On Tuesday the 22nd March, I was kindly invited by John Hotowka to attend a Leading Edge event at The Royal National Hotel in London. The event started at 6pm where delegates arrived, registered, networked and enjoyed some refreshments.
At 630pm sharp, John took the stage and started his interactive, entertaining and full of insights presentation.

He explained the 4 basic elements of Achievement Thinking and how they can be used when managing change.

The elements are:

  1. Mindfulness
  2. Ask for help
  3. Focus
  4. Collaboration

In brief, this is what they are (or at least this is my understanding):


You need to be aware of our thoughts, attitude and behaviour, in particular the ones that don’t serve you and in order to do so, you need to become mindful of your self-talk.

Ask for help:

It’s not degrading or insulting and it shouldn’t make you feel any less of what you are. You need to make a list of the type of help you need to achieve your goal. Remember that you shouldn’t expect something in return and by receiving the help you need, you’ll grow.


Focus on the positive but always be aware of the negative. To better focus you need to try to relax and de-stress’


Although you might want to do things by yourself, so to prove that you have achieved your goal, you always need the insights, help and support of others. Create a mastermind/support group.

What did I learn?

  • I need to understand my own mental blocks
  • how to overcome them
  • how to stop standing in my way own way
  • how to stay focussed on the ’helpful,’ to achieve more, with less
  • how to understand the need to collaborate proactively and productively

And that we are all scared of rejection and failure, but what’s the worst that can happen? Best thing is to: Just do it!

Why did I love his presentation?

Well, apart from learning lots of new things that can help me on my personal and business day-to-day life, he made the information fun, because of his wicked sense of humour and his use of magic.
Yes, he did magic tricks to explain theory. So, I could see what he meant. He used cords, balloons, toilet paper, Ferrero Rocher and more to apply theory to practice. He did a few tricks on stage, including and involving members of the audience and he also got the audience to ‘perform’ tricks on and with each other.

I have never seen a presentation like this. It was seriously entertaining.
And you know what? I didn’t see anyone on their phones or tablets and getting disconnected to what was happening in the room. There was no time for distraction. You were there and you wanted to be there.

In addition, John recommended a book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ written by Napoleon Hill in 1937 and gave a practical example of what he does to relax and de-stress. However you call it (meditation, prayer or reflection) it’s a method suggested by Dr Weil, which will calm your mind and body. 4-7-8 if you don’t know it, look it up. I have tried it and it works.

Finally, I am sure I missed out some of the great things John mentioned, brush on or taught us and I apologies for it. There was so much knowledge shared, and I couldn’t take notes. It was too engaging and I didn’t want to take my eyes off the stage.

Big Thank you to John for inviting me and to Abi for joining me.

To get in touch with John, go to http://www.hotowka.co.uk/

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