Friday, 28 April 2017

Awaken The Giant Within - A Tony Robbins Review

Expert Author Brenda Lee MitchellTony (Anthony) Robbins is America's leader in the science of peak performance; his work changing many lives, including my own. He can give you the basics on the most effective techniques to master any part of your life. It is made so simple that anyone can do it, if they choose to.

I believe this to be the best of his development books so far. He has created more since and before, but reading this over and over has changed my way of thinking. When it comes down to it, he is making us understand that we can live our life with amazing passion and that we can control how we act, feel, think and what we do.

Tony Robbins has learned from the best and takes all of these teachings and makes them user-friendly to share with us all. His experience far outweighs what I could achieve in a lifetime, his presentation makes it simple for all to use. These are my words not his as I feel we know some of this stuff, but choose not to really know it.

What is the key? What is his super power? You must implement the lessons or you are just reading another story. Most of the actions he puts forward are honestly very easily achieved but it does take consistent effort. You must have clarity and the pain of leaving things as they are must be more than leaving it how you are currently.

Tony does have other broken down programs that are specific with regards to weight, work, money etc. This is more of an overview giving you the tools for all, but it is a large book to consume. I devour anything by Tony, so I have the hunger to learn more, for a first timer to his work, it may be too much. I feel it really depends on where you are in your life. We can all do something better and this is the book to help you with that. Pick one of his techniques and follow through and you'll end up using others too.

Here are some of my take aways:

  • Small decisions you make daily change your destiny
  • By changing beliefs, values and rules you can change your behaviours
  • Never leave the scene of goal setting without taking action on something
  • The better the questions, the more precise the answers
  • We do have time, if we allow our belief system to state that we do.

My list goes on as I took so much from his work. The best thing about his work, is that once I see that I can do it, it makes me want to do more. It makes me a believer again. I have been given his books as gifts and given them to others and they never get old. You can steal my heart with his work.

Reading this again has inspired me to get to one of his events when his is back in Australia. As the great man says, 'Live With Passion!'

Brenda Mitchell is a Head of Department for Property Management and currently in her 6th year of real estate, she is passionate about the industry and strives to find innovative ways to support and mentor staff, friends and family to reach their full potential.


Monday, 17 April 2017

The Top 10 Secrets From Anthony Robbins by Thomas Murrell

Expert Author Thomas MurrellFor more than 25 years US-based motivational speaker and success coach Anthony Robbins has been passionately pursuing the answers to questions such as 'What shapes human behaviour? And how can we create lasting change 
within ourselves and others?'.

He has spoken in front of more than 3 million people around the world and sold around 35 million books and audio coaching products.

After attending his 4-day 'Unleash The Power Within' seminar recently in Kuala Lumpur I learnt many strategies to perform at your best.

I even took part in his famous barefoot walk over hot coals. This powerful physical metaphor shows how anyone can overcome their deepest and greatest fears with focus, passion and desire.

Part rock concert, part learning experience, part aerobic workout, the seminar was attended by more than 4,000 people in a giant indoor sporting stadium that was built for the Commonwealth Games.

Standing 6'7", weighing 265 lbs and with a shoe size of 16, Robbins was impressive on stage as he harnessed the energy of the crowd.

In fact, security guards have to line the stage as he is regularly swamped by over eager fans.

At 43 years old, he has been enormously successful and worked with people like President Clinton and Nelson Mandela.

What was it like?

Hot, humid, high energy and simple take home messages packaged with a high-tech light, sound and video show.

I was impressed, motivated and got some great ideas from it.

Here is my gift to you. The Top 10 Secrets of Success I learnt from spending 4 days with Tony Robbins.


As the promotional material says the event was 'about creating breakthroughs, moving beyond fears and limiting beliefs, accomplishing goals and realizing true desires, turning dreams into reality, creating fulfilling relationships, and modeling the strategies
of peak performers to produce a quantum difference in your life.'

If you cut out the hype, the simple message is if you believe in yourself enough you can achieve anything.

A memorable one-liner was "the only thing that's keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself".


Ask anyone and most people will admit they lack confidence in some areas of their life. The interesting thing I learnt from this seminar is that this self-doubt is around universal themes. These themes cross age, gender, religious, cultural and language barriers.

Common doubts include 'I am not good enough', 'I am lazy' and 'No-one loves me'.


Robbins calls it 'immersion' where you break old patterns and build new ones by repetition. He uses a lot of Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques to achieve this with his audiences.

He says "progress is not automatic".

A memorable moment in the seminar was when we had to visualize ourselves inside a bubble and inside that bubble was a series of videotapes neatly arranged in a time-line that represented all our memories in our lives so far. We had to pull out the negative videotapes and destroy them. This was followed by time spent visualising the future and how your life will look 10 and 20 years from now.


The Robbins message was that 3 things shape our self-belief. He calls them the Triad. These are our patterns of physiology, focus and language or meaning.

He highlighted this with the quote: "where focus goes energy flows".


Robbins believes you can "vanquish whatever is holding you back from taking action".

Walking barefoot across a bed of glowing coals is the physical metaphor he uses in his seminars to prove this point to the skeptics.

Eliminate negative self-belief and take massive action are his keys to success.


"Where focus goes energy flows" is a quote used by Robbins in his presentation to highlight why you need to know your outcome and why achieving this is a must.

But many people fail to take the next step. They delay, put off and find many reasons or excuses not to act.

Robbins believes "progress is not automatic" and "action is power". Take action, even if it is the wrong action. He says it is "never a failure if you learn something".


Robbins spent a fair amount of time in the seminar talking about and demonstrating interpersonal communication skills.

He used people from the audience to show how the process of "matching and mirroring" the non-verbal communication and body language of others can be a very powerful way to connect with people.

In essence, you create rapport by adopting the body language of the person you are communicating with.

He believes "rapport is power" and "total responsiveness is created by a feeling of commonality".

If you have learnt these techniques before and haven't used them for a while, I suggest it is time to dust them off and put them into action next time you are communicating with someone on a one-to-one basis.


Robbins believes that "to have an extraordinary quality of life you need two skills: the science of achievement (the ability to take anything you envision and make it real) and the art of fulfilment (this allows you to enjoy every moment of it)."

He says "success without fulfilment is failure".

Find your passion and purpose in life. My purpose is to make a difference in people's lives and use my gift as a speaker.


To gain improvements quickly and step up to a new level of achievement, Robbins believes learning from others who are the best in their field is the fastest way to achieve success.

He told the story of how he wanted to improve his tennis game and so employed Andre Agassi, the then number one ranked player to help him achieve this.

Who could you model yourself on?

"People's lives are a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group," according to Robbins.


If you are not healthy - all of the above points are a waste of time.

Your health is determined and influenced by your lifestyle.

One major change I've made since the seminar is to eat a healthier diet and exercise more regularly.

As a speaker, my whole business depends on my ability to perform at a peak state. Like any professional athlete, the success of business is directly linked to my diet and health.

Take care of yourself, your body is ultimately your most important asset.

Thomas Murrell MBA CSP is an international business speaker, consultant and award-winning broadcaster. Media Motivators is his regular electronic magazine read by 7,000 professionals in 15 different countries


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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus by Kelli Sanders

Expert Author Kelli SandersOne of my favorite songs of worship says in its refrain: 
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, 
Look full in His wonderful face, 
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, 
In the light of His glory and grace.

There is something so timeless and so simple about this exhortation, and the truth it contains is so powerful! Think for a minute of when Peter asked Jesus to bid him, "Come" (If it was indeed his Lord standing before him on the water.) With one word, Peter left the safety and comfort of the boat, and stepped out onto the water to follow the lead of Jesus. Really imagine this in your mind's eye! That first step out of the boat must have been full of faith and trust! This is evidenced by the fact that within the water was a solid force that Peter was able to put his full weight on without sinking! He was walking on the water doing what Jesus did! If Jesus said, "Come," Peter was going to come!

What was Peter looking at when such faith rose in his heart? He was looking at his Lord. He was looking at Jesus - the one who told him to let down his nets for a catch when he had toiled all night and failed to catch a thing; the one who rebuked his mother-in-law's fever, and the fever left; the one who healed the sick, raised the dead, confounded the religious leaders and taught with unearthly authority! Jesus said, "COME." Peter simply obeyed.

We all know the story well. Peter began to look at the wind and waves. Fear instantly vied for a place in Peter's heart, doing all it could to displace the faith found there. Peter began to turn loose of the revelation of his Lord's love (which could have cast that fear right out), and he got a quick revelation of cold, hard (and wet) reality - he was sinking!

" But when he saw [the effects of] the wind, he was frightened, and he began to sink, and he cried out, "Lord, save me!" - Matthew 14:30

I love the next word. It gives me insight into my Lord's heart for me. It helps me to remember that Jesus is merciful and kind. It gives me hope for when I fail to keep fear from coming into my heart - "IMMEDIATELY Jesus extended His hand and caught him [Peter]." Yes, he rebuked Peter for having little faith, but I'd rather be the wet brother that got rebuked for my little faith than the dry brother that had no faith at all!

Here's the thing my friends, Jesus is always, ALWAYS inviting us to come - to come out further, to wade in deeper, to trust in greater measure. He invites us to a life of faith adventures! He invites us to follow Him wherever He leads. We are not promised an easy life, but we are guaranteed victory in every faith fight!

"Now thanks be to God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ," - 2 Corinthians 2:14

When the wind and waves in your life start to speak to you, turn your eyes upon Jesus! That is the answer! When you look at God - eternal, mighty, king of kings, lover of your soul, redeemer, healer and friend - all of the turmoil and chaos of this world will begin to fade, and your perspective will change. You'll stop feeling like your drowning, and you will begin to rise above it all. IN CHRIST we are always victorious!

When you look to Him, He will show you everything you need to see, and nothing you don't! He will keep you in perfect peace, and His perfect love will cast out that fear. That's when you can get sassy and talk back to the wind and waves. That's when you can act like Jesus and say in faith, "Peace. Be still." Hallelujah!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus today. Remember who you are, and whose you are. Rise above the wind and waves. Answer the invitation of your Lord to "Come" & you will soon know the exhilaration of walking on the water!!

Kelli Sanders is the founder of Grow in God Ministries, a teaching ministry established for the purpose of helping believers grow to a place of strength and maturity in their walk with the Lord. Kelli is happily married to Tom Sanders and mother to three beautiful children. Kelli has authored both non-fiction works and children's books. When she's not writing she's thoroughly enjoying her family and friends, serving her local church and growing closer to God every day!To access more resources visit

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Monday, 10 April 2017

8 Traits That Can Impact Your Outcome As a Leader by Angela Chammas

Expert Author Angela ChammasBased on theories derived from the science of quantum physics, we know that what we focus on we also attract into our lives. In fact it works for us just like it works for sending and receiving a radio signal. For example, if you tune your radio to 103 FM you would not expect to pick up the signal from 97.5 FM. Of course you would not. You know when you turn the dial you will draw to you the radio signal that you send out and in this case tuning to 103 FM will send you the programming from 103 FM. In other words, like attracts like so be careful what you send out because it will always bring more of the same right back to you.

If you understand that like attracts like, it should not be a secret that the Universal Law of Attraction is alive and well and always acting on and responding to the tendencies and focuses we have as individuals and therefore of every leader. That is why I believe it is important to get clear about what the underlying motivations are that a leader gravitates to when in a position of leadership and how those leadership traits will attract or not attract the desired successful outcomes.

Leaders must realize that their organization is truly a "reflection of their leadership". In other words, how they lead is reflected within who and what they lead. The truth is, organization that exists are and will continue to be influenced and molded by the tendencies of their leadership. Therefore, it is critical that leaders understand that how they show up and engage with an organization is like selecting the station you want to receive on your radio. In other words, the traits you demonstrate as a leader when you choose how you want to lead is like sending out a signal to your organization to returned back to you more of the same.

Eight traits that are critical to understanding and predicting the effectiveness of your leadership approach in creating the outcomes you desire as a leader are:

1. High energy level and stress tolerance -- predicts the degree to which a person has the ability to perform under pressure and function in the presence of chaos; helps leaders cope with the hectic pace, stressful situations.

2. Self-confidence -- predicts the degree to which a person has an action oriented approach to problem solving, a self-confident leader is more likely to attempt difficult tasks and more persistent in the pursuit of difficult tasks.

3. Internal locus of control -- predicts the degree of belief a person has that events in life are determined by their own actions, therefore, they believe they can influence their own destiny; they take more responsibility for their own actions.

4. Emotional stability and maturity -- predicts the degree to which a person will have a more accurate awareness of their strengths and weaknesses; oriented toward self-improvement; less self-centered.

5. Personal integrity -- predicts the degree to which a person demonstrates the ability to be honest, ethical and trustworthy; able to keep promises; able to build trust among others.

6. Power motivation -- predicts the degree to which a person will seek positions of authority and power and will be more attuned to the policies of the organization.

7. Achievement orientation -- predicts the degree of drive and ambition to accomplish a particular outcome; able to set challenging yet realistic goals and deadlines.

8. Need for affiliation -- predicts the degree to which a person will enjoy working with others and building relationships; willing to include others not only in the journey but also in the creation of the desired outcome.

In assessing a persons leadership style according to these eight traits or tendencies, one can potentially predict in advance how successful or not one might be in a certain situation especially in creating the outcomes they desire. For example, the need for achievement, if too high can actually undermine leadership effectiveness and attract a lack of support for a particular outcome if not careful. If the need for personalized power is too strong, the person is likely to exercise power impulsively and seek to dominate people to keep them weak and dependent thereby attracting teams and individuals that lack resourcefulness. Finally, one trait I believe all leaders must be aware of is the amount of energy they give or take away from their organizations. If a leaders personal energy is too low, individuals within an organization are more likely to show a lack of personal empowerment, drive and initiative. If a leader is not careful, their low level of energy may actually drain the organization of its energy to perform and deliver on specific outcomes as others try to over compensate for the energy gap in their leadership. On the other hand, a leader with high energy and personal power is more likely to energize and inspire confidence and initiative within their organization.

One should look at all of these traits and tendencies (and others) and the potential impact they can have on leadership effectiveness as well as ineffectiveness. Being honest with oneself and to others will help a leader ensure they are able to attract the resources and outcomes they need to be successful in any particular leadership situation.

Angela Chammas M.Ed., M.S., CPC, is CEO and Managing Principal, for The Chammas Group, LLC, a life and leadership consulting and coaching organization. Angela is a professional speaker, certified professional coach, consultant, author and trainer. She has extensive experience and expertise in strategic leadership, adult training and professional development, executive and leadership coaching, organization management, operational excellence and process improvement.


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Book Summary: The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by Regine P. Azurin

This article is based on the following book:The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork "Embrace Them and Empower Your Team" John C. Maxwell, author of ‘The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership’ Published in Nashville, Tennessee by Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001 -
265 pages

To achieve great things, you need a team. Building a winning team requires understanding of these principles. Whatever your goal or project, you need to add value and invest in your team so the end 
product benefits from more ideas, energy, resources, and perspectives.

1. The Law of Significance
People try to achieve great things by themselves mainly because of the size of their ego, their level of insecurity, or simple naiveté and temperament. One is too small a number to achieve greatness.

2.The Law of the Big Picture
The goal is more important than the role. Members must be willing to subordinate their roles and personal agendas to support the team vision. By seeing the big picture, effectively communicating the 
vision to the team, providing the needed resources, and hiring the right players, leaders can create a more unified team.

3. The Law of the Niche
All players have a place where they add the most value. Essentially, when the right team member is in the right place, everyone benefits. To be able to put people in their proper places and fully utilize 
their talents and maximize potential, you need to know your players and the team situation. Evaluate each person’s skills, discipline, strengths, emotions, and potential.

4. The Law of Mount Everest
As the challenge escalates, the need for teamwork elevates. Focus on the team and the dream should take care of itself. The type of challenge determines the type of team you require: A new challenge 

requires a creative team. An ever-changing challenge requires a fast, flexible team. An Everest-sized challenge requires an experienced team. See who needs direction, support, coaching, or more responsibility. Add members, change leaders to suit the challenge of the moment, and remove ineffective members.

5. The Law of the Chain
The strength of the team is impacted by its weakest link. When a weak link remains on the team the stronger members identify the weak one, end up having to help him, come to resent him, become 
less effective, and ultimately question their leader’s ability.

6. The Law of the Catalyst
Winning teams have players who make things happen. These are the catalysts, or the get-it-done-and-then-some people who are naturally intuitive, communicative, passionate, talented, creative people who take the initiative, are responsible, generous, and influential.

7. The Law of the Compass
A team that embraces a vision becomes focused, energized, and confident. It knows where it’s headed and why it’s going there. A team should examine its Moral, Intuitive, Historical, Directional, Strategic, and Visionary Compasses. Does the business practice with integrity? Do members stay? Does the team make positive use of anything contributed by previous teams in the organization? Does the 
strategy serve the vision? Is there a long-range vision to keep the team from being frustrated by short-range failures?

8. The Law of The Bad Apple
Rotten attitudes ruin a team. The first place to start is with yourself. Do you think the team wouldn’t be able to get along without you? Do you secretly believe that recent team successes are attributable to your personal efforts, not the work of the whole team? Do you keep score when it comes to the praise and perks handed out to other team members? Do you have a hard time admitting you made a mistake? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to keep your attitude in check.

9. The Law of Countability
Teammates must be able to count on each other when it counts. Is your integrity unquestionable? Do you perform your work with excellence? Are you dedicated to the team’s success? Can people depend on you? Do your actions bring the team together or rip it apart? 

10. The Law of the Price Tag
The team fails to reach its potential when it fails to pay the price. Sacrifice, time commitment, personal development, and unselfishness are part of the price we pay for team success.

11. The Law of the Scoreboard
The team can make adjustments when it knows where it stands. The scoreboard is essential to evaluating performance at any given time, and is vital to decision-making.

12. The Law of the Bench
Great teams have great depth. Any team that wants to excel must have good substitutes as well as starters. The key to making the most of the law of the bench is to continually improve the team.

13. The Law of Identity
Shared values define the team. The type of values you choose for the team will attract the type of members you need. Values give the team a unique
identity to its members, potential recruits, clients, and the public. Values must be constantly stated and restated, practiced, and institutionalized.

14. The Law of Communication
Interaction fuels action. Effective teams have teammates who are constantly talking, and listening to each other. From leader to teammates, teammates to leader, and among teammates, there should be consistency, clarity and courtesy. People should be able to disagree openly but with respect. Between the team and the public, responsiveness and openness is key.

15. The Law of the Edge
The difference between two equally talented teams is leadership. A good leader can bring a team to success, provided values, work ethic and vision are in place. The Myth of the Head Table is the belief that on a team, one person is always in charge in every 
situation. Understand that in particular situations, maybe another person would be best suited for leading the team. The Myth of the Round Table is the belief that everyone is equal, which is not true. 
The person with greater skill, experience, and productivity in a given area is more important to the team in that area. Compensate where it is due.

16. The Law of High Morale
When you’re winning, nothing hurts. When a team has high morale, it can deal with whatever circumstances are thrown at it.

17. The Law of Dividends
Investing in the team compounds over time. Make the decision to build a team, and decide who among the team are worth developing. Gather the best team possible, pay the price to develop the team, do things together, delegate responsibility and authority, and give credit for success.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Part 2: The Five Levels of Leadership

Continue to learn about the 5 levels of leadership from John Maxwell a leadership expert. Some of the best things I have ever heard on leadership. Listen to part 1 below as well.