I have said it before and I’ll say it again … you’re an amazing winner. You’re talented, capable, focussed, influential, strong and brilliant. You have a vision to be the best you can be … or else you wouldn’t be reading this blog. You have goals, dreams and aspirations to make your mark, create freedom for yourself and leave a legacy that will live on long after you’re gone. You have amazing potential inside of you that’s just bursting to get out. Logically you can see and believe that you can be more, do more and have more … right? So, all you need to do now is just ‘get in the chair’!
Charles Blondin was a French daredevil, acrobat and tightrope walker back in the 1800’s. He moved to the USA in the mid 1800’s and he became famous for his death-defying act of crossing the Niagara Gorge over the Niagara Falls walking on a tightrope. It was 340m (1100ft) across and 49m (160ft) above the water.
Imagine what your life could be like if ...
Hi, I'm Andrew. For over 25 years my journey has seen a professional football career, 7 day-a-week hard work in my own wellness businesses, becoming the author of three best-selling books & three eBooks and the heartbreak of losing my mum to cancer.
I found myself in a dark place after the death of my mother. Not just emotionally, but financially, physically and mentally. I began to imagine what my life could be like if I believed anything was possible ... it worked. After some serious changes in my thinking and in my daily actions, my life began to change for the better.
I now live a life of passion, of choice and totally in alignment with my core values. Every day is pure joy spent doing what I love with the people I love ... I believe it is the only way to live!
As a result, I am now passionate about helping people believe in their own power, use more of their potential, expand their personal boundaries and create positive long term change so they can live a happier, healthier and more dynamic life. It sounds simple but it is profoundly deep and meaningful. Through my 'motivational' speaking, writing, online writing workshops, coaching & mentoring, media, wellness programs and seminars I strive to ignite the passion in people to inspire and motivate them to believe in their own amazing power.
Andrew's Blog ... the question is; can a footballer write?
I don't know about you, but this doesn't look like an author and writer to me ... or most people!
Andrew loves writing! This would sound strange to anyone who knew his his background ... it certainly wouldn't suggest that a literary career would be on the cards. He was a typical footballer with an typical attitude towards reading & education ... a waste of hours between each opportunity to play sport! He truly is an accidental author, writer and blogger!
He is passionate about helping others and through writing he feels able to reach more people. His books & blog posts are all about helping people see, believe and fulfill more of the amazing potential they have ... that means you too! There is incredible possibility & potential in every person and there is an amazing impact through the power of written word.
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last week’s blog. We all, including me (clearly), take our body for granted … a body, by the way, we rely on 100% to get us through a happy, successful, satisfying and fulfilling life. Are you treating it with respect?
Just so you know, I’m writing this blog for myself right now … you get to sit in on my conversation with me. The reality is that I love myself, love my life and love what I do. I love my wife and I love my two fluffy kids. I love my family & my friends. I love the dreams that I have and our plans to live in Italy so I can write books as I look over the Italian Amalfi coastline.
I’m a very true believer in the concept that things happen for you and not to you. I believe that no matter how bad it may seem, the situation you’re facing is presenting either a lesson for you to learn or a test to make you stronger. With this way of thinking nothing bad can really happen.
On Thursday just gone I was going about my day as normal. I got up, exercised, had breakfast, sent some emails, made some calls and then headed out for a couple of appointments. As I was driving I noticed I was not feeling my normal brilliant best. It wasn’t bad, but I was feeling a bit achy and sweaty. I didn’t think too much more about it and kept going with my day … but it got gradually worse and worse. I could tell that I had some sort of flu or virus coming on.
I’ve always been a sensitive, sooky and soft-hearted. It’s a part of my DNA and started to manifest itself during childhood as I enjoyed doing the ironing with my mum. In addition to that I’ve always had a heart for others and hate seeing others being hurt in any way, even if I felt like they deserved it. Whilst I have been born with a soft-heart, the greatest challenge for me has always been developing a thick skin.
I can’t remember how many times in my younger years I was offended, hurt, sooky and sensitive because of something someone said or did. I would often immediately react and snap-back some sarcastic and hurtful retort directed at the perpetrator only to be overcome with remorse moments later. I hated to think that something I said or did could possibly hurt someone else feelings.
Do you ever wonder why things seem so hard sometimes? Do you ever find it a struggle to get through the day with energy and passion? Have you ever questioned what you were doing on a daily basis? Have you ever thought that there’s got to be an easier way? If you answered yes, you’re in good company. I’ve asked all of those questions at various times in my life. In fact, I believe that most people on the planet, at some stage, struggle with these questions. Some actively look for answers and then change whilst others, sadly, settle for a life way short of joy and abundance.
I’m now in the fortunate position that I’ve found my purpose and everyday I do what I’m passionate about. As a result I am grateful to live a life of abundance … but it wasn’t always like that.
I’m reading a great book at the moment. It’s called ‘Stepping Up – How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything’ by John Izzo. He talks about something that I’ve shared before, but he takes a much more extreme and rigid stance. He doesn’t just believe in the importance of taking responsibility for your outcomes, he’s all about taking 100% responsibility for everything that you’re involved in. He talks about the concept of 100/0. In other words - 100% responsibility and NO excuses!
As I was reading it I was thinking …yikes, that’s pretty full-on and it scares even me. He obviously doesn’t understand the real world or that there are things that happen outside of our control that will constrain and impact the things we are working towards. Then I read this next bit;
Twin brothers, John and Mark, are 35 years old and have let themselves go. Through bad habits and poor nutrition both find themselves unhealthy, lacking energy and heavily overweight. They join the gym together and commit to a 12 month membership to get themselves back to lean and healthy ... as they were in their teens. On their first day they go in for an initial assessment.
It’s not pretty! They each have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, body fat percentage of 35% and weigh 130kg (286lbs). They get a program written, are shown what to do and are then sent off to get fit, lean & healthy. In the next 12 months they both attend the gym together 4 times every week … they don’t miss even one session. When they come in for their one year check up, however, something isn’t right.
We humans are supposedly the most intelligent form of life in the universe. In my observation, whilst we may have intelligence, often we don’t use it! I regularly have to ask why we do so many things that defy reason when it’s logic which clearly proves that we can do, have and become whatever we want? We each have access to the most sophisticated computer system ever devised ... the brain. It can solve any problem, imagine any idea and then translate that idea into any reality we choose ... so, why is it that we often get it backwards?
Just to make sure you don’t think that I’m only pointing my finger away from myself … I’m well aware that, as I’m talking to you, three fingers are pointing straight back at me. I’m the worst culprit I know! In fact, I often have to give myself a good talking to! If I spoke to my friends the way that I speak to myself sometimes, I would be a very lonely person. Do you know what I mean? I speak to myself so critically, so often, because I too frequently make incorrect decisions then take action based on those wrong decisions. I know they’re wrong but I take the action anyway … which clearly leads to an undesirable result. I therefore get angry with myself and give myself a good old fashioned berating!
Have you ever heard that success in anything takes focus, discipline, will-power, sacrifice, work, struggle, pain, suffering, blood, sweat and tears? It doesn’t sound all that appealing ... does it? It’s no wonder so few people ever get started in their pursuit of better health, more money, great achievements and a better life. For many it seems so hard and so out of reach that it’s simply easier to decide not worry about it and just settle for an average life. Well, I have good news about success and happiness. It doesn’t take the hard slog that most people believe ... it only takes 30 minutes per day!
I was coming back from my 30 minute exercise session the other morning and I was thinking … which happens on rare occasions! Actually, I was giving myself some self-love and patting myself on the back for being a fit, lean and healthy 50-year old. Just then, it hit me … I’m not that special! That was a bitter pill to swallow! What I mean is that anyone can be lean, fit and healthy and it only takes 30 minutes per day.
It’s quite surprising and random where wisdom can appear from some times. I was sitting in a cafe last week and I ordered my regular lemongrass and ginger tea. When it arrived, there was a small piece of paper rolled up on the saucer. I unrolled the long thin piece of paper and on it was a quote by Henry David Thoreau that read, ‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.’ Wow, pretty profound wisdom ... not what I was expecting from a visit to a cafe. It got me reflecting.
I can think of so many examples to support how true this statement really is. In fact, simply reading that quote is evidence of its own truth ... I wonder how many people, at some point, looked at the very same quote I read that day. Whilst they all looked at and read the same quote, each of them saw something different. Some people saw a scrap piece of paper and a waste of our natural resources. Some people saw the worlds smallest paper plane. Some people saw some nice words but didn’t allow them to really filter in. Some people saw the solution to a problem that changed their life forever. All these options from that one piece of paper with that simple quote.