Rest To Be Your Best [PART 2]

March 18, 2017

Want to perform at your best? Learn how to rest, better.

Series of 2 Podcasts: Working hard comes naturally to me, however I've discovered that I'm not a natural when it comes to knowing how to rest. In this blog/podcast/video edition, you'll find a comprehensive collection of mental tactics that I've developed in an effort to rest, better.Click here to discover more in the show notes.


Rest To Be Your Best [PART 1]

March 18, 2017

Want to perform at your best? Learn how to rest, better.

Series of 2 Podcasts: Working hard comes naturally to me, however I've discovered that I'm not a natural when it comes to knowing how to rest. In this blog/podcast/video edition, you'll find a comprehensive collection of mental tactics that I've developed in an effort to rest, better. Click here to discover more in the show notes.


Becoming a Multi-Talent feat. Kieth Yap

February 11, 2017

Becoming a Multi-Talent: Interview with Kieth Yap

Maybe you're like Kieth, talented at more than just one thing. In this episode we discuss how to manage your desire to develop skills in two distinctly different fields. Kieth Yap is an contemporary visual artist and a school teacher. 

Episode snapshot:

  • Define and review your key strengths
  • 'Following your passion' isn't always good advice
  • Decide whether they are ranked the same or differently
  • Within your skills, carefully choose sets of sub-skills
  • Be responsible, yet take creative risks
  • Skills from unrelated employment can be transferrable
  • Find a niche requires patience 
  • Skills get utilised in different timing to what we expect

Connect with Kieth online:


Antarctica & Beyond feat. Entrepreneur Phil Asker

February 4, 2017

Antarctica and Beyond: Travel Entrepreneur Phil Asker, Founder and Director at Antarctica Flights


Is Your Next Big Thing Waiting? Feat. Danny Hile

January 30, 2017

Is Your Next Big Thing Waiting? Tips for Time Management: Danny Hile

There are 7 essential time management skills you will need if you want to be successful:

  1. Create your personal mission, which will act as a reminder of your personal values in an ever changing world. Your mission statement will guide you and keep you on course, when you need to make tough decisions. Your mission is the very foundation for you to build your time management skills on.
  2. Set your own goals, so you can be specific about what you aim to achieve and by when. Everything you want are only dreams until you turn them into specific goals. Goal setting is another one of those important time management skills because it gives you specific targets to work towards.
  3. Focus on what you want because you have limited time and resources. You need to be crystal clear about what you want and your path to get there. Often time management skills are undermined because we live in a noisy world, which easily distracts people from working on their goals.
  4. Organise your schedule, so you make time for what’s important to you, instead of using that time to work on someone else’s goals. Being organised means you can set up meetings, appointments and set aside time to contribute to your goals.
  5. Make your own decisions. Learn to move forward and make better decisions before you take action towards your goals. Better decisions
  6. Act on your decisions because ideas are worthless without action. Once you have made a clear decision, you need to take action.
  7. Review your results and progress, so you can reward your achievements, evaluate your progress and address any missed goals. If you missed any of your goals, it’s important to know why and how to improve your chances of success in the future.

How to Review Your Year [PART 2]

January 21, 2017

How to Review Your Year: PART 2


How to Review Your Year [PART 1] + FREE eBook

January 20, 2017

How to Review Your Year: PART 1 + FREE eBook Toolkit


Plan to Create: A lesson on starting projects with Heidi Maree

October 31, 2016

Plan to Create: A lesson on starting projects with Australian singer-songwriter Heidi Maree.


Do Talk to Strangers: How to Connect with Anyone, Anywhere.

October 25, 2016

Do Talk to Strangers: How to Connect with Anyone, Anywhere.

With guest Kerrie Phipps

In previous episodes we've talked about how kick starting an idea is an exciting process. Then the next one focused on how to keep it going when it becomes hard. That’s why this third episode is important; it’s about discovering how connecting with people can unlock incredible value that goes otherwise untapped.
Kerrie Phipps is a connection-master and has a book out called Do Talk to Strangers, and has been on the speaking circuit overseas and throughout Australia. Kerrie’s message focuses on what it means to connect with others authentically.

If we’re honest, it can be really difficult.

The good new is, it doesn’t have to be. Kerrie has been kind enough to provide my blog readers and podcast listeners with 2 valuable resources that provide us with tools to arm ourselves with.

FREE eBook Download

We're giving you a FREE 41-page eBook with Kerrie's ‘ASKING Model’ that we featured in our podcast conversation, containing the 6 Steps to connect with anyone, anywhere.

Oh, and as a bonus, you’ll also receive access to Kerrie’s up-close and personal interview with Janet Beckers about the journey of writing her latest book.

Ready to be equipped and challenged? Click here to download (you’ll need to enter your email address).

7-Day Challenge

  1. What will you do in the next 7 days to push through your social comfort zone?
  2. Will a family member and friend try it with you?
  3. At your next party or event, set a goal to talk to at least 2 new people.
  4. Can you introduce a work colleague to someone you know, but they don't?
  5. Develop your set of 'quality questions' you can use when you connect. Try 3 or 4.
  6. Create a short list of topics that you are knowledgeable on.
  7. Reflect on what you've learned from talking to strangers, that you would have otherwise never learnt!

In all you do, #LiveToAccomplish, N.


Got the Middle Mile Syndrome? Learn to Create, Commit & Complete

October 13, 2016
Got the Middle Mile Syndrome? Learn to Create, Commit & Complete.

Starting something is a rush, yet keeping it going can feel like a drag. I call it the Middle Mile Syndrome, and here's 5 simple ways you can beat it.

You've started, now what?

You’ve turned the shiny doorknob on that freshly painted door, and opened it with gusto - a grand entrance that deserves an applause. But, maybe nobody told you that there could be a long, and sometimes narrow corridor behind it.
We live in a culture that praises the start-ups, but tends to neglect the carry-ons; the ones who chip away faithfully on their idea, long after the crowd has dispersed. 

What is the Middle Mile Syndrome?

The first mile, all of us can do. Going the 2nd mile is about excellence, and enduring the 3rd mile is about persistence. It’s the moment when the Middle Mile Syndrome kicks in. It’s the mile others often don’t see you driving, except perhaps for your nearest and dearest.

So why is it that some us can persist when others succumb? I've strived (and sometimes) struggled to be a person who creates, commits and completes. Anyone who says they've mastered all of these, probably doesn't have a pulse.

Keep Going.

You’re still reading, so maybe you and I aren’t that different. Here’s 5 key things we can both do to master the middle mile.

1 - Take Ownership

Sometimes I need to be reminded that the projects I started were by choice.  When examining progress (or lack thereof) it can be tempting to apportion blame to other people and circumstances. Take responsibility. Take complete ownership of the incomplete.

2 - Recall the Reason

When we start out in life after school, we emerge full of dreams, plans, aspirations and curiosity. As the rhythms of life’s routine set in, we forget about the hopes we once held for ourselves.

Do a quick mind audit by looking at the mental picture we previously held of our future, and then contrasting it with the one we hold now. Are they different? Be reinvigorated by recalling the reason that motivated you to start.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” - Walt Disney

3 - Progress not Pause

Great endeavours aren’t reserved only for the talented, they’re built by the diligent. Pull the veil back on many of society’s geniuses, and you’ll find people who are indeed extraordinary, but who also had a willingness to out-work others. Diligence will help us to progress, rather than pause.

“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” ― Michelangelo

4 - Choose to Connect

Two of the ways we sometimes struggle to connect are socially and emotionally. 

Living in regional/inland places may have its geographic challenges, but it’s no reason to feel socially disconnected. We live in a global village, where technology bridges the social divide faster and cheaper than ever. 

Do you feel like others just ‘don't get you’? Don't expect everyone to understand the venture you've started, or how it feels to be walking the middle mile. The good news is that there are plenty of people who do! Seek out emotional encouragement by those who have ‘been there, lived that’.

If you truly desire to feel heard and understood by others, push past your comfort zone and choose to connect.

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued… they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” - Brené Brown

5 - Apply Agile Thinking

When the middle mild syndrome sets in, we find ourselves in a rut. This is when agile thinking will keep you moving. I'm a creature of habit, and find it easy to slip into habitual thinking and behaviour.

What can you do to untether yourself from patterns of the past? Push yourself to try new things, experiment and innovate. Even the smallest changes will help you to develop agile thinking.

What's Next?

Now that you've discovered 5 simple ways to beat the middle mile, It's over to you keep up the pace. Like you, I need people who understand my strengths, weaknesses, and what it's like in between. Below are some questions we can ask ourselves, and each other, to be people who create, commit and complete.

Click here for bonus questions!

Copyright 2016 Nathan Shooter