Thank You / When Life Gets In The Way

Thank You... It all started with a blog... Seven years ago I combined two desires together - my new drive to have ambitions, with one of these goals - my aspiration to setup a regular writing habit. I never quite knew where it would take me. Now we are in the present, the first month … Continue reading Thank You / When Life Gets In The Way

Old Town – Old Memories

This week... This week I’ve been putting in motions to organise a reunion with old friends.  This is a long delay, not just due to lockdown restrictions which have been in place over the past year, but also a reluctance on my part to find the motivation to put the movements to actually organise a … Continue reading Old Town – Old Memories

A Manifesto: Starting Your Fitness Journey

Twenty years ago I was invited to join my workplace football.  This was nothing too serious, just an informal kick around, but by the time I was finished I was coughing up the air trying to gather precious breaths.  Yeah, I was never much of an athlete at school but I didn’t quite realise how … Continue reading A Manifesto: Starting Your Fitness Journey

Strength Standards: How Strong Should I Be?

According to some random Internet tough guy, the strength and fitness standard for being a real man is:  Overhead press x2 your body weight. Bench press x4 smoking hot, Instagram influencers. Squat the weight of a hippo. Deadlift a lorry (for reps). Be able to do more pull-ups than a bearded capuchin monkey on heat. Run a 3 minute mile … Continue reading Strength Standards: How Strong Should I Be?

An Open Letter For Whomever

Part One... This year has been a difficult one, I’m sure you’ve heard that a thousand times before, but I’m a believer difficult times offer the opportunity to learn a lot.  Lockdown took away the freedom to keep doing the things we loved, and, seeing the people we loved.  Our places that relieved our stresses … Continue reading An Open Letter For Whomever

How Hard You Get Hit

It’s not been an easy year so far...  In some ways I knew this moment was coming, my head hasn’t been into much recently.  You could say too many lockdowns, too many gym closures,... too many setbacks were responsible for the frustrations.  But I know that’s a lie and a bit of self-sabotage was involved … Continue reading How Hard You Get Hit

Feel Disappointed After Achieving a Goal?: Try this…

For the past year, you’ve set yourself a habit working towards that goal to achieve that thing you really want. And after all that time working through the challenges and setbacks, you’ve finally done it! So why do you feel so down and disappointed with the end result? Why do I feel so down now … Continue reading Feel Disappointed After Achieving a Goal?: Try this…

What Learning Mandarin Taught Me About Persistence

“John, what is the word for mouse?” Teesside John, pauses, he’s sat behind me in the lecture hall so I don’t actual get to see his body language, but I sense his discomfort as he stumbles to try and answer a question he doesn’t actually know the answer to. The sound of his voice stutters, … Continue reading What Learning Mandarin Taught Me About Persistence

New Posts: January 2021

Thanks for reading perfectmanifesto.com, a blog dedicated to fatherhood, health and self-improvement. Happy New Year! Check out my new post highlights for January 2021: 8 Nice Things You Can Do to Make People Feel Welcome at Your Gym this New Year Online I read an unwelcoming attitude to gym newcomers in January.  This post was … Continue reading New Posts: January 2021

Massive Goal Achieved – Why Am I Disappointed?

“The first day of your new life…” Sickness rages in my stomach. Today I start a new job, something done many times before – but this time it’s different. There was no night before ritual of laying out my suit, checking train times or packing my bag. Instead, I’m looking out the window waiting for … Continue reading Massive Goal Achieved – Why Am I Disappointed?

Campaign for Using Smartphones Smarter…

If you worked in a job with an overly demanding colleague, would you drop everything your currently working on to meet their requests? No? Then why do we act like this when it comes to our smartphones? I’ve been looking around at recent stats, and although I’ve found varying accounts, it seems like the average … Continue reading Campaign for Using Smartphones Smarter…

New Posts: December 2020

Thanks for reading perfectmanifesto.com, a blog dedicated to fatherhood, health and self-improvement. 2020 has now been and gone. Check out my post highlights for the last month of this year: The Magic Pill There are a lot of supplements out there that promise big results. This article shares some experiences of some of the worst … Continue reading New Posts: December 2020