Monday, November 26, 2007

Issue 445 - A Marathon Responsibility

I everything is ok where you are.

Today's issue is called 'Marathon Responsibility' - it focuses on 2 classics of goal achievement.
I write about them over and over, and make no apology for it.

2 news items from last week gave me the first subject, and then something that happened to me this morning provided the second, so I am writing as fresh as if squeezed from the udder...

Last week there was a huge uproar when it was revealed that the UK Government department for tax had managed to allow the confidential details of 25 million citizens to be copied onto cd and sent in the internal post, where they promptly got lost.

Changing tack swiftly, on Wednesday the England football team played a shocker, lost, and failed to qualify for a big tournament for the first time in 13 years.

The England manager said 'I take full reponsibility.'
Asked if he'd resign from his £2.5 million a year job, he answered 'No.'

The man in charge of the government department, Chancellor Alistair Darling, said 'I take full responsibility.'
Asked if he'd resign, and you might know what's coming with this one, he answered 'No.'


Now in the case of the football manager, his argument is that he wants to get the job right next time, and enjoys the job, so it's not up to him to resign.
Some sort of logic there I guess, but he was sacked anyway the next morning, so case closed.

The Chancellor has only been in the job 6 months, and has to manage the finances of an economy hovering around the 5th largest in the world.
It could be argued that there is no way he could possibly have known about the protocol that allowed the blunder, that it's someone's job way further down the line.
I can see that point of view, but it gives the perception that no-one in charge is held responsible.
When the man in ultimate charge is then saying he takes full responsibility, it smacks of hypocrisy.

In my books I write about taking responsibility, and meaning it.
Your current situation is a result of decisions you made, actions you took in the past.
If you accept responsibility for this, it means you accept that the decisions and actions you take right now will affect your future circumstances.
This is staggeringly effective in triggering extreme changes and benefits if you embrace it fully.

Ok, on to my news from this morning....
A large plop through the letterbox saw a package from the London Marathon organisers, saying I have been accepted for the 2008 race!

After being rejected in 2007 and running the race on my own, I was quite happy to never run another one because let's face it, it's a sodding long way!
However, and this is brilliant marketing, the organisers not only promise you a place after 5 rejections in a row, they automatically send you the entry form for the next year!

This is temptation that's hard to resist, and I duly sent mine back and returned it, not expecting to get in.
So I'm sure you can imagine me laughing out loud when I got the mail today, and the thought if all that training ahead!

The old adage of 'be careful what you wish for' springs to mind.
It does illustrate another point I make though, about the power of action.

Because I took action, I sewed seeds which may or may not have borne fruit - in this case they have, and I can now run in the race which marks the centenary of the first race over the 26 miles 385 yard distance.

Last year since I was running on my own around my neighbourhood streets, I didn't wear any sequins due to fear of local thugs with sawn off baseball bats, but maybe this is the time to go for the sequins - watch this space...

I write about my last marathon in my books.
I also write about taking action, and accepting responsibility.
I also write about how to make $100 a day and at the moment the whole package is just $67:

Ok, that's it for this week - I'm off to lie down in a dark room to conside those 26 miles, and leave you with this thought - do you *really* accept responsibility for your life?

'Til Next Time,
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Monday, November 19, 2007

Issue 444 - A Good Clip Round The Ear

I hope Monday finds you well.

Today I want to talk about Bob Mackenzie.
A PE teacher for nearly 20 years, he had dedicated his life to his job, organising soccer trips to the US and skiing trips to the Alps.
He also oragnised the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme for pupils.

For those of you that don't know, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards are for pupils in this country that want to push themselves, that want to prove themselves as worthy team players, decent members of society.
In a world where that kind of attitude is viewed as weak and old fashioned, schemes like this should be cherished, as should the people that organise them, sacrificing loads of their own time to do it.
They do it because they want to encourage people to be the best they can be, while having respect for themselves and those around them.

Mackenzie had a reputation for being hard but fair as a teacher.
I had plenty of those when I was at school, and in my view they were the best.
I talk about Mackenzie's teaching in the past tense, because he has resigned.
Why did he resign?
Because he was forced to, after giving a pupil a clip round the ear.

The pupil was a 15 year old yob, who had pushed him in the chest and called him a Scottish C***.
If I had pushed a teacher and called them that, I would have expected to be punished.

You won't be surprised to hear that the boy and his parents complained to the police.
In my view, the headteacher should have told the boy and his parents to shut up and learn some discipline and respect.
The school's governors should have done the same, and so should the local authority.
Instead, the boy was 'excluded' from school for 5 days!

I bet that taught him a lesson!
Yes, it taught him that showing physical and verbal abuse will bring no consequence whatsoever, and even if it does he can then complain, to protect 'his rights.'

Let's imagine what a shining beacon this yob will be to society...

Will he work?
Hardly, he'll be claiming benefits from the rest of us taxpayers.

Will he be polite and grateful for this free money?
Hardly, he'll be rude and threatening to anyone that questions him.

Basically he'll be a burden to society, while the kind of teacher we sorely need has his career ended.

This kind of thing infuriates me!
Why do we not teach the young that there are consequences to their actions, and when did we get so afraid to make those consequences unpleasant?

That's the whole point of the consequence, that if these morons can't grasp enough self esteem to behave, they need to be forced.

I can safely assume that if you're reading this now, then you're not the kind of yob I'm talking about, because let's be honest, the yobs don't have the brains to understand my way of thinking.

I remember reading in a few goal achievement books, that as adults, it's a waste of energy to try and preach to others, the best thing is to follow your own path, lay a trail by doing the right thing, and if others want to follow, then great.

Ok, that's it for this week, I have steam coming out of my ears!
As I write about in my books below, are you doing the right thing for society and for yourself?

'Til Next Time,
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Issue 443 - Remember To Remember

I hope everything is ok where you are.
This issue is about abundance.

This weekend just gone saw Remembrance Day.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the first World War ended in 1918, and there's a 2 minute silence at that time every year to remember the men and women that died in the 2 World Wars and other conflicts.

I've seen a huge number of documentaries about what it was like in the wars, but I can still only imagine the horror of being a man of any age, in a position where I knew I was in grave danger of dying but having to press forward.
It's something I've never had to even come close to experiencing and touch wood I never will.
Millions of people have though, and lives of all ages have been ended on battlefields around the world.

I take it for granted that I live in a country without war, and while it should be the case that everyone can take it for granted, it *isn't* the case, which is all the more reason that I am grateful for what I have.

There was another story today about lives being ruined - a man was finally convicted of murdering a schoolgirl in 1975, thanks to DNA evidence.

Another man was jailed for the crime, despite forensic evidence that he could not have done it.
That evidence was not presented at his trial, and he spent 16 years of his life in jail, often subject of attacks from other inmates.
He was freed after an appeal hearing, but only lived for a few more months after his release.
His life was ruined by the real murderer, and obviously so was the family of the girl who was killed.

She was 11 at the time, close to my age, and it's things like this which make me appreciate all the oppportunities I've had.
What could she have done had she not been killed?

I still have a world of opportunity ahead of me, I'm lucky to have this when so many people around the world don't.
It's easy to moan about the little things, but it's important to make sure the big picture of abundance that we enjoy is not lost in our fussing over the details.

It leads to a more contented life if we are fully aware of what we have, and it's something I write about in 3 of the books in my Curling For Gold package.
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Ok, that's it for this week - remember to remember lives that have gone, and to appreciate the one you have.

'Til Next Time,
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Monday, November 05, 2007

Issue 442 - An Age Limit To Your Goals?

I hope Monday finds you well.

Choice of 2 things to cover today, the latest space shuttle mission, or the latest film I saw...
Ok, decision made, it's the film!

Made in 2002, but not seen by me until the weekend, it's a sporting film, but stay with me!
The movies is one of my favourite niches to profit from, as is sport, as is tv which is where I watched it, so it's not surprising I loved it.

It's called The Rookie, and is about a baseball player, Jim Morris.
He tried to make it in the game, but had to give in the 80s due to injuries to his arm, and settled into life as a physical science teacher, bringing up his family.

One of his jobs was coach to the school baseball team.
They'd never achieved anything, and when he spotted them giving up on games, he wanted to hammer home the point about belief, about having something to aim for.
They made a jokey bet that if the team won the district, then Morris would try out again for a baseball career.

The team rallied, and with something to hold onto they won the competition, and Morris was forced to keep his side of the bargain.
He went along to the try outs just to keep his bargain, but ended up throwing pitches at 98 mph, which at the time only around 10 professionals could do.

He got signed by a minor league team, and eventually was spotted by a major team, and in Sep 1999, at 35 he made his debut in the major league.
His career only lasted 2 years, but it was a great story.

The film was made by Disney and it shows, but even if you're not a baseball fan (which I'm not) it's a superb story, made even better by the fact that it's true!
It makes me think also of Linford Christie, the British sprinter who won Olympic Gold at 100m in 1992 aged 38!

These kind of stories just show what can be achieved by having a target and an unerring belief in your ability to get there.
The idea of achievements like this later in life naturally appeal to me. and while my attempts at the pole vault and American Football kicking could be described as 'pitiful' at best, my journey in curling could be a different story.

At the weekend I was playing with top players in the English game, and was holding my own in my favoured position of lead player.

Is it likely that I will make the 2014 Olympics?
Maybe not.
Is it even possible?
Oh yes, absolutely.

A few more years of dedicated development at that position, and anything might be possible.
It's the kind of thing I love to take on, love to write about.
I aim to fund the journey myself, partly but not entirely through my 'Curling For Gold' Package.

Yes, I sell it for profit - I make no apologies about that, but it's not the only method I use.
In the package I cover the other methods I use, and my self motivation tecniques, so it's a mixture of 'do what I say', and 'do what I do.'

The introductory price is still just $67, with a money back guarantee, so if you fancy following along and seeing exactly how I do it, go to:

Ok, I reckon that's about it for this week - what goals are you aiming for?

'Til Next Time,
Health and Happiness,
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