There are laws of the universe happening all around us, everyday … whether we know about them, understand them, believe them or not. For example, take the law of gravity. You may not understand it or believe it but the moment you take a step off your roof-top and plummet to the ground you will know irrefutably that the law of gravity is a truth and cannot be denied. What about 2 + 2? We can hypothesise, calculate and debate but every time, no matter which way you look at it, 2 + 2 = 4! It’s not a guess and it’s not up for debate … it’s truth! Success is the same. I want you to feel excited and never be discouraged again because, just like 2 + 2, there is a predictable formula for success … it is truth. Follow the formula and you will be successful, it’s that simple … are you excited?
Well, maybe you’d be more excited if you knew what the formula was! So here is my version of the predictable, universal and totally truthful formula for success;
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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.
Please enjoy Andrew's blogs and please feel free to add any comments you see appropriate.
There are some things in life which excite us and others which depress us. Ironically the things that excite us often require us to do things that depress or discourage us! Have you ever heard the saying, ‘everything you want that you don’t currently have is outside of your comfort zone’? Could there be any worse news than that? ‘You mean I can’t just sit on the couch watching my favorite show and expect money to come flooding into my bank account?’ ‘Does that also mean hitting the snooze button each morning will not burn enough calories to keep me lean, fit and healthy?’ What I’m saying - if success, health and happiness is what you want - then … get comfortable with being uncomfortable!
Looking back at my early days of playing professional football, I’m very grateful for how it conditioned me to be comfortable with discomfort! At that time I remember the process being very disturbing … nothing but lung-busting, body-pounding and mind-blowing pain. I hated the thought of training ... I was fearful whether I could physically do it and I was tormented by the extra-ordinary pain I experienced with each and every session. But, I always did it! I got stronger mentally and physically, I got fitter and I felt more confident and more unstoppable with each session.
Have you ever noticed that you are fiercely protective of and loyal to the things you own? What about your car? You clean it, fuel it, drive it carefully and get very upset when it is scratched or dented … well I do anyway. But what about the car you have hired for the weekend? All the insurance is covered, the excess is eliminated and you can give it back in any state you like. How do you treat it? Do you drive it carefully? Do you care if it gets scratched? Do you buy premium fuel or just regular? Why do you care less and treat this care differently (if you do that is)? The reason is simple …. Ownership!
I heard a great story recently that highlights this concept of ownership. Krispy Kreme (KK) is one of the most successful donut retailers on the planet and the gentleman telling the story was a serious Krispy Kreme Donut devotee. The KK donuts are best when straight out of the oven and are warm and fresh. When this happens a light is turned on in the store window to let passers-by know that the donuts are hot and fresh out of the oven.
In our efforts and focus to achieve more in our lives, the biggest mistake we can make is to look at someone who is successful in a particular area and draw wrong conclusions. These people often make success look so easy that we can incorrectly assume that they are lucky … they must have natural ability, good genetics, special talent and super confidence. In 99% of cases this would be a totally wrong assumption. Those same people, who now make their success look so simple and natural, were once beginners … just like all of us!
I have spoken before about great Australian 1500m swimmer Kieren Perkins. Amongst many of his swimming achievements, he swam in three consecutive Olympic Games 1500m finals (1992, 1996 and 2000) winning two gold and one silver medal. He is truly a sporting legend in Australia and one of the all-time great 1500m swimmers in the world … but it didn’t all start that way.
Life happens to all of us. Some of the things we experience are in our control and others are not. Those circumstances that occur within our control are often lessons for us to learn and indicate changes we need to make. If we ignore them the same situations will keep occuring until we actually learn the lesson, take control and make the changes required. Often the situations we get most upset and impacted by are the ones we have no control over ... things like the weather, the economy, the government and the attitudes & actions of other people. What I have found to be true is that when we accept that those things are out of our control, when we can believe and say ‘it is what it is’, then we can see the positives and gifts that are available as a result of those seemingly undesirable predicaments.
This is not always easy to do - for any of us - so when I come across an inspiring example I obviously need to share it with you. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and she shared with me a disturbing occurrence she recently experienced. She will be reading this blog and so if I get some of the details wrong I hope she understands … as always it’s the point that matters.
Have you ever had an argument with someone or performed badly at something and … didn’t really know why? When we think of the causes of most arguments, they’re almost always insignificant and petty … would you agree? The great news is that they’re incredibly easy to avoid. When we think about poor performances at work, business, sport, writing or any other aspirations, they can be devastating and heartbreaking … can’t they? They can also be very easily prevented. Often the main reason for these undesirable circumstances occuring has little to do with the person or job at hand. In many cases it’s because of baggage that’s been brought from one situation to the next … from the first to the second space!
Have you ever had a bad day at work and then come home to the family in a foul mood? Has that mood ever negatively impacted the time you spent and the relationship with your family? Have you ever had a fight with someone or some other bad experience just before needing to focus on something else? Then consequently were you unable to give that project the attention it needed and delivered a sub-standard result?
Have you ever baked a cake? I have … once, when I was a child, and I vowed never to do it again! If you’re anything like me, when it came out of the oven, the cake wasn’t pretty. It was uneven, it was flat and it had sunk in the middle. I looked at it, went into my usual sooky mode and was just about to throw it in the bin when my mother looked at the cake, looked at my irresitably needy face and stated with confidence, ‘we can fix this!’ Before I knew what was happening, she had trimmed the excess to make it round, used the cut-offs to fill the sunken middle, iced it and together we decorated it - it looked amazing! How she turned that rubbishy lump of flour, egg, sugar and butter into this amazing masterpiece I will never know. What I do know is that the cake couldn’t be decorated until it had been baked … even if baked atrociously!
The good news is that I’m not trying to teach you how to bake a cake! What I am trying to do is highlight an incredibly important principle which is …unless you actually finish what you start – no matter how rough and raw it may be - you can never create the masterpiece you want. Nothing can be perfected until it’s finished!
I believe every person on the planet is important, special, talented and deserving of the very best. Think about who you are and where you came from ... I wrote a blog back in January 2010 called, ‘you are one in 250 million’. I wrote about the fact that you were once a sperm, along with another 249, 999, 999 others, who set off on a mission to be the first to fertilize an egg. You - yes you - overcame insurmountable odds, a punishing immune system, overwhelming competition and a complex maze of paths and tubes to be the one and only one to fertilise that egg! You are good … really good! You have courage, you have stamina, you have persistence, you have resilience and you have a purpose. I believe you are absolutely amazing and are deserving of the best … but it doesn’t matter what I think. It only matters what you believe and will accept for yourself and your life.
This is a dumb example but it just happened and reinforced to me what I’m willing to accept and not accept for myself and the people I’m trying to help. I’m running a weekend workshop this coming weekend and the venue had been booked for two months. A few weeks ago I got a call to say that the room I’d booked was no longer available but that there was another space vacant. I made the rookie mistake of not checking the new venue before confirming the booking.
How often do we try to achieve certain things in our life? Everyday right? How often do we honestly feel like we need more will-power, knowledge, money, talent and experience or it can’t happen? Probably most days! I have learned one irrefutable fact over the years and that is … there is just one requirement for you to find the solution, develop the strategy and create any outcome you want. Do you want to know what it is? Are you ready? It will blow your mind! You’ve probably never heard of this before. The answer to any question, the secret to find every solution and the best way to become a super achiever … set a goal, commit to that goal and then watch the creativity flow!
Laura and I have some big goals at the moment. We have a big-picture vision to be living on the Amalfi Coast in Italy by the end of 2017. To make that dream a reality we need to be in a certain financial position. To create that financial position in two and a half years we need to take action ... not next year, not next week, not tomorrow but now!
always tipped in your favour … no matter what.
Here’s a great story called ‘The Perfect Dress’: