There are times in life, work, or business that we feel derailed. Progress comes to a grinding halt. It can feel frustrating and demoralizing.

Sometimes the cause can be factors outside of our control. Sometimes the cause can be self-created.

Getting back on track can feel challenging and overwhelming.

Since I started designing my life and business after leaving the corporate world 20 years ago. I have experienced plenty of these times of feeling knocked off track.

For example, a few years back my husband got a serious illness that took him three years to fully recover from. We had…


Prior to leaving my corporate career 20 years ago I was very risk averse. Because of that, there were many changes I wanted to make in my life and work that I didn’t attempt for a long time.

Eventually, I figured out how to get past the risk aversion that was keeping me stuck and created the changes that would enable me to achieve the outcomes I wanted to create, personally and professionally. I finally left the corporate world in 2001 and started my own business. A long-held dream achieved.

Taking that risk broke the shackles of risk aversion that…


When it comes to achieving the specific outcomes that matter most to you there are no guarantees of success.

There are so many factors that influence whether you get from where you are to where you want to be that guaranteeing success from the get-go is unrealistic. There is always some uncertainty.

Having said that, there are a number of ways to create predictable results successfully.

Creating predictable results is about identifying and implementing the specific factors that are associated with the specific outcomes you want to achieve.

For example, say you want to improve your fitness. If you lie…


Changing something in your life, work, or business can feel hard. Really hard. It can feel painful, messy, and scary. It can trigger emotions that can feel challenging to navigate and overcome.

As a result, people often retreat, feel stuck, and sometimes even give up altogether on the possibility of creating change for themselves. It can keep people stuck in a status quo that they no longer want.

I know first hand what this feels like. I have navigated many personal and professional changes since I left my corporate career twenty years ago to design my ideal life and work.


When people want to change something in their life, work, or business, they usually dive straight into things like setting goals, creating plans, and identifying how to manage all the tasks that need to be done to succeed.

These are all an important part of creating change successfully. But equally important is the human side of change. Things like your behaviours, habits, emotions, mindset. These things all heavily influence whether you succeed or not because they have such a big impact on what you do. …


Some changes in your life and work will be ones you choose, want, and welcome with open arms.

Others will be ones that you didn’t choose, don’t like and don’t want. When that happens, it can feel extremely difficult to navigate, both logistically and emotionally.

The important thing to remember is this:

Whilst you might not have chosen, like or want the change that has happened, you can influence what happens next by the way you respond and approach the situation.

Having a way to effectively deal with the logistical challenges and emotions that arise will help you navigate the…


When people want to achieve a specific result in their life or work or want to create a change of some kind, they often start by asking themselves this question:

“What do I need to do?”

They then proceed to come up with a long list of tasks to complete and actions to take. It is an important part of the process and is a good starting point. But it isn’t the most important question to ask yourself. Here’s why:

Achieving specific results or creating change successfully is driven to a large extent by your behaviour, habits, mindset, and emotions…


If there is a change you want to create or a goal you want to achieve, a powerful way to give yourself a strong start and to set yourself up to succeed is to ask yourself questions that are designed to get you on track and keep you on track as you move forward.

To help you with that, here are 10 questions to ask yourself to set yourself up to create change and achieve your goals successfully.

Start by getting crystal clear on what outcomes you want to achieve. …


Midlife and beyond presents a new chapter in life and work. It brings with it all sorts of possibilities and opportunities.

Yet, sadly, that is not the way it is often approached. Negative stereotyping would have us believe this stage of life is often some kind of crisis.

Without doubt, midlife and beyond can present us with very real challenges to overcome in our life and work. But it is just another of the many transitional chapters of life. That’s all. Just like other transitional stages of life in our younger years.

Each chapter of life has the potential to…


As dawn broke on 1st January 2000, I was sat on top of a mountain watching the sunrise on a new millennium. In that moment, I decided I wanted to create significant change in my life and work. It wasn’t a sudden epiphany that came out of nowhere. It had been brewing for a long time.

I had a great career in the corporate world but living and working by the conventional definition of success didn’t feel that fulfilling or meaningful to me. I didn’t want to live and work that way anymore. …

Ali Davies

I help people navigate the human side of creating change successfully. Creator of Change in Action. Founder of Outside of the Circle.

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