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Become the CEO of your life

Dr. Ann Quinn shares her steps to help you take control of your life.

 Ann Quinn

Work, partner, kids, hectic schedules, meetings, deadlines, emails… another busy week ahead and no time for you. Sound familiar? Stressed out even before the week begins?  It’s time to become the CEO of your Life.

C Conquer your Stress.

E Energise you.

O Organise your Life.

It is easy to change and it all starts with the most important person of all, YOU!  Here are some key strategies to help you take charge of your life and really enjoy the journey.


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What do you need to change to live the life you love? What really stresses you? What drains your energy? The first step to conquering your stress is to identify what is the actual cause of your stress.  Start now with making a list and more importantly, come up with one thing you can do to reduce this. For example, plan family time each week, schedule in meetings with you just to think and plan, decide what you can delegate, outsource tasks, plan your exercise time and schedule 20 minutes a day just for you, relaxing and doing nothing. Remember your health is your wealth.


The next step is to get clear on the life you would love to live. What does a great day look like for you? Set yourself up for success with goals that drive you. People with goals in all areas of their life succeed because they know where they are going. What are your priorities? No one on their deathbed ever wished they had spent more time in the office. When you have a very clear picture of what success and balance look like, you are much more likely to follow through with your action plans. Grab a pen now, put on some music you love and start designing how you want to live your dream life and what you would love to achieve.


A sign that you are overworking is irritability, hypertension, impatience and a loss of drive and determination. Working too hard is not good for anyone. Plan to recover too. Chill out, breathe, relax, meditate, take a power nap or enjoy a massage. Go for a walk in nature or simply have fun and chill out. And don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep and allow your body to rest, recover and renew itself.



Not only does exercise improve your fitness and strengthen your body, it increases your energy level, helps you relax and clears your mind. It is in fact the ultimate stress buster! You will be more alert and better able to concentrate. Three components of fitness you should consider are cardiovascular exercise, strength and flexibility.  Do a fitness activity you enjoy. Power walk with friends, kick a football around with your mates, play a team sport or go to a pilates class, but most importantly have fun! The rewards will be yours.


Imagine a super food, not a drug, powerful enough to lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and for an added bonus puts you in a better mood with no side effects. I am sure you would stock up on a life-time supply and you can! Fuel your body with premium fuel. Eat lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and legumes. Stay away from sugars, high fat and acidic foods. Super foods like goji berries and cacao are excellent snacks. Hydrate little and often too and help avoid fatigue and headaches.  Eat like a winner all the time.


Pull out the weeds and cultivate the garden of your mind. Focus on feeling what you want to feel everyday and hold yourself to a standard of greatness. Winners have their own unique success systems, rituals and daily habits. They radiate a positive, confident attitude. They talk positively to themselves and compliment themselves on all the little achievements and hard work they do each day. Their beliefs create their reality and they live with an attitude of gratitude.



Your environment makes a real difference to your well-being. What could you do to improve your environment, your office, your home, your car, your clothes, and everything around you? Clear your clutter. It drains your energy, keeps you in the past, makes you procrastinate, distracts you and the list goes on. Ask yourself, do I really like it? Do I need it?  Do I use it? Be ruthless. Just start with 10 minutes a day. The key is to start! Make space for what you really want. In well-designed environments you are more creative and productive. You have more energy and you can accomplish things so much more easily.


Plan to win at work and in life. Work smarter, not harder. Less is more! Prioritise your priorities. Having already planned in your time, now plan your work week. Decide how long it will take and schedule it into the diary. Block out the time. Create boundaries, minimise time traps like phone calls and emails. Allow no distractions and stick to the plan. Set yourself up to win.


Be open to the flow of life. Plan time out to just be and to have fun. When you are consumed by work, you lose contact with everything that is meaningful in your life. Block out time for fun, to do nothing and to be spontaneous. Go with your inklings.  Rekindle your intrinsic fire.  Give yourself the gift of the present.  Life is a journey, not a destination.

As I say to all the athletes I work with, “there is no such word as can’t”. Anything is possible. Hold yourself to higher standards than anyone expects. Challenge yourself daily. Become the CEO of your own life and be the best you.  Be extraordinary.



Dr Ann Quinn, Peak Performance Coach, international speaker and author, dedicated to helping you become the CEO of your Life. From Grand Slams to Gold Medals and World Champions, Dr Ann Quinn has a long track record of creating winners. She also coaches executives to excel in their chosen field and win in the game of life. For coaching, speaking or just a questionnaire and ebook, find out more here. or

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