I have a simple mind that sees things very simply. The good news about my simplicity is that it makes simplifying things … well … simple! Sometimes when I tell my stories I consider that maybe you’re sitting there reading and thinking I should get a life! I often wonder if I’m being too simple in my approach and whether I’m communicating, what I believe to be a very profound message, in a way that will help you move forward in your life. Why am I saying all this right now? Simply, because this week’s story is not even really a story, but more an observation and … it falls, well and truly, into that simplicity file. It came about one morning during the week as I was enjoying my special reflective time whilst taking my two fluffy kids for a walk around the block.
I’ve mentioned in a blog once before that I have committed to doing a minimum of 10,000 steps each day as a part of my wellness strategy. My plan includes training first thing each morning, followed by my trip around the block with the dogs. If I’m on task each morning I can have 7000-8000 steps done before 8am!
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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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Are you having trouble motivating yourself? Do you find it difficult to do the things you know you need to do? Are you continually negotiating the price you need to pay to be healthier, happier and more successful? Do you often procrastinate? Do you lack energy? Are you in the habit of comparing yourself to others and coming up short? Do you often wonder what is wrong with you? Would you like to know what it takes to find the answer to all these questions?
Viktor Frankl was a courageous holocaust survivor and author of the best-selling book Man’s Search for Meaning. He learned in his 3 years of incarceration, after losing his parents, his brother and his wife to the Nazi’s, the answer to the questions I’ve posed. In his book he cites research from Johns Hopkins University:
This following quote has been credited to many people including the late, great John Lennon … ‘Everything is okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.’ If that’s not confusing enough ... I’m reading a book called, Live on Purpose, Through Pathological Positivity by Paul H Jenkins Ph.D. He says this … ‘The problem isn’t really the problem. The problem is thinking that the problem is the problem.’ Okay, just let that mind-bender sink in for a few moments and then we can discuss the power of these two statements.
I want to re-share a story I’ve told before … one that really highlights this thinking. Back in 1987, after 7 years of playing professional football with the St Kilda Football Club, I read in the newspaper on a Saturday morning that I had been de-listed. In other words … I had been sacked, fired and unceremoniously dumped! I was 24 years old, I was young, I was dumb and the biggest mistake I made, at that time, was to think that the problem was the problem. The problem was not that I was sacked … unfortunately I thought it was.
Laura and I have just done something we do every so often … we watched the ‘Rocky’ marathon! We watched all six ‘Rocky’ movies over a couple of days. We love them - as do many people - and the start of a new year is always a good time to get our Rocky Balboa ‘fix’. I always get motivated. I always get inspired. I always finish watching the six movies feeling unstoppable and ready to run up a mountain. I always take away one line that resonates with me. This time was no different … it came to me during Rocky 5!
Rocky & Adrian had just lost all of their wealth because of a dumb move by Rocky’s brother-in-law and Adrian’s brother Paulie. As a result they were forced to sell their palatial home and move back to the apartment they lived when they were first married … in a rough area of New Jersey. Their son, Robert, had to leave his nice private school and attend the local neighbourhood school … his first day was not a happy one.
We’ve all heard of automatic pilots, robots, and computer programs. The idea, in the development of these innovations, was to create a predictable result without the interference or threat of human inconsistency! The automatic pilot never suffers from fatigue. The robot doesn’t have to wait until it’s motivated to perform its task. A computer program has no relationship issues to contend with! All are programmed to deliver a reliable and successful result time after time … so what?!
I was recently listening to a speaker talk about a young indigenous Australian basketball player who went to try his luck in the big league … the NBA in the USA. In 2012 Patty Mills led the Olympic Games in scoring when he averaged 21.2 points per game with the Australian national basketball team, the Boomers. At the age of just 24, and with much promise, he signed with the San Antonia Spurs in the NBA.
Happy new year! Here we are at the start of another year and I’m excited!! I am, however, about to hit you with a message that you’ve heard from me many many times. I’m not sorry about it either … if you’re not where you want to be and you’d like to, then you probably need to hear it again. I know I do!! How was 2015? Did it live up your expectations from 12 months ago? If so, well done. If not, do you know why? Why do so many people have such great intentions in the New Year yet so few ever follow through to see them successfully realised?
I think very rarely it’s because the resolution or goal is unrealistic or unachievable …although that maybe an issue. More often than not I believe the plan or strategy is either not-sustainable or non-existent. This has often been the case for me! I’ve set so many audacious goals for myself. The ones I’ve achieved have had a maintainable strategy planned for their achievement. The ones that crashed and burned were the ones that I ran at 100 miles per hour, screaming loudly … with no organised plan or strategy for how I would create a successful outcome.
Everything has a cost! You have to give something first to get something in return. You have to sacrifice what you want to get it back … in abundance. That’s the way life is … you can disagree and argue with it or you can accept it and use it to create an amazing life. If you’re a parent then you know what sacrifice is all about … don’ t you? What have you given up to raise happy healthy children? Was it worth it? Think of all the amazing blessings you got back in return. If you are in a strong financial position I’m sure you will agree that you had to sacrifice or invest money at some point so that you could see a profitable return. Am I right? I was already time poor when I decided to sacrifice even more limited time to write my first book. That sacrifice of time, all those years ago, has returned me with the abundance of time and passion I enjoy today.
Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with 18 children. Yes … eighteen! The father, a goldsmith by profession, worked almost 18 hours a day at his trade, and any other paying work he could find, to just keep a roof over head and food on the table for his massive family. Despite their seemingly hopeless situation, two of the eighteen children had a dream. Both Albert and Albrecht Durer wanted to pursue their talent for art, but knew all too well that their father would never be able to afford the cost required to send either of them to Nuremberg to study at the Academy.
Health & fitness is my first love … misguided as I was in the earlier years. Starting from a professional footballing background, I believed good health was all about how hard and how often you trained. Then I got excited about good nutrition, inspired to write a book about it and considered it the be-all-and-end-all. Now, some 25 plus years later, I feel I’ve got a pretty good handle on what is required to be optimally healthy. The great news is that it requires just seven simple steps …
Make no mistake about it … lean, fit, happy, healthy and full of energy is the natural state for all of us. We are put on this planet to shine, to achieve and to live a life that will make a difference. We have been equipped with an amazing body that has been designed to ensure we achieve that outcome. The challenge we face on a daily basis is our body is constantly under attack from unnatural forces … through our own choices or the environment we reside in. These forces impact our perfect body and, unless we are conscious, deliberate and pro-active, will create an imbalance which leads to dis-ease!
10 years ago!! Soon another 10 years will be gone and then another. Life on earth is a finite concept and will be over … maybe before you’re ready. Maybe you won’t have done all you wanted. Maybe you won’t know all you want to know. Maybe you won’t have loved as much as you could have.
No matter what stage of your life you’re at right now, can I suggest that you spend more of your time doing things that make your heart sing and making a positive difference on this planet? You are capable of living an amazing life … no matter how long it is.
As I write this weeks blog, it’s December 3, 2015. It’s a time of reflection for me … a time of memories, a time of heart break, a time of gratitude and a time that reinforces to me a very profound and powerful law of the universe. That law states … everything happens for a reason and we are in our lives exactly where we are meant to be.
I want to take you with me on this day eleven years ago …
It was a Friday and I was leaving to head to Sydney … to do some work and spend time with friends over the weekend. I was excited about going but I had one very strong force resisting and holding me back … my mum was in hospital and not in a good way.