It's the ritual. The ritual of early. Of quiet. Of a relaxed guesstimate of beans into the hand grinder. Of the water boiled and then allowed to wait a moment or two-while the weather is observed-and then poured with reassuring sound onto those beans. The brew time varying. Then sitting outside-on a step, limbs mobilising- in a beautiful sunrise or a winter chill with a blanket. It's about a consideration of the day ahead. Of things going well. Of things needing addressing. It's about a quiet interlude in a world easily gone mad, about time standing still in that dawn frost as nerve endings in your feet awake to the chill or the warmth below the end of the blanket. It's about a first small gulp of the brew and a return to familiar territory. It's about ideas formulating from synapses yet unexplored. It's about looking up to the horizon and things still not truly observed nor understood.
To readers of this blog: regular and occasional drop-ins. To those who write to thank, to remark and (just once in 2014) to complain. To those who buy a book of mine (or two or more). To amazing fellow bloggers many of whom (but certainly not all) are encapsulated in the fine Power Bloggers List curated (ouch!) by outstanding bloggerKurt Harden.
A special thanks to Michael Wade. As well as being an outstanding blogger, writer and consultant, Michael helped me get started on this precarious thing called blogging.
(91) To a perfect idea for a Christmas present for someone close: grab pencil and paper. Write 500 words about him/her (NOT specifically about presents). Write fast and without analysis. Keep going. Faster. Until you hit 500 words. Now re-read slowly: there'll be an idea there.
(92) To eat less: yes, you know you're meant to write it all down and log it. Too time consuming. Photograph on your phone everything you eat and/or drink. Before eating and/or drinking, review all photos form the last 36h. You'll start eating less.
(94) To better mobility: spend more time on the floor. Yes, it's awkward; that's because the mobility is not good. Practise and the mobility will re-appear.
1-5 are here: To a fresh business idea/To your first novel/To a more motivated team/To healthier eating/To build your personal brand.
6-10 are here: To a better negotiation/To a better mood, quickly/To getting the job where you miss a key criterion/To a better curry/To manage jet lag.
11-15 are here: To being a better presenter*/To develop your child's imagination/To be more intelligent/To make a better decision/To improve your finances.
16-25 are here: To ensuring people get back to you promptly/ To better coffee/ To becoming more professional/ To sleeping better/ To becoming wealthy / To getting on top of e-mail/ To worrying less/ To sorting a gym injury/ To getting the right things done/ To helping the planet, easily.
26-30 are here: To a business start-up opportunity/To a more impactful CV/To escaping the cubicle/To promotion/To a better play-list
31-40 are here: To learn more quickly/To understanding The Rules of Life/To repair a relationship/To greater happiness/To better selling/To a better conference/To more confidence/To getting up earlier/To understanding the meaning of life/To giving up sugar in tea and, or coffee.
41-45 are here: To becoming more lucky/To a better cocktail/To writing & publishing your business book/To more business in the pipeline soon/To better world knowledge.
46-50 are here: To keeping fit at work/To spending less at the supermarket/To being more bold/To achieving your own evening when you have young children/To becoming wise on management & leadership
51-55 are here: To a tougher self-managed workout/To accessing the drugs you really need/To great food really quickly at the end of the business day/ To shorter, more productive business meetings/ To a caffeine free healthy drink that actually tastes good.
56-60 are here: To more organised notes/To perfect English tea/To creative, confident children/To being a better interviewee/To longer battery life on your iPhone.
61-65 are here: To an improved memory/To an easier life/To knowing The Secrets of Success/To receiving less e-mail/To understanding modern Germany.
66-70 are here:To a better knife/To training for your team on a tight budget/To perfect custard/To a quick, budget MBA/To a more productive day.
71-75 are here: To an improved inherited PPT/To getting that invoice paid on time/To a better Monday morning/To being more outrageous/To a 'to do' list which actually helps.
76-80 are here: To better performance while exercising with high intensity/To more effective studying/To some quick wins/To no nasty surprises in your schedule/To getting more non-fiction read.
81-85 are here: To understanding that parallel universe/To enjoying life/To a clear personal vision/To encouraging your children to read/To easier meal entertaining.
86-90 are here: To a stronger heart/To more memorable but sufficiently complex passwords/To really wake up/To decent meals when you are time poor/To Workflow Zen/