Do you ever feel like you are living life in overwhelm, leaving everything to the last minute, then scrambling under pressure to get prepared?

Are you always in reaction mode with little time to prioritise the things that keep you feeling strong mentally and physically?

I certainly used to be like this.

Maintaining daily habits and rituals

If this global pandemic has taught me anything it’s that having positive habits and rituals can help see you through any crisis.

When working on your mental and physical fitness is a part of your daily life, you can feel ready and steady even in the midst of storms. Remaining centred helps us make decisions from an empowered space and this has never been more important than now, while we are going through these significant global shifts.

Since I have been embracing an action-focused lifestyle and comprised of daily growth rituals, I have no need for a last-minute shift in behaviour. Nourishing daily practises have become habitual for me, so I feel mentally, physically and spiritually fit for whatever life throws at me.

Stay ready then you never have to get ready

This has come to be one of my most significant life mantras. Staying ready means I have no fear of a random opportunity coming my way, I am ready for it.

Whenever my emotion-lead chimp-brain kicks in and says: “I don’t want to exercise, make healthier food choices or study.” I repeat that magical mantra to myself. ‘Stay ready then you never have to get ready.

It reminds me to pay it forward for my future self. And when the big things come, I’m already halfway there.

Who needs an excuse to get fitter, stronger, smarter, better?

Be ready for no-one but yourself, first. When you make yourself the number 1 priority, the world is your golden oyster inviting you to take part fully.

One thing I know is that when we stay ready in terms of keeping fit and healthy, practising self-care and love, educating ourselves every day, doing the things aligned with our values and soul’s calling, we have access to an unlimited resource of energy and motivation.

When you stay ready you signal to the universe that you are open to the new. You welcome your desires becoming a magnet to opportunities that reflect your highest good and purpose.

Write that mantra down wherever you can see it! It will shift your energy in a moment.

Here are 5 ways to stay that will help you participate fully in your own success:

  1. Take stock of your past achievements to remind yourself how far you have come and the challenges you have overcome. This will put you in an ‘I can do it’ mentality.
  2. Focus and get clear on your why. Achieving anything is never a lack of ability it’s always a lack of motivation. Taking a few minutes a day to focus on what drives you and your vision for the future will get you feeling inspired to take action steps.
  3. Move every day! I know it goes without saying but often when I feel anxious I often find it’s been some time since I moved my body. Going for a run, laying down a few burpees or booking in that gym class always maintains the balance and keep your sense of readiness. Your body is your home so treat it with the respect it deserves.
  4. Plan out your week and include empowering rituals that nourish your body and mind as non-negotiable habits. For example, I include meditation, breathing, qui gong and a fitness challenge in my schedule each week, as important as my work.
  5. Find someone, who will keep you accountable – a coach, a mentor or a community. Check out my 3-month Ordinary to Extraordinary coaching program. This program is based on the combination of proven theories of behaviour change and from working with high performers and observing what they consistently do, that works. The result is a unique coaching style that is bespoke and designed to best suit your needs and priorities. It’s for you if you’re ready to take responsibility for your life, pivot forward and be the reason for your next-level growth and success this year.
Read More about the OTE Coaching Program here.

Realistic Steps to Success

Change is so easy when you know how, but unfortunately many people have the wrong strategies for wanting to create change in their lives or they are convinced that using a strategy they’ve learned or read about will eventually get them there, even though it’s not...

The Power of Gratitude

When you focus on what you are grateful for, you attract good into your life. It's not happiness that makes us grateful, its gratefulness that makes us happy. Expressing gratitude changes our experience of living as we focus on the positive, on what we do have as...

Is Coaching Right For You?

Do you want to achieve personal breakthroughs? I am always looking for ways to improve the quality of my life and I expect you are too. Most of my clients are already successful at what they do for a living, or are on their way to success and are passionate about...

The Village Doctor

We all want more peace, to be able to deal with life without getting stressed, to be more focussed, to be healthy and to have better relationships. More often than not we look outside ourselves for the answers, we try to change the things we see rather than trying to...

Peak Performance: Action = Outcome

Peak Performance - No guts no glory or rather... action, no outcome. Identifying the need for change is something people do on a daily basis and is a positive mindset to have. It requires a certain strength of character to admit that your performance could be...

How The Rich Get Richer: 12 Steps for Creating Wealth

Do the best you can, give the most you can and do your best to make our world a better place. This is what life is about, in my opinion. Life is not about sitting back and waiting for things to come to you, it’s about investing your time, energy and money. Invest...

JPDV Fitness Challenge Thailand

The most important thing I believe you will take from this fitness challenge experience is the gift of long term, maintainable healthy lifestyle choices to implement into your every day often-chaotic modern lives. The ethos behind my programmes is not all about...

Jack Canfield’s Core Principles For Success

  "I tell my audiences that if you work the principles, the principles will always work. You've got to do the work. It's one thing to know something but it is another thing to do it." I recently got to meet Jack at the Pendulum Summit in Dublin, one of the best...

So Many Ways To Find Peace

Start by going within One of my students recently wrote something along these lines in my Best Life MBA community: “peace in the world starts with peace within ourselves”. And this is absolutely true. There is so much power in going within because the world that we...


The first thing a lot of us do when we wake up is reach for our phones, checking our Facebook or emails before we have even got of bed. We don’t take the time to set ourselves up for the day, to compose the state we want to approach the world in. It is really...

The Four Pillars of Peak Performance

With over a decade of experience in studying peak performance physiology and psychology, as a Coach, Speaker, Professional Athlete and Author, I focus on changing four key areas of my clients lives. These crucially important areas are the Four Pillars of Peak...

Why you want a Coach

Not too long ago personal trainers were exclusively for celebrities and the very rich but nowadays it’s a massive industry with PTs even coming out to your home to train you. We have realised the benefit of using someone who has the knowledge to guide us in our health...

Bumps in the Road

We all have bad moments but why do we always say ‘I’m having a bad day’? How do we go from a bad moment to a bad day? These bad moments or bumps in the road on their own wouldn’t be a problem, but as one follows another they pick up speed each one adding to the next....


Life doesn't owe you anything, sounds harsh right? I know, it's harsh even when I say it to myself, life doesn't owe me anything. Life doesn't owe us anything, yet so many of us go through life thinking that, 'Oh, well life should be this way or life should be that...