Friday, 9 March 2018

Fading Lights - Genesis

As a life-long Genesis fan I’ll freely admit I wasn’t too endeared with some of their later material and I only bought their 2007 album ‘We Can’t Dance’ earlier this week. On closer listening however, I think I’ve been missing out. Maybe I was thrown by the bands ‘Spitting Image’ portrayal and by their more romantic pop offerings and heavily led keyboard songs but ‘Fading Lights’ is actually a stand out classic. It’s a track I’ve had in my library on their live album ‘The Way We Walk Vol 2 - The Longs’ for a long time but sadly overlooked. It’s well worth a look or a listen I believe and if you do you’ll see perhaps what I’m getting at.

Anyway, it’s perfect accompaniment for today’s blog. A blog where I want to come across sounding upbeat rather than a sapping ‘Energy Vampire’. You see, the aforementioned album really got me thinking about ‘Life’s Progression’ and how Chapters open and close, years go by and people sadly come and go.

Another time it might have been so different
If only we could do it all again…

Right now, death seems to surround me - see I told you it was dark - but it does. I shouldn’t really be surprised though now I’m getting on a bit at 56. Apparently, it’s a time when you start going to more funerals than weddings. That’s true enough as only recently, one of my close friends collapsed and died, right out of the blue - which I will admit really shook me. Another of my friends is ‘living’ with terminal prostate cancer and another is fighting a stage 3 breast cancer nightmare. It’s all a bit much, especially after being so ill myself a couple of years’ back. In fact it’s worse than that, it’s frightening.

Maybe I’m just coming to terms with how close to the edge I really was with GBS in a PTSD kinda way. I know it made me consider that in another time, whether I do it all again.

But now it's just another fading memory
Out of focus, though the outline still remains…

Thinking about it, most of us would, as we wouldn’t have found love, had children, accomplished feats and created life-long memories. Maybe that’s what the very old ‘Genesis’ songs and albums represent. Memories - and that’s why I overlooked the later lighter songs, so in a way I wouldn’t blemish the adolescent landmarks of my youth. Hmm, that sounds a bit slushy and sentimental for me but I do cherish those years in a spotty faced pre-digital ‘World of Change’.

Far away, away, fading distant lights
Leaving us all behind, lost in a changing world…

Ah, the ‘Changing World’. Well, I’m as aware as the next man that our modern world is changing at an alarming rate and I’m doing everything I can to keep up with it. The 4K Ultra-High-Definition, digital world offers an amazing visual notebook of the world around us. The distant lights of myself in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s are literally just that - limited to a few snapshots and school photographs that document thirty years of life’s progression. Not that it matters that much I suppose as I can remember the highlights package and have edited out the bits I care to forget. Luckily for the current generation, Facebook will deliver the instant image capture of everyday life and will catalogue our children’s lives and adventures. It will also provide a legacy for those whom are currently living all their future years on a much shorter time scale.

And you know that these are the days of our lives so remember
Like the story that we wish was never ending…

Gosh, this is sounding really dark now, but I’m just wanted to highlight that ‘these are the days of our lives’ – the BEST ones actually. It’s something I was reminded of during the ‘Flora 1000-Mile Challenge’ in 2003 by London Marathon Race-Director, David Bedford. I didn’t know what he meant at the time but get it now. I remember that I wasn’t too happy about one thing or another and he told me in a very direct ‘David Bedford Way’ to ‘consider the bigger picture and enjoy one of the best days of my life’. He was SO right and I’ve quoted the story many times over.

We know some time we must reach the final page
Still we carry on just pretending…

Do we pretend it’s never going to end for us or just ignore it? Is the last page something you consider? I’m not sure if I do or I don’t. Maybe I’d consider it more if I knew my days were numbered like my friends. The thing is most of us don’t know just how many ‘pages’ we’re going to make and for most they don’t want to either. In writing my own book I managed to cram 53 years into a mere 164pp and 16 pictures. There were some passages of time, some of them of many years long that didn’t feature. In an ever-changing world, living through some of the most formative years of the developing human race, I had nothing to say – What a waste.

That there'll always be another day to go
Far away, away, fading distant lights…

Making the days count, that’s what really matters. As another of my ‘Life-Chapters’ is coming to a close, I feel it’s time to take in a few last breaths before moving into new territory, start breaking ground and making fresh footprints. Like most people of my age I’m now realising that nothing lasts forever. I’m sure that the Genesis band members would agree with me on that one. To me it’s a shame that they’ll probably never play together again and that their early back-catalogue and video footage isn’t of the quality it so deserves.

Another chance hello, another goodbye
And so many things we'll never see again…

I feel like that about my early years of running marathons. Then again, on seeing a photo of me in my running gear back 1995, the high-waister shorts with my vest tucked in wasn’t a good look. I did have a good head of hair though. Anyway, it’s the marathon dates and times matter the most. Things would have been different too as if I were running from London2Lisbon now instead of 2004, I’d be broadcasting from the run live, sharing the experience. Even since 2013 things have really progressed in terms of accessibility and social media since my ‘Stoptober’.

Days of life that seemed so unimportant
Seem to matter and to count much later on…

And there’s the rub. You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. It’s the same old song, playing that same old tune - but how true it is. I wonder what value you’d put on life itself. Ask the people facing death in the face and they’ll probably have a much higher asking price than yours. They’re making sure that every day from now on counts, double, without regrets and without missed opportunities.

I’m writing this on the 0515hrs Cardiff to London Express wondering what the 1,000 or so other people crammed on here wondering what they will achieve today. I wouldn’t imagine that there will be too many ‘World Records’ set but no doubt there will be a vast amount of energy expended writing emails, pacifying clients, fighting colleagues and worrying about things that simply don’t matter.

Unlike them, I’m running 10 miles around the City’s Landmarks to test out a route for our Average2Awesome Challenge on a day that I’m sure I’ll never forget. Luckily for me with my iPhone I’m able to document it in in Hi-Res and enjoy it again whenever I want to in the future as it’s bound to be one of the most enjoyable days of 2018.

Will 9th March 2018 be a day to remember for you or will it soon be a ‘Fading Light’?

Rory Coleman -
1,013 Marathons - 245 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Land of Confusion - Genesis

Now did you read the news today,
They say the danger's gone away…

Yikes, have you had much snow where you live? If you escaped the deluge, don’t worry as we’ve had your share down here in South Wales and mainly in Cardiff it would appear. To say it ‘Closed the City Down’ would be an understatement and in Canton where we live, we had some most amazing snowdrifts I’ve ever seen - some well over a metre high.

There's too many men, too many people
Making too many problems

And that’s what it’s caused- ‘Problems’. A plethora of problems, most of which could well have been avoided with better knowledge, equipment and planning. I mean, the snow didn’t just appear without prior warning. I knew from Monday that it was heading our way. I ran a couple of 42.2kms earlier on in the week and it was positively ‘Baltic’. The severity of the weather, well that was no surprise either - that’s the beauty of modern day weather forecasting and media output. So why did it cause so many problems?

Can't you see, this is a land of confusion.
This is the world we live in…

Well because, there’s no time for bad weather or communication systems failure in our modern-day world. I saw a few cars and 4x4’s driving around Cardiff yesterday and wondered just how many of those journeys were Essential’. I did see a couple of snowploughs, one clearing snow directly in front of an ambulance and the other trying to clear one of the major city exit-routes - neither to much effect if I’m being honest.

When everything's gone wrong somehow, the men of steel, the men of power.
Are losing control by the hour…

But then where I live, there was a calm. People literally took to the streets, Smiled, said ‘Hello’ or ‘Bore Da’ to each other and headed for a Friday afternoon of fun sledging and walking in Thompson’s Park which is normally our local ‘Green Space’. In the six years I’ve lived here, I’ve never seen so many people in it and for the rest of the day our street had a steady stream of folk heading forwards and backwards to experience the ‘Community Fun’.

This is the time, this is the place
So we look for the future…

The World kinda stood still. Well ours did. For a few hours anyway and nothing else mattered apart from getting out into a fresh white environment and wonder at the natural beauty that snow adds to our familiar surroundings.

Stand up and let's start showing,
Just where our lives are going to…

All-in-all it’s been an enlightening experience. Listening to the news and plentiful weather warnings will mean that ‘Mother Nature’ and a few of feet of Snow won’t bring simple living to a complete halt. For those that didn’t listen, they took crazy risks in making unnecessary journeys and grown men fought in supermarkets over the last of the supplies, all because they didn’t have a plan or think that what was forecast, would actually happen. But then is there time in our busy lives to listen or take time out for an afternoon sledging in the park

Keep warm my friends and enjoy whatever the Snow brought your way…

Rory Coleman -
1,013 Marathons - 245 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Move Any Mountain - The Shamen

What were you doing in the summer of 1991? I can’t remember either - but if you were the Scottish Band ‘The Shamen’, you were riding high at #4 in the UK chart, ‘Moving Mountains’. If are too young to remember or weren’t even born in 1991, take a listen here and you’ll get a snapshot of this really positive anthem that perfectly accompanies today’s blog.

I will not fail nor falter I shall succeed
My perception is altered I do believe…

You see, it’s been one of those weeks at Coleman Coaching –  as we’ve been ‘Moving Mountains’. Well we haven’t but a lot of our clients have. I’d like to put it all down to good coaching, leadership and pure hard work but maybe it’s down to the passage of time and the first signs of Spring finally breaking through the harsh and dark days of Winter. Of course, our message is always to succeed and not to fail and if you are ‘Moving a Mountain’ one rock at a time, it’s going to be some time before there’s any evidence of any visible change taking place.

Faith is so strong now nothing shall bar my way
Firm conviction is no fiction this is my day…

And that’s the major problem in a process where it takes time to see results. Faith is what’s needed, big time and it’s the thing that everyone has to grab hold of if they want the success they’re looking for. Holding on for dear life, pays dividends too. Lots of folk kind of ‘Juggle’ their ‘Faith’ and it’s more ‘Hope’ than ‘Belief’ in their approach and of course their resolve is always questionable, as are their results.

Well you know that any mountain is capable of moving…

I’m someone that thinks any mountain can be moved – you just have to have enough energy and expertise to make it happen. I’ve moved many in my time, dug a few tunnels and circumnavigated others. I tried climbing a few in my younger years, only to fail and find out the hard way that having a clear-cut path to success made the gradients far less ominous and my thought process about ‘Success’ change, along with my personality.

You can be what you want to be
Let your soul and your body and your mind be free…

And there’s the key. A real ‘Nugget of Success’ in the lyrics of a long-forgotten song from a ‘One-Hit-Wonder’ Scottish Band. Who’d have thought it eh? I never thought I’d be writing about ‘Moving Any Mountain’ nearly 27 years later but when you’ve relocated a few ‘Everests’ of your own, you’ll then know just how good it feels to celebrate and broadcast your success.

With delivery smooth like water from a fountain
That's why I can move any mountain move any mountain…

You’ll be surprised too, that ‘Success breeds Success’ and once you’ve ‘Moved one Mountain’ you’ll want to move more, even other people’s. Working in a team always helps even when building mountains just as the folk did in Taff’s Well, South Wales. After WW1 the locals discovered that Garth Hill was in fact a few feet short of being a mountain. Together they added the necessary elevation, restored the local pride, inspired a book and even spawned a 1995 Hugh Grant Film.

So grab some inspiration from our Coleman Coaching Clients, it’s gradually happening for a lot of the people we are working with. Probably not in the more instant, earth shattering, obvious transition that we love to shout about but hey, ‘Moving a Mountains’ takes time.

Is it time to ‘Move YOUR Mountain’? Buckle up, ‘Spring’s Springing’ and we are too…

Better get yourself ready for the next transition
'Cause the time is right for a new vibration…

Rory Coleman -
1,011 Marathons - 245 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records

Sunday, 18 February 2018

X-Press 2 Ft. David Byrne - Lazy

I'm Lazy when I'm loving, I'm Lazy when I play… Listen Here

‘Lazy’ is such a bad word. Being ‘Lazy’ is such a bad personality trait, and I spend a lot of my time trying to eradicate it, like someone trying to a relieve the world of a deadly disease or virus. I see it as a modern day plague. The dictionary definition is ‘Unwilling to work or use energy’ – Ouch, what a ‘killer’ definition. Personally, if I was ever described as being ‘Lazy’ I’d be mortified yet in recent years, it’s become a national pastime. There’s even a clothing brand called ‘Plain Lazy’ which has umpteen designs and logos based around doing erm - ‘Nothing’. How does anyone have the balls to wear that gear?

I'm lazy when I'm speakin’, I'm lazy when I walk…

But they do as it has a whole ‘tribe’ of ‘Plain Lazy’ followers. As part of my quest I engage with the more ‘Lazy’ of folk, (that’s a complete spectrum of ‘Laziness’ btw - from the bone-idle to athletes that could become ‘world-class’ if they could only shrug their ‘Laziness’ off), so I can become the catalyst of a personal revolution that converts lethargy to energy.
I'm lazy when I'm dancing, I'm lazy when I talk…

It works too… It should do as it’s my job and the results speak for themselves. It’s amazing how ‘transformed’ people become as soon as they are ‘Accountable’. The disappointing part for me, is that after the ‘Accountability’ period runs out, the ‘Laziness’ in some cases manages to work its way back in. It’s said that ‘water will find its way through anything’ and ‘Laziness’ seeps back into folks lives corroding every fitness landmark and achievement in its way reverting to type those that don’t close the heavy watertight doors of energy to keep their lethargy days well and truly behind them. If only there way of guaranteeing continued success for everyone.

Now, Imagine what it feels like, Imagine how it sounds, Imagine life is perfect and everything works out…

For those that make it to the ‘other side’ and I class myself amongst the best of them, I can only say that there’s a whole world of magic and opportunity - if only folk get off their couches and start heading for the horizon. It’s an old cliché that ‘after travelling for five miles towards the horizon, the horizon is still five miles away’ but the five miles travelled is the part that interests me. And that’s the part that ‘Lazy’ folk simply don’t get… Imagination!

Imagine there's a girlfriend, Imagine there's a job, Imagine there's an answer, Imagine there's a God…

Yep all you need is some imagination and NO excuses.

Hard men, Hard Lives, Hard keepin’ it all inside, good times, good God...

So this week, look around at folk that aren't 'Lazy', draw some inspiration from the Winter Olympics, make some plans, take in a deep breath and make it happen. Stop being ‘Lazy’ – ‘Lazy’ at anything and live life a whole lot better, for a whole lot longer.


Lyrics:- Lazy - Beedle, House, Rock & Byrne

Rory Coleman - - 24 Years' Alcohol Free - Never 'Lazy'
1,009 Marathons - 245 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records

Monday, 5 February 2018

Watercolour - Pendulum

Throw your fists up, come on with me…
I simply love ‘Watercolour’ and have ‘Thrown my fists up’ many times listening to this Pendulum track, when I’ve been out there pounding out the miles - it’s no wonder it’s in my ‘Top 25 Played’ playlist on ‘i-Tunes.

Music’s played such a huge part in providing the drive I’ve needed to take on some of the world’s toughest challenges and races over the years – and I say that because I’ve used tracks such as ‘Watercolour’ to reach the ‘Out-of-body-state’ needed to achieve those goals.

You see, I’m often asked where that ‘Motivation’ comes from. Well, sadly it’s something you can’t buy or order online and I believe it comes from within. We all have ’Motivation’, you just have to find the right PIN number or Key to access it – and you have to have the ‘Desire’ to go and find it AND be prepared to go ‘Looking’.

I spend my life, helping people ‘Look’.

When I'm falling down, will you pick me up again?

When you’ve found it, remembering your ‘Motivation’ PIN number and not losing the ‘Motivation’ Key is the hardest part. How many times on social media do you see posts of people ‘Falling Down’ asking for their ‘Friends’ to help ‘Pick them up again’. There’s never a shortage of people posting superficial re-inflating messages of support, but I believe real 100% ‘Motivation’ is a far deeper emotion and something that can be super-powerful if used correctly.

When I'm too far gone, dead in the eyes of my friends...

Are you ‘Dead’? What would your ‘Friends’ say? I mean, just who are your real ‘Friends’ anyway? Do you really have any? Or a ‘Best Friend’? Or are YOU, your own ‘Best Friend’? Or Worst Enemy? Are you someone that has equal amounts of Krypton and Kryptonite in your psyche that neutralise your ambition?

Will you take me out of here when I'm staring down the barrel
When I'm blinded by the lights, when I cannot see your face?

It’s so easy to become ‘Blind’ or ‘Blinkered’ without even recognising the becalming effect of everyday life. Escape actually comes down to ‘Desire’, ‘Dedication’ and pure ‘Hard Work’.

Take me out of here…

Fighting your way out can be a very frightening thing to do. Folk tell me it is, all the time. Handing over their remote control to someone else after a lifetime of choosing their own path can be most unnerving.

All I believe, and all I've known, are being taken from me, can't get home…

And there’s the worry. I mean, what happens if then it all goes wrong? Well in truth, it rarely does – success is almost guaranteed. If it doesn’t go to plan, so what?

When worlds collide, let their fear collapse, bring no surprise…

And if you haven’t tried yet, isn’t it time you started. Lots of people ask me what ‘Freewheeling’ means during our Average2Awesome Programme lectures when being asked to choose negative words that might describe them and their colleagues from a list. The funny thing is, it’s often chosen to describe others yet hardly ever for themselves.

Maybe it’s time for a ‘Personal Revolution’ – Time to Paint a fresh image – a time to break-free from the chains of mediocracy and…

Feed the fire, break your vision
Throw your fists up, come on with me…

What do you think?

Rory Coleman - - 24 Years' Alcohol Free
1,009 Marathons - 245 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Just how heavy are your Heavyweights?

Look Familiar?
If you are a business leader, it's a question you should be asking yourself as you look around your workplace this morning. I’m sure you realise that your people are your biggest asset, yet they don’t have to be your largest asset. So, what are you doing to look after their health and well-being, as well as their long-term future?

Over the past five years, it's a question that Coleman Coaching has been developing an answer to by providing a solution with our 'Average2Awesome' Programme. We’ve worked closely with business leaders and their teams and, in addition to satisfying 'Corporate and Social Responsibilities', we’ve transformed staff physically, mentally and professionally. It has, however, highlighted some major areas of concern.

You see, 85% of the business people we coach are 'overweight' when we first meet. It's a bleak statistic isn't it? Okay, it could be said that we attract more 'overweight' people with our ‘promise of well-being’ but even so, it’s a very high percentage.

I’m not being judgemental, this is fact based on the initial weigh-ins of participants, classing anyone with a Body Mass Index (BMI) in excess of 25.0 as ‘overweight’. Even though the BMI calculation is seen by some as archaic and flawed, it still highlights the increased levels of obesity in the professional people that we encounter on a daily basis (the current average BMI of participants is, in fact, 30.7). I’m sure it wouldn’t have been that high 20 years ago – today life is unbelievably complicated and being ‘connected’ has only speeded up the process of immobility in the workplace and exacerbated poor diets. Everyone we encounter wants to be fitter and live longer, it seems they just don’t have the time, energy or knowhow to go about it.

Things are changing and Sugar is the new 'Hot-Topic'. It's a media story that as a nation we are slowly becoming more aware of. In the seventies it was Cigarettes and later on in that decade Salt was highlighted as being detrimental to everyday health. In that era we were, however, much slimmer as a nation. Back then we cooked more from fresh, ate real food and were far more active.

When, in this day and age, is there any time for activity in a very busy business person's life?

The Public Health England recommendation for health and well-being is to walk 10,000 steps-a-day. That's about 5 miles or 75 minutes of walking - it has amazing health and well-being benefits but is sadly seen as being time-inefficient and boring.

‘It's proven that taking at least 1 brisk 10 minute walk a day has been shown to reduce the risk of early death by 15%. A 10 minute walk can contribute to meeting the CMO’s physical activity guidance of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week. This can lead to health benefits including a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes (by 40%), cardiovascular disease (by 35%), dementia (by 30%) and some cancers (by 20%). The severity of the current physical inactivity epidemic amongst adults contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and is costing the NHS over £0.9 billion per year.’ [Source: Public Health England]

Boring – it’s downright frightening…

In the seventies, we didn’t have the Microwaves and Convenience Food that we all find SO convenient nowadays. Picking up a cheap bottle of wine and some chocolate to brighten up the residual mood of a tough day driving a desk is becoming second nature to many. Every major railway station has a major supermarket store cashing in on frazzled commuters looking for some evening respite by using calorie consumption to combat the stress of being… BUSY.

What’s it like in your workplace? Does the above sound familiar and what are you doing to prevent obesity from weighing down and burning out your Heavyweights?

During the past five years we’ve helped to create countless success stories as we’ve facilitated change in people’s attitudes towards a simple ‘Work-Life Balance’. The results from people using our ‘Ultradiet’ as an extreme weight-loss programme are proving that mind-set and accountability work wonders in losing life-changing amounts of excess bodyweight. The ‘Ultradiet’ also injects a fresh dimension and momentum into people’s desire to achieve. What you are doing to protect your Heavyweights from themselves? 

Rory Coleman - - 24 Years' Alcohol Free
1,007 Marathons - 245 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records