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There’s no such thing as bad weather… just the wrong clothes!


This month our update has input from Billy Connolly who said ” There’s no such thing as bad weather… just wrong clothes! so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little!”

How’s that for your thoughts determining your attitude!

Well this month we have a wee look at a guy who ticks all those boxes. He also is a shining light for the MindStore quote ” from Ordinary to Extraordinary”

Its the Big Yin! Billy Connolly.  Having faced prostate cancer and early Parkinson’s symptoms he has developed the mindset to overcome the challenges and see the positive in his life and the world around him.

If you read about his early childhood and follow his transformation to a world class comedian, musician, presenter and actor, he truly has gone from Ordinary to Extraordinary in his performance.

Read some more about Billy below and his tips on slowing down and taking time out.

Thank you for making the time to read this, and I encourage you to look into our mental tools for improving performance for you personally and for the people in your organisation.

Have a Magnificent March!

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

Billy Connolly invites us to slow down look around us and laugh


At the begining of this month I had the pleasure along with a few thousand other to watch Billy Connolly live on the Gold Coast.

Listening to him reminded me of how important it is to slow down.

He makes the time to observe, think and comment on the everyday. We find it excruciatingly funny because its the Truth.

When was the last time you took 15 minutes to sit and look at the world around you, to notice the people, to look for the positive humourous side of life?

It would be a great way to de-stress, to relieve anxiety, to switch off from your workload and to stimulate your creative right side of your brain.

It Just Works!

At MindStore we are passionate about helping everyone to rekindle that way of thinking to improve performance from Ordinary to Extraordinary, so think about contacting us to be involved in your next Learning and Development event.

Empowering People ..Transforming Organisations


At MindStore we believe that the focus should be on the Individuals, the human beings that bring the uniqueness of their mind to the organisation. That person’s mind when inspired has the ability to innovate and create solutions for all of the organisations present and future challenges.

Can you imagine your organisation full of people with the vision, passion and energy?

How do you think that would that transform your organisations performance?

Does your organisation have the vision to invest in training in the area of the business with the greatest capacity for Performance Improvement? PEOPLE.

Trust MindStore to Empower your People and Transform your Organisation.

See a selection of recent testimonials here:

Inspiring Resources

A final thought……


Theres no such thing as bad weather…. just the wrong clothes so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little!”

Billy Connolly




“Most powerful bit of paper in my Life!”

Thought you might like to read the comments of a long time MindStore member.
Interesting to note she says “whatever I write here happens”
That’s the power of this Goal Setting Tools… It Just Works!
Thanks to Tina for allowing me to share this.
If you would like to find out how to access these fantastic Goal setting tools and more for your organisation then give us a call or email to arrange an initial conversation.
For those of you that have known me for a long time these photos might send a shudder of fear through you lol. For those of you who are new in my life this is the goal setting I’ve used for 20yrs. This year is the end of a 10yr block so time to plan next 10. whatever I write here happens so it’s scary but exciting. Family and Friends, brace yourself this is when things go a little bit mental and you all start panicking lol. Most powerful little bit of paper in my life!

— with Damian McConnell.

Be one of the only 4% of people who write their Goals down, using our simple and effective Planner. It Just works.. Ordinary people have been achieving Extraordinary results over the last 25 years using this. Why not discover its benefits too?

MindStore’s Workbook including Powerful Goal setting tools. Small and very effective.


Empowering People…. Transforming Organisations

Empowering People ..Transforming Organisations


 As you all know June is more than just a good time for bargains at the Sales. It is end of the financial year and the business focus is squarely on organisations at this time of year.

At MindStore we believe that the focus should be on the Individuals, the human beings that bring the uniqueness of their mind to the organisation. That person’s mind when inspired has the ability to innovate and create solutions for all of the organisations present and future challenges.

Organisations we speak with get this. The ones who have the vision to invest in the area of the business with the greatest capacity for performance improvement. PEOPLE. Having the vision to provide training which Empowers People. These are the ones who make the changes, overcome the challenges and become or continue to be the market leaders.

We are all unique as our fingerprints, and we all have an amazing capacity to do, be and have more in our professional and personal lives. The secret is in unlocking the potential in our mind, this requires simple tools to change our mindset, think, act and speak more positively. Develop tools to manage our stress and re-engage with our creative imaginative right brain to create solutions to overcome organisations challenges and in turn empower people and transform organisations.

If your organisation wants the next Financial Year to have higher engagement, higher productivity and lower staff turnover then take action today and call us to arrange a suitable time to have an initial conversation.

See a selection of recent testimonials here:

A final thought……


With the Soccer World Cup in Brazil starting I thought this was appropriate.

Email us today for our Goal Setting and Achieving Workshop that JUST WORKS!


A Positive Attitude.. Changes Everything

A Positive Attitude…. Changes Everything

attitude glass half fullWelcome to our delayed July Newsletter.

Last month was about taking TIME OUT.

This month we focus on our Attitude and deciding to make it a positve one.

Trust you wil take 5 minutes TIME OUT to read this and THINK about how you can decide to be more positive in your thoughts, language and actions.

All the Best

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

Reach for the Stars with a Positive Attitude


Here is a great sign you could print off and stick in a prominent place of your office area.warning only +ve attiudes allowed

Over the last month Attitude has been a recurring theme in the Conference sessions, Professional Training workshops and in house programs with Clients I have facilitated.

WHY is Attitude so important? often gets asked.


Well you only have to look at what happened on this month in History to see a few illuminating examples.


  • 18th July Nelson Mandelas 95th Birthday
  • 20th July 1969 1st person on the moon
  • 27th July 1978 1st Test tube Baby (IVF)


With Nelsons ill health and recent birthday we are all aware of what he has achieved in his lifetime as a civil rights activist and world leader. Did you know he shares the honour receiving a Nobel prize award with the developer of the IVF treatment Robert G Edwards. Robert’s was a Nobel prize for Physiology in 2010 and Nelson was jointly awarded in 1993 the Nobel prize for Peace with F.W. de Klerk.

So how does that relate to Attitude.

Well think about Nelson locked away for 27 years yet had the belief and positive attitude that he could see a better future for South Africa. He worked with those who imprisoned him to dismantle apartheid. How many of us are challenged to remain positive in our attiude on a normal busy day at the office, let alone the thought of being imprisioned for 27 years?

Similarily the belief and attitude of the developer of the IVF treatment who kept thinking of a way to assist couples who wanted children. He did not give up like many of us might when faced with challenges he had the positive belief and attitude that he would develop a solution.

Finally the moon landing. Imagine the challenges they faced, truely going “into the unknown” in both envronment and equipment required. The Positve Attiude shown by the Apollo 11 crew as well as all the support team at NASA was fantastic. They believed they WOULD get there, not IF, but WHEN.

We could benefit from having such an unshakeable positive attitude in our dealings with collegues and the inevitable challenges we face both professionally and personally.

To quote Zig Ziglar “Your attitude not your aptitude determines your altitude”

A positive attitude will assist you to reach for the stars!

Have a Stellar July!

A final thought………..

winston churchill

  “Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference”

Winston Churchill


“Everyone needs some Time Out”

Many of you commented on last months newsletter and the challenge of being too busy to block time for yourself in your Calendars.

This months we continue by encouraging everyone to take some time out. Time to refocus on the positives and look forward with renewed energy for the next half of the year.

All the Best

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

Use MindStore's toolkit to be creative like Picasso

Use MindStore’s toolkit to be creative like Picasso


Several people who contacted us last month were challenged by May’s newsletter, regarding blocking time to think in their Calender.

I understand for many this is challenging, its different and it requires a change of thinking.

And that’s exactly WHY we all need to do it.

We all know the quote “Change your thinking, Change your life”.

If we don’t or won’t change, how can we expect things to be different.

With the cooler weather in many parts of Australia in the evening instead of reaching for the remote control, Why not have a TIME OUT…Take time out with MindStore Australia

not a chocolate bar, but some time out for you.

Everyone needs time to recharge, to review, to reassess and to reflect.

With the focus in business on the upcoming end of financial year, its an ideal time to take this time out for yourself.

Challenge yourself to sit in your bedroom and close your eyes, focus on your breathing, concentrate on breathing and resist the tendency for your mind to  “wander” manage your thinking. Your Mind is a huge Store for Creative Innovative thinking, practise accessing it for improved quality time to recharge, to review your day to see that you did the best you could and to reassess your next day and reflect on how you could think, listen and act with greater clarity to achieve more.


Remember  its true ” Everyone needs some time out”

Book Review:

Drive- The surprising truth about what motivates us by Daniel Pink

This is an ideal book to dip in and out of after your TIME OUT time.

Enlightening and full of ideas about changing our thinking and how we are motivated to achieve more.

To find out more or order the book click on the link:


And Finally……….


“Poirot, ” I said ” I have been thinking”

“An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it” Poirot responds.

Agatha Christie, Pearl at End House


Resilience through thinking differently event on the Gold Coast

Guest speaker Damian McConnell at My Business Network Event, 5th July 2012.Damian will be speaking at the My Business Network breakfast event on 5th July 2012.

A fantastic opportunity to discover how to make your business more Resilient by changing your thinking.

July 5th – Staying Alive – Resilience through Thinking

We are living in a time of extraordinary change, stress, uncertainty and challenges. The future has never been less predictable. Yet, even in times of extraordinary challenges, certain people and businesses seem to be able to sustain their business performance.
  • Discover how to make your business more resilient, just by thinking differently?
  • Uncover how to manage stress quickly and simply, to avoid risk of burnout
  • Discover the power of mental rehearsal to increase your performance
  • Learn a simple technique to protect yourself from any negative situations
It might be the morning after the Origin Finals, but if you want to learn some effective Resilience techniques then make the effort. Damian will do most of the talking in case you are all hoarse from shouting at the TV!
As Course Director at MindStore Australia, he will introduce to you to the range of mental tools and techniques at MindStore for business and personal performance excellence. MindStore has been established for over 21 years and our mental toolkit is used by over 500,000 people across the world.
You have a great untapped power in your minds to do, be and have much more in your life. All you need is to be able to tap into that power..
For more information click on the link here:

Innovation Month Professional Development breakfast with Damian McConnell of MindStore Australia

AITD Professional Development Breakfast

FRIDAY 18th MAY 2012

7.15am – 9am

Mill Hotel, Brisbane

May is Innovation month, so make a commitment to come along to this breakfast event and discover some

Innovative thinking tools for performance improvement.  Presented by Damian McConnell, Course Director of

MindStore Australia.

Einstein said: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

By attending you will discover some take away tips to inspire innovative thinking in your organisation to enable

you to better solve the challenges you face in training, learning and development.

Learn ways to:

  • access greater creativity in your professional and personal lives

  • become more innovative in overcoming challenges in your workplace

  • inspire new thinking in your organisation

For bookings and more information please contact AITD at | Address: Suite 111, 410 Elizabeth Street SURRY HILLS NSW 2010 |
Phone:02 9211 9414 | Fax: 02 9211 8784 | Email:

Guest speaker Damian McConnell at AITD Professional Development Breakfast 18th May 2012, Mill Hotel , Brisbane. Guest speaker Damian McConnell of MindStore Australia

Damian believes that “all performance is due to the quality of our thinking”.

Involved in Performance Excellence & People Development for over 15 years, he assists clients understand that small changes in thinking and attitude can make massive differences in people and organisations.Passionate about helping people become the extraordinary people they were meant to be, Damian shares easy to learn mental tools and techniques with participants, in a fun environment. He enables them to harness the greater levels of creative and innovative thinking we all have inside us, our teams and organisations.











Recent Testimonial after being guest speaker at Business breakfast event in Brisbane

Short video testimonial for MindStore Australia from CEO of HEOSoftware, Derek Morgan.



 Jack Black the founder of MindStore International will be visitng Australia in early September. Keep an eye on our Website for more detials of his trip. 


International Left handers Day is 13th August.

A day for us left handers to celebrate our uniqueness and creativity!





Empowering People.. …Transforming Organisations

 Up Coming Events 







Damian will be the Guest Speaker at several events in Brisbane during August and September. If you are interested in attending contact the organisations via the web details supplied. It would be fantastic to see you there.

18th August KBN Bardon

8th September KBN Bulimba

16th September Business Swap Brisbane


MindStore June 2011 Newsletter

Last month you will remember was all about Henry Fords quote ” If you think you can do a thing or thing you can’t, you are absolutely right”.

This month we have details of a fantastic half day course in Brisbane where you will learn lots of tools and techniques so you can “think you can do a thing, and do it!”

See testimonials from previous participants and details of bonus booking offers. I would encourage you to block out this time in your diary and commit to coming, to discover a range of mental tools that absolutely enable you to improve your performance and effectiveness in business and your personal life. The link to the full course flyer is: 

As always feel free to forward this to anyone you feel will benefit from reading it with a view to attending this event.

Enjoy and have a Marvellous Month! and I look forward to seeing you on the 25th July.
Damian and the MindStore Australia team




More Open Course Information



You are encouraged to arrive early for this course. From 8.30am you will be able to register and then meet other like minded people over complimentary hot breakfast wraps, hot drinks and fresh orange juice.

We will start sharp at 9am to maximise what we can learn, share and discover together. At morning break there is another opportunity to share experiences and network with each other over complimentary refreshments and homestyle cookies.

An easy to follow comprehensive worksheet is included and a supply of notepads and pens for any additional notes you wish to take.

TESTIMONIALS from previous events:

Thank you it is appreciated that there are individuals that have such confidence and knowledge that they are willing to share it with a group to help others and change their way of thinking.
Enjoyable and informative nice atmosphere

Amanda Picoto, Brisbane.

Glad I came, good stories. Was interesting and kept my attention the whole session, even during our sleep sessions. Thank you!

Terri Barnard, Shailer Park.

It’s true, MindStore’s for Business Open Course will not only improve your working life but it will bring balance and fulfilment to all other areas of your life too.
MindStore works, we guarantee it!  If by the end of the course you’re not entirely satisfied we will refund your investment.
Your investment is $495 per person*
Book now to receive the following two bonus items.
 Bonus offer 1: book by 17th June** and your investment is reduced to $345(save $150)
 Bonus offer 2: Repeat our future MindStore open courses at 50% reduction (save $248.50***)
Please complete the booking form by clicking this link:  or book by calling 07 3040 2229.
* includes GST
**from 18th to 30th June book for only $440 (save $55).Bookings after 1st July at full amount of $495.
*** on current investment amount