• Book Cover: The Strength in our Scars
    Life Hacks,  Character

    How I Help Build Resilience: Learning Strength from our Scars

    2020-2021. It’s been an uncharacteristically testing time for our resilience. The pandemic has been the overriding event of the century, and one that has challenged our very human nature at its core. We are social creatures and the ability to be social has been taken away from us. We have been told to work from home, not meet our friends and family, self-isolate when we feel sick (or for one of many other rules or reasons). Loneliness has become a real and tangible issue for many. Phone and Zoom calls alleviate the monotony, but they never replicate the connection we experience when we meet people. There is an invisible sharing…

  • Stepping into your Purpose with Lisa Nichols
    Inspiration

    Step Into Your Purpose with Lisa Nichols

    This was presented at Mindvalley in 2018 and was intended for coaches and educators. But there is so much value in the content about finding your purpose and connecting with your inner light, I felt compelled to share it here. Lisa also talks about dealing with fear in a positive way (which I will be talking more about next week) and shares her journey to finding her dream. Treat yourself to a power hour of inspirational content.

  • Do Something Great
    Life Hacks,  Courses

    The Best Personal Development Coaching?

    The best personal development coaching is, without any doubt, experienced and delivered one-to-one with your own dedicated coach. The sessions are personalised and tailored to your exact needs and the accountability boost you get is invaluable (contact me for more details). However, there are many other ways to receive personal development which range from group coaching to live personal development coaching, to pre-recorded personal development training, to books and audiobooks, to YouTube, and then talking to your friends. Roughly in that order of effectiveness. When people ask me where I get coached, my answer is that it’s a combination of all of the above. Every author or presenter is a…

  • Books
    Book Reviews

    2021: 12 Months. 12 Books I Recommend

    I was on a forum discussing personal growth and one of the members asked for book recommendations that they could study this year. The goal is one book per month for 2021. This is part of my 2021 #WisdomWednesdays series, and if you have an area you would like me to explore, drop me a message with your question. You should know by now that I read a lot of books each year, mostly in audio format, and in 2020 I reached 50 books throughout the year (including re-reads of some). I reviewed a good selection of them on this site (see the book reviews section), but I took a…

  • Boat on Water
    Book Reviews,  Spiritual Life

    The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

    This is the advanced manual to a life of abundance and joy. Incredible. It is an effective guide to unlocking the prisons we create for ourselves through inner mental constructs we make to protect our perceived fragility as directed by the ego. But by understanding exactly who we are – which is not the sum of our experiences, our mental chatter, our fears, our emotions, or any of that stuff – we can live a more expansive and vibrant life. Every chapter is poignant and enlightening and stand-out points for me were: The importance of death as a teacher of what it means to live freely. The first section on…

  • Code of the Extraordinary Mind
    Book Reviews,  Life Vision

    The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws

    I first read The Code of the Extraordinary Mind when it was released in 2016 and have both the Kindle and Audible versions. One for reading on the go, and the other for more detailed study. After reading The Buddha and the Badass, I thought it was time to revisit the work and get to grips with the concepts in a more internalised way. One of the excellent ideas behind this book is the inclusion of an online experience which is much greater than your traditional book bonuses which many books now provide links to. Vishen and his Mindvalley team created an online set of materials at Mindvalley that support…

  • Vishen Lakhiani: Buddha & the Badass
    Book Reviews,  Career,  Life Vision

    The Buddha and the Badass: The Secret Spiritual Art of Succeeding at Work

    The Buddha and The Badass Audiobook Review Ken Wilber popularized the importance of worldviews in his work on integral theory. You can simplify his work and determine that most people will fall in one of the four following worldview categories. Depending on your worldviews certain aspects of this book will appeal to you and others might affront you. You could be a rationalist. In which case you’ll love the business ideas in this book but scoff when I speak of the magic of the mind, intuition, or listening to your soul. You could be a traditionalist. In which case you’ll love anything that reminds you of your spiritual beliefs but…

  • Running Lanes 1-11
    Courses,  Intellectual Life,  Emotional Life,  Character

    The 10 Human Drives

    I have read a number of Brendon Burchard’s books (Motivation Manifesto, High Performance Habits and Life’s Golden Ticket), have taken his Transformation Week and am studying his Productivity Masterclass also. As many of you will know from the contents of this site, personal improvement is something I take seriously and am always ready to look at new and related materials. So, when an invite came into my inbox to look at unreleased footage of Brendon discussing the 10 Human Drives, I accepted. The course is delivered via growth.com using the Kajabi platform, but you cannot access it unless you’re part of Brendon’s HPX world in some form. You have to…

  • What It Takes to Be Free
    Book Reviews,  Life Vision

    What It Takes to Be Free

    The book popped up as a recommendation and I had not come across Darius before taking a chance on this book. What I discovered was a succinct journey into yourself to help you achieve your own personal freedom, however you may define it. The book is in three parts: Awareness, The Price, and The Plan. The third part is the magic ingredient in this book. Awareness The first part talks about what happiness is and what it takes of ourselves to be able to set out on the road to personal freedom. Each chapter is short and to the point. The first question is simply “What is freedom?” and the…

  • Make Memories all over the World
    Book Reviews,  Character,  Life Vision

    The Motivation Manifesto: 9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power

    Narrated by Brendon, this audiobook is akin to having a pep-talk from the author himself. He encourages you to rise above mediocrity and reclaim your personal power and strive to make a difference in the world, at whatever level this means for you. He covers similar ground to other books of this ilk, so you will find some of it familiar territory if you read in this genre, but his choice of language and delivery in the audiobook is inspiring and a very deliberate ‘manifesto’ in the real sense that you can use as the template for your amazing life. Having listened to it twice now (and I will again…