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January 17th, 2018

Keep Going With the Flow

There are three constants in life; change, choice and principles. Steven Covey.

It’s all about the attitude you have right now. And it’s a continuing choice.

The goal is not to let the temporary pain or rejection cause you to stop flowing. Keep going.

Have you made a conscious decision to improve your personal performance and live up to your potential? Let’s chat. Like me to speak to your group? I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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January 14th, 2018

What Age Would You Be?

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford.

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The late Bernard Baruch, financier and advisor to many US presidents was in his late eighties and still going strong, when someone asked him how old he thought ‘old’ was. He replied, “old is fifteen years older than I am.”

That thought occurred to me recently as I was standing in line at the cash desk, waiting to pay for a bottle of wine. There was an attractive, younger woman ahead of me buying a bottle as well.

As she was taking the money out of her purse, the cashier politely asked her for identification, thinking that she might be under age. Here, in Ontario, you have to be at least 19 years of age to purchase wine or liquor.

“I hope you don’t think I’m being personal,” he said. “It’s the law.”

Now, I’m not good at guessing ages but she didn’t look anymore than 30 to me. From my vantage point she is just getting started.

Her face immediately lit up. Laughing, as she handed over her ID card, she replied, “Mind? Are you kidding? I’m flattered. The way my week’s going, I feel like I’m 40!”

She’s not alone. At some point we all reach an invisible, or not so invisible wall, where we begin to feel that we are getting old. Or think we are. Especially in this day and age.

The truth is though, aging doesn’t happen at any given hour or day or decade. The process is not biologically set in stone. It’s all about staying open, continually learning and being willing to adapt to change.

We all age, of course, but we have a choice. It’s a mindset. We can’t stop the clock, but as it keeps ticking, we can resolve to be old or older. We can remain young at heart.

So here’s a question to start off your week:

If you didn’t know how old you were, what age would you be?

Have you made a conscious decision to improve your personal performance and live up to your potential? Let’s chat. Like me to speak to your group? I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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January 10th, 2018

Wild-Eyed Moonshot Thinking

The purpose of life. after all, is to love it, to take experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. Eleanor Roosevelt.

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The advent of a new year is a natural time to be thinking, what’s next?

In these crazy, challenging times, whether you feel the need to step up your game, or are consciously considering setting out in a new direction, succeeding in today’s environment calls for courage, imagination and critical thinking.

Consciously is the key word, here. Nothing comes easy. Life is complicated. It tugs at us from many directions. All any of us can do is march as close to the beat of our own drum as we can. Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself, getting crystal clear about what you want to do – and then doing it.

There is no magic bullet. It is up to you. Success, however you define and measure it, comes from within; from having the personal power that comes from a place of a well-defined purpose, doing the necessary work and sometimes, when it is necessary, some wild-eyed, moonshot thinking.

Have you made a conscious decision to improve your personal performance and live up to your potential? Let’s chat. Like me to speak to your group? I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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January 4th, 2018

Your Only Real Edge Is You

Nothing builds self-esteem and self confidence like accomplishment. Thomas Carlyle.

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The challenges of the New Year are coming back into focus. Time to put away the proverbial New Year’s lists of resolutions and jump back into the game again.

Before you do, though, as you are heading back on to the field, here’s one more list with some admonitions to keep in mind.

Whether you are resolved to step up your game or start a new one, the items on this list aren’t new or original but they will play a big role in your success:

1.   Get fit – eat healthy, exercise right and get enough sleep.
2.   Show more kindness and respect. It’s not just about you.
3.   Choose to be positive. Don’t listen to the pessimists.
4.   Keep social media in perspective. Each day only has 24 hours.
5.   Search out and cultivate new opportunities. Continually.
6.   Fend off thoughts about the past.  It’s today that counts.
7.   Be the best at what you do.

The only edge you have that really separates you from your competition is you.

Need to step up your game and could use a down-to-earth, experienced coach? Like me to speak to your group? We could chat. I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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December 31st, 2017

Hello 2018

Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right. Oprah Winfrey.

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Leave it to Oprah to put an optimistic spin on it.

Optimism isn’t always fashionable, I know. Particularly this past year. Cynicism is endemic. If we were to believe what we read on our screens and in print, the times are truly challenging, to say the least.

But Oprah isn’t alone. In spite of the cynics and pessimists, there are good things going on all around us and much for which we can be thankful.

There are countless people, quietly doing their best everyday for themselves and others, refusing to give into exclusiveness, greed and selfishness.

They make an active choice to stand up what for they believe in and continue to work towards a better world.

Not blindly, but rather with a hard-earned optimism, they embrace the new year and celebrate another chance to get it right.

In that vein, I wish you a happy New Year… and all the best in 2018.

And those new plans you have in mind? There isn’t a better time . Go for it!

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