This week’s MondayMotivator on goals and being here before

Don't give up! Alba

You might remember the GFC. That obliteration of the world economy that hit us 11 or so years ago.

I recently reread an interview of myself in early 2009 and it prompted me to look at the similarities between our situation now and then.

We have been here before. in 2009 I said things like, “I feel I really put my head in the sand for a while as we were getting new clients,” and “This made me really look at my business hard and I realised it had become bloated and it was time to get back into shape. During that process, the ideas I had and the actions I took opened me to new opportunities and I feel sure that is the same for most people.” Plus, “I have never seen so much creativity crammed into such a small space of time. It’s amazing and seriously this is a great time to be alive.”

You can read it here and see the really bad photo of me 🙁

So, this is the time to look back at what you did that worked 11 years to get you out of that mess. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You just have to pick out the actions or tactics you used to keep going. Or as my daughter at 8 years old wrote in the post-it note above, “Don’t give UP!!!”

Here are some tips about goal setting and why I started the MondayMotivator to kickstart this process.


Step 1. Make the decision that you desire to achieve the goal – this is the most important step!
Step 2. Believe that you can achieve the goal – the next most important step!
Step 3. Write your goal on paper – if it’s not written down it doesn’t exist.
Step 4. Be honest with yourself – do you really want this?
Step 5. Analyse your present situation – where are you starting from?
Step 6. Use deadlines – duh!
Step 7. Identify rocks that stand in your way
Step 8. Identify skills you will need – do you need to learn something to achieve this goal?
Step 9. Identify those people from whom you will need co-operation – friends, family, colleagues, enemies / competitors (seriously, what can you use from them)
Step 10. Make a complete business plan around this goal
Step 11. Visualise, emotionalise, affirm – most people feel a bit yucky or that it’s woo woo and miss this step. Don’t. I have been and it’s been holding me back.
Step 12. Determine to back your plan with patience and persistence

Remember for visualisation BE, DO, HAVE.

I have to BE the person that will achieve my goals in my head before I can DO the things necessary to achieve them and then I will HAVE my goals delivered to me.

I don’t know why this works. Confirmation Bias is one theory. The Secret is not. You have to do the work.

On why I started the MondayMotivator

“I was just learning about email marketing, starting a new business, seriously broke and I thought it would be a great way of keeping in touch with my friends, family and prospects. The other reason was I had been living a lifestyle that meant my discipline was out the window and I wanted to be accountable.

That meant I had to get up on a Monday morning, be still, write and get that email out by 9 am. In the beginning, I failed a few times and people let me know. So it took a while but my discipline came back and I feel positive it’s the best thing I could have done to get myself out of a hole, inspire others.”

I know this was longer than usual but I needed to kick myself into gear and if you’ve read this far you might need the same boost.

Look, we have been here before, we made it out and through with work, creativity and enthusiasm. We can do it again!

Have a great week.

On being a verb

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Good morning!

A verb is a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence. A doing word then.
What brought today’s subject to mind was reading this quote from Stephen Fry.

Fry wrote, “Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it – that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing – an actor, a writer – I am a person who does things – I write, I act – and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.”

When you set out to ‘become’ whatever you decide to do when you’re young you are generally doing it for the wrong reasons. There is a lot of outside influence on these decisions from a certain age. School, friends and family being the most influential.

From a younger age you can be anything. Artist, actor, rocket scientist, astronaut, racing car driver or a combination of all. But once we are on a path we chose from those teenage years we can be stuck. We’ve become a noun.

A nagging feeling we are not fulfilling our potential haunts us. This is not only from these early but from a deeper search for meaning.

That nagging feeling can lead us to ‘chuck in’ our career and go for our passions. A disaster waits for those who burn the lifeboats as it were with that decision.

Trying things out once we are established is more easily done these days. We can keep some measure of security whilst doing the things we believe we are passionate about.

We can be verbs.

We can be people who are doing.

Take advantage of this time of technology and freedom to try things. Something might stick and become a different path for you.

Being a noun is not what we are here for. We are here by a trillion to one chance and by remembering even the joy of thinking through, dreaming about, what we could be is being a verb.

Take a moment now to daydream about doing something other than what you’re doing today. A creative endeavour perhaps. Ponder it. Bring it to life in your mind. Maybe write it down.

Awesome! Now take that feeling into the day with you and remember to be a verb.

Have a great week.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

Quote for the week

“We are our choices.”

― Jean-Paul Sartre


Do you have a process for everything?

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Good morning!

Processes, how many of them do you have?

A lot. Because, even if you don’t think you have them, you have them, right?

There will be a step by step way that you do something. You might change those steps every so often, but there is always a process. 

And you know what? Processes are there to be followed.  

For example, at Spike, email for us is life or death. No one else thinks about it like that, but it is. Its life or death.  

When we send an email, we think it’s life or death so we’re testing the heck out of it. We are making sure everything works. That’s just one of the differences between having us do it and people doing themselves.

But those processes and yours, when they’re not followed, wow, stuff can go wrong. 

For example, your day hasn’t started well. You just can’t seem to get anything done. Things are out of your control. That’s a horrible feeling.

The proven processes that we have, mean that our teeth get brushed, we get dressed, we get out of the house on time, our car works. For Spike, our emails do the job they’re supposed to do which is get in the inbox and prompt the right action.  

Sometimes though these processes may need to be changed. Our bodies are designed to make things easy for our brain so they automate processes to ease the energy load. 

However, those processes might not be working as well as they could for us. They need to regularly examined to test their effectiveness. 

In changing things up in how you start your day, say hi to someone, react to things you might discover a better way. A better process that improves your life.

Have a great week.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley


Quote for the week

“Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.”

― Winston Churchill


The biggest lies are always told to yourself

I must not tell lies

Being truthful is hard.

Someone once told me to be honest and kind, at the same time. This was a very long time ago when I was probably lying quite a lot. I was lying to myself mostly, about who I was and why I was doing what I was doing.

I think that telling the truth is hard. So, we don’t do it as often as we should. We tell ourselves a white lie doesn’t hurt anyone.

When I was young I told lies and became very good at telling them. That might be hard to read without thinking, “Well, you shouldn’t have lied.”

Why not? I lied to keep myself out of trouble. To keep me from being punished. To keep me from being found out. Whether I was wrong or I’d done something which might not have been wrong in some ways but was wrong in someone else’s eyes. If you don’t want to be punished for that, you have to lie.

And, you have to be very good at it. Do lie well you have to find out how people tell the truth, what they look like, what their body posture is. You have to figure out then, to lie, with some truth.

Hang with me here, it’s going to look like I’ve gone way off-piste. If you read Hitler, he believed that people lie to themselves so often that they can be told a big lie, or they won’t see a big lie that’s in front of them. This is incredible to me that we can be taken advantage of like that.

I wonder if Trump has read Mein Kampf because he tells lots of little lies that people find out, but maybe the big lies are being hidden.

But the biggest lie is generally held from yourself. So you need to tell the truth in an honest and kind way to yourself, as well. Because telling the truth will, as they say, set you free.

But the other thing is that we can pretend that everything is all right, we can lie to cover up. But the fact is that, if we tell the truth, people are more likely to listen, people are more likely to help.

So the truth will set you free and hard honest conversations by all people will help set us all free.

Quote for the week

“… and a charge of lying against someone whom you have always found truthful is a very serious thing; a very serious thing indeed.”

― C. S. Lewis

They’re always listening to you

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Monday Motivator

Hi, there!

I had a conversation with Alba recently where she asked me if she could give her friends Spike notebooks.

I have cool little notebooks that are the perfect size for a pocket and taking quick notes while you’re out and about.

“Why?” I asked.

“So my friends can have them and we can draw on them and write notes. And if their parents see them they might say, Oh I could use Spike and give you a call.”

That’s pure marketing gold right there.

At 8 years Alba understands perfectly the idea of how to spread your brand through channels you wouldn’t normally associate with your business.

So two things from that conversation. Awesome proud dad moment as my daughter displays a knack for getting what she wants, her friends to have notebooks, by selling me on the benefits of having them in her friends home – their parents will read them and ask what Spike is.

And a marketing tactic of having someone subtly sell your brand for you to your target market.


Best regards,
Glenn Edley

P.S. I’ve spent the last year working with author and Psychology Coach Charles Donoghue on a program that I believe will change your life permanently. Find out about this exciting and new program at

Quote for the week

“Our jobs as marketers are to understand how the customer wants to buy and help them to do so.”

Bryan Eisenberg


Be A Good Example To Your Children

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Monday Motivator

Hi, there!

I used to get sick of my mum telling me to stand up straight.

Don’t slouch!

Shoulders back!

All the way through to adulthood. Same thing. A-nnoy-ing!

For me, I was sure I was standing up straight. Positive in fact. I’m sure others even told me I was standing up straight.

But not to my mum.

She spotted something in my posture no one else noticed but her. An imperceptible slouch only a dancing teacher or a mum would notice because they remember what you looked like with your shoulders back.

No cares. Lightness.

Then I slouched.

Was I being lazy when I was young? I’m don’t think so. I always had jobs or work on the go to get money. I know I had a lot going on in my head. I went to see coaches and therapists about it so it was real to me.

Did that cause the slouch?

I’m going to go out on a short limb here and say it did. Whatever I was working through, being better generally, caused the energy to leave me enough to cause the slouch.

And only one person noticed, mum. She probably had no idea why I was slouching but she definitely didn’t like the look of me doing it. And, I don’t remember questioning why I was doing it, my body just felt ok like that.

These days though I can’t remember the last time she said that to me. I’m writing this because it occurred to me after exercising that I have good posture now. I liked what I saw in a reflection.

I looked purposeful, strong. No slouch in sight.

So, what’s different now that I recognise my posture is good? I am practising noticing my thoughts that’s one thing. I exercise every day, that’s another. I stretch. That’s an activity I feel we should all be doing, every day. It helps keep you tall if you’re flexible. You don’t tighten up and wear everything out.

I pay attention to my body. That sounds a bit woo woo in my head as I write it but that’s what I do. I pay attention to my thoughts first because they become feelings, actions and things.

Do you pay attention to your thoughts? Would you know if you did?

Can you picture a pink elephant spraying water from its trunk? Then you just paid attention to your thoughts.

You have two minds, a thinking logical mind and a feeling emotional mind. Your thinking mind should be in control but it isn’t. We are completely controlled by our emotional mind… Yes, we are. But, your thinking mind can negotiate and cajole your feeling mind into doing what it needs / should to be doing. This is why you start with a walk instead of hitting the gym. You’ll think, this is easy, you’ll feel good and want to do it again. Then you might say, “Hey if this feels good. What would the gym feel like?”, and you go there and it feels good and then you’ll stick with it instead of stopping going after awhile.

These two voices are in your head all the time and sometimes those thoughts will make you slouch. Like they did to me. For years.

But with enough practice those thoughts will change, you will feel great because you’re looking after yourself and you will stand up straight.

Try it now, shoulders back, chin up, smile… Now carry that through your day and watch the difference.

Then do it again tomorrow and the next day and the next. Watch. Life-changing.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

P.S. I’ve spent the last year working with author and Psychology Coach Charles Donoghue on a program that I believe will change your life permanently. Find out about this exciting and new program at

Quote for the week

“I want to get old gracefully. I want to have good posture, I want to be healthy and be an example to my children.”


On freedom and how we get to it

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Monday Motivator

Hi, there!

Recently I was looking into certain decisions I’d made. Decisions that I could have easily at the time not made but made the completely opposite decision and why I made them.

I hope you follow that…

So, decisions like why I didn’t do x or why I didn’t go to y.

What occurred to me then is I never want to have to be looking over my shoulder.

And I realised that to me that is freedom – real freedom.

Not having to look over my shoulder for something or someone that will bite me on the bum in the future.

Is that fear? Yes. Fear of repercussions I have no control over how big they will get. Fear they could affect others around me.

Being married that sense of doing right by people was heightened. There was someone more important than me. Then we had kids. More responsibility.

So, I’m conscious of treating people how I would like to be treated. The Golden Rule as it were.

And I never have to look over my shoulder for my past sprinting at me ready to take me out.

That’s freedom for me.

What is freedom for you?

To your success this week.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

P.S. I’ve spent the last year working with author and Psychology Coach Charles Donoghue on a program that I believe will change your life permanently. Find out about this exciting and new program at

Quote for the week

“So, concerning the things we pursue, and for which we vigorously exert ourselves, we owe this consideration – either there is nothing useful in them, or most aren’t useful. Some of them are superfluous, while others aren’t worth that much. But we don’t discern this and see them as free, when they cost us dearly.”



On being consistent

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Monday Motivator

Hi, there!

Being consistent is a value I hold highly. I like people to know that what you see is what you’ll get. How you’re dealt with now is how you’ll be dealt with every time.

Being consistent, doing what you said you were going to do when you said you would do it isn’t sexy. It’s not seen as fun or spontaneous.

But people like it.

They can rely on you.

They might not always be around because life changes but they will remember you and when they need you they’ll be back.

This is a mantra I’ve had for many, many years.

Consistency leads to Trust, which leads to Loyalty and to bars and bbqs.

I challenge you to be consistent. Build the personal capital that leads to trust and loyalty. And, have people talk about you with respect, at bars and bbq’s.

To your success this week.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

P.S. I’ve spent the last year working with author and Psychology Coach Charles Donoghue on a program that I believe will change your life permanently. Find out about this exciting and new program at

Quote for the week

“People are always looking for shortcuts. The only way to achieve greatness in life is to have patience, consistency, and discipline.”

David Goggins


Never judge a book by its cover.

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Monday Motivator

Hi, there!

They say, “Never judge a book by its cover.” What about a photo in your feed, a photo on a blog, a photo on Instagram?

Why do people seem to just take offence or make a comment based on just the picture when they haven’t actually read the article?

For example, I posted a minimotivator with the picture above and got some immediate feedback.

I had some people who said, “That’s a terrible picture. Why did you post that?”.

I said, “Did you read the comment that I made? Did you read the article, the minimotivator I wrote?”

“No, I didn’t.”

Because when you read the article, it made sense. It was me at 12:57 am just finishing a 45-minute workout so I didn’t miss a day of 75 Hard. I’ve also just realised I haven’t read my 10 pages for the day and ended up in bed at 2 am, argh!

So, I’m wondering how much else is taken out of context for you and me? Because a lot is taken out of context for famous people for other peoples gain every minute of every day.

But what about in your daily life? What about pausing for a moment and saying, “Hang on a sec. Have I got that right?”, and asking the other person, “What do you mean?”.

That questioning, that pause, that space while you communicate with the other person can stop a lot of miscommunication. Getting into the habit of doing this takes time and focus. You have to want to do it. But, the gains it gives you are so worth it and will compound over time.

This will lead to better relationships, better communication, basically better everything.

So, next time you’re looking at a picture, maybe read the caption and make sure you’ve actually got the full story. Judging a book by its cover is never as good as reading the reviews.

Have a successful week. Stay safe and stay connected.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

P.S. I’ve spent the last year working with author and Psychology Coach Charles Donoghue on a program that I believe will change your life permanently. Find out about this exciting and new program at

Quote for the week

“Through pain, growth.”

Glenn from Spike


How to be unique in a mediocre world

Monday Motivator
Hey 👋

On being ‘realistic’

I really abhor the term ‘realistic’.

When you say it it’s like you’ve given up. You’ve dropped the bar until it’s now easily achievable.

“Get real.”
“Be realistic.”

How about you get stuffed?

How do you like them apples?


Yup. That’s how much terms like that get my back up.

I’ve spent some time thinking about why it gets me so het up. Because it can feel like someone is gut-punching me when they use that kind of language.

And these are sometimes people I care about. I love.

But the feeling of disappointment is palpable when someone speaks like this.

Why give up?

On your dreams. Your goals and your ambitions.

F*$k being realistic. It doesn’t work if you want to be *unique in a mediocre world. Have big goals. Then get real about the amount of work and sacrifice it will take to get those goals.

And then go forth! Do. The. Work. Give the things up you have to and then be appreciative of the people who keep telling you to be realistic.

There will be fuel in those words now. They will be the energy you can use to prove to yourself and to them that you are unique, you are not going to be realistic and you are not going to be mediocre.

Get out there and win today!

Have a successful week. Stay safe and stay connected.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

Quote for the week

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it”



*Thanks to Andy Frisella for those words.
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash