My name is Martin Robinson. I’m not a psychologist, I’m not a guru and I’m definitely not perfect. I have been very ill though and have had to learn a lot to get though some very challenging situations.
This is my story, this is the Simplicity story…
Six years ago, I was struck down with a neurological condition that left me disabled, in incredible pain and hardly able to move or even lay down. It was almost a year until I could even leave the house and it was several more before I could walk unaided.
It took a very long time before I returned to anything near normal and an ordinary life was pretty much impossible. I think it's hard for people to really understand how it feels when the slightest mis-step can make you feel like you've been struck by lightning.
In short, my life was made extremely difficult and it pushed me to my limits, mentally and physically.
I'm not telling you this to gain sympathy though, I'm telling you this to give you a good idea of what I've needed to do to get through it. I didn't get the help and support I needed, so I had to go out and quickly find things that worked and put them into practice. It was also essential to develop a positive mindset and take full responsibility for my situation.
It quickly became clear to me that a lot of other people faced far worse situations though. I was lucky enough to be able to get better and I would never take that for granted.
I’ve pretty much recovered now, but in many ways this website represents a lot of my personal journey and I felt obliged to share it and help others.
I set out to create something that would give anyone who needed some help and inspiration a great place to start.
I've found that the best way to tackle stress and anxiety is to organise yourself, change your behaviour, change your perspective and learn how to stop negative thoughts spiralling out of control. I want to show people how to do this, so this website is the resource I wish I had when I needed it.
The Simplicity System is my attempt to put everything in my head out there for everyone.
It gives you a complete system to work to, suggests essential books and apps and features a blog where I can share my thoughts and feelings. There's a lot for you to go through, so I thought it would be helpful to explain why I write about these subjects and what I'm trying to achieve.
It's taken a long time to find things that really work and help me get on top of things. I don't want anyone else to have to take that same journey, so this website is here to give you immediate access to things that I know will make a difference. The quality of some of the resources out there to help people really worries me as well, so I want people to get access to the best ideas when they need them.
When I was struggling, I found some great books and apps that really helped me but it took a lot of time to find them. It also takes a lot of effort to read several books and if you're not feeling great, it can be almost impossible. I want to give people immediate access to the ideas and resources that helped me and benefit from the way I used them.
While I was recovering, I had to learn how to work a lot smarter as I wasn't always able to work harder. I also learned how getting everything out of your head and into a reliable system can make such a difference. I think it's important to pass on these ideas, as I know how effective they can be.
Music as always been a huge part of my life and I've collected some very special albums along the way. I've also been gaming pretty much from the beginning and I appreciate a great home cinema experience. I really want to share some of the things that have meant a lot to me, as I know they could mean a lot to you too.
I've always loved computers and gadgets and I do my best to keep up with what's happening in the world of technology. I've been following Apple closely since Steve Jobs unveiled the Mac Mini and the iPod shuffle in 2005, so I think its safe to say I'm firmly locked in their ecosystem. You'll soon see what other brands I'm into as well.
Where I Am Now
I live in Dorset and I work in the charity sector. This really helps me get a good look at some of the problems people face today and more importantly, work on ways to put it right. I also volunteer whenever I can, so my efforts to make a difference aren't restricted to this website.
You'll hopefully get to know me a little better when you read my work and it would be great if we could connect on social media as well.
One thing that may interest you though is that I'm nowhere near the end of my journey when it comes to personal development. I still struggle with things, but what I've learned so far really makes a difference.
I keep leaning new things all the time, and I can't wait to share them with you...