Life in the fast lane – a remedy!


They say you learn something new every day…

David Giles

David Giles

Today I had a fascinating meeting with a chap called David Giles, the principal teacher of vedic meditation, at his beautiful  centre in Double Bay, Sydney.

David is extremely passionate about vedic meditation and it’s little wonder: its benefits include stress and anxiety reduction; improved personal productivity; and solving sleep deprivation issues… to name but a few. 

A bit of a no-brainer really…

One thing that really grabbed me was our discussion about ‘effort’.

In modern life it’s all too easy for people to get so bogged down that they struggle to see passed their noses. To create change in our lives takes effort and that is precisely the barrier that prevents many people from going for it and enjoying better results.

Meditation, like coaching, takes some effort on the part of the client. Well, 40 minutes of reflection a day to be precise.

But in reality that 40 minutes a day gets you much the same benefit as coaching: you are forging a new way of life for yourself a new way of being….

That has to be worth that effort!

When I got home I dabbled a little on t’internet to find out more and came across a quote, from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, that sat very well with me:

“Attend to your own inner health and happiness. Happiness radiates like the fragrance of a flower and draws all good things towards you.”

Putting your mental and spiritual health first is by no means a new philosophy, but it is one we should attend to more consciously.

Hmmm, I actually learnt a few things today…



Solving problems is not to be sneezed at


Got a cold?

To overcome it, what do you invest in? A pack of tissues to nurse your sneezes or some medicine to kill the virus?

An ugly bug

An ugly bug









Clearly, treating only the symptoms is a complete waste of money. And effort.

The reason why many clients want to work with me is because they’re fed up with getting the same results that don’t work for them.

The reason?

By and large you will get similar outcomes if you merely do patch-up jobs, and treat only the symptoms of your challenges rather than their root causes.

If you find yourself going round in circles and getting nowhere, take a step back. Go for a run. Take a breather. Leave it for a few days and then come back to it refreshed. 

Consider what the real reason for these outcomes is.

If you’re honest with yourself, the answer is often the most obvious thing.

Invest in yourself and face your ’causes’ head on. You have only phenomenal gains to make.


How profound…


I came across this quote today:

“If you work just for the money, you’ll never make it…

 …But if you love what you’re doing, success will be yours.”

Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, said that.

Perhaps this was the inspiration for McDonald’s slogan, “I’m loving it.”

Now I doubt that many of the people who work in McDonald’s flipping burgers are either passionate or ‘loving it’ when they, well, flip burgers…  but from a pure ‘success’ perspective I’d have to agree with Ray.

No-one can deny that the glorious Golden Arches of McDonald’s represent a phenomenal success story. McDonald’s was only established in 1955 and now serves 60 million customers daily and boasts whopping annual revenues of US$25 billion.

Ray’s philosophy obviously counts for something… but Rays point, of course, is all about our definition of ‘success’.

How about making a couple of nips and tucks to Ray’s quote?

“If you’re chasing the dollar that’s all you may ever get. But if you love what you do…

Not only will you enjoy deep satisfaction, you’ll probably get the dollar too.”

It even rhymes. Nice.


Is grey the new black (and white)?


Have you ever felt stumped by a situation you found yourself in?

The metaphorical Brick Wall

The metaphorical Brick Wall

I hit one last night. Or perhaps it hit me…

It felt highly uncomfortable. Even crippling. I’m one of those people who’s always on the go; an ideas generator; a bit of a force to be reckoned with. But at that point in time, I felt truly unresourceful.

I was in a black and white, monochrome place:  only two options lay ahead.

And neither had me dancing in the aisles.

Then I thought to myself, this is stupid. I’m not compromising. I will find an option that excites me. But how?

Hmmm… how about changing my frame of reference? What might the shades of grey be?

And BINGO! That was it. Grey.

There is always a middle territory. It’s never just ‘this or that’. Life isn’t that limiting. You always have choices – it’s just a question of knowing to look in a different place to find them.

My own eureka moment was coupled with a remarkable feeling of empowerment. The black cloud (that word again…) of confusion instantly lifted and I was suddenly armed with a path of action that I was more than happy to pursue.

Mix black and white paint together… and you’ll find your shades of grey.


Shark attack! And yet they still surf…

I was having a bit of a ponder when I went for my run on Bondi Beach this morning.

As I looked across the water, at the salt and pepper smattering of surfers sitting on their boards waiting for the perfect wave to emerge, I couldn’t help but think of the spate of shark attacks Bondi Beach has recently witnessed. 

Bondis attacks werent actually Great Whites... but this picture is pretty amazing...

Bondi's attacks weren't actually Great Whites... but you have to agree, this picture is pretty amazing...

Given the knowledge that the water’s warm enough for sharks at the moment, I thought that perhaps it was pretty silly for the surfers to be risking their lives – or maybe limbs – for the sake of a wave.

But then I came to think – well maybe it’s the wrong time of day for sharks to be so far inland and maybe there aren’t enough small fish around to tempt them in.

Regardless of whether either those assumptions were true, I really liked the fact that although the surfers weren’t certain sharks weren’t around, they were still sitting with their legs dangling into the depths below.

They were surfing because they love it. Because they’re passionate. Because they’re committed.

‘Certainty’ is linked to lots of important values, such as ‘security’ and ‘safety’.

But isn’t it also a bit of a bind?

Many people need to be certain before they will ‘jump’. They need to know all the answers before they are prepared to ‘go for it’ – whatever ‘it’ may be.

But I think there is a lesson here.

To get things done more quickly and to spend much more time doing all the things we love might mean pushing ‘certainty’ down a rung or two.

How about a challenge? The next time you stop and question whether you know enough yet to do something, actively push that lack of certainty back. Remind yourself of what you want, focus on the end result and go for it.

But if you’re considering surfing in Bondi, you might want to wear a metal wetsuit …


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