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7 Key principles of MindStores Goal Setting method

Happy New Year to you!

syndey fireworks 2013 new years eve

Everyone will have seen the extraordinary fireworks display from Sydney Harbour with the theme of SHINE welcoming in the New Year in such an inspiring way.

So how about making this your year to SHINE personally and professionally. How about making this the year for your business to SHINE.

Take a few minutes and read on for some simple and effective tips to help you make it happen in 2014.

Remember if you have still to make time and set goals, then take action and set yourself a deadline of Sunday evening.

Have a Magnificent New Year!

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

7 key Principles:

1. Inspiring Goals that provide direction are the foundation of peak performance

2. Write your goals down. Only 4% of people do this, they are the achievers, be one of them.

3. THINK BIG! No one leaps out of bed in the morning for “realistic and achievable” goals.

4. Be less concerned about HOW you will achieve your goals – especially in the beginning.

5. Be absolutely clear on WHY you want to achieve your goals. A powerful emotional connection to your goals is vital.

6.. Constantly go “Back to the future”

7. Use the power of GESTALT working for you by repeatedly THINKING of and SEEING the outcome you desire. An idea firmly held in your conscious mind will receive the attention of your subconscious mind, which will then manifest in your life. Repetition is the key.

Make time this week to book 30 minutes with yourself to be still and think about what went well in 2013 for you and write down what you want
to achieve in 2014 and beyond.

We all have an amazing capacity to do be and have more. We just need to remember about the goals that inspire us, then set and follow your plan.

If you would like some more details our MindStore Goal setting planner is available with our compliments. Simply email us your postal address to: and we would be delighted to send one out to you.


A Final Thought………..”Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal”

Henry Ford


Goal setting workshop

Below is the first part of the MindStore workshop on goal setting, from Jack Black in the UK,MindStore’s founder.
Goal Setting Workshop

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After 25 Years, half a million people, hundreds and hundreds of companies covering every sector and at every level of their organisations – if what I have been teaching was nonsense I would have been found out long before now.

So just do it! Just get into the swing with the global phenomena of resolutions and goal setting going on over the comings days.

Do it the MindStore way and more importantly commit to practice the reinforcement techniques and create your best year yet. Become empowered to deal with no matter what. Attract the right people at the right time, the solutions and ideas required and sometimes with wonder and joy manifest, yes manifest what you truly desire.

Follow the process below and simply trust it. I haven’t got the time in an email to go into the whys and the wherefores; so please just get on with it. If you are new to our approach then maybe just decide to trust the person who tipped you off.

So first – If you haven’t already done so do some clearing out. Create space for the future in your crammed up life. Empty out your rubble drawer, you know the one, it’s probably in the kitchen with the paper clip a rubber band, the pen that doesn’t work, the instructions to the kettle and all the other stuff that’s trapped in there. Just turn it upside down and empty it into the bin. It will like your cleared out wardrobe, garage, garden hut, loft, computer files, contact lists etc. etc. just fill up with new stuff. Please understand if there is no space where can new stuff go? And be absolutely honest with yourself most of the stuff you don’t need nor will you ever really use again.

Second – Plot a MindStore Wheel of Life. To do this just draw a big circle with 12 spokes. Give each spoke a scale of 1-10 with 1 at the centre and 10 on the circumference. Give yourself a 1-10 score for each of the following 12 key areas of life (trust me these are the ones that count!).

Marriage or Partnership – Family – Social life – Personal Development- Career- Attitude – Health – Finances – Home – Happiness – Recreation – Spiritual.

Once you have completed this exercise you will then see where you are out of balance, and therefore it will be obvious where some of your goals need to be set.

Third – Create a gratification list. Find 3 things for each spoke of the wheel that you are genuinely grateful for. You can do this as a chart with the headings – Item, Why it’ so important to you, How you can enhance it.

Fourth – Take the time and its only 11 short minutes to write out at least 30 goals. This is absolutely critical and it must be done with the correct intention. Again I have no space in this email to explain why – so please just do it! Set the timer on your phone or an alarm on your clock. You can even play some nice relaxing music as it may help you with this process.

Starts writing out the goals you already have in mind – however you will find that you soon run out of them! Then look at your Wheel of Life and it will become obvious where you can find some more. You will again run out of ideas so now just imagine that you are given 100 million pounds in cash if you could finish with at least 30 goals inside what’s remaining of the 11 minutes. Just start to “make them up” especially write down the ones that come into your mind and that you are already telling yourself are impossible. If it comes into your mind then accept it and write it down. Please just trust the process.

Now leave these 30 plus goals for 24 hours or at least overnight. Read them to yourself just before bed even begin to imagine them being achieved already.

Next step and it’s a big step -the next day filter or narrow down the goals into 7 primary ones. Now here is the great MindStore approach we don’t concern ourselves with HOW we are going to achieve them, we don’t even think about a strategy, we do however take the time to identify and even write out WHY we really, really desire them.

Once you have identified the 7 key goals write them out once again with a full explanation to yourself as to why you really want them to come into your life. Do all of this over the coming days, preferably before the big clock chimes 12 midnight on the 31st of December.

On the 2nd or 3rd of January I will email you the second phase of this process – which works and will work for you too!

If you want to send this to friends and family then feel free – all I ask is you let them know its source.

All the very best and a Happy, Prosperous and Healthy 2014 to you and all you care for.

Keep Smiling Smile



Live your life by your goals, not others.

“It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid. At Christmas time we let in light and banish shade.But in our world of plenty we should spread a smile of joy! Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time”

Can you hear this in your mind, can you see in your minds eye the Logo? do you remember Band Aid?

If you think this year has gone quickly, remember that Band Aid was 1984 – 29 years ago!

I find it hard to believe so much time has passed so quickly!

This is WHY I believe so strongly that it is vital that we set Goals for ourselves using MindStores tools and techniques.

Wishing you a Magical Christmas and a Magnificent New Year!

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

Live your life by your goals, not others

Everywhere we look we are being bombarded with messages about Christmas and buying gifts for others.

All of these messages are as a result of people in the marketing department of organisations having goals that this will be a bumper year for them. This is fantastic for them and we have to understand that if we act on their messages we are helping them achieve their goals.

The point is this: What messages are we sending ourselves about our own personal and professional goals?

Make time over the festive season to steal 30 minutes with yourself to be still and think about what went well in 2013 for you and write down what you would like to achieve in 2014 and beyond.

We all have an amazing capacity to do be and have more. We just need to remember about the goals that inspire us, then set and follow your plan.

The MindStore Goal setting planner is available at no cost to you. Email us your postal address to: and we would be delighted to send one out to you.)

A final thought……

Two powerful quotes from the thousands about this great human being Nelson Mandela:

“To a man who has changed the mindset of a nation, may we inspire and motivate as you have.”

South African Cricketer JP Duminy

“Nelson Mandela showed us what is possible for our world, and within each one of us, if we believe a dream..”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Stick to your Goals!

goal setting with mindstore

Did you have an Outstanding October…. or has it gone in a blur?

If the whole year feels like a blur and the goals you set have still to be achieved, then DON’T GIVE UP.

Take inspiration from our video clips, motivation from the quotes and most importantly BELIEVE that YOU CAN DO IT.

Have an inspiring day, week and month!

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

P.S. Remember you can share these positive newsletter with colleagues, friends and family who you think would appreciate them.

Inspiring Resources

Following on from last months change and the great positive feedback. Here are some more short inspirational clips to share.

1. Don’t give up! (3m.15s)

2. R u going to finish Strong (2m41s)

3. Set goals to Succeed (2m30s)

Take some time out in your day over the next few weeks to watch these and be inspired to overcome whatever your challenges may be.


Live your life by your plans and goals


The build up over the last few weeks for the Melbourne Cup has been constantly in our awareness.

Today the race itself for many is just a hangover. It was over in the same time as it takes to watch any of our inspiring video clips.

Imagine if we could generate as much excitement and anticipation for our personal and professional goals as has been created for the Melbourne Cup? Wouldn’t it be fantastic.

The challenge for us all is that unless we focus on our own goals visualising them being achieved then we will unconsciously be drawn into helping other people achieve their own goals.

By this I mean the sales and marketing departments of the retail stores, who sneek xmas into our awareness when we are in the stores and its only September!. Those who aim to entice us into buying during the end of the year one of sale. Then in January other companies tempt us to take a cruise in July. If you think about it, it’s a constant cycle of selling us their goals. If we are not careful our life could consist of solar powered festive lights and the odd cruise.

Is that really good enough?

No, absolutely not. We all have an amazing capacity to do be and have more. We just need to remember about the goals that inspire us, then set and follow our plan.

( this is where our MindStore Goal setting planner is fantastic. Email us your postal address to: and we would be delighted to send one out to you.)

I believe that:

we must have clear goals written down for ourselves

we must look at them regularly and work towards them each week and quarter

otherwise we will just be spending our time helping others to achieve their goals.

The messages we are being bombarded with might be that the festive season is just around the corner but infact there are still 7 full weeks or 49 days left till xmas day and 56 days till the last day of the year.

There is plenty of opportunity to achieve your goals if you believe in them and yourself.

Start today to work towards your remaining goals with motivation and more importantly MOMENTUM.

Now is the time to re engage with your goals, to re imagine them achieved and create that desire to never give up and achieve them.

Are you going to finish the year Strong?


And Finally….

trouble with not having a goal is


Resilience and Positivity Fiji Style

Bula! and welcome
 fiji snorkelling

How many of us think that the best way to take time out and relax is to go on holiday?

Why then do so many of us get so stressed out while on holiday?Then come back feeling that we need a holiday to get over the holiday and to catch up with the mountain of work on our return.

This month we discuss Culture, specifically the Fijian Culture around Resilience, the use of Positive language and Thinking.


Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

Fiji time !
If you were to take time to think about whats the biggest challenge in both your professional and personal life what would it be?

The clue is in the question.

For many  people I speak with its the inability to take time. Time to think.

There is much spoken, tweeted, and presented about Resilience and Postitivity.

During a family trip last year to Fiji. I was shown amazing examples of living the above. If you have been yourself you wil know exactly what I mean.

Our hotel transfer taxi arrived in “Fiji time”. When the driver felt it was the right time. And if you stay long enough you apparently tune in and will “just know” when it will arrive. Talk about intuitive thinking.

Fijian people have an attitude and a pace which is thoughtful relaxed and peaceful.

We arrive with our pre-planned excel spreadsheet schedule. Planned to maximise our vacation. Stressing on the first morning that the restaurant wasn’t open at 7 am for breakfast when it should be, which made us stress about missing the dive boat, which stressed us about being late to pick the boys us from kindy!!! What kind of holiday is this we think!

However we soon adapt the Fijian attitude and rythmn. The next day we wait outside for the restaurant to open watching the turtles, the dive boat leaves when everyone is ready and the children had a great time and didnt want to leave.

During our trip I became more of a human being, as opposed to a human doing.

Making time to stop; to watch the sunset; being at peace; being present; being around for family.


One morning I asked Kitty the cook how she coped with the recent storms which caused severe damage to her village and her home. She paused, smiled widely and said, “Its Ok, I will start again”

Thats Resilience. She had no insurance, no family to help her, and little government support.

Positive talk:

Fijian people talk, think and act positively, naturally without attending training courses or seminars. It is part of their culture handed down from generation to generation.

If its a cloudy day, visitors say “its such an terribly cloudy day, looks like we will get rain today, I bet its sunny back in Brisbane”

Fijians say “the sun been lazy today, the rain is good for our crops”

You might be thinking, what is the point in the story above:

1. The point is that we don’t need to go overseas on holiday to see a sunset. The sun sets at home over the trees, hills or buildings (every evening).

2. Challenge yourself to take the time out, once this week, to sit for 10 minutes and watch the sun disappear and the clouds change colours.

3. When doing this think about your day, think about how you are going to spend your evening. Then go into your evening refreshed from that 10 minute time out.

4. Next time you are aware of saying something negative about the weather or more importantly your family or work collegues. Think of the Fijians and use a positive alternative. It takes practise, and will make all the difference in your communication with people.

Everyone needs time to review, to reassess and to reflect. Make time to think. You will see the benefits including better clarity in thinking and decision making.

Practise accessing your thinking for improved quality time to recharge, to review your day, to see that you did the best you could, to reassess your next day and reflect on how you could think, listen and act with greater clarity to achieve more.

So in the spirit of Fiji, I am relaxed that Septembers newsletter is just going out in the middle of the month and not the 1st business day. Does it matter?

Vinaka for taking time to read this and keep smiling.

A final thought………..
 make haste slowly tortoise and hare

“Festina Lente”

Latin for “make haste slowly”



The starting point of all achievement is Desire…

Welcome to August’s Awesome Newsletter

Last month we received several emails from readers saying “they would love to take time out to relax but they were too stressed.”

A common complaint from groups we work with.

Here is a short story on Stress Management for all those people to enjoy:

Book of the month is “Anyone can do it” by Duncan Bannatyne of Dragons Den. A great reminder that we can. If we have Determination, Desire, and Belief in ourselves.

Have an Awesome August!

All the Best

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

“Sometimes becoming rich isn’t about opportunity, its about Desire.”

We received many positive comments for the Attention sign to print in your office last month.

Following on from that and intertwined with our book of the month I wanted to share a few thoughts on Desire.

Duncan Bannatyne said “it isnt about opportunity, its about Desire” and Napoleon Hill said that “Desire is the starting point of all achievement”

So how do we develop Desire?

Dream-Belief-Open Mindedness

As Napoleon Hill said “there is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to recieve it. No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage or belief.

There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.

Challenge yourself to sit in your bedroom (or another private quiet area) and close your eyes, focus on your breathing, concentrate on breathing and resist the tendency for your mind to  “wander”.Manage your thinking. Begin to imagine what your goals or future achievements will look and feel like. Then practise developing the burning desire and belief in yourself that you will succeed, you will show determination and keep going forward to create the future you desire.

We know that extraordinary people like Andrew Carnegie and Thomas Edison did a certain amount of “Dreaming” or “Desiring” before they were successfull and were Determind to achieve what they believed in.

Book Review Corner

Anyone Can Do It- My Story by Duncan Bannatyne

Best known in Australia for the Dragons Den series. This book is both a personal development story and business book combined. I made the time to read it cover to cover in 2 days which people who know me will say is remarkably quick. A fascinating book with many nuggets of information in it.

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

A final thought………..

“Sometimes when life throws so many ‘coincidences’ at you, you have to stop calling them that and find a better word for them”

Duncan Bannatyne


Stress less & enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Forgive me if you have read this short Stress Management story before, but I felt it would be a timely reminder for a group of people that I met recently. Enjoy!

stressed with work

A  lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of  water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged  from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t  matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute,  that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right  arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.”

“In each  case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes,”  he continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry all  of our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly  heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you  have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re  refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. So, whatever burdens you’re carrying  now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax.  Life is short. Don’t pick them up again until after  you’ve rested a while. They will then seem so much lighter.”

Here are  some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

·          Accept that some days  you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.

·          Always keep your  words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

·          If you can’t be kind,  at least have the decency to be vague.

·         You may be only one  person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

·          A truly happy person  is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

To discover more about how MindStore’s training can help you or your colleagues at work answer: How could you put down your Stresses  for a while? How can you make time to relax? Drop us an email at

Until next time, keep smiling.


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


Think … before saying Yes to a meeting request

Many of you will remember that last month was about great quotes to inspire Innovation.

This months thought is about being Mindful in May. In a short example consider making time to think about your appointments Calendar and maybe blocking out some time to THINK. Sounds radical I hear you say!

Welcome also to everyone from the Miners Health and Wellbeing Conference who have joined our Newsletter this month.

Finally I trust you are all going to motivate yourselves to make time to have a Magnificent May!

thinking monkey THINK….




Ever heard yourself or collegues saying ” I don’t have time to think” or “I can’t hear myself think”

As you can imagine, your not alone. Often when working with clients a common issue people raise is their work Calendar. Meeting after meeting seems inevitable. As this is May how about thinking about being more Mindful of your Calendar.

Dare yourself to say NO to a meeting request, and use that time for reflection on current challenges with space to THINK.

Also challenge yourself to think about each appointment before accepting it.

Is it carved in stone, who set it for you?

How many do we attend even when others in our team attend?

Do we attend because in our organisations culture, everyone needs to know everything?

Do we believe that if someone thinks we are needed in a meeting, we cannot turn it down, we are leaders so we must be required?

busy outlook calander

Why not open your calendar, take a deep breath and pause for a moment, do you feel your chest, neck or stomach tighten just by looking at the volume of appointments. What is that telling us, if we listen? Is it good for us?

Is this the best use of our time? Are we effective leaders if we allow ourselves to be in 8 meetings a day 5 days a week. Where do we have space to lead, to think differently, to innovate.

How different would your week be if you questioned the volume of meetings, delegated more, intentionally left spaces in your week for connecting with colleagues and reports face to face. What do you feel the impact would be if you made space in your day to ask if there was better ways to do things, more productively, more socially responsible, more profitably?

As Wayne Dyer said “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Book of the Month:

Use Your Head by Tony Buzan

Several people asked about MindMaps after last months Newsletter. So here is an easy to read book by the inventor of Mindmaps. Full of great examples and easy ways to develop this great tool yourself.

Here is a link to the book:


A final thought………..

“Live   your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occassional glance   towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to   be gained from each new vantage point” Unknown

 mountain climbing