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Meet Dean Hammond

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One Tuesday evening I had a nice chat with Dean Hammond, a manager at one of the national franchise restaurants, called Fego Caffé. The first thing I noticed about Dean was the fact that everyone wants to greet or talk to him! After 15 years in the restaurant industry,  Dean says he still loves it. "My business is your pleasure", he said with a smile on his face. We are briefly interrupted by one of his staff members requesting him to authorize something. You could clearly see the positive vibe between manager and employee even after a long shift.

I asked him how he sees his role as a manager especially in the competitive food industry. "I'm a people's person and there to make the light shine for my clients. If you have a bad day, come to
Fego Caffé and we will make it better with a smile and excellent service, not to mention the wonderful food we serve. We will be the light in the darkness. If it is not for some people to make the light shine then this will be a dark world. A smile costs nothing and it has to start somewhere or with someone. It starts with me not only as a person but as a manager. If you are happy in your work and you realize what your passion is, what you have and love in life you cannot help for being positive and share that light with others.

At the end of the day we can make more people happy with excellent service and quality food. We add value to a customer's day and that's what it's all about. When a customer walks in and I can put a smile on that customer's face, it lights up their day then I have done my work.

You must have a positive attitude and a good passion for what we do. You cannot work in the restaurant industry only for a quick buck. With that attitude a person doesn't last long. It's those people with passion and good attitude that makes the difference."

It is no secret that for me, Philosophy and Attitude brings magic in your life. Philosophy drive attitudes and attitudes drive actions so I had to ask Dean what his life's philosophy is.

"The sweet will never be sweet if it was not for the bitter. You must be able to realize what is bitter and be able to enjoy that too because if it was not for that experience you would have no sweet. The sooner people realize that the bitter is only the balance in life and just as important as the sweet."

Dean then refers to the Chinese Yin Yang symbol. The Yin Yang theory holds that all phenomena consist of two opposite aspects, yin and yang, which are variously defined as: up and down, left and right, light and dark, hot and cold, stillness and movement, substance and function.

Dean explained: "In the concept of the Chinese Yin Yang symbol you will see that there is light in the dark and in the light there is dark. It is what the two spots in each half of the circle represents. Yes, in every dark there is light and in every light there is dark but there is a perfect balance. No matter what bad stuff life throws your way some times, as long as you learn from them.

How can you learn if there are no bad times? You learn through your mistakes and those bad decisions you've made throughout your life. If the going gets tough it will get better. Life is a journey of learning and growth, and everything happens for a reason."

WOW! My meeting with Dean was insightful with positive secrets that will add impact value to all.

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Tomorrow is an illusion, TODAY is reality

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My philosophy if you don't know it is that Life IS Magical! Don't get it wrong to think this is magician's talk or refers to entertainment. My philosophy is all about life and every breath you take. It's about your attitude towards the world. It's about you in your personal and professional world. It's about you living it TODAY!

Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today.

Life, YOUR life is far too precious to put off for tomorrow.

YES! Maybe tomorrow will be less stressful, more peaceful...
Maybe tomorrow the new stock will arrive that was ordered…
Maybe it's better to reschedule the meeting for next week…
Maybe we'll do training later in the year…
Yes! And maybe tomorrow the weather will be just fine…
Maybe, Maybe... OR maybe not!

REALITY check - You are here today! Today is the only reality there is and there's NO MAYBE in that.

Live your life to the fullest today, NOW!

Here's the secret: Do whatever there is to do today. Whether it is the things or tasks you love or those you don't do it today. Today IS the only reality and magic that exists. The bottom line is that tomorrow… is but an illusion. Today is your reality.

Life Is Magical TODAY! Love It and Embrace It!

I hope you've enjoyed this post. You are welcome to send me your comments and share this post with your contacts. Have fun and enjoy the magic of your day.

Cheers,

Jacques

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See why this tube is really AMAZING!

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This inspirational tube was sent to me from one of my Caffeine Boost friends. I want to share it with you especially if you want to boost your attitude and be successful in your life venture. This tube is phenomenal and definitely worth watching. I suggest you listen to this piece of magic through your headphones/earphones to block out noise and to ensure you feel the power of the content inside your mind. Life Is Magical! Embrace it and Love it. 

Quick note, I don't know who put the original tube together but I am really excited to share this piece of awesomeness with you.

Enjoy this tube and get inspired!




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Think Before you Respond…Be Responsible

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It was an early Monday morning in the business lounge at the airport. Everyone was minding their own business. Some reading the newspaper; others were on their iPads or Smartphones. I was preparing the final touches for my seminar later that day. Then the announcement came no one wants to hear especially when you run on a tight schedule. The flight was DELAYED with about 40 minutes. The gentleman next to me immediately became furious and began complaining. Every third word was BLUE MONDAY and incompetent airline. He really threw his toys out of the cot and didn’t even consider lowering his voice while the rest of us tried rescheduling our day. My only BIG concern was that I might end up next to this gentleman on the plain. Luckily for me I didn’t.
Here’s the secret: How you respond to any situation is totally in your control.
You decide to respond in either a positive or negative way to just about anything.
The truth is being professional or unprofessional is a choice that you make when you respond to a situation. Responding in a defensive way or in a way that shows flexibility is a choice. It is all in your mind.
If you develop an attitude where your personal value is always to be positive and professional, then you won’t find yourself in negative territory very often with negative responses.  Think before you respond. Be accommodating and assertive in your response.
Be responsible and pick the right “response”. You are in the driver’s seat – show others what “response-ability” looks like.

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The real secret to creating RAVING CUSTOMERS

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Business Attitude is an interesting FACT to think about and to be aware of at ALL times. From the moment you receive a customer’s phone call or a customer’s first interaction at you place of business with your sales force, employees or management will lead to either a positive or negative impression or experience.

Every business projects its own attitude.
Do you know what your company’s attitude is?
Does the company’s employees in all levels know what it is?

Here’s the secret: YOU and your WHOLE TEAM have the power to make service magical for the customers with a positive business attitude. Wow them, so they will go home with great impressions of positive and friendly service, REFERRING others to your business. And that’s REAL MAGIC!


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Don't let your DREAMS be dreams

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I have never met a single person who doesn't have dreams. Yes, everyone has dreams but unfortunately not everyone will fulfil those dreams. Sadly for some, it will always be just a dream. Don't allow anyone including that very important person you see in the mirror to limit and discourage you from pursuing and achieving your dreams. It's never too late to make your dreams come true. 

Here's the secret: You will never live your dream unless you chase it and find some way to catch it! 

The first step in making a dream reality is to write it down. If you need some skills to make your dream a reality then start living life with the full intent of developing those skills to finally reach that point of success. Remember by simply stating you’re not good at something will accomplish nothing. Everyone has weaknesses but by pushing yourself to develop new skills and talents is where you need to focus your attention. That's where the magic is. 
 
Yes, it may not always be easy and somewhere along the way, you’ll find yourself struggling. It may seem as if something is holding you back from chasing your dreams. 
And that’s okay as long as you are passionate, excited and focused on being your best in each moment. Let every day get you closer to your dreams. Never let your dreams seem impossible or out of reach. Take control of your dreams starting today. 
Watch this inspirational and phenomenal tube to BOOST your attitude and
be successful in your life venture. Life Is Magical! Embrace it and love it. 
 

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Keep Calm Have A ....

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With Positive Attitude YOU bring it!

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Here's the secret: Passion and enthusiasm boost your energy without any doubt. Exercise boosts positive energy and keeps your energy levels high.
Start your day with a smile and keep that smile. The magic a simple smile produces is amazing.  It improves your mood and it is contagious which means it not only brings magic to your day but to everyone around you.
In everything you do think ATTITUDE first. Not just attitude but ACE of ATTITUDE. Think of the attitude you are projecting to those around you at all times.  If you can master this, your body language will be positive, your confidence rises, your actions become positive and you can expect a positive outcome.
Stay away from energy drainers. Don't allow them to drain your positive energy. Remember just as a positive attitude is contagious, so is a negative attitude. Avoid being caught up in their negative attitudes.
Surround yourself with positive, likeminded people. Individuals that will uplift and support you. People who believe in possibilities and with the attitude to choose to see the magic rather than the tragic in every situation.
Make some time for introspection. Think of what you achieve every day, whether it be having a pleasant conversation, completing a task, a successful business meeting, spending quality time with loved ones or simply making someone smile. There's a million thinks no matter how small that you do that makes a difference, that bit of magic you bring into others lives and in your own. These thoughts quickly turn into gratitude which is a powerful bursting positive feeling.
"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." - Oprah Winfrey

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The terrible truth about TIME

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Here's the secret: Time is a NON-RENEWABLE resource. 
Once it's used up, you can't get it back.



Time spent on what matters most is NEVER wasted time. 
Make the BEST of your time!

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This is not an option, IT'S A NECESSITY!

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Vergeet "Kul jou hier, kul jou daar",  "Abracadabra",
"Sim Sala Bim". Forget "Hocus Pocus". The magic words are FOCUS on your INTENTIONS and ATTITUDE first! Your personal as well as business attitude is the master key to succeed in this incredible, magical life. I have said it a million times and as long as I live I will say it may be another million times more. Everything starts with intentions and attitude. Your end result is determined by the attitude you've started off with. What was your intention at the very beginning of a task, a sale, a new business venture? To FAIL! No, I don't think so.

Here's the secret: Your intentions combined with the right attitude equals magic, success and will bring a win for you. BIG TIME!

Oh! Did I mention that the end result of anything is determined by the intentions and attitude of a person or company at the very beginning of every venture? It's never too late to develop or improve your attitude towards a positive outcome. It's also vital to keep maintaining that positive attitude no matter what. It all starts with focusing on positive attitude and that's the magic words. Intentions and Attitude is everything! It's your ACE in life!

What are your intentions?
How is your attitude?
How is your business attitude?
How are the attitudes of your employees toward the business?


Are your employees on the same page as you the owner, management, leader when it comes to the success and triumph of the company? Do you all have the same intention and outcome in mind?

The important skills development and training processes of a person or business must start with the right intention and positive attitude and that's the bottom line. All the actions to follow will be based on the foundation of intention and attitude.

I do hope this post shifts your mind to another direction when it comes to the positive outcome you intent to have in everything you do. Enjoy the magic of FOCUS, INTENTIONS and ATTITUDE.
"Amazing things will happen when the actions you take is based on the right intention and attitude."

Life is Magical...Embrace it and Love it!

Cheers!

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Here's the secret to a GREAT LIFE

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A GREAT Attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a GREAT LIFE! Life IS Magical...Embrace IT and Love IT!






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What matters is ATTITUDE!

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Here's the secret:
The size of the problem doesn't matter.
What matters is your ATTITUDE!


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Question: Jacques, describe your typical day?

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A: I must start off by saying that I’m lucky because I’m a morning person. I get up at 4:50 am and BOOM, ready to go. I love a good work-out as it produces energy for my body and soul. After having three major spinal operations I’m a little limited with the choice of exercise.

In the morning I skip the caffeine and immediately hit the road for a fresh 8 km brisk walk. There after spinning for about 30 - 60 minutes to build up a sweat. Every second day I incorporate cardio exercises with weights and exercise ball into my exercise program.
I LOVE my exercise time in the mornings because it stimulates my creative thinking and helps me charge my batteries. It’s truly magical how ideas simply POP up and creativity flows. This is why I always keep my voice recorder with me.
I shower and get dressed.


Between 7 and 8 in the mornings I write down and edit all my recorded ideas and thoughts. Then enjoy a cup of coffee with my wife. Some quiet time (reading time) follows for no less than 30 minutes.

Between 8 and 9, I scan through the news headlines on my IPad. I don’t spend a lot of time reading the news as it is always a repeat of the same topics only on different days. But I have to keep up with what is going on in the world and more importantly recognize opportunities. I check my incoming emails and respond.

After having breakfast, I address administrative work and prepare for the day ahead.
From 9:00 am to 6:00 pm I focus on achieving my key business activities. This involves meetings with current and potential clients, delivering teamwork workshops, keynote sales presentations, attitude presentations, company attitude audits or magic entertainment.
As most self-employed people I simply eat something on the go for lunch.

From 6:00 to 6:30 pm I list my ‘to do’ items for the next day and make sure it corresponds with the execution necessary to achieve my strategic goals.
When my wife returns from work we spend quality time together. We prepare food together and clean up afterwards. This is our valuable communication time. We are not couch potatoes so we either have a quiet evening together or visit with family and friends. Before going to bed I get my exercise gear ready for the next morning.

Here’s my secret: When you have fun and magic in what you do, all your days become the same, their holidays. Life IS Magical...Embrace it and Love it!


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