Life lessons – On a bicycle

Life lessons – On a bicycle

Once a week I enjoy creating a weekly challenge for my clients. It hits their mail box on a Wednesday just before lunch…the hump of the hill of the week. It is aimed at inspiring and encouraging people to have more, be more and do more. Each challenges addresses a new topic and a recent one was called ‘follow your best advice’. It shared an assumption that we all have inner wisdom and the content encouraged people to listen to and take their own good advice. A few weeks later I went on a bike adventure that spanned three days, and covered 120 miles of off road biking in the rain. It is known as the Sandstone way. I decided to put this particular coaching challenge into practice and discovered that my light bulb moments from this epic journey were also transferable to my life in general. I felt compelled to share these lessons with you. The importance of being prepared: Having failed to make the time to organise my equipment in advance of the event, I discovered on the wettest weekend of the year that  my waterproof jacket zip was broken. This prompted me to reflect on the benefits of being prepared – a tough lesson to learn. Safety net planning: In advance of this event, given that it is notoriously difficult, I was worried that I might not be able to complete it.  Asking myself What is the worst thing that could happen here? Checking what was worrying me the most helped my mindset hugely. Once you work out what your worst fears are, you can create...
Live your legacy

Live your legacy

You don’t have to be a billionaire or a genius to make a difference. People make their mark and are remembered for their contributions for all sorts of reasons. When a dear friend David Charlton died and I was asked to speak at his funeral, I considered this a privilege. It was also an opportunity to celebrate who he was and all that he had achieved. David or as he was called ‘Trooper’ had lived a full and fabulous life but it was cut short prematurely. He served his country, he impacted people’s lives. David Charlton was an adventurer, a confidant, a triathlete, a doting father, a loving husband, a mischief maker and so much more. What a legacy to leave behind! His mark on this earth was purposeful and intentional. He chose to become all these things, he took time to reflect on his contributions and he lived as well as left his legacy. It struck me that a legacy is usually a retrospective narration of a person’s life after they have gone. If this definition is accurate, perhaps it is possible to create a chosen legacy and then begin living it in the moment in order to create a life worth living. When discussing the best ways to make your mark, a wonderful person called Tim McNamara advised me to “CHARLIE” it. This acronym; Climb Higher And Reach Life’s Inner Expectations” brought a smile to my face and left me pondering how I might do such a thing. After some soul searching, I decided that for me, a ‘charlie it’ approach could involve several things: Choosing to...