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Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Motivation |

Jam and positive thinking: making your own luck

Jam and positive thinking: making your own luck

Something amazing happened to me today.

One minute I was driving home along the motorway… and then, suddenly, I wasn’t.

And an hour of my life disappeared with nothing to show for it except the memory of some flashing lights.

No, don’t worry: I wasn’t abducted by aliens.

I was stuck in a traffic jam while the emergency services dealt with a crash up ahead.

But, amazingly, I was delighted.

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Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Motivation, Self-Control | 1 comment

Breaking bad habits: do it because they said you couldn’t

Breaking bad habits: do it because they said you couldn’t

As I find my way through life, I’ve realized that the issues we experience are not here to ruin us, but to show us that we can go beyond our borders and discover even more pleasure.

Couple of years ago, I went through one of the most difficult periods in my life, since my marriage reached the point where it was clear that divorce was the only reasonable solution. The whole process ended fast, and before I even realized it, I became a single father with two young sons.

I felt I was lost in a huge lack of self-confidence and a feeling of confusion. Since my sons were pretty young, I never expected that their positive mindset and attitude would actually wake me up and completely refresh my life, but that’s what happened.

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Motivation |

That sheepish feeling: don’t let your mistakes define who you are

That sheepish feeling: don’t let your mistakes define who you are

A man goes into a bar.

There’s an old guy in there, sitting all alone, looking gloomy.

“What’s up?” asks the newcomer.

“I really hate my nickname,” says the old guy.

“Oh, why?” he asks.

“Well,” says the old man, “I’ve been a carpenter for 40 years. Do they call me Sam the Carpenter? Oh, no.

“And I’m a keen photographer. I’ve taken over 10,000 photos in the last ten years. Do they call me Sam the Phototographer? Of course not.

“And I’ve been collecting all my life – stamps, coins, china. Do they call me Sam the Collector? No chance.

“But shag just one lousy sheep…”

You don’t need to let your mistakes define who you are

An error of judgment is something you’ve done, not something you are.

Whatever other people think or say about you, it’s still possible to rise above the shame of having made mistakes in the past, and make the effort to build a new future for yourself and your family.

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Motivation | 2 comments

Procrastination : are you hitting snooze on your life?

Procrastination : are you hitting snooze on your life?

Beep, Beep!

Urgh.

I think I’ll just have five more minutes. Zzzz…

Are you hitting the snooze button on your life?

We often feel procrastination is the easy option. And in some ways, it is. There are definite advantages to putting things off.

For a start, it’s naughty – and that’s always more fun than being good. We’re bold non-conformers, beating the system, cleverly sneaking a little advantage. We’re easy riders, zooming on our Harleys along the road of least resistance. And if we’re lucky, things may change and we may manage to avoid doing it at all. Woo-hoo!

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Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Motivation |

Get motivated: 6 ways to get the job done

Get motivated: 6 ways to get the job done

Sometimes it’s hard to find enough motivation to get out of bed in the morning, never mind actually trying to achieve something with your day.

It’s a vicious circle, though – the less you do, the less you believe you’re capable of doing. Once you push yourself to get a few things done, you’ll create a positive impetus which will make other tasks easier.

If you’re stuck for ways to get motivated, try these:

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