Monthly Archives: May 2011

Ever Feel Like Choking Someone?!

Here’s your shot of inspiration, on the lighter side, this week:

“Stress:  The confusion created when one’s mind overrides the body’s basic desire to choke the living daylights out of some jerk who desperately deserves it.”

– Anonymous


In my experience, people usually allow themselves to get very stressed in reaction to other people.

Here’s some examples:

– My team just aren’t performing

– Why did they say that to me in that way?

– What do they want from me?

– Why did they do it that way, when I told them the opposite?

– Does anyone listen to me!!??

Did you ever consider that a large part of stress is caused by your reaction to something?  It’s bad enough if something happened once, but often we can play it over and over and over in our heads.  Winding ourselves up like a highly coiled spring.

Research show that there is an optimal area of stress for performance. Too little and you get bored or underperform.  Too much and you get so stressed you underperform also.

From my experience, most workplaces ignore one key element that can take you into this ‘optimal’ area.  When you cultivate it, you can get magical results but it’s the opposite of how most businesses operate generally.

The element is ‘Enjoyment’.  Not at the expense of performance. It’s vital to have clear standards of performance for every role and to hold these.

But can you imagine if you could create an environment where people are encouraged to perform while at the same time helping each other enjoy their work?

When you consider how much time we spend in work, I think it makes sense to at least consider it.

But here’s the challenge – It’s easy to cultivate enjoyment when things are good.  How easy is it to do when things are not going ‘your way’?

That I believe is the test.  And I also believe it’s a mental one.

So here’s a simple exercise for this week if you’re up for it.

Regardless of what’s going on in your business or role, give yourself 2 clear goals:

1.Identify your top 5 priorities this week in writing and just go do them 100%.  Stay focused and don’t allow distractions.

2.Make it your deliberate daily focus to bring more enjoyment into your work and that of others around you.

I guarantee you will be impressed by the results.

From what I see week to week, the best performers in business, sport and life have mastered the art of doing their work while playing at the same time.

Food for thought…

Have a great week,


ps – That’s not to say you won’t want to choke the odd person, but at least you’ll be less stressed doing it!


Leinster, Obama & The Queen

This email is going out later than normal but my instinct was to wait until Mr. Obama had concluded his visit to Ireland.

What a 6 days it has been.

First The Queen, then the amazing comeback and victory by Leinster, and then Mr. O’Bama…

So here’s your shot of weekly inspiration:

“Remember that whatever hardships the winter may bring, springtime is always just around the corner. And if they keep on arguing with you, just respond with a simple creed: Is féidir linn. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Is féidir linn.”

– President Barack Obama
If ever there was an example of ‘Is féidir linn’ in action, it had to be in the Millennium stadium, Cardiff on Saturday.

At half-time in the Heineken Cup Final the score was: Leinster 6 : Northhanpton 22

At full-time, as I’m sure you know, it was Leinster 33 : Northhampton 22

This was one of the greatest turnarounds in rugby sporting history. Absolutely astonishing.  And amazing to watch.

All reports coming from the dressing room indicate that it was the  ‘one-directional mind’ of Jonny Sexton who inspired the team to pick up their heads and to go for the win.  Certainly, you could see it in him on the pitch.  There was only one result for Leinster with Sexton playing – a win.   As a result, he inspired his team to lift their heads and their spirits to spur them on to a most memorable ‘mental’ victory.

Out of the last week, how could you not be inspired to really hold to your goals, no matter what’s thrown at you or where you find yourself?

Because one-directional commitment can create amazing turnarounds, no matter what the situation.

Maybe for you, or the people around you it’s time to consider how to play the second half?  And to really go for that win.

Is féidir linn.

Have a great week,


The Victor

Here’s your shot of weekly inspiration:
 The Victor
“If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are out classed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of your-self before
You can ever win the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.” 
by: C. W. Longenecker
One to stick on the wall and most definitely
food for thought…
Share it.
Have a great week,

New Workshop To Boost Performance

I thought this should be of interest to you or to people in your team, as it’s about two new workshops I’ve created that will make a big difference to anyone’s business.

Having helped hundreds of business people achieve some pretty fantastic results professionally and in their personal lives,  I’ve found that there are 2 things that stand out in making the biggest difference to a person.1. Their mindset2. How they use their time

If you get both of these right you can be assured of improving your results – professionally and personally.
Interestingly, getting the most from these two areas is all about habits. And most people’s habits in these areas are off the mark because they’ve never been told what works best.
So I’ve decided to create TWO special workshops that will give what I know works best in these two areas – Mindset and Using your time.
This will make it more accessible to a bigger audience as not everyone can afford to spend 1 on 1 time with a business & performance coach.  You can attend one or both, as they are obviously complimentary in improving overall performance & productivity.Both workshops are split over two sessions in Dublin City Centre during June, spaced a fortnight apart to allow for some practice, feedback and habit building.The mindset related workshop is called ‘Next Level – Unlock Your Potential and it’s designed for people who are already performing but who want to do better.  Full details are here:  Next Level Workshop

The Time related workshop is called  ‘Time Bandit – Steal Back The Lost Hours Of Your Business & Life’ and full details are here:Time Bandit WorkshopWhen you consider how much an hour of your time, or that of your team members is worth, isn’t it important to ensure that you get the best return from it? That’s the goal of both of these workshops.
You, or someone on your team, might be interested in attending these very unique workshops in June.

If you do have an interest, please let me know soon as places will be limited due to the workshop format.
All the best,

Seve’s Secret To Success.

 Hi there,

Whether you’re into sport or not you’re probably aware of a golfing legend named Seve Ballesteros.

Seve passed away at the weekend and the sporting world lost a great character.

Seve’s magic was that he transcended sport. He was a maverick that broke rules and challenged convention. He had magnetic charisma and make golf ‘sexy’ (some feat!)

Men wanted to be him and women just wanted him!

Thanks to my Dad, I was lucky to get close to Seve for a few hours. He played the first ever round in Mount Juliet, Kilkenny with course designer and fellow legend, Jack Nicklaus.

I will never forget the experience.  Both men were amazing golfers. But Seve just had that bit extra – the ‘Va Va Voom’. He entertained, engaged the crowd continuously and had fun in every shot. He left a lasting impression.

I found an interesting quote that I think gives a clue to why he was so successful.
Here’s the quote:
Question:  Is there any one shot in particular that stands out for you and why that one above all the other great shots?

“In general, the short game has been most effective. Besides working hard on it I always used my imagination with a touch of feel in my hands. You should hit the ball according to what your mind dictates but previously you should visualise the shot. This can be achieved with extremely high concentration. All the difficult shots are hit with the hands.  I have hit shots simply by visualising the run of the ball. I had no problem in doing this because my mind clearly indicated I could not miss. I do not stand out any particular shot because it is necessary to believe in yourself to overcome any difficulties.”

– Seve Ballesteros

Concentration, visualisation, belief.

Regardless of whether you apply these habits and improve your results, some people just have that bit extra that makes them special.

And to me Seve was one of those.

Have a great week,