Getting out of survival mode

I cannot claim any credit for today’s missive. A few weeks ago I read an article in the Observer which had a positive impact on me and which, I share with you today. The article is entitled  ‘8 Things every person should do before 8am’,  written by Benjamin Hardy. The context is that life is busy. It can feel impossible to move towards your dreams. If you have a full time job and children it becomes even harder.  How do you move forward?  If you don’t purposefully carve out time every day to progress and improve – without question, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly overcrowded lives. Before you know it, you’ll be old and withered, wondering where all that time went.

As Harold Hill has said: “You pile up enough tomorrow, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays”.

Re-think your life and getting out of survival mode

This article is intended to challenge you to rethink your entire approach to life. The purpose is to help you simplify and get back to the fundamentals. Sadly most people’s lives are filled to the brim with the nonessential and trivial. They don’t have time to build toward anything meaningful. They are in survival mode. Are you? Only one person is responsible. You.

The 8 things are.

1.      Wake up

2.      Get in the zone

3.      Get moving

4.      Put the right food in your body

5.      Get ready

6.      Get inspired

7.      Get perspective

8.      Do something to move you forward

Do you have less than 2 minutes to read the entire article? I recommend you do. Here it is

Before I go, I look forward to seeing those of you who will be joining me at the launch of my latest book in London on Wednesday. If you are unable to join me but would still like to purchase a copy please visit the Bloomsbury website here.  I understand that the first print run of the book has almost sold out in just 3 weeks!

Finally, we have reintroduced our offer of training 10 line managers for free when you block book 10 of our one day Difficult Conversations ‘Become a Tackler, not a Dodger’ courses. Want to find out more, please get in touch with me or my colleague Helen at

Have a great month.