Monthly Archives: July 2010

Did Einstein Have Problems?

Hi all,

I absolutely love this quote:

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking

we used when we created them.”

– Albert Einstein

If you find that you’re stuck with a problem that you

just can’t seem to fix or get out of, then you could do

worse than think about the above.

a. he suggests that all problems we experience are in part created by us.


b. to solve problems, we need to use a different level of thinking that that

which we had when the problem was created.

Here’s one way to change your level of thinking.

If something in your business or

life isn’t quite where you want it to be,

the first way of changing your thinking is to decide

what you want it to be.

What is your desired outcome?  — Write it out in detail.

Often, we’re so focused on giving out about the problem that

we forget about focusing on where we’re going – and then wonder

why we got lost!!

How else can YOU change your level of thinking?

People, books, nature, exercise, nutrition, movies…?

Figure out what works for you – and do more of it.

Food for thought,

Have a great week,



World Cup Close Off – SA Hero

As we leave the World Cup, I thought I’d give today’s quote

over to one of their heroes.

Here’s your shot of weekly inspiration:

“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself.

You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself…

Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”

– Nelson Mandela

In my experience, most people find it difficult to be honest with

themselves.  So be wary of reading the above quote and thinking,

‘Yeah, I’m totally honest with myself, that doesn’t apply to me!”.

Your ego has a lot invested in being right, and very often

that means NOT being really honest with yourself.

Being honest could mean facing up to the REAL reasons around:

– Why you’re not happy…

– Why sales aren’t at the right level…

– Why some in your team aren’t pulling their weight…

– Why YOU’RE not pulling your weight…

– Why you can’t get into the shape you want…

– Why you don’t have more energy…

I remember sitting with a top CEO and asking how much enjoyment

he had in his life?  It was only when he really acknowledged that he had none,

that he could really move forward.

Lack of enjoyment was the symptom of a bigger problem.

He hated what he worked at.

4 years later and he’s changed profession and has a ‘very enjoyable business & life’.

But none of this change would have happened if he hadn’t been

really honest with himself.

So, this week, think about any area of your life where you’re not 100%

satisfied and be honest with yourself in assessing it.

– Where are you really at with it?

– What’s your responsibility in it?

– What 1 thing can you do about it now?

Food for thought…

Have a great week,

Best Regards,


Can a golfer inspire you?

Here’s your shot of weekly inspiration:
“At the end of every golf season, I’ve done some serious reflecting
on my game in order to get a realistic and precise picture on
where and how I should try to improve the following year.
Dreams can be great motivators, but i discovered early on
that actually achieving them depends mostly on such concrete
factors as knowledge and work.”
– Jack Nicklaus, World Class Golfer
There’s so much to consider in the above quote.Firstly, this great golfer emphasises the importance
he places on stopping to review his work, so that

his following season would be more informed
and focused on the most important areas.
In any field, if you don’t stop regularly to review what you’re doing and
more importantly why and how you’re doing it, you could end up
at the end of the wrong road wondering how exactly you got there.
A real review will involve asking hard questions of yourself
so that you get a ‘reality check’, which should ultimately
ensure you’re better informed as you progress.The other key part of his statement i think are about dreams.
Yes they’re key.

But without knowledge (the right information) and work (action)
they’re not likely to happen.
So here’s something to consider as we move into the second
half of 2010:
Have you taken time out to review where you’re at
in your business and you personal life?
If so, are you clear on the lessons learned and the priority areas
you want to focus on for the second half of 2010?
If you haven’t done either, maybe you’d consider planning
in some time to really do it?  (That could be a top action for you this week…)
Food for thought,
Have a great week,

Not So Normal Nuggets To Consider

Here’s your weekly shot of inspiration:
“To study the abnormal is the best way of
understanding the normal.”
William James, Pioneering American Psychologist
If you’d like to increase your productivity and
peace of mind, you might consider some of these
‘not so normal’ tips…
1. Never look at email first thing in the morning
Use the first 2 hours of your day to get the most important
work done – this usually isn’t in your email inbox.
E-mail is great but it’s very disruptive if not controlled.
2. Try a ‘media ban’ for 1 week and see what impact it has
on your outlook.
If you start feeling more optimistic you might extend it further…
3. Have more ‘stand-up’ meetings at work.
You’d be surprised at how much time this will save for you and
your team.  Sitting down all the time make meetings longer and people lazy.
4. Physically go somewhere different if you want to think different
and get creative ideas or solutions to problems.
We are more mobile than ever.  Have laptop will travel.  Change
your scene and you change your mental state.  Coffee shops are great
havens for the innovative.
5. Walk more – even and especially during the business day.
Get outside, preferably close to nature, come out of your head into
the world around you.  Something as simple as this helps
clarity, peace of mind and ultimately your productivity.
Pick one of the above and commit to doing it this week.
See what happens.
Food for thought…