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What do you expect?                

This is a Guest Post by Gunhild Lorenzen The gap between your bar and your ground level is the space where you suffer.  We suffer when our expectation and our lived reality mismatch. We suffer when we expect a certain behaviour from another person or from ourselves...

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Five Ways To Love Yourself Courageously

  I’ve been focused on personal growth quite intensely now for many years, I’ve read countless books, taken various courses, spent years in therapy, worked with a number of coaches and the number one thing that I learnt from it all is this: If you don’t love yourself...

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What you won’t read on social media about living the dream

Three years and seven months ago, I quit my job, sold (nearly) everything I owned, left my home in the UK with a small backpack, a decent amount of savings, a one-way ticket to Bangkok and some pretty huge dreams. It was a huge turning point in my life and one that...

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The process of transformation and how we screw it up

In my many years of working with clients on transforming their lives and the decades spent working on my own personal transformation, I've come to recognise that not only is there a universal process of transformation but that there is also a common way that many of...

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Do you know what you are committing to?

Is there something in your life that you would like to change? My best guess to that question is yes. Everyone I’ve ever met or worked with would like to change something. Even if you are happy, there is probably something that you would improve given the chance....

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The Limitless Living Course

Do you have a nagging feeling that there is more to life? Perhaps you spend your days daydreaming of a better life but with little clue how to create it? Do you feel like the deep well of potential within you is in danger of drying up? Perhaps you have a big dream of...

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The One Thing Standing Between You and Your Dream

I’m guessing that if you found yourself reading this post you have a dream? A vision of a better life perhaps? A desire for a happier, more fulfilled and more abundant life? Maybe that future life feels vastly different from the one you have now. So much so that you...

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Six Causes of Procrastination And How to Overcome Them

Procrastination is the mother of all limitations, the arch enemy of our dreams and the most common complaint I hear from my clients. Most people have big, bold and beautiful dreams, some people even know exactly what they need to do in order to achieve them, but for...

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Five ways to be more lucky in life

I’m not going to lie. I am totally in love with my life. I’m in a wonderful and loving relationship with the greatest guy I’ve ever met, I have a job I can do whenever and wherever there’s an internet connection, I have several wonderful and nourishing friendships, I...

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Bridging the gap

I’m a Life Coach and as such I believe wholeheartedly in the power of coaching, so recently when I was feeling the need to step things up in my life and my business, I decided to get myself a kick-ass coach and as you might expect, he kinda kicked my ass. Before we...

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Attachment and the art of letting go

Buddhism teaches us that attachment is the root of all suffering. In this context attachment refers to the clinging, craving, controlling and yearning that so many of us feel for people, places or things. Unfortunately this kind of attachment is very much a part of...

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The sanctity of space

The concept of space can be a little controversial. Allow me to explain. There are, for example, positive connotations when we talk about having more breathing space in our daily lives, yet should a partner tell us that they need some space, panic is more than likely...

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Five things you can do to overcome fear

The turning point that led to the creation of this blog was the realisation that I was letting fear run my life. It dawned on me that relinquishing control of my life to fear was not the wisest of moves. I came to understand that whilst it can be difficult to face and...

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A simple guide to making better decisions

I’m a pretty decisive person but I meet a lot of people who regularly struggle to make decisions both big and small. If you had asked me a year ago how I approach decision-making, I probably would have told you that in most cases, deep down, I just know which is the...

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3 pieces of advice for my 20-year-old self

One of the most treasured aspects of my life these days is the time I spend having great conversations with friends. I’m talking about those conversations that remind you just how great it is to be alive, conversations that leave you feeling inspired to do and be more...

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2013 Annual Review

After the epic year that was 2012, I didn’t think I’d find myself saying this, but 2013 has also been kinda pretty huge for me. Losing my beloved Uncle at the end of last year set 2013 as a year of personal growth of a kind I haven’t experienced before. Losing someone...

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Lessons in love – a tribute to Charlie

I didn’t want a dog, not at this point in my life anyway. Having a dog felt like something for the 'one day' pile, something for when I grew up and settled down, but I didn’t get much say with this one. Charlie was born on the 19th July, one of a litter of seven,...

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Reaching your destination whatever it takes

This week the two people I spend most of my free time with left the island we live on for a spell of time back in Europe. Not one to sit around and feel sorry for myself, I decided to utilise all this extra free time and seize the opportunity to dust off my running...

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The Fast Diet – a one-month update

Four weeks ago, I wrote a post about dealing with overwhelm and the need to get clear on my priorities in life. One of the things I talked about was embarking on Dr Michael Mosley’s Fast Diet, also known as the 5:2 diet. I’ve been on it for 4 weeks now and in this...

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There is nothing in that reaction

We’ve all been there. A conversation with a friend or family member that starts well but takes an unexpected turn into disagreement. What begins as a difference of opinion, can quickly descend into a slinging match of veiled and not so veiled insults. This is what I...

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Acknowledging overwhelm and getting clear

Over the last month or so, I have been feeling really charged, the drive and passion for achieving my goals, that had subsided somewhat since I left the UK, returned with a vengeance. On top of my day job, I found myself devouring books, having weekly accountability...

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My first ever podcast – listen to it here!

So randomly (or not if, like me, you believe in the existence of universal forces working to support our wildest dreams), I received an email a month or so ago from a personal growth website called Brent Smith Lifestyle (BSL) in America, with some 50,000 members,...

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A simple update

It’s been nearly 12 weeks since my last post and I confess that recently I have been suffering a severe case of writer’s block. It didn’t start out that way, at first I wasn’t writing because I was too busy navigating grief but recently I’ve been feeling a lot happier...

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Dealing with a change in perspective

I got back to Chiang Mai earlier this week, feeling both exhausted and more than a little sad. This past month has been a tough one for me and I’m still grieving the loss of my beloved Uncle. Just before I got the news that saw me flying back to the UK, my life in...

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Home is where the heart is

Strictly speaking I’ve been away from home for the past month. On December 12th after contact from family to say my Uncle was ill, I jumped on a plane back to the UK and haven't yet returned. I didn’t have time to pack my stuff away and end my rental agreement on my...

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The unpicking of 2012 and the sketching out of 2013

Every year before the strike of midnight on December 31st, I like to spend some time reviewing how the past twelve months has been for me. This year I had planned to spend a significant amount of time on this piece of work but life, as is often the case, got in the...

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How I wrote a 50,000 word novel in 9 days

If you read my last post you’ll know that November was spent attempting to achieve a life long ambition of mine to write a novel. I decided to do this as part of the annual NaNoWriMo event (National Novel Writing Month), in which participants sign up to write 50,000...

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A novel way to spend November

Back in December 2011, I wrote a post that detailed my goals for 2012. One of those goals was to participate in this year’s National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo as it’s known for short is an annual event that sees thousands of English writers from around the world...

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Six months, five countries and nine short stories

I've been on the road now for just over six months and in that time I've visited Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. I've met many wonderful and wacky characters and had numerous, memorable experiences along the way. A few weeks ago, one of my favourite...

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Are you more masculine or feminine?

I mentioned in a recent post about my new yoga practice that I had begun to notice the difference between the left and the right side of my body. In fact, I would go as far as to say that the difference is marked. The muscles on my left side, in terms of my hips down...

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Have I told you lately?

When was the last time you uttered the words “I love you”? If you are in a relationship or you have kids, possibly quite recently, but if you are not in either of those situations, and even for some of you that are, the chances are you might not have said it to...

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The benefits of yoga

It’s official. I’ve well and truly fallen head over heels in love. My new hot and sweaty love affair is with Ashtanga yoga. Some of you may remember that this was a desired outcome for my most recent 30-day challenge. The challenge was to exercise every day for 30...

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The key to happiness

I spent all of last week working on a follow-up to my most recent post about what gets in the way of the happiness, love and success that we all desire. The post was supposed to follow on by suggesting tips and techniques for overcoming those very things. Working on...

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The things that get in the way

This is the first post of two that aim to look at what gets in the way of us living the happy and successful lives that we dream and long for. If you already have a life that is abundant, filled with happiness, love and success, congratulations, you can skip this...

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The power of daily practice

Before last month, I had tried a couple of 30-day experiments and they hadn't gone particularly well, within days of starting them, they had fizzled out and died a death. Recently however I've had a really positive experience of conducting a 30-day experiment and as...

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Being thankful for what is

Originally, today's post was going to be a write up of my 30 posts in 30 days challenge, but instead I felt the need to share something I read recently that has had a positive impact on my life. I'm sure, like me, that you've read or heard about the importance of...

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My gratitude for you

One of the nicest things anyone ever does around here is to thank me for my writing. I can’t even begin to explain how it feels when someone writes me a comment or an email saying that I have inspired or helped them in some way and thanking me for it. It makes my...

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Be honest, be true, be you

I have wanted to write a post about honesty and truth for such a long time but the words have never materialised. This morning I read a beautiful post by Hannah Loaring of Further Bound on this very subject and I felt inspired to finally write mine. I have only...

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My money story

When I first announced my 30-day blogging challenge, I got several suggestions of topics. One suggestion has been playing on my mind and it’s taken me until now to feel ready to sit down and write a post on the subject. The suggestion came from a reader called Tom who...

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What writing can reveal

One of the measures Susan Cain uses in her Quiet quiz to determine whether a person is an Introvert or an Extrovert, is the statement: 'I often prefer to express myself in writing'. It’s probably not a surprise to you that this statement rings true for me and what...

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Try saying yes more

I’ve alluded to the fact that I’ve felt quite lonely at times on this trip and I’ve also mentioned once or twice that I consider myself to be an introvert. In a post about the lessons that travel has taught me, I talk a little about the dilemma this presents to me on...

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Travel is a teacher

For me one of the most incredible things about travel is how it allows us to really get to know ourselves. It’s a commonly uttered cliché that people embark on travel to “find themselves” but I believe it’s only often said because it’s so true. In this post I want to...

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There is always a lesson

On this trip I’ve made several travel buddies, people who I’ve gotten close to for a day or two, but who once added to Facebook have inevitably been forgotten. It’s not easy to make true friends on the road because generally you simply don’t have the necessary time to...

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Twenty of my favourite quotes

"Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder." ~ Henry David Thoreau "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you...

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As I give I get

Yesterday as I was driving somewhere, I saw a dude wearing a t-shirt that said, “As I give, I get” and it got me thinking. Earlier the same day I’d had a whole conversation with a friend about the lyric in a Ben Howard song that goes, “I become what I deserve” which...

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Understanding takes time

In previous posts I’ve touched upon the topics of cultural difference, tolerance and getting used to the unknown and in this post I want to give you an example of how simply spending enough time in South East Asia has meant that something that was at first, not just...

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People should smile more

I’m currently spending lots of quality time with a good friend of mine and we’ve taken to playing a game whilst driving around town on my scooter. The game hasn’t exactly got a name as such, but for the purposes of this post, let's call it 'the smiling game'....

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My favourite part of the day

This morning I got up at 6am, something I rarely do these days. I'm a night owl by nature so I'm most likely to stay up late and sleep in, but today was different. Yesterday when I started to work on my blog post for the day, I realised that the internet connection in...

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How connected are you?

A few months ago I became obsessed with the concept of connection. I knew that my whole belief system and attitude towards it were changing and whilst I wasn’t exactly sure where I was going to end up, I knew that the shift in my thinking was going to be both...

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Five of my favourite TED talks

Every now and again when I'm talking to someone who I'm feeling a strong connection with, I'll remember to ask them if they have heard of TED. If the response is no then I inevitably become animated and start sharing details of my favourite talks. After one such...

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Change is a complicated affair

I've now been on the road for just over 15 weeks now and I recently noticed how much more comfortable I've been feeling about this whole travelling malarkey. I've talked a few times on this blog about feelings of loneliness and the doubts I've been having about my new...

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Resistance is futile

I'm currently working on some exciting projects that will see me launching some new resources here at Life is Limitless in the not too distant future. As I do this, I'm finding that I'm encountering some familiar feelings of resistance that always seem to show up just...

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Sound track to my summer

Today’s post comes to you as a result of a suggestion by my good friend Ross Brown to share what tunes are keeping me sane on my travels. Below you will find the main albums that I've been listening to since I left the UK, with a video of my favourite song from each....

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Chiang Mai: First impressions and new beginnings

Today I arrived in Chiang Mai. It's a place I've thought, read and talked about a lot over the past month or so because once I admitted to myself and you that I wasn't enjoying living out of a backpack, I knew that I would have to find somewhere to hang up my hat for...

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What you won’t find in the travel guides

When we travel, more often than not we consult a variety of sources to find out as much information as we can about a place. There is the our trusted Lonely Planet, the various ‘top ten things to do’ articles, sample itineraries detailing the well-trodden path and a...

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You have more time than you think

I know it’s probably a little early to start talking about the lessons I’ve learnt from undertaking my 30 posts in 30 days challenge but what the heck, I’ve decided to share one of them with you anyway. Of all the excuses people use for not doing the things that they...

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Don’t let fear be your guiding factor

I talk, write and think a lot about fear. I’m a firm believer in facing my fears, I’ve already confessed that I have a ton of them and I’ve also been known to say that it’s usually the stuff that’s worth doing that is preceded by fear. I’ve realised recently, however,...

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Beware of the boxes

I don’t know about you but I have a hard enough time resisting the urge to pigeonhole myself without the added pressure of being crammed into other people’s boxes. Being on the road means that many of the relationships I have with the people who I meet are fleeting...

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Ten quotes to get you thinking

I’ve been reading a lot of great and thought-provoking books lately and as a result I've had a number of revelations and as a man of great ideas has suggested, today’s post is simply a list of ten of my favourite quotes from the books that I’ve been reading recently....

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Pushing through the pain barrier (and why you shouldn’t)

Today's post is a short and sweet ditty on the phrase "pushing through the pain barrier". I'm sure most of you will have heard that when tackling something that requires extreme effort or hard work, all you need to do is push through the pain barrier and things will...

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Embracing the power of now

The notion of being in the present moment forms the basis of so much wisdom and spiritual guidance. We hear it in Yoga class and read about it in books on meditation but putting theory aside, how does being in the present moment actually manifest itself in real life?...

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A selection of travel photos from South East Asia

Now, I am no photographer but I do have a habit of getting flash happy when I am on my travels. Below are a selection of what I consider to be some of my better photographs. I've been meaning to do a photography course for years now and it is something that I will...

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The biggest lesson I’ve learnt in Bali

When I asked my readers last week for blog post suggestions for my thirty days of blogging, I got some really great suggestions. One of which came from Benjamin Jenks, film maker extraordinaire and creator of one of my all-time favourite websites, Adventure Sauce....

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The one thing you absolutely should do

Have you ever noticed how when you have a problem and can’t for the life of you work out what to do, that there is always one thing within your arsenal of possible solutions that you feel you just couldn’t possibly do? Have you ever noticed how sometimes when people...

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Around my mind in thirty days

Okay so I went quiet again. Sorry about that. The truth is that I haven’t been writing a lot lately but the good news is that this is about to change very soon. Over the last week or so I’ve been staying with family in Bali and with no wi-fi at the house, I found...

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Things I’m afraid to tell you

Writing online is a strange thing indeed. Here I am sharing details of myself with you each week (or a little less often of late) and yet I still feel as though I haven’t told you enough about myself, like we should get to know each other a little better, you know? I...

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Hiding is not an option

I’m not sure exactly when it happened but at some point in the not too distant past, I slipped back into the habit of telling myself that I wasn’t good enough, that I didn’t have much to offer the world and that perhaps being invisible was preferable to be being seen....

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The only thing you can be absolutely certain about

Before I left the UK, a good friend of mine gave me the modern-day version of a mix tape. She bought me an iTunes voucher and created a playlist of music for me to buy with it. I’ve played it to death since I embarked on my travels, however, sat by the pool yesterday...

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All fears are equal

I’m pissed off with fear today. I’m pissed off because today, fear made me cry and I really hate it when that happens. It doesn’t happen often and actually I can’t remember the last time it did but I’ve been feeling a bit singled out by fear lately and as a person who...

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The challenges of dreams come true

I've been on the road for a total of nine days now. I’ve hustled and bustled in Bangkok, I’ve snoozed on an overnight train to Surat Thani and I’ve long-tail boated it to paradise in the shape of bright blue seas and white sandy beaches. I’m also sunburnt, covered in...

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Round the world travel: The storm before the calm

Life has been a little hectic for me lately, with five days to go until I leave the UK, I’ve been feeling more than a little stressed and overwhelmed by how much I have to do. Recent weeks have been dominated by lengthy to do lists, emotional goodbyes and what has...

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The passion of youth

Last week I stumbled across a video on Facebook that reawakened within me a passion from my youth that I had almost forgotten existed. The video I refer to highlighted the misrepresentation of women within modern media in America and as I watched it I felt an anger...

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Who wants an extra 60 hours a week?

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. ~ William Penn In just over two weeks, I will receive the ultimate gift, the gift of time. March 9th 2012 is my last day working in my 9-5, five-day a week job, with its associated four-hour a day commute. As a result...

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35 life lessons I’ve learned in 35 years

Last week I turned 35 and whilst this isn't deemed a ‘milestone’ birthday, in light of the year I’ve just had and the year I have ahead of me, turning 35 has provided a much-needed opportunity for reflection. Over this last week I have found myself considering all...

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Know your limits

Lately I've been feeling limited, boxed in, restricted. As a result I've taken some time out to stop, look at my life and identify and remove some of the limits that I know I have myself, created and imposed on myself recently. Back in early 2011, I had an epiphany of...

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Knowing when to stop

Last week I wrote a post about the importance of starting and this week, in a somewhat different context, I'm writing about the importance of stopping or more accurately pausing. A couple of years ago, I discovered a simple but effective tool, which has in many ways...

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What are you waiting for?

I’ve sat for quite a few hours now trying to write a blog post. The problem is not what you might call writer's block. I’m not short of subjects that I want to write about in fact I have several. The problem is that as I begin to explore each idea, I’m struggling to...

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Sometimes just showing up is enough

Tonight I delivered my second ever speech at my local Toastmasters Group and learnt a great lesson about the importance of showing up. I’m a perfectionist by nature and the idea of standing in front of a room full of people and delivering a speech, feeling unprepared...

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My year without alcohol: an honest account

Have you considered doing a Dry January? My 30 Dry Days course begins on January 2nd 2018 and for only £14.99 I support you to take a 30-day break from drinking alcohol and in the process learn a thing or two about habits, how to break bad ones and form new healthier...

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Goal setting and looking ahead at 2012

Last week I wrote a post that reviewed how 2011 went for me and today I want to talk about my plans for next year. Originally this post was going to be a set of goals with timescales attached, but as I got to thinking about goal setting, I started to think about the...

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My 2011 Annual Review

I wasn’t planning to write an annual review, in fact I’ve never written one before. Usually I get to December or January and start planning the next set of goals and objectives, with little thought for what I have achieved over the past year. This year, however, I...

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A reminder to eliminate the unnecessary

Over the weekend I completed a two-day course in stand-up comedy, culminating in a graduation show on the Sunday night. The lessons I learnt on the course are many but the thing that stood out for me the most was the importance of eliminating the unnecessary. This...

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A few thoughts on inspiration

I went to bed early last night, feeling a little under the weather (impending cold methinks) with no clue as to what today’s post would be about. That’s never happened to me before. I usually write a post about something that I’ve mulled over for a few days, done some...

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No future is worth wishing away your present for

This might not come as a surprise to some of you, but as a person with a passion for personal development, I am very goal driven. At all times, I like to have a big goal in mind that I’m working towards and a plan of smaller goals needed to achieve the end goal. As a...

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The 30-day experiment

I’ve been thinking a lot about the subject of experiment and experimental living lately and something that I’ve really started to notice is the number of people who use 30-day experiments as a way to try out new things, create new habits, push boundaries and test...

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Spotlight on Benjamin Spall

Welcome to the latest in a series of spotlight posts, aimed at introducing you to some of my favourite bloggers. People whose words I read on a regular basis and who provide a source of inspiration to me. Today’s post is all about Benjamin Spall. Ben writes on a range...

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Acknowledging the flip side

Last week I wrote about the steps I’ve recently taken to make my dream of travelling the world a reality. With that post in mind, I feel it would be remiss of me not to talk about how overwhelmed I’ve been feeling this week about those plans and what I need to do to...

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A step-by-step guide to making your dreams a reality

March 9th 2012 will be the last day I work 9-5 in an office environment. Less than two weeks after that I will be leaving the UK to embark on a round the world trip which has no set end date and during which I will set up an online location independent business based...

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Six lessons I’ve learnt in 6 months of blogging

Next week it will be six months since I created this blog and tentatively published my first post. Prior to that I had only been reading blogs regularly for about five months and before that I had no concept of the world of blogging that I now consider myself a part...

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