Each Friday as part of this blog I share a few things that I have loved during the previous week. It might be a book, a film, a podcast or something less tangible like a behaviour or a feeling. This week I want to focus on the motivational speaker Jim Lawless and his book “Taming Tigers“.

Jim Lawless shares a similar back story to one of other heroes Robin Sharma. He started out driving a path as a corporate lawyer and became, by most people’s standards, very successful but found it unfulfilling. Rather than accepting this was his lot in life he decided to leave his job and do the things he really wanted to do.

Now he’s a renowned business speaker and the creator of a framework designed to help people face change and defeat fear.

To prove this framework isn’t a list of empty hokum, Lawless has employed these strategies to become a jockey in 12 months (losing 20lb in weight in the process) and set the British free diving record, going deeper than 101m with a single breath.

I thoroughly recommend the book, but if you want to skim through the rules behind the framework first, check out the list below…..

Rule 1 – Act Boldly, time is limited – Are you writing another beige page in your story or starting to add some colour to look back on when you are older?

Rule 2 – Re-write your rule book – challenge it hourly – overcome those beliefs that have held you back before.

Rule 3 – Head in the direction you want to arrive at every day.

Rule 4 – Its all in the mind – your limitations and your ability to overcome them.

Rule 5 – The tools for taming tigers are all around – look for ways to prove the tiger is wrong and ask for help if you need it, people have a great capacity to be generous.

Rule 6 – There is no safety in numbers – Filter out the negative opinion of others.

Rule 7 – Do something scary every day – This guarantees you are out of your comfort zone and adding interest to your story.

Rule 8 – Understand and control your time to create change – Invest your time in something that always generates a return.

Rule 9 – Create disciplines – do the basics brilliantly – Olympic athletes and Military special forces are the best they can be because they do the basics to the very highest standards. Find your basics and do them the best you can.

Rule 10 – Never, never give up – The story of your life isn’t over until you are so keep taming those tigers and doing what you can to write your perfect story.