Obstacle, or Opportunity?

22 06 2010

Think you’ve got too much on your plate?

Struggling to cope?

“Why me”?

Change your perspective…

See this as an OPPORTUNITY… To inspire others and impress yourself with what you can accomplish and overcome… To send a message of HOPE to others that they too can surpass all expectations… To raise the bar and set a new standard of excellence and achievement… To DOMINATE your circumstances, not BE dominated by them… To create an enduring legacy that will inspire future generations… To give yourself a story to tell your grandchildren… To show that you can’t be beaten… To do something amazing… to put a dent in the universe.


Braveheart: the speech of William Wallace

2 06 2010

Ever seen the movie Braveheart? If you haven’t, you should. This is the famous speech given by warrior-leader William Wallace to his rag-tag army of Scottish rebels, lined up to fight the vast army of England. William delivers these words from the back of a dangerous-looking horse primed to charge into battle. These words of courage and inspiration are some of the most inspiring in cinematic history – while we may not have to fight physical battles in our day to day lives, sometimes we need a shot of daring challenge to inspire us to pick ourselves up and charge onwards and upwards! Enjoy.

– Quinton

William Wallace: We all end up dead, it’s just a question of how and why. Every man dies, not every man really lives.I am William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You’ve come to fight as free men… and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?

Veteran: Fight? Against that? No! We will run. And we will live.

William Wallace: Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!

[Scottish army cheers]

William Wallace: Go back to England and tell them there that Scotland’s daughters and her sons are yours no more. Tell them Scotland is free.

On risk-taking

3 05 2010

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and
dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because
the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing,
has nothing, is nothing.
– William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

Quotable Quotes..

28 04 2010

“I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived.” -Will Smith

“Never let yesterday use up too much of today.” -Will Rogers

“f you try to be all things to everyone you’ll end up nothing to anyone.” – Robin Sharma

“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Congratulate yourself if you have done something strange, extravagant and broken the monotony.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” – Steve Jobs

Stuck? 6 Keys to Breakthrough..

23 02 2010

How many times have you faced a situation or a time in your life where you just felt STUCK. In a rut, as it were. Here are some quick keys to breakthrough..

1. Get some direction. Ask yourself what you actually want – “what would you do if you knew you could not fail?” You’ll never get momentum without a sense of direction.

2. Realise you have a choice! You may not be able to control you circumstances, but you can control your response. There is a difference between responding and reacting. The difference lies in the seat of control – are you occupying it, or your circumstances?

3. Acknowledge the things that block you from responding. Fear of taking responsibility, fear of failure, fear of others’ opinions, fear….. The first step to beat any problem is to recognise its existence. “Know your enemy to defeat it”.

4. Share your goals with someone else (who will support you)! Accountability yields commitment. I was talking with some friends recently about why we don’t do this, and realised that either:

a. We fear falling short of others expectations (what-if-I-fail?) and so try to play down our goals or keep them private, or

b. We fear that the goal itself may be seen as too small (a bit silly or easy) – or too big (who do you think you are?) – in the eyes of others when we share it.

In short, we fear people’s reactions to the actual goal, and then we fear their potential reaction should we fail to achieve it. If it’s too small, they’ll laugh at us. If it’s too big, we might fail and expose ourselves to ridicule. Solution is in the next point…

5. Don’t let other people hold you back with the same reasoning and negativity that they hold their own lives back with! Realise that everyone has hopes and goals, but most people fail to achieve them – for lack of courage and lack of proactiveness. So don’t fear the critics! US President Theodore Roosevelt once said:

“…the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic – the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done.”

6. And finally, realise that the times where you are most held back from doing something (by fear, lack of faith etc), will often be the times where if you push through, you will experience the greatest reward and success!

‘Average’ vs ‘Wow’: The Extra 10%

19 02 2010

Very often it would surprise us to know what other people think of us – how we are perceived by the world around us (colleagues, for instance) is often quite different to how we perceive ourselves, and what our own intentions are. Intentions are all very good, but people don’t see our intentions – they experience our actions and behaviours.

This morning I read a fantastic article called “The Business of Relationships” by Robin Sharma. It set out 9 key actions we need to practice consistently, to foster great relationships – and success – in the workplace. What surprised me was how simple these points were, and how little extra effort they require to do. An example:

We tend to value that which is scarce. We put a premium on objects and experiences we believe will run out: a Limited edition Gucci Ronson sneaker, a two week showing of Michael Jackson’s This Is It. Reserve wine. We are impacted and motivated most by that which we don’t come across everyday or that which comes in a limited supply. If you are seeking to create long term loyalty in your business relationships, ask yourself what is noticeably scarce? Is it generosity? Authenticity? Encouragement? Spot the scarcity and rock it.”

Obvious when you think about it, right? And really, how much extra effort would it take to leverage the strengths you have and allow yourself to stand out? Very little, I suggest. And that’s the point – it doesn’t take much. Whether in work, personal goals, fitness, or anything else it’s that extra 10% that differentiates YOU from the mass of average people around you. Yet so much of the time, it is so much easier not to do them – not to put that extra 10% of effort in.

In the 2008 Summer Olympics, swimmer Michael Phelps brought home eight gold medals and came home a sporting hero. Looking at the statistics of his races is amazing:

· Michael won the Men’s 100m Butterfly by only 0.01 seconds.

· That’s one hundredth of a second.

· The average blink of a human eye is one tenth of a second.

· Michael’s victory in this race was by a margin that was ten times faster than the average blink of a human eye!

· The average margin of victory in all five of his individual medal races was 1.436 seconds.

That is the difference between silver and gold – and also the difference between a few endorsements and an extra $40-odd million a year.

Develop the habit of applying consistent extra effort, vision, and focus in everything you do. Once it becomes a habit, it will be second nature. Imagine if your attitude, your focus, your engagement with other people, and your perseverance were all just a little better. Ask yourself what that would be worth. Bang for your buck, anyone?

– Quinton

Love – Not “Like”

16 02 2010