When I think about ‘Resilience’ a famed speech called “Citizenship in a Republic” springs to mind. Here is an excerpt:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…

…whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming…

…but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause…

…who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

These profoundly galvanising words by Theodore Roosevelt speak to my heart

It’s so easy to be a naysayer. Too simple to tear the dreamer down. All too common to condemn the visionary.

The credit for all acts of genius and mastery does go to the one in the arena. The one with the guts to hear the naysayers and keep moving ahead. The one who takes the leap and ends up bruised, battered and even bloodied. The one who hears the noisy voices of self-doubt yet trusts something larger and wiser within that encourages them to continue, against all odds.

This is resilience in action. When we have a powerful Vision  driven by our Purpose – courage and tenacity carry us through. Step forward today, tapping into your internal knowledge and wisdom. The world applauds a ‘trier.’

Power of Purpose

Walk into the boardrooms of most companies and ask the board members what the purpose of their organisation is and you are likely to receive as many different answers as there are people in the room. Perceptions of purpose often range from the survival of the organisation in a rampantly competitive world to just making a healthy profit, from providing employment to becoming the biggest player in their industry sector, from serving the customer to creating new and innovative products. With different and often unarticulated perceptions of purpose it’s no wonder that it’s sometimes hard to build mutual understanding and why conflict can arise so easily over the precise direction of the organisation.

Purpose is essentially ‘what we are here to do’ which is obviously vital in order to ‘focus’ energy. A group of people pulling in different directions, with different perspectives of what is important, have not sat down and clarified their collective purpose. This is often because individuals have not done it for themselves because they have not fully understood the importance of living purposefully.

Vagueness around purpose is usually due to an absence of clarity around its meaning. Most often purpose is confused with visions, aims and goals. But purpose is not vision, and it is not many directions, it is one direction, with the possibility of aims and goals along the way. Purpose is not bound by timescales but transcends time. Purpose is what we are here to do and when we try to have many purposes it’s as if we are trying to do too many things at the same time. Confusion, conflict and exhaustion will eventually set in A clear sense of purpose is also one of our most powerful sources of motivation.

For many people the first thought on awakening in the morning is often, “Oh not another day… I have to get up and go to work”. Some people awaken with a different energy, more of a “YES fantastic, another day, another adventure”. One is a ‘have to’ attitude and the other is a ‘want to’ attitude. But for everyone there is usually at least one day a year which is a definite YES day, and our energy is filled with enthusiasm. It’s the day we go on holiday. For the next two weeks we have consciously chosen the direction of our life. We have made a major commitment to ourselves to go and have fun, so the focus for our energy is absolutely pin point. And of course this is the day/week we are most highly motivated. Purpose is one of our deepest motivators.

It is not so difficult to generate and use a short term purpose to motivate ourselves for a few days or even weeks. But an overarching purpose for all the days of our life is not quite so simple to create, or to see, or to detect, or to discern!

This is where a powerful VISION ‘comes into  its own:

Zest Focus Mapping

 ‘Zest Focus Mapping’ is an empowerment process. Learn this method well, execute it daily and you will generate zegendary progress in your thinking, productivity, performance, prosperity and service to the world.

The protocol is simple: like all great tools. You ‘Waymap’  the remainder of your year. Set your compass – recording your key performance indicators (Waypoints) and the deliverables needed to get it done by the 31st December to make your year zegendary.

The power lives in the Zest Focus Mapping process which shifts your subconscious mind at its deepest core. It’s about our Mindset  – it’s our personal story about our potential that determines whether we live it. This is  what Prof. Steve Peters explores in the  Chimp Paradox.

Why? Because if you don’t think you can change or be world-class, then you won’t take the steps needed to  be zegendary – we never rise higher than our personal story that can be so very self-limiting. (The Chimp of self-doubt)

Step 1. Do Your Big 3.

These are the five outcomes that absolutely must get done for 2017 to become the best year of your life. Writing these down instills clarity and trains your brain to strip out distractions and get centred around core priorities.

Step 2: Note Your Top 4 Values.

Few things diminish our energy than self-betrayal. We all have a wise witness deep within us, watching every move we make. I believe our heart records every experience we have, every place we go and every act we do. Until our daily behaviour reflects our deepest values, we will never have the firepower to fly. Getting these onto paper ‘tattoos the brain’ for daily action and ‘self-witness’ – allowing our creative juices to flow with finite clarity.

Step 3: Write Your Quarterly 7.

Pretty straightforward: deconstruct and then reverse sequence your Big 3 into 7 tinier goals that you will nail over the next 6 months. Yes, you’ve heard it many time, and deep in your heart you know it – “The devil is in the detail.” It’s the Japanese  Kaizen principle of small daily steps for momentous propulsion.

Step 4: List Your Daily Rituals.

The quality of your performance comes down to the calibre of your habits. List the routines you commit to running each day so that they become automatic like breathing e.g. that early morning workout; meditation to re-set the ‘inner clock’ and refresh our amazing brain; the daily Victory Review process, being the detached observer on the great things that happened to you during the day –  this acts as fuel to the ‘flywheel’ as it gains momentum. The Plan, Do, Think 20:20:20 Ritual for the ‘Golden Hour….

Step 5: Create Your Stop Doing List.

Average performers have a To-Do List. Zest Leaders sharpen their focus with Stop Doing lists. Note down all the activities you intend to stop doing over the remainder of the year. Examples include: complaining, gossiping, procrastinating, missing workouts, stagnating at work and coasting through life instead of making the new choices that will make your life brilliantly better.

Step 6: Set Your Growth Tool.

The Zest way to double your income and impact, triple your investment in your personal development and professional education. Why? Because as you build a stronger mindset and a braver internal core, the fears that limited your success will vanish. You’ll believe in possibilities you previously didn’t feel you could do. You’ll see opportunities average producers miss. And you’ll rise to mastery in your field. Now, without hesitation, note down your learning and growth commitments for the next 18 months – then The Plan to get them done.

Step 7: Build Your Circle of Amazons.

You will become your associations. Lots of good new science confirms that you unconsciously adopt the thinking, emotions, behaviours and lifestyles of the people you spend most of your time with. If you’re the most successful person you know, I strongly encourage you to make this the the day you step forward with a welcome hand and introduce yourself to your new enigmatic friend.

You have the Personal Power to let go of the past, dramatically grow your inner zest and be on fire to make  2017 your zegendary year.

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Learning More to Achieve More

To double your income, triple your rate of learning. I coach this idea from the Boardroom to the Boardwalk. Zegendary performance is less about natural talent and more about out-studying, our-practicing, and our-learning everyone around you. Almost nothing yields the return on investment that investing in workshops, conference, on-line courses, audiobooks/books and coaching does. Follow your Passionthe learning will naturally flow.

Leadership Insights


Let’s distil some practical insights on leadership that helps people do great things:

The Job of a Leader is to Grow more Leaders – if you are not building more Leaders the you’re not leading, you’re following. Your job, whether you have this title or not, is to help people do work they never dreamed they could do.Your job is to inspire people to own their talents, their gifts and do their very best work. This is part of what it means to lead.

Nothing Happens until the First Step – Start small, dream big,  start today. nothing happens until  you take massive action. Procrastination is a defence mechanism by unsure people.  If we did our goals and acted our visions we would become ultra successful. Spectacular success brings responsibility – that frightens many of us  and we put off getting great things done.

Our Behaviours Reveals our Beliefs –   we tell the world what you believe by how we behave. If we complain all day long we reveal a deeply ingrained set of beliefs that we are powerless. when we present work that has typos and poor wording we express a belief that average is okay with us. Mistreat others and you reveal that you’re selfish and disconnected from the beautiful humanity that surrounds us. Great news is that when we wire in the beliefs of leadership (versus victimhood) our behaviour changes automatically.

Who can you Grow today?

Within your work, family or community…..

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Legendary Leadership


Success is really, really simple. It’s not easy, but it’s really simple. [It all comes down to the execution].

1. Making no decision is a decision. To do nothing. And doing nothing always brings you to nowhere.

2. The way of performing that got you to where you are today is not the way of performing that will get you to where you’ve always dreamed of being.

3. Making excuses donates power to the very things you are excusing.

4. If you’re not being laughed at a lot you’re not doing very much.

5. If you’re not scared a lot you’re not doing very much.

6. Investments in your personal development are the smartest investments you’ll ever make.

7. What you focus on always gets better.

8. All great achievement begins with a single act of brave commitment.

May I share the wisdom of  great thinker – “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back… 

…Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too… 

…All sorts of things occur to help you, that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events from the decision…come your way. 

..Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.

“Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”


Empowering Beliefs

Jim Bennett Global Leadership Speaker

Our deepest beliefs drive our daily behaviour. We can re-wire them if we reflect on them regularly.

Research has shown peak performers have the insight that:

1. No idea works unless you do the work.

A lot of winning starts with beginning. Ideas are awesome but you absolutely must start the process of acting on the ideas you learn we get the results. Otherwise, it’s all just a fantasy.

2. All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.

Often, we start to install a new habit and then quickly retreat on the first sign of discomfort. But please remember that our growth and mastery is built around our discomfort, not our ease.

Change is hard at the beginning as we tear away old patterns and ways of being. And then it gets messy as you’ve let go of all you were yesterday for the sake of someone even better tomorrow. But after 66 days (remember The 66 Day Rule of habit installation based on the recent research at University College London), you’ve reached automaticity. And the habit becomes automatic.

3: The finest way to get respect is to give respect.

This  ‘strikes a chord’ with many.

It also speaks to a beautiful truth: treat people incredibly well and you’ll give them a reason to treat you incredibly well.

4: To have what few have, do what few do.

To rise to world-class, each of us on this path we’re on must leave the cult of mediocrity and enter the world of Mastery – to think, behave and live as very few are willing to do. The world may call us eccentric and different – all progress depends on those of us with the guts to pursue our own paths.

We need to aim for iconic in our fields, sweat the details, pursue a singular vision, be filled with optimism, passion and integrity. And be utterly devoted to our personal development and professional education.

Our Drumbeat








  • Every time we do what scares us, we take back the power that we gave to the thing that scared us – so we become more powerful.
  • A problem is only a problem if we make the choice to see it as a problem.
  • Our business and personal life was made by ourselves. No one else is responsible. To make it better, let’s make better choices and new decisions.
  • We can lead wherever we are ‘planted’. Let’s not wait to get a position to stand for excellence and peak quality.
  • We can find our own style. Be original. Every superstar differentiated themselves from The Herd and marched to their own Drumbeat.

3 Keys of Change


It is in moments of decision that our future is shaped. In order to create change, we must do two things: raise our standards, and turn our ‘shoulds’ into ‘MUSTS.’ When used together, these two tactics form an unstoppable force for taking our life to the next level. When we commit to using them our life will never be the same again.

Raise our Standards 

If we’re going to have lasting change in our life, we must raise our standards. The standards we set for yourself are the difference between getting okay results and getting extraordinary results. We shift our life forever the moment we raise your standards – so, right now, let’s consciously decide there is a higher standard for ourselves.

Turn our  ‘SHOULDS’ into ‘MUSTS’ 

Anyone who achieves something magnificent in their life turns their ‘shoulds’ into ‘MUSTS.’  The difference between ‘must’ and ‘should’ is the life you want and the life you have. When something is a must, you find a way. How do you do this? Get unreasonable. What’s unrealistic to average people is just unreasonable to extraordinary people. Let’s be extraordinary, get unreasonable and everything becomes possible. 

Walk the Talk and Cross Pollinate

When we make the commitment to follow our ‘MUSTS’ by walking the talk – we, by our immense energy and passion, make a fantastic impact on everyone we ‘touch’ stimulating cross pollination of energy…

Let’s use the keys of change NOW.

Learning from Business Athletes for Peak Performance

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Here are some insights from my business athletes’ research.

They learn:

  • How it’s essential to surround yourself with people performing and living at dramatically higher levels so that their ways of thinking, producing and living influenced my mindset and achievement levels. Just having a few conversations with the right people can be the event that triggers a tsunami of excellence for you.
  • The importance of having a  system to plan out and then schedule  annual, quarterly, monthly and weekly goals in the way that gets them done unbelievably effectively much earlier.  So much of ultra-success comes down to the time management tool you use. Please take the time to experiment and get the system that dovetails with you motivational preferences.
  • How to build elite project teams of fanatically focused and passionate people who deliver superb safe results (I took them many years to crack the code  but once they did, their business transformed…you can’t build a great company with a merely average team). And you’re wasting your talent if you’re trying to do everything yourself.
  • That “the key to energy is recovery” and the way to have rare-air stamina is to learn how the brain and body needs to be refuelled – maintaining bubbling health and vitality.
  • That the best way to get more done is to work less. It’s truly is about smart work versus hard work. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. That’s just not true.
  •  How to “retrain” their brain so as to clean out negativity and toxicity so they feel better, stronger and faster than when was first starting out.  That when totally focusing on problems they lacked the full-on inspiration that you absolutely must cultivate to achieve extraordinary results in your life.