Monthly Archives: February 2016

Find your tribe

One way to hinder achievement and life satisfaction is to spend time with the wrong people. By wrong people I don’t mean bad people — just people who may be negative, unfocused, and who may try to drag you into their drama. Spend time with the right people! Being with the right people can be such a cherished and unforgettable part of your life journey. These people can inspire you to great achievements, give you insight, and fill your life with excitement and energy. We get to choose what time we spend with which people. How many times have you said yes to spending time with someone who doesn’t make you feel great about who you are and where you are heading in your life? Or have you ever gone somewhere and regretted that you went because you knew there were much better ways to spend your time? Some people can deplete us, drain us of precious time and positivity, and distract us from what we value. It doesn’t mean we can never see these people (which could be hard when some of them are family!), but we need to learn how to keep them at ‘arms length’. So where…

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True Believer – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was a man who, despite spending nearly 30 years in prison, kept the hope and embodied the qualities of a True Believer. Nelson Mandela was born in 1918 in Cape Provence, South Africa. He was the son of a chief and so received the best education available to a native African at that time. He studied at Fort Hare University in South Africa and became involved in student protests. From this young age he had much conviction and commitment towards his strong belief against inequality. In 1941, in his 20s, he moved to Johannesburg where he witnessed racial discrimination first-hand. He worked in the mines as he also pursued his studies as a law clerk. He joined the African National Congress (ANC), the oldest black political organisation in South Africa. Nelson said, “The task of the ANC is to unite African people, and out of them, build a nation.” The struggle against apartheid In 1955 the ANC, with Mandela as its main organiser, called upon people of all races to gather in Kliptown to approve The Freedom Chapter — a plan for a free democratic and multi racial South Africa in which all races could be treated equally….

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Don’t rescue non-believers

Even though we are holding a space for non-believers it doesn’t mean we should rescue them. When we rescue non-believers it not only uses up our time and energy, but it can also rob the non-believer of an opportunity to learn and grow from encountering their own life experiences and setbacks. There are two types of rescuers — those who do good and those who think they are doing good. The latter wants to please others by trying to solve their problems. When this rescuer plays saviour, it’s often to the detriment of both themselves and others. Although a rescuers actions may seem altruistic and selfless — looking deeper often uncovers this rescuer’s own need for control, importance, self worth and even power. When we rescue others, we rob them of learning — learning in their way, not ours. Everyone needs to learn through their own experiences or they don’t get the lesson. What we thought was help can be harm. I’m not talking about an appropriate level of support, guidance and nurture. Not rescuing doesn’t mean we don’t help — on the contrary, it means we help in a different way. • when we rescue non-believers we control and…

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Beat the overwhelm

It’s no wonder many are riddled with doubt as we live in a fast-paced world — often with overstimulation and overwhelm, bringing with it more stress than ever before. Facts that matter: 1. In the Western world the standard of living continues to improve but the quality of life is going down, with stress and suffering increasing. We have so many choices and we still want more. Happiness for many seems unattainable. 2. The World Health Organization reports that by the year 2020 mental illness, primarily depression, is going to be the number one condition in the developed world, and will be the leading cause of disability and disease. Depression is fifty percent higher for females than males. 3. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that 78% of mothers and 92% of fathers with school age children from 6-14 years of age are in the paid workforce. Working parents are doing it especially tough — struggling under great pressure to juggle work and family life. Many are in overwhelm. 4. The time we are spending on social media, surfing the net and on emails, is having an impact. It reduces the time we spend on ourselves — nurturing our health,…

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Checking in on reality

In between your vision of imagining what is possible and creating your reality lies the crucial step of checking in. Even though we have a vision, we also need to check-in and know what the current reality is — what actually exists. And although positive delusion is a quality for belief also, without a check-in there is the possibility of a disconnection between the real and the abstract and this disconnection can hinder our progress if things have changed. If things have changed when we check-in we may need to make some changes. If we don’t, our imagination could take us in the wrong direction. Albert Einstein said, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a persistent one.” Creating your own reality is a choice too. The alternative is to be passive and settle for a life you don’t want and, that too, is a choice. Living a fulfilled life is about being active — choosing to see possibilities and create the life you want and value. True Believers feel it in advance and enjoy success before it arrives but they also check in on reality. Every Minute Counts and You Can Have It All!

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