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Shifting Gears: How to Harness Your Drive to Reach Your Potential and Accelerate Success

Shifting Gears: How to Harness Your Drive to Reach Your Potential and Accelerate Success

by Ryan O'Reilly
Shifting Gears: How to Harness Your Drive to Reach Your Potential and Accelerate Success

Shifting Gears: How to Harness Your Drive to Reach Your Potential and Accelerate Success

by Ryan O'Reilly


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Sometimes in life you hit plateaus where you know deep down that there must be something more, but you aren’t sure what it is. It can feel like you’re stuck in neutral--revving the engine as hard as you can, but not going anywhere. It’s frustrating, to say the least!

If you don’t know how to drive a car, it’s easy to blame the vehicle for your lack of progress--just like it’s easy to blame your boss or your circumstances.

The truth is it’s you who has to reach down and shift the gears so you can move forward.

The same is true in life. "Shifting Gears" will help you find the right gear to help you gain traction, move forward, and accelerate your success.

If you’re stuck in neutral, this book will help you:

Shine a light on road blocks that keep you stuck

Build your confidence so that you can venture out of your comfort zone

Harness your drive and motivation to accelerate success

You don’t have to stay stuck another minute!

Are you ready to drive forward to your next level of success in your life and your career?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630478544
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

As a professional speaker and executive coach, Ryan helps business leaders and entrepreneurs build high performing teams, break through plateaus and realize their true potential. Ryan worked for 15 years as a sales leader for three Fortune 100 Tech Companies including Apple and Dell and has worked in California, Australia, UK & Ireland. Taking that experience with him Ryan now follows his true passion--helping others drive forward and reach their dreams. Ryan is also an adventure cyclist and keen marathoner and uses the lessons he learns from sports in his keynote speeches, workshops and 1:1 coaching sessions.

Read an Excerpt

It’s the morning of my first triathlon.

The pre race buzz was starting to electrify in the early hours, as the competitors arrived, mingled, checked in and got their bikes ready for transition. For me, sleep hadn’t bothered to visit me the night before.

Once I park the car, I immediately switch my iPod on. Anything to get me focused. High tempo. Rock. Loud. I was about to enter the ring and face my fear. I was focused and confident.

This was my first real competitive swim. My first fifty-meter pool swim. My first swim in deep water. A morning of firsts. Three months of swim training in an eighteen-meter pool with no deep end had increased this non-swimmers confidence in actually swimming and doing it well. I was pumped, but well outside “comfortable”.

So it was important this fear was surpassed so I could get on with my long awaited triathlon career. My stomach was churning since early the day before, that unsettled feeling when we are about to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. I hate comfort zones, no idea where or why this started, but I’ve always pushed myself, trying to break my limits. I hate failure. But when I fail, it’s always spectacular and always burns me for a while. 

The fifty-meter pool had daunted me the week before in practice, enough to make me stop half way and panic. I had worked hard all week on being mentally focused on the task at hand. Rhythm, focus, you want this, I kept repeating to myself all week.

I felt focused and assured I was here to get a job done. 700M swim. Not that far for anyone who has swam all their lives, and probably some would laugh at the thought of being this intimidated by a “small swim in a pool.”

This was the day, I was going to put to sleep all those experiences and build the confidence to be a good swimmer. I wanted to be capable of swimming a decent distance. This fear wasn’t going to get the better of me. I am stronger than that.

The bike and the run are my strengths. I had no worries about those two events. But the swim—that was another story.

I sat at the side of the pool before my wave started. Staring at the water. I could feel the anxiety build and I was actively trying to manage it. This was big for me. 700 meters I thought- I’ve done this in training. Let’s do it!

Water could hurt me--it had nearly killed me! You see years ago I had three instances of nearly drowning that really scared me.

Never learning to swim till I was in my 30’s.

So here I was about to face my biggest fear. Water. Drowning. The psychological scars of the past were about to be tackled. It was time to shift gears.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Drive

Chapter 2: Trust

Chapter 3: Fear

Chapter 4: Potential

Chapter 5: Skills and Aptitude

Chapter 6: Self-Development

Chapter 7: Vision

Chapter 8: Progression

Chapter 9: Risk

Chapter 10: Confidence

Chapter 11: Personal Relationships

Chapter 12: Leadership

Chapter 13 Fulfillment

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