The only way to get the life you dream of is action

Everyone wants success, whether they admit it or not. I have yet to come across a single person who is living a fulfilled life by choosing to settle.

Life’s too short to live only for the weekends and holidays. To only enjoy some of your life and be just okay with the rest; that’s definitely not living your best life.

The problem is that it’s easier to dream about, talk about, or even bluff success than it is to actually achieve it. But real success is created by your actions, not your words. The only way to get the life you dream of is action.

So, ignore the cynics, the people who have given up on their own dreams. Instead, take massive and determined action to achieve your goals and don’t slow down for anyone and anything.

The view is worth the climb.

Being Successful is a Choice

Being successful is a choice, not an accident. Everyone wants success, though not everyone will admit to it.

Life is short and success provides freedom. Success will help you live your best life.

Most people will never be successful because:

  1. They don’t set big enough goals
  2. They are too defensive in mindset
  3. They don’t work at pace
  4. They focus on the wrong things
  5. They are not action oriented
  6. They stop reading/learning/listening
  7. They are afraid of losing what they have
  8. They are afraid of looking stupid
  9. They forever talk, plan and procrastinate
  10. They give up on success and settle


Stop Making Excuses


Stop making excuses why things are not working.

Stop lowering your goals.

That’s the first sign of defeat and it’ll infect you and everyone around you. No one ever achieved anything epic in life by being realistic.

Stop saying you want to be successful. Everyone wants success!

You are your actions, not your words.

Stop the endless planning and procrastination. Learn to take massive action.

By taking action you’ll create opportunities you’re looking for. What seems impossible today could be possible tomorrow.

Unless you’re happy to settle for a life of mediocrity, then you need to act not talk.

Winners do today. 

What is success?


In my view, success is freedom.

Freedom defined as having the ability to choose life on your own terms.

Not just at the weekends or whilst on holiday, but every single day.

The opposite of success is settling. Settling is when you give up on your dreams.

You decide they are unrealistic or unachievable and so you make do and try to become happy with what you have.

Settling can creep up on you and before you realise it, you’ve lowered your expectations and accepted the hand you’ve been dealt.

Settling may lead to regret. Happiness is found in striving for audacious goals with like minded people, not in settling.

Don’t give up on your dreams. Never accept mediocrity.

It’s never too late in life to up your expectations. It’s always possible and it’s definitely worth it.

There’s no view, like the view from the top when you achieve your goals.

Turning a Setback into an Opportunity is About Mindset

The Great Storm of 87 Fell Many Trees in Stanmer Park

In 1986 my Dad @philhove had just left the Army after 24 years and bought a small, run down cafe in Stanmer Park.

He’d ploughed all of his life savings into it and we were going to make it a success as a family. My Mum and Dad worked 7 days a week and when they weren’t serving teas and scones to dog walkers they were painting, doing DIY and making the cafe better.

In October 1987 there was a great storm and so many trees were uprooted and blown over.

Customers couldn’t get to the cafe for weeks as the roads were impassable without a 4X4. Business just died overnight.

That first day my Dad realised we were in trouble and he went out and bought a chainsaw, an axe and a splitter and he began chopping the fallen trees.

We spent that entire winter chopping logs day and night which we sold by the van load around Brighton and Hove for £40 a load from one advert in the Argus, our local paper.

I would leave for school at 7am (it was a long walk!) and he’d be up chopping logs and he’d still be doing it when I got home at 4pm. I would help him bag them up and deliver them every evening until 10pm at night.

I was just 13 years old and I clearly remember my Dad’s focus at that time, he was 100% committed to succeed.

We did that for six months, 7 days a week. Because of that income the cafe survived.

I learnt a valuable lesson that stays with me today; even in the biggest set backs in life, with the right mindset, success is possible.

Dreamers and Astronauts

I meet so many people who claim they want success. They know all the cliches, read all the books and say all the right things.

But most people want success whilst avoiding risk or failure. So they settle for mediocrity. And, to avoid disappointment, they begin to reframe what success looks like, lowering their expectations bit by bit.

Some kids dream of being astronauts. Few actually become one. Most just dream.

If You Really Want to Win in Life Then You Need to Accept Risk.

Too many people don’t understand what real risk is.

  • Taking a risk isn’t moving jobs, it’s creating them.
  • Risk isn’t investing other people’s money, it’s investing your own.
  • Risk isn’t taking a pay cut, it’s about generating your own pay.

No one cares what you think you’re worth, that’s dictated by how good you are.

Everyone wants to take the risks when they see real success, but true risk is taken when it’s bleak and dark.

Burn the boats on the beach and commit to the fight.

You must believe you can win against anything put in your way.

You must learn to fight as if everything is truly on the line.

That’s the only way to win.

A Casual Attitude will Result in a Casual Outcome

Success is created by your actions, not your words. Don’t be one of those people who says all the right things but whose actions don’t back it up.

A casual attitude will result in a casual outcome. If you’re going to do something, be someone, or achieve anything significant in your life then you must commit 100% to it.

Take massive and determined action to achieve your goals and don’t slow down for anyone or anything. Success is not found in the knowing, but in the doing.

Life is short. Be Daring. Be Audacious.

They say good things come to those that wait.

They’re wrong.

Life is short, so make sure you take full advantage of your opportunities.

Too many people watch from the side lines just dreaming of a better life.

Make an audacious plan, then find a team to work with who think like you do, who have purpose and ambition.

Your goal in life should not to be comfortable. That will lead to you never taking any risks, or doing anything exhilarating.

Your goal in life should be daring, so big that it motivates and excites you.

Nothing feels better than defeating your doubters and fulfilling your potential.

They say that success is the best revenge.

They’re right.

Life is short. Be Daring. Be Audacious.
Life is short. Be Daring. Be Audacious.