4 Deliberate actions that lead to Success

I’ve been fortunate to spend time with hundreds of awesomely successful people from many walks of life. But two really great people have taken similar actions in very diverse circumstances that have allowed them to cope with really tough challenges. One has conquered the Seven Summits, and recently returned from his last epic adventure – walking to the South Pole with compatriot Sibusiso Vilane. And the other, a lady, has had to deal with...

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4 ways to Beat the Bouncer – Confidence can get you (almost) anywhere.

Think back to when you were a party-mad teenager, or any of those occasions you wanted to get into an exclusive nightclub. Or that time you wanted to meet your idol when you were in the same room as they were? Did you find this easy or difficult? Did you get past security and in to the inner sanctum? I was a spectator on the 1996 Tour de France while visiting some training buddies who were cycling semi-pro in Belgium. We met up for the...

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Consistency results from Congruence.

“You cannot consistently perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself.” Zig Ziglar I’ve written about presence in a previous column, but we cannot ignore the fact that your actions result from your thoughts – not the other way around. When you see yourself as an accomplished athlete that is what you will be. Several years ago (15 in fact) I thought it would be great to ply my trade as a Speaker and Trainer...

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Can success NOT equal winning?

“You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.” Harriet Woods Very often victory is defined by beating others. Surely if you want to be #1 you have to get there first. But if you manage to do this without causing emotional hurt to others you become a true victor. Bruce Fordyce relates the story of his famous victory passes during the last 10km’s of 9 Comrades victories. He says that as he...

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Motivation through Self-discipline.

“Improve your self-discipline by reminding yourself of the results you will achieve through it.” Here it is, that big word – Self Discipline. Don’t panic! In my book, self-discipline equals nothing more than Habits. So, get into the habit (pardon the pun) of forming strong habits. Psychologists tell us that it takes 21 days to form a habit. If you repeat an action for 21 days, that action becomes ingrained in your neural pathways. ...

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