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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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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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26
Jul

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………..

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

Winston Churchill

24
Apr

Why MindStore Works… It seems it only works!

Why MindStore Works…It Seems It Only Works!

April 18th, 2012 Article supplied by Jack Black – founder of MindStore

The other day Stephen sent me a copy of a piece in Sundays Telegraph Magazine, thought you might be interested in it?

The basis of the article is that recent discoveries from scientists back up the approaches that we take in MindStore. In particular there has been a discovery of a part of the brain that develops after childhood that in effect inhibits us from “letting go and unleashing our creativity”

All of us apparently possess a vast reservoir of untapped creativity. The article quotes Picasso “Every child is an artist; the problem is how to remain one once we grow up.” It turns out that this recent research proves Picasso right. The final part of the brain to develop actually inhibits our creativity. It helps explain the effortless creativity of young children before their brains mature and the sensors of inhibition are established.

It seems that in order to be better problem solvers and unleash our creativity, we need to learn to inhibit our inhibitions. If Picasso was still with us we could show him how, and even the scientists are now able to prove to him exactly why MindStore works.

The article has an insert that reads as follows:

How to have a Eureka Moment

 

Take a break

Why did Archimedes have his breakthrough in the bath? Moments of insight are always proceded by a steady rhythm of Alpha waves (induced by relaxing activities) from the brains right hemisphere.

Cheer Up

Studies show happy people solve 25% more “insight” puzzles than unhappy ones. Even fleeting moments of delight can prompt more epiphanies

Stay In Bed

Shortly after wakening is ideal for insights as the drowsy brain is unwound and open to unconventional ideas.

Ditch the Drugs

Stimulants such as caffeine increase our attention (WH Auden edited his poetry for hours, high on Benzedrine) but make epiphanies less likely as they shift attention away from the right hemisphere and its ”remote associations”

Further the main article ends with an experiment lead by the psychologist Michael Robinson apparently he randomly assigned a few hundred under graduates to two different groups. The first was given the following instructions:

“You are 7 years old and school is cancelled. You have the entire day to yourself. What would you do? Where would you go? Who would you see?”

The second was given the same instructions, with the first sentence deleted. These students didn’t imagine themselves as 7 year olds.

After writing for 10 minutes, the subjects in both groups were then given various tests of creativity, such as trying to invent alternative uses for an old car tyre. The students who imagined themselves as young kids scored far more highly, coming up with twice as many ideas as the other group. It turns out that we can recover the creativity we have lost with time. We just have to pretend we’re little kids.

By using the repeatedly tried and tested methods of MindStore, we reach into that part of the brain we worked so well as children. We even have a playground and a playhouse to enter. We have endless uninhibited fun where we can meet inner “friends” with which to imagine all manner of things. We ultimately release our innate creativity and intuition to find breakthroughs and solutions that otherwise would not emerge into our consciousness.

What you and I need to do is to purposefully inhibit our inhibitions and become childlike again to do so all you need to do is….

Find a comfortable position; Close your eyes, Take three deep breaths etc. etc. etc.

 

For more information contact us on : enquiries@mindstoreaustralia.com, or call us on 07 3040 2229.

 

4
Jul

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: http://www.mindstoreaustralia.com/main/downloads/poster_july_2011.pdf 

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: http://www.mindstoreaustralia.com/main/downloads/poster_july_2011.pdf  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

18
May

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: enquiries@mindstoreaustralia.com 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.

 
7
Mar

MindStore for Business course details

MindStore Australia

Presents

MindStore for Business

A stimulating half day course that offers you the practical means to transform your working life.

Goodbye to StressKeep going no matter what

Mental Rehearsal Duplicate the Behaviour of Champions

The Alpha State Practical Approach for Enhancing Performance


Whole Brain ThinkingInnovation, Creativity and Problem Solving


Mental Toughness How to Consistently Maintain a Positive Attitude


Gestalt & Future History Beyond Realistic & Achievable Goal Setting

It’s true, MindStore for Business 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.

Thursday 24th March at Christie Conference Centre,     320 Adelaide St, Brisbane.
9.00 A.M. – 12.30 P.M.

Your investment is $497 per person.

Book now and we will provide a second ticket so you can bring a spouse, friend or business colleague for FREE! (Value $497):

1
Feb

February 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to your February 2011 Newsletter.

Last month you will remember we discussed the importance of the correct POSITIVE ATTITUDE for success in Goal setting. This month we discover a simple technique to use for more positive Self Talk: replacing negative day-to-day language with positive words.

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

Enjoy     Damian and the MindStore Australia team

What a crazy start to the year it’s been!  The weather has taken its toll on business, finances, health, attitude, family, social activities, leisure, in fact on almost every aspect of our lives.

How has it affected you? Or rather how have you allowed it to affect you?

Your thoughts and self talk determine how you deal with day to day situations and indeed how you overcome challenges and move on. 

Self talk is a vital part of our self confidence.

If we are honest with ourselves we all have experienced the little voice in our head which talks us out of opportunities. You take the easy option and play it safe.

“Don’t make that suggestion at work, they will laugh at you!” Ever had that self talk ? or personally “Don’t go up to  him/ her  and start a conversation, they are not your type?” Ever had that one?

Your Self talk needs to be strong and you have to be aware of it every day and work to use positive self talk at all times.

Over the years MindStore has been lucky enough to work with successful people within the world of business, entertainment and sport.  Without doubt each and every one of them was positive, optimistic and solution orientated – you certainly won’t have heard any of them moaning about the weather!  On the other hand the vast majority of people particularly in our western culture seem to think about what they don’t want, focus on the negative and fear success as much as they fear failure or rejection. 

Your thoughts and your speech reflect your attitude.  Your choice of words reflect just how you think and what you think is what you get!  So it’s critical that you adjust your language and your thinking in order to stay positive and programme for success.

I would challenge you to make a list of 7 negative words or phrases you know you use, and then write down opposite them 7 positive alternative words or phrases. Then whenever you would use one of the negative words, be aware of this and replace it with a positive alternative.

Remember all change starts with you, imagine your brain is a muscle and this is you working that muscle to become more positive and energetic in your business and personal life.

Have a marvellous month!

Warm regards

Damian

 

8
Dec

December 2010 Newsletter

www.mindstoreaustralia.com

   EMPOWERING PEOPLE…..       

 …..TRANSFORMING ORGANISATIONS           

                                                            

Welcome to your December Newsletter. 

This month it’s all about realising that 2011 is less than 5 weeks away. 

Remember the hype about Y2K and all the promises and resolutions we made? What have you achieved over the last decade? If you feel the answer is could be more, then read this and take action. 

Remember it is all about momentum not motivation. You need to take action, all change starts with you. 

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

Seasons greetings from MindStore Australia

Seasons greetings from MindStore Australia

Have yourself a wonderful Christmas and an     Extraordinary New Year! 

Damian and the MindStore Australia team 

 

 

Does the thought of the start of a new decade fill you with positive anticipation looking forward, or with anxiety as to what 2011 will bring for you and your business?

If you are not looking forward then you need to take action and put Goals in place. Now is always the best time to take action, set time aside to think. Think of inspiring goals to provide you with direction in your business for 2011. 

The key principles for success with Goals are: 

ü Write your goals down– only 4% of people do this, the successful ones. Be one of them. 

ü THINK BIG! – No one leaps out of bed enthusiastically in the morning with a passion for goals that are “realistic & achievable” 

ü Be less concerned about the HOW of your goals in the beginning. 

ü Be more concerned about the WHY, why you want to achieve your goals. A powerful emotional connection to your goal is vital. 

ü Constantly go “Back to your Future” – Get the power of GESTALT working for you by repeatedly  thinking of and “seeing  in your mind’s eye” the outcome you DESIRE. An idea held firmly in your conscious mind will receive the attention of your subconscious mind, which will then manifest in your life. Repetition is the KEY. 

ü The Right Attitude – to succeed with your goals you need positive control of your DESIRE, BELIEF and EXPECTATION. 

Take Action today: 

Print this newsletter off and put it in a noticeable place in your home or office.  

Set aside 30 minutes to focus on this task, take time out for yourself in your day. At that time, get a blank piece of paper and think up and write down 30 inspiring goals for the next three years, then narrow it down to 7 for this year 2011. Once you have these, then keep these written goals in your wallet or purse and look at them every day and imagine in your “minds eye” having achieved the goals. What will it look like, feel like, smell like, what emotions will you be experiencing. 

  

   

Your feedback and comments:  

As MindStore continues to grow and develop in Australia, we are always looking for your feedback and comments from our current newsletter members on ways to improve. If you have an idea you would like to share, or a comment about how we could make MindStore more accessible to more people then please let us know. 

MindStore has the solutions for your business.  

Contact us today to arrange a meeting. 

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. You’ll also learn to apply Whole Brain thinking for improved creativity and problem solving. 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 information visit www.mindstoreaustralia.com