Warren Macdonald's Blog

November 23, 2016
set yourself up for success

Set Yourself up for Success

Let’s face it, sometimes, @*&$ just happens. We’re in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and things just go sideways. We’ve all been there. And yet, if we’re honest with ourselves, there’s often a good […]
September 21, 2016

Blind to Disability

I’m sure you heard the news last week about four Paralympian’s running a time fast enough to have gotten gold if they had been competing two weeks earlier at the Olympics. And perhaps you presumed, […]
August 25, 2016

The Wall of Fear

  A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to act as a mentor to a group of five teenagers with varying abilities as they learnt to scuba dive in the Cayman Islands. You […]
July 8, 2016

Reframing for Resilience

So the *$#& has just hit the fan and you need to be more resilient. As I’ve said before, it’s too late. Resilience is like a bank account. You only have what you have. That’s […]
January 4, 2016

You’re not done yet…

Learning that is. We strive; we set goals. We use phrases like “I’m getting there” (or at least I do) to indicate our progress toward a set point; a destination. What if we’ve got it […]
November 2, 2015

By the time you need to draw on your resilience; it’s too late…

I live in Alberta, Canada. You may not know this, but  Alberta is Canada’s oil province; kind of like Texas is for the US. When oil prices first started tanking, I asked friends in the industry […]
October 8, 2015

Uncertainty

All of us feel stuck at some point in our lives, and it’s no wonder. The scientific community suggests that the average adult makes approximately 35,000 decisions each day… Most of those decisions happen unconsciously, […]
August 16, 2015

You don’t need to be more resilient. Unless you want to stay in business.

Resilience is a funny thing. We only need it when things go wrong. The rest of the time it’s something for others to worry about. The poor farmer in Africa; he must be so resilient. […]
July 6, 2015

Change your Self-Perception; Change your Life

You’ve heard the phrase “You get what you focus on”. Or in my words, “How you see is what you get”. But what if you don’t like how/ what you see? Is it possible to […]
June 30, 2015

Opportunities in Health

*** RECYCLED POST *** Some of the most rewarding events for me as a keynote speaker are when I get to speak to people in healthcare. Unfortunately, the major issues faced are the same today […]
April 29, 2015

Flip the Switch

If you’ve heard me use the phrase before “When you change the way you see the world, you change the world”, there’s a good chance that the image that comes to mind is one of […]
February 16, 2015

Do what you can, with what you’ve got (take two).

After a year of rehab, I finally found out last week that the shoulder injury I’ve been dealing with isn’t really an injury. That is, it’s not something that can be fixed, with surgery or […]
February 1, 2015

Time for a new lens?

Last week, while speaking to a group of healthcare professionals working towards a goal unimaginable a decade ago, that of a HIV/ AIDS Free Generation, a woman in the audience asked how we could work […]
October 28, 2014

Is it possible to be too authentic this Halloween?

With Halloween upon us, I thought you might appreciate this funny story from the archives of “weird stuff that happens when you have no legs…” Emerson always wanted to be a pirate. From the time […]
September 30, 2014

Keep Going.

Yesterday, while cycling up my favourite section of my favourite ride, it finally dawned on me why I enjoyed this section of the ride so much. I loved this part because I had cracked the […]