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Before You

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Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.
– William Arthur Ward

Don’t expect anything from anyone. In the end, people will judge you anyway, so don’t live your life impressing others, live your life impressing yourself. Do things for yourself; in 10 years, no one is going to remember your choices except for you. Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy life. Life is short, so love yourself. Be happy and keep smiling. Just live for yourself.

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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.

Sand and Stone

Two friends were walking through a desert. During some point of the journey, they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, he wrote in the sand, “Today my best friend slapped me in the face.”

They kept walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but his friend saved him.

After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: “Today my best friend saved my life.”

The friend, who had stopped and saved his best friend, asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The other friend replied, “When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand, where the winds of forgiveness can erase it, but when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone, so no wind can ever erase it.”

Learn to write your hurts in the sand, and to carve your benefits from others in stone. It takes minutes to find a special friend, hours to appreciate them, days to love them, but an entire life to forget them.

Take the time to live. Do not value the things you have in your life, but value who you have in your life.

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.

Memory Palace

I first read about Memory Palace was in Thomas Harris’s novel – “Hannibal”. If you had watched the movie “Silence of the Lambs”, you will know the character Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a mnemonist of an unusual kind, able to internally adjust time so that he may quietly wander the precincts of his own psyche. In the book “Hannibal”, this conceit is enlarged to depict the entire scope of Hannibal’s Memory Palace: a four-dimensional building containing all the art works, texts and enactments of torture which he wishes to preserve intact.

So, what is this Memory Palace? Similar to using your knuckles to remember which months have 31 days, it is a method of memory enhancement using visualization and spatial memory. It anchors familiar information so you can quickly recall data. It is credited to the ancient people of Rome and Greece and is used by memory champions across the world. The key is to forget about trying to force facts and information into your mind through repetition. Instead, try to link the ideas in interesting ways that allow you to easily recall the data. Essentially, this is a journey through your mind.

To creating a Memory Palace:
Step 1: Choose a location you are familiar with (such as your home).
Step 2: Rehearse this journey in your mind several times. Try to think of your emotion in each room.
Step 3: Place a piece of information in each room and anchor it in a corner or on a physical object like a bed.
Step 4: Draw your Memory Palace.
Step 5: Begin your journey and make things interesting so they pop in your mind. The key is for the information to stick. Essentially, go wild and crazy with this technique, you don’t have to tell anyone.

Let’s see how this technique works.

The number Pi is a mathematical constant. It is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Typically, people will approximate it to 3.14 or 3.14159. Let’s look at an easy way to remember Pi up to 10 decimal places. To do this we simply create a sentence: May I have a large container of coffee ready for today? Then count the number of letters in each word. The length of each word represents a corresponding digit in Pi: May (3) I (1) have (4) a (1) large (5) container (9) of (2) coffee (6) ready (5) for (3) today (5).

Pi = 3.1415926535

You may put this information somewhere in the kitchen of your Memory Palace. You will be amazed how powerful these techniques are once you start practicing them. They are fun, easy to learn, easy to use and they work immediately. Stop memorizing, start having fun. Get weird and develop a superb memory!

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.