A man was sitting on a park bench reading a book on a sunny afternoon with his faithful dog sitting next to him. The dog was sitting with a pained look on his face and whimpering quietly. As a passer-by approached she noticed the whimpering dog and asked, ‘what’s wrong with your dog? Why is he crying?’ The man on the bench replied, ‘he seems to be whimpering because he’s sitting on a prickly plant.’ ‘If he’s in pain, why doesn’t he get up and move?’ The passer-by enquired. ‘That’s a great question … I guess it doesn’t hurt enough!’ How simple would it be for the dog to get himself out of pain? We are often so close to a solution - to an open-door - yet we miss it because it doesn’t hurt enough.
When it hurts enough we move … right? I’m about to tell you a really embarrassing story, so make sure your sitting down … I don’t want you falling over laughing!! It happened just last weekend not long after I’d arrived in Brisbane to run my weekend workshop. It was 2pm, I was on my way to my accommodation and I hadn’t had lunch yet. I was hungry.
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.
Please enjoy Andrew's blogs and please feel free to add any comments you see appropriate.
It doesn’t happen very often, but I’m going to get deep with you this week … not an easy thing for an ex-footballer and former personal trainer to do! I’m constantly looking for ideas, concepts, new perspectives and inspiration to help all of us live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Laura and I have amazing mentors in our life. These inspiring people have achieved a level of success, in all areas of life, which we are also aspiring to. The best news is that they are helping us create the success in our lives we are capable of and destined to achieve. The biggest challenge, for all of us, is that for things to change … we need to change. Aaaagh!! Why is it we hate to change, yet it’s the only way we will ever achieve the things we really want?
If you’re anything like me, you’re super self-critical. ‘I should’ve done this’, ‘why didn’t I do that?’, ‘How could I be so silly?’, ‘Why didn’t I do that better?’ And so it goes as we beat ourselves into a pulp time and time and time again. The problem with this approach is that it puts us and keeps us in a negative state, stimulating negative emotions, producing negative actions which result in undesirable outcomes in life. I’ve got a new suggestion … when reflecting on things you’ve done, why not start asking yourself, ‘What went well?’
I had a skype call this morning with a lovely young lady in the Canada. She started writing a fiction book about two years ago and has hit a roadblock about halfway through … in fact she hasn’t written a word for the last 6 months. I asked her what had stopped her. She replied that she’d read through it numerous times and it was boring. She said she was lost with the story, it was confusing and she didn’t know how to continue. She said she was worried that no-one would like it.
always give us the same answer … why are we so confused that nothing changes when we continue to do the same things on a daily basis?
I’ve spoken about Tammy Van Wisse before. She’s a legendary marathon swimmer in Australia. She’s swum the English Channel, the Bass Strait, the Cook Strait, Loch Ness, the entire length of the Murray River and from New York to New Jersey just to name a few of her accomplishments. I was fortunate enough to get to know her and talk to her on a regular basis in my time as a personal trainer.
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.
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;