28 December 2014

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use” – Earl Nightingale

I’ve always been fascinated by great motivators; the individuals who can captivate their audience, whether it’s their family, their team mates and colleagues, or the young athlete they’re coaching. Great motivators have the ability to look into the very heart of a person and find what drives them, what makes them tick.

I often blog about the subject of motivation in one form or another and if you’re a regular reader, there’s a good chance you’ll have come across a post or two that mentions Tony Robbins, arguably one of the best life coaches in the world.

At 6ft 7inches, Tony towers over most of us, but his personality – whilst also gigantic – does the very opposite of making others feel small. He has the benefit of being both a great orator and a brilliant listener, and his energy is contagious. Yet this kind of energy doesn’t come from nowhere and I believe a man called Earl Nightingale influenced Tony significantly.

He has certainly influenced me.

Many people know him as a radio host and motivational speaker who sold more than a million records of the spoken word. However, before this he was in the Marines and was actually on a vessel during the attack on Pearl Harbour. He was one of twelve surviving Marines on board and the horror of that day is something I’m sure stayed with him for the rest of his life. Perhaps it was the driving force that led him to throw himself into inspiring others to make the most of every minute of their lives.

The quote at the top of this post has been of particular importance to me this year. Taking on a new challenge is exciting and I believe that it’s the only way we keep developing and moving forwards. However, the project Gail and I took on with renovating and refreshing the historic Le Farinet hotel has been one of our biggest yet.


Thankfully, Le Farinet didn’t get an icy reception on its opening night!

I’ve said in the past that if we’d have known how long it would take or how many hurdles would be put in our way; we would have left it until next year. However, now that we’ve achieved it I’m glad we stayed the course. We’ve never been the type to put off doing something because it seemed too big; if anything, the bigger the challenge the better. And – as Earl Nightingale says – the time will pass anyway, so why not put it to the best possible use?

We also had a great guy called Scotty in charge of the project and he put together a team of equally hungry, equally dynamic people to push it forwards. Thank you guys; we couldn’t have done it without you.

As 2014 comes to an end, many of us will be dreaming up new challenges. If you’ve got big ideas or goals for next year, don’t get intimidated by them. If something is worth doing, it doesn’t matter how long it takes. As long as you believe in your own ability to achieve it then you will.

And if you’re planning a skiing holiday anytime soon, I can certainly recommend Verbier. In fact, there’s a great hotel that’s recently re-opened there. It’s called Le Farinet, and I hear the après ski is unforgettable!

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