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Paul Mort - Will Save Your Life
Date: Sep 22, 2021
This is book by a chap called Paul Mort, as you might have guessed from the title. He is a motivational speaker and coach in personal development.
But that’s not why I read the book.
It was recommended by another author when I was reading their book and their comments made me curious. Paul, by his own omission has been to some dark places and has worked his way back to a better life. He is brutally honest and swears a lot in the audio book however it made me stop and think.
How many times do we make excuses for not doing something? I’m too busy with work so I can’t go to the gym. I have nothing in the fridge so I’ll get a takeaway, because I can’t be bothered to cook.
Now take those excuses to the extremes. Paul shares stories about people he has coached. Mainly men, who have one demon or another from working too much, depression, alcoholism and more, and Paul shares his own story too.
Paul is, as quoted on his website (www.paulmort.uk) a Straight Talking, High Performing Leader of Business Men. Formerly Suicidal, Overwhelmed, Diagnosed Bi-Polar. Until his wife asked him one pivotal question. I’ll leave you to find out what that question was.
Throughout the book Paul returns again and again to a question he asks everyone he coaches. “If we’re sat here in 3 months, 6 months or 12 months, what would your life be like and what would you be willing to do to get there?”
One of the tips that really resonated with me was his 5 Fs.
Focus | Fitness | Family | Finance | Fun
Paul gets everyone he coaches to find a morning routine that works for them but includes setting their intentions for the day. He’s very clear that this is not a to-do list but instead how you are going to hold yourself accountable during the day. His group coaching sessions have WhatsApp accountability groups to not only help them to stay on track with their goals that they have all shared but also to have that support unit that allows them to reach out if things start taking a step back.
He also encourages them to start journaling, and at the end of each day to note down what they have done towards the 5Fs.
I’ve started noting down at the end of each day what I have achieved under each heading. It’s a great reminder of what your day has really been like, and it takes you out of a busy head space where you are perhaps not seeing things as they are. The notation itself is the writing of facts which can’t be ignored.
I’ll leave you with my favourite quote from his book:
“Where the intention goes, the energy flows and the results show”