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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

2
Oct

Keep Calm and Sieze the Day

 

 

October marks the start of the last quarter of the calendar year. The last 3 months to achieve the Professional and Personal Goals you have written down for this year.

How about a few inspiring short video clips to reignite your passion for the goals you set earlier in the year?

Everyone is busy at work, but are we productive? I challenge you to take 5 minutes to watch these 3 clips. Call it Professional or Personal Development! It might just spark some thinking to empower you to achieve more this quarter.

Wishing you an Outstanding October!

Inspiring Resources

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Most of us know this Latin phrase, and its meaning.

How many of us though, actually apply it?

SIEZE THE DAY

We know we should sieze the day, watch less TV, eat better, exercise more, make time each day to stop and think, spend more quality time with family and loved ones.

Additionally we know we should have our personal and professional goals written down. Review them daily and take time to visualise them being achieved. Often the busyness of life catches up with us and slows us down. This is where we need to develop through Mindstores tools the Desire, Belief and Expectation that our goals can and will be achieved.

TIME FLY’S

This is the begining of the last quarter of the year! just 80 days or a little under 2000 hours left.

Those of us with written goals have just 3 months to make it happen. Those without written goals have only 3 months to think about them and then make them happen!

TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NO MAN

Living on a tidal waterway I see it every day, the unstoppable rising and ebbing flow of the tide. This is the time to use MindStores tools to re-inspire, re-motiviate and re-focus, ourselves to deal with the ebb and flow of our inspiration, motivation and energy this quarter.

As shared before the most powerful way to do this is to take time out every morning to “progamme your day”

The ability to take time to close your eyes and mentally reherse your day. The ability to pre-prepare for meetings and important calls.

Being able to maximise your energy, improve your performance, protect yourself from negativity and also use tools to manage stress are key parts of Mindstore’s success with 500,000 people over the last 25 years.

Now is the time to find your MindStore planner,to use it daily, to remind yourself of the MindStore tools and to use them daily too.

If you want to see change in your Professional and Personal life, then be the change you want to see and Sieze the day.

A final thought………..

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“Amateurs practise till they get it right,

Professionals practise till they can’t get it wrong”

(unknown)

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18
Sep

“Most powerful bit of paper in my Life!”

Thought you might like to read the comments of a long time MindStore member.
Interesting to note she says “whatever I write here happens”
That’s the power of this Goal Setting Tools… It Just Works!
Thanks to Tina for allowing me to share this.
If you would like to find out how to access these fantastic Goal setting tools and more for your organisation then give us a call or email to arrange an initial conversation.
For those of you that have known me for a long time these photos might send a shudder of fear through you lol. For those of you who are new in my life this is the goal setting I’ve used for 20yrs. This year is the end of a 10yr block so time to plan next 10. whatever I write here happens so it’s scary but exciting. Family and Friends, brace yourself this is when things go a little bit mental and you all start panicking lol. Most powerful little bit of paper in my life!

— with Damian McConnell.

Be one of the only 4% of people who write their Goals down, using our simple and effective Planner. It Just works.. Ordinary people have been achieving Extraordinary results over the last 25 years using this. Why not discover its benefits too?

MindStore’s Workbook including Powerful Goal setting tools. Small and very effective. www.mindstoreaustralia.com

2
May

Back to the Future, like Mohammad Ali

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Can you remember when this came out in 1985?

If so can you believe that the future they visited is next year (2015!)

This re-minded me of the great Mohammad Ali who we discuss later.

Create your Future History

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Continuing with our tools to set and achieve our goals, we look at our FUTURE HISTORY or Going Back to your future.

The ability to close your eyes and see in your minds eye, your right side,the creative imaginative side of your brain, the goal you have being achieved.

What will it feel like, look like?

What sights sounds smells with there be?

Who will be there?

This is one of Mohammad Ali’s secrets to his extraordinary success.

The mental ability to repeatedly see in his minds eye a goal being achieved, before it happens.

This give us the confidence to see goals as a “Future History” as Ali said.

It is an event in the future, its not happened yet, but he had visualised it and replayed it so many times in his mind that for him it was already history, already achieved.

This is a powerful mental technique for goal settting and achieving.

How did he do it?

Ali tells us that when he signed a contract for a fight, he would immediately find somewhere quiet, close his eyes and bring up into his imagination the moment when his goal is achieved. In his case when knocked out George Foreman in the 8th round at the famous Rumble in the Jungle in 1974

And that vision, that ability to see a Future History inspired him, whenever anyone asked him a question doubting his ability to win, or any negative thoughts entered his mind.

He could see Foreman on the canvas floor, feel the vibration of the deck, hear the roar of the crowd, smell the linament on his skin, see the flashbulbs of cameras, feel the pain his body had taken, taste the sweat and blood in his mouth guard.

All his senses were stimulated in his imagination , it was such a clear vision of a future event.

This desire to win, belief and expectation that he would achieve his goal enabled him to achieve what many called “the greatest sporting event of the 20th century”

So this month of May what will you see and tell people you will do be or have before you actually achieve them?

There is a challenge for you? Are you up for it? Have you had enough of the same old? What really inspires you? Will you make time to think differently about your goals and learn how to see with the clarity of Mohammed Ali and develop your own Future History?

Its your’s no one elses so take control.

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

Then you will know….. IT JUST WORKS!

A final thought……

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3
Mar

Keep Calm & Think BIG

keep calm and think big

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Think Big and set Big Goals

This month we focus on Thinking Big.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then you will know….. IT JUST WORKS!

A final thought……
Think Big like Donald Trump

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

4
Jun

“Everyone needs some Time Out”

Many of you commented on last months newsletter and the challenge of being too busy to block time for yourself in your Calendars.

This months we continue by encouraging everyone to take some time out. Time to refocus on the positives and look forward with renewed energy for the next half of the year.

All the Best

Damian and the team at MindStore Australia.

Use MindStore's toolkit to be creative like Picasso

Use MindStore’s toolkit to be creative like Picasso

 

Several people who contacted us last month were challenged by May’s newsletter, regarding blocking time to think in their Calender.

I understand for many this is challenging, its different and it requires a change of thinking.

And that’s exactly WHY we all need to do it.

We all know the quote “Change your thinking, Change your life”.

If we don’t or won’t change, how can we expect things to be different.

With the cooler weather in many parts of Australia in the evening instead of reaching for the remote control, Why not have a TIME OUT…Take time out with MindStore Australia

not a chocolate bar, but some time out for you.

Everyone needs time to recharge, to review, to reassess and to reflect.

With the focus in business on the upcoming end of financial year, its an ideal time to take this time out for yourself.

Challenge yourself to sit in your bedroom and close your eyes, focus on your breathing, concentrate on breathing and resist the tendency for your mind to  “wander” manage your thinking. Your Mind is a huge Store for Creative Innovative thinking, practise accessing it for improved quality time to recharge, to review your day to see that you did the best you could and to reassess your next day and reflect on how you could think, listen and act with greater clarity to achieve more.

 

Remember  its true ” Everyone needs some time out”

Book Review:

Drive- The surprising truth about what motivates us by Daniel Pink

This is an ideal book to dip in and out of after your TIME OUT time.

Enlightening and full of ideas about changing our thinking and how we are motivated to achieve more.

To find out more or order the book click on the link: http://www.danpink.com/drive

 

And Finally……….

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“Poirot, ” I said ” I have been thinking”

“An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it” Poirot responds.

Agatha Christie, Pearl at End House

18
Feb

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.
Enjoy.

http://youtu.be/z9sUGQx_pVE

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

19
Oct

October 2012

Welcome to our October newsletter.
As you will remember last month was about the inspiring athletes participating in the Paralympics.

This month read our short article about the dream of a 15 year old boy who, although he was told by his science teacher that his dream of becoming a scientist was ridiculous, went on to win this years Nobel Prize for Medicine.

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 Awesome October from Damian and the MindStore Australia Team

If you have a passion for your Goals and Vision, dont let others talk you out of your Goals. Stay true to your dreams. as “the godfather of cloning” Sir Jon Gurdon did

At 15 he was the bottom of the bottom form in biology and was told his dream of becoming a scientist was ridiculous.

Sir John Gurdon last week proved his teacher wrong by winning the Nobel Prize for Medicine. Sir John was honoured for making the groundbreaking discovery that all body cells have the same genes. He had the desire, belief and expectation to achieve his dream whatever others said.

Next time you feel yourself saying you can’t, remember Sir John Gurdon’s amazing achievements 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? How are your Goals or resolutions for 2012 progressing? If like many people you could be doing more, then make time now to find out how MindStores toolkit will help your people access simple tools to improve the performance and leadership skills of their teams, departments and the organisation as a whole.

Remember by empowering people you transform organisations.

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

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

Book Review Corner

The Power of your Subconscious Mind by Dr Joseph Murphy

If you know you need to start thinking differently about setting and achieving extraordinary goals then read or download this book.

First published in 1963, is easily read and shows how your mind works and the power of your subconscious.

Learn how to receive guidance from your subconscious and how the power of your subconcious mind enables you to set and achieve extraordinary goals in business and in life.

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

http://www.boomerangbooks.com.au/Power-of-Your-Subconscious-Mind/Joseph-Murphy/book_9781585427680.htm?gclid=CN_3k9m6gbMCFVBapgodcDYAAw

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

Have an Awesome October!