As the Christmas season approaches, our anxiety levels in relation to gift giving begin to rise. For many, Christmas brings with it panic about what to buy, how much to spend, will he or she like our gift. Perhaps it is time to replace this focus on materialism with a focus on support and hope.
Australia has more than 130,000 homeless people who are constantly in need of support. Food in their stomach, a blanket to keep them warm, a shoulder to lean on and most importantly, the feeling that someone cares. It is time that we begin to understand that giving is not so much about the material, but rather the passion and purpose. Too often today we give to get in return, as opposed to give to make a difference. This festive season it is time to give people a piece of our heart and not a piece of our mind.
Regardless of how successful you are as an athlete or in business, there is always room for improvement. As an athlete, if you truly want to be the best, you need a support team around you, and a coach is an integral and vital part of that team.
A mentor is simply a trusted guide, coach, counsellor or teacher with whom you share your experiences and from whom you gain advise. In life, it is very easy to get caught up in our own journey, in thinking that we know best and therefore risk becoming blind to the fact that there could be a better path. A mentor is only a phone call away and can help to broaden our horizons and show us alternate pathways.
Read the three major reasons I believe it is critical that we have a mentor here
My friend and colleague Alan Vasquez, who is an Academic Life Coach based in the USA, is passionate about empowering students of all ages with the emotional skills to overcome challenges in school. He’s offering a complimentary online summit which I am apart of and it’s all to do with, Unlocking Your Child’s Potential!
Read more about the summit here.
In today’s society, our heads are constantly filled with heart wrenching news stories like the horrific attacks in London over the weekend, causing us to question humanity and constantly ask, ‘why’. Sometimes there is no answer to that why, the pain that a select few cause for so many is truly unthinkable. But if we let these individuals instill constant fear in our hearts then they win. When we see terror in the media, we must grieve and allow our hearts and prayers to go out to the families that have personally suffered. What can we do in addition to grieving, to avoid those tragedies happening in vein? We can realise that sweating the small stuff is futile. Just because you’re a little cold today in your office, or your fuel light has just come on or someone cuts you off on the road, it’s not all that bad when you allow perspective in and remember that it could be so much worse. These tragedies around the world need to in some way bring the world closer together. We also need to begin to count our blessings not our problems – start to be grateful every day for the little wins and the small blessings. And as individuals, we need to consider working towards uniting as one race – the human race. On an individual level, we need to let go of race, gender, sexual preference or religion.
The Sydney Morning Herald recently published an article on four cancer survivors telling their incredible stories – showing how modern treatments can keep people alive.
Michael was featured as one of the stories and the full article can be read here
First Published – Sydney Morning Herald – February 15, 2015
By Matt Burgess and Harriet Alexander
Image courtesy of : Wolter Peeters
Recently Michael was featured in a special book called the Most Interesting Person I Know (MIPIK) by Stephanie Hunt.
From what initially started as an outlet for Stephanie’s passion for writing, the MIPIK website soon became much more. Raising funds for the CanDo Cancer Trust based in Coffs Harbour, the book is on sale through the MIPIK.net site which can be accessed here.
Here’s a snippet of the feature on Michael in the book; “Councillor Kerry Hines has no doubts that Michael Crossland is the most interesting person she has met on the Coffs Coast. She thinks his story is not just interesting, but inspiring. Turns out she is right. Not only is Michael’s story inspiring, but he is literally making a career out of helping to motivate and inspire others through the power of his own story.”