Now

“The time is now…” “No time like the present…” “Just do it…” Familiar phrases all, often used with the intention to inspire, with a hope that they will promote and propel people to act. Such phrases impress on us that the only time to act is now, that the present moment is where you live…

The Hardest Part of An Easy Life

Not doing something is often all too easy. Like not making a difficult decision. Or postponing a difficult conversation. Or not writing a new blog post in six weeks. That’s easy; I just don’t do it. Not exercising is easy. Not dieting is easy. Not prioritising your goals and dreams is easy. Being a passenger…

Inter-Goal Extinction

Interstellar extinction is the term used when objects in space are not visible to us because matter such as gas, particles and space dust get in the way and block our view. Consequently, there are objects in our own galaxy that we’ve never seen, because the concentrations of gas and dust are greater inside the galaxy…

It Doesn’t Count

As a society we seem obsessed with measuring something so that we can put a number on it. Maybe it’s because of our tendency to perceive numbers as facts. But it does mean we risk missing things that could be equally important, or perhaps more so, than the things we can attach a number to. In business it’s all…

You Can’t Argue With The Numbers

Numbers, and in particular mathematics, are considered to be the language of science. As such, numbers take on a particularly amazing quality: they’re immediately associated with facts and statistics. For example, did you know that only 1% of people who set out to achieve a goal actually succeed? The other 99% fail or give up.…

The Great Average

None of us want to be average, right? Most of us want to be more than average. Most of want to experience more than average. I don’t know anyone who would tell their boss they’re aiming for an average performance this year. I’ve not met the person who would go into a restaurant and expect…

Choosing The Right Container

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for it’s completion” – Parkinsons Law When you consider Parkinson’s Law, it makes work tasks sound like gas, which expand to fill whatever container you put it in. Essentially our work, our tasks and activities will take as much time as we give them. This is the…

Can You Hear The Music?

The other day on a flight home I saw a man reading. But rather than a book, magazine or newspaper he was reading sheet music. I’ve never seen someone read music like that. As his eyes moved across the notes on the page, he moved his hand to the rhythm of the music and hummed along.…

Looking For The Better Job

What is your ideal job? Is it the job you are doing right now? If not, what would be your ideal job? What would make it better than your current role? How we feel about our job has a massive impact on how well we perform in them. It’s one of the many reasons businesses have…

Eyes On The Prize

“Keep your eyes on the prize”, is something most of us have been encouraged to do at some point. Keeping focused on the end state, the goal, the prize can be an effective way of achieving a target. There is a risk, however, that the eyes on the prize mentality leads to a lack of…