It’s Not What You Do, It’s How You Do It



I was watching a TED talk by climber Alex Honnold when a realisation hit me. Basically, what he describes is the reason why I’m doing my work, my Coaching.

He described how he successfully completed a hugely challenging climb. Despite his success, he was left unsatisfied, because he had been struggling, afraid, and at one point he nearly fell to his death. So he worked on his next challenge for years, to make sure he’d complete it with ease and joy.

“It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it”.

Your mission today is to find out how you want to get to your dream life.

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Task 1: Find your goals and passion(s)


This is where you pull out your written goals and review them. Don’t have written goals? Get to writing them down, and then put reminders into your calendar to review them regularly. The 2% of people who do this are the most successful and happy folks on the planet.

Where do you want to be a year from now? Three, five years from now? What do you want to do, be, and have?

What lights you up? Make a list of things. This isn’t about hobbies – hobbies are great, enjoying a walk in nature is great, but if it isn’t something that makes you blissful and lets you forget time, it’s not a passion.

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Task 2: Find out how you do it (or want to)


Someone wise said the goal isn’t as important as the person you become whilst you’re working to achieve it. So, what person do you want to become?

How do you want to get there? With struggle and pain, or with ease and joy? This is where passions come in, and is the reason why I emphasise them so much. If you’re lit up, every type of work and progress becomes easier, more joyful and more meaningful.