Remembering Rick Rescorla 2016



Rick Rescorla died 15 years ago. He died saving hundreds of lives.
I didn’t know about him the time, in fact I had never heard of him at all until 4 years after that.

"Remembering Rick Rescorla"

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When I heard his story in 2005 I wrote an article about it, and then in 2011 I put the article on *this* blog.
I link back to it every year, because I view it as life affirming, which I’m sure he would have done.

Here it is:
Remembering Rick Rescorla 2011

Do pop over and take a look!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,

Are You An Echo, Or Are You A Voice..?

Here’s another personal development look at one of my quote images, and it echoes something I’ve voiced before…

"Gordon Bryan", "personal development",

It’s up to you, it’s always a choice,

Are you an echo, or are you a voice?”

I took that photo on a lovely stroll in the woods, and when I thought of the words, it struck me that it would go well with the image, with the angle of the picture showing one tree standing alone against a background of others standing together.

I’m a big believer, in being your own voice, and in fact, let’s get right to that point – it could be argued that in all my content, I’m not only repeating some point over and over, but I’m repeating points made by other people.

Doesn’t that make me an echo, rather than a voice? What’s so wrong with being an echo anyway?

Valid questions!

Yes, I do make the same points over and over, and no, I’m not the first to ever make them. In that respect I am indeed an echo, but I’m being an echo of my *own* voice! I make the points over and over, because it’s a message I’ve believed for decades. I know how valuable it’s been for me, and I know the value it can bring to others.

Sometimes making the point from a different angle can see it hit home to someone in a better way than others.

In this case, I make no apology for echoing my own voice!

When it comes to asking what’s so wrong with being an echo anyway, the answer is that it’s not *necessarily* wrong at all! My point is that if you are acting in a certain way to echo someone else, you simply need to be *aware* of the fact, and that means being aware of what your own voice is!

It could come down to simple things like having your hair the same way as everyone else, because it’s the fashion and you want to fit in. That makes you an echo.

It could be wearing the clothes you might think look silly, but because everyone else is wearing them you want to fit in. That makes you an echo.

It could be talking in a certain way, voicing opinions which are harmful or hurtful to others, not because you believe them but because you want to fit in with your crowd. That makes you an echo.

It could be following a career because that’s what your parents did. Echo.

It could be casting your vote one way because your parents do, or a newspaper tells you to. Echo.

Saying you like a type of music when you don’t. Echo.

And so on, and so on, you get the idea.

Of course, if you genuinely like music, clothes, hairstyles, sports, the same as the current fashion, then great! Yes, you’re being an echo, but it’s not wrong, because you’re being yourself.

That’s the key here. Be yourself. If you like things that aren’t the fashion, how about ignoring the fashion! That makes you a voice.

How about being such a voice that others start to follow you – every echo has to have a voice at the start somewhere, so why shouldn’t it be you? Do what you want, say what you think, do the work you want, follow your passions, chase your dreams – not only will you find it a liberating experience in life, you’ll find that others will start to echo the movement you start!

Of course, you might not want to start any movements, and that’s fine, that’s not really what this piece is about – it’s more about making sure that you are being you!

Don’t sign up to other people’s agendas, don’t put your happiness in the hands of others, don’t give up the direction of your life by echoing others.

Take control, choose your own direction, and if others follow then so be it, and if they don’t then so be it also!

As I said in my words right at the beginning, and over the photo of the tress in the woods, it’s up to you, it’s always a choice, are you an echo, or are you a voice?

Ok, I’d love to hear what you think, do leave a comment!

‘Til Next Time,

Health & happiness,


P.S. If you’d like some help in finding your own voice, pop over and check out my Transform Your Life Now! programme, where you can get my free 8 step goal achievement formula.

The Bridge Between Your Dreams And Reality Is…

Here’s another closer look at the personal development point behind one of my quote images…

"Gordon Bryan", "Aylesford",

The bridge between your dreams and reality is action.

I took that picture at Aylesford, Kent, here in the south east corner of Britain. It’s a nice ‘picture postcard’, ‘chocolate box’ type photo, notwithstanding the fact that you have to stand on another bridge along the river, on a busy dual carriageway, to take it!

I was expecting to get tooted by a couple of cars, but I wasn’t, and even I had been , I would have laughed, because I was taking action to get something done.

It’s probably a stretch to say that taking that photo was a ‘dream’ of mine, but let’s take a look at the words I put over the top of the image…

Your reality is on one side of the river, your dreams are on the other. There’s a gap between the two, so what will make that gap disappear?

Will it disappear by wishing it away? Will it disappear by ‘visualising’ the dream into reality? Will it disappear by blaming others for it not being your reality?

No, no, and, er, no!

Before I delve into why so many people go with those 3 plans, and then aren’t happy with the results(!), let’s look at a 4
th plan, and it’s one of what I call the 4 magic words beginning with ‘A’…


It’s action that will bridge that gap between dreams and reality. It always has been, and it always will be.

I must say right here, that action is not a *guarantee* of the dream coming true. That might seem odd to hear that from a life coach, but the fact is that there are no guarantees, and it’s a disservice to suggest otherwise.

However, any dream that does come true *will* have action at the base of why it came true.

It’s also worth saying that even if the action doesn’t see the dream coming true, you will never find yourself looking back and wondering ‘what if’ or ‘I wish I had’, which are things right up at the top of regrets listed by people towards the end of their life.

It could be that you’re in the camp that hope one of the first 3 plans I mentioned work, that one of them will make your dream happen without action – wishing it to be so, visualising it to be so, or blaming others.

People find it easier to go with these choices, because they are either worried about taking action, or they don’t know where to begin with which action to take first.

The fear of taking action is a mindset one, and that can be dealt with (in fact one of the most effective ways of dealing with this is to go ahead and *take* the action!)

The visualising sound great. Reading self help authors, or watching videos can lead people to believe that visualising has some sort of magic secret which will spring your dreams into reality.

Nope, it won’t.

Visualising is *part* of the goal achievement process, and an important part, but it won’t amount to a hill of beans unless it’s accompanied by action.

Blaming others? Well, that’s just an easy way to pass the buck of responsibility onto others, instead of taking it ourselves. It’s not the answer, not by a long shot.

So, here’s a quick run down of what to get in place if you’re not sure what action to take…

Define your dream, as specifically as you can. Then more specifically. Then more specifically again, you get the idea.

Yes, visualising. Visualise what it will feel like to have got there.

Then you need to look at people who have been there before. Work out what they did, and how they did it. If you need to ask for help for others, then go ahead and ask.

Once you work out the next step you need to take, once you have this road map in front of you, then it’s down to you to take the action.

It’s your choice, whether you act or not here. If you make the same choices as previously, you’ll get the same results. If you want different results, then it needs different choices, so now it’s time to choose to take action.

Treat it as an adventure, look forward to the end goal, yes, but look forward to seeing what happens when you take the first action. It really can bridge the gap. It really can move your dreams into reality. It really can change your life, it can *transform* it!

Ok, I’d love to hear what you think – do leave a comment!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Don’t forget to connect with me via your social media channel of choice! The buttons are top right of any page as you look around the blog, my personal favourite is Facebook, my Great Gordino profile here!

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