A Magical Retreat

Thursday 12 July, 2018

It was serene and gentle, but equally powerful and intense. The house and surrounding countryside offered immediate peace and quiet, with a faint promise of revelation. It was an environment which heralded the high level of quality we would experience in every facet of the retreat. Attendees arrived with a little apprehension; understandable, really, because there is no way of knowing quite what to expect. It was the same for the trainers. Marcus and I were poised, ready to go down any avenue the process and the people took us; equipped with our versatility and expertise, and a willingness to support and enrich the lives of those bold enough to be themselves.

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Be (With) The Best

Monday 15 September, 2014

Surround yourself with good people’, is standard advice for those who wish to succeed. Actually, it is sound advice for anyone, but in order to build relationships with the best people, we have to be the best we can be. And to be anywhere near that level, we have to own who we are. More specifically, we have to own how good we are. I have written about this subject before (see the related posts, below) but I am minded to revisit it because of several conversations I’ve had in recent weeks, as well as being prompted by some of the latest journal posts from 11 years ago (again, see below) in which I was challenged to see my own brilliance.

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What Do We Have For Each Other?

Monday 19 May, 2014

For years I had a thought: that people who find themselves sitting next to each other on trains, park benches or pavement cafés, might share something of themselves, find a connection and discover the gift each has for the other. I attended an event on Saturday whose goal was the same: to bring people together in order that they may share, connect and discover. All day people did exactly that in pockets of conversation fostered easily by the workshops and the organisers who, once again, did an excellent job.

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Quality

Monday 10 October, 2011

In this post I look at two sporting stories from my youth to show how quality can make a difference to our lives. The first recalls the influence a coach had on me simply because he insisted on quality. The second story tells of a time when I was inspired to raise my level of performance by the abilities of my opposite number.

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Enjoy The Journey

Friday 30 September, 2011

It is not uncommon for my clients to express concern; to worry about the attainment of their goals. When they do, my advice is always the same: assume you will get there and then enjoy the journey. Achieving the latter helps to guarantee success with the former. This post is about just that: enjoying the whole process, safe in the knowledge that you will succeed.

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Last-Minute Quality

Tuesday 28 August, 2001

Exercised and tidied the house. Karaj greeted me with three hours worth of editing for the newsletter. I am not in the slightest bit excited about Sicily, and I won’t be until the newsletter is finished and I am sitting on the plane. During the course of the Sicily work my thoughts have alternated between what fantastic work it is we are doing and how beneficial it will turn out to be for all of us; and feelings of not being interested in doing the work with the other men. This comes about when I want time to myself, which I have had precious little of recently and will have none of now until the first day of rest on Thursday.

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Creating a Space to Work

Thursday 7 December, 2000

No exercises again this morning. Arrived at the house and found Karaj working on my table. On Tuesday he had put the finishing touches to it and I had been was amazed at what he had done. Not only had he fixed the table securely, he had also attended to the cosmetic details which made such a difference. I was very impressed with his efforts and it put a big smile on my face. The whole thing made my day.

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