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…

Reality Sucks

Reality can sometimes be quite dull. In films, TV programmes, or even the news, reality gets changed and made more dramatic and exciting. It seems that we want the altered, edited and “sexed up” version of reality more than reality itself. Perhaps this is the reason why so many people get caught up (or caught…

I Didn’t See The Signs…

If you live in the UK you could share in one of my particular frustrations: the sheer volume of signs on our roads. It’s like we have made an industry out of producing and erecting them, often clustered together within just a few meters of each other. Even when driving at a steady pace, it’s…

Happy Endings!

Everyone wants a fairytale-style happy ending, right? Everything turns out as planned, for the best, everyone’s happy, dreams are achieved. Movies are great at creating the perfect happy ending, against all odds, where it all just “comes together” in the closing scene. In real life we too want happy endings, our dreams achieved, challenges overcome, happiness…

Time: Capital or Income?

“How are you spending your time?” “Has it been a valuable use of your time?” “Time is money, you know.” We use economic terms to describe our use of time, so why not extend the economic terms to our definition of time, not just our usage? Do you consider time to be capital or income?…

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…

The Attraction of The Highly Unlikely

Last year the UK’s National Lottery organisers changed how the game worked and, in doing so, they decreased the odds of winning from 1 in 14 million to 1 in 49 million. They took this decision as, over the course of some years, ticket sales had been on a constant decline. But the decision to…

A Dream And A Whisper

The value of a business on the stock exchange is largely determined by the confidence of its shareholders in that company’s goals being achieved. If your goals were a business listed on the stock exchange, would their value be rising or falling? How confident are you and other shareholders (your family, friends and colleagues) of…

The Nearness of Now

There is nothing closer to you than the present moment – the right now – and it connects you with every other human being on the planet. It doesn’t matter if they are on the other side of the world or sitting right beside you; billions of human beings are existing, living, hoping and dreaming,…

Who Are You Beholden To?

Whatever it is you’re doing right now, ask yourself this question: who are you doing it for? Who are you accountable to? Who is your boss? Who appraises you? Who determines your worth? Often, it can be easy to complain about “the boss”, but let’s face it, work has a massive impact on how you…