• 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…

  • This is my Happy Place
    Emotional Life,  Character,  Quality of Life

    Finding Authenticity – On Becoming Human One Year On

    In late 2018, I decided I needed to learn more about business as I was running a small restaurant group and needed to fill in a few gaps in my skillset. I also felt overwhelmed and had experienced a series of – for me – significantly stressful events in the course of the business operation. I was working 80+ hours a week with no days off (and have done for 5 years now). I was not in my happy place but resigned myself to the fact that it was “just business” and that’s what being an entrepreneur was all about. But something gnawed at my soul. I saw other entrepreneurs…

  • Life is short. Do stuff that matters.
    Inspiration

    Why You Should Make Your Life Spectacular

    Transcript You know, as we come to the end of this phase of our life, we find ourselves trying to remember the good times and trying to forget the bad times, and we find ourselves thinking about the future. We start to worry, thinking, “What am I gonna do? Where am I gonna be in ten years?” But I say to you, “Hey, look at me!” Please, don’t worry so much.Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a…

  • Health & Fitness

    Polar Loop and Other Obsessions

    Always on. Always moving. Am I? I went on holiday to Spain about a month ago and was impressed by the presence and scope of sports in Barcelona. There was a whole department store dedicated to sports (Corte Ingles) – 4 large floors of everything from running gear to golf, swimming, trekking, shooting, skateboarding and more – along with numerous outlets for training shoes. Keeping fit seemed more of a way of life and, as somebody who keeps fit in order to better handle life’s challenges, I felt a bit like a kid in a candy store.

  • Fitness
    Health & Fitness

    It’s never too late to get fit

    Exercise is key to happy and healthy old age according to the latest research. So what are you waiting for? Those who are active as pensioners can stave off major illnesses such as heart disease and dementia. An eight-year British study found that those who exercised at least once a week were between three and seven times more likely to be classed as “healthy agers”.

  • Man performing exercise
    App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 4

    Apps Reviewed: PR Fitness, Sleep Talk, Pocket CPR, Pedometer GPS+ I missed the last scheduled post – been so busy at the restaurant that I haven’t had time to write this instalment, but here it is. This is part 4 of a summary of the apps I use to help me workout and add fresh ideas to my workouts to keep it interesting. The order I am working through is based on the frequency I use the apps or the importance I attribute them. Each post covers 4 apps, so there will be 5 posts in total. Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4 • Part…

  • App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 3

    App reviews of Footsteps, TabataTrainer, Workout Hero, NHS Blood Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing a massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony. As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I hired a…

  • App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 2

    We review: Blood Type Diet, Heart Rate, Full Fitness, Sleep Cycle Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing a massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony. As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I…

  • App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 1

    Reviewing: 100 Pushups, Stronglifts 5×5, MyFitnessPal, YAYOG, Fitocracy Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing a massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony. As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I hired a personal trainer.…

  • Yin Yang
    Life Vision

    Living the Full Life

    In business and in life, a passion for fitness plays a huge role in the life of Yash Birla, the 44-year-old chairman of the Yash Birla Group. The business magnate boasts a physique that most captains of industry can’t, and with his latest venture — a fitness DVD called 100% Living — he’s hoping to share his philosophy of wellness with others. Yash tells us that for him, 100 per cent living isn’t just a business concept, it’s a way of life. “100 per cent living is something you follow every single day: You do something to have a healthy body (exercise), something to have a healthy mind (contemplation or…