Category: Motivating Your Team

As You Think So You Are

Albert Einstein Quote

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein

If you are feeling as if life is not giving you what you want, then maybe a change in thinking is what you require. Remember that the input you receive determines your outlook, your outlook determines your output, and your output determines your outcome.

The good news is that we can choose what we feed our minds. Make sure that you feed your mind with positive, up-building material. Read motivational books, watch motivational dvd’s, attend motivational talks or listen to motivational recordings in the car while you are traveling. What goes into your mind on a consistent basis will soon be reflected in your actions.

The truth is that if we keep on thinking the way you have been thinking, we will keep on doing what we have been doing. If we keep on doing what we have been doing, we will keep on getting what we have been getting. Change your thoughts, to change your actions, to change your results.

Make a decision today to change to a positive mental diet which will make a permanent difference to your life.



Happy Accidents

Quote from Scott Adams

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
– Scott Adams

Not all accidents are bad. My art lecturer at university used to tell the students to look out for ‘happy accidents’ in your art making process. These happy accidents are something you did not plan to do, but the ‘mistake’ actually makes the artwork better.  Many times we think we make mistakes which are not really mistakes at all but fortuitous events brought about by a strange series of circumstances, producing an unexpected result.

The key to recognizing these happy accidents when they occur, is to be receptive and open-minded. Always keep in mind that just because something turns out different to what you expected, it does not mean it is ruined or spoiled. Many new recipes have been created because someone fouled up the mixture of ingredients only to create a delightful tasting new product.

Next time when what you deem to be an accident happens, carefully examine the results. You cannot undo the mistake so you might as well analyze it. You never know what you might come up with. Even if you cannot make use of it at the least you would have learnt from the mistake.



It Is Not My Fault

George Bernard Shaw quote on taking responsibility

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Today, we are progressively living in an ‘it is not my fault’ society. When someone is confronted  with wrong doing or not delivering on a promise, the response is the  inevitable ‘it is not my fault’. Shifting blame and not taking responsibility as become a chronic disease of our age.

We tend to blame others or our circumstances for our shortcomings and lack of drive. Life did not give us the lucky breaks that others got and that is why they are successful and we are not. But is it really life that is at fault? Consider the example of two people playing on the same piano. One plays it correctly and produces beautiful harmonious sounds while another plays it falsely and the same piano produces utter ugliness. In the same way, whether life produces discord or harmony, is up to the player.

But what about those things that happen to us over which we have no control? In life, things do happen over which we have no control, but we do have control over how we are going to respond to them. If you are standing by the edge of a swimming pool and somebody pushes you in the water, then of course it was not your fault that you ended up in the water. But only you are to blame if you stay in the water.

If you want a brighter future, start today by accepting responsibility for your future.



Overcoming Setbacks and Starting Again


“I have studied the lives of great men and famous women and I found that the men and women who got the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand with everything they had of energy, enthusiasm, and hard work.” – Harry S. Truman

President Abraham Lincoln is a role model for many leaders. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War, which was its bloodiest war and greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. His strong leadership helped to preserve the United States, abolish slavery, strengthen the federal government, and modernize the economy of the Union. But I want to draw your attention today to the road that led to him being elected to the White House:

  • Failed in business in 1831
  • Defeated for Legislature in 1832
  • Second failure in business in 1833
  • Suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836
  • Defeated for Speaker in 1838
  • Defeated for Elector in 1840
  • Defeated for Congress in 1843
  • Defeated for Congress in 1848
  • Defeated for Senate in 1855
  • Defeated for Vice President in 1856
  • Defeated for Senate in 1858
  • Elected President in 1860

As you can see,  Abraham Lincoln had to endure many setbacks before he was elected as president. How do your setbacks, which have stolen your dreams, compare to this list? If you are like me, looking at this list will make you realize that we give up way too quickly on our dreams.

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Most people have the seed of greatness in them, yet they are never inspired, encouraged or committed to do anything with what they have. Opportunity lies around us in many strange and interesting forms, waiting to be seized.

Every large corporation or successful team started somewhere. It started with an idea in the mind of one person, who shared it with others who caught the dream. You must start somewhere, so start working on your dream today, start where you are. Do not let your setbacks stop you from fulfilling your destiny.