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Work Smarter

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“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
– Abraham Lincoln

Most people would use all six hours to do the actual cutting, but planning for a task and sharpening skills can help you accomplish a task in much less time. We never have enough time and that we just cannot cope with 60 things all at once. How can we get out of that spiral? Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. When setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus. Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
– Richard Branson

When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend. Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward. Always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections in your niche. Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fast-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.”
– Sir Ray Avery

Your greatest resource is not time. It is you. What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. If you do not get enough sleep and exercise, you find that you become less and less productive. Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter. As a society we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around. But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work. Don’t fall into the trap of working smarter and harder together.

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Start Now

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Today you woke up with the desire to finally get going on the projects you’ve been putting off over the last few years. You were motivated, inspired and ready to take the first step.

You showed up and got prepared for the fruitful work. Suddenly you find out that the things seem a little bit more complicated, confusing, and unfeasible.

You start realizing that it’s going to be neither easy nor fast to write a book; to start exercising; to master a course, to learn a foreign language; to start a business … or to make happen whatever you have in mind.

Eventually, you arrive at the point when you don’t feel like “conquering the world” today. However, you are sure that you’ll be ready to nail it in a while. Some day you’ll get the work done. Just not today.

Sounds familiar?

I’m sure you have a big goal. Or two. Or even more.

However, just like other people out there, you often put things off. You like to procrastinate the huge commitments. Because you know that they are going to require effort, time and talent.

Therefore, you choose the easiest way. You postpone the beginning till “someday” trying to convince yourself that there will be a better and more favorable moment to start. However, the truth is that later often means never.

If you postpone the realization of your dreams today you are not likely to get back to them ever again. Moreover, when you postpone the start, you deliberately postpone the finish. You make your journey towards the desired destination last longer.

Take some time to look back and think how much time you’ve already wasted over the past few years. Now think how much more you could have achieved by now if you hadn’t been such a procrastinator.

Stop cheating yourself. There won’t be a better moment to start. The best time is now. Start now.

Golden Rules for Living

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If you open it, close it.

If you turn it on, turn it off.

If you unlock it, lock it up.

If you break it, admit it.

If you can’t fix it, call in someone who can.

If you borrow it, return it.

If you value it, take care of it.

If you make a mess, clean it up.

If you move it, put in back.

If it belongs to someone else and you want to use it, get permission.

If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.

If it’s none of your business, don’t ask questions.

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

If it will brighten someone’s day, say it.

If it will tarnish someone’s reputation, keep it to yourself.

5 Steps to Transform Your Life

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How you feel about your life right now is likely going to be how you will feel about it until your time on earth is over. You are only going to succeed when you change how you are ‘being’, as this is where the actions that you take arise from. But why is it so difficult to change how we are being and in turn change the actions we take?

When we set out to realize an ambition, we are faced with a period of ‘latency’ before the results show. In this period of latency we are faced with the unknown that reminds us of all the things we’ve failed at and ensures that we don’t take actions that may result in us experiencing those failures again. The result is, the resistance to change dominates us, we remain in procrastination and we subconsciously avoid doing the deeper inner transformation work.

Below are 5 steps to break through the resistance required to transform your life.

1. Imagine Living the Dream
Imagine you took every action you knew to take and that you made the most of every single opportunity that came your way and that you are now 3 years from today. Write a short story of living through a perfect day if you were ‘living the dream’. Include where you wake up? Who with? What car do you drive? How many clients do you work with? How much are you earning? How do your clients feel receiving your products or services? What do you do in the afternoons? What do you do for fun? How do the people you know celebrate you? As you write this down, forget the world and let go, and have fun with it.

2. Bedtime Routine
Place the above written story next to your bed and read it every night before you go to sleep and every morning before you rise up out of bed.

3. Powerful Action
In your diary, write down the 3 most important actions that you are going to complete this week and when to begin powerfully moving you along your path to realizing this dream lifestyle.

4. Keep the Dream Alive
As you write these actions down, keep ‘alive’ the sensations you felt about what it will be like when you master this dream lifestyle and why you’re taking these actions each week. You must keep the reason ‘why’ you do what you do every day alive or you will lose motivation and go back to a sense of ‘sameness’ again.

5. Consistent Action
From now on and on a weekly basis – such as Sunday evenings – write the next 3 most important actions to take during the coming week.

Heaven and Hell

The old monk sat by the side of the road. With his eyes closed, his legs crossed and his hands folded in his lap. In deep meditation, he sat.

He was suddenly interrupted by the harsh and demanding voice of a samurai warrior. “Old man! Teach me about heaven and hell!”

Gradually the old monk began to open his eyes and saw the samurai stood in front of him, growing more and more agitated with each passing second.

“You wish to know the secrets of heaven and hell?” replied the monk. “You who are so unkempt. You whose hands and feet are covered with dirt. You whose hair is uncombed, whose breath is foul, whose sword is all rusty and neglected. You who are ugly and whose mother dresses you funny. You would ask me of heaven and hell?”

The samurai uttered a vile curse. He drew his sword and raised it high above his head. His face turned to crimson, and the veins on his neck stood out in bold relief as he prepared to sever the monk’s head from his shoulders.

“That’s hell,” said the old monk gently, just as the sword began its descent.

In that second, the samurai was overcome with amazement, awe, compassion and love for this gentle being who had dared to risk his life to give him such as lesson. He stopped his sword in mid-flight and his eyes filled with grateful tears.

“And that,” said the monk, “is heaven.”

10 Habits That Make You More Attractive

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1. Connect with people deeply
We are attracted to people like us, and we also find likable people attractive. Being likable is easy; be more interested in hearing about the other person than talking about yourself. Ask probing questions to understand the background behind people’s actions, preferences, and stories.

2. Treat friendships as a priority
Friends don’t let friendships grow apart. By nourishing your friendships, you are practicing the skills to sustain a happy relationship. Making your friends smile is always an attractive habit.

3. Live in the present moment
In a study of attractiveness in a speed-dating situation, women found men more attractive if they measured higher in mindfulness. Mindfulness is peaceful self-awareness. It is the knowledge that in the present moment, everything is just as it should be. Mindfulness is attractive because we shift focus away from anxiety or depression while we focus on the now. Mindful people tend to be more emotionally balanced.

4. Move your body
Obviously physical exercise keeps a body in shape, and healthy bodies are more attractive than unhealthy ones. When we think of someone who is attractive, they almost always possess grace in their movements. Balance and stretching, as well as mindful movements will help you to present yourself as an attractive partner.

5. Nourish yourself with excellent food
Beauty starts from the inside, so nourishing your insides. Think about your friends are watching you as you eat. Will you be more attractive to them if they saw you eating some greasy fast food or dining on a gourmet vegan meal that you had made yourself?

6. Know your self worth
Be sure of your value. Be confident in the fact that you are intrinsically valuable as a human being and more so because of your character, intelligence and kind actions. Self-love is the best way to build self-confidence. Be careful not cross the line into arrogance. Aim for an attitude of self-assurance.

7. Have excellent sleep habits
Sleep ensures that our bodies are able to replenish their depleted resources. Making a habit of getting good rest also means that you’ll look better physically. Mentally, well-rested people are better able to cope with stress and less likely to fail to manage their emotions. Good sleep is a good self-care habit that can also make you more attractive.

8. Make it a habit to have down time
Self-care includes some time with no stress or concerns. Make sure to release stress by enjoying plenty of down time. Choose an activity that feeds your soul like meditation, yoga or reading.

9. Forgive and learn from mistakes
Self-improvement means constantly learning. Intelligence doesn’t have to mean that you have a degree. You can demonstrate intelligence by learning from mistakes and handling it well when you make one. You can demonstrate self-kindness by forgiving yourself for making a mistake in the first place, then, show what you’ve learned by avoiding the mistake in the future.

10. Take immense pleasure in simple things
In every moment you have a choice to be happy or to be angry, sad or afraid. Choose joy and gratitude no matter the situation. The smile on your face in that moment makes you attractive as it changes your mood, it relieves stress and it helps you stay positive.

Consider This

Consider this:

During its first year of business, Coca-Cola sold only 400 Cokes.

Basketball superstar Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

Sheila Holzworth lost her sight when she was only 10 years old. The orthodontic headgear that was attached to her braces snapped and gouged her eyes. Despite her lack of sight, she went on to become an internationally known athlete whose accomplishments include climbing to the icy summit of Mount Rainer in 1981.

After Thomas Carlyle lent the manuscript of “The French Revolution” to a friend whose servant carelessly used it to kindle a fire, he calmly went to work and re-wrote it.

Winston Churchill was unable to gain admittance to the prestigious Oxford or Cambridge universities because he “was weak in the classics”.

In 1962, four young women wanted to start a professional singing career. They began performing in their church and doing small concerts. Then they recorded their first record. It was a flop. The second, third, fourth, fifth and on through their ninth recordings were all failures. Early in 1964, they were booked for The Dick Clark Show. He barely paid enough to meet expenses and no contracts resulted from their national exposure. Later that summer, they recorded “Where Did Our Love Go?” This song raced to the top of the charts, and Diana Ross and the Supremes gained national recognition and prominence as a musical sensation.

In 1905, the University of Bern turned down a doctoral dissertation as being irrelevant and fanciful. The young physics student who wrote the dissertation was Albert Einstein, who was disappointed but not defeated.