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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.
We have two beautiful fluffy four-legged children! Mr Big and Joia are the greatest joy and loves of our life – with the exception of each other. Joia is our gorgeous little princess who is cream coloured and Mr Big is our little man who is black and white. The other day I was looking for Mr Big and couldn’t find him anywhere. I looked all over the house, inside and out. Several times I walked past the back room which is right next to the laundry … it’s often the place I dump the clean clothes before we fold them and put them away. This day there was a big pile of clean clothes on the floor which I took a cursory glance at each time I walked past. The third time I walked past, still with no sign of Mr Big, I looked more closely at this pile of clothes and guess what I saw?
Have you ever seen the book called ‘Where’s Wally?’? It’s a picture book about a boy wearing a red and white striped top who is easily camouflaged in a large group of people … the task is to find him. It’s not easy to find him with a fleeting look, but with some focus and greater attention his location becomes apparent. So I stood and stared at this pile of clothes and out of nowhere Mr Big appeared in front of my eyes … he had been lying there, camouflaged by the clothes, the whole time.
A salesman was travelling around the country creating contacts and making sales calls to prospective new customers. Each night he stayed in a different hotel as he visited all the suitable businesses in that area. Just as he arrived at a hotel, on one of the days, he noticed big black dark clouds roll in and a strong cold wind come sweeping through the town. A couple of hours later he looked out of the window and was horrified to see a blinding snow storm. As he was eating dinner in the restaurant that night he started chatting to the waiter and he asked, “Do you think the roads will be clear enough in the morning to travel.” The waiter stood for a second pondering his answer and then replied, “Depends if you’re on a salary or a commission!”
So true! When our why is strong enough any work we have to do is an opportunity and a joy. When it’s not … all work we have to do is inconvenient and a chore. When our why is clear we bounce out of bed full of energy and power through the day to make it happen. When we have no clarity about why we want what we want, the snooze button is our best friend, lethargy sets in and we become a chronic hypochondriac.
. His point is pretty obvious, and just as Nike has communicated for many years … 'Just Do It!' I’d heard it before and I talk about it regularly – maybe not with such eloquence! The moment he actually got me was in his very last sentence … up until that time it was purely entertainment. Then he said, ‘If you’re tired of starting over – stop giving up!’
I know grammatically it’s not the best way to phrase it - being a double negative - but the point is clear. I had to stop and reflect on why that statement resonated with me so much … I realised that it was because I had made a habit of starting over with many things in my life. There are things I had given up on but, at the time, I hadn’t realised it because the story I sold myself was so convincing.
There are so many things we take for granted in our lives. There are miracles all around us that we often just expect will be there to make our lives easier and more convenient. Speaking for myself, I rarely stop to think about where they came from and who came up with the idea in the first place. Consider your smart phone … it makes life easier, more efficient and really is an amazing piece of technology … would you agree? Just for a second, consider the person who came up with the idea and the process required to get it into your hands and make a difference in your life.
A man walked on the moon … incredible. The motor car … how did it happen? Air travel …just, wow! The Great Wall of China … literally, one of the wonders of the world. Medical discoveries, technological advancements, architectural wonders, amazing human accomplishments and don’t forget you and your achievements to this point. How does it happen? What is it that moves people to achieve what they do? It’s a question I think about all the time and one that I often write about. Maybe I write about it too often … my motivation is to keep communicating the message in different ways until I can find one that most resonates with you. I want you to live the life of your dreams and I want you to know that you can.
Life tends to keep moving no matter what. Have you ever noticed that? Time has a way of marching forward irrespective of what we are doing and - more importantly - what we would like to be doing. I think it would be fair to say that we all wish things were different in certain areas of our life. Would that be true for you? I know it is for me. Life is a constant juggle in our attempts to fit everything in to a hectic lifestyle and try to have some kind of balance at the same time. We constantly need to make decisions about what we will invest our time and energy into and often we are forced to leave some things out – right? Those things we often suggest we still want to do but, for the moment, are ‘on the back burner.’ The biggest issue I see for many people is that they often put the wrong things ‘on the back burner’.
There are some things that – right now - need to be taken off the back burner and put on the hottest flame you can find. I want you to think about what you currently have on the back burner and the consequences in your life if they stay there. It’s far too often the case that things we put ‘on the back burner’ stay there for good … leaving us with less than we want in life. Many people are left with only pain, heartbreak and regret. That’s no good … so I want to challenge you right now and ask if you’re ready to reshuffle your stove-top?
We are at the end of an amazing holiday in Bali. As I write this Laura and I are sitting on a plane about to take off and head back to Melbourne, Australia. We’ve had a wonderful time … the weather has been perfect, the Balinese people friendly and kind, we’ve relaxed enormously and absolutely loved the culture, the scenery and experiences Bali has to offer. Interestingly, when Laura and I woke up this morning we looked at each and agreed we were ready and looking forward to going home.
We are sitting on a plane in Bali and leaving a temperature that has consistently been 30⁰C for almost two weeks and we’re heading to a city, whose temperature when we arrive will be 10⁰C and … we can’t wait to get there. We’ve been waited on by lovely people just wanting to help. We’ve been served food and drink at the simple wave of a hand or dial of a phone. We’ve left our messy room in the morning and returned in the afternoon to one that was even cleaner and tidier than before we moved into it. Do you know what? We’re looking forward to going home and doing it for ourselves again.
As I sit here in Bali on the 4th day of our fabulous holiday, I’m incredibly grateful. Grateful to be here, grateful to be alive, grateful to be able to experience new people and different cultures, grateful to have been married 7 years to my beautiful wife Laura and grateful that, no matter where I am in the world, there are lessons to learn and share. On two separate occasions in Bali, it’s been reinforced to me that no matter what we want there’s always a price to pay. I want to encourage you to make the investment in advance or you will have to deal with a much more serious cost at a later date. Please make no mistake … there’s always a price to pay.
Have you ever noticed that work comes before significant achievement? If you want to be lean, fit & healthy you need to work out and eat well first. It’s often not fun or comfortable, but it’s required if you want the result. It’s the price you pay! If you want a blissful relationship it takes effort, time, prioritising and sometimes disagreements and tensions occur … right? However if you want the result it’s the price you pay.
Have you really ever considered the powerful significance of asking questions? Not just any questions … but the right questions? We ask ourselves questions all the time. Some of those questions help us find solutions, consider possibilities and create amazing things. Unfortunately, more often than not the questions we ask ourselves hold us back, create doubts and stop us from ever stepping up to achieve the life we are capable of. We ask questions like; ‘What’s the point?’ ‘Why bother?’ ‘When will I ever find time?’ ‘Why can’t I ever …?’ and the list goes on. So, this week are going to address a specific area of question asking. I’m going to encourage you to ask how? not when?
If you’re anything like I used to be, you’re busy … really busy. Do you have wads of spare time in which you can choose to do anything you want? Or are you cutting everything you do to the very bone of scheduling? Are you always arriving to your next adventure with time to relax and prepare? Or are you skidding in sideways arriving right on the knocker … or ‘fashionably’ late?
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.