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4
Dec

Are you too busy to make time for yourself?

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This is a busy time of the year for everyone personally and in business. However learn from the picture above.

Unlike the jolly guy in the red suit above, always take your time, look out and be prepared mentally and physically for any unexpected events!

As the holiday season approaches like a jet plane!, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape our year and our business. It has been a fantastic year for us all at MindStore. We trust that 2014 has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues and your loved ones. We look forward to working with you in the years to come.

We wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons and good health throughout 2015.

Thank you for making the time to read this.

Best wishes for the holiday season to you all!

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

Are you too Busy to make time for yourself?

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As we go head long into the season of goodwill to all men (and women!) we can find ourselves focusing on others needs, wants and desires so much that come 26th December we feel exhausted!

If this sounds familiar, then decide to make changes.

Decide to share goodwill with yourself, book time for you.

 THINKING TIME

Take yourself off to a place of relaxation for you with a blank notepad and pen and start to think about your year.

Remember the great goals and plans you had in the first week of January, reflect on how they often slipped, why was that?  what could you do better next year?

Reflect on your year, learn from its lessons and then decide to make 2015 better.

Start now by asking for a copy of our planner, go through it and follow the process. Then commit to it, make a promise to yourself that this time next year you will be reflecting on a list of written down goals and you can see yourself in your imagination ticking them all off, because if you have a written down plan and you are committed to sticking to it, then you will get the results you desire. That’s just how it works.

At MindStore we are passionate about helping everyone to rekindle simple ways of thinking to improve performance from Ordinary to Extraordinary.

Empowering People ..Transforming Organisations

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Inspiring Resources

1
Aug

Mental Rehearsal- The Secret of Success

Mental Rehearsal the Secret of Success

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Mental rehearsal is the secret to success in your personal life, and career.

With the fantastic Commonwealth Games from Glasgow there have been numerous images of the competitors closing there eyes just before their event.

This is not out of fear like we might, or to pray, it is a specific tool they use to visualise them winning the event.

They are mentally rehearsing what they have practised hundreds of times to ensure a peak performance now, when it counts.

The strength of mind to do this amongst the excitement, anticipation and stress of the event is what makes them Extraordinary achievers.

Outside of the Commonwealth Games, look at Formula One drivers like Lewis Hamilton and the late Ayrton Senna.

In football David Beckham is often seen closing his eyes just before one of his amazing free kicks.

In golf Tiger Woods used to regularily close his eyes during his practise swing.

Do you see the pattern?

 Extraordinary people use tools like mental rehearsal to deliver Extraordinary results.

Wouldn’t you like to have these tools too?

Imagine how you could improve your personal and professional performance at those critical times if you had the tools to mentally rehearse your activity before hand.

Well you can by inviting MindStore into your workplace to deliver a custom designed workshop for you, your leadership team and people at all levels.

As I keep saying, Organisations are groups of people, when you inspire and empower the people you transform the organisation.

We too can learn to use Mental Rehearsal to improve our performance. One of our best MindStore tools is within what we call our House on the Right Bank. This for those who have not attended one of our workshops is a place we create in our minds, on the Right side of our brain , the creative intuitive imaginative side. Where we can mentally rehearse the event  that is so important to us in our life.  Contact us to find out more.

If you think this is out there and different, then you are right. Einstein said two things, one is that “Imagination is more important than knowledge” and this is what  we are using in these tools.

and secondly he said that “we can not solve our problems with the same level of thinknig that created them”.

So what we do is deliberately designed to be different, out of the ordinary, because if the ordinary things we have done in the past still worked we would all be doing much better.

It takes mental rehersal to improve performance from Ordinary to Extraordinary.

This tool delivers fantastic results.

At MindStore we are passionate about helping everyone to rekindle that way of thinking so think about inviting us to be involved in your next learning and development event.

A final thought……

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3
Mar

Keep Calm & Think BIG

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Many people I meet had BIG plans for 2014, however they feel that the year is slipping and its too late to start.

“Its Never to late!” is my response, “Start today, let me help you”

Take some time out, use MindStore’s tools to manage your stress, and begin to access your right brain and Think Big.

Like Donald Trump’s quote at the end of this newsletter, why think small. Who are we to think small we were all given an amazing capacity to do be and have more in our business and personal lives if we would just Think Big.

As Marianne Williamson wrote:
“Your playing small does not serve the world”

Think Big and set Big Goals

This month we focus on Thinking Big.

If you would like to know more I recommend the above book at our sessions as a fantastic and informative read.
This is the link to Amazon for more information:

A simple concept that is difficult to begin with. Mainly because it requires a change of attitude and mindset.
Many of us adults, if we are honest, are used to thinking small, safe, keeping within our comfort zones. Kids however automatically Think Big. My youngest son IS going to be an airline pilot for Jetstar.

He can see the benefits of this, a big WHY for him. His positive attitude causes him not to think about the challenges he faces to achieve this big goal. His WHY is so he can fly Mum and Dad around Australia! Do you think I will encourage this goal or dismiss it?
We can learn so much from this type of thinking. How many of us think about goals for our professional and personal lives only to have our experience of life make us reduce the size of our goals.

The fear of failure kicks in, the Self Doubt. Why do we let this happen?

Remember Winston Churchill said “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”

On the 10th of this month, pause for a second with your mobile phone to think of the Scotsman who invented “talking with electricity” Alexander Graham Bell.
Back in the 1870’s he thought Big and had a Big Goal to improve on the telegraph as a method of communication and overcame many challenges to invent the telephone.

So take a moment to think of what a Big Goal that must have been for him and the ability he had to Think Big, develop a positive Can Do Attitude and mindset to keep going to achieve his goal.

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

Then you will know….. IT JUST WORKS!

A final thought……
Think Big like Donald Trump

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two final thoughts this month, first the caption above.
Second is: What were the first words spoken over the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell?
” Mr.Watson.. come here… I want to see you”
Is this maybe what inspired John Logie Baird set his goal to invent Television? Who knows?

14
Mar

“Mr Watson, come here. I want to see you”

Last month was about learning to dance in the rain, and there has certainly been lots of rain for us to practise in!

This month we look at a Scotsman who dared to think BIG.

Plus we have a book for any children in your life to guide them in their life.

Anyone guess the relevance of the title above?

They are the first words spoken and received by telephone.

Why is that relevant this month?

Well, Alexander Graham Bell the Scottish Inventor was born this month back in 1847. Also it was on 10th March 1876 that he got his invention “talking with electricity” to work.

He had the attributes we have covered in previous newsletters:
•the ability to dare to think BIG
•to set himself huge goals
•to have a positive mental attitude towards achieving his goals.

The significance of his invention is that for the 30 years prior to his invention people had been using the telegraph, which was a far quicker method of communicating than by letter and post.

But Bell thought BIG, he thought there was a quicker, faster way to communicate and he set his mind to inventing it.

You see he avoided seting a small goal within his comfort zone, he set a HUGE goal that many laughed at as being crazy and unachievable. But we know its the crazy ones who change the world. Think Einstein, Jobs, Ghandi, Mandella….

•His passion for his goal drove him to overcome all of the challenges and hurdles
•he had positive control of his attitude and did not give up
•he accessed both sides of his brain to think creatively around challenges
•he visualised the Future.

At Mindstore we specialise in sharing with people simple tools to enable everyone to access these same qualities. Those that empower us to improve our performance from ordinary to extraordinary.

And finally……………..

Thanks for making time out to read this. We always endeavour to make it motivational and give you some food for thought.

Trust you are having a Marvellous March.

All the Best

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

29
Jan

Take time out to be gratefull

After experiencing the weather from ex tropical cyclone Oswald over the last 48 hours I came across this inspiring clip called “weather report” If you have experienced Oswalds impact then take time out in your day ( 2m 45 s ) to enjoy this clip and choose your attitude for the rest of the week. http://youtu.be/z9sUGQx_pVE?t=32s

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29
Jan

Embrace 2013

Guid New Year tae ana an aw, and mony may ye see!

In case you needed help with the translation this traditional Scottish greeting says ” A good New Year to one and all, and many may you see!”

As you will remember Decembers newsletter was about Walt Disney embracing changes in the movie industry seeing the change as an opportunity while others saw it as a challenge.

This month in our later than normal edition we pick up on the Sydney New Years Eve Fireworks theme of “EMBRACE”

Thanks for making the time to read this, I appreciate it’s one of many in your inbox. We always aim to make your time reading it inspiring, motivational, worthwhile and give you something to think about and hopefully take some action too!

Have a wonderful January, embrace a can do attitude and unfold a fantastic 2013 for yourself.

All the best from Damian and the MindStore Australia Team

Embrace 2013 and the Changes and Opportunities

As you will all remember the Sydney New Years Eve Fireworks theme was EMBRACE.

Embrace:
•the moment
•the possibilities
•new ideas
•change and opportunities
•the potential that tommorrow holds
•love

I think we should add another one that enables you to achieve the others embrace a “can do” attitude. Because by developing that mindset, you open your mind up to focusing on the opportunities that are there for you.

Why not make some time to think, to envisage what Goals you would want to embrace for 2013 and beyond. This is a fantastic time to take time out, and commit to writing some inspiring goals for yourself both professionally and personally to work towards this year. Embrace the amazing potential you have to be, do and have more in 2013.

Finally on the topic of goals, remember extraordinary people write their goals down, less than 4% of the population. Be one of them in 2013. If you think your goals are challenging think of President Obama as the inauguration happens on the 21st of this month, he has set a goal for a 2nd term and I bet you he mentally visualised daily being sworn in, even when all the negativity around him told him he could not win. That’s the power of a winning can do attitude.

If you fancy a quick two minute break , instead of grabbing another coffee, pour yourself a glass of cool, refreshing water and click this link below to watch the fireworks and be inspired to think about what embracing a positive “can do” attitude would do for you and your colleagues at work as well as your family and friends.

Book Review Corner

WINNING ATTITUDES, sports wisdom for achievement in life introduced by Herb Elliott

This months book is filled with inspiring positive attitude messages from legendary Aussie sports stars. It’s only 150 pages and pocket book sized, it makes for a great book to have in your office desk for moments when you need a boost. Here is a link to the book:http://www.booktopia.com.au/winning-attitudes-herb-elliott/prod9781742704289.html

As many of you know, at MindStore we fundamentally believe that “All performance is due to the quality of our thinking”. If you would like to find out more about having us deliver our fantastic goal setting tools and techniques in your organisation drop us an email or call Damian directly on 0438058160.

Until next time, thanks again for taking time out in your day to read this newsletter or share it with colleagues, we trust you found something of interest.

Have a Fantastic January!

And Finally………..

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of United States of America)

19
Nov

Movember 2012 Newsletter

Welcome

Last month as you may remember was about daring to dream and having a passion for your Goals.This month with all the US Electoral campaigning I thought I would pick up on some of the power of language both positive and negative and how it influences how we speak and are heard by our collegues friends and loved ones.

Plus see the book of the month a new comic strip version of Napolean Hills Classic, Think and Grow Rich.
Thanks for making the time to read this, I appreciate it’s one of many in your inbox. We always aim to make your time reading it inspiring, motivational, worthwhile and give you something to think about and hopefully take some action too!

Have an Magnificent Movember from Damian P.I. and the MindStore Australia Team

Powerful Positive Phrases

Recently with a group we were getting creative and visualising a bold new future for their company. It was amazing to hear the creativity in the room, people creating a Future History as we say at MindStore.
This exercise came back to me when watching the last Election debate with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. During the questions Mitt repeatedly said ” If I am president I would….” where as Barack was saying ” As your president the first thing I will do is…”
Barack has also been asked for months now “Do you think you’ll get a second term?” and instantly with energy he responds “Yes, absolutely, I will still be president after November 2012”
This language I believe suggests that Mitt is not visualising being President, his goal and visualisation is not of him sitting at the desk in the oval office. His language lets you know his thoughts, he thinks it’s a maybe, an IF.
Don’t let your language talk you out of your goals and aspirations.
Barack on the other hand by his language is running a visualisation of his goal with the benefits he can bring to USA and the world as President for another term. He absolutely believes that he will be President again, as Henry Ford said “If you think you can do a thing or think you cannot, you’re absolutely right.”
Barack also said about change:
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time, We are the ones we’ve been waiting for, we are the change that we seek.”
If you would like to know more about the creation of useful mental habits, and improving performance through simple mental tools and techniques then give us a call at MindStore. We would be glad to arrange a time to have a conversation.
We are in the last quarter of 2012. What have you or your teams achieved in the field of personal development and growth so far? How are your Goals or resolutions for 2012 progressing? If like many people you could be doing more, then make time now to find out how MindStores toolkit will help your people access simple tools to improve the performance and leadership skills of their teams, departments and the organisation as a whole.
Remember by empowering people you transform organisations.
At MindStore we fundamanentally believe that “All performance is due to the quality of our thinking”.
Dare yourself to unleash more of the amazing capacity you and your teams have inside yourselves to improve your performance and to do be and have more in your business and personal lives.

Book Review Corner

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

Most of you will have read or heard about this classic book. Inspired by Andrew Carnegie the great Scottish born American business man and published during the great depression in USA in 1937.
The reason for highlighting this book is that people are constantly sharing how busy they are, and that its challenging to make time to read personal development books. So this caught my eye as it is an animated version of the book, in a comic strip type setup. It takes 1 hour to read versus 20 hours as a normal book and the images are great to help the Visual people remember the key points.

I believe it is worth a look at the website and for the cost of a few coffees it could be a great quick read when on the commute to work, or as an alternative to the negative filled newspapers at lunch. Have a look see what you think.
Click on link below for the animated book details and access to a free sample chapter:
http://www.thinkandgrowrichillustrated.com/

And Finally…………Don’t Dream of Growing that!!

Inspired by last months newsletter Dare to Dream, I woke up at weekend having visualised me in Movemeber. My wife, Fiona’s comment was “Don’t dream of growing that!” Napolean Hill said start every day with a hearty laugh, programming your brain to be positive. This sure made Fiona laugh when she saw it.
Congratulations to all of those braver than me, taking part in the movember challenge.

Until next time, thanks again for taking time out in your day to read this newsletter or share it with colleagues, we trust you found something of interest.

Have an Magnificent Movember!

5
Sep

September 2012

” Inspire a Generation”

 

As you will remember last month was about managing Stress using some of googles Secrets.

This month I was inspired by the Paralympics which run from 29th August – 9th September.

Read about the fastest man on no legs, and his amazing motto for life.

Thanks for making the time to read this, I appreciate it’s one of many in your inbox. We always aim to make your time reading it inspiring, motivational, worthwhile and give you something to think about and hopefully take some action too!

Have an Spectacular September from Damian and the MindStore Australia Team

“Your not disabled by the disabilites you have; you are able by the abilities you have” Oscar Pistorius

This amazing quote comes from Oscar Postorius. He also goes by the name of “Blade Runner” or the “fastest man on no legs” He is a double leg amputee who has inspired a generation.

He has overcome significant physical and mental challenges to achieve his dream. Imagine how out of his comfort zone he has come to achieve his vision. He can run 100m in 11.04seconds. Next time you are feeling athletic have a go and see how long it takes you to run 100 metres. By the way, Usain Bolt the olypmic record holder does it in 9.63 seconds.

Next time you feel yourself saying you can’t, remember Oscars motto to inspire you to do be and have more in your life.

If you would like to know more about the creation of useful mental habits, and improving performance through simple mental tools and techniques then give us a call at MindStore. We would be glad to arrange a time to have a conversation.

We are in the last quarter of 2012. What have you or your teams achieved in the field of personal development and growth so far? If like many people you could be doing more, then make time now to find out how MindStores toolkit will help your people access simple tools to improve the performance and leadership skills of their teams, departments and the organisation as a whole.

Remember by empowering people you transform organisations.

At MindStore we fundamanentally believe that “All performance is due to the quality of our thinking”.

Dare yourself to unleash more of the amazing capacity you and your teams have inside yourselves to improve your performance and to do be and have more in your business and personal lives.

Until next time, thanks again for taking time out in your day to read this newsletter.

Have a Spectacular September!

 

In This Issue

” Inspire a Generation”
“Your not disabled by the disabilites you have; you are able by the abilities you have” Oscar Pistorius

Book Review Corner

Blade Runner by Oscar Pistorius

Although this was published in 2009 before he achieved his goal of competing in the able bodied Olympics, this is a very inspiring read. His journey through extraodrinary challenges is a lesson for us all to focus on our goals and vision and not give up. Rightly voted as one of Time magazines 2008 “100 most influential people.”

Click on link below for book details and ordering if your interested.

http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/book/blade-runner/28867636/

 

MINDSTORE AUSTRALIA

EMPOWERING PEOPLE…. TRANSFORMING ORGANISATIONS

MindStore is available to organisations across Australia.

We are able to deliver customised in-house corporate training events and business performance improvement courses. Before an event we meet to take the time to find out about the key dangers facing your business as well as the opportunities. This enables us to design a course that meets your needs rather than delivering a repeated one course fits all event.

MindStores complete mental tool kit gives you the best techniques for managing stress, developing resilience techniques,maintaining a positive mental attitude and influencing those around you.

We believe in empowering people and transforming organisations.

We also share tools for increasing creativity and innovation to solve challenges in organisations. These mental tools and techniques are easy to learn on the day and are immediately actionable by participants resulting in instant performance improvement and ongoing increased effectiveness, enthusiasm and energy.

If you are interested in this then please drop me an e-mail or click on the contact page on the website.

 

24
Jul

June 2012 Newsletter

Here’s to the crazy ones…

Last month was Innovation Month.

It’s gone now, but that shouldn’t mean that we stop thinking about innovation and creative thinking. Set yourself time each week to think creatively and innovate. Even if that means picking up a coloured pen and sketching or doodling a mindmap or drawing of where you see yourself in 10 years time. What will you do be and have.

Have fun doing it, the importnat part is to DO IT!

Recently when preparing a presentation I revisited Steve Jobs life and times. So for June we will focus on the crazy ones.. who see things differently.. think differently.. think they can change the world.. and do.

Damain and the MindStore Australia Team

New Thinking for your organisation- THINK DIFFERENT

Do you remember this advert?

Time to Think Different using MindStore tools

Can you believe it was 15 years ago!

Think about how much has changed around us in that time?

How much have we changed in the same period of time?

I don’t mean the grey hairs creeping in or the laughter lines, I mean have we changed in attitude, our behaviours, our thinking.

Have we become more open thinking, or more close minded. Think about it.

Decide to make a change for the better. Change happens when you decide to change with your heart and mind, not when you are told to. So decide for yourself, take charge.

Now you see how fast paced our lives have become.

This one minute advert started with the phrase here’s to the crazy one’s….

Take one minute to watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oAB83Z1ydE

and be inspired: think about what you are going to change, to change our world!

If you want a further boost, take 15 minutes out of your life and watch and listen to Steve Jobs Stamford Commencement Speech: http://youtu.be/D1R-jKKp3NA

6.9million people have viewed it and I bet many were inspired to take action. You see, to have motivation or be motivated is one thing, but you need to take action, so you need momentum more than just motivation. Find something that ignites your passions, and pushes all your buttons making you want to keep going over any hurdles or obstacles that you come across.

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

So if in our businesses and organisations we are facing challenges (problems) then we need different thinking from the type which created them. Time to THINK DIFFERENT.

As we approach the new financial year, take time now to contact us and find out how our mental tools and techniques can be applied in your teams and departments to enable everyone to discover and apply methods to think different.

Have a Joyful June!

24
May

May Newsletter

With less than 70 days till the start of the London 2012 Olympic games and the growing publicity around it, there has been many positive comments about last months newsletter.  This month we focus on Innovation, as May is Innovation month and you may have seen a range of festivals around the country organised to promote Innovation.

This is a busy month for us with Damian speaking at three events in Newcastle, Brisbane and the Gold Coast all as part of Innovation month.

Make May the month to re-member how to be more Innovative and Creative.

Damain and the MindStore Australia Team

How to Harness your creative and innovative Mind

Creativity is often mentioned in the same breath as Innovation.

We know from research that we are at our most creative when we are relaxed. Think about the great ideas you have when you first wake up from sleep, or when you are out walking the dog, or mowing the lawn. The secret is to be able to access that relaxed state of mind at any time of the day when required. At MindStore we call that relaxed state, the Alpha state. You may have heard athletes refer to it as the Zone, or being in the Zone. We have tools and techniques which you can use to access this alpha state to improve your creative thinking.

Innovative thoughts also come from being in that relaxed state of mind. Think of the opposite state, when you are answering two phones, deadlines are approaching, you can feel your stress levels going through the roof!. You haven’t had anything to eat since breakfast, you have a growing to do list and you feel hot and bothered. You may have heard people say ” I cannot hear myself think!

Do you think they can be creative or innovative in this type of environment?

Absolutely not. 

When were you last creative?

Here’s a thought: When was the last time you made sand castles? When was the last time you used coloured pens to draw or sketch?

What’s that got to do with anything, you might say? Well we know kids love making sand castles, they also love colouring in or playing in cardboard boxes. It is because they are creative and innovative at that age.

The shame for us adults is that we don’t lose that ability, we are educated to curtail our creativity. We all have the ability to be amazingly creative and innovative. If you don’t believe me find Betty Edwards book ” Drawing on the right side of the Brain” buy it and read it, you will create a drawing or painting you are so proud of you will frame it. I know because I did. So did Fiona and she took Art at high school!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Drawing-Right-Side-Brain/dp/0874774241

Like so many things in life, the changes that are required start with you. You need to want to, to have the desire, determination and belief to keep going in the face of challenges, to focus on being innovative when you need to develop solutions.

Re-member: we all have an amazing capacity for creativity and innovation we just need to DARE yourself to access it and unleash our potential.

May May be Innovative for you too!