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First, help yourself

Live a Big Life is an adventure. It is an outworking of everything that sits at the core of who I am. It flows out of a burning desire to stir up a revolution that equips and empowers an entire generation to pursue the adventure into their real lives. But, as admirable as it may be, the burning desire that drives Live a Big Life - a desire to unleash a better world - is the same burning desire that has been the downfall of many valiant adventurers, and the death knell of many an adventure. As...

Make sure your head is in the game

How many times have you watched a sportsman, or sportswoman, implode? Standing on the verge of greatness and, suddenly, out of no-where, they have a meltdown? A rush of blood to the head, an overdose of adrenaline, or an explosion of passion, whatever causes the meltdown, the result is the same - failure. If you’re a golf fan, or just someone who likes to see train wrecks unfold, you will doubtless have seen Jean Van de Velde, the French golfer whose famous meltdown at the 1999 British...

Are you living more than one life?

Let me ask you a question: is your life a congruent life? Are all the different parts of your life in harmony - I mean, do they fit together? Or, is your life littered with inconsistencies? The reality is that most of us live with inconsistencies in our lives. Life is complex and full of competing expectations and demands. So, to survive under the pressure of those expectations and demands, you find ways to fit in - 'to be all things to everyone', to please everyone, to let no-one down. And,...

Are you playing it safe?

You may be one of the few people walking the earth who is genuinely living their real life. But, if you can’t count yourself among that number, why is that? Why aren't you already well on your way to living as your best self in the life you were made for?  Instead of living a life filled with fulfilment, meaning and vigour, why do you so often cut a frustrated figure, cussing and complaining about the lack of progress you are making towards the ’success’ you long for? ...

Are you talking about me?

[SPOILER ALERT: THIS IS QUITE A LONG STORY, BUT IT’S WORTH THE READ] Allow me to introduce you to Jay (not his real name, by the way). I ran into Jay when I was taking the opportunity to step away from my desk and into a rather nice coffee house to grab a coldbrew and some clear air to think. I can’t recall how we got chatting, but I do recall, early on in the conversation, thinking ”Are you talking about me when you’re saying all this stuff?”. You see, as Jay...

Who do you think you are?

There's a particular scene in the movie Ice Age 2 that I love.  It's the part where the three main characters - Manny (a mammoth), Sid (a sloth) and Diego (a sabre-toothed tiger) stumble across another mammoth, Ellie.  The thing is, though, Ellie doesn’t realise she’s a mammoth. In fact, she thinks mammoths are extinct! No, Ellie (who weighs in somewhere around three or four tonnes and stands close on three metres tall) thinks she is a possum (which, would have her...

The Key to Happiness

A couple of weeks back, I was easing my way into the day, enjoying the peace and quiet before the rest of the house began to stir.  Gathering my thoughts and skimming through that day's edition of the newspaper on my phone, as I like to do, I was sifting through all the usual blah blah blah that the media pushes, when I stumbled into an article that nearly made me choke on my morning coffee. According to this particular article, researchers at University College London found that the key...

Silence the Inner Voice of Doom

I don’t need to tell you how many obstacles stand between you and your dream becoming a reality.  You know better than anyone the scale of what you are up against. But, often, and I learned this the hard way, the biggest obstacle you face is you. Or, more accurately, the biggest obstacle you face is the soundtrack that is constantly running through your mind – your self-talk. A lot is made of self-talk – the words you speak silently to yourself as you confront...

Aim for the floor

What if you didn't have to be the one - be the one to achieve it all, to make it to the top, to square the circle, or be the solution to the problem? What if your goal - your purpose - was not to aim for, reach, and then break through your ceiling? What if you didn't have to be the beginning, middle and end of the story, but rather the prequel to the next instalment of the adventure you found yourself in? What would life look like then? Totally amazing. That's how it would look. The problem...

Ripples

I'm a pretty confident guy, and I'm not short on self-belief. Most of the time. But, sometimes, in quiet, private moments, I sit and ask myself just who the hell I think I am: who am I kidding to think that I can change the world? Do you have those moments, too?  If you do, and I'm guessing you probably do, you'll know that in those quiet, private moments it's easy to convince yourself that you are a nobody, to compare yourself to the real revolutionaries who are making a real difference...
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