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.
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’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.
Would you ever believe that just a few simple little words could make a profound difference in your life? Words and phrases like; ‘You can do it’, ‘you’re good enough’, ‘I love you’, ‘I believe in you.’ Sometimes words aren’t even needed. Sometimes just a loving touch or a caring look can be just the encouragment you or someone needs to do great things. There is amazing power in the act of encouragement.
I remember one of my very first training sessions at the St Kilda Football Club. I was a young and naïve 16 year old, it was a beautiful Saturday morning in September 1980 and the entire under 19’s squad met at the beach for what I thought would be a pleasant introductory 10km (6 mile) run. I expected that we would just be cruising along the picturesque track at the top of the cliff enjoying the beautiful coastal scenery … boy, did I get it wrong. There are many words I could use to describe that session, ‘cruising’ is not one of them.
Addiction is a scary word, a bad word, even a dangerous word in the minds of many people. One definition is; ‘a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)’. My question ... is addiction really a bad thing? Well, I guess it all depends what you’re addicted to ... doesn’t it? Another definition of add-ic-tion is; ‘the fact or condition of being dependent on a particular substance, thing, or activity.’ Hmmm. Again, I ask the question ... what if you’re addicted to healthy substances, postive things and purposeful activities? Then, wouldn’t addiction be a good thing?
You have addictions, I have addictions … we all have addictions. What are yours? Are they good or bad? Are you happy to have them or not? I think it’s fair to say we’re all addicted to things that are probably not great for our long term health, success and happiness.
Have you ever had a bad hair day? Did you look at your hair, on that day, with despair and say, ‘that’s it ... my life is over’? Of course you didn’t! You looked at it, laughed and thought ... ‘I can’t wait until tomorrow when I can look normal again.’ Was 2014 a year where things didn’t go quite as planned? Was it a year when some pretty crappy stuff happened? Are you looking back over 2014 with regret and looking forward at 2015 with despair? My suggestion is that you treat 2014 like a bad hair day!
One of my all time favourite movies is City Slickers. It is full of great moments; humour, entertainment and surprisingly enough … profound lessons. These lessons range from identifying your ‘one thing’ to overcoming negative thinking to pushing personal boundaries to the achievement of great success. This week - the first week of a new year - I want to highlight the concept of the ‘do-over’.
It’s the time of the year, as we come to the end of 2014, that we reflect on the year just gone and plan for the new year coming. If you’re anything like I’ve been for much of my life, you’re going to be super critical of yourself and focus on what you didn’t do in 2014. You will then under-estimate how good you are and what you can and will achieve in 2015. I hope that’s not you, but if it is, I understand and want to help you see the great things that happened in 2014 and believe in abundance for yourself in 2015.
I’ve always been super critical of myself. I’ve always played down my achievements by saying stuff like, ‘Yes, but I could have done more’ or ‘Yes, but I stuffed that up.’ As true as those statements maybe ... they’re stupid! I finally realised that these statements would keep me battling, struggling and hold me back forever. I learned that I need to be kinder to myself, accept and encourage myself, so I started saying the following affirmation to myself everyday:
Peer pressure has a negative connotation and is linked with the unhealthy influence of friends, family and other associates. Friends pressure you to drink or smoke. Family discourage you from your decision to adopt a healthier way of life. Work associates ridicule you in your desire to achieve a higher level in your career. Whilst it’s important to avoid negative peer it’s critical that you find positive peer influences.
The saddest thing about negative peer pressure is that, because of our need to feel accepted, we are too easily influenced and consequently make decisions that seriously hamper our dreams and the path our lives take. Think about the person who is pressured into some criminal activity and ends up in jail. Think about the person who is pressured into smoking and dies of lung cancer. Think about the person who is discouraged from writing a book or starting a business and spends their life in a job they hate and is miserable as a result. Don’t let this be you.
I’ve got news for you ... you’re not perfect! That may come as much of a shock to you as it did for me! You’re good, in fact you’re amazing ... you’re just not perfect and you never will be. So, now is the time to let go of the need to have everything just right. Now is the time to stop trying to be perfect. Now is the time to ... finish what you start!
When I think back to all the things I’ve left incomplete ... it’s enough to make me want to break down and cry! Books I started reading, books I started writing, courses I intended to complete, businesses I wanted to get off the ground, projects I hoped to complete, friendships I didn’t take care of, relationships I planned to be long term, training programs I knew would give me the results I desired, eating regimes that would give me health & energy and many other things. I started them all with the intention of a perfect outcome and gave up at some stage of the process.
Life is full of amazing opportunities and possibility. There was a time, however, when I refused to open myself up to these opportunities because I was a ‘sceptic’. What a mistake! I have no idea what amazing opportunities I missed, nor where my life may be today if I had just suspended my scepticism and believed that I could learn, benefit and change my life. I’m grateful now that I’m open to any possiblity, but it saddens me to see many people making the same mistake I made. Like me, they are stuck in their current reality because they refuse to open themselves to new ideas ... because of ‘scepticism’.
What’s so intelligent and noble about scepticism anyway? Why are people so proud of it? If they understood how scepticism was holding them back and what it was preventing them from seeing and doing ... would they be so attached to it? The Oxford Dictionary definition of scepticism is; not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations. This is not neccessarily a bad thing ... unless you use it as an excuse not to investigate and get the facts.
This weeks message is an obvious but often neglected one. Why am I sharing it with you now? Because of my own neglect and procrastination I failed to consider the condition of my spare tyre ... until it was too late. I think I’m a pretty cool guy - for a 50 year old - and I’m very proud of many things that I do and have done in my life so far. There are times, however, when I would like to slap myself for repeated dumb-attacks. I hope that, by writing about it this week, something may spark in my brain to break my habit of neglecting the very important spare tyre. I hope it does the same for you ... if you need it.
It’s a story that’s been told time and time again by people just as talented, educated, capable and also prone to dumb-attacks as me. I got a puncture in one of my tyres a few weeks ago and was very proud of myself that I was actually able to change it ... all on my own. I took the spare tyre out of the boot of the car, put it on the car and placed the damaged tyre in my garage at home.