100 Posts! John Grisham & The 20 Mile March

Amundsen“ Writing’s still the most difficult job I’ve ever had – but it’s worth it.” John Grisham
“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.” Jim Collins
“The journey of 1000 miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu

It’s time to celebrate my 100th post! I never thought I would get this far… Over 90,000 words and 22,358 reads in the last two years! Plus 5 books, a full-time job, a blended family, a new baby, twins on the way, a beach shack under construction and an array of other complications and challenges of everyday life. [Read more…]

Destiny’s Child: Define or Deny Your Success in Life!

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‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’ – Benjamin Franklin

‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars’ – Norman Vincent Peale

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right’ – Henry Ford

When someone succeeds in life people around them may say ‘it was their destiny’ as if to suggest their success was inevitable and in turn deny the enormous hard work, detailed planning, risk taking, setbacks and failures that all successful people must endure along the way. [Read more…]

Success Secrets 5: Not Confusing Vision & Action

IMG_5645“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps” Confucius

“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom” Confucius

Have you ever been disappointed in life? Had an amazing dream that was ruined by unexpected misfortune? Given up on your goals and settled for mediocrity? I did. [Read more…]

Success Secrets 2: Be Like Water

IMG_5894“The nature of successful strategy is like the flow of water. Water runs away from the high ground and gravitates to the lower; avoiding the challenges and finding the opportunities…” Sun Tzu 772-476 BC

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but those who are most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin 1809-1882

In this special ‘Success Secrets’ series we are looking at the hidden gems of wisdom that are often overlooked or misunderstood when the Challenging Waves of Life disrupt our Life Strategy to Live The Endless Summer. In this article I want to have a look at the very powerful and practical words of Sun Tzu – encouraging us to ‘be like water’ in order to be successful. [Read more…]

Success Secrets: Dream With Your Eyes Wide Open!

IMGP0492We all dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. T. E. Lawrence

Have you ever met someone who seemed to ‘have it all’? Happy and relaxed, a free spirit full of adventure, open to the universe, at ease with the challenges of life… able to cope well with setbacks, yet still somehow achieve all their goals in the various areas of their life – work, play, relationships and family… [Read more…]

Dare to Live Greatly: A Revelation

IMGP0578I want to share with you one of the quotes I hold most sacred – I wish I had read it much earlier in my life. It guides and shapes my outlook on life, my approach to risk and adventure, and  my commitment to kindness and humanity… [Read more…]

Live Your Dreams! What is Holding You Back?

bigstock-Jet-Plane-Over-The-Tropical-Is-36332017-2 Have you ever had Dreams of an ‘Ideal Life’? I have always loved dreaming up what this would look like! When things got a bit stressful or challenging I would find myself imagining all sorts of escapist fantasies… living by the beach – or better still on some tropical island… working with a few close friends and imagining myself as some reclusive billionaire surfer… having amazing get togethers and dinner parties with family and friends who always got along well and never experienced a moment of tension of conflict…. playing with my kids and overseas family holidays where everyone was constantly upbeat, enjoying each other and happy… [Read more…]

Self Discipline: Delaying Gratification for Success

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With self-discipline most anything is possible. Theodore Roosevelt

As someone who has struggled with Self-Discipline for most of my life I can confess that self-discipline has been core to the successes I have had in life and conversely the lack of self-discipline the main reason for my many failures. It will come as no surprise for you to learn that my experiences are not unique in this regard and Self Discipline or the lack thereof lies at the heart of most successes and failures in life. [Read more…]

Mid-Life Freedom Fighters: Overcome Your Mid-Life Crisis

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“There is no easy way into another world” Jon Krakauer

Mid-Life Crisis? Do you know anyone who’s had one? Have you been there yourself? For some people it is a sudden shock around the age of 40 when life suddenly seems to no longer be as fulfilling and the search for answers begins. For others, the search for answers and reflection on the meaning of life and finding fulfillment is more gradual with the gnawing feelings and questions beginning in their late 30s and lasting into their late 40s. Whilst the timing of the onset to the Mid-Life crisis stage of development will be different for each of us, the outcomes we are seeking will be similar: Make A Difference in the World and Fulfil our Life Dreams. [Read more…]