Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Gold Rush - Danny Byrd (feat. Brookes Brothers)

Lyrics:- 'I knew where I was going has forced my directions' - Byrd

Song Choice:- I spent yesterday coaching my latest #Average2Awesome Group at Stepnell UK, a building and civil engineering business headquartered in Rugby. And, as the weeks unfold I'll write more about my work with them and the journey of discovery the 12 candidates will be undertaking with me. 

It’s always good for the ego of course to speak to a fresh group of people about my life adventures and achievements – for me though that’s just my history which I’ve lived a thousand times over and yes, I’m proud of my work but the fascinating part of my first A2A talk is always where I turn the focus back on the audience and start to understand the personalities in the room, their needs, the way they interact with each other and their direction.

'I just spoke my mind' - Byrd

You see, I knew where I was going on my journey when I set off headlong on 5th January 1994 – it’s been well document and luckily, I’ve never looked back but the journey for my #A2A Stepnell People has yet to unfold. For me it feels like I’ve just been given a favourite ’Boxed Set’ to watch, with a plot that will twist and turn and a hero that will of course save the day in the final episode. It's really exciting and as in all of our previous A2A's I'm looking forward to getting to know the strangers I met this morning.

I came away feeling very buoyant and ran my old ‘Cross Country’ course in Stratford-upon-Avon on the way home in the searing heat of the day and ran only a couple of minutes slower than I did back in 1994 when I first started running when I was 31 so that made me feel quite ‘Awesome’ rather than ‘Average’. That's when I listened to the above track. It's really worth a listen if you are out there pushing yourself.

It’s really ‘forced my direction’ and my advice today is - If you are currently being diverted from the path by folk, you know the ‘Failure Enablers’ and the ‘Energy Vampires’ we all interact with on a daily basis, don’t even listen – don’t waste your time telling them to ‘b***** off’, just get your head down, keep the faith and be the ‘Awesome’ person you want to be TODAY and FIND a direction to follow as the direction isn’t going to FIND you. I can tell you that one for sure...


Rory Coleman - 994 Marathons - 244 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,568 Days' Alcohol Free - 417 Days' post GBS
Inspirational Running Memoir - Get your copy here.
Location:- Cardiff, Wales

Monday, 19 June 2017

Get it right next time - Gerry Rafferty

Lyrics:- ‘There's so much of this life of mine that I don't understand’ – Rafferty

Song Choice:- It’s such a shame that ‘troubled’ Gerry Rafferty is no longer with us, and sadly the dreaded booze finished him off at the relatively young age of just 63. ‘Right next time’ and ‘Baker Street’ are firm favourites of mine, and still the mainstay of many ‘Soft-Rock’ channels Stateside. The lyrics speak volumes perhaps on his attitude to alcohol and the music industry in general and are the theme of my blog post today.

‘You shouldn't worry I said that ain't no crime -
Cause if you get it wrong you'll get it right next time, next time’.

I’ve always feel like this when things go wrong or I get things wrong (that’s quite often and I’ll freely admit to that). You see we live in a very imperfect world and in our own 'Micro-world's' there are often things that feel like mountains but are in fact mini-mole hills. I was extremely cheesed off on Friday for instance  after running two miles in just over thirty minutes being overtaken by pedestrians and the odd snail, blowing like a 60-a-day smoker. It felt like the end of my running world, but it didn’t matter as the following day I managed six miles in exactly 61 minutes and felt great. Talk about getting it right next time!

‘You need direction, yeah you need a name -
When you're standing in the crossroads every highway looks the same’.

Whether my 'Super-Run' down to ‘attitude’ or ‘biology’, who knows… I do know that exactly 365 days ago, I walked just 49 steps with a ‘Zimmer-frame’ and spent the day sat down, either in a Wheelchair or an Armchair needing help to eat, drink and clean my pants. I didn’t know I was even at a crossroads, let alone knowing if they all looked the same.

‘After a while you can recognise the signs -
So if you get it wrong you'll get it right next time, next time’.

Beating yourself up about making mistakes is such a waste of time and energy – learning from them so you don’t mess up again – vital. Recognising the signs, well that’s the tough part. We do tend to close our eyes a lot of the time and hope that things will go away or improve of their own accord and of course, miracles like that, just don’t happen. Done it myself only too many times to remember…

‘Life is a liar yeah life is a cheat -
It'll lead you on and pull the ground from underneath your feet’.

And yes, I’ve felt cheated this past year but also grateful as things could have been a lot worse for me and for my family. There is always the proverbial slap in the face when things seem to be going perfectly but then ‘That’s Life’ isn’t it and rolling with the punches on ‘Life’s Merry-Go-Round’ is all part of the game I’ve found.

‘No use complainin', don't you worry, don't you whine -
Cause if you get it wrong you'll get it right next time, next time’.

I never complain and maybe that’s why I just don’t accept the ‘Tinnitus of Complaining'. A lot of the time 'WE' get it ‘Wrong’ as a result of our own shortcomings. Don’t even get me started on FaceBook’s Failure Enablers, I saw some beauties over the weekend BTW. More ‘Try Harder’, ‘Train Better’ and ‘Don’t give in you softy’ would be far better rhetoric IMO I would say…

Then folk, including me will - GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME… Thanks Gerry Rafferty RIP.

Rory Coleman - 994 Marathons - 244 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,566 Days' Alcohol Free - 415 Days' post GBS
Inspirational Running Memoir - Get your copy here.
Location:- Cardiff, Wales

Friday, 16 June 2017

Shine on you Crazy Diamond (Parts I to V) - The Pink Floyd

Lyrics:- 'Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun'.

Song Choice:- Probably one of The Pink Floyd's better known tracks and one of my all time favourites. I've listened to it thousands of times on Cassette, Vinyl, CD & MP3 and over the years in ever-increasing levels of musical clarity - Back in the 70's, who'd have thought that music would ever sound so good, it's amazing how good this 'Re-Mastered Version' sounds. No hiss, no wow-and-flutter and no skipping - it's pure magic...

It's really important to me too as the track is a tribute to the band's former member Syd Barrett and the 'Shine On' early concept was performed on their 1974 French tour and then finally recorded for the 1975 concept album 'Wish You Were Here'.

Lyrics:- 'You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon'.

I'm sure we all know our own versions of 'Syd' - You know, the people that we grew up with that burned really bright but sadly burned out well before their 'Sell by date'. I'll freely admit that I've 'Reached out', 'Tried too hard' and been 'Out of Control' along my path to today - but I've have always been able to pull out of the 'Personal Nose-Dive' just before hitting the ground - I'm a very lucky man...

You see, I'm adaptable to change and 'a Raver, and a Seer of Visions' - Plus I'm still 'Shining' - are you?

Rory Coleman - 994 Marathons - 244 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,563 Days' Alcohol Free - 412 Days' post GBS
Inspirational Running Memoir - Get your copy here.
Location:- Cardiff, Wales