Waking up at 5am will not make you successful

This isn’t an anti-productivity post, so all you life coaches and productivity gurus out there can calm down.

In my line of work, I see streams of articles focused on improving people’s capability and supporting in their ongoing development (whatever that means for you). One point that seems present across many publications I read is on the concept of waking up super early to win the day, own the day or destroy the days as some of these have presented it.

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Start with why

Why am I doing this? why are we choosing this course of action? Why has this happened?

For me ‘why’ is one of the most powerful words you can use. In whatever you do, whether it’s in a professional or personal scenario, we should always ask ourselves – Why am I doing this? why is this project or programme important for our business?

Understanding the ‘why’ is the biggest part of anything we embark on. The how and what are important too, yet without understanding – why are we/I doing this, we cannot fully buy-in to what we are trying to change and achieve.


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Family is not bound by blood

Christmas and new year festivities are the ideal time for many of us to come together and celebrate, life, love and the year that has been.

Many will return to their homelands and spend time with family.

Family is an important thing for all of us, yet not all of us have been blessed with direct relatives that we wish to include in our lives and that’s ok. You see family is not bound by blood, just because you share the same blood and DNA, this doesn’t mean you must accept them.

Family is what you create, a family is a collective community who support, challenge and love each other through it all. Just because your blood relatives aren’t great, this doesn’t mean you cannot build your own family through your friends.

A family is a family regardless of where you’re from or who you are. We all create our little families across all areas of life, so make sure to choose the right people and spend time with those you truly want to.

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The top 21 thoughts of 2018 that will make you a badass in 2019!

This quick post contains a treasure trove of the top free content that I’ve shared in 2018, all neatly packed into those lists that we all love at this time of the year.

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In no particular order:

Conquer your inner bitch

Therapy makes me a better human

I’ve been using CBD oil for 2 months and this is what I’ve learnt

How to build world class skills

Alexa, can I trust you?

5 lessons I’ve learnt in the world of L&D

Bring the Drake approach to your learning offer

Define your Intent with social media

The affect you have on others is the most valuable currency you have

How I changed careers – 8 lessons I learnt and tips to help you

We do not have an inexhaustible well

What a 2000 year old journal from a Roman emperor can teach you about life, business and mental health

OMG! my jeans are killing the planet

The only way out is through

Disconnection in a connected world

The 5 books I recommend for everyone to learn, develop and grow to be a better person

What not to do in developing culture and behaviour change

Is it normality that we really fear?

Why job titles are worthless: becoming future fit for the multi skilled generation

Change the way the game is played

The 3 questions Tony Robbins shared with me to find purpose in life

That’s it folks, I hope you have a happy and healthy 2019.

 

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Sometimes you can’t always get what you want

But you get what you need.

True story and an amazing Rolling Stones song. We all want lots of things to happen and we do everything we can to get there, but it doesn’t always work out and sometimes that’s not a bad thing.

On some occasions instead of getting what you want, you get a reality check and smacked in the face of exactly what you needed instead – this is a powerful learning experience for anyone and will teach you more in many cases.

Use these final days of 2018 to reflect on what may have not gone quite the way you expected this year and look at what you can learn from these experiences.

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