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The powerful role of “E” EMOTIONS in our lives.

Posted on: April 25th, 2024 by Rob Opie No Comments

f I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”       Sir Isaac Newton”

 

 From our ‘ONE MINUTE ‘ Rugby World Cup heroes to our upcoming ’30 year elections, ‘E’ POWER is everywhere to be witnessed and leveraged.

It’s the knowledge of these E-EMOTIONS which allows us to fully leverage them in order to live our own lives better and better.

 “Human emotion is the ultimate resource – the ultimate force‘: Anthony Robbins

If you are seeking to fully empower your emotional self in 2024, here’s how.

Ultimately it’s a game of life where one needs to avoid the negative ones and attract the positives ones into one’s life.

Here they are the ‘BIG FIVE’ positive emotions via a helicopter view:

 #1:       GRATITUDE.

Gratitude is a human emotion with the immense ability to create health & happiness.

’Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.

 It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a

vision for tomorrow.’        Melody Beattie

Here are three steps to practice gratitude and feel more grateful, and appreciative of the good things in your life:

  1. Notice good things, look for them, and appreciate them.
  2. Savour, absorb, and really pay attention to those good things.
  3. Express your gratitude to yourself, write it down, or thank someone.

If often evident with post-match interviews by our sporting stars. There interviews always reflect on gratitude for just being part of some sporting great event.

    #2         UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

“Love yourself and good things will be attracted into your life” Dr Bernie Siegel

To prove the power which lies in these first two ‘ Big Five ‘emotions – gratitude and unconditional love – we only have turn to our very own selected experts – our dogs.

Dogs are indeed man’s best friend as they teach us so much power in the emotional realm. Things that we as humans sometimes just take for granted. South Africans are known to love their dogs for a reason. Appreciate what they can teach us. As Jimmy Soul could have sung it a little differently:

If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life – get a dog.”

 

#3              ACCEPTANCE

 

Acceptance is a powerful positive emotion when things seem to not being going your way – which happens in the game of life.

Maybe it’s not being selected for that Rugby World Cup Final starting 15, when you have come all the way with the team in preliminary games. In times like this acceptance plays a powerful role in keeping the player on track for the greater team – and indeed themselves.

Acceptance involves acknowledging the “unvarnished facts” of ourselves and our situation – the good and the not so good, without judging ourselves. Rather than this causing us to be stuck with things as they are, acceptance is the foundation for growth and change.

It helps us grow.

“Acceptance Is the First Step toward Peace” – Tiny Buddha

 

#4           FORGIVENESS

“Forgiveness is giving up the hope that what would have, could have, should have happened; in fact…it did not happen. It’s accepting the reality of what did happen, and moving on”: Oprah

 

Forgiveness therefore frees you up, giving you back the power.

It’s powerfully leveraged by the great champions of life.

Leverage it.

 

#5              JOY

Joy is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. It is what we all seek and potent positive emotion to leverage.

Some days, between the stresses of everyday life and the onslaught of negative news that surrounds us, it’s just not that easy to turn your frown upside down.

It sounds so simple: As Frank Sinatra sung,

When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you

Just smile. Happiness starts with a smile

Smiling is a raw positive emotion and so good to see.

Leverage it daily.

 

There they are – the “Big Five which can be leveraged to put you – and keep you firmly on the path to happiness and health – bolstering the power within YOU in order to live a prosperous and peaceful life.

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” Walter Hagen

Now you know…………………..

 

CONCLUSION:

While your focus must firmly be on leveraging the BIG FIVE positive emotions, you also need to know that our balanced universe will throw at us dangerous negative emotions – they exist as the BIG FIVE negative set of emotions.

They are all highly toxic in the human realm.

Beware as they can go as far as taking human lives.

It’s vital to steer well clear of these 5 negatives named below – as they will seriously impact on your health and wealth,

 

THE BIG FIVE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS:

 

#1:    RESENTMENT which leads one to cancer

#2     HATE which can leads one to heart attack

#3     CRITICISM which leads one to many of the arthritic dis-eases

#4     GUILT which leads one to motor neuron dis-ease and

#5     FUTILTY (Self Pity) which leads one to addiction and depression.

 

None of these will help you on your path to health or happiness, BUT the good news is that the Big Five POSITIVE emotions are far more powerful and will put you on your own path to health and happiness – that is if you keep your primary focus on them.

 

Whatever field you may practice in the realms of lif, make sure to leverage off positive “e” EMOTIONL motions.

They inspire.

Keep Smiling.


Rob Opie is a Performance Coach to teams and individuals, Speaker and six times Author.

 

 

 

 

 

The WAR against CANCER can be won. Here is how.

Posted on: April 14th, 2024 by Rob Opie No Comments

When United States President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act into effect in 1971,

most Americans – and the rest of the world – believed that if America could put a man on the moon, the war against cancer would soon be over. More than 45 years later rogue cancer cells continue to cause death, destroy lives and devastate families.

Every day in the US alone, more than 1500 people succumb to the dis-ease.

In South Africa that number is estimated to be 150.

Worldwide more people die of cancer than Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria combined.

Every year more than 14 million people worldwide hear the words.

‘’You’ve got cancer’’ 

One in four South Africans is associated with cancer in some form or another. Either they have it

themselves, or they have a relative or a friend battling the dis – ease.

In April 2013, Time magazine reported that:

‘’The probability of developing some type of cancer over one’s life time is for men,

one in two, and for women, one in three.’’

 

What is going wrong, AND how does one go about fixing the situation?

 

Despite the genius advances of modern medicine in symptomatic cancer treatments and early

detection programmes, there is still a distinct lack of progress.

 

Recently there has been talk about cancer dream teams in the US who are collaborating to find

the cure, but in reality something needs to change – to effect different results.

The research billions have primarily been focused on modern medicines triad of treatments , namely Chemotherapy, Radiation  and Surgery- all very effective in removing cancer cells , but far less effective in preventing further cancer cells from re- inventing themselves.

Consider this extract from the movie THE WAR LORDS.

“What do you know about war?

They’ll tell you it is about patriotism, democracy, or some shit about the other guy who hates our freedom.

But you want to know what it is really about? What do you see?

A kid from Arkansas doing his patriotic duty to defend his country.

I see a helmet. Fire retardant gloves, body armor, and a M16…….. I see 17500 dollars.

That is what it costs to outfit one American soldier. Over 2 million soldiers fought in Iraq & Afghanistan

It cost the American tax payer 4, 5 Billion dollars each year- just to pay the air conditioning bills for the wars  

And that is what war is really about.

WAR IS AN ECONOMY

Anybody who tells you otherwise is either in it – or stupid.

But, I did now know that yet. Back then, I did not know anything.  

 

Likewise CANCER has become a billion dollar industry, so why change it?

CANCER IS AN ECONOMY

Why ask the most important question of all………..the question required to conquer CANCER?

 

The human body moves from a state of wellness (EASE ) to a state of illness ( DIS-EASE) when it is exposed for too long to anything  we physically ( What  we put into our bodies ) ; chemically(what we put into our mouths) or emotionally ( what we put into our minds).

Modern medicine focuses on the first two and plays a vital part, but what we put into our minds emotionally is mostly neglected when we research and talk CANCER .

The fundamental question that needs to be asked is ?

What is the common denominator when it comes to all cancer?

What has every single cancer patient got in common?

And there is only ONE ANSWER.

They all hold onto a highly toxic negative emotion called LONG TERM RESENTMENT/S  – and stage one cancer delivers the answers as to where the resentment lies.

There is nothing wrong with using the triad of modern medical genius to knock out rogue cancer cells  ,but it must be done in tandem with removing long term resentment held.

Consider these three quotes:

‘’Love your life and body and good things happen .Transformation through finding harmony in your life leads to self-induced healing.’’    Dr. Bernie Siegel

“Resentment is a messy and confusing emotion to handle. It’s bitter indignation. It’s insidious. It festers. It’s toxic. It’s belief that one has been treated unfairly and it can go on for years and years.  It drives internal repressed anger, pain, and human frailty. Ultimately it creates a human emotional state of imbalance – and a “state of dis-ease” triggers. Melonie Beattie

  ‘’In hindsight, cancer has been a blessing. I view the gift of life and living, with an

infinitely more spiritual perspective and appreciate the miraculous balancing act

that underpins all our life experiences , in a new way.’’Inspirational words from a Cancer Champion

In 2022, approximately 20 million cancer cases were newly diagnosed and 9.7 million people died from the disease worldwide. By 2050, the number of cancer cases is predicted to increase to 35 million based solely on projected population growth.

Cancer is an economy and will go on unless the war against it is also looked at through an emotional lense.

It’s become a full blown economy.

And it’s getting more expensive.

For those waging war against cancer – those in it – the genius oncologists – it is big business – an economy.

CHANGING WAYS IS NOT AN OPTION FOR THOSE IN IT.

No one doubts the genius of modern medicine – and the power of symptomatic drugs.

But 45 years on, the primary focus is wrong.

The primarily focus remains symptomatic , not causative.

What’s required is a RADICAL TACTIC SHIFT.

Tragically, for those facing up to cancer , it’s not likely  to come from those waging the cancer  war – from those in it –  from those making millions from the symptomatic cancer economy  .

Why would they change it?

Why would they turn their focus to cause, not symptom?

Ask which weapons manufacturer would focus on finding a peace settlement?

War is highly profitable for those in it.

The reality is that the No.1 ANTI-CANCER DRUG is one called:  LIFE BALANCE i.e. / removing the most potent negative emotion called LONG TERM HELD RESENTMENT.

This is what puts a stop to future cancer cell regeneration.

And it is FREE TO ALL.

Let us take a helicopter overview at one common cancer: BREAST CANCER. The World Health Organisation recommends breast feeding for six months BUT kind-hearted woman often continue to figuratively breast– feeding for long periods of their lives –which subconsciously builds very high levels of RESENTMENT- either via their spouses, their children or their causes. They hereby place themselves at high risk for breast cancer. By not doing it, they can avoid levels of ‘resentment and hence avoid cancer altogether. Take heed.

There are multiple other first stage situations which are similar where resentment is subconsciously triggered in the long term.

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No Health. No Wealth. Free eBook

Posted on: January 13th, 2024 by Rob Opie No Comments

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Steve Jobs

 

 

Steve Job’s tragic and untimely death in 2011, at age 56, sent us all a stark reminder that when it really counts – wealth cannot buy back health.

Despite his vast financial wealth and intellectual genius, Steve Jobs was to learn the hard way, and pay the ultimate price.

He got it unwittingly and humanly wrong, when he failed to observe the No.1 universal principle of health and life:

‘LIVE A BALANCED LIFE’

What then is the key to living a healthy, happy and balanced life?

Consider this;

too much or too little of anything- for too long- in life leads to a life of imbalance (state of dis-ease/ state of illness) as opposed to a life of balance (state of ease/ state of wellness).

 

When it comes to wisdom on wellness, the most insightful knowledge which I have ever received in my years of research – did not come from the medical fraternity, but rather from one of Great Britain’s greatest field athletes, Sir Sebastian Coe – who shared the following:

 

“We all have a finite amount of energy. Whether you use physical, chemical or emotional energy it all comes from the same source. Wherever you focus your energy, you’re either filling or depleting the same well.”

 

Sir Sebastian Coe has got it spot on.

 

There is only one HUMAN ENERGY WELL, and we are the key player when it comes to our own wellness.

It’s in our own hands as to whether we choose to fill or drain our ‘one and only’ well.

Our choice dictates whether we live a life of ‘balance or imbalance’ – ‘ease or disease’.

It’s our human choice as to how we play the game via the three realms of health and life.

However, many of us fall into the human trap of unwittingly, habitually and humanly creating our own forms of imbalance in our lives.

Here are the most common human mistakes which we make – and we must avoid – to avoid the doctor’s rooms:

#1: PHYSICAL (what we put into our bodies)

For instance, we do not get enough sleep or enough exercise. Or we entertain physical toxins – for example: ‘too much or too little’ sun.

There are many more examples in the physical realm…..

#2: CHEMICAL (what we put into our mouths and noses)

Commonly our diets get crammed full of acidic foodstuffs – and not enough alkaline foods to balance the ph levels in the diet equation. We further punish our bodies with the intake of too many chemical toxins – alcohol and cigarettes being the most common culprits.

#3: EMOTIONAL. (What we put into our heads)

We unwittingly and humanly hold onto highly toxic emotions, not knowing how dangerous this can be for our health and our lives in the long run.

The prime emotional culprits here are:

 

“Resentment, Hate, Guilt, Criticism and Futility (Self-pity)”

 

 Long term held RESENTMENT fuels CANCER– by sending the human cell formation process into festering disarray.

 

’Resentment is a messy and confusing emotion to handle. It’s bitter indignation. It’s insidious. It festers. It’s toxic. It’s a belief that one has been treated unfairly and it can go on for years and years. It drives internal repressed anger, pain, and human frailty’.

 

 Long term held HATE fuels HEART ATTACK – by constricting the flow of blood, love and joy.

 

 Long term held GUILT fuels MOTOR NEURON DISEASE – by closing down the motor neurons. This happens when one unwittingly chooses to not live a balanced life in line with one’s own highest values, thus generating ongoing inner guilt.

 

 Long term held CRITICISM fuels the AUTO IMMUNE DISEASES – by clogging up the human body. (including arthritis, rheumatism, fibromyalgia and others)

 

 Long term held FULTILITY fuels DEPRESSION & ADDICTION – by diminishing the meaning /purpose of life.

 

Being aware of these toxic emotions is all important as these ‘Big Five‘ emotions can manifest in one or other of the serious life threatening forms of disease.

‘Empower your health or you will soon be told what organs to remove – or drugs to take’: Dr John de Martini

Every day, you’ve gotta stand guard of the door to your mind” Tony Robbins

Yes. every day, we’re either FILLING OR DRAINING the finite human energy well”.

Thank you Sir Sebastian.

The good news is that if we get anywhere close to “optimum balance” in all three universal realms of health and life, we will soon find ourselves mastering our health – and our lives.

Go Well. Go Great

ROB

This article is not health advice but simply suggestions on how to think about your body and health.

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POWER UP YOUR OWN PERSONAL BRAND IN 2024

Posted on: December 27th, 2023 by Rob Opie No Comments

“Less than 5 % of people get anything like their potential horsepower translated into their actual horse-power, less than 5 % of people go on to achieve their greatest potential in life.” 

“My Advice: Invest in Yourself.”  Warren Buffett 

 

Business and Sports greats are always looking for ways to optimize their own greatest potential – being on a journey from good too great to great to greatest- and they like to stay there for a long period of time.

It’s as easy as we think – as the great champions leave big footprints – and patterns of greatness that are clear for us to see – especially in the sports world which is highly transparent for all to see.

“If you want to be the best, you must learn from the best “

In this short article I will be sharing ideas/footprints with you as to how the great champions go to and stay at nine will be sharing ideas with you and taking you through the THREE POTENT STEPS which the great champions take for building a HIGH LEVEL PERSONAL BRAND.

Here they are:  The all-important 3P’s of a potent inner brand identity

P#1: Defining your PURPOSE

P#2: Setting your PRIORITIES

P#3: Aligning your PERFORMANCE GOALS

ONE MORE FINAL STEP:  Putting it all into ACTION

 

“Branding is everything” Richard Branson

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STEP ONE: P#1: Defining your PURPOSE

“The two most important days in your life are the days you are born and the day you figure out why” ”Mark Twain

Great companies invest in defining their purpose – their why.

They know why they exist.

Simon Sinek in his game-changing book: ‘’Start with Why’’, shared how great companies all ‘Start with Why’ – by putting their why before their what.

Apple is known for making great electronic products.

It’s their what.

But, it’s their why which sets them apart as a truly great company.

Steve Job’s instilled a culture of thinking differently:

Apple’s purpose statement:

“To change the status quo”

That’s a potent why – one which enabled Apple to be the first to go through the trillion dollar capitalisation mark – beating both Amazon and Alphabet (Google) to the magical number.

Here are further examples of great companies with clearly defined purpose statements which inspire their greatness:

❖           Coca Cola’s purpose is “to create happiness.”

❖           Disney’s purpose is “to make children smile.”

❖           Facebook’s purpose is “to connect people.”

❖           Microsoft’s purpose is “to empower people to do more.”

❖           Google’s purpose is “to organize and disseminate the world’s information.”

❖           Amazon’s purpose is “to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.”

❖           Starbuck’s purpose is “to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, one neighbourhood at a time.”

❖           Discovery’s purpose is ‘’to help people to do life better.’’

It’s the same with great individuals.

They all ‘start with why.’

Their inspiration coming from their purpose:

❖           Nelson Mandela’s purpose was “to deliver freedom for all.”

❖           Winston Churchill’s purpose was “to inspire hope.”

❖           Bill Gates’ purpose is “to empower people to do more.”

❖           Elon Musk’s purpose is “to elevate humanity.”

❖           Mark Zuckerberg’s purpose is “to connect everybody.”

❖           Rory McIlroy’s like – all sports stars – purpose is “to entertain, to educate, and to enrich lives.”

 

Face book’s Mark Zuckerberg shared the following in a commencement address at Harvard:

 

“Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.”

Consider the following wisdom from his book HALF TIME

’The Great Champions of life recognize that self -interest is central to one’s human make up, but count the greatest gain as the goodwill of fellow humankind’’ – Bob Bulford

In his address, he related one of his favourite stories of when John F Kennedy visited the NASA space centre. JFK saw a janitor carrying a broom and he walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded,

“Mr. President, I’m helping to put a man on the moon.”

Wow.

When one puts the ‘the why‘ before ‘the what’ in one’s life, things certainly begin to look a little different ……..

❖           Purpose is about seeing the bigger picture.

❖           Purpose empowers you to take action.

❖           Purpose is about revealing YOUR OWN inner greatness.

❖           Purpose inspires you to do more.

❖           Purpose drives a culture of great and is the key to living a life of fulfilment.

 

“You are not here to merely make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand” Woodrow Wilson

 

STEP TWO: P#2: Setting you PRIORITIES

 

“The most important thing I have learnt in life is to FOCUS my energy on what is important in life”                                                                          Bill Gates

 

Setting one’s priorities right is one of the most important actions you can take in life. Priorities dictate ones destiny.

Yet, it’s surprising how few people are able to clearly articulate their ‘’Big Five” priorities in life.

Some out of ignorance, some out of fear, and some because they cannot see the value in doing so.

❖           Clear priorities focus your finite energies

❖           Clear priorities help YOU to make better YES/NO decisions in life.

❖           Clear priorities steer YOU towards what you want in life.

❖           Clear priorities make life far easier for YOU.

❖           Clear priorities empower you.

 

“If you do not empower yourself, someone or something will overpower you” Dr John de Martini

We are all unique human beings – and our priorities do differ.

But,the priorities of the great champions do present a pattern from which we can all learn and grow wiser.

Indeed

“Human greatness leaves footprints”

The good news is that these patterns can be mapped – and modelled.

If you want to build a great personal brand, it’s wise to follow the GREAT CHAMPIONS, to see how they set up right with their “BIG FIVE PRIORITIES” in life.

 

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”  Sir Isaac Newton

 

Here we go then – this is how the great champions set up right.

The hierarchical order of their top priorities being of utmost importance.

 

Priority Number One:  YOURSELF.

Many people see their FAMILY as their #.1 priority in life.

They put their family right at the top of their hierarchical list.

The great champions do not do this.

Why?

“Life is about setting up right to be able to inspire and help others.”

Herein lays the key to HUMAN GREATNESS – defined as achieving Sustained Success and Significance. (3S’s)

“You can’t help others effectively until you help yourself.”

In other words, you can only help others if you take care of YOURSELF FIRST– by placing YOURSELF at the top of YOUR priority list.

This may sound like a selfish act, but it’s NOT.

In life you cannot put the cart before the horse.

To impact positively on others you must ensure that you are always being coming from a position of strength.

Consider the following wisdom from Bob Bulford:

 

“Champions recognize that self-interest is central to one’s human design,but count the greatest gain as the goodwill of fellow humankind.”

 

Add these wise words from American professional life coach Corey Wayne:

 

“By taking care of yourself first, you’ll put yourself in a position to have abundance to take care of others.”

 

Just think about all the people you could help because you helped YOURSELF first.

 

Bill Gates is a wonderful example – empowering people all over the world to do more through Microsoft – and through his charity foundation.

The great champions of life ensure that they are always coming from a position of strength.

Making YOURSELF priority #1 sets you up for all good things to happen to YOU – and those important to YOU.

 

Priority Number Two:  YOUR PURPOSE (YOUR WHY)

 

As highlighted in Chapter One, PURPOSE is why you exist.

Purpose is ‘the why’ in your life.

It’s the one thing that you become an expert in, so that you can positively influence and contribute to this world.

 

“Every living being was born to accomplish certain purpose. It’s the knowledge of that purpose that enables every soul to fulfil it.”

Mohammed Ali

Invest wisely in your purpose – your vocation– as the world, your family, your friends, your colleagues, your clients need YOU.

Your contribution and your impact on others will always be more valuable when ‘your why’ is clear and compelling.

 

Note: Your family cannot be ‘your why’ as ‘your why’ is who you are – wherever you are, not just at home, but also at work or out with friends.

 

Priority Number Three: YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS

 

Here it is as Priority #3 – the critical importance of your Family and your Friends.

Prioritise both as they play a vital role in your life.

The investment which you have made in BRAND YOU (Priority #1) and YOUR PURPOSE (Priority #2) will impact on those who you love and cherish.

Your contribution will be immense – if you set up right in life.

 

Priority Number Four: YOUR HEALTH & YOUR WEALTH

 

Both are important as they can easily be lost if you do not prioritise them.

Invest wisely.

 

The key to health is to strive to live a balanced life.

Living a balanced life means getting it right in all three realms of life and health, namely:

 

❖           PHYSICAL – what you put into your body.

❖           CHEMICAL – what you put into your mouth.

❖           EMOTIONAL – what you put into your head.

 

Each realm is of equal importance.

One of Britain’s greatest ever athletic champions, Sebastian Coe once shared the following wise words on the subject of wellness:

 

“We all have a finite amount of energy. Whether you use physical or mental energy it all comes from the same source. Wherever you focus your energy you’re either filling or depleting the same well ’’

 

Optimum health comes from maintaining optimal balance.

Optimal balance comes from keeping our ‘energy well’ filled in all three realms – with all three energy buckets – Physical, Chemical and Emotional.

 

There is no point doing everything right in the physical and chemical realms, if one drains ‘the human energy well’ via the emotional realm.

It’s all one.

We must strive to live our lives in balance.

 

“Too much or too little of anything for too long creates a state of imbalance.”

 

When it comes to your wealth – your financial wellness – it’s important to empower yourself. Some people do not.

They fail to prioritise their wealth – they fail to prioritise money, herby often remaining poor in life.

They like to believe that money is the root of all things evil.

It’s not.

It’s the love of money which is the root of all kind of evil.

There is a big difference

Prioritise your money as money is great enabler in life – especially when you are in the league of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and other worldwide billionaires – who have committed to give away more than half of their wealth to select causes.

 

Priority Number Five: YOUR LIFESTYLE.

 

Every one of us seeks a desired lifestyle.

If you do not prioritise the things you love to do, they will pass you by.

What’s more is that if you do not take ‘time out’ – you will run the risk of burn out.

We have defined Human Greatness as:

“Success and Significance Sustained”

It’s the third ‘S’ which is crucial.

The great champions know that if they are to sustain great– they need to manage their finite energy levels.

You have to find time to:

“Relax & Refuel “

One cannot keep running a car on empty.

By prioritising your lifestyle choices – making time for the things you love to do– you will find the energy to ‘step up to the plate’ when required.

Whether it’s running, sailing, fishing, reading, shopping, whatever – it’s vitally important to find the time to re-energise yourself.

 

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” Walter Hagen

Now you know. The Great Champions set up right.

They prioritise right.

Here are their BIG FIVE priorities in hierarchical order:

❖           Priority No.1: YOURSELF

❖           Priority No.2: YOUR PURPOSE

❖           Priority No.3: YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS

❖           Priority No.4: YOUR HEALTH & YOUR WEALTH

❖           Priority No.5: YOUR DESIRED LIFESTYLE

 

STEP THREE: P#3: Setting your PERFORMANCE GOAL

“Strategy without execution is worthless”

 

You have done all the hard yards by defining your Purpose and putting your Priorities in place.

You have set up right and it’s now time for action.

It’s time to let the magic begin.

It’s time for the ‘P’ which sits above the water – the part which people see – your Performance.

 

 

Your Performance Goals need to be congruent with your Purpose and your Priorities.

It’s this level of congruency which will determine the level of your performance.

If not congruent, you will run the risk of falling into the trap of average people – average performance – called PROCRASTINATION.

To avoid this common human trap – your performance goals need to be:

 

❖           AUTHENTIC

❖           ALIGNED

❖           ACHIEVABLE

 

 

  1. SET AUTHENTIC PERFORMANCE GOALS.

 

YOUR goals must be YOUR goals.

Unless your goals are authentic you will lack INSPIRATION from the inside – and will constantly be looking for MOTIVATION from the outside.

Don’t chase other people’s goals.

 

  1. ENSURE YOUR GOALS ARE ALIGNED WITH YOUR PURPOSE & PRIORITIES.

 

It’s smart to set only FIVE performance goals for the current year – one for each of the BIG FIVE PRIORITIES you set in STEP #2.

The great champions keep it all focused and simple.

 

“I’ve had to do a lot of inner engineering as I like to call it”

Novak Djokovic

 

As per business Guru Peter Drucker, make your goals “SMART’’: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time related.

 

  1. MAKE SURE YOUR GOALS ARE ACHIEVABLE

 

Nothing is more disempowering that setting fantasy goals – goals which are unrealistic – goals which are not achievable.

It’s fine to have stretch goals, but they must be achievable.

Finally it’s important to add one final ingredient to the recipe – that of celebrating achievements – celebrating milestones.

Make sure you reward yourself along the way.

Reward fires you up for the next great achievement on your journey through life.

 

Live the journey.

 

“Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.” Brian Dyson

 

 

NOW YOU KNOW THE POWER WHICH LIES PERSONAL BRANDING.

 

GO GREAT

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Boks make their point: ‘Nelson 111’.

Posted on: October 29th, 2023 by Rob Opie No Comments

There’s so much going wrong in our country, we are the last line of defence. There’s so much division in the country, it is possible to work together as South Africans, not just on the rugby field, but in life in general. We can’t go away from that, 1995, without that I wouldn’t be here. For people who look like me, I’ve got a job to give whatever I can to the jersey, to show they can get opportunities like this.’                                                                                                               Siya Kolisi

 

Well done to Siya and Bokke for once again showing us how to unite a nation.

Wow, did they make the entire country sweat ?

The Boks going on to capture a record fourth Web Ellis trophy in France – by beating our southern hemisphere arch-rivals New Zealand in a nail biter final by one point: 12-11.

What stands out in their victory is that their last three wins all involved a narrow winning margin of one point in each game –  the superstitious ‘111 factor’ of sport coming into play.

Resilience and experience shined through in a team focused and united with a powerful higher purpose in bringing South Africans together as one.

#STRONGER TOGETHER

 

Or put in another way:

ENTERTAINING, EDUCATING AND ENRICHING a nation.

This is what champion teams do.

They do more than just winning on the playing field.

People who are not from South Africa don’t understand what this means for our country, this is not just about the game; our country goes through such a lot. We are the very hope that they have.”                                                                 Siya Kolisi


Hopefully it represents unity, what teamwork can do. A lot is lacking in our country. People from all races and backgrounds, supporting one goal, something we can learn in everyday life: ‘To make a better country and a better world.’                                                       Faf de Klerk

 

The term ‘111’ is called ‘NELSON’ in cricketing slang terminology – and superstition

 

The name Nelson, applied to a team or individual score of 111, is thought to refer to a wicket. Various sources ascribe it to referring to Nelson’s three major naval victories (won, won, won).

 

In cricket terms, 111, umpire David Shepherd made the ritual popular through his longstanding practice of raising a leg from the ground on Nelson, in an effort to avoid ill fate. When crowds noticed this, they would cheer his leg-raising. as NELSON, where fellow players and supporters are also expected to lift their feet while the team or individual batsman remains on 111.

 

But, for our Bokke there would be no ill- fate, as the country lined up for an epic final with their ‘feet up’ wearing their green jerseys week in and week out – the Boks progressing to the final with one point comeback victories over France and England.

Then wrapping it all up with a one – point victory over New Zealand.

I guess as a team we like drama. We have had drama for the last few years. It helped us a lot as a team to get through the drama and cope with it and it shows the resilience of the team and the whole of South Africa.” Pieter-Stef Du Toit – ‘The Malmesbury Missile’ after his 28 tackles made and Man of Match performance in the final.  

Maybe the team was out to prove a point in showing us that when you are united in cause, drama and action – and keep one foot up:

Anything becomes possible.

Welgedaan Bokke.

 

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Novak Djokovic. ‘Inner Engineering’ key to his record success.

Posted on: September 13th, 2023 by Rob Opie No Comments

 

‘“I’m going to keep going. You know, I feel good in my own body. I still feel I got the support of my environment, of my team, of my family,” Novak Djokovic aged 36.

 

He must surely now be recognized as the greatest of all time:  GOAT

Novak Djokovic, aged 36, is showing no signs of slowing after his record equalling 24th GRAND SLAM victory at the US OPEN.

He now stands to go past Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slams at next year’s Australian Open.

This all comes from a man who five years back at the Laureus Awards spoke openly about being burnt out chasing ‘ Roger and Rafa ‘ – and having to take himself through a process of ‘ inner engineering’.

Novak Djokovic’s acceptance speech at the Laureus Awards that year was crammed full with wisdom – and some brutal honesty – from which we can all take lessons – from a GOAT.

Yes, even the greatest of the great champions have to dig deep at times.

Forced out the game to undergo surgery after the 2018 Australian Open, Novak revealed how for him it was actually a three year period on introspection.

A reality check on life – or what he likes to call:

 

“A period of Inner Engineering”

 

His wife, Jelena playing a huge part in resurrecting a career that was on the verge of destruction.

His injury forcing him to take heed.

He himself admitting that he had difficulty rejoicing in his success and its “meaning”, revealing that he felt “relief” more than anything even after achieving his momentous calendar grand slam in 2016.

‘’Back at Roland Garros 2016, when I achieved the ultimate goal of tennis to hold all four slams at the same time, I felt a huge relief, I did not feel fulfilment to be honest : Novak Djokovic

Like so many other great champions, Novak had fallen into the human trap of:

 

‘Chasing the game’

 

He revealed how he had struggled to find higher purpose.

‘I tried to understand why, and I think it was because I didn’t embrace or I didn’t live the process or the journey as much as I needed – and wanted that destination or that achievement of that goal. When I actually reached it, I realised that the goal would be nothing without that journey.’ Novak Djokovic at the Laureus Awards

Chasing the game – chasing the result – serves only to steer any great champion towards ‘burn out‘.

‘Inner Engineering’ helped Novak to embrace the power of sport, which comes through an understanding of sport’s higher purpose:

 

‘To Entertain, to Educate and to Enrich the lives of others’.

 

Novak has certainly entertained us with the bigger picture since moving away from of ‘chasing the game.’

No matter how big or small your role may be on this planet, it’s unwise to’ chase the game’ in life.

 

‘Success is found in the journey – not the result.’

 

Live the journey.

‘I felt immense relief and great gratitude for that moment. People ask me why I didn’t celebrate immediately after the winning point but I simply felt relief and now I’m grateful that it’s all over. The first thing I wanted to do after the victory was hug my daughter. She is my guardian angel, she inspired me to win and was fundamental’. Novak on winning at US OPEN

Thanks Novak for sharing that.

And congratulations Novak on making winning your 24th Grand Slam title look easy at the US OPEN – at age 36.

This is what the great champions do.

For Novak there will be few thoughts of calling it a day any time soon, unless his body dictates otherwise.

Inner engineering has been part his ongoing success formula.

“I’m not chasing anyone. I’m making my own journey, my own path, my own history. I’m privileged to be part of history in this sport that I love. I don’t put any number right now in my mind on how many Slams I want to win until the end of my career. I don’t really have any number, but, I do want to make history of this sport, no doubt.’ Novak Djokovic

 

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Boks spring surprise branding move. Did it work for them?

Posted on: September 11th, 2023 by Rob Opie No Comments

‘BOK IDENTITY = GREEN & GOLD’

Die Bokke, pulled off a convincing 18-3 victory over Scotland in their World Cup opener this past weekend, and a surprise move to play in turquoise jerseys.

Question is if it worked for them and what impact does it have on the brand?

Undoubtedly supporter feedback was “GO BACK TO GREEN & GOLD”.

 

In sports marketing  – Colour  Identity – plays a massive role in driving home success.’

 

The basic rule in sports marketing is that colour alternatives can be used for a limited amount of ‘Cause Marketing’, as we have seen for example with the Proteas in “Pink for Cancer”.

Here it works, but when the brand uses alternative colour primarily for financial gain, as the Boks did with 60/60, it needs to be questioned in terms of brand value.

Risk of brand damage and risk of supporters having a feeling  of being less united is not worth the price it pays to sell your IDENTITY.

For the Boks to win their World Cup # 4 they will have to return the GREEN & GOLD from here on in ………

                                        #STRONGERTOGETHER.

Supporters will only give so much to ‘kitting themselves out ‘and they want to feel united with their team in colour for every game.

It is called BRAND IDENTITY – and it plays a vital role in determining success in sports branding.

GO Bokke. Go Great.

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Whether it’s in business, sport or health – FOCUS DRIVES SUCCESS.

Posted on: March 15th, 2023 by Rob Opie No Comments

 

 

“The most important thing I have learnt in life is to FOCUS my energy on what is important in life.”

–Bill Gates

 

 

Greatness leaves footprints.

Both Bill Gates and Warren Buffett agree that FOCUS is THE KEY FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE.

Now these are just two pretty powerful minds riding in the same peloton- which makes for some pretty interesting insights and reading.

 

IN BUSINESS;

 

Here in South Arica, businessman Raymond Ackerman proved it with his FOCUSED four- legged TABLE MODEL…… building one of SA’s top supermarkets chains from scratch. His strategic focus was a model based on the four legs of a table – each deemed to be one on his key business principles of his management philosophy. The four legs of his table were the people leg (human resources), the merchandise leg (production), the promotion leg (marketing/technology) and the administration leg (including finances).

Each leg had to be strong enough to keep the table upright, and of the same length, enough to keep the table balanced and level. If any one of the legs wobbles, the table tilts; if a leg collapses, the table falls. The table settings placed on this flat, secure base are the day-today activities and operations of the business.

IN SPORT;

In sport let’s choose mountaineering as an unusual example, going back to the days of the great Everest explorers, who climbed Everest without supplementary oxygen – the greats like George Mallory. Reinhold Messer – Sir Edmund Hillary – Tenzing Norgay – Erik Shipton and others.

 

Unfortunately, Everest has now become the new playground of the rich with many changes. But, it was the early explorers who conquered the mountain with four- pronged strategies – knowing exactly when to be on the mountain and when to be off the mountain.

Their strategies based on a four- legged FOCUS model – are the same as in business, sport and health.

Here are the table legs of the great explorers:

TABLE LEG #1:   THE RIGHT MINDSET – the power of the human resolve

‘’by resolve we mean to decide firmly or formally on a course of action; to determine and decide in purpose; to free from doubt; to make ready in mind”

 “If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle of life itself is upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go.”

–George Mallory: English Mountaineer and Everest Explorer

“By climbing mountains we were not learning how big we were. We were finding out how breakable, how weak and how full of fear we are. You can only get this if you expose yourself to high danger. I have always said that a mountain without danger is not a mountain.”

–Reinhold Messner: Italian Mountaineer and Everest Conqueror

 

TABLE LEG #2:   THE RIGHT KNOWLEDGE- the power of human awareness

 

TABLE LEG #3:   THE RIGHT SUPPORT – the power of the human collective

TABLE LEG #4:   THE GAME PLAN –the power of the human focus

 

AND IN HEALTH.

 

FOCUS is even more powerful when one looks at a famous cyclist – Lance Armstrong – who used a focused and very similar four- pronged table model to conquer CANCER ……………..and the Pyrenees…. and the Alps

He shared it all openly in his first book- a very insightful, interesting and inspirational read.

It’s not about the bike’ (read Chapter Nine)

 Many refer to Lance Armstrong as a seven times Tour de FRANCE cheat. BUT millions adore and admire him for what he shared on CANCER and how he conquered with a four -legged table model .

BUT , few took notice – mainly because HE was questioning an industry showing an exponential growth trends via chemotherapy , radiation and surgical practices.

IT HAD BECOME AN ECONOMY within itself.

And anyone who shoots down an economy will be shot down quickly.

He really had no chance to be heard.

The story did have some interest as years before United States President Richard Nixon had signed the National Cancer Act into effect in 1971. Most Americans – and the rest of the world – believed that if America could put a man on the moon, the war against cancer would soon be over.

 

BUT, it never happened.

 

More than 43 years later rogue cancer cells continue to cause death, destroy lives and devastate families.

Every day in the US alone, more than 1500 people succumb to the dis-ease.

In South Africa that number is estimated to be 150.

Today worldwide more people die of cancer than Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria combined.

I just wish CANCER is NEVER treated as an economy – like any economic war is – and that other CANCER CHAMPIONS do get their opportunity to share their cancer success stories.

By mastering Armstrong’s four- pronged strategy to conquer cancer one will soon be back to mastering ones own health and life.

Read Lance’s first book to find out more – or email myself for a complimentary copy of my book: “What every woman should know about breast cancer” – it is FREE to you at robopie@thegameplan.co.za

 

Cancer can be conquered.

That is a given if you TAKE HEED from the cancer champions who have conquered it.

 

‘Without cancer, I never would have won a single Tour de France. Cancer taught me a plan for more purposeful living and that in turn taught me how to train and to win more purposefully. It taught me that pain has a reason and that sometimes the experience of losing things – whether health or a car or an old sense of self – has its own value in the scheme of life. Pain and loss are great enhancers.’

                                                                                                                                                                    Lance Armstrong

Whether it’s a Business to conquer, Everest to conquer, The Tour de France to conquer or the ‘mountain’ called Cancer to conquer – there is always a four- pronged FOCUSSED way to do it!

Take Heed.

 

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How to escape the human trap called PROCRASTINATION

Posted on: March 2nd, 2023 by Rob Opie No Comments

 

“My Advice: Invest in Yourself.”    Warren Buffett

 

 

 

 

The bedrock of every high- level Personal Game Plan– or Personal Brand – are the 3P’s of branding – namely

 P#1: Defining your PURPOSE

P#2: Setting your PRIORITIES

P#3: Aligning and focusing your PERFORMANCE GOALS

 

But here in-between lies another ‘P’– and it is an ugly ‘P’ called PROCRASTINATION – when people fail to get the job done.

Consider what Warren Buffett believes:

“Less than 5 % of people get anything like their potential horsepower translated into their actual horsepower.”

He’s right.

Potential exceeds realization for most of us.

Less than 5 % of people go on to achieve their greatest potential in life, and a huge chunk of this under-performance can be attributed to a lack of congruency in their Game Plans – their 3P’s.

Think of Personal Branding as an ice- berg – as depicted in introduction graphic to this article above:

 

First you have to address the powerful chunk which lies invisible below the surface – making sure that your Purpose and your Priorities are ‘made of the right stuff.’

 

These are the two P’s which people do not see, but they are the key drivers of the part which lies above the ocean, which people do see – your PERFORMANCE.

 

Your brand can score highly with the P’s below the ocean, but if your PERFORMANCE GOALS are not aligned and focused – you will fall into the human trap of PROCRASTINATION – and having minimal finite energy to do what you set yourself to do.

 

You will begin to seek external MOTIVATION…. and more motivation….and more motivation to do something which you do not really wish to do. (What you are seeking to do is not high on your priority list)

Under-performance is the net- result.

But the great champions of life do not participate in the external MOTIVATION game. They set themselves up right to be in the INSPIRATION game – being internally driven to just do–where their performance goals are specifically, not abstractly, aligned with their purpose and priorities.

Things just begin to fall into place for them as they are intrisically inspired .

Performance enhances when inner values and priortities combine to form a congruent force.

Human Greatness happens.

By making your 3P’s congruent (AUTHENTIC, ALIGNED AND ACHIEVABLE) – you will be well on your way to escaping the human trap called PROCRASTINATION – and mastering your health, your happiness and your life.

“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself makes you fearless.”

                                                                                           Lao Tzu

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At age 65, Bernard’s feeling on top of the world again.

Posted on: February 27th, 2023 by Rob Opie No Comments

“He continues to amaze us all. He just keeps going, and he stays in shape. He’s just incredible, really. Forty-five wins, and he keeps winning, 65 years old, shot his age this week. I don’t know, there’s not much else you can say about him. And he’s a nice person, too. That’s, I think, the coolest part is he’s a good guy, a nice guy.”                            

                                                                                          Steve Stricker

 

 

With his recent successful defense of the Chubb Classic, Bernard Langer is back on top of the world.

 

This was his 45th win on the PGA Champions Tour, tying him with Hale Irwin.

 

They are trailed by the funny man of golf Lee Trevino, who accumulated 29 wins and Gary Player 19 wins on the Senior’s tour.

 

Langer also extended his own record for the oldest winner on the over-50 circuit (65 years, 5 months, 23 days).

 

Langer birdied five of his last seven holes in the final round to shoot 65 and earn a three-stroke victory.

 

The 65-year-old Langer matched his age with a closing 7-under 65.

 

It was his 12th win since turning 60.

 

“Right now, I just feel relieved and grateful and thankful for everybody that’s been on my team and helping me through these years. Like we said, for a German kid from a village of 800 people and starting as a caddie to do what I’ve done, it takes a lot of people to do that, not just one.” Bernard Langer

 

Langer who has twice won The Masters   –  is also much admired and adored in South Africa for his two wins at the Million Dollar Challenge – being one of the first in golf to take home a winner’s cheque of one million dollars in 1991.

 

 

After turning 50, Langer has established himself as the most successful player in the history of the PGA Tour Champions. He has won a record 11 senior major championships, been the money leader in a record 11 seasons – and a record 7 times in a row.

 

In professional golf, the measure of a player’s greatness is most commonly linked with how many majors they win in their career. Being the golfer with the most senior major championship titles makes that golfer the best 50-plus golfer ever.

 

The golfer with the most career PGA Tour Champions major championship titles is Bernhard Langer – with 11 in his career.

 

Behind him come Nicklaus, Player and Irwin – quite a name list.

 

But, who can argue these golfing statistics.

 

Bernard is the best ever golfer over 50.

 

And just how long will he continue winning?

 

Maybe at age 70 he might finally take a break?

 

My whole life is an improbable story. When you dive deep a little bit where I came from and what has happened in my lifetime –  just to earn a living was an incredible story, but then to make it to No. 1 in the world and to become one of the best players for many years, and what happened on the Champions Tour, we all know that, but a lot of stuff has happened in those earlier years that some people have no clue, and they were pretty miraculous. Maybe someday we can make a movie about it. It would be pretty cool.”

                                                            Bernard Langer

 

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