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Overcoming Procrastination

Are you tempted to read this article later? What are you meant to be doing right now? Have you ever procrastinated? Ok, silly question. The topic of overcoming procrastination is widely spoken about. We’ve all procrastinated and we’re all procrastinators in some regard. The reason for that is actually quite simple – we’re wired to procrastinate. Excuse me? Let me explain and then you can argue with me. I give part credit to Tony Robbins and part credit to Psychology Today for these findings. Firstly, we as human beings are all motivated by two key driving forces – pain and pleasure; the need to avoid pain, and the desire to gain pleasure (thank you Tony Robbins). Anything we do in life, is a results of one or both of these forces. Out of the two controlling forces, the need to avoid pain, is generally the one that wins. Why do you think that is? [Read more…]

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7 Ways To Better Manage Your Email

EmailIn this day and age, email has become a necessity for business and it would seem, personal purposes. However, it has also become one of, if not the biggest, time killers of all time. A while ago I featured a post called How To Increase Productivity Instantly and in the number 2 spot I suggested only checking your emails twice a day, never first thing, say an hour before lunch and an hour before the end of your working day. The rest of the time your email client is closed. I came across this a few years ago when i read Tim Ferris’ The Four Hour Work Week. A lot of emails we read and reply to don’t really require our time and affect our productivity in a big way. [Read more…]

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Four Reasons To Exercise For 30 Minutes Every Day

Four Reasons To ExerciseWould you like to feel more vibrant? Have more energy? More drive? More stamina? More of a zest for life? Have you ever heard me quote Tony Robbins’ box life analogy? Here goes again for those who missed it: We all live in a box – we wake up in a box, eat breakfast from a box, drive to work in box, sit in a box in front of a box for 8 hours a day, eat lunch from a box, then we drive back home in our box, eat dinner from a box in front of the box before returning to our box to sleep. No wonder we’re facing an obesity epidemic of stupendous proportions and cases of diabetes, depression, stress and anxiety have sky rocketed, to name but a few of the many negative effects of not being active. We can very easily change that!  [Read more…]

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Is Managing Your Time A Waste Of Time?

Time ManagementIs managing your time a waste of time? Controversial title I hear you say. This is an intriguing article from Entrepreneur.com where Steve Tobac looks at some of the myths associated with ‘time management’. In my top ten tips for effective time management, you’ll have seen that I came across the idea that ‘time management’ is a misdemeanour because one thing in life that we really can’t manage, is time. It’s given to us, and is our most precious commodity. It cannot be replaced. We can, however, manage ourselves, and more importantly, our focus. [Read more…]

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Seth Godin Explains Failing Until You Succeed

Seth GodinI thought this was a fitting video further to the last post on why most people never find their purpose. Here, Seth Godin explains failing until you succeed. We live in a culture that doesn’t encourage entrepreneurship. It doesn’t encourage trying and failing. “Failing” is frowned upon which prevents most people from even trying. In the Industrial Age, trying and failing would be costly. We are no longer living in the Industrial Age though. We’re in the Information Age where trying and failing doesn’t have to cost us anything. The only thing that stops us trying is ourselves – because we’ve been brainwashed into the idea that failure means the end of the world. Starting a business has never been easier – access to information, access to technology, access to tried and tested systems, coaches, mentors and access to capital – if you need it. I’d highly recommend setting aside 20 minutes to watch this video, it’s well worth a watch. [Read more…]

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Why Most People Never Find Their Purpose

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If you’re feeling unfulfilled in your working life at all, firstly you are not alone (as this survey revealed) and secondly you should definitely read this article. If you believe we live in a screwed up society, then definitely read this article. If you don’t think we live in a screwed up society, then definitely read this article. Are you getting the impression I want you to read this article? It talks about how most of us live and work to fulfil expectations of others – of society, family, friends etc and we’re reared by an outdated education system designed for the Industrial Age as Sir Ken Robinson points out in this video. Here’s why most people never find their purpose from Inc.com. [Read more…]

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Best Motivational Video Ever – You Decide

There are a number of videos on YouTube that claim to be the best motivational video ever – could this be the one?  “Life isn’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward – how much you can take, and keep moving forward” – brilliant, thanks Rocky Balboa!

Do you have a favourite motivational video? “Don’t ever let anybody tell you, you can’t do something” – so true.

 

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Upshift By Downshifting Your Life

Freedom - Upshift by Downshifting your LifeDo you ever a step back to assess what you’re doing with your life is actually what you want to be doing? Are you spending enough quality time with those closest to you? Are you engaging in your favourite activities as much as you’d like to be? Are you making use of your creativity? It’s easy to get sucked into the societal way of thinking, do the 9-5 grind (or 8-6, or 7-7), and lose sight of what actually matters. A survey last year published shocking statistics revealing that two thirds of workers in the US and Canada were dissatisfied with their working lives. Given that we work 5 days out of seven for 48 weeks a year – that’s a massive chunk out of our lives to be dissatisfied isn’t it? [Read more…]

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10 Habits Of The Wealthiest People In The World

MoneyDo you ever wonder what makes the wealthiest people in the world, so wealthy? I find the topic of “success” an interesting one as success leaves clues. (Success is in quotes as of course we all have different definitions of success – but here, I’m referring to wealth.) I don’t believe that the wealthiest people in the world have the biggest brains in the world. It’s their mindset, their psychology and their application to their livelihood. As Einstein once said: “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s that I stay with problems for longer.” [Read more…]

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10 Things To Know About Setting Goals For Yourself

Power of Goal SettingIf you’ve perused the categories of this site at all, you’ll have seen many posts under Goal Setting. It’s because it’s one of the main tools to help us focus and take the reigns of our lives so to speak, rather than by living on someone else’s terms. When we set goals in each area of our lives, whether they be for our body, finances, relationships or spirituality they create a destination for which to head. If we do not have a destination to head for, then how on earth will we get there? It would be like getting into a car with a friend and for them to say to you “where to?” and for you to say “no idea, just drive”.  There is a technique to goal setting though. We can set ourselves up for failure if we’re not careful – and it’s often by setting unrealistic goals or by being too ambiguous. Here are 10 things to know about setting goals for yourself from Psychology Today. [Read more…]

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