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Think Critically. Wake up. Keep your head on a swivel.

Think Critically. Wake up. Keep your head on a swivel.

Today’s Blog post is from one of my coaches and mentors J T DeBolt. 

Michael E Thornley
Author, Lifestyle Entrepreneur &
World Traveller


My boss tried to kill me (and what I did to him next)

True story: Back in 2007, I was flying a routine logistics mission with my commanding officer who, like me, was a combat-decorated and very seasoned aviator.

The mission was simple: fly from sunny San Diego to Fresno, California.

Easy day.


When we took off out of San Diego, it was the typical postcard weather: sunny, light breeze off the ocean, gorgeous.

When we approached Fresno an hour later…dense fog. For miles. And it was our turn to land.

My commanding officer (“Skipper” as we called him) was flying the approach while I sat in the right seat and backed him up by placing my hands gently on the controls.

As we descended, we plunged straight into the dense fog and entered the disorienting world of instrument flight; the Skipper was laser focused on the instruments as I kept a watchful eye out the window for the moment we broke through the fog.

And then, it happened. The most terrifying moment of my entire flight career.

I felt the Skipper pull a little too much power, and the aircraft sank at an alarming rate of decent. As we fell out of the fog, my heart slammed to a stop as I looked up to see…a tree.

Instinctively, I yelled, “WAVE OFF!” and shoved the throttles full forward.

Skipper pulled back on the controls and the airplane roared to the sky…missing the ground by mere feet.

We came within a fraction of a second of slamming into the ground, and leaving behind widows, orphans and a smoking hole in the ground.

There was no time to discuss, not time to negotiate and no time to consider options. We survived a near catastrophe because of a very important behavior: I questioned my boss’s authority.

And yes, he openly encouraged that. That’s what exceptional Leaders do.

Of course, there’s a “right” way and a host of ineffective ways to do it. And I discuss this in-depth on today’s episode of The High-Altitude Mentorship Show™ podcast:

Look, this is an important trait for High-Performers, especially in today’s “sheeple” society, where most people blindly follow celebrities, politicians and self-appointed “experts”.

Just because the “gurus” and “thought leaders” are pumping others full of sentiment and “follow your bliss” propaganda doesn’t mean you have eat what they’re shoveling.

Think critically.
Wake up.
Keep your head on a swivel.
And question these “experts” always.

Including (and especially) me.

It may never come down to a life-and-death decision, but questioning authority will at the very least keep you from falling asleep at the wheel, blindly following flimsy rhetoric and prevent you from creating a “smoking hole” in the ground of your business, career or life.

You have my permission to question authority (not that you needed it). Now we’ll see what you do with it.

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far.


Autopilot- turn it off and get on with living!

Autopilot – turn it off!

Our guest blogger today is Catriona Pollard.  When I read her Email  I instantly related to having been on Autopilot in the past and have, in the last few years, made a personal choice and commitment to ‘stop, look & listen’ to life.

Knowing that many of you remain on Autopilot, I wanted to share her message with you and for you ALL to ‘stop look and listen’ in your own lives…. it IS a beautiful world out there if you WANT to find it!

Michael Thornley
Authour & Lifestyle Entrepreneur
( All rights to the below ‘article’ remain with Catriona Pollard. Please follow her on Social Media…links provided)

It’s time to stop running on autopilot

” My parents visited me the other day. Often we go for lunch or coffee, but it was a beautiful Sunday afternoon so we went for a stroll. As we walked my parents remarked on houses, and fences, and trees…a running commentary on our walk.

I have walked past these houses, fences and trees many times but no longer notice them. Through my parents’ eyes, I looked at them and saw them in a different way.

It made me think. How much in our lives do we no longer notice? I decided to test this idea.

Walking backwards 

On the bush track I walk most days I decided to do my circuit in the opposite direction. Do you know what happened? I got lost twice. Seriously! I couldn’t believe it. I missed the start of one section and had to double back.

 At one point I was standing looking at the entrances of two tracks and simply couldn’t figure out which one was my track. In fact, I never even knew there were two tracks in that section. Astounding!

I realised that often I’m lost in my thoughts while walking – which is not a bad thing as it’s my time to problem solve and come up with new ideas – but clearly I’m not taking notice of my surroundings either.

Turning off autopilot 

How often are we on autopilot?

  • Have you ever driven to work and got to the car park and completely not remembered the drive?
  • Do you constantly check your emails on your phone, even though it states, “Last updated 2 minutes ago”?
  • Are you just so in your routine you rarely do anything spontaneous?

 It’s really interesting to consider these questions. Even though I don’t consider that I’m living a life on autopilot, clearly at times I am. Now I’m trying to notice if I’m simply following a routine, and if possible, to snap out of autopilot and be in the moment instead.

What about you? Maybe it’s time to ditch your personal sat nav and think about achieving some new goals…such as stepping into the spotlight.

 Here’s to seeing you in the spotlight.


Catriona Pollard
From Unknown To Expert
CP Communications

 P.S. Watch this space. In the next few days you’ll find out how you will have the opportunity to spend a day with me developing your personal strategy to move from unknown to recognised expert. We’ll be working on your personal brand, media angles, which journalists to pitch to, and so much more. So exciting!


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Four Pillars of a Good Life- Health Wealth Love & Happiness

The Four Pillars of a Good Life are – Health, Wealth, Love and Happiness.

AGood Life’ is relative to the individual and the ‘4 Pillars of a ‘Good Life– Health, Wealth, Love and Happiness are the main criteria in varying degrees to achieve this goal. Together, they can create the lifestyle you seek and the ‘Good Life‘  you deserve!

Let us assist you in creating the Good Life with the Courses and Resources we have made available to you at Michael Thornley Org.

The Dalai Lama tells us that “The point to life is happiness.” Yet so many of us struggle to find it in a world full of stress and expectation.

(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

People tend to believe that in order to achieve happiness you need only have money (wealth) and to amass a host of material objects. But to have wealth alone does not necessarily bring you health, love and/or happiness.  Additionally, many people judge success purely on wealth, yet it is a combination of all these factors that achieves positive results in your life.

Remember, we should also be rich of heart and soul as well , an important asset to have in driving your passion to achieve your goals. And believing in yourself and having the faith and fortitude to step outside the square or at the very least to push out from your bubble is paramount in obtaining the ‘Good Life

I firmly believe that a combination of Wealth, Health and Love can indeed equal Happiness.  A ‘Good Life’ is a balance of all these factors. :)…………..

Michael Ellis Thornley
Author and Lifestyle Entrepreneur

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Rich Dad Poor Dad- 4 Pillars of a Good Life – Wealth

                                Rich Dad Poor Dad- 4 Pillars of a Good Life – Wealth 

Today i am sharing with you a video from my Youtube  Channel featuring Robert Kiyosaki on the Oprah Winfrey Show a few years ago.

Robert Toru Kiyosaki (born April 8, 1947) is an American businessman, investor, self-helpauthor, educator, motivational speaker, financial literacy activist, financial commentator, and radio personality. Kiyosaki is the founder of the Rich Dad Company, a private financial education company that provides personal financial and business education to people through books, games, seminars, blogs, coaching, and workshops.[3] He is also the creator of the Cashflow board and software games to educate adults and children business and financial concepts…. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I agree with Robert’s philosophy and it continues to ring true. It is our ‘mindset’ that holds many of us back from achieving our full potential. We need to break away from the archaic education system that teaches us to be ’employees/followers/serfs/workers’. We have been brainwashed to serve others. Time to serve OURSELVES!

Michael E Thornley
Author and Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Travel- Become a DreamTrips member and begin your adventure!

It’s the ultimate travel club community–travel anytime, anywhere. You’ll experience customized travel opportunities and valuable deals at fine restaurants, energized clubs and exquisite hotels.

Dream Trips – Travel Fun & Money


Mindset- It is a Choice with guest blogger Kristen Owens

Mindset- It is a Choice with guest blogger Kristen Owens

How often do we sit contemplating an issue or just mull over an idea AND then we see or hear a reference to it. There is truth in putting a request out to the ‘Universe’ or to ‘God’ depending on your belief and it will be answered.

I was actually thinking about peoples different mindsets and how one can look at life form ‘a glass half empty’ whilst another can look at a ‘glass half full’. And these differences can often be seen in members of the same family.

So whilst siting back with a coffee contemplating this very issue, that familiar ‘mail received ding’ came through on the mobile phone (Cell phone to you North Americans).  And there before me was Kristen’s email of which I will now share with you.

AND don’t forget my books await your eyes and why not read them on one of our Dream Trips 🙂

Michael Thornley
Author, Entrepreneur & Traveller.  

How to solve the ’Eeyore Syndrome with Kristen Owen

You know those people that walk through life with a rosy outlook, they always expect things to work out, looking at the bright side of life and finding joy in every day.  Then there are others that may have a more negative outlook, feeling like life is a push, things are a struggle and they always get the short end of the stick.

We’ve all come across both types of people. Maybe we’re one of them.  Do you know the irony here? Life will follow each type’s perspective because their mindset leads the way – it is the set of glasses through which they see the world.

The people with positive outlooks will always find the upside of every situation and the more gloomy people will see the downside of the same exact situation … like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh!

It’s the power of MINDSET!

What people forget is it’s a CHOICE. As humans, God has given us free will. Even when we may feel that our way is the only way, it’s because we haven’t given ourselves the opportunity to crank open what we think we know and allow for something new.  You have within you a gold-mine of resources to take you to where you want to be.

In my experience, it’s easier to stay where you are.  It’s easier to build someone else’s dreams than your own.  It’s easier to not grow yourself and stay the way you are because growing yourself means ending old habits and a bit more work than we admit to want to do.

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I am big on re-building habits.  Transforming your mindset is about changing the habit of what you think.  The battlefield is literally in your mind.  If you want more in your life, if you want to reach your exciting goals, if you want to live a life of possibility, you know the one God has for you, then I have something for you.

For the next 5 days I will be guiding you to jumpstart your mind. Get clear on what and why you think what you do in order to make a new choice and rewire your brain for new pathways and increased success.

Are you ready for that?

I hope you’ll join me! Monday April 11th is when it all goes down….you + me in your inbox. Let’s make this happen.

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I’m excited because these are the exact steps I still use to keep myself moving in direction that will make my dreams a reality.  Monday April 11th is when it starts but register now so you can get all the deets sent to your inbox.

I look forward to helping you up level your mindset to match your dreams!

Register Here

Here’s to Confidently Courageously YOU!

Kristen Owens
Success Coach to Faith Centered, Ambitious
Entrepreneurial Women who want to up level their  
Mindset & Self Image to Create the Time & Financial Freedom they Desire!
Join here to get in on my Private Mastermind ‘Faith
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Be true to your beliefs.

Be true to your beliefs … stand up for what is right…learn and grow from your interaction with society but do not waiver from your soul.

I am making all necessary changes to live by my convictions. What is true to Me, to my soul and to my heart. And let me say the term ‘soul’ does not belong to any religion…. it is your inner being.

This is something that we should all consider doing at times. Often we get swept away with all that is going on around us and forget, albeit momentarily, the core of who we are. I am not a religious man but I am a man of my own spiritual beliefs emanating from our ancestors and working together in harmony with Mother Earth and the energy that abounds throughout the universe.

Recently I found the ugliness of fanaticism and the bias and ignorance of some individuals raise its ugly head again which made me take a step back to reassess my own direction in life. I noticed that I was trying to walk multiple paths and this was not serving me as it should. I immediately closed the gates to some and politely exited others to return to my central being.

The world is currently seeing a global resurgence of extremists and I will not be swayed or drawn into any of the quarrels or the pettiness that has become apparent. It does not mean I  am ignorant nor am I choosing to be oblivious to current events. It is just that I see no purpose in compounding them. Yet I do stand tall against any extremist movements that bring deliberate or unnecessary harm to any living thing and for that I may not remain silent!

Yet that is only one aspect of my present defragmenting of my mind.  Since I was a child I have resonated with the natural world and it with me.  I guess it wasn’t that I strayed from this path but as alluded to above, I walked a number of paths or as we say, I was wearing many hats at once. All were worn in good faith and respect and these avenues were of interest to me due to my family history. But the core of their existence was not me…. it was an integral part of my spiritual journey to experience all of it over the last 16 years and it is something I will write about in time…… Sharing ‘My Spiritual Journey’.

So tonight as I write this I am feeling calmer and clearer and true.  I am listening to soothing music and being creative….. this is what I love.

Blessings to all,

Work-Family Balance Issues? Try These 9 Tips

Today’s guest post courtesy of Matt Llyod CEO MOBE.

Michael Ellis Thornley
Writer and Entrepreneur

“It’s not surprising that women and men alike say balancing work life with family life is an ongoing challenge. Juggling kids, a spouse and a career aren’t as easy as carving out time for each; it’s more like playing a 3-D chess game, which requires skill, advanced strategies and integrated thinking.

Instead of moving chess pieces on multiple boards, however, balancing the demands of work and family—especially for entrepreneurs—requires careful coordination, organization, communication and delegation. The good news is; it can be done. To help you attain a richer, more rewarding and balanced life, here are nine tips for balancing work and family:

1.  Rally your troops.

If your goal is to find balance, you’ll need to integrate your needs, along with those of your kids, spouse, career and friends, into a whole. But don’t do it alone. Get help from family, friends, neighbors and others when you need additional support. If you prepare for the unexpected by putting a solid contingency plan in place, you’ll find those last-minute emergencies to be a little less jarring. The key is to allow yourself to ask for and receive help.

2.  No bad feelings.

Everyone has been subjected to programming, and one of the ways people become conditioned over time is to feel guilty when problems arise. If you want to balance the ever-changing demands of work with your family responsibilities, start by saying bye-bye to guilt. It does no good because it keeps you rooted in what went wrong instead of what needs to happen to make it right—and it will only delay your progress toward attaining balance.

3.  Know when enough is enough and spread the word.

In a perfect world, you might not need to set boundaries … but here on Earth, you do. The limits you set are the only thing that could protect you from the actions of others. By defining what’s acceptable to you, you can determine how to manage your time, space and emotional availability.

Establishing clear boundaries makes the extent of your responsibilities clear. It also signals others regarding the types of demands you’re willing to accept. If you don’t set boundaries, you’ll find it much harder to say no. Remember, these are reasonable boundaries that you’re implementing for the well-being of your loved ones, and they’re necessary to balance the demands of work and family.

4.  Whose standards? Your standards.

The key to living a richer, more rewarding life is to set your own standards. That means ditching any illusions of perfectionism. Aim for small compromises that don’t undercut the interests of your spouse, kids, boss, friends or close family members. As long as you’re comfortable with the standards you’re setting for your work and home life—and your family’s needs and boss’ expectations are being met—you’re golden.

5.  Find Your “Alone Zone.”

With so many demands placed upon you, it’s easy to lose sight of your own needs. So, go for a walk, soak in the tub or find some other way to unwind, de-stress and ease the tension. Carving out a little “me time” will do wonders for your state of mind and overall health, and it will also benefit your family and co-workers.

6.  Everything should be in its place.

To effectively balance work and family, you’ll need to get organized. Start by setting your priorities, and be prepared to delegate. Remember that lists are your friend (and they’re re-usable!). Be sure to make room for an easy-to-reach calendar, so you can map out everyone’s activities.

7.  Stretch to stay flexible.

When you decided to have kids, you basically traded your what is for a giant what could be. So, embrace it. Cut yourself some slack when you miss an occasional goal or deadline. Just don’t get too comfortable, and be prepared to assume responsibility for any must-have projects or tasks that need to be completed, whether for work or home.

Staying flexible like this is one way to reduce the stress that comes with juggling multiple responsibilities. Another is to stretch your idea of success to allow for changes to your original game plan. Sometimes you have to revise your goals to allow for different-but-just-as-challenging ones. And that’s okay.

8.  Enjoy time with your family.

Your family is your greatest source of love and strength. By setting aside time to do things together, you’ll be investing directly in the people through whom all of your successes have relevance. So, commit to being with them and enjoying that time together. Create family traditions, play together and develop relationships with your spouse and children that will fuel your achievements in other areas of your life.

9.  Integrate for balance.

To find harmony in your life, you’ll need to integrate your work, family and friends into a unified whole. There’s no one way to do this—it depends on what you deem acceptable—so strive for balance and maintain perspective when the road gets bumpy. It’s all about finding ways to blend the needs of your loved ones with the requirements of your career.

Managing kids, a spouse and a career is never easy, especially for entrepreneurs. But you can attain a richer, more rewarding and balanced life if you develop a creative way to balance your family responsibilities with the demands of your career. Keeping these nine tips in mind should help.

Courtesy of Matt Llyod, My Online Business Education


( Steve Parish Publishing )

Today I am sharing excerpts from a lovely gift of a book….  ‘Healing’ by Steve Parish, a renowned Australian photographer…… that I received from my good friend Trees 🙂

” To keep the body in good health is a duty….. otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear”…………. Buddha

Put your attention into your Body- notice a sensation
Lie on your back and enjoy the stars- let your
body go
Sit next to a waterfall and truly hear the water


Namaste and blessings,
Michael Ellis Thornley
Writer & Entrepreneur

Newsletter March 2016

Welcome to my March 2016 Newsletter.

It has certainly been a busy time at MichaelThornley.ORG with growth in all aspects of the Business and certainly with my Blog. I have some great news to share with you also  towards the end of the newsletter, but first a summary for you 🙂

Some of my Blog Posts
Google Tricks you never knew about …… some fun things here! 🙂
A Day in the Life of- Cell Phones & Gnomes ……. The Day in the Life of Series continues!
I am a Friend …… Sharing some of my thoughts as memes on photographs I took myself.
Guest Posts- “Let me tell you a story about the word YES” with Catriona Pollard & others.

*** I welcome & encourage guest Blogging from my Subscribers ***


Matt LLyod- CEO MOBE
My Business joint ventures have been most lucrative last month with a number of people opting in and joining me at MOBE. The MOBE Marketplace is the World’s Largest Online Marketplace For Business Products offering both Course and Resources via E-products.
Products, Services and Business Opportunities available…. ask me for more Information.

Some of the other products & services I offer are-

Web Hosting with Siteground– I use them for all my websites!


FREE Just for you 🙂
A fabulous resource book written by Matt Llyod, CEO of MOBE (An Aussie by the way 🙂
A REAL Book delivered to Your Door. ( just need to cover postage BUT the Book itself is FREE!!)

My first E-book will be released by the end of March on Amazon/ Kindle. It is currently in the formatting stage at this very moment 🙂

This first book will be a collection of ‘Short Stories’ and it will be Volume 1 !!!!
I also have another 3 books in the pipeline…. so watch this space! 🙂

AND if you enjoy my blog posts then may I ask that you share the link below with your friends. Simply highlight …copy and paste!

Thank you all again for your support. I am regularly updating my Website so please visit me from time to time and leave Comments on the various Blog posts and pages you enjoy.

Michael Ellis Thornley
Writer & Entrepreneur

Patience Is the Secret

Today’s guest post is by Jacqueline Whitmore (Author, Business Etiquette Expert and Founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach)

I am sharing a post she wrote recently. All credit to Jacqueline.

Michael Ellis Thornley
Writer & Entrepreneur

Patience Is the Secret to Boosting Your Profits
(not only in Business but in life too M.T.)

” It’s no surprise that we live in a fast-paced society where most of us crave instant results and gratification.  Consider your toe-tapping impatience when a web page takes several seconds to load instead of appearing instantly, or how your anxiety levels rise when the car in front of you doesn’t budge when the traffic light turns from red to green.

Why are we all in such a big hurry?

Thanks to the rapid advancement of modern technology, we’re becoming trained to expect instantaneous results, and are experiencing an increasing inability to tolerate discomfort. We want what we want, and we want it now.

Patience is a form of control over our world, and this skill should be fostered. Learning to wait, without becoming anxious or annoyed, will help you be successful in all areas of your life.

By practicing patience, you will reap the following benefits.

Lower stress.

Being patient can greatly reduce the experience of stress in your life. When you begin to feel anxious, take a moment to observe what’s going on around you. Take deep breaths and relax. Silently tell yourself, “It’s time to reboot.” Your mind may need to let go of any negativity and refocus on what’s really important. You’ll find that the more patient you become, the less stressed, angry, and overwhelmed you become.

Easier decision making.

We’ve all had regrets over a hasty decision we’ve made in the past. Slow down as this allows you to gather more information and make rational decisions instead of off-the-cuff ones. Give yourself time to thoroughly assess any situation and work through the pros and cons before committing to a plan of action. Don’t allow someone to rush you into making a quick decision without thinking it through thoroughly and completely.


If you easily become bored with a task or activity, you’re not alone. While most of us like to multi-task and jump from one activity to the next, remember who won the race in Aesop’s Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. Patience fosters perseverance, which allows you to delve deeply into an activity and learn the skills necessary to complete the task. It also enables you to build a body of work in one genre, like acquiring a Ph.D., building a business franchise empire, or publishing a book. By persevering, you will accomplish those lofty goals you set for yourself and your business.

Enhanced relationships.

Patience helps give us heightened tolerance and understanding of those in our worlds. We are able to forgive shortcomings and embrace differences, even for those traits of which we are not tolerant in our own selves. Instead of judging others, or losing your temper when things take a little longer than expected, fully engage in the interaction. Try this experiment: The next time you go to the grocery store, smile, be polite, and engage in conversation with the cashier. You’ll feel good and you may be the only person who makes the cashier feel validated or important.

John Quincy Adams once said, “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” Changing your attitude, lowering your expectations, and taking time to live in the moment can reap unexpected rewards in all areas of your life.”

    Jacqueline Whitmore

Author, Business Etiquette Expert and Founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach

Jacqueline Whitmore is an etiquette expert and founder of the Protocol School of Palm Beach in Palm Beach, Fla. She is the author of Poised for Success: Mastering the Four Qualities That Distinguish Outstanding Professionals (St. Martin’s Press, 2011) and Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work (St. Martin’s Press, 2005).