Please Note: The above is a reprint of a post used by Don Miller on his website .  He credits it to Eric Aronson

Jill Hutchison
~Challenge What’s Possible~

Jill Hutchison is the “Tap Your Next Power” Mentor taking successful, driven professionals into their next stage of growth and advancement, the one they have been struggling to see and tap, the one that will throw open the doors to their next opportunity.

Jill connects you to your most powerful self, shifting attitudes, beliefs and actions to spark achievement rapidly by going straight to the issue.  She draws out your creativity to craft a goal larger than perhaps imagined.

Now your eyes are open, and the path is clear and straight-forward.  Now you tap the full power in you to achieve what’s next for you.

What will it take to get you to fly?

“I saw, from my bedroom window, a guinea-fowl trapped in the tennis court. Up and down it frantically hurried against the wire, up and down over a limited distance looking for a way out of its prison.
I went out to open the gate and encourage it to escape that way.

The interesting thing was that as I opened the gate the guineafowl got such a fright, it flew right over the top of the 10ft fence!
It had the capacity to fly and escape, all the time while it was trapped.
It took a fright to set that capacity in action.

Are we sometimes like that?
We need to get out of a situation that imprisons us – lack of ambition, boredom, can’t-do-ness – and a good fright makes us rise and get on with it!
Give thanks for the frights we get in our lives!”

Written by Margaret Kean, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.
She was the first person to tell me that it was
“The set of the sails and not the gales, which show you the way to go.”

She is my Mum and the best grandma our kids could wish for.
For many years Mum wrote “From the Edge of the Hill” – a monthly article on the humorous side of farm life, from a farm wife point-of-view, published in the NAUNLU (Natal Agricultural Union journal).
Before the days of internet and facebook – it seemed as if all our breakfast table discussions were suitable fodder for the entire farming community in the state!

As her children we knew that if we did something funny or stupid enough, everyone was going to know about it! One of these days I will talk her into publishing her articles in a book format!

What will it take to get you to fly like the guineafowl?

I firmly believe in learning from mentors that are leaders in their field. Mentors and coaches can encourage you to spread your wings and fly in a safe environment. I love seeing the potential in those I work with, and seeing your spread your wings.

Have a wonderful Choose-day, wherever you are!

Jill Hutchison
Perth, Australia

Chooseday Message – Achievements

Imagine you have a torch that doesn’t seem to be working properly. Do you simply throw it out? No, you would either recharge the batteries or put new ones in. You don’t judge how well something works when the batteries are totally flat.
Recharge those batteries and then evaluate how well it works.

If you start a goal setting exercise with a flat battery, feeling low and run down, it’s not going to be productive.
It’s way better to do goal setting when you are feeling a bit more optimistic and when your batteries are recharged.

So what do you do then if your batteries are flat and you want to get your goals achieved?

Start with listing everything you have actually achieved. This lifts your confidence and recharges your batteries.
It reminds you that you have had success in some areas. It focuses your mind on the good, not only the bad.

As a result, the goals you set are going to be the ones that energize you, the right goals for you.

It’s a bit like standing at the top of a mountain – it’s so much easier to see the bigger picture, than when you are standing at the bottom wondering how you are ever going to find your way up.

Why list your achievements?

1. It helps you focus on what has gone right rather than on what has gone wrong.
2. You get a more positive start to your goal setting.
3. Your goals will be more aligned with who you are.
4. It reminds you of the fact that you can achieve goals.
5. You see the bigger picture of your life as a whole. This allows you to set goals that get you closer to your greater good and higher purpose.

Why many people don’t do this:

1. They are so used to playing down their achievements because they don’t want to stand out.
2. If you’re in a negative spiral, you tend to question everything – wondering if anything is going right at all. This is not a productive or useful exercise at all.

Go ahead and list all your achievements and successes. Even if you think it’s a small success or inconsequential, write it down anyhow.

Have fun with this, till next Chooseday,

Kind regards


P.S. There are still 2 seats available for my Think and Grow Rich Mastermind this Thursday evening! Click here to grab your spot!

Happy Chooseday from India!

India is making a major impact in my life! I’m fortunate enough to be here at the Vibrant Gujarat event, with thousands of people, including 450 of us in the delegation from Australia.

It is an incredible experience as this event was truly world class, the calibre of speakers was phenomenal. Leaders from World Bank, MasterCard, Rio Tinto, several other companies and countries made it an enriching and enlightening experience.

Several things have been front of mind while visiting India.

1. The importance of accepting and being in awe of what is. The way things are, the richness and diversity of the people. Just like its important to have complete acceptance and awe of yourself and your skills and talents.

2. I have noticed the Indian culture is very respectful of all religions, cultures and beliefs. I think other countries can learn a lot from this. Individually, when we choose to see the person rather than the stereotype, we connect and find the commonalities rather than the differences.

3. Awesome attitudes exist towards the customer here. Yes, I’m well aware my experience may have been slightly skewed with my stay in luxury hotels. I’ve chosen to take these service levels with me and see how I can serve my coaching clients and audiences even better.

What do you choose to focus on today?

Have a great choose day!

With love and gratitude,


The PM of Bhutan talks about Gross National Happiness as more important than GDP!

When Fear Grips the Nation

We watched in horror as the drama unfolded in Sydney. It all felt surreal as the television channels played footage over and over. #SydneySiege rallied on Twitter. Comments were coming thick and fast on Facebook.

Fear gripped the nation, and paralysed Sydney. The biggest city in Australia ground to a halt. Amazing how one crazy person can have such an effect over millions of people.

Eventually around midnight we got news that the gunman had been shot by police. While part of me wanted to be pleased that this justice had been done, I was filled with intense sadness. There didn’t seem anything to be pleased about.

Two other people have also died. I keep thinking about the families and loved ones that have been left behind.

I’m sad that this couldn’t have been resolved without loss of life. I’m sure police handled it as best they could and it’s also important to be grateful that all the other hostages did escape alive.
Shock that such a thing could happen in Australia, where we feel safe and at peace.

I never watch television. I even had to get my kids to show me which remote to use and which channels were where! Yet I was glued to the coverage as much as I could.

It’s almost as if we are no longer innocent. I let my daughters watch it with me as I know they would have heard about it from their friends anyhow. We used it as an opportunity for discussion . I also made sure we watched some funny movies before going to bed. It’s important to shift the emotion to something more positive.

We have the option now to continue to be consumed by horror and fear. Or we can choose to consciously change our vibration.

This is way easier said than done. As I write this I continue to watch, stunned and disbelieving. I know that it doesn’t achieve anything to watch, but it’s hard to pull myself away.

But at some point we have to move on. Get some work done and resume our to-do list.

It does give us an opportunity for compassion.

There is a great initiative #illridewithyou – Sydneysiders who are offering lifts to Muslims who fear being targeted on public transport.

Out of every disaster comes some good.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting we brush the disaster aside and glibly say “let’s just look for the good”. It’s more about respecting what has happened and realising that seeing the good does not take anything away from those that have suffered.

This morning I couldn’t find my car keys. When I walked out to discover they had been in the ignition all night long, car unlocked and easily accessible from the road, it was heart warming. A great reminder that in spite of what happened in Sydney, there is so much going right. Indeed the sun is shining brightly, the sky is blue and there is calm.

As it’s Chooseday, what do you choose to be thinking about today?

This week’s Chooseday video message is about overcoming challenges. I recorded the video before the Sydney Siege had begun. It’s very apt for right now.

Kind regards

  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn