It was a different time. A time when we could mingle. A time when we could travel. A time when we could explore new places and meet new people. A time that seems like a lifetime ago. A time before Covid 19. I am not always a grateful traveller. There are some journeys that are just too long, too exhausting, too stressful. Yet on one trip I found a balm, a sanctuary, a place of … [Read more...] about The Grateful Traveller
Following multiple conversations about the Personal (individual) side of Personal Development over the last few weeks, I got to thinking about how often we overlook the important role our community and our environment play in any personal development journey. Without a supportive community and a favourable environment, it’s unlikely we will ever reach our true potential, no … [Read more...] about Personal Development And Community.
Most of us will recognise the term “Midlife Crisis”. And most of us might imagine it as a guy dyeing his hair, to hide the grey, fantasising about running away with a younger woman, or man and buying a bright red sports car. All to “feel young again”. What’s fascinating about this clichè is that it’s not far from the truth. Men and woman reach a point in their lives, no … [Read more...] about (Re)Imagining The Future After Midlife
I used to find it difficult explaining how helping someone become a millionaire in just twelve weeks was linked to cutting the number of patients dying in a hospital in half, creating extraordinary fundraising expeditions for charities, or helping hundreds, more likely thousands, of people “find their happy” over the years. I knew I’d applied the same basic principles to each … [Read more...] about The Nicky Principle
I sometimes think I have a very limited imagination. I mean I can imagine things alright but often these are just versions of something I’ve read about or seen somewhere else. Really coming up with something new, original or exceptional is far rarer I find. Which makes me no different from most people. We all tend to imagine stuff, good, bad and indifferent which is usually … [Read more...] about Reimagineering
The health benefits of walking have become very prominent in the media lately, it’s good for our stress levels apparently and it’s said to improve our physical and mental health. More and more people, at least where I live, seem to be taking dogs out for a walk and picking up their poo, which to me at least seems a high price to pay for the enjoyment of stretching one’s legs, … [Read more...] about The Opposite Of Walkling.
I was fifty-eight years old the other week. In other words, I have lived here on planet Earth, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year for fifty-eight years. In another two, if I’m lucky, I’ll have made it to sixty. Now back in the day, when I was a young man, sixty was old. People who were sixty looked old and by god, they most likely acted old … [Read more...] about Groundhog Day?
A funny thing happened to me in the last few hours of 2018. Unusually, for me, I ended up in a pub. And considering most pubs on New Year’s Eve or Hogmanay as it’s called here in Scotland, shut early so that everyone can go home and be with their families, being in any pub was not something I had foresaw myself doing earlier that evening. One of Nicki’s friends had texted us … [Read more...] about Just before midnight.
But who are you really”? Yes, it’s that question, again, the one that just won’t go away. Maybe it’s the circles I move in but it seems I’m being asked that a lot recently. I’ve written about this before, last month for example but I have to say this call to self-enquiry is a gift that just keeps on giving. It demands that we examine and re-examine our life and our world on a … [Read more...] about Words and stories and new adventures.
The real me. By Andy Ferguson I’ve been here before, many times, looking out at the world and being so overwhelmed I’ve been reduced to tears. During those times I’ve felt so happy, so complete I could have given it all up right there and then because I knew, to the very core of my being, that THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS. This is as good as it could ever get. In those moments … [Read more...] about The real me.