Cat set amongst the pigeons?

As expected, the initial reports that have been spat out by our program have had a significant affect on the Uni’s view of their space usage.

It all goes to reinforce our foundational philosophy of how to solve any problem or achieve any goal.

This way of approaching problems and goals seems to guide everything we do, (more so as we get on in years).

The 3 D’s.

DEFINE – the current situation accurately and honestly (with no holds barred). Then accurately define the vision, (the goal, where you want to be).

The more accurately you define the real picture, the better your chances of understanding how to change it.

After all, if you don’t know where you are, then how will you know where to start?  And if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?

If you diagnose the problem incorrectly, the cure will be faulty as well.

DESIGN – Design a realistic, workable but simple Plan.

It seems to us the major cause of failure in most ventures is the failure to make detailed and specific plans.
Winston Churchill once said, “Let our advanced worrying become our advanced thinking and planning”.

DIRECT – Direct actions and effort to completing all the steps of the Plan. Just DO It!

Nothing but nothing is going to happen until somebody DOES SOMETHING!

Directing focused, thinking, actions and energy to the Plan is the only way it’ll happen.

“The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs”.  Vance Havner.

It’s not what we know that determines our success but what we do with what we know.

I’m astounded at the increasing rate at which otherwise intelligent people from all walks of life believe what they want to believe and willingly and purposefully blindfold themselves to reality. Surely knowing the absolute truth, wheather you like it or not, has got to be better than the pain of building something on a false foundation only to have it collapse.

There, that’s my rant for the day!

We have a possibility of some more work down here which involves some software system design so when we know more we’ll be able to better plan the next step of the journey.

We’ll definitely be heading home to Brissy after we take delivery of the new van but we may need to come back to Melbourne again.

Yesterday we booked the car in for a service at Nissan and we’re getting 2 new spotlights installed today.

This is all in preparation for the trip home.

Kerrie has discovered a new “Heaven on Earth”.

It comes in the form of a new shopping centre – Northlands in Reservoir / Preston.

She dragged me there yesterday like a petulant child – I hate shopping centres – but even I had to admit that this absolutely huge centre was different.

The many food halls consisted of outlets I had never seen before and of course as a cook I always examine food outlets with a critical eye.

Most were quite amazing, imaginative and very different.

It was a rare thing for me to actually quite enjoy a couple of hours in a shopping centre.

When we take a break from work we usually go for a walk a few kilometres to a Vietnamese bakery where we get a loaf of bread for $1.80.

This bread is Awesome. Easily the best bread ever (except for Kerrie’s home made variety).

We must discipline ourselves in this shop because they also have the most delicious takeaways.

They make these Vietnamese Dim Simmy things that are deliciously moreish amongst other delights and the lemon cake is just  Que c’est délicieux.

Melbourne has definitely grown on us somewhat after getting out and about a bit and we have met some lovely helpful people.

We wrote once before about the shocking service Kerrie got in some clothes shops when looking for a jacket but this has not been repeated. Most encounters with shop staff have been really good.

We’re going to take Ben’s advice and go to an AFL game at the MCG tomorrow (Richmond versus Melbourne). Two local teams should make for a great atmosphere and we can’t stay in Melbourne without visiting this Mecca of AFL.