SMART Goals – did they make me fat?

The Bearable Lightness of Being, or, Did my SMART goals make me fat? Four years ago I decided to get healthier. If I was too active I was a little short of breath and I realised that when my trousers had to go from a 34 to a 36 waist and in reality that measurement was 39.9 I had to …

Notice of Impending Prosecution

For those of you who live and drive in the UK, I am sure you will know what this is – a letter that comes through the post saying that a car you own has been caught speeding somewhere on camera and that want you to tell them who was driving. In over thirty years of driving, I have received …

When the tipping point broke the mirror.

Have you ever had an experience in your life where a seemingly innocuous comment or action has caused a disproportionate degree of change or upset? When these things happen resourcefully we call them breakthroughs, when they are unresourceful we call them all sorts of names under the sun. In recent months I have had two powerful episodes where my ‘House …

Customers, want more? There are plenty in the sea!

Do you want more customers? There can be very few businesses who do not. I share how Guinness used one simple trick to increase its sales by up to ELEVEN-fold. They did this by selling Guinness to the one marketplace that they had failed to penetrate. People who did not like to drink Guinness. If you are not sure of …

How will you be adventurous today?

What does being adventurous mean to you? My two sons attend a Quaker school and I found some very powerful and yet simple words in their day planners. They come from the Quaker Statements and the Quaker Testimonies. Have a listen and I look forward to hearing from you – how will you live adventurously today?    

Frontline Mars? Safety Not Guaranteed.

Where is your ‘frontline’? Many years ago a rather surprising advert appeared in the classified. “Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. Must bring own weapons. Safety not guaranteed.”. What it is that inspires you so much, what is it that you are so passionate about, or that is so important to you that you will go to …

Weight Loss – What I learned from cycling and cake

At a time of year when many people have a resolution to create more health or to gain lightness, this cautionary tale may be useful reading. The more I got into road cycling the more I became aware of the relationship between cycling and cake (try Googling ‘cycling and cake’). Rides would start at cafes with coffee and cake. Destinations …

Possibilities: What can you learn from a carrot dessert?

I recently made a dessert. As I grated over a kilo of carrots my children looked on in horror. A dessert. Made out of carrots. Daddy, you are crazy. I was talking with a friend at lunch today and it reminded me of a powerful lesson. What can you learn about possibility, growth and success from carrot dessert? I have …

Resolutions

Resolutions? Leave them to the United Nations.

Resolutions Are you ready with your New Year Resolutions? It is getting near that time when suddenly you find yourself on New Year’s Eve thinking, “Oh, so what shall I do next year?’. Out of thin air, New Year’s Resolutions are plucked. Some of them might be perennial themes, some might be spur of the moment. Some you might have …

Decisions – What is permanent?

Do you sometimes find that big decisions can be overwhelming? Perhaps you are in a set of circumstances and you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. When will it ever change? I was asked a question recently about my son that really made me think about this. What if we remember than nothing is permanent? What …