“If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball” ~ Phil Jackson

Although Phil Jackson went onto coach the Lakers, for me I will always associate him with the Chicago Bulls from 1991 to 1998 –
                            Michael Jordan (probably the greatest basketball player that has ever lived), Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant (who I later saw playing for Orlando), Bill Cartwright, Will Perdue, Luc Longley (A “Boomer” – Australian national player),  Toni Kukoč,  many great players and of course Dennis Rodman!

For me that decade in NBA were the (excuse the pun) Magic Years and while that was happening Channel 4 took NBA into the living rooms of UK fans – brilliant times!

Jackson_Phil[1] “Once you’ve done the mental work, there comes a point you have to throw yourself into the action and put your heart on the line. That means not only being brave, but being compassionate towards yourself, your teammates and your opponents.”

“Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.”

“If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.”

~ Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson

Born 1945, the NBA Hall of Fame describe him as:

Intellectual, spiritualist, maverick, athlete, coach, modestly successful player in the NBA
A coach that left his footprint on the history of the game
A coaching philosophy heavily influenced by Native American and Eastern philosophy

At the helm of two of the greatest dynasties in NBA history
Coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Guided the Lakers to three straight titles (2000, 2001, 2002)

Tied with the legendary Red Auerbach for first on the all-time list
The fastest coach in NBA history to reach 900 wins.

One of the 10 greatest head coaches in NBA history

source hoophall.com/phil-jackson
quotes basketball-plays-and-tips.com


Money makes the world go round …

“Access not Recess”

Earlier this year, “Access not Recess” was my slogan for a while.
I have heard opinions expressed that The Recession is not over but only on an upward curve ready for a severe down curve and that is consistent with past patterns of Global Economy.

Money must circulate because it is an energy and energy must flow!

Here is a amusing story that was being shared on Facebook last year

In a small town on the South Coast of France, the holiday season is
in full swing, but it is raining so there is not too much business
taking place. Everyone is heavily in debt.

Luckily, a rich Russian tourist arrives in the foyer of the small local
He asks for a room and puts a Euro100 note on the reception counter,
takes a key and goes to inspect the room located up the stairs on the
third floor.

The hotel owner takes the banknote in a hurry and rushes to his meat
supplier to whom he owes E100. The butcher takes the money and races to
his supplier to pay his debt.

The wholesaler rushes to the farmer to pay E100 for pigs he purchased
some time ago.

The farmer triumphantly gives the E100 note to a local prostitute who
gave him her services on credit.

The prostitute quickly goes to the hotel, as she was owing the hotel for
her hourly room used to entertain clients.

At that moment, the rich Russian comes down to reception and informs the
hotel owner that the room is unsatisfactory and takes his E100 back and

There was no profit or income.
But everyone no longer has any debt and the small town’s people look
optimistically towards their future.

Could this be the solution to the global financial crisis?

Image from blog.invisiblehand.co.uk

Ever Wonder?

Another amusing posting from ajokeaday.com, which asks some very interesting questions:

  • Why is it the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?questions[1]
  • Why can’t women can’t put on mascara with their mouth closed?
  • Why don’t you ever see the headline “Psychic Wins Lottery”?
  • Why is “abbreviated”is such a long word?
  • Why is it that doctors call what they do “practice”?
  • Why is it that to stop Windows 98, you have to click on “Start”?
  • Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavour and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
  • Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
  • Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
  • Why isn’t there mouse-flavoured cat food?
  • When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it?
  • Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
  • Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
  • You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?
  • Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?
  • Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
  • If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
  • If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

Read more:  http://www.ajokeaday.com/ChisteDelDia.asp#6092#ixzz0yCDrdvMA

image Richardfrank.allsoulschurch.org.uk

Overcoming Barriers to Learning

Following on from Ian Dyer’s article Can you Improve your Reading or Spelling?, which I posted on 21st August, this is a second article from my Mentor and Coach Tina Taylor, from her blog at Tina Taylor Training BlogSpot.

This article was first published on 31st August, 2010 and Tina, is the “Tina” that Ian refers to in his article.

I posted Tina’s article about PNI – Psychoneuroimmunology on 24th June 2010

Overcoming Barriers to Learning

image In this day and age there are opportunities for learning all around us; many people say they want a career change and some of these need to learn new skills possibly go back to college or university. Some of these are lucky enough to have companies who will assist them in their quest; the workplace can provide excellent opportunities for learning and continuous personal development.

Many review opportunities and never get started; whilst others start, they begin full of enthusiasm, excited at the prospect of creating a new future then something happens that stops them.
Firstly, let’s examine, what is learning? It is a physical process, some may argue that it is a mental process and this is the traditional way of defining learning. Yet when thoughts occur, something physical happens to us. When external events take place, physical processes take place in our bodies in reaction to them; these processes establish memories, reinforce or create behaviours and beliefs and change our physiology.

Our learning begins before birth, taking place in our development and continues throughout our lives. In the beginning we learn how to control movement, to feed and communicate with others; learning who we are and about the world around us. And it is here that we may learn other things, beliefs about ourselves, things that we inadvertently pick up from those around us.

For example: “I can’t dance”
“I’m not musical/artistic”
“I can’t spell”
“I can’t change”
“I always fail”
“I’m stupid”

These are just a few statements that people may learn about themselves, beliefs that hold them back limiting their self development. Beliefs that were learnt physically then metaphorically into their bodies through individual experience.

Can these beliefs be un-learned? Certainly and generally very quickly using various NLP techniques.
What we believe about ourselves can easily influence our ability to think and learn; this can also be influenced by the mood that we are in, our state. Our states serve as a filter for the information that we receive; when learning our physical and mental state is just as important as the level of training and information delivered. Discovering your learning state and how to access it will enable you to get yourself into the appropriate state as and when required.

As well as having a state that best suits the learning process people have individual learning styles that they have developed. For example some people prefer to be shown how to do something, learning by watching or reading; whereas others prefer to be told how to do something, learning by listening and discussion; and then there are those who learn best by doing, they like to try things out.

From the NLP perspective learning styles can be either paced or lead, as a tutor/trainer the information can be presented in a way that matches the person’s preferred way of learning; as well as helping the person to enrich their learning style by helping them strengthen their other senses. Recognizing peoples natural learning styles is an important skill for all communicators, and can enhance the effectiveness and ease with which they can influence their listeners.

Many people today are discovering that NLP is a powerful tool that can be used for personal development as well as in the business arena. Teaching techniques that enable us to get the best out of others as well as ourselves providing strategies for coping with and managing those difficult moments in life.

Much can be learned from books but NLP is experiential and learning from a skilled trainer is invaluable.
Come along to our practice group www.nlpmasterclass.co.uk to experience NLP for yourself.
Tina Taylor

Posted by Tina Taylor on 31st August. 2010

Tina Taylor

is a Master Trainer of NLP and Clinical Hypnotherapist who has a private Practice in Surrey and also Harley Street, London W1 and she regularly runs certificated Training Courses in NLP as well as designing and running in house training for Companies in the City, using a combination of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Hypnosis in her Private Practice.

Tina says

“I first became interested in NLP and Hypnosis in the 90’s whilst working in the Human Resource sector I attended a Practitioner Training Course.  The techniques learnt on that course enabled me to transform my personal and professional life enabling me to set up my very successful private consultancy and produce internationally acclaimed self help CDs.”

“I have studied the work of Dr Richard Bandler (co-creator of NLP), Dr Milton H Erickson (Milton is accepted as one of the founders of modern hypnotherapy), Paul McKenna, John La Valle (President of the Society of NLP), Frank Farrelly (creator or Provocative Therapy) and Michael Neill.Since 2000 I have either assisted on or ran the assisting team for Paul McKenna’s NLP courses in the UK, which has given me a unique opportunity to meet and work with Paul McKenna (incredibly talented author, therapist and hypnotist) and Dr Richard Bandler (one of today’s genius’s).”

Contact Tina on 01883 345683 tinataylor@aventesi.com or visit www.tina-taylor.com for private consultation work

Instant Human – just add coffee

 coffee_god[1]Cousin Elly is the world’s worst at getting instructions mixed up. When she got married her husband bought her one of those fancy, electric coffee makers. It had all the latest gadgets on it.

Salesman Riley carefully explained how everything worked; how to plug it in, set the timer, go back to bed, and upon rising, the coffee is ready.”

A few weeks later Elly was back in the store and Riley asked her how she liked the coffee maker. “Wonderful!” she replied, “However, there’s one thing I don’t understand. Why do I have to go to bed every time I want to make a pot of coffee?”

source coffeefair.com
image http://blog.chess.com