We’ve all heard it: “If it aint broke, don’t fix it”. The message behind this, is that if a system is not broke, if it doesn’t have a problem, then trying to fix it is pointless at best. At worst, fixing it might actually create a problem. Right? Wrong!


I come from an IT background where I spent almost a decade working with systems. And I can tell you with absolute confidence that the saying above does not apply. It’s unbelievable how many times, on the outside; a system appears to be working just fine. But deep down, behind all the pretty interfaces, there often is something fundamentally faulty. Yet, system designers and implementers decide to ignore the fault on the hope that one day it will fix itself. Of course, it never does. And it almost always ends in a spectacular crash.

The worst part is that after ignoring the system fault for so long, the system would have processed countless amounts of data, and its users would have invested a lot of time and effort into it. It’s only after the crash happens, that system designers, implementers and users drop their heads between their hands and sorrowfully regret that they didn’t addressed the fault when they could. We humans are very much like IT systems.


Many of us realise that it’s time to change. Almost everyone I’ve spoken to since I started life coaching is heading in some undesirable direction. Yet most are just content with the way things are. Not too long ago I used to be like this as well. Until I went on a leadership training that changed my life.

We did an intense exercise where I had to visualise myself lying in my grave with all my family and friends around me ready to hail the dirt on me. And I had to imagine what it would be like, lying there, having missed all my chances and having failed all the ones that I love. I had to imagine how their faces were at that moment; how their eyes looked at me in disappointment for one last time. I came out of this exercise shaking like a leaf. And it was right there an then when I decided it’s time to change. It’s time to get up and get things done.

It took me three days of intense training and an undeniable experience to wake me up. But that was just me. Many are luckily much better than I was. Because many; and I sincerely hope you’re one of them, would embrace change the minute they realise there’s the slightest glitch in their system. Perhaps they’re much quicker to do so than I was because they know about golf. And I didn’t.


If you don’t do anything today, just watch the first 90 seconds of the video below. In it, Tony Robbins explains why “When it seems impossible, when it seems like nothing is going to work, you’re usually just a few millimetres away from making it happen”.

So what could you do to putt the golf ball before you lose the game?

Always be grateful for what you have.

Just the fact that you’re reading this right now means you’re under a roof, sheltered, with water electricity and food. All are things that you might consider to be necessities and where millions around the world consider to be luxuries.

Never be content with what you have.

Otherwise you’ll never thinking about stroking the golf ball and before you know it, you’ve lost. Your health is not going to improve itself, your wealth is not going to increase itself, your relationships are not going to better themselves. Always be grateful, never be content. Be curious and ask yourself: “how can I improve?” And then…

Fix it!

World records are not set only once and never again. Champions don’t win once and settle. Scientists don’t invent one thing and quit. Imagine how our world be if that were the case! There’s always something newer, better, bigger, faster, lighter, stronger… Figure out what it is that you want to improve about your life, and even if aint broke, fix it. Only then, these few millimetres away from making it happen will begin to decrease. And before you know it, you’ve won the game.

Until next time,

Tarek N

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