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Slay the Demon!

We have thousands of thoughts every day. Most of them are negative! No wonder… A survey in Iowa recorded that in one day of all the statements made to 5-year olds, 432 were negative and just 32 were positive (a ratio of 14:1). In the 12 months following Roger...

Inner Image

Whether we like it or not, we have an inner image of ourselves. Our outer world is a reflection of this inner image of our place in the world. Your Belief about whether you deserve to be successful comes from powerful psychological associations with success; from many...

Goals for the Second Quarter

I am always suspicious when people claim to achieve every goal they set. Similarly, there would be something dramatically wrong if none of the goals set were actually achieved. Getting this goal-setting right has a massive impact on performance in any organisation, in...

Spring Cleaning your Business

Spring represents renewal, rebirth, and the start of new life, and spring cleaning your business means injecting this fresh feeling to your own operation. Part One: Start with yourself - Have a Self-upgrade In 5 simple steps: a) Upgrade your thinking b) Upgrade the...

Twenty Years on

Edinburgh. Thursday 18th March 1999 I woke up on the pavement with a start! Confused. Why is someone shoving an oxygen mask onto my face? What happened? What about…? What? A car crash? A paramedic… “No mate. It’s ok. You’re ok. You just died. And now you’re ok!” What...

Being a First Rate YOU

The composer Gerschwin once sought the advice of fellow composer Ravel. In fact, he asked him for composition lessons. However, Ravel, who admired Gerschwin’s natural melodic flow, turned down the request, saying “better to be a first rate Gerschwin than a second rate...

Creating Butterfly Moments

You know how, when faced with a big decision which requires guts and some faith, you get that feeling in your stomach, some say like butterflies… but more akin to stampeding elephants! Like the moment, aged eleven, when you stand on the edge of the third diving board...

Being a Great Finisher

One of the most sought-after qualities in business, and life in general, is the ability to finish. That “final 2 percent” person who makes sure things get finished is a rare commodity. Ask any sports manager! That’s why goal-scorers, on average, command the biggest...

A Question of Truth – My Morning 3×3

Over the years, I’ve written lots on how to set up the day, how to set goals, how to be focused. And yet, I have never shared this little secret. Until now. Every morning I write down the answer to 3 questions in my journal. Nothing special about that, you might...

Creating the Habits of Success – The Olympic Challenge

Successful people have successful habits. Unsuccessful people are victims of their unsupportive habits. Successful habits are the root to success. In order to reach out and do something different and better than we have ever achieved before, we need to do the simple...

The 7 Reasons Why Business Owners Reach Overwhelm!

You know how in business, many people start off very positively, primarily fuelled by their adrenalin and excitement and enthusiasm for their dreams, plans and aspirations. But then, after about 3 years, or sometimes less, they hit a wall, and can’t sustain the...

Creating Wow!!

“Life is too short for non-Wow! Projects.” Thus says Tom Peters in one of my favourite little books: “The Project 50.” Every small business is a project, and more importantly needs to be a wow project! In itself, and also in the way it’s seen by customers. Never more...

September re-starts

Isn’t it something deep in our psyche about this time of year that makes us ready for a “new start”, a new term, perhaps a new harvest... Of course, throughout our lives this time of year represents such a new start – whether it be the start of school at the age of 4...

The Procrastination Pandemic

Most people in business, and in all fields of human endeavour, suffer from, or perhaps I should say they know a friend who suffers from, Procrastination. In fact, I would say it is a virus of Pandemic proportions! The Procrastination Pandemic!! Examples… In offices…...

Revolutionise your Business

What, today, is impossible to do in your business, but if it could be done, would change it beyond recognition? It’s time to revolutionise! Because what you think you can’t do now, or aren’t doing now, may be the norm tomorrow. On that note… Announcing a 2-day...

Productivity Records

As we near the end of summer, it’s time for the Harvest season. “You’ve got to learn to sow in the spring or beg in the fall” – Jim Rohn. In many businesses, and often for individual sales people, a good sales period is followed by a bad one in an almost predictable...

From 80/20 to 97/3

The Pareto Principle (80:20 rule) is well known in business. 20% of what is done will give you 80% of the results. 80 % of what is done will produce only 20% of the results. 20% of the time you spend will yield 80% of the result And 20% of your clients/ customers will...

Sitting Uncomfortably?

When I’m out and about, I am a keen observer of human behaviour. On a recent train journey, the carriage I was in was about half full, and a mix of airline style seats, and double seats with tables (as we know, those are much sought-after!). Many of the airline seats...

The Secrets of your Success

Imagine you are standing in front of an audience of your peers. Hundreds of them. It’s 3 years from now, and you are about to address them about how you’ve gone on to such levels of success. You’ve had a simply amazing 3 years and have enjoyed “magic wand” levels of...

Taking Stock

Taking stock is about comparing where you are with your Vision of where you want to be. The challenge is that, until you’re there at the finished Vision, you may feel frustrated, unless you have some very specific milestones set out to measure progress. Most people...