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Are you too busy to make time for yourself?


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?


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.


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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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”



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.




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.



July 2012 newsletter

Minds are like parachute’s…..

are like parachutes… they only function when open!”
quote comes from Thomas Dewar the Scotch whisky distiller.
month was about the Crazy ones, so this month the message is don’t be crazy and
resist changes, open your mind. That reminds me of a recent advert I saw:
for sale. Only used once.
Never opened. Small Stain”.
month its about going forward into the new Financial Year with a new sense of
optimism and the knowing that the ability to be more Resilient is within
open your mind to some new thinking and pick up a few Resilience tips from us
you for chosing to make the time to read our Newsletter, we appreciate that it’s
one of many in your Inbox.
a Marvellous July.
and the MindStore Australia Team

Resilience Tips: Respond to change with confidence and
flexibility, Don’t sweat the small stuff, Perform well with the big stuff,
Recover from setbacks and move on.

was the topic yesterday at a presentation as well as MindStore’s tools and
techniques to develop Resilience. The night before was the State of Origin
decider and I had thoughts to mention the Blues Resilience as they were going so
well, until the last 5 minutes. So I had to adapt and change as a result of the
morning I noticed how windy it was today and that the palm trees just flex with
the wind, whereas the larger trees resisted the wind. This got me thinking about
the recent tornados struck in the USA, houses were ripped out of their
foundations and all that was left were the palm trees in the front yards.
made me think we are like that, we attempt to weather the winds of change, to be
inflexible to changes and to resist them with all our energy, until it is too
much for us and we break. Why put oursleves through this, look at natures palm
trees and how they adapt to the changing winds. Once the winds abate they just
pop right up straight again and continue to flourish.
when you are faced with unexpected hurricaine winds, that destroy your
confidence and force challenging situations on to you.  Remember be like a
parachute, open your mind, then flexibly adapt to the changes around you and be
like a palm tree.
said “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we
created them.” so if your current approach to a situation no longer works,
discover how to learn to think differently. Being Resilient gives you the
ability to quickly adjust your actions and respond with confidence to the new
we kick start the new financial year, lets make the time and financial
commitments to learn and develop ourselves, our colleagues and our teams. Learn
and utilise some of MindStore’s effective Resilience tools and techniques.To
find out how our services could be of benefit in your organisation please
contact us to arrange a conversation.
a Marvellous July!

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:

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:

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!


Resilience through thinking differently event on the Gold Coast

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

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

July 5th – Staying Alive – Resilience through Thinking

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

April 2012 Newsletter


Following on from last months newsletter which was all about mental fitness in surfing, this month we look at the 2012 London Olympic preparations and how we can all learn from Olympic Champions.  We know they have a range of coaches for physical and mental elements of their preperation. The mental coaches share with them tools for mental resilience, unquestioning belief in themselves and an unshakeable desire to win.

Read on to find out how to develop your own mental  coaching skills.

Achieve your Goals in 2012!

Damain and the MindStore Australia Team



How to Perform like an Olympic Champion

The 2012 Olympic Games are almost upon us.  The Australian Olympic swimming team has just been picked.  The planning and building of the Olympic facilities has been ongoing for more than 7 years. Here in Australia as businesses head towards the new financial year in July we too need to be preparing, like these Olympic athletes if we want to deliver a gold medal performance in financial year 2012/13.

We know that individuals that become Olympic champions are able to, every day, access their alpha state and visualise the peak performance which results in them winning gold.  They are able to imagine the sights, sounds, smells at that moment when the medal is placed around their neck.  This ability gives them the unshakeable belief in their performance, whether as an individual or part of a team.

The men and women who will be there, in London, competing have dreamed their whole lives of competing at an Olympic games, some will already have competed before but for some it will be their first Olympics.  All the hard work and mental preparation will soon be realised.

If you would like to deliver an Olympic medal winning performance in your business or organisation then this is the time you need to be planning to call in MindStore. Take the first step towards preparing for an outstanding FY2012/13 and book an initial appointment today.  Discover the benefits of our in-house MindStore courses to prepare you and your team for an outstanding FY2012/13.

Using our unique processes including the “house on the right bank” you will have access to a range of performance improving mental tools and techniques.  For more information click on the link below from our MindStore international site and look at the entry from March 15 entitled “New Homeowners Supplement”.

If you feel like you or your colleagues could benefit from easy to learn tools and techniques used by Olympic champions give us a call at MindStore we would love to help.

Carpe diem – Sieze the day.

Book Review Corner

MindStore for Personal Development by Jack Black

If you are looking to find out how MindStore can help you both professionally and personally then this book, written by the founder of MindStore, gives you a taste of a few of the MindStore tools and techniques and the amazing ways that they can change your life.

Read it and learn some amazingly simple techniques for improvement.

This might seem like a plug, but like all the books we have recommended over the last few months, we fundamentally believe that they absolutely help.


March 2012 Newsletter


Quicksilver Pro and Roxy Pro

Welcome to all our new newsletter members.
I was priviliged to meet a number of positive, inspiring people at the February Gold Coast Combined Chamber of Commerce and Logan Chamber of Commerce events.
Following on from last months newsletter which was all about getting fit, this month we focus on mental fitness in surfing and how it relates to us all.
Achieve your Goals in 2012!
Damain and the MindStore Australia Team
Mental Resilience with MindStore

Mental Resilience with MindStore

Over the last week on her morning runs Fiona has seen the build up preparations for the first world surfing tour events of the season, the Quicksilver pro and Roxy pro, which are now underway at our local beach, Snapper Rocks in Coolangatta,
If you would like to follow these events click either of the links below to keep up to date with results, photos and all the action:
As any of you surf fans will know it is taken for granted that all surfers on the tour are talented.  The difference between world champions and runners up is mental resilience. As Kelly Slater the world no.1 says “It’s all about where your mind’s at.”
You only have to read the interviews given by Stephanie Gilmore, our local surf world champion, to understand the thinking and mental toughness that makes the difference between extraordinary surfers and ordinary surfers like me.
Here’s another quote from Mick Fanning another local world champion,  “Sometimes surfing this bank from Snapper to Kirra, sometimes you don’t even think what you’re doing… You get to the end of a wave and go, what did I do? Sometimes you go into a totally different state of mind.
All of the top surfers have the desire, belief and expectation that they will achieve their goals. They have a positive mental attitude and take action to enable them to succeed despite any challenges.
The MindStore members who receive this newsletter will notice the strong similarities in the language between these surf coaching comments below, between what top surfers learn and practice consistently, and what you can learn from MindStore.
“Mental training not only helps to overcome most surfing challenges – it also helps you reach the absolute peak of your surfing potential and capabilities – often known as ‘the Zone’, which produces all-time best performances.  The Zone is brought about by learning to allow your all-powerful subconscious to naturally, easily and instinctively co-ordinate your surfing moves, rather than consciously orchestrating each one. Your subconscious mind knows exactly how to perform all of your manoeuvres – perfectly.”
“Visualization – which is regularly running a ‘mental movie’ through your mind of brilliant surfing performances and the various different successful manoeuvres – is one of the most powerful and easy methods for programming your mind for surfing success.”
Just as we do in MindStore to achieve our goals we use our subconscious mind to visualise the moment of our success and constantly replay that image.
If you feel like you or your colleagues could benefit from easy to learn tools and techniques used by world champions surfing lifes sometimes choppy oceans give us a call at MindStore we would love to help.
Book Review Corner
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
First published in 1937 this classic self development book has sold over 16 million copies. This book has been recommended at MindStore events for over 15 years.The messages are equally relevant in our relationships with people in business as in our personal communications.
It stresses the importance of empathy – seeing things from other peoples point of view, and developing win-win scenarios.
Read it and learn some amazingly simple techniques for improvement.

February 2012 Newsletter

Achieving More with MindStore

How to overcome extraordinary challenges with MindStore tools

We trust you all had a fantastic Australia Day.  I spent some Quality Recovery Time on the beach with my family.  It’s amazing to realise that January is over, it has been such a quick month for MindStore Australia as we plan for a fantastic 2012.

How are your goals progressing?

It is so important to keep focused on your goals, viewing them every day to keep them clearly in your mind.

Enabling the universe to assist you in achieving them.

Achieve your Goals in 2012!

Damain and the MindStore Australia Team

P.S. Check out the amazing book by one of our MindStore members in the book review corner this month.  Proof it you needed it that MindStores tools and techniques absolutely work.

Fit Mind Fit Body – Achieve your Goals

Achieve your goals with MindStore tools

Following on from last months newsletter about writing down your dreams/goals for 2012 to assist you in achieving them.
This month we feature a popular goal. Most people’s goal is to lose weight, get fitter, stay fit or a combination of all three.  It enables you to be more empowered to achieve your other goals as you feel better and can see the results.
Visualise in the present your goal being achieved.  Have the desire, belief and expectation that you will be able to fit into that smaller size or run that extra mile.
I have seen at first hand my wife Fiona within a few months of having our second son Ewan losing all the “baby weight” and being fitter than ever.  She had the desire, belief and expectation that she would achieve her goal. Using the MindStore tools and techniques she was able to achieve that goal. Even after limited sleep in the first few months she kept going out every morning exercising knowing that it just works.

Common uses for MindStore tools and techniques

As well as all the well known tools for business performance improvement, such as reducing stress, improved communication and effectiveness, achieving work life balance. Here are some personal advantages to using the MindStore tools and techniques:
· Relaxation
· Weight loss
· Giving up smoking
· Pain relief – general, dentist, childbirth
· Fun things – finding ideal space in a car park or a table in a busy restaurant, hailing a taxi.

Book Review Corner

Gang of One: How One of the Nat West Three Survived Extradition and Life in a Texas Prison by Gary Mulgrew

As you know we have included a book review for the last 6 months with the intention of highlighting some inspiring and helpful books for your own personal learning and development.

This month it is fantastic that we are able to recommend not only an inspiring book but one written by a MindStore member who used the MindStore tools and techniques to overcome extraordinary challenges.

Gang of One: How One of the Nat West Three Survived Extradition and Life in a Texas Prison by Gary Mulgrew

Click on this link to find out more:



MindStore is available to organisations throughout 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.

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

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. This is one of the many topics we cover on our MindStore events either in-house for clients or in an open format. We can share with you the tools to use TFT to improve decision making to become more aware of syncronistic events, to raise your frequency levels, via tools for protecting yourself from negativity and in particular negative self talk and thoughts. Also tools for improving your energy, creating positive thoughts and by relaxation exercises. To find out more visit our website:


Previous Newsletters

As more and more people sign up for the newsletters we have had numerous requests for copies of the previous MindStore newsletters.

Click below for access to all our previous newsletters via our website:


January 2012 Newsletter

HAPPY NEW YEAR – Heres to a fantastic 2012!

The world has watched Sydneys spectacular themed display TIME TO DREAM

This re-minded me of how critical it is to make time in our busy lives to Dream, to use our whole brain for greater access to innovation and creativity in our lives.

It also re-minded me to keep my written goals up to date, to view them every day, and to visualise in the present my goals being achieved, even though they have yet to be achieved. This is what we call a FUTURE HISTORY.

Let us be inspired by the fantastic sound and colours of the Sydney NYE Fireworks to enable us to “see” our goals every day in our minds eye, even when they seem furthest away from being achieved.

“Most people give up just when they are about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touch down.” Ross Perot.

Have a Dream 2012!

Damain and the MindStore Australia Team

What are your dreams for 2012?

What do you Dream about when you sleep?

Do you go to sleep dreaming about achieving your goals?

Following on from last months newsletter about resolutions.

Take time in the next few days to think about your Dreams for 2012.

Write them down and then look at them every day. Have some fun, add a few photos of what the dream/goal will look like when you achieve it.

When you fall asleep like my oldest son Alastair, dream and when you wake up write your dreams down, they can be pointers/ stepping stones towards your goals and dreams for 2012.

What ever your Dreams are for 2012, we wish you success with them and if you would like further information about setting and achieving your goals drop me a line at

Book Review Corner

A Whole New Mind – why right brainers will rule the future by Daniel Pink

A new book for a new year about a whole new mind.

This book  was a great read, I didn’t want to put it down. It describes a shift taking place, where we are moving from an economy and society built on logical capabilities of the Information age, to an economy and society built on inventive, empathetic, big picture capabilites, the Conceptual Age.

It is available on Amazon for $11, less than the cost of a fast food lunch, and the content is much more satisfying. For many it highlights what you already felt happening, for others it will be enlightening, challenging and encouraging.

Buy it here:

I would like to thank my friend and fellow Scot, John Flett for giving me this book as a gift.


If you would like to organise an event to kick start 2012 with a positive message and tools for greater creativity and innovation then give us a call and we would be glad to come and meet you to find out more about your companies needs and how we can best help.

MindStore is available throughout Australia, from our base here in Coolangatta.

We can deliver in your premises or at external venues. We pride ourselves on being flexible and adaptable in our delivery method. All our programmes are customised to meet your requirements based on asking about your organisations key dangers and the future opportunites.