I haven’t had any alcohol since the 14th December 2022, and so this is my four month update report.  You can see previous updates here.How things are going…It’s easy to gloss over how well things are going.  In the day to day rigmarole, it doesn’t seem like things have changed much.  It’s like aging; you

4 Months without Alcohol

I’ve decided to go 2023 without a sip of alcohol – I’ve already explained the reasons why here.    Has it been hard to stop drinking?  Not really.  Every now and then I get triggered, but these days it’s probably only once or twice per week while I’m out shooting pool with my mates.  I just watch

3 Months without Alcohol (Update)

A few months ago I decided to go the whole of 2023 without alcohol as an experiment.   This post is mainly self serving – a point of reflection on the 2 month mark of not drinking alcohol; something that I can look back on in the future. Table of Contents Why I’ve Decided to

2 Months without Alcohol – A Personal Reflection

This is a summary of the learnings that I’ve made as co-founder of Thrivethemes.com over the last 10 years. A chapter that’s recently come to a close following its acquisition for multiple 7 figures in January, 2023.

A New Chapter: Lessons from a Decade of Running and then Selling a Software Company

Recently I’ve been studying the physiology that underpins motivation. What happens at a biological level when we feel driven and motivated to strive for goals? I’ve mentioned a number of times on this blog that I’ve previously had the propensity for slumps.  Over the past few years I’ve learned some interventions that can quickly get me out

The Universal Currency of Motivation

My favorite strategy for leveling up a skill quickly is the 30 day challenge.   You do one thing, every day, for 30 days without fail.  No days off, no weekends and no skipping a day.   You can achieve some pretty amazing results just by doing this. However, if you’re really committed to improving then 30 day

Learn by Shipping

A woodpecker can tap twenty times on a thousand trees and get nowhere, but stay busy.  Or he can tap twenty-thousand times on one tree and get dinner.Seth Godin – The Dip The quote above is from one of my favorite books The Dip – it’s a fantastic thought provoking book about when to quit

What Woodpeckers Know

 “Tomorrow, I’m going to work” This sentence has so many underlying psychological connotations:-9 to 5Annoying bossesGetting up earlyClock watchingLimited breaksDoing things you don’t want to doDealing with people you don’t want to do deal withCommutingPerformance reviewsPlaying the gameIf “work” was a brand, the PR and marketing teams would have an emergency on their hands.  “Work” is tarnished

Rebranding Work

Be like a postage stamp.  Stick to one thing until you get thereJosh Billings I have written before about my natural tendency to feel overwhelmed when faced with a large goal and how I have developed mental models to overcome these often less-than-useful thought patterns.   Overcoming procrastination due to overwhelm probably ranks in my top

1000 Perfect Days – A Framework for Achieving Life Changing Results

As someone who has drunk alcohol on a fairly regular basis (with the exception of acute periodic abstention) since the age of 19, I’ve been consciously examining my relationship with alcohol and what it brings to my life.   In short:- my findings have alarmed me.   We obviously all know that alcohol is not good but

Beyond the Hangover: Insidious Plastic Changes are the Real Reason to Stop Drinking