OK Buster …..

by Sunil Bali, 29-01-2017

Buster had a very big problem.

A Mike Tyson uppercut had just sent him crashing to the canvas at the end of the 8th round. Having staggered to his feet at a count of nine Buster was saved by the bell.

Coming in to the fight Tyson was an overwhelming favourite with an undefeated record of 37 wins with 32 knockouts.

The bell rang for the start of Round 9 and the world waited for the inevitable and another Tyson knockout. But despite a barrage of vicious hooks and uppercuts, Douglas somehow managed to stay on his feet, survive the round and land some blows of his own.

Miraculously, the tide was turning, and in the 10th round Douglas unleashed a heavy four punch combination which knocked Tyson down and left him unable to beat the referees count.

Douglas was crowned the heavyweight champion of the world.

In his post-fight conference Douglas revealed that he had made a promise to his mother on her death bed that he would win the fight. His mother had died 23 days before the fight. Despite Tyson’s intimidating record, Douglas said. "I didn’t know how I was going to win the fight, but I knew I was going to win because I had promised my mom."

Research by the author and neuroscientist Professor Richard Restak, shows that when we have an all-consuming purpose and reason for doing something, the limbic part of the brain overrides the neocortex. The neocortex rationalizes that it’s time to stop being punched in the face, and wants you stay on the canvas and be defeated, but the limbic brain evokes a dominant fight response.

Also, the adrenalized nature of a purpose driven limbic response means that we’re far less likely to see problems and feel pain, and are more likely to see possibilities and potential.

Hence a mother running back into a burning building to save her child, and a daughter lifting up a one-and-a-half-ton car a few inches so her trapped father can escape.

When your "why" resonates with your soul, the "how" tends to appear.



  • I thought it was the tumble dryer that shrank my clothes. Turns out it was the refrigerator.
  • An old couple are at church, when the wife leans across to her husband and whispers,

    "I’ve just let out a silent fart, what should I do?", to which he replies, "change the battery in your hearing aid".
  • The writer of ‘The Hokey Cokey" song has died.
    It was a struggle getting him in the coffin.
    They put his left leg in, then the trouble started.


Live big & love deep.



I can’t hear you …..

by Sunil Bali, 22-01-2017

Psychologist Dr. Oliver James said, “If you want to live a full and fulfilled life, do your own thing on your own terms."

The reality, however, is that the vast majority of people want us to confirm the validity of their beliefs by conforming to them. This is particularly true of most bosses.

So in your desire to be accepted, it’s easy to end up thinking like everyone else.

But the problem is that if you’re thinking like everyone else, then you’re not thinking, and your need for acceptance can make you invisible.

Fitting in is fine, but not to the extent that you disappear and your voice is unheard.

If you celebrate your uniqueness, the world will too, because subconsciously it wants the same freedom.

Besides, the world pays more for originals than it does for copies.



An accountant called his client called Frank, who was a very wealthy art collector.

"Frank, I’ve got some good news for you and I’ve got some bad news for you," said the accountant.

"Let’s have the good news first," said Frank.

"Your wife invested $5000 in two erotic pictures and says that they are worth at least $20 to $25 million dollars. An independent expert has verified the pictures. They’re definitely authentic.

"That’s fantastic news," said Frank. "What’s the bad news?"

"The pictures are of you with your secretary."


Live big & love deep.



One night at a time …..

by Sunil Bali, 15-01-2017

It’s been proven that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is very good for the body, but now research at The Human Performance Institute in Florida has shown that Zero Intensity Interval Training (ZIIT) is very good for the mind.

Researchers found that given time and space, the human brain will provide clarity and solutions for problems which leave everyday rationality flummoxed.

Constant mental traffic prevents us from seeing clearly, listening deeply, and tapping in to our intuition.

A period of deliberate rest, even as short as 60 seconds, increases oxytocin levels and allows the brain to settle into creativity boosting alpha waves.

The research is unequivocal. The best way to get more done is to do less, and be mindless rather than "mindfull".

Whether you’re Usain Bolt or Richard Branson, the cycle of peak performance is the same:

intense focus → energetic execution → deep recovery → intense focus.

Or in practical terms, a period of deliberate practice (30-40mins), followed by a period of deliberate rest (a few minutes).

All topped off with a good night’s clean sleep at the end of the day.

Blog done, now time for a mental meander and some zero intensity training.



  • It was such an emotional wedding. Even the cake was in tiers.
  • I’m getting rid of my vacuum cleaner. All it was doing was gathering dust.
  • A blowfly goes into a bar and asks: “Is that stool taken?"
  • A very old man was driving his car down a one-way street when a policeman stopped him. The cop said, “Didn’t you see the arrows?” “Arrows?” replied the old man, “I didn’t even see the Indians."
  • Gambling has brought our family together. We had to move to a smaller house.
  • How much better would it be if a liar’s pants really did catch fire?

Ps. My very good friend, fellow speaker and performance guru Craig Goldblatt, is delivering one of his fabulous Inspired seminars in January: http://bit.ly/Inspired26Jan17. I’ll be there, so do come and say hi if you can make it.


Live big & love deep.



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