WELCOME TO THE BIG LIFE BLOG

Sometimnes there's just more to talk about than Twitter's 280 characters or LinkedIn's 1300 will allow.  When that happens, I come here and let my thoughts unfold.  I'd love you to join the conversation, to get your take on things and hear your questions.

Hope springs eternal

Hope is one of those strange concepts that, when spoken about, elicits a wide spectrum of reactions. Some see the idea of 'hope' as almost delusional - detached in some way from reality, and leading those who put their energy into it away from 'real' life - while some see hope as the very...

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Why it's time to unleash your inner pessimist

The eternal optimist - the one whose glass is always half full, and who sees every rain cloud as a precursor to a rainbow - can truly grate after a while. Especially if you are the one who's under the rain cloud at the time, or whose glass has just been knocked over so that it's totally empty.

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How full is your glass?

Optimism is something you hear about a lot. It's a word that gets thrown around in all sorts of contexts. Governments always seem to have copious levels of optimism when it comes to 'reaching agreement' with whoever it is they are currently disagreeing; sports teams often seem to find 'reason for...

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What's wrong with right now?

I know how it feels to long for what is yet to be: to be fixated on the possibilities and expectations of the future; always striving, always discontent, always restless, never satisfied. I know what it is to buy into the lie that, further down the road the grass is greener than in your own back...

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Happiness on purpose (or breaking free of the hedonic treadmill)

Let me ask you a question: does it sometimes feel like finding happiness is about as easy as herding cats? You seem to find it and take hold of it, but then it slips right through your fingers, leaving you back in the doldrums and in search of that 'thing' to lift your spirits.

Well, if that...

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Why did the chicken cross the road?

Why do you do what you do? Do you ever take the time to stand back and wonder, just for a moment, what it is that drives your decisions; what it is that pushes you further along the path you are travelling; that makes you (nevermind the chicken) cross the road?

For me (and I'd hazard a guess it...

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The star of the show

As the realisation that his whole life was made up sets in, Truman faces a choice: break free, or remain trapped in an existence manufactured by someone else. It’s the same choice you face. The same choice I face. We can exist in a world and a life constructed by the situations and...

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The simple reason you have to put yourself first

I fix problems. It’s what I do. It’s how I’m wired. See problem, fix it. And that’s good, because it helps to make the world go around. But, as commendable as playing my part in keeping the world turning may be, it’s also the very reason I spent the first thirty...

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The answers are on the inside

Want to know why somewhere around nine out of ten people contemplating the adventure into becoming their best self never move past just thinking about it - why their adventure never get even as far as a first step being taken?

Well, I’ve heard a myriad excuses, but there is one that I have...

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I just need to suck it up and dig in

Are you one of those people that tells yourself that you left it too late?  The ship that held your dreams has sailed. You are all out of second chances to live the life you always wanted (not that you can remember what that actually looks like) and now you just have to suck it up, dig in,...

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