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Oct 2, 2013

Enjoying Christmas – Chunking Our Tasks

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Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, so it should be enjoyed. Instead, so many people I meet feel overwhelmed and exhausted by the time we get to Christmas Day. My videos, articles, Twitter and Facebook updates for the next three months are going to relate to steps we can take to enjoy Christmas. If you have any additional advice and tips that I miss, it would be fantastic to email me and let me know so that we can spread the ripple effect of helping our community enjoy the festive season. For many of you that have attended my “Systematise Yourself to a Productive Day” would have heard about the term “chunking”. Chunking is when you take a big task and break it down into smaller steps. That is what...
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Sep 25, 2013

Eagle’s Story

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Sep 25, 2013

The Parking Lot

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Have you ever had a problem that you were unsure how to solve? You know there has to be a solution somewhere; however, the more you think about it, the further away the best answer seems to be. There is one saying that is useful in this situation and that is “sleep on it”. It is a fantastic idea! It means just let your unconscious thoughts work away at finding a solution. Another great idea that I love is when I have a problem and I just don’t have the time or shouldn’t be investing the time in trying to solve that problem immediately. I may have a presentation to give or an important meeting to attend to. When this occurs and I am unable to give a problem or situation the...
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Sep 18, 2013

Implementing Strategies to Clear My Mind

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These are just some of the strategies to combat mental fatigue. You may have some other methods that help you relax and find peace in your life. Once you begin integrating these simple exercises into your day, you will begin to feel the weight lifted off your shoulders and before you know it, you'll feel like a brand new person! “You must weed your mind as you would weed your garden.” — Astrid Alauda I know how to quiet my thoughts I deserve rest and quiet when I need it, and I create a space in my Life where I can go to get what I need. I am at peace with my solitude. LIFE! Reflections on your journey - Louise L. Hay Simulate the Mind Once your mind is calm, it becomes a powerful receptacle for new ideas. Stimulating your mind can help you see things in a new light. “Letting go isn’t the end of the world; it’s the beginning of a new life.” Author unknown
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Sep 18, 2013

Kissing The Big Excuses Goodbye

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“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, and no regrets.” Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free There are basically two big excuses we all utilise: The first one is: I can’t really help the way I am; after all, people can’t change their DNA. What a great excuse this is. It easily excuses you from your behaviour. When you use these kind of excuses, you can place blame onto so many other people like your parents, your siblings, your grandparents, your teachers, your coaches. However, guess what? It’s not that good an excuse after all. Research has shown that we actually do change and that approximately 95 percent of us do not have genetic reasons for illness, depression, fear, and many other conditions. The second excuse is...
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Sep 11, 2013

Strategies to Clear My Mind – Stillness Meditation

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Is a medically based form of mediation Developed in 1950’s by Dr Ainslie Meares Meares taught people to relieve and manage anxiety by experiencing mental rest When correctly practised – anxiety levels and reduced and distressing symptoms gradually disappear – bringing about a more peaceful, balanced life Without learning how to rest the mind, the level of stress and anxiety generally does NOT go away instead it compounds The more stress you experience the more you get stressed What is stillness meditation? It is sitting still, options include: Sitting in a chair letting your thoughts run wild Quiet music Chant Sitting at the park, breathing deeply, being lost in your thoughts
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Sep 11, 2013

Affirmations To Eliminate Excuses

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We all use excuses at some time – whether it is to procrastinate, delay, deny, move the blame elsewhere … However, if you want to take action then perhaps when you find yourself using an excuse or wanting to use an excuse, you just start telling yourself something that will move you forward. It will be difficult – I have the ability to accomplish any task I set my mind to. It’s going to be risky – All things have an element of risk; however, being my true self involves no risk, it is me being genuine and authentic It will take a long time – It doesn’t matter how long it takes to live my life to the fullest and accomplish my dreams. There will be family drama – My family wants...
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Sep 4, 2013

Strategies to Clear My Mind – Breathing Exercises

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Try breathing exercises When things get rough, take deep breaths in through your nose; hold it for 10 seconds, then release. You'll notice that this will relieve tension. Controlled Breathing Technique: This rapid relaxation technique involves breathing in and out nine times in three series of three breaths. In the first series of three breaths, inhale deeply and, as you exhale slowly, say quietly or think to yourself, "Calm body." Repeat three times. In the second series of three breaths, inhale deeply and, as you exhale, say quietly or think to yourself, "Calm mind." In the final series of three breaths, inhale deeply and, as you exhale, say (and do) "Smile." - info@keytostressfreeliving.com Sound Sound is a traditional healing tool in many cultures in the world. Drumming, chanting or singing, bells, gongs - all produce vibrations and an internal resonance that promote beneficial changes in your brain. This will help you reach more relaxed and harmonious states. You can experiment with this by listening to chanting, or by chanting Om. What other sounds are soothing? Sounds of nature (try putting on a nature sounds CD) and mediation music. //
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Sep 4, 2013

Reclaim Your Power

You have the power to live more frequently Above the Line and to only make brief visits Below the Line. To briefly provide an understanding of what I meant about above and below the line, I want you to picture a line and above the line, written are: Take responsibility Think of solutions Look for the lessons Keep my power Below the line are written the words: Blame others Make excuses Whinge Victim (give my power away) It can be tough acting “Above the Line”. That’s why the majority don’t do it most of the time. That is why people selling “Magic Bullet” products do so well. You know, the products that promise you will make a heap of money without doing any work? Of course it takes effort and persistence to succeed but that is nowhere as sexy on...
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Aug 28, 2013

Strategies to Clear My Mind – Being Grateful is the Key

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Be grateful Just appreciate all the little things and little moments. Talk to people in a really nice voice, always compliment someone, and try not to be negative, see the good in everything. What is Gratitude? (Also thankfulness, gratefulness or appreciation) is a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgement of a benefit that one has received or will receive. Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. William Faulkner The experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions, but the systematic study of gratitude within psychology only began around the year 2000. Psychology has been more focused on understanding distress; however, with the advent of the positive psychology movement, gratitude has become a mainstream focus of psychological research. Gratitude is an emotion that occurs after people receive help, depending on how they interpret the situation. Specifically, gratitude is experienced if people perceive the help they receive as valuable to them, costly to their benefactor, and given by the benefactor with benevolent intentions. If you count all your assets, you always show a profit. Robert Quillen Gratitude Journal Writing a gratitude journal can be a great way of learning a more positive way of thinking. It helps you to really appreciate the small pleasures in life and to appreciate the things you do have instead of the things you don't. Each day, at the end of the day, get together as a family and take few minutes to reflect on the past day. Let each family member find at least five things that happened that day that he/she appreciates and is grateful for. “If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough.” Oprah Winfrey
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