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How To Predict The Future

“The best way to predict the future is to design it”
– Buckmister Fuller

This time last week I was in the middle of hosting annual retreat for leaders, which was all the more special because of the prolonged delay with the pandemic.

23 unsuspecting victims, I mean clients…,joined me for 3 days in the beautiful village of Carlingford. We hiked, talked, reflected, laughed, listened and learned.

While there is a structure to this retreat I’ve found that there is always an emergent property to the event – themes or ideas will emerge in the moment as the group deepens it’s connection. One of the recurring themes this year was around ‘including yourself in your success’ more.

Re-charging Your Battery

“Can’t talk. I am recharging”

– Anonymous Introvert

One morning last week I was taking a walk by the sea and when I returned to my car and was about to move away, there was a knock on my window.

A guy in a beanie hat was staring me straight in the face and when I opened the door, he asked politely if I had jump cables because his car wasn’t starting.

So I moved my car and we tried to inject new life into his engine, but it didn’t work. He thought the starter was the problem, so he had to go to plan C and call his family for help.

Electricity or charge always amazes me. Indeed it still mystifies some of the smartest minds on the planet.

Here are some things that struck me:

The Second Best Time To Start Something New

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

“I’m too far down the road to change now. It’s just the way I am”
So said the smart, ambitious leader to me.
They were referring to why they thought it was impossible for them to change some of their behaviour and habits – especially mental ones.
On one level, at least they were honest in saying what they were thinking.

The Last Mile And Winning Olympic Gold

“The last mile is never crowded and that’s the way it does feel sometimes.

The difference is to be able to hold on in there, to keep it going.”

– Kellie Harrington

Over the weekend, the Olympics came to a close but not before a certain Dubliner, Kellie Harrington won a gold medal in the lightweight division of women’s boxing.

Kellie has worked tirelessly for years, with the singular ambition of getting to the top of her sport – and with scant resources when compared with many of the other athletes at the games.

Indeed I must admit to being turned off some of the better known international athletes when their reactions to not winning gold indicated a sense of entitlement and poor sportsmanship.

How To Get Through This

“Dear Life, When I said “Can this day get any worse?”
It was a rhetorical question not a challenge!”

I think most people have experienced a version of that quote above.

I remember a big turning point in my life was when I realised the power of language. Not just in it’s impact on others but more so on my performance in any field.

I’m not referring just to the spoken word but to the power of the language of my thinking, because behind every action is a thought.

If The World Should Blow Up…

Here’s your shot of weekly inspiration:   “If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can’t be done.” – Peter Ustinov   Most of the things we now take for granted were at one time ‘impossible’.   iPhones iPads Laptops Movie & music downloads…

Who is Good For Nothing?

Here’s your shot of weekly inspiration: “The person with good excuses is generally good for nothing else.” – Samuel Foote If you’re managing people day to day, I’m sure you’ll agree with the point above. A short, sweet but very insightful statement. You might even think about getting it printed on an A4 page and…

Short & Sweet Movie Inspiration

Here’s your shot of weekly inspiration: “There is a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path.” – Morpheus in “The Matrix” The Matrix is one of my favourite movies.  I love the story, the hidden messages and the effects (still!). In it, the hero Neo is found by the leader Morpheus and shown what…