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Are You Fully In Tune?

Are You Fully In Tune?

Have you ever walked into a room where there’s a radio on, and you immediately think, ‘that’s not quite tuned in’? There’s a sort of crackling, or a whistling to it. And yet, those people who have been in the room a while are oblivious to the interference. In business...

Accelerating or Cruising to Success?

Accelerating or Cruising to Success?

Sometimes, it can be easy to get into the habit of ‘cruising’. We’ve all done it. Even if you’re doing the right things, in the right order, occasionally it becomes apparent that a ‘too comfortable’ pace has set in. Is it time to ‘zap up’ the intensity, turn up the...

The Power of De-selection

The Power of De-selection

Advice for someone this week who was clinging to something that was not only no longer working, but that was now dragging them back. And I’m sure many will know what I mean about this… “sometimes you have to let go of something lower down, in order to reach for the...

Your Daily Action Plan: How much..?

Your Daily Action Plan: How much..?

It’s not the amount of “stuff” you get done, it’s what you choose to do that makes the difference. It’s not your efficiency, it’s your effectiveness that makes the difference. It’s not how fast you’re going, it’s the direction you are going that makes the difference....

What if…?

What if…?

Have you noticed, “If” is the middle word in “Life”. Life is about satisfying your BIG “If”. Having a big purpose, a mission, in fact any goal, comes with an “If”. The achievement is dependent on an “if”. If x can be put in place or made to happen, then y will come to...

Building a Break

Building a Break

It was a terrific display of the highest professionalism. It was a phenomenal display of composure, and skilful execution. It was a formidable display of snooker at the highest level. But more than that, for you and I, the World Snooker Championship Final over the...

The Infinite Boundary

The Infinite Boundary

Sometimes I meet people who know “all this stuff” about believing you can achieve great things, they know “all this stuff” about there being no limits to human potential, and they know “all this stuff” about planning, being focused, taking action… But they still don’t...

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!

The traditional international cry for help… Mayday, Mayday, Mayday! (It originates from the French for ‘help me’ = “m’aider”) A call that is deadly serious. A call that will create, in anyone who hears, an urge to help … at all costs. It’s the most human of urges…...

Motive-Action

Motive-Action

Many people set goals and targets at the start of a year, only to find that by the end of the first few months they are woefully behind. It is always interesting to note at that stage all of the things you have achieved as well as how far behind you are in other...

Business Foundations

Business Foundations

All the fancy marketing tools, all the great products, all the great service, must flow from having the foundations in place. Decision-making, strategic direction, marketing strategy, branding, even day-to-day operational decisions, become easier once you have the...

Slay the Demon!

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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...