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Push or Pull

‘Once I found my real why, exercise was easy.’ Which is the strongest motivator? Gaining pleasure or avoiding pain? I have asked this question hundreds of times, usually followed by the concept that you’ll do more to avoid pain… in the short-term. A member of TEAM17 recently posted that she thought she wanted to exercise to drop […]

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Are You Ready For An Awesome August

Is August just a ‘pause month’? The lull before we ‘get back to it’ in September? Or can it be awesome? I remember running a sales team where they would complain and say, ‘Everyone’s away in August!’ I’d reply, ‘Everyone? Really? Let’s pick up the phone and see if I can find somebody’. Ha! They loved it when I did that. Not! Rather than waiting until […]

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17 Ways to Make Decisions

Some make products. Some make sales. Brilliant people make decisions. As if choosing wasn’t hard enough. Acting on choices is harder. I’ve studied highly successful people for 30 years. Being a decision-maker leaps out as one of the key characteristics of brilliant people. Here are 17 ways to make better decisions: 1) Gather data. Boring, but essential. 2) Don’t fear the consequence. Terrifying, but true. 3) Tune into […]

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It’s Too Hot. Really?

Really? Readers in the UK can’t fail to have noticed that we’ve experienced a mini heatwave. ‘It’s tooooo hot!’ Britains cry. But is it? How can it be? Hot, cold, wet, windy; it just is. Accepting is hard. Especially accepting what’s outside of your control, ie. the weather. But if you can… it’s liberating. My favourite comment from the week is this cracker: ‘It’s too hot. […]

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Why You Don’t Complain

Last week was my birthday. We celebrated by having a mains water leak, directly into our home. Not the perfect way to spend what should have been a fun-filled Friday. But it was interesting – to say the least. We had two very different plumbers. The first was, let’s say (and I’m being kind here) not the sharpest tool in the […]

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Having one in the bag

My contemporaries who regularly mail newsletters always advise having ‘one in the bag’. It’s for the times when you simply can’t think of anything to write. Or you have a technical mishap and for some reason you just can’t get your words to screen. This has never appealed to me, as I’ve always believed a newsletter really should be as current as possible – newsworthy. Having said that, […]

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The difficult second album

You know the band who smashed it with their first album and then found it difficult to repeat their success? Their record company is screaming: Just do it again, give us the hits!  Why can’t they repeat the magic? Possibly because that first album may only have taken two months to record but… They’ve been working on it for the last five years. Playing live, night after night. Desperately […]

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One of the hardest things to do

…is to say less. I’ve launched my next Write That Book Masterclass. The most common question from new authors is, ‘How much should I write?’ My answer? Never too long, only too boring. Never too short, only too sparing. www.WriteThatBook.co.uk is now open. Be Brilliant!

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What made me cry last night

Last night I cried.  I wasn’t even watching Long Lost Family 😢. I cried because of a book. Actually, not a book. An author. I was LIVE broadcasting in to my Write That Book Pop-Up Group. Earlier in the day, a copy of first-time author Richard Thomas’s new book Memories from The End Of The Line (check out his blog) arrived. It should have been a simple moment of joy. A member […]

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I’ve set a scary goal

I’ve a new goal and it’s crazy, huge and a bit scary. Help 1,000 people to write 1,000 books in 1,000 days. When I started Write That Book, I knew it would be special – but I had no idea how special. From seasoned authors who have written several books to those who only had the embryo of an idea for their […]

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