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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.

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 Energise The Human Spirit

“Enjoyment is an incredible energiser
to the human spirit.”
– John C.Maxwell

I remember as a teenager, being berated the manager of my local soccer team for smiling and joking while playing a match against our closest rivals – even though I was playing well.

Until he said it I wasn’t aware that I was smiling but I was aware that I was enjoying the game. That changed though, immediately after his comment and so too did my performance. And I rarely ever allowed myself to smile after that while playing sport!

Where You’re Coming From VS Where You’re Going To..

“Where you’re coming from,

is much more important than where you’re going to.”

Hi Ellie,

I said the above to a client and she looked at me like I had 10 heads.

As someone who has a reputation for helping people to get to where they want to go faster, this was understandably confusing to this smart but very stressed woman.

I went on to explain that I’ve seen people win awards, make millions, create the body shape they love, grow and sell businesses, but it was usually tainted with where they were coming from.

Is Impossible An Opinion?

Here’s an interesting quote to consider: “Impossible is an opinion, not a fact.” This was shared with me this morning by a teacher in CBC Monkstown, Dublin, Hugh Fitzmaurice.  I’d been asked to speak to transition year and some 5th year students about the power of their mindset. I shouldn’t have been surprised when they…

How Will You Measure Your Life? – Harvard Business Review

I came across a great article on the Harvard Business Review website that I’d forgotten about.  It’s a very strong read about measuring the true success of your life.  If you’re up for the challenge and are looking for more fulfillment from your life this is a MUST READ. How Will You Measure Your Life?…

Wisdom For Life From A 4 Year Old.

This week’s shot of inspiration is from an unusual source… my daughter, Jane, aged 4…and 3 months. She has taken over everything else so I guess it was only a question of time before she got to my weekly email! We had a rough night with her last Tuesday and she woke the house up…

Wise Words From Homer Simpson

Here’s some fun words from a famous cartoon character: “Trying is the first step towards failure. ” – Homer Simpson Ironically, even though we may all laugh at this, the reality for many people is not far from his words.  Many won’t even take the first step in a new direction because they’re afraid of…

CEO’s Insightful Comment

Here’s your shot of weekly inspiration: “When you are working, work. When you’re at home, be at home. When you’re with your family be with your family. Give everything 100% “. – John Boyle, CEO and founder of BoyleSports.com I was lucky enough to get to spend some time with John Boyle last week. (Yes,…