There are only a few things in life that we can be 100% certain of … some you may know and others you may not. We can be certain that the sun will come up tomorrow. We can be certain that, at some point, our time on earth will be over. We can be certain we are in total control of our destiny. We can be certain that, no matter how optimistic we are, there will be challenges, problems and adversity. We can be certain that the decisions we make in times of adversity will change generations!
Now you may or may not believe all of those certainties, but I would ask you to trust me … if you do, your life is about to get better and it will continue to do so. I think we can all agree that no-one is immune to challenges and adversity. What you may not know is that you are in total control of … your attitude towards, decision about and action you take as a result of the adversity.
There are no accidents in life ...
Andrew Jobling started out as a passionate but clueless footballer. With a vision of and obsession about a long and lucrative professional football career in mind, little time was left to consider other insignificant things in life … reading, academics and education.
After being beaten around the head many times and in pain for most of his football career he decided to launch into in the health & fitness industry. After all the abuse he received from heartless fitness trainers in his professional sporting career, it was payback time! He has spent almost 30 years passionate about helping people with their health and wellbeing.
In 2002 he made, what appeared to be, an illogical and irrational decision. At the time he was running two businesses, working 15 hour days and 7 days per week. He had a personal training business that was putting money into his bank account and café that was taking it straight back out again.
Nevertheless, with no qualifications, background, ability or time he decided to write a book!
With a powerful message he wanted to convey, committing small pockets of time to writing each day and with a strong desire to get it done, two years later Andrew was holding his first book Eat Chocolate Drink Alcohol and be Lean & Healthy in his hands. He is still puzzled but immensely grateful as to how it actually happened. He has since gone to write four published books (with two more coming in 2016) and three e-books.
That seemingly accidental decision catapulted his career into a completely different direction and put him on a wonderful path as an author, speaker and author mentor. He now passionately spends his time writing, speaking and helping people all around the world to believe that, no matter how unlikely something may seem, with desire, decision and daily action ... anything is possible!.
Andrew jokes that he is an Accidental Author, but the truth is he believes that, whilst some things are unlikely, there really are no accidents in life;
‘We create our destiny by dreaming bigger than most people would think reasonable, by believing in ourselves more than most people would think sensible, by making decisions that most people would think illogical and continuing to act way beyond the point that most people would have given up.'
Andrew's Blog ... the question is; can a footballer write?
I don't know about you, but this doesn't look like an author and writer to me ... or most people!
Andrew loves writing! This would sound strange to anyone who knew his his background ... it certainly wouldn't suggest that a literary career would be on the cards. He was a typical footballer with an typical attitude towards reading & education ... a waste of hours between each opportunity to play sport! He truly is an accidental author, writer and blogger!
He is passionate about helping others and through writing he feels able to reach more people. His books & blog posts are all about helping people see, believe and fulfill more of the amazing potential they have ... that means you too! There is incredible possibility & potential in every person and there is an amazing impact through the power of written word.
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didn’t know that what I did. I was an unlikely athlete and I am an accidental author. The only reason I pursued a professional football career was not because I believed I could … it was that I didn’t know I couldn’t. When the decision came to write my first book … what I knew was enough to stop me. Why I went ahead anyway was because I didn’t know I couldn’t. Do you know what I mean? I guess the message is … stop over-thinking!
I attended an amazing conference last weekend and one of the speakers talked about an Australian legend … the late Cliff Young. He was born in 1922, grew up on a sheep farm and so naturally became a farmer. It was not an unusual event for Cliff to run for two to three days straight rounding up sheep … wearing gumboots!
There’s a new series on Australia TV at the moment called ‘Todd Sampson’s Body Hack’. I’d seen a few of the commercials and was intrigued, so I decided to watch the first episode. The series is based on this guy, Todd Sampson, who decides to push his body and mind to the limit to see what he’s capable of … I love this stuff. In the first episode he sets himself the goal of lasting at least one round in the ring with a professional MMA fighter … with only 2 weeks to prepare! He is not young, and he is no athlete so this was an incredibly tough and seemingly unreasonable aspiration.
What I enjoyed most about this episode was that Todd knew he was way out of his depth, totally unconditioned and that it was a highly unlikely ambition … but he was going to give it a go anyway. He set his mind to achieve the end result, found some very successful people to train him, decided to do whatever it took and opened his mind to what was about to happen. Within a few minutes of his first session, his body and mind were radically expanded as his sparred with a professional who slapped him around pretty seriously.
One of my all time favorite movies is Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner. It’s a wonderfully touching sporting fantasy about Ray Kinsella, a corn farmer in Iowa, whose life is turned upside down when he hears a voice in the corn field that says, ‘If you build it he will come.’ This voice inspires Ray to build a baseball arena in his corn field in the hope that it will attract some long passed ball players to magically return and play again.
At one part of the movie, this mysterious voice leads Ray on a journey around the country and back in time to Minnesota to meet an ex baseball player turner doctor … Dr ‘Moonlight’ Graham. Ray believes he has come to Minnesota to get Dr Graham and bring him back to this field to help him fulfil his unfinished dream of batting in the major league. After asking the doctor about his dream and how it felt to miss out on batting in the majors, Ray asked him if he would like to realise that dream. Dr Graham then asked, ‘is there enough magic in the moonlight to make that dream happen?’ When Ray says yes, Dr Graham says, ‘I think I actually believe you’. But when Ray asks Dr Graham to come with him, he declines saying, ‘it will have to stay a dream, this is my most special place and I can’t leave.’
We have two beautiful dogs … both are Maltese Shitzu’s and both are very different. Mr Big is black, Joia is white. Mr Big is old, Joia is young. Mr Big can’t stop eating, Joia won’t start. Mr Big is tubby, Joia is tiny. Irrespective of their differences we love them both. Currently, Laura is away and has been for several weeks … I’ve been left alone as a sole parent! I thought I was doing a good job … until earlier this week when I realised I still have a lot to learn. I’m talking about dogs here! Cudos to everyone who has children of the two legged variety … I respect you a lot! I’m still trying to work out how to parent fluffy four-legged kids!
I have written too much about Joia already, and I even wrote an ebook about her called ‘Joia – Living a life of joy through the eyes of a pup’. GIFT - I’m grateful that you’re reading this blog, and as a ‘thank you’ … I’d like to gift you a FREE copy of the ebook. If you want a copy please click here. In this blog, however, I’m not going to write about Joia, but about Mr Big ... he taught me a powerful lesson this week.
So, what are morning pages? They are pages that you write in the morning … funny about that! There is something about taking all of your thoughts, concerns, ideas, fears and busyness out of your head and putting it down on paper. It’s a great way to cleanse, download and de-clutter your mind and, with that newly cleared space, is the best way to start each and every day.
Let me tell you, if you don’t already know … it can get very busy inside my head. You wouldn’t want to get stuck in there … it would be a bit like being stuck on a round-about in Mumbai with cars, elephants, bikes, people, cows and people in every direction! This internal busyness makes life difficult. It’s hard to focus, hard to enjoy the moment and hard to see a clear path forward. It wasn’t until someone recommended that I started doing ‘morning pages’ that this all started to change.
extraordinary must mean even further below par! I think we should delete that definition of the word … agree? Here’s how I want you to think of the word … If you are ‘ordinary’ at the moment – and by ordinary I mean you feel you are just getting by – then to be exceptional takes just a little bit extra. Extraordinary is a word that reflects the simplicity of being being exceptional by just doing a little bit more than you’re currently doing.
Having said that, I’m now going to say some thing that, whilst is meant to help you, may be confronting. Are you ready? … You currently have in your life what you’ve permitted for yourself. You will either aggressively agree or disagree with that statement … either way and disturbingly I have found it to be true. Everything undesirable I have experienced in my life can be tracked back to a thought process I chose and a course of action I permitted for myself. I would challenge you, no matter how much you hate me right now, to do the same.
The other day I was having a dilemma. I was torn between two options for a project I’m currently working on and, for the life of me, I couldn’t make a decision. After a period of mental tug-o-war and trying to force a decision, I’d had enough. I went into my bedroom got undressed, got dressed again into my running gear (shame on your dirty mind!!) … then I went for a run. After a short while of pounding the pavement … clarity came and the decision was made.
I kept on running, feeling good about myself, and for some reason my mind wandered back to my days as a footballer … I started laughing! Back in the eighties, there was always one solution for any issue … jog it out! ‘Hey coach, I’m cramping in my calf … what should I do?’ ‘No worries son … just jog it out!’ ‘I have a sharp painful stitch … how should I get rid of it?’ ‘Stop being soft and just jog it out!’ ‘My leg is sore, my glutes are tight and I’m feeling a bit faint … should I rest?’ ‘Toughen up kid and … jog it out!’
I’m currently listening to the Beach Boys singing Good Vibrations. Who knew they were so wise in the ways of the universe? Who knew they had been communicating the secret of success and happiness, through this song, since 1966 when it was released … I just thought it was a catchy tune. I think probably many of the people dancing to and enjoying the song back in the 60’s and 70’s weren’t fully aware of the powerful message it was communicating either. They were undoubtably too distracted by the fun they were having and the interesting substances they were experimenting with!
I’m not going to get into a science lesson here, and I’m probably not going to explain this very well either … but I’ll give it a go. The universe detects and acts on vibrations. Every living thing vibrates and those vibrations ripple out into the universe … the universe then responds to those vibrations and sends back experiences to match. Does this sound weird? Does this sound a bit out there? Do I sound crazy? It does, it is and I am, but … it’s true!
Are you anything like me? I’m a throw-mud-against-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks type of guy. For much of my life I’ve lived with the attitude of she’ll-be-right … just hoping that everything will work out. To a certain extent it did, but I finally got to the point when I decided I didn’t just want things to work out … I wanted to create an abundantly amazing life. Are you with me? Organisation and preparation were never strong points as I flew through life by the seat of my pants! Then one day I decided to get organised. I decided to write a list of all the things I needed to do to get my S#@T together. I’m an all or nothing kind of guy and so I’m sure you can imagine the list I created for myself.
I’d always heard that writing a list of the things you need to do is an important part of being successful in life. I also knew heard that the list needed to be split into categories … ‘important’, ‘urgent’, ‘delegatable’, ‘removable’. So, I made a list - boy did I make a list … it was about three pages of things I felt I needed to do. The problem was … in my mind everything on the list was important and urgent!