The C word …..

by Sunil Bali. 25-02-2018

In his book The Champion’s Mind, sports psychologist Dr. Jim Afremow says that when it comes to the big occasions, great athletes don’t overthink things and can be still within themselves.

The automatic negative thoughts that often terrorise people don’t control great athletes. Great athletes control their mind, whereas most people’s minds control them.

Great sports people use thoughts when they want to.

Or as Zen would say, "Stillness is the Masters throne, and the unknown is the Masters home."

Afremow goes on to say that the gold medal mind is one that has mastered the Seven C’s:

      - Clarity
      - Confidence
      - Concentration
      - Composure
      - Consistency
      - Commitment
      - Courage

Your life is made up of two dates and a dash.

Make the most of the dash.




Live big & love deep.


The Wisdom of Monty Python …..

by Sunil Bali. 18-02-2018

Whilst they’re best known for lumberjack confessions, parrot mortality, and the life of Brian, the men from Monty Python have also uttered many words of wisdom:

John Cleese

- He who laughs most, learns best.

- If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

- Nothing will stop you being creative more effectively as the fear of making a mistake.

- Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.

- We don’t know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we do not get them from our laptops.

- This is the extraordinary thing about creativity: If just you keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious.

Michael Palin

- The Buddhist version of poverty is a situation where you feel you have nothing to contribute. Not even a smile or a few kind words.

- What do I enjoy? I enjoy writing, I enjoy travelling, I enjoy my family, but more than anything I enjoy the feeling of seeing each day used to the full to actually create something.

Eric Idle

When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
Don’t grumble, give a whistle
And this’ll help things turn out for the best

And always look on the bright side of life
Always look on the light side of life

If life seems jolly rotten
There’s something you’ve forgotten
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing
When you’re feeling in the dumps
Don’t be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle, that’s the thing

And always look on the bright side of life (3 min video) …..




Live big & love deep.


On the sauce …..

by Sunil Bali. 11-02-2018

I’m more of a brown sauce man, but my son loves his tomato ketchup.

Despite repeatedly hitting the bottom of the bottle, he couldn’t get any ketchup onto the full English breakfast that lay before him.

More vigorous shaking and banging the bottle on the table…..still no ketchup.

Finally he gave up and resigned himself to a fry up with no ketchup: an act of sacrilege in his eyes.

"Let me have a go," I said. And with just one more shake, out flowed the ketchup.

In this age of instant gratification, success is far from instant.

We need to persist through the


As someone once said, "The road to failure is actually the path of least persistence."



  • I decided not to eat the poultry in case it wasn’t fresh – chicken doubt.
  • Rock band Dyslexia have just released an album of their Greatest 5hit.
  • Change is inevitable ….. except from a vending machine.


Live big & love deep.


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