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Unleash the power within. Of course this has become a piece of advice from the very famous US life coach Tony Robbins but it’s a fantastic piece of advice for anyone, let alone small business owners who invariably are over-worked and under-relaxed.

Our best athletes have learnt the value of motivation and anyone who doesn't bend over backwards to get some power-finding words is an absolute nut.

Excess capacity

A few years back I heard Deepak Chopra tell Larry King on CNN that most of us use less than 10 per cent of our brain's total capacity and though I can't vouch for the calibre of that grey matter "fact", we all know that we often under-perform.

Need an example?

Try when your loved one is trying to explain something she saw in the garden just as some fool referee disallows a try, sends off one of your players and rules a penalty in front of the posts, at 10 all with 10 seconds to go!

You're not listening and you are under-performing. What about remembering where you left your keys?

Turn on your memory

Guys like American Kevin Trudeau tell us we can improve our memories and that we don't use our brain for memory very effectively.

Robbins, the man who made "unleash the power within" famous, or at least valuable, has built up a multi-billion dollar business by selling people a motivation message.

Homegrown motivators

All too often, the motivators tell you that it’s difficult to separate your life from your business.

One motivator who runs a good business is ex-swimming coach and top bloke - Laurie Lawrence.

For those who don't know Laurie, he has coached great swimmers such as Stephen Holland and Duncan Armstrong, along with Olympic swimming squads, but he’s famous for jumping in the pool after one of his squad kids took gold.

Now Laurie isn’t just a great coach but is also a sensational speaker with his non-stop mouth attracting over a half million dollars a year easily. (This guess, unlike Laurie, is conservative.)

It even made Switzer teary!

A few years back I saw him and he brought tears to my eyes, made me laugh and made me want to try harder.

Sitting on a plane beside him, he asked me how my sons were going and I told him that my eldest was playing rugby for Easts.

He showed a lot of interest and gave me a book for him, signed and wrote some words of encouragement. The book told me that Laurie had played rugby for Queensland and had also played for Australia but he didn't get a Test jumper, as there was a pretty good New South Wales halfback around at the time called Ken Catchpole. It also told me that he only had one lung from childhood.

What a coincidence

When I got home I gave my son the book. He felt honoured but I didn't know if he had read it.

Some weeks later, Laurie launched a new book, Five Ring Fever -winning is contagious. He invited me to the launch but I was booked doing a GST gig. After all it was 1999, just ahead of the year 2000 — the year that brought both the Olympics and the GST!

That night my son came home from training and told me that the new 1st grade coach at Easts, Brian Smith had brought Laurie down to the club to talk to the players.

My son said two memorable things about Laurie. One was that he was "mad" and secondly that he was a "legend".

He said something else. "If you had those sorts of things said to you before every game, how well would you play?"

Go looking

We can't get Laurie to talk to us everyday in business and life but we should search for positive people and messages to ensure we unleash the power within.

Transfer the focus

Some years on and that son went onto play 1st grade rugby but an injury stopped a promising career. However, the motivation he received from competing at a high level of sporting competition has carried over into his business life.

Just like his rugby period, he is now 24/7 on the job building his family business.

I knew this guy at school and he was passionate about rugby and not as committed about his studies but the motivation has now carried over to business and he is determined to create a great business.

Don’t ignore the lesson

Along the way his motivators have changed from Laurie Lawrence to Michael Gerber of E-Myth fame and others such as Jack Welch the great former CEO of the General Electric.

The point is simple. When the going gets tough, the tough get going but they are helped by a little bit of motivation. Ignore it at your own peril!

Work on your business, not in it. To learn how, book a complimentary business assessment today with a Switzer Business Coach.

Important information: This content has been prepared without taking account of the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular individual. It does not constitute formal advice. For this reason, any individual should, before acting, consider the appropriateness of the information, having regard to the individual’s objectives, financial situation and needs and, if necessary, seek appropriate professional advice.


Published on: Monday, January 04, 2010

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