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Your thoughts and Self Talk determine how you overcome challenges

As you may remember our last update focused as many people do on Goals to kick off 2015.

As we go through February lets learn some tips to stay positive and focused on our goals.

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 Fantastic February!

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

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

Your thoughts and Self Talk determine how you overcome challenges


If you started the year with amazing goals and intentions and have recently been challenged to keep going with them, then take a minute to reflect on the power of your Self Talk.

In my experience many people feel a dip in there goal enthusiasm around 6 weeks into the New Year, so you are not alone!

If we are honest with ourselves, we all have experienced the little voice in our head which talks us easily out of so many opportunities arising from coincidences.

It makes comments like:

“Take the easy option , play it safe mate!”

Don’t say anything, keep quiet, no-one will listen to you in the office meeting”

“Who are you kidding, you could never do that!”

“Let someone else do it”

“Just stay here, don’t approach that person, they’re far to good for you!”

Can you imagine how many relationships that never had a chance to start because of this last phrase in our self talk examples.

Lets commit to thinking about what we do want instead of what we do not want, focus on success, overcome the fear of failure.

To help you do this exercise in a quiet moment at home.

Your thoughts and speech reflect your attitude.

So work to adjust your thoughts and language to positive only.

Exercise: List 7 negative words you use, and then write next to it 7 positive alternative words or phrases you could use.

Then next time you are about to use one of the 7 negative words, remember this exercise in your mind and change it to a positive.

At first it may seem awkward but with practise you become expert at being positive as you begin to rewire your thinking from default mode to postive.

Imagine working your brain muscle and become the more positive energetic person you want to be in business and your personal life. Imagine people commenting on how you are always so positive? How do you do it?

Challenge yourself, to change your Self talk.

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, passsion 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:

A final thought……


“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it”

Henry Ford

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Why WHY is the most important Question!

Discover your WHY at Mindstore.

When we take time to think about about our Goals, about what we would like to be do and have, many times questions pop into our mind. That little inner voice we all have even if you do not admit to it.

Often its HOW:

How are you going to do that?

How are you going to achieve this?

How can you afford this?

How can this possibly work?

Sound familiar? Can you hear the negative tone your inner voice has when you read these words out? Its so familiar for us all. Often those we have the confidence to share our goals with will ask us the same question without thinking.

And we start to wonderdoubt and fear takes over. We think, maybe my inner voice is right? maybe my friends are correct? am I being silly thinking big like this? maybe I should just set a smaller, manageable, reachable goal…….

Well STOP , because one of the secrets of extraordinary successful people is that they do not ask the question HOW? They thought differently and replaced it with WHY?

In the begining most of them when they set out their huge goals, like Mandela, Branson, Jobs, Obama… they did not know HOW, but they knew WHY.

Why do this?

Why this will help my business?

Why this will benefit my family?

Why sacrifice my evenings for this goal?

Why will this benefit my country?

Why is it best for all?

Why our customers will buy it?

Why Why Why Why… That is the Question to ask!

And that’s the question that inspired them, gave them a passion for the goal and a reason to overcome any challenges until it was achieved.

So today, do not ask HOW ask WHY then you will be thinking differently like extraordinary people. And you will be AWESOME.

This is another simple concept that people often find challenging to begin with. Mainly because it requires a change of thinking, 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.

His positive attitude causes him not to think about the challenges he faces to achieve this big goal. He absolutely sees all the positive of achieving this goal, he can see clearly his WHY, he does not give any negative thoughts to HOW. His WHY is so he can fly Mum and Dad around Australia! Do you think I will encourage this goal or poo- hoo and dismiss it?

Another little boy told his dad when he was aged 5 that he wanted to be a Formula One driver when he grew up. His dad backed him and helped him with his WHY, his dad did not ask the negative HOW question which crushes so many goals and aspirations. The boys name is Lewis Hamilton, a World champion Formula 1 driver.

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.

Then you will know….. IT JUST WORKS!

A final thought……


“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind not with it”

Henry Ford

The image was picked by my future Jet Star pilot son!


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


Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass….

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass….

Last month was about Embracing 2013 along with its changes and challenges. Little did we expect the challenges that ex tropical cyclone Oswald unleashed last week!

Our thoughts are with all of those individuals and organisations affected by the storms and hope that they can muster the strong positive mental attitute we all have in us to go forward tackling the challenges faced.

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

Have a fabulous February from Damian and the team at MindStore Australia

Ex tropical cyclone Oswald was pounding our roof, lashing our windows and snapping trees all around us. Amongst this I was reminded of the above quote from Vivan Greene.

We can choose our attitude we can have negative thoughts like: what a waste of the Australia Day holiday weekend, “being stuck in the house or we can choose to have a more positive grateful attitude ” we needed this rain” or ” with the power off I have to think of imaginative ways to entertain the kids without TV or Xbox”

Everything in life requires us to have the correct attitude.

Take 2m 45 seconds to watch this youtube clip of the appropriately named poem “Weather Report” by BJ Gallagher.

A final thought………..

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it” Henry Ford


May 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to your May 2011 Newsletter

Last month you will remember we put together a list of quotes from inspiring people who were born or died in the month of April.  The feedback from many of you was that they knew the quotes but were amazed who they came from.

Glad to help!

This month we find out the meaning behind a famous quote from a great american car maker and how to use the amazing power we have in us to make it happen.

As always feel free to forward this to anyone you feel will benefit from reading it.

Enjoy and have a Marvelous Month of May!
Damian and the MindStore Australia team

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, your absolutely right”

For me this quote from Henry Ford the American founder of the Ford motor company sums up the power we all have within us to “change your thinking and change your life”.
How many of us spend our time thinking we can’t do something and list reasons why. Or think , I would love to but… or I would if.. or I will TRY…..

If we put as much energy and time into thinking of ways we can do something, instead of the negative thinking we can not, we would all be so much further ahead in our business and personal lives.
I believe passionately that we need to change our thinking to think we can, and we will be right. We will do it. Those of you who have attended our Business events or been on your organisations in-house events with MindStore will know we have a complete mental tool kit which we share with you to enable to change your thinking and change your life.

The big challenge for all of us, myself included, is to keep using these tools every day in amongst our busy business and personal lives.

Keep using them, even when it feels like your goals are still away in the distance. Remember Thomas Edison who kept going even after thousands of failed attempts at making an electric light, or Graham Alexander Bell in a previous newsletter who kept thinking innivativley to create “talking with electricity” or the telephone as we know it.

You have the power within you.

Empowering People……… Transforming Organisations
Your feedback and comments:

As MindStore continues to grow and develop in Australia, we are always looking for feedback and comments from our current newsletter members on ways to improve.

Email us: or call us on (07) 3040 2229.

Further information

MindStore is available throughout Australia from its base in South East Queensland to deliver customised in–house corporate training sessions and business improvement courses co-designed with your organisation. At our meeting we take the time to find out about the key pain issues and main dangers facing your business as well as the opportunities you see for your business. We then offer customised solutions to solve your business challenges, as well as a no obligation report of our findings with solutions and benefits detailed for you.

MindStore’s complete mental tool kit gives you the best techniques for: managing stress, maintaining a positive mental attitude and influencing all those around you. Modelling your business’s behaviour on the winning approaches of world champions and leading entrepreneurs empowers your organisation to gain competitive advantage through innovation and enhanced performance.

For more tools and tips to help you, please click on the weblink at bottom.
If you would like MindStore to be involved in your next team meeting or event please let us know and we would be happy to design a session to exceed your required outcomes.

We would be delighted to meet you in advance of your event and design a programme that exceeds the outcomes you require.

We also customise mental tools which are easy to learn and immeadiately actionable by the participants resulting in performance improvement and increased effectiveness.

Give Damian a call on 0438 058 160 to arrange a convenient time to discuss your needs in more detail.