Monday, January 31, 2011

Are you a dabler, a hacker, copulsive or have Mastery in your life?

I went to a very intersting educational session today run by NZ Training and Development (I would strongly recommend that educators and trainers belong to this organisation - want to know more, go to There are divisions in Auckland, Hamilton and BOP as well as Wellington and Christchurch.)

It was on Mastery. So to have Mastery you need to be passionate about what you do, practice the skills you want to develop and monitor your performance.

People who attain mastery in their life live on the edge, challenge the status quo, be committed to continually reset their script, is committed to learning and development of the self and is a life long learner.

Have you acheived mastery in your life?

To be a master you have to be patient, purposeful and persistent.

Mastery has been recognised by many and this quote by Albert Einstein describes it very well. "Anyone who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. Therefore for this reason, mastery demands the whole person"

Is this you? Do you have a cause you are devoted too?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I heard today they expect this year to be another bad year!!!

Well you have a choice whether you buy into it or not. People have bad years all the time. Just look at what the weather has been doing - and this has nothing to do with the economic climate.

I know it is difficult for people who have and are suffering hardship. Many people are affected by floods,earthquake and disasters of many different types. I am sure even if you are not affected by nature at the moment all of you at sometime will have experienced loss, hardship, pain and suffering.

It is really hard while in the midst of these trauma's but one thing for certain is that the pain and suffering doesn't last forever.
While you never forget these times, life has a habit of showing us how to get through and that good times, fun and laughter can result.

So how does all this relate to my first sentence?

The way in which we make it through the tough times is dependent on your attitude. If you think you can't, then you are right. If you think you can, then you are also right.

So if you think it is going to be a hard financial year, then you are right if you choose to buy into it. On the other hand if your attitude is one that you will always get through, there will always be enough to go round and have some left over, that you can still provide great care on a limited buget then you will be able to do all of this and more.

On the other hand if you say that you can't manage on the budget and pay for the extras that are so important, like training, then you are also right. It is called a self perpetuated prophercy.

Try this year to change the way you think and believe it is going to be a great year, that you can afford training (even if you think your budget can't), believe you have full occupancy in your facility, believe that your staff are very trainable - the list goes on. You choose your destiny.

I have worked on this philosophy for years. Yes it can get hairy at times but when you truely believe in what you are doing then a way will be found. Your prayers, wishes and desires can and will be fullfilled.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I'm 63 and tired

I received this today. I don't know if others are feeling like this but it sure did hit a cord with me. Maybe you are the same. If it offends anyone, then I apologise in advance.

"I'm 63 and I'm Tired"
By Robert A. Hall

I'm 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I've worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired. Very tired.

I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honor"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to.

I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and mandrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America and Canada , while no American nor Canadian group nor Australian is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.

I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off?

I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor, brown or white.

I'm real tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems. I’m tired of them not believing it could be their own fault.

Yes, I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter.

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.

There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!
This is your chance to make a difference.
" I'm 63 and I'm tired”. If you don't forward this you are part of the problem.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy New Year

Well I don't think this will be so for many who live in Queensland. I am beginning to think that I live in the lucky counntry. While we here in NZ have had our share of disasters nothing of the magnitude Queesnland is experiencing could anywhere match this. I really feel for them.

2011 is really here now and I am sure before we know it, 2012 will be here. I dont want to appear the eternal pessimist as I really am an optomist, this is the fact. Busy people notice the years flying by while pessimsts see them dragging.

This year is going to see many changes in clinical update. For one all my caregiver training programmes are going on line. It is a lot of work but all worthwhile. I promise you that you will not be disappointed with the programmes that go on line.

I will keep you updated as to what, when and how of the programmes and when I go live so to speak. Watch this space.