My Name is Ernie Boxall I am a Personal Trainer and Corporate Well-Being Instructor. Please view the video below.

Together, we can change the way you exercise and bring balance and well-being into your life. I specialise in a number of fields with a focus on oriental therapies and arts including

  • Tai Chi
  • Shiatsu Therapy
  • Qi Gung and Makka Ho Exercises
  • Personal & Group Training

I think you can say summer is here! For networkers who roam the roads of Warwickshire and the West Midlands visiting 4N, BoB Clubs, BNI, LBN and all the initials in between, they know that I’m best known for ‘Turn Up – Stand Up – Speak Up…your audible business card’,
In summer our thoughts should be on visiting as many meetings as possible while the sunshine, the light mornings, the energy and drive that brings is still fresh.



Today though in sunny Leamington Spa it wasn’t about networking – not specifically anyway – it was more about taking the opportunity to practice my t’ai chi outside. We have the excellent Jephson Gardens with green grass, magnificent trees, the river, the café, the Sensory Garden and today, for one day only, the University of Warwick Orchestra and me. (I hadn’t planned for them to be there!)
But what a beautiful mix of nature, humanity and culture.

You see summer is, to me, a special time because it is possible to take these opportunities to practice outdoors, connect with the sky, the trees the river, the earth and the joyful heart of humanity in these troubled times. How often do we get all those elements together?  To exercise without worrying about getting wet, cold, too hot, too windswept or too involved with other members of the public. People who may not appreciate loud music, sweating bodies, grunting and on occasions, the odd swear word as the last drop of effort is called for?

Summer is the best time to take your work outdoors if you are involved in exercise, photography, geocaching or music. It’s the time when humans and the elements can combine comfortably and simply get on with taking some action, connecting with like-minded friends and have fun. It’s the time when the engine is at full power, the hood is down, the wind is in your hair, and you have the wide open spaces as your office, not computer-cluttered offices. You have the sound of kids laughing and people chatting long with birds singing in the trees and the odd canoe paddling down the river. It’s the office from heaven, and there are few time constraints.



So what’s this got to do with ‘Turn Up – Stand Up – Speak Up?’

Well, it’s on days like this that you have to throw off the constraints of being respectable, you have to seize the moment to be different and to stand out a little. You have to make nature your office, the elements your workforce and the people your unknowing clients. Now is your chance to be different, to stand out, to make an impact and be remembered. Or, it’s your chance to revert to type and stand in the corner when opportunity calls or shrink into the background afraid of your position or social standing.
That said, how have I been authentic and different today?


Most people will tell you I’m not exactly shy and retiring when it comes to either looking for publicity or ‘selfishly’ dong what I want to do. It wasn’t always so. Until the age of 18, I’d say that I was not the most confident man in the workplace. A young apprentice in an engineering works, I’d come to hate the job I had, and the prospects of walking into a machine shop at 6.50 am every morning as the sun came over the roof tops and out if it again a 4.30 pm when the sun was going down. I was a lousy grinder*. But at 18 I achieved my first goal of flying to America to visit a beautiful girl I’d been writing to for four years, and while the trip was something of a disaster, the experience changed me. I found my voice, and I found my fitness. The two combined to take me into the world of standing in front of other people, often more skilled than I was, and yet they did what I asked them to do.

Summer 17/06/2017

Depending on where you are today you could have been close enough to a park, fields and the countryside to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. I’m so lucky to live in Leamington Spa because of Jephson Gardens where I went today to practice t’ai chi and perhaps, attract some people to a ‘Free’ workshop.
People were there, hundreds of people of all ages, young, old, teenagers and twenty-somethings, children and pets. The University of Warwick Orchestra were also there and playing music which was keeping the audience spellbound and still. I looked for a spot under a tree for shade and waited for 1 pm, the time I had planned to start.

As the time approached the orchestra were still in full flight but that’s OK, you see I understand that in China the people practice in the park, where life goes on around them. No-one stops the cars on the road; no one halts the people going to work and no one halts the music. T’ai chi goes beyond that and lets you know that all noise is OK.

At dead on 1 pm I had my shoes off, my space clear and my small CD player ready to compete with the orchestra.
“Everyone back at 1.30” the leader called out. The music had stopped for a break, and the orchestra was finding shade to lie down and relax before the second half. I wondered now if my music would disturb the quiet as chatter replaced the music, but no-one seemed bothered. And so I began.          By myself!
45 minutes of peaceful movement amongst a sea of smiling faces, chattering children and music from the movies. 45 minutes of actually turning up, standing up and moving up. And all from a man who twenty years before would have been ‘worried about what his colleagues might say”.
No one from my social media had joined me, and no one from the crowd joined me, but there was no reason for them to. I began!

You see this is the point of the article. No one joined me, but no one cared what I was doing, For 45 minutes I went through my routine, with soft music at my feet, human beings all around me and a blue sky above me. The trees were my guardians from sunburn, the birds were my accompaniment, and I was my audience. I’ve done this in public places before, and young children have joined in until their parents have called them away! Fair enough. Adults have joined in, but they were almost always from abroad. British people, in the main, would rather visit the dentist than join in a public show, convinced that people would be ‘looking at them’. ‘There neighbours might walk passed’. In one way or another British people would rather sit, walk by and ignore spontaneous exhibitions of dance, art, culture, movement, enjoyment.
It’s a shame.

45 minutes later, with the orchestra 15 minutes into the second half of their performance, I took my last step and bowed as I always do, to all the people who have done t’ai chi before me. No one clapped, no one laughed, and no one made a joke. People got on with their lives. I got on with mine, but for 45 minutes those people, the orchestra, the birds and the trees had been joined in a brief passage of time. 45 minutes of peaceful movement amongst a sea of smiling faces, chattering children and music from the movies. 45 minutes of actual turning up, standing up and moving up. And all from a man who twenty years before would have been ‘worried about what his colleagues might say”.

For me, I Turned Up. I Stood Up and I Moved up to make a difference to my day. 

Now if I go there again next Sunday, perhaps one person may have decided to come and join me and if one person can, why not two or three. Why not you?


Get Fired Up! The start of the 5 Element Theory

by Ernie Boxall on October 6, 2014

5 Elements of Business..the alternative business plan








I work in the Complementary Therapy business as a Shiatsu Therapist and Wellbeing Supervisor. The work involves The 5 Elements: Fire: Earth: Metal: Water and Wood and the energetics they produce physically and psychologically. So, I got to thinking about how these same five elements could relate to your business.


“ attending to the wellbeing of one part only leads to the death of all, including the part itself, and that healing only derives from the harmony of different natures.”

So let’s explore where this leads for you, on line or off line…I believe the whole Universe began with a huge burst of FIRE. How far from imagination is it that your business, or your blog, wasn’t born in the same manner?  Was there a moment where you said “That’s for me,” with the certainty that it was your path to a “successful” life?

     “By the way, I became self-employed the day a company “Fired Me!!!” So in the 5 Element scheme, I hatched a plan to go self-employed and through using this system I began to grow a business that has, over the years been tossed by the waves of the economy, starved of nutrients, shackled by cash flow, meandered through dry pastures and sometimes been close to falling. But always, one of the elements has fallen in place to re-light the fire. Which is where we’ll start.


FIRE: The spark; the idea. This is the energy which wakes us up in the morning and keeps our business growing.  All the elements were put out into the Universe in the “Big Bang.”

How successful that explosion of Fire has been is history now since we all grew from there!


  • How successful has Fire been in your life?
  • How effective is your ability to produce ideas and communicate them?
  • How often have you been told you were “on fire”; “fired up” or a “bright spark?”
  • In the current climate, have you lost your Fire, your Desire and Enthusiasm?
    Have you lost Heart?
  • Or are you prepared to re-light the Fire, to seek fresh ideas, to go out there and communicate your idea to the public?

Set time aside to look at and think about these questions for yourself…


You’re brainchild now has life and what I’m offering is an alternative system of checking up on the present state of your project and how to drive it forward successfully. No charts; questionnaires or in depth analysis. Just an alternative way of looking at the business you’re about to set light to.

Business, on line or off line, began with this burst of energy and we all search for the elements to keep the fire going. We gather the fuel together; the ideas; the planning and the marketing then we seek to spread our brand to the outside world. The most successful way to do this is to communicate our message to as many people as possible, and in my experience one of the best ways to do this is to advertise that the FIRE is being lit.

When we present our idea (or our blog) to the public we’re building a beacon; a message which can light up information or send warnings across the land. The beacons are built with structure, planning and stability. The ideas we need for success grow through structure (content); planning (professionalism) and stability (honesty.)

Two of the best FIRE examples for me are: James Dyson the inventor who seems to have had so many ideas he deserves a whole string of beacons all to himself. The “daddy” of all modern “ideas” men, his technological expertise lit a flame under inventive entrepreneurs (or for the older members amongst us. What about Edison, didn’t he have a thousand ideas a day?”)


Craig Valentine “World Champion of Public Speaking” who knocked me out with his “Fired Up” presentation on an Entrepreneurial site some years ago. The whole delivery of his message, the communication to the group who had already been “corralled” into the save space of a “sign in site,” was like seeing the first match being put to the tinder. The audience were safely sitting close enough to the energy source to be warmed and responsive, (even over the internet) and burst into applause at the announcement of Craig’s name.

James Dyson’s contribution to the element was the IDEA and Craig’s contribution was the COMMUNICATION which a good fire; built solidly, allows.


  • Fire gathers people to talk, to listen and to bring purpose. How often have we been “Fired Up” by motivational speakers, skilled at radiating the enthusiasm and “calls to action”? As well as being the beginning of our journey, Fire can bring things to fruition. Heat is often the catalyst for change.

The 3 Torch lights of the FIRE Element…

  • Plan to build a structure with you at the helm…
  • Gather ideas together and choose the best for the purpose…
  • Build the ideas into a business (blog) on solid Earth…

So, for the first part of The 5 Element Theory ask yourselves, whether or not the next idea, the next business or the next blog post you have will ignite the interest of the public and become a beacon for you.

  • Are you on top of the situation with everything you need in place?
  • Are you certain that the idea has the structure to withstand any early setbacks and has the business got the potential to interest the public?

Because we’re always being told that even the finest business (blog) in the world will fail without an audience willing to buy into our show.

In the next part of the “5 Element Theory” I want to explore the need to build our FIRE on solid Earth. This means that the beacons are useless unless people can see them, so they have to be set on solid ground. The people, your customers, have to be sure that it’s save to approach you and stay close enough to you to get the full benefit of whatever it is you’re offering, without “Getting Burnt.”

I’ve recently been involved with a brilliantly creative entrepreneur who spent time with me building a relationship (or so I thought.) Time and time again I was told by people who had dealt with him that he would let me down, but I believe that every business I deal with should be judged on my own experience. Up to a couple of weeks ago I was working closely with the man involved. I’ve since learned that what he was offering is unlikely to appear. He is building his FIRE on marshland and sometime in the future it will collapse and sink. Or our relationship wasn’t as closely linked as I thought.

The FIRE must be built on solid ground, solid earth so that people are drawn safely to its location. So we’ll explore EARTH





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