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Question: Jacques, describe your typical day?

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A: I must start off by saying that I’m lucky because I’m a morning person. I get up at 4:50 am and BOOM, ready to go. I love a good work-out as it produces energy for my body and soul. After having three major spinal operations I’m a little limited with the choice of exercise.

In the morning I skip the caffeine and immediately hit the road for a fresh 8 km brisk walk. There after spinning for about 30 - 60 minutes to build up a sweat. Every second day I incorporate cardio exercises with weights and exercise ball into my exercise program.
I LOVE my exercise time in the mornings because it stimulates my creative thinking and helps me charge my batteries. It’s truly magical how ideas simply POP up and creativity flows. This is why I always keep my voice recorder with me.
I shower and get dressed.

Between 7 and 8 in the mornings I write down and edit all my recorded ideas and thoughts. Then enjoy a cup of coffee with my wife. Some quiet time (reading time) follows for no less than 30 minutes.

Between 8 and 9, I scan through the news headlines on my IPad. I don’t spend a lot of time reading the news as it is always a repeat of the same topics only on different days. But I have to keep up with what is going on in the world and more importantly recognize opportunities. I check my incoming emails and respond.

After having breakfast, I address administrative work and prepare for the day ahead.
From 9:00 am to 6:00 pm I focus on achieving my key business activities. This involves meetings with current and potential clients, delivering teamwork workshops, keynote sales presentations, attitude presentations, company attitude audits or magic entertainment.
As most self-employed people I simply eat something on the go for lunch.

From 6:00 to 6:30 pm I list my ‘to do’ items for the next day and make sure it corresponds with the execution necessary to achieve my strategic goals.
When my wife returns from work we spend quality time together. We prepare food together and clean up afterwards. This is our valuable communication time. We are not couch potatoes so we either have a quiet evening together or visit with family and friends. Before going to bed I get my exercise gear ready for the next morning.

Here’s my secret: When you have fun and magic in what you do, all your days become the same, their holidays. Life IS Magical...Embrace it and Love it!

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