Monthly Archives: January 2013

Aim HighYou can never achieve more than you have dreamt. You cannot excel above the mental limit you have set for yourself. You cannot succeed beyond your own definition of success. This is why one of Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is, “Start with the end in mind”.

If you enter a race with the aim of simply participating, your attitude is vastly different from that of someone who enters the race with the aim of winning. A person whose aim at work is to just avoid being fired and nothing more will produce results that are radically different from those produced by one whose aim is to excel and to be outstanding.

When you make a commitment upon embarking on any enterprise, that you will do it to the best of your ability, that you will produce outstanding results, that you will be among the best in the world at what you do then your time commitment, your preparation, your sweat equity (effort), your engagement, your tenacity, and most certainly your results will be miles apart from those of someone who just wants do the minimum that’s acceptable.

So for 2013 I am challenging you to commit yourself to excellence in all your major endeavours. Why relegate yourself to crawling when you can fly? Why be ordinary when you have the potential to be outstanding? Remember to start with the end in mind. Are you performing your duties just to get by or do you aim to produce extraordinary results? Aim HIGH!.

And make 2013 your BREAKTHROUGH year!

PS: If you want more on this topic please download a recording of my Star FM radio interview here:

Be the change



A lady went to the great leader, Mahatma Gandhi, with her young son. She informed Gandhi that her son had a problem. She explained that the boy was eating way too much sugar which was definitely bad for him. She informed Gandhi that if he (Gandhi) were to tell the boy to stop eating sugar the boy would immediately stop because he (the child) held great love, admiration and respect for Gandhi.

To the lady’s surprise Gandhi seemed distant and almost indifferent and he asked the lady to return with her son after one week. Though she could not understand the reason the lady dutifully obeyed and returned a week later. This time Gandhi looked the boy in the eye and said, “You need to stop eating sugar my boy because sugar is bad for you”.

The mother was puzzled and she couldn’t help asking Gandhi why¬†he had not said this very same statement a week before. Gandhi looked at her with a patient smile and said, “I could not give him that advice last week, madam, because I was still eating sugar”.

Be the change. Practice what you preach.

And make 2013 your BREAKTHROUGH year!

Your days are numbered

I have been looking at my numbers and guess what, they are certainly not in my favour. What am I talking about? Well I did the math – I was born exactly 16,330 days ago (on 2nd April 1968). If I live to be 70 years old I will have lived a total of 25,567 days. Meaning I only have 9,237 days left to get to 70. And I am shocked. But why don’t you do your own math?

Ok so why 70 years? Because I believe beyond 70 my levels of energy will naturally be less than they are today. What guarantees are there that I will reach 70 years? Well absolutely none but one has to start with some assumption, right?

So here is the bottom-line. Since time is not on my side I am concerned that I still have goals to achieve, dreams to accomplish, lives to touch, plans to complete etc. and my days are literally numbered.

Yeah so what you say. So verily I say unto thee my dear friend your days are numbered too. You only have so many of them before your time is up. This I believe gives you and me and any other purpose driven human being alive a sense of urgency, a different perspective on the value of time, a more pronounced sense of purpose.

What you will acquire, accomplish or become is what you will have envisioned and actioned. As we close 2012 what vision are you formulating for yourself in 2013. By the end of 2013 what are you aiming to have achieved, accomplished and become? What will you do? What will you have? What will you be? In other words what’s your VISION? And remember the secret is to write down that vision and re-visit it at least every week as you take massive action.

Time is not on your side. Already you are about 2 minutes older than you were when your opened this email.

No vision and you perish;
No Ideal, and you’re lost;
Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost.
Some hope, some dream to cling to,
Some rainbow in the sky,
Some melody to sing to,
Some service that is high.
Harriet Du Autermont

(Written on 17 December 2012)