Optimism: A Hazard Warning!

Optimism HazardThere’s no difference between a pessimist who says, “Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,” and an optimist who says, “Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.” Either way, nothing happens.  Yvon Chouinard

Being optimistic is a good thing, right? Not necessarily – it will either be an amazing blessing or be more harmful then helpful depending on what type of optimism we’re talking about.

Did you know there are two types of optimism? Healthy Optimism which gives us an unshakeable belief in a positive future (the best is yet to come) and fortitude necessary to endure hardship along the way; and an Unhealthy Optimism which where we create amazing dreams and fantasies with deadlines which if unmet lead to hopelessness and despair. Let me explain….

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Success Secrets 6: Train Insane or Remain The Same!

Triathlon“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Joseph Kennedy

“Eat, sleep, run, repeat’ Unknown

I want to share a secret with you about my own recovery journey. During the darkest hours of my mid life crisis I struggled with fatigue, low mood & constant worry. Changing my thinking patterns helped, eating healthily helped, talking to my counselor and supportive friends and family helped but it wasn’t until I started intense exercise that I truly began to feel permanently upbeat and energized for life! [Read more…]

Purpose In Life P2: What You Need to Do!

Purpose Fire“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better”
Robert F. Kennedy

“They who have a ‘why’ will endure any ‘how’”
Nietzsche

To successfully Ride The Waves of Life, you need to ignite the fire of your inner Purpose so it becomes the compass that gives direction to your life. Like the Fire burns hot, so does will your passion and Purpose for life. Having a clear sense of purpose and personal mission allows you to know the true direction for your life, enabling you to make every day a masterpiece and leave a positive legacy.

In Part 1 of Purpose In Life we took some time to better understand the concept of Purpose In Life (What You Need to Know). In this article we cover Part 2,  the some practical steps we can take to enhance our own sense of Purpose In Life (What You Need to Do). [Read more…]

My Mid-Life Crisis: From Surviving to Thriving

7T -midlife-crisis-1Mid-Life Crisis….

Do you know anyone who has 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 and beyond.

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: Survive the Challenge of Transition and pursue a Life Strategy to Make A Difference in the World and Fulfill our Life Dreams. [Read more…]

Life Strategy: To Begin You Must First Decide

 

Cube-with-photo-collection-38156155-2‘If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.’

Henry David Thoreau

 

  I have had a bad case of “writer’s block” lately as I have been finalising  a book about Life Strategy. I had finished the manuscript yet felt something was missing  – there was something very important about Life Strategy I had not addressed. I couldn’t articulate what this ‘missing link’ was but felt strongly that I needed to postpone the book until I had worked out what it was….. [Read more…]

The Endless Knot: Surviving Mid-Life Tsunamis

7T -endless-knotKurt Diemberger is one of my heroes. At the age of 25 in 1957, he was one of the first people ever to climb an 8000m mountain (Broad Peak). He held the record as the youngest person to do so for several decades. He established his life and career first working diligently in his local community as a teacher and bookkeeper. As the journey toward mid-life continued Kurt became a full-time adventurer, journalist, film-maker and photographer until he was struck by multiple Mid-Life Tsunamis….. [Read more…]

5 Things I Wished My Father Told Me!

 

Better Man IconI was sitting with my head in my hands – tears in my eyes. Overwhelmed by a heavy heart. Missing my family. Too tired to continue the repairs to the house I was renovating. Starting from scratch again. The appointment with my counsellor the week before had been a good session….. [Read more…]

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

TSS MidLIfe Freedom Fighter

“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…]