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Aug 18, 2018

Problems are opportunities for learning. While this is true, have you ever thought of them in this way before? For the longest time I didn't but then I found the art pf positive mental attitude and my outlook changed dramatically.

You need to tackle the problem head on and neither overestimate or underestimate the scope of it. When you come across a problem you have two buckets to choose from. One contains water and will put the fire out, while the other is full of gasoline and will ignite the fire further so be careful which you choose.

"Positive thinking is how you think about a problem. Enthusiasm is how you feel about a problem. The two together determine what you do about a problem" - Norman Vincent Peale

Here is the 4 things that you can do to turn a problem into a learning opportunity:

  1. Anticipate the problem
  2. Communicate the problem
  3. Evaluate the problem
  4. Appreciate the problem

Try it and let me know how you get on.


Aug 17, 2018

"Choose your attitude" is a phrase that I have shared with my teams over the years and I was thinking about this today as I walked my dogs. 

Our mindset determines our attitude, which in turn affects how our day goes. What is your mindset? Are you looking for solutions or are you focusing on the problems? Are you excited about your day or are you approaching it with trepidation?

It takes time to create the habit of choosing your attitude and becoming aware of your mindset and I guarantee that when you become more skilled at this practice you will see results in many ways.

Short message today as, very often, less is more.

One thing

Aug 16, 2018

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the volume of tasks that you have to complete?

This is a natural feeling and when it occurs we actually have a tendency to achieve nothing as we worry too much and therefore never really get started. When you focus on one thing at a time, the one thing that needs to be done, you will make progress and when that task is complete you repeat the process with the next task.

This is all about prioritizing and scheduling in order to be intentional about what you do. It starts with having a clear understanding of your purpose, commonly referred to as your "why". When this is defined it is far easier to be objective about what tasks need doing as a priority and them schedule them accordingly.

Try it today, pick the one thing that will make you life easier and work on that task. When that is complete, move onto the next. Progress equals momentum so just get started, do it now!

Losing sight

Aug 15, 2018

"One does not discover new lands without consent to lose sight of the shore for a very long time" - Andre Gide.

When you read this quote what do you think?

I am a proponent of us all having a dream that is so big it scares us just a little. When we have a dream this big it may seem out of sight and that is OK. As Andre Gide says, it should be out of our sight so that we can discover new ways of getting there.

If you know all of the steps required it means that you are not pushing yourself and dreaming big. Think about a car ride that you take at night. You can't see the destination, in fact all you can see is a few hundred feet ahead that the car lights illuminate. You trust that you are on the right path and as you keep moving the road ahead is lit until you eventually reach your destination.

Your dream is the same, so dream big and live your life for you.

Learn from mistakes

Aug 14, 2018

Mistakes are going to happen when you push yourself to be the best you can be. In truth, they also happen when you are not pushing yourself but for different reasons. Either way, we should learn from these mistakes and count them as a blessing. 

This is what I refer to as having a growth mentality where we stretch ourselves every day in an effort to continue growing and developing our performance. In this state we will try new things and when we try new things we will inevitably be faced with temporary setbacks, commonly referred to as failures. 

I am preparing to hold my first Mastermind workshop with a combination of adults and 10-16 year old kids, based on John C. Maxwell's book, Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn (Adult and Teen version). The message is this: Setbacks only become failures when we accept them as such so adopt a different mindset and use these as opportunities to grow.

Lucky for some

Aug 13, 2018

Are you superstitious? As I write this it is August 13th which made me wonder how many people feel that 13 is an unlucky number?

I don't see 13 as being unlucky. My last name is Baker and 13 is said to be a "Baker's dozen." My youngest son, Adam was born on Friday 13th, another traditionally "unlucky" day.

So where did the notion that 13 is unlucky come from? Some say it dates back to events in the Bible, such as Judas Iscariot, the 13th guest to arrive at the Last Supper, is the person who betrays Jesus. Traditionally there were 13 steps leading up to the gallows, and there was a mass arrest and execution of the Knights of Templar on Friday October 13th, 1307.

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, more than 80 percent of hi-rise buildings in the United States do not have a 13th floor, and the vast majority of hotels, hospitals and airports avoid using the number for rooms and gates as well.

We all believe what we want to...

Leadership or employees?

Aug 12, 2018

The Football season (Soccer in the US) has started again and already there is talk of Managers (coaches) losing their job with bets being taken on who will be first. The Manager of my own team, Leicester City, is one of the favorites to go and this is what prompted my thought for the day: Who is responsible for results, the leadership or the team?

You will hear arguments on both sides with some saying it is all down to the leadership and others saying that the team isn't performing as planned - usually dependent on whether you are in a leadership position!

I believe that responsibilities lie on both sides as the leadership team is there to pull everyone together and the team should follow the plan. However, I also believe that the main culprit is neither set of people, it is communication, in reality the lack of effective communication.

As a DISC certified Human Behavior Consultant I work with individuals, couples, and teams to help them identify better ways of communicating...

Make today count

Aug 11, 2018

Good morning and welcome to another wonderful day!

Whatever happened yesterday, it has gone so make today a new start. You can learn from yesterday, whether things went well or not so well. If they went well, what can you do to enhance that and use it in the future? If things didn't go quite so well, what happened and how can you make sure it doesn't happen again?

One thing is for sure, you cannot change the events of yesterday so do not dwell on them beyond your reflection. You may find yourself in the mindset that says you will work on things tomorrow - well let me tell you another truth, tomorrow never comes!

Today is the only day that you can take action so make it count!

In a rut

Aug 10, 2018

I am sure that there are people out there who are at the mid-point of their life, "half time" so to speak, that know they have more to offer in the "second half", if only they get the chance. Do you know anyone in this position?

Napoleon Hill says: "We call it "getting into a rut," which means that we accept our fate because we form the HABIT of daily routine, a habit that finally becomes so strong we cease to try to throw it off"

Do not accept what you have as being all that you can achieve. Please share this post with anyone that you think may be in this situation as I want to make a difference to everyone who feels this way. There is a NEW way of thinking that can provide a life of freedom and fulfillment and it will be my pleasure to share it.

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10 years time

Aug 09, 2018

If continue to take the actions you are taking today, what will your life be like in 10 years time?

Will you look back and be proud of what you have achieved, or will you look back and say, what if?

If we want a better tomorrow we have to change our actions today because this is what makes the difference. Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

I believe that we all want a better tomorrow so take control by choosing the actions you take today wisely. Be intentional and have a definite plan as to what you want your future to look like. Do not live in fear of failure, live instead in fear of regret!