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Living the African Dream

Several years ago I was on an NLP Master Practitioner Course in Spain with http://www.aha-success.com/ It was a pretty intensive experience (definitely in a positive and life enhancing way) to put it mildly and I met some folks who have since become great friends.

All of us on the course loved the challenges and experiences of the inspirational training from Tony Burgess and Julie French who just have a natural talent for empowering and inspiring people to live their lives boundless.

Tony and Julie call it ‘getting out of our own way’, so that our previous perceived inhibitions and limiting beliefs are removed and we move on to achieve and live our goals and dreams rather than just thinking ‘wouldn’t it be great if we could …’.

Among my new friends were Jane and Sean Keogh. At the time Jane and Sean were already successful business coaches and professional speakers. They had run also created and run several successful businesses and they had a shared passion – Africa.

Having travelled in Africa several times and fallen in love with the country, the people and the lifestyle they had a shared dream of living there. In fact, Jane and Sean loved the place so much they had their wedding in Africa. What a great dream but with family ties, friends, businesses, their home and everything they considered their life together over here in England, how could that dream possibly become a reality? There were so many reasons for it not to happen that it just seemed like it would remain a dream.

Over 3 years they set about their plans to make that dream a reality. They researched everything they could to assess feasibility and determine the necessary steps they would need to take to get there.

They spoke to friends and family to see what they thought. They looked for work. They determined that they would have to sell their home and most of their belongings. The task list was a long one.

They also did something vital to ensure that this could actually happen.

They made a decision and a commitment to the dream and to each other and on 25th February 2011 they boarded a plane and flew to Lusaka in Zambia to take on the role of Managers of the Chongwe River House http://www.chongweriverhouse.com/ having worked through their very long task list and overcome every challenge that posed a threat to their departure.

Swapping their lovely home in Harrogate and all the lifestyle luxuries of a successful life in England for a quieter, slower paced and yet more exciting and adventurous life alongside the Lower Zambesi River where they are surrounded by the sights and sounds of wild Africa means they are living their dream. They wished for a different life and they have made that wish come true by deciding that it was important enough for them to take action.

Jane’s Blog http://janekeogh.wordpress.com/ describes in vivid and amusing detail their daily adventures of setting up the camp and the beautiful Chongwe River House in readiness for their first visitors in April. Her words and photographs share the magic of their new life and their African Adventure and yet even more importantly they confirm that our own dreams can become reality when we consider them so important that we make a decision and take action.

We can all have what we want when we decide that we really do want it and we decide that we are prepared to pay the price to get it.

We just need to know in detail what we wish for and be certain just how important is it for us to achieve it.

As we visualize our dreams, decide that we really do want to achieve them and make the commitment to pursue them, then just as my friends Jane and Sean Keogh have, we will realise our own African Adventure.

March 13, 2011 | Category: Tony Altham — Tony Altham
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