As we emerge from the bizarre and insular world of the coronavirus, I’m beginning a new phase of my life and, alongside remaining a speaker and a coach, I’m becoming an adventurer.

As a speaker and coach, I spend a lot of time encouraging people to push the boundaries of their comfort zones, to be brave and face their fears. This is the way to become authentic and strong, and to build a fulfilling life, but it can be scary. It’s therefore only fair that I should push the boundaries of my own comfort zone and face my own fears. I have, I do… but this is going to be a much more central feature of my life for the next few years.

My plan is to report here what I learn from the various adventures and experiences, in the hope you will find it useful – or, at least, interesting.

It's Mental Health Awareness Week and, although this news is not hot off the press, since I did it in February/March, I thought I'd let you know I've qualified as a Mental Health First Aider. This course is run in many different countries (see MHFA International) but I did mine with MHFA England. My impression is it's a franchise, so I suppose the quality of the teaching will depend to some extent on the instructor(s) you choose, but I struck lucky.
I've signed up for a course to overcome my fear of heights. I can't say I'm exactly looking forward to it, but it's going to be wonderful to have achieved it and, as they say in therapy circles, the only way out is through. My fear of heights is holding me back, preventing me from doing things I want to do, and it's high time (pun intended) for me to face it down.

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