BY STAN KONTOS

Here is my research to date for us to gain a better understanding around Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and how to be a part of a great Australia staying on top of the spread, so we can slow down the impact on our hospital system.

  1. Our government is doing a great job; they got off the mark quickly and are using a staged approach from best practice seen in other countries. Note: Singapore is by far the best. 
  2. The far majority of cases to date have been linked to overseas travel, hence why our Prime Minister closed the borders to international travel. 
  3. 80 per cent of people who happen to get it will experience simple cold flu-like symptoms. Note: this is not influenza, however, has similar symptoms.15 per cent will need to see a doctor. However, 5 per cent may need high level medical care (hospital) and most of these will be the vulnerable people of our society.
  4. The vulnerable are: elderly and people with pre-existing illnesses (e.g. heart issues, diabetes, immune issues such as cancer). 
  5. The strategy used by our government is to “flatten the curve”. What this means is keep the spread low so our hospitals can cope with any potential influx of the 5 per cent who need urgent attention especially over the winter period coming up. 
  6. The overall worldwide death rate of 4 per cent shows it is something we need to be diligent in its management – most deaths are skewed to the elderly and to those with pre-existing illnesses. The good news is, I see trends in other countries (e.g. South Korea) of current death rates being under 1 per cent (it is still a bit early to be conclusive here, but it certainly is looking good) and Singapore is also below 1 per cent and are managing it well (I think they are the best in the world). If we want to be a high performing country, we need to model excellence, just like being the best at anything – model success. 
  7. The key includes cleanliness – wash your hands regularly with soap and water is key; no need to worry if you cannot find hand sanitizers guys. Just keep clean and avoid touching your face and have common sense in following the government policies around self-isolation. 
  8. Heaps of background work is happening with vaccines and drugs – not sure when a breakthrough will occur. 
  9. Countries that have high levels of testing and management programs, for example, tracking systems being used in Singapore and South Korea are working well. 

What can we as a country and state do better? 

  1. More readily available testing. For example, South Korea is doing something like 8,000 tests per day.  
  2. Have better tracking systems (use of technology would be helpful).  
  3. Faster testing – taking up to 48 hours here this past week to get results is way too long. Singapore gets results in 4 hours! That’s why they are the best.   
  4. Have a back-up plan of hospital beds. We are getting there here in South Australia with creating another 188 beds via the old Wakefield Hospital and a site located on North East Road. 

What can we each as individuals do to make things better?

  1. Calm people down and encourage others that our government is best in class with the right strategies in place.  
  2. Stop the fear overreaction – toilet paper and food will not run out.  
  3. Stop comparing ourselves to countries that were too slow off the mark and are now struggling –the media is irresponsible here.  
  4. Avoid anxiety in yourself or in your fellow man as this may bring a future spike in mental health issues from hyper sensitisation (stress).  
  5. Be kind to people, encourage them, educate them and help them as your fellow human beings. Be happy and positive. It is a virus and we all need to do our part to keep the numbers down so we can keep the death rate down, it is all about management until a vaccine or drug is discovered. 
  6. Don’t fall for incorrect articles in the media. At the same time, please follow government policies as they are there to help us all. Stick to the facts. Death rates are very low at the moment but we need to get total infection numbers stabilising.  
  7. Think about our economy. Panic and fear just makes things worse – support small businesses where possible. 
  8. Live daily as our Prime Minister has told us recently. If the government wants us to change anything because the numbers are going the wrong way they will tell us – they are watching the numbers for us in advance with the medical professionals and making decisions. Just follow the strategy and we will continue to be a high performing country. If the numbers show we need to get tighter with strategy they will let us know.  
  9. Live and enjoy each day and stay away from worry or stress. Be diligent. 
  10. Let’s all project positivity for the future for a significant breakthrough – a vaccine or drug that will put this to bed (just like we did with the flu and other issues in the past, e.g. smallpox). 

I hope this information is valuable to you.  

Live with passion, stay on your life purpose, and always be at peace.

Stan Kontos 

As South Australia’s foremost authority on “Peak Life Performance” and “Leadership Psychology”, Stan has a passion for the development of Human Potential through the use of Rapid Change Technologies.   Stan is a prolific reader of books and material on self empowerment and has attended numerous programs around the world on personal development, management, marketing, public speaking, and wealth creation. He is a worldwide accredited NLP Trainer (Neurolinguistic Programming).

His areas of passion include:

  • Coaching: Business, Executive and Personal
  • Mentoring: Leaders, Managers and Management teams
  • Therapy for rapid improvements in stress and personal blocks
  • Leadership Development
  • Life Enhancing Seminar Programs teaching Success Strategies and Personal Empowerment

Stan is an entrepreneur with business interests in various states across Australia.

Stan focuses on continuous and never ending improvement of himself and his teams of partners and associates as well as selfless contribution to others. He is an inspiring and motivating speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur. He desires to expand people’s lives and to expand his charitable quests.

Best wishes to you as you live a life of passion, purpose and peace as an open minded progressive human being.

Stan is considered to be one’s “ultimate” life and business coach.

BY STAN KONTOS

Whilst the media (both traditional and social) is important to disseminate information and issues to mankind for the betterment of everyone, we also need to be wary when we observe unnecessary alarmism in the media and headlines which create irrational fear in susceptible unprepared minds. 

As human beings we are designed to activate the fight-flight response only when there is immediate life threatening danger that needs immediate addressing. Other than having an animal or irrational human about to attack us, we then need to question the views imposed upon us by others and revert to our logical and peace seeking selves – operating in a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. 

Be mindful of what you allow to permeate into your mind for not all thoughts, headlines and stories are helpful. 

Whilst I am not advocating ignorance on matters, I do encourage us to go to a quiet place and reflect on what is real, what is likely, and what you can control rather than focus on what you cannot control. 

Life is a journey which involves tribulations that require us to access a higher power within every one of us which then helps us to rise above the issues at hand. 

As an entrepreneur, it is during the difficulties that I have learnt the most, developed myself the most, and gained the most. 

Go forth with faith that all will work out for those who have their source of strength from within. We live in a great country, with great leadership and a blessed life available for everyone. 

Live with passion, stay on your life purpose, and always be at peace. 

Stan Kontos 

As South Australia’s foremost authority on “Peak Life Performance” and “Leadership Psychology”, Stan has a passion for the development of Human Potential through the use of Rapid Change Technologies.   Stan is a prolific reader of books and material on self empowerment and has attended numerous programs around the world on personal development, management, marketing, public speaking, and wealth creation. He is a worldwide accredited NLP Trainer (Neurolinguistic Programming).

His areas of passion include:

  • Coaching: Business, Executive and Personal
  • Mentoring: Leaders, Managers and Management teams
  • Therapy for rapid improvements in stress and personal blocks
  • Leadership Development
  • Life Enhancing Seminar Programs teaching Success Strategies and Personal Empowerment

Stan is an entrepreneur with business interests in various states across Australia.

Stan focuses on continuous and never ending improvement of himself and his teams of partners and associates as well as selfless contribution to others. He is an inspiring and motivating speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur. He desires to expand people’s lives and to expand his charitable quests.

Best wishes to you as you live a life of passion, purpose and peace as an open minded progressive human being.

Stan is considered to be one’s “ultimate” life and business coach.

BY STAN KONTOS

Today I want to talk about the importance of having an “open mind”. It is interesting as most people think they have an open mind until they realise they need to work on their thinking.

Let’s begin by analysing the key measure that shows us our mind is closed. How do we know we have a closed mind? Well, we know so because we are not progressing in an area of our lives. For example, if our income is the same or similar this year to last year then we haven’t learnt how to give more value. And if we do not give more value (as in the case of an employee or a business owner) our income does not increase. What about our friendships?  If we have the same friends year in, year out and do not create 1-2 new close friendships per year, then we are working with a closed mindset for it is our friendships that lead to advancements in every area of our lives. Or if we have not grown spiritually (closer to The Creator) one year from the previous then it is likely we have not operated at a higher frequency with our thinking to achieve this – we have remained the same and not grown in this area.

I encourage you to look at every area of your life (health, friendships, relationships, finances, business/career, leisure, self development and spiritual development) and review if you have grown in the past year. If not, I can virtually guarantee that you now need to open your mind to new possibilities and explore them without judgement.

Open your mind to further open your world. Life is a transient state for your soul and you are here to experience more than the same as last year. You are here to grow, to give, and to leave a legacy. Every human being is created with awesome potential. However this potential needs to be unlocked by opening the mind. The mind is the gateway to a style of life. In 5 years time that you can only dream of today.

If you what to learn more about the power of coaching, click on the link to our Platinum Program and investigate the power of expanding your mindset.

To take your life to the next level, you need to let go of limiting beliefs and fears holding you back today and install empowering beliefs that will take you to where you want to go. This is the secret to mindset development. And being around the right people is the key to mindset success.

I wish you the very best of luck (you create your own luck through your thoughts) in your career, relationships, finances, spirituality and every other area of your life.

Live with passion, stay on your life purpose, and always be at peace.

Stan Kontos 

As South Australia’s foremost authority on “Peak Life Performance” and “Leadership Psychology”, Stan has a passion for the development of Human Potential through the use of Rapid Change Technologies.   Stan is a prolific reader of books and material on self empowerment and has attended numerous programs around the world on personal development, management, marketing, public speaking, and wealth creation. He is a worldwide accredited NLP Trainer (Neurolinguistic Programming).

His areas of passion include:

  • Coaching: Business, Executive and Personal
  • Mentoring: Leaders, Managers and Management teams
  • Therapy for rapid improvements in stress and personal blocks
  • Leadership Development
  • Life Enhancing Seminar Programs teaching Success Strategies and Personal Empowerment

Stan is an entrepreneur with business interests in various states across Australia.

Stan focuses on continuous and never ending improvement of himself and his teams of partners and associates as well as selfless contribution to others. He is an inspiring and motivating speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur. He desires to expand people’s lives and to expand his charitable quests.

Best wishes to you as you live a life of passion, purpose and peace as an open minded progressive human being.

Stan is considered to be one’s “ultimate” life and business coach.

BY STAN KONTOS

Happy New Year – I hope this year is an exciting one for you, full of wisdom and great achievements.

Many of us set new year goals and thankfully many of us look or think about our key goals daily which is fantastic – this is so important if we are to make manifest that which we desire in life. There is another step that many of us do not implement effectively and that is to create a new annual Affirmation List inclusive of our goals that we speak verbally each and every day. I make a new Affirmation List each year and it details who I want to become, what I want to be doing with my life, and what I want to have – that is, what are my priorities and focuses in life for the year. In this information age, our mind is bombarded with so much that we need to retrain it to focus and hence allow the relevant information in, so we can be processing thoughts that are linked to the way we want to live and linked to the goals we desire to achieve.

One of the ways you can do an affirmation list is to look at your Life Wheel (career, finances, leisure, family, relationship, spirituality, personal development and health) and affirm how you want to be living in each area of your life, as well as affirming your goals. Another method I use, is to review my limiting beliefs (what I find it hard to believe I can achieve) and then create thoughts that I have actually achieved the outcome.

The key to affirmations is to verbalise with gratitude as if you have already achieved the outcome. Faith is about turning the invisible (your thoughts) into the visible (manifestation).

Here are some examples:

  1. I am blessed with doors opening and opportunities abound. No weapon formed around me can prosper.
  2. I am so happy and grateful now that I am earning $XX per month for my business investments. It is so. Thank you.

I am a big believer in prayer and positive thinking and I link the two together. My experience has been that we need to get ourselves into a state of gratitude by focusing on what is good in our lives and when in this state, to project in our mind and language the goal which we are desiring in our heart to bring into our life, and as we are projecting this goal to remain in a state of absolute certainty that we will achieve it and at the same time to remain in a state of gratefulness (gratitude). My belief is that if this goal is aligned to the purpose the creator has for your life, then it will come to pass and manifest in your life. With time, you will know what is aligned to your life purpose because you will feel it in your heart. The benefit of time and wisdom has taught me this.

So begin today by sitting down and creating a simple one page Affirmation List with 5 to 20 affirmations which depict how your life will evolve this year, who you will become, what you will do and what goals you will achieve. 

Live with passion, stay on your life purpose, and always be at peace.

Stan Kontos 

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As South Australia’s foremost authority on “Peak Life Performance” and “Leadership Psychology”, Stan has a passion for the development of Human Potential through the use of Rapid Change Technologies.   Stan is a prolific reader of books and material on self empowerment and has attended numerous programs around the world on personal development, management, marketing, public speaking, and wealth creation. He is a worldwide accredited NLP Trainer (Neurolinguistic Programming).

His areas of passion include:

  • Coaching: Business, Executive and Personal
  • Mentoring: Leaders, Managers and Management teams
  • Therapy for rapid improvements in stress and personal blocks
  • Leadership Development
  • Life Enhancing Seminar Programs teaching Success Strategies and Personal Empowerment

Stan is an entrepreneur with business interests in various states across Australia.

Stan focuses on continuous and never ending improvement of himself and his teams of partners and associates as well as selfless contribution to others. He is an inspiring and motivating speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur. He desires to expand people’s lives and to expand his charitable quests.

Best wishes to you as you live a life of passion, purpose and peace as an open minded progressive human being.

Stan is considered to be one’s “ultimate” life and business coach.

BY STAN KONTOS

A lot of people ask what is the difference between being spiritual and being religious? It is not an easy question to answer so I will give it my best. My own personal experience has been that early on in my formative years I had a religious outlook and as I have gotten older (I’m only middle age, and still have plenty of years in me) it has developed into a spiritual outlook. I will explain spirituality vs. religious both from an existing and ongoing Christian perspective (I can be religious through a faith or I can be spiritual) however I respect that each of us has different views and it is all a part of being open minded and developing ourselves to grow.

When I was younger, religious to me meant doing things in a certain way without really knowing why or without really questioning why I was doing it. A lot of it was done out of fear or guilt. It was really a man-made interpretation imposed on me and a way of getting people to behave in a certain way. Basically you do it because you do not know any better or a better way. It is a bit like a daughter cooking a dish a certain way because that’s the way mum used to cook it and that’s how she was taught. If we delve historically, we find out mum cooked the dish this way because grandma cooked it this way. And grandma cooked it this way because great grandma taught her this way. And so forth. However when we do things without questioning it generally is not very beneficial for us. To get out of a religious context and get the most out of a renewed spiritual pathway, we need to experience it, embed the experience, allow it to transform us, and then notice how we become more spiritual in nature.

Spirituality is a change not only in mindset but also in our heart. So we experience a mind-heart transformation that changes our personality without us having to try, such that we do not need to operate out of fear or guilt anymore, but rather we begin to operate out of faith which involves a beautiful combination of love, joy, peace and hope. This transformation happens because we apply strategies that have worked for others and generally these strategies involve being open minded with our outlook, stilling our mind through meditation, and learning the process of prayerfulness (how to pray).

We then allow the unconscious spiritual experience from doing these three simple things to alter our thinking and our heart and then our outlook changes. This is accompanied with a change in natural emotional states (we naturally transcend from feeling fear, sadness, hurt, guilt, and anger) to being calm, loving, joyful, peaceful and positive in our thoughts, words and deeds.

The spiritual (spirit filled) path is of course the path that leads to enlightenment and a more abundant life as living now without negative emotions (about 95% of the time there are no traces of negativity) allows us to be more productive in our work or business, wiser with our decisions especially under stress, a calmer influence with those in our environment, a nicer person with our relationships, and forward thinking in our life approach.

I hope this sheds some light into the importance of incorporating spiritual practice into your daily life as part of the balanced approach in becoming a more effective human being and leader.

Live with passion, stay of life’s purpose and always be at peace.

Stan Kontos 

As South Australia’s foremost authority on “Peak Life Performance” and “Leadership Psychology”, Stan has a passion for the development of Human Potential through the use of Rapid Change Technologies.   Stan is a prolific reader of books and material on self empowerment and has attended numerous programs around the world on personal development, management, marketing, public speaking, and wealth creation. He is a worldwide accredited NLP Trainer (Neurolinguistic Programming).

His areas of passion include:

  • Coaching: Business, Executive and Personal
  • Mentoring: Leaders, Managers and Management teams
  • Therapy for rapid improvements in stress and personal blocks
  • Leadership Development
  • Life Enhancing Seminar Programs teaching Success Strategies and Personal Empowerment

Stan is an entrepreneur with business interests in various states across Australia.

Stan focuses on continuous and never ending improvement of himself and his teams of partners and associates as well as selfless contribution to others. He is an inspiring and motivating speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur. He desires to expand people’s lives and to expand his charitable quests.

Best wishes to you as you live a life of passion, purpose and peace as an open minded progressive human being.

Stan is considered to be one’s “ultimate” life and business coach.

BY STAN KONTOS

Who you hang around with most of the time is who you become most like. In this article, I am referring to your “peers” (friends, work colleagues, associates). When you develop a peer network, you create an unconscious connection with these people. Your unconscious desire is to remain in harmony (rapport) with these people as that is what brings us joy in life. We all enjoy good harmonious relations. However, the relations you have in your life are the biggest factor to the way your life evolves. Yes I will repeat this – the relations you have in your life are the biggest factor to the way your life evolves. WOW, that is significant. If you have healthy relationships with positive aspirational, successful, balanced people , you will also unconsciously adopt these traits.

If you desire to have good health, you need to value good health, and the people you hang around with on a consistent basis will  influence you here. Similarly, if you value a good marriage or partnership, then the people you hang around with need to give it the value it deserves and be showing good leadership in this area. Did you know that if you want lots of money and wealth, then the people you hang around with need to be affluent, and if you want to be joyful and spiritual in nature, then the people you associate with also need to be seeking this state as well. Now I know you may not find one person that has all of these traits, however you need to look at who you want to become and to ensure there are people with these strengths of character in your regular (daily) environment as they will influence you unconsciously. Who you hang around with on a consistent basis, you will become most like. It is so true.

I encourage you to reflect on your environment and make some choices on how you will improve it. Perhaps make it a goal for 2020 to bring in some new friendships that will positively influence you in the direction of your chosen destiny.

One of those environments is our Breakfast at the Next Level, whereby we bring great guests and highly motivated people together, to learn about getting more out of life. Checkout our website and come along to our next breakfast event. If you have not been lately, the SOL Results team invite you to attend, we look forward to welcoming you!

I encourage you to live a life with passion, purpose and always be at peace.

Stan Kontos 

As South Australia’s foremost authority on “Peak Life Performance” and “Leadership Psychology”, Stan has a passion for the development of Human Potential through the use of Rapid Change Technologies.   Stan is a prolific reader of books and material on self empowerment and has attended numerous programs around the world on personal development, management, marketing, public speaking, and wealth creation. He is a worldwide accredited NLP Trainer (Neurolinguistic Programming).

His areas of passion include:

  • Coaching: Business, Executive and Personal
  • Mentoring: Leaders, Managers and Management teams
  • Therapy for rapid improvements in stress and personal blocks
  • Leadership Development
  • Life Enhancing Seminar Programs teaching Success Strategies and Personal Empowerment

Stan is an entrepreneur with business interests in various states across Australia.

Stan focuses on continuous and never ending improvement of himself and his teams of partners and associates as well as selfless contribution to others. He is an inspiring and motivating speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur. He desires to expand people’s lives and to expand his charitable quests.

Best wishes to you as you live a life of passion, purpose and peace as an open minded progressive human being.

Stan is considered to be one’s “ultimate” life and business coach.

BY STAN KONTOS

People often ask me “What are the secrets to success?”  It’s an interesting question for there are so many answers. As you know, we interview an industry leader at our monthly Breakfast at The Next Level from February to December each year. If I reflect on the many industry leaders we have had over the last 10 years I’d have to say that there are three secrets you must absolutely do to succeed. Yes there are many others, however these are a MUST not a should do.

First and foremost, who you hang around with is who you become. Yes that’s right. Peer group is one of the most powerful (subconscious) forces that help one to succeed. There is a valid wisdom that goes like this “If you want to fly like an eagle, do not hang around with turkeys”. Whilst I believe that all human beings are created equal and are equally important, I also know that when I hang around with someone who is good at a particular vocation or skill, I tend to pick up these qualities with time and learn to think similarly. If you want to be healthy, hang around with people who focus and talk about eating healthy, keeping fit, and looking after their body and mind. If you want to make lots of money, be in the company of people who manufacture their own money whenever they want.

Secondly, you must set and monitor goals. High achievers set goals and review them daily. They are obsessed with their goals. Goals help you stretch, grow and become a better person. I love setting and achieving goals and find the process exhilarating. Setting and manifesting goals is the creation of something in the invisible (thought) and bringing into the visible (matter).

Thirdly, this is a hard one as there are so many to choose from, I’d have to say, execution. Get into the action habit, have a go, take a crack at it and don’t sit around waiting for success. The person who sets a goal, plans, and takes action is the person who succeeds. Get a coach to hold you accountable, I am a big believer in having a coach to help you achieve your goals, and measure yourself daily. What you measure, you manage. If you are not measuring your performance, then you are not managing. Only high performers get to the top in any aspect of life, so decide if you will be one of those people. There is lots of room at the top – in fact, it is lonely at the top! There is plenty of room for more leaders.

So , they are the three key factors to becoming successful with anything you desire or want to do.

Come along to Breakfast at The Next Level, click here to book, and learn more secrets to success.

Success leaves clues for everyone to take and do the same. You too can achieve your life dreams. Let us at SOL Results help you to be more, have more, and give more.

Live with passion, stay on your life purpose, and always be at peace.

Stan Kontos 

As South Australia’s foremost authority on “Peak Life Performance” and “Leadership Psychology”, Stan has a passion for the development of Human Potential through the use of Rapid Change Technologies.   Stan is a prolific reader of books and material on self empowerment and has attended numerous programs around the world on personal development, management, marketing, public speaking, and wealth creation. He is a worldwide accredited NLP Trainer (Neurolinguistic Programming).

His areas of passion include:

  • Coaching: Business, Executive and Personal
  • Mentoring: Leaders, Managers and Management teams
  • Therapy for rapid improvements in stress and personal blocks
  • Leadership Development
  • Life Enhancing Seminar Programs teaching Success Strategies and Personal Empowerment

Stan is an entrepreneur with business interests in various states across Australia.

Stan focuses on continuous and never ending improvement of himself and his teams of partners and associates as well as selfless contribution to others. He is an inspiring and motivating speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur. He desires to expand people’s lives and to expand his charitable quests.

Best wishes to you as you live a life of passion, purpose and peace as an open minded progressive human being.

Stan is considered to be one’s “ultimate” life and business coach.

BY STAN KONTOS

I believe it is our birthright to be healthy, prosperous (successful) and growing spiritually – the wisdom passed down over the many centuries is “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you”. What this means is that we develop ourselves internally at the spiritual level and then this development gradually begins to make manifest in our external world. Hence, as we develop more inner peace, more joy and more love, we then exude this into our external world and so express our spiritual development. This process alone is a lifelong journey, one never actually arrives because perfection is not achievable. And when we develop this way internally, we also experience a betterment in our health and in our prosperity provided our mind is conditioned correctly to allow the attraction of such good things into our life.

In fact, my experience has been that as I develop myself and make myself a better person, I then attract people like me. So then the people around me on a daily consistent basis are a reflection of my spiritual development. Wow.. incredible isn’t it!

When you develop your spiritual nature such that you are more peaceful (less anger, less jealousy, and other vices), more joyful (less sadness, less depression) and more love (less hatred, less judgement of others) then people will naturally want to gravitate toward you in both your personal life and business/career life. This then creates more opportunities for a happier more prosperous life.

So it is at the foundational level of our lives that we should devote some time each day to developing our spiritual nature. That small investment of time (it could be 15 minutes of meditation per day coupled to some allocated time in personal reflection and prayer) in my experience yields great benefits both personally and professionally.

Developing one’s spiritual nature, together with developing one’s mind is integral to a successful more prosperous life. We need both spirit and mind to be developed in sync.

I encourage you to begin today to consider a strategy that is achievable and doable each day to enhance your development. I remember years ago a wise mentor once said to me  “You are a spiritual being having a human experience Stan”.

Remember the definition of success by Earl Nightingale, who was one of the very first teachers of personal development, he said, “Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal. That worthy ideal is your spiritual nature being developed and being made useful in a vocation/business of your choosing”.

If you want to know more about this process, please feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to share, or come along to our Breakfast at the Next Level and ask me at the event. I am always happy to assist.

Until we next meet, I wish you prosperity, peace and a life of purpose.

Live with passion, always stay on your life purpose, and stay at peace.

Stan Kontos 

As South Australia’s foremost authority on “Peak Life Performance” and “Leadership Psychology”, Stan has a passion for the development of Human Potential through the use of Rapid Change Technologies.
Stan is a prolific reader of books and material on self empowerment and has attended numerous programs around the world on personal development, management, marketing, public speaking, and wealth creation. He is a worldwide accredited NLP Trainer (Neurolinguistic Programming).

His areas of passion include:

  • Coaching: Business, Executive and Personal
  • Mentoring: Leaders, Managers and Management teams
  • Therapy for rapid improvements in stress and personal blocks
  • Leadership Development
  • Life Enhancing Seminar Programs teaching Success Strategies and Personal Empowerment

Stan is an entrepreneur with business interests in various states across Australia.

Stan focuses on continuous and never ending improvement of himself and his teams of partners and associates as well as selfless contribution to others. He is an inspiring and motivating speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur. He desires to expand people’s lives and to expand his charitable quests.

Best wishes to you as you live a life of passion, purpose and peace as an open minded progressive human being.

Stan is considered to be one’s “ultimate” life and business coach.

Consider this; you have approximately two million bits of information coming into your mind every second. Out of that total, we tend to filter through the content that we would like to focus on. We do this by using our unconscious filters in our mind. Some of the filters are our Belief Systems, our Values, our language and our memories to name a few. Once the information streams through our filters, it is broken down to approximately 130 bits of information per second. This relates to approximately 7 chunks of information per second.

We then derive a meaning from the event based on our internal representation system, which consists of the following representations:

Visual -Pictures- the way we see things.
Auditory – Sounds- the way we hear things.
Kinaesthetic -Feelings- the way we feel things
Olfactory -Smells- the way we smell things
Gustatory -Tastes- the way we taste things.

After this step, the information that gets through leads you to your unique perception on how you view that particular situation, and you may end up storing this memory away as a reference point. This supports the view that you may have 20 people look at a particular incident and, more than likely you will have 20 different opinions on what just happened and what it meant to them, because it is all based on their model of thinking.

Such a mass of information that we have to deal with at any moment, requires you to take on the role of gatekeeper or editor to ensure that what gets in serves you well. You need a tactic or strategy to better manage this data. One analogy is to see yourself as a gardener, with your mind taking on the role of a garden with its constituent parts of “weeds” (negative thoughts) and “fruitful plants” (positive thoughts).

Ask yourself: “Am I watering the ‘weeds’ of my ‘garden’, which in turn will proliferate negative thoughts, negative patterns and negative behaviours in my life or am I watering the plants that will bear positive fruit?” It would be useful at this point to re-emphasise that whatever you think of consistently, ultimately becomes your experience.

If you concentrate on the weeds or negative thoughts, you will become a manifestation – a personification – of what you train your focus on.
If every thought that you have is negative or limiting, then these thoughts will manifest in your life in a negative way. The result is you will become a pessimist, or perhaps a defeatist.

Conversely, if you plant good thoughts through the power of incanting positive language then from these plants, eventually good fruit will bloom.

The path to follow to gain a better understanding of how important it is to think wisely can be seen below:

THOUGHTS affect our EMOTIONS, which in turn affect our ACTIONS, which then determine our BEHAVIOUR and our RESULTS

It follows that if you have consistent positive thoughts, you will have positive emotions, which in turn will result in positive decisions and positive actions. Ultimately this will lead to long term positive behaviour and results in life that are fruitful. In a very real way, you become the designer of your life.

The key, therefore, is to master your thoughts and your emotional state.

When you change your thoughts from negative to positive, your emotions in turn will change and so on through the continuum.

One way to fast track change in your emotional state (should you discover that you are indulging in un-resourceful negative states, such as anger, frustration, sadness etc…), is to change your physiology, which in turn will bring about a positive change to your emotional state.

There are a few ways you can do this. It may mean you get up and go for a walk, take some deep breaths or to play some of your favourite music and if you feel up to it – dance. By changing your physiology and focus you can interrupt the pattern of a negative state.

In its simplest form, the committed study of your thoughts and emotions and how to positively use them to benefit you is the essence of motivation. If you wish to develop a winner’s image of yourself, this study is crucial.

There are many definitions of a winner. At the core of every definition is the indisputable consideration that a winner is the person who has discovered success, happiness and self-fulfilment.

Many people have discovered that their path to happiness may be short-circuited by the continual blaming of their environment in which they live (or have lived) in. This may indeed be the facts of their lives, but the truth is: YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT BY FOCUSING ON WHAT YOU WANT AND NOT WHERE YOU ARE. It must be noted however, that it is important to surround yourself with people who are supportive of your desires and future direction, because ultimately who you hang around is who you become.

Remember to focus on the truth (that you can control the way you think about things), not the facts (things that are happening around you)! There are many stories of those who have begun their lives in uncompromising circumstances and rose up! They changed their thinking and eventually they shifted out of the negative environment. For example there are well known billionaires who grew up in the ghettos in America; however they persisted with their dreams and are now some of the wealthiest people in the world. The facts of their lives may have been difficult situations, but the truth is, they planted and watered good thoughts and overcame the facts.

Consider a person who may have limiting thoughts and ideas from a young age about their self image and self esteem. This repetition over the years may have percolated to the present time, and tarnished the confidence of the individual.

Remember, should you find that such an image is anchoring you to the past and preventing you from moving forward, you have the option and the power to change.

As a first step, visualise yourself as a winner on a continual basis and eventually your subconscious mind will believe this. See yourself achieving positive outcomes and emotionalise the experience as if it has already happened. Gaze into the mirror and continually incant positive affirmations. If you follow this procedure with progressive action, eventually, your subconscious mind will ‘get the picture’. You will happily discover that you begin to act and behave differently as a result and, in the process; you will have effectively designed yourself for a brighter future.

Education is not about honing memory skills, it is about changing behaviours. It is about continual personal growth. In a nutshell, we are just like the trees and plants in nature: Nothing in life ever remains stagnant or idle. We are either growing or developing, or we are either deteriorating or possibly dying.
You need to be constantly inspired. Growth gives you this opportunity.

Success is as much about unlearning as it is about learning. If you desire success, you need to unlearn old thoughts, old behaviours and old patterns. Success is about enjoying the journey as you progress towards your goals.

THOUGHTS AND BELIEFS
Limiting beliefs are the thoughts that keep cropping up and serve only to hold you back from reaching your worthy ideal. It is essential to become fully aware of such beliefs, all the better to be able to identify them and to “weed” them out of your life.

How do limiting beliefs implant themselves in your mind’s “garden”? We can take the hypothetical example of a young child who performed below expectations during a particular activity, say a test or sporting event. He/she received negative feedback and this is implanted in his/her mind. Subsequent events where the child again receives negative feedback reinforces and ‘confirms’ that child’s initial limiting belief (e.g. “I’m not good enough”) in him/herself. That child uses such feedback as ‘references’ to support such a belief. This accumulated ‘evidence’ creates a situation whereby that child, now a teenager, has collected such a mass of limiting beliefs that he/she is more than likely to be quiet, a follower and with low self-esteem.

Such limiting beliefs have implanted themselves in the teenager’s mind due to the fact that the initial childhood event had emotions attached to it. Unless he/she changes that underyling limiting belief, his/her adult life may be significantly restricted.

As human beings, we will constantly and automatically search for ‘evidence’ to prove ourselves ‘right’. We live our lives that way; we choose friends and associates that support that belief. In short, our lives become those beliefs. We are self-fulfilling prophecies. Beliefs actually ‘hypnotise’ us.

A prime example of a limiting belief is: “I don’t have enough money”. If you constantly and automatically affirm this belief to yourself, you will find ‘evidence’ for your poverty. One way to deal with this limitation is to realise that you don’t need the money. What you need is the intention to acquire that money. i.e. “I will find a way to get the money”. Please realise that if you are fully committed, if you positively change your thoughts and beliefs, then you will positively change your results.

PEOPLE WHO ARE SUCCESSFUL THINK DIFFERENTLY.

The crucial requirement is to interrupt your past patterns and behaviours. The first step for thinking differently is to write down any limiting beliefs you have. It is a powerful activity to do this, as you will be able to see exactly what it is that has been holding you back. Bring them out into the open and become aware of how they may have negatively influenced your decisions, your actions and your life overall.

The only way to grow is to break through such beliefs. As you go through this process of discovery, you will find that you have either consciously or unconsciously created them. The truth is they exist merely in your mind and, by ‘watering’ such ‘weeds’, you give them more power and influence over your life.

What follows next is a process for eliminating, once and for all, your limiting beliefs. It is a process of interrupting your past limiting thoughts, patterns and behaviours.

  • Be aware that you have a limiting belief. Even if you say: “I don’t have a limiting belief”, that within itself is a limiting belief because you are holding yourself back from growing. This first step will bring such beliefs to your full awareness and expose what needs to be worked on. One way of finding out your limitation is to ask yourself “What’s my outcome?” For example it may be to make more money, change careers or lose weight. The next step is to ask yourself “What’s preventing me from making this happen?” The resulting answer is your limiting belief! For example it could be “I’m too old, I’m too young, I don’t have the time, or perhaps I don’t have the money”. Once we discover our limiting belief, we then need to work on eliminating it, by associating pain to the belief.
  • Leverage. All beliefs carry with them consequences. Project yourself five years into the future. Visualise yourself holding onto the beliefs you hold today. What do you see? If you experience pain at holding onto these beliefs five years from now, fully experience that pain. Make it a truly intense experience. What are the consequences in holding this belief as true? Psychologically? Emotionally? Financially? What is the price you will pay for holding onto such beliefs five years from now? Ask: “What have I missed out on by holding onto such beliefs?” and/or “If I continue believing this, where will I be in five years’ time?” Fully emotionalise this experience, make it emotionally painful such that it becomes a catalyst for change.
  • Interrupting The Pattern. Liken this stage to the scratching of a CD. If you damage a CD in this way, you are rendering it unplayable. So it is with your limiting beliefs: if you interrupt the pattern of your limiting beliefs, you stop them from ‘playing’ through your mind. You can interrupt this pattern by (once again, with EMOTION) asserting: ” STOP!!… THIS IS RIDICULOUS!! or CHANGE!!! Or CANCEL THIS THOUGHT!!”
  • Creating and Installing a New Belief. Like nature, your belief system dislikes a vacuum. You have removed a limiting belief and now you need to replace it with a more life-affirming version. If previously you believed “I don’t have enough money”, replace this with: “I am committed to create the money”. If previously you believed “I don’t have enough time”, replace that with: “I am efficient and create more time”. What would you need to believe in order to have the life you want?
  • Condition Your New Belief. Incant your new belief over and over again. Visualise yourself five years from now with the positive consequences of living the new empowering belief! Emotionalise it! Even if your conscious mind doesn’t initially believe it, gradually, your subconscious (or ‘automatic’) mind will!
  • Test Your New Belief. This is the stage at which you confirm the validity of your new belief. This is where you will undertake a comparative study whereby you compare the old belief with the new. The differences between the two, and the positives that arise from changing, will confirm that you are on the right path to a new reality.

Example: Ask yourself what do I think about my old belief system? How do I feel about my new empowering belief?

All limiting beliefs, all fears and blocks, are in your subconscious. They are memories and neuro-associations, firing off and making you feel bad at times when you don’t want them.

In essence, it is programming and past conditioning.

You have to be very wary of how you program yourself (or how you have been conditioned in the past) and change it in order to redesign yourself for a bright future. By creating this awareness you have the personal power to condition new thoughts, actions and behaviours.

It is all about perception.
Is it possible that you can design and program yourself to look at life and experience it in a more fulfilling and better way?

The answer is undeniably “YES”.

Manuel Karkafiris is a Director of SOL Results. He is a sought after Master Coach, Business Entrepreneur and Internationally Certified NLP Trainer.