How Failure Can Help You Make Your Dreams Come True

I’ve always been of the belief that you can turn your biggest failures into your biggest feats! Who else thinks like me? What biggest flop have you turned around? One of the strangest learnings of my 55 years has been since my dear Mum (and friend Fran Crippen) passed away on 23rd October 2010. More so the past eight months I have grappled questioning my purpose and self-worth. Questioning the meaning of all of “this”? I fought the good fight (“funny that”, I hear you saying, for those … [Read more...]

Reboot Your New Year Resolutions…

Can you believe it is February already...  and we've all had a month of opportunity to give our New Year’s resolutions a good red hot go. New changes and new habits have been made and you are all feeling good about the “new you”. Wait. What? Oh you haven’t quite achieved what you set out to do. You are not quite the “new you” you had imagined. Hello... you’ve had a whole month, what have you been doing the past 31 days? In all seriousness, I know this can be disappointing. You … [Read more...]

How To Boost Your Self-Confidence

To have more confidence surround yourself with positive, supportive people. If you don’t have a supportive community, go create one. No excuses. A positive peer set will help you feel more confident. We all need people around us who are supportive, positive and buoyant, and who appreciate our sense of aliveness, joy and happiness in life. And, if we don’t have that, you can’t sit there and be a victim saying, Ooh I just have a bad set of parents. I have a bad set of friends. I guess I’m … [Read more...]

How You Handle Fear When Open Water Swimming

For those of us who love the sport of open water swimming, along with actual physical AND emotional toughness that is required to master - a huge factor that determines how successful we are is how we all handle FEAR. Following is an excerpt from an article published recently on The Swimming Blog, and is worth the read. "There's nothing better (there's loads better, obviously, but this is a swimming blog) than doing a long swim and getting "in the zone". You start off … [Read more...]

Miracle Open Water Swim In Ice at Zero Degrees

When most of us think of open water swimming, we imagine the ocean, or parcels of water that are not enclosed in concrete - or follow the black line. But imagine swimming in water that is zero degrees! A recent article published on poses the questions to the remarkable Ram Barkai what he was thinking during his 1.7 km swim in 0°C water: The mind was a critical part of this swim because the hands and fit were gone after few minutes. Ryan and I swallowed … [Read more...]

The Longer The Better When It Comes To Swimming

Sharing an inspiring article on how Yuko Matsuzaki, originally from Tokyo but now living in Orlando, manages during her marathon swims ... This week, Americans Chris Kraus, Rick Gaenzle, Brian Ross and Mo Siegel will attempt to swim the Tsugaru Channel in Japan, thanks in part to lessons Matsuzaki learned. That swim is part of what is known as the Oceans Seven, a group of marathon swims worldwide. She has arranged the swimmers' travel accommodations, coordinating guide boats and offering … [Read more...]

Xtream Dream Makes The Impossible Possible For Nyad

"Remember when they said they couldn't land a man on the moon? Remember when they said no man could run a sub-4 minute mile? Remember when they said no man could climb Mt Everest? Remember when they said no am could swim the English Channel? And again... Until 3rd September ... Remember when they said no one, could swim solo from Cuba to Florida... It was humanly impossible due to the surmountable obstacles? And again... The Indominable human spirit has prevailed defying the odds, … [Read more...]

Nyad Makes History Completing Dream Swim

The open water swimming world is abuzz with the news that Diana Nyad has completed her epic marathon swim from Cuba to Key West on the coast of Florida today. The 64 year old endurance marathon open water swimmer completed the swim, covering 110 miles (approximately 177 kms) in just over 53 hours, and made history as the first person to complete the swim without a shark cage. This was Nyad's fifth attempt to complete the approximately 177-kilometre swim. She tried three times in 2011 and … [Read more...]

How To Build A Champion Workforce

Sharing how the mindset is important to achieve success - regardless of whether it's in sport or business. Nathan Buckley is an example of an individual who exhibits that high-performance mindset in spades. As the first sports psychologist to work for the Collingwood Football Club, I know first hand the mindset required from each player - and coach - for the team to achieve success. Former captain and Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley is an example of an individual who exhibits that … [Read more...]

Is Being Kinder A Life Goal For You?

In a survey carried out with Society's gentlemen in their 80's and 90's; they were asked what they regretted most in their lives... Not one of the gentlemen said "I wish I'd spent more time in the office!" Surprise Surprise... NOT!!!! It's been 42 years since the best-selling New York Times short story author, George Saunders was at school. This year he returned, delivering the convocation speech of Syracuse University 2013 and stated that failures of kindness, was the biggest … [Read more...]