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3
Mar

There’s no such thing as bad weather… just the wrong clothes!

 

This month our update has input from Billy Connolly who said ” There’s no such thing as bad weather… just wrong clothes! so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little!”

How’s that for your thoughts determining your attitude!

Well this month we have a wee look at a guy who ticks all those boxes. He also is a shining light for the MindStore quote ” from Ordinary to Extraordinary”

Its the Big Yin! Billy Connolly.  Having faced prostate cancer and early Parkinson’s symptoms he has developed the mindset to overcome the challenges and see the positive in his life and the world around him.

If you read about his early childhood and follow his transformation to a world class comedian, musician, presenter and actor, he truly has gone from Ordinary to Extraordinary in his performance.

Read some more about Billy below and his tips on slowing down and taking time out.

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 Magnificent March!

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

Billy Connolly invites us to slow down look around us and laugh

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At the begining of this month I had the pleasure along with a few thousand other to watch Billy Connolly live on the Gold Coast.

Listening to him reminded me of how important it is to slow down.

He makes the time to observe, think and comment on the everyday. We find it excruciatingly funny because its the Truth.

When was the last time you took 15 minutes to sit and look at the world around you, to notice the people, to look for the positive humourous side of life?

It would be a great way to de-stress, to relieve anxiety, to switch off from your workload and to stimulate your creative right side of your brain.

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

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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, passion 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: http://www.mindstoreaustralia.com/main/about-us/testimonials

Inspiring Resources

A final thought……

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Theres no such thing as bad weather…. just the wrong clothes so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little!”

Billy Connolly

 

 

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

3
Nov

Movember Performance Improvement Update

As you may remember our last update focused Siezing the Day “CARPE DIEM”

Many of you commented on watching Robin Williams in the powerful clip Poets Society.

This month we have an introduction to the House on the Right Bank, a classic MindStore tool and foundation of so many other techniques.

To all the Movember participants, keep trimming!

Thank you for making the time to read this, and I encourage you to look into our mental tools for improving your performance personally and for the people in your organisation.

Have a Magnificent Movember!

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

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House on the Right Bank

This Phrase ” House on the right bank” or (HORB) is a very familiar phrase to those who have attended MindStore events over the last 25 years.

This is the place, in your imagination where you go to when ever you want and no one will know. Here you can visit this landscape and create your own house using your imagination with no limitations on size or finance.

This is a place you will have a desire to go to:

to set yourself up for your day

to prepare mentally ahead of all meetings at work

to destress and relax

to see your amazing goals achieved

All of this is done in your head using your imagination, it does not matter whether your learning style is Visual, Audio or Kinesthetic, you learn to do this using our interactive tools and techniques.

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.

Secondly he said that “we can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking 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.

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.

* I have deliberately omitted an image of a house on a right bank of a river because everyones house is uniquely created by them, some do not see it but can feel its surfaces, all are unique and inspiring to the indivdual.

Upper Lip Topiary Time

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Its Movember time again. A time for change. Look out for signs of upper lip topiary in your workplace over the next few weeks!

Seriously thought we support this campaign every year as it uses Innovative thinking to raise awareness of mens physical and mental health challenges in a fun and engaging way.

Remember Albert Einstein and Salvador Dali were both Moustache fans and both highly creative and innovative!

To find out more click:http://au.movember.com/about/vision-goals

Empowering People ..Transforming Organisations

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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.

Imagine your organisation full of people with vision and energy who were passionate about your brand or service and making it the best it can be.

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: http://www.mindstoreaustralia.com/main/about-us/testimonials

A final thought……

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Albert “MO BRO” Einstein

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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6
Nov

Stick to your Goals!

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

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

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

Have an inspiring day, week and month!

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

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

Inspiring Resources

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

1. Don’t give up! (3m.15s)

http://youtu.be/kZlXWp6vFdE

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

http://youtu.be/wOlTdkYXuzE?t=44s

3. Set goals to Succeed (2m30s)

http://youtu.be/9ZnlB9fG39E

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

 

Live your life by your plans and goals

 

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

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

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

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

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

Is that really good enough?

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

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

I believe that:

we must have clear goals written down for ourselves

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you going to finish the year Strong?

 

And Finally….

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4
Jun

Think … before saying Yes to a meeting request

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

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

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

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

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THINK….

THINK

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book of the Month:

Use Your Head by Tony Buzan

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

Here is a link to the book:

http://www.fishpond.com.au/Books/Use-Your-Head-Tony-Buzan/9781406644272

 

A final thought………..

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

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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!

20
Jun

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: http://www.mbnoz.com/cp.asp?pn=Nextmeeting&wth=1366
3
Apr

April 2012 Newsletter

Welcome

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”.

http://blog.mindstore.com/

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.

www.angusrobertson.com.au/book/mindstore-for-personal-development/26640919/

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.