that were really important, find time to take care of myself and help me clear the fog that clouded my mind, and develop my leadership skills to empower my management team to share the load. Surprisingly it wasn’t a long drawn-out process as the guys at Ultimate Performance focused on me directly, with a secondary interest in the business. They knew that I was the best person to solve business problems but I needed to sort myself out first. I now feel that I can take on new opportunities without worrying that I’ll lose out on enjoying life.”
“Super inspired by Julian Azzopardi‘s talk yesterday about leading with purpose. He gave some very interesting insights on the roots of human behavior and actions and how they link with the golden circle, explaining how to use those principles to lead a team to success.”CÉCILIA MZAYEKTimeNinja Founder
“Thanks for a much needed and certainly a very insightful 1.5 days. I really enjoyed trying to live those moments in the Now, blanking my ever curious mind from the onslaught of thoughts that are so pervasive in every waking minute of our lives. I felt that the time we spent together gave me a curiosity to learn more about this state of flow and how to harness it in my everyday life and work. Keep up the great work and there will definitely be a part 2 to this.”ANDREW MANGIONEC English Malta Executive Chairman
“If you go to Malta, look up Julian Azzopardi at UP Insights. As the CEO, he is a wonderful blend of strategic thinking and creativity, combined with an attention to detail, a focus on providing the highest level of professional development and a drive to support the growth and success of organisations and their key leaders. He’s making waves, of the best kind!”HENRY ROSE LEEInter-Generational Expert & Keynote Speaker
“Julian is an expert with integrity. Working along side Julian to improve the performance of the company I work for was a massive learning experience and inspirational. Julian’s ability to listen to our ideas and come up with pragmatic solutions is impressive. No matter what question I ask, he will always answer. Julian has developed his skills through years of study, experiences, voluntary work and overcoming obstacles. I strongly recommend Julian Azzopardi if you wish to achieve more out of life.”DAVID SANTSS Lifts Technical Manager
“We had a very interesting session with Julian Azzopardi on how to be our better versions, how to adapt and embrace change, introducing us to the FIRE approach! Thanks for putting so much enthusiasm and passion into it!”MIREIA GARCIA-TAPIA YTURRIAGADDTT Bershka Malta Brand Manager
“Investing in people is a priority for us at ICON. More than ever, we’re seeing true, tangible value by broadening team members’ horizons at every level. Interns gaining new skills via shadowing experiences, ITIL training for all developers and customer-facing team members, and company-wide motivational speeches like the inspirational Nathan Farrugia and his FIRE method, the boost in morale and motivation makes us all stronger. It’s all well and good to push your team to reach their targets, but you can’t expect a team to deliver true value if you’re not investing in them.”IAN CASTILLOIcon Malta Managing Director
“I wanted to thank you for the help and guidance you gave my team and I during 2018. We truly managed to reach what we thought was unreachable from a change management perspective. We also had a record turnover, with a 20% increase over the prior year and the OKRs worked wonders in helping us achieve that!”THOMAS ZAMMITElektra Ltd. CEO