I’m now in my fith decade on this planet we call earth and I’m happy to say that I have achieved many of my goals and I hope to achieve many more.

Within reason, I do not tend to limit myself. If I really want to do something, I give it my all. Most of the time it works, but sometimes I have to throw in the towel and admit that, it’s not for me.

I had a conversation recently with a friend of mine and it hadn’t occurred to me at the time, but I have been pushing the boundaries of my professional comfort zone for about the last fifteen years! And it seems that what would seem too risky for most, is becoming the norm for me.

This brings me on to what I want to discuss.

I’ve taken up skateboarding! I’ve never done it before although I always wanted to as a child, but didn’t know where to start. I’ve only known one person who, as an adult got on a skateboard and rapidly came off badly fracturing his arm. My nine-year-old son inspired me to take it up after watching him take part in his skateboard lessons. It was his concentration, his will to overcome the fear of falling off, and to get back up and try again. I have noticed his personal confidence and enthusiasm for life go through the roof and I wanted to be a part of it with him.

So recently we have been taking lessons together, I have fallen, I have injured myself, suffering badly bruised ribs for a month and a very swollen knee that took three weeks to repair. But I just couldn’t stop thinking about the board, getting it right and moving on to the next challenge. Literally finding the perfect balance, overcoming my fear and when crashing, picking myself up and trying again.

When I’m on my board, on the ramps, it’s total concentration, I’m in that zone not thinking about anything else, no distractions, just getting it right and the feeling when I get it right is just amazing!

I’m the oldest person at the park and probably the most scared, I’m totally out of my comfort zone but one day I want to ride my board with my son, without fear and looking at least like I know what I’m doing. I see that day in my mind and I am going to achieve it.

In life as, in business, sometimes we want to make a change but we limit ourselves saying, “I’m too old to change, or I don’t have time to learn or we worry what other people might say”.

I believe we only have one chance on this earth. If you want success in anything, expect to have challenges and be surrounded by people who will not agree with you or see things the way you do, you will make mistakes, fall down, become bruised. After all our biggest enemy is ourselves, that little voice in our heads, talking us out of doing something.

If I may pass on a tip, it is to always keep in mind why you want to make a change, visualise what the change means to you, how will it make you feel, what will be better about your life when you pull it off?

It’s never too late…

Until next time

Oliver.