Ten Steps To a Better You

Just the other day someone sent me an email thanking me for a Blog post that had resonated with them. I was about to send a brief reply with well wishes when I realised there was more to the message.

“Can you recommend ways in which I can better myself?”

“Boy,” I thought, “This is a tough one given that I don’t know the person concerned from a bar of soap!”

My mischievous nature felt inclined to respond: “Read a further nine blog posts” but then I reasoned that this person might not appreciate my taste in humour.

Then I thought: “If I’m going to invest the time to respond with something meaningful I may as well leverage that investment by creating a Blog post!”

So, dear readers, let me share my reply … Ten steps to a better you.

“I think life gives you lemons, and the thing that I’m working on doing is not watering it down, not putting sugar in it. Just drink it straight. The more you can take life head on… it’s gonna make you a better person, and then you have nothing left to be afraid of. And what an awesome way to live. “

– Cam (American musician)

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Listen to your inner voice

Let’s face it. Most of us have been brought up to believe that the answers to life’s challenges lie ‘out there somewhere’.

“Someone out there will have come up with a solution, it’s just a matter of finding it,” is a common way in which most of us respond to the issues and problems that we face.

After all, that’s how marketing works. “Find a need and fill it,” is the fundamental philosophy we are taught in Marketing 101.

People will pay good money to find a solution to their problems and, nowadays we are so stressed and time poor that we’re easily tempted by anything that offers a short cut or a ‘quick fix’ to get us what we want.

“Your mind knows only some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path.

– Henry Winkler

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Power or Force?

The inspiration for this week’s post comes from my Father’s Day gift – a fascinating book called Power vs Force by David Hawkins.

Let me be frank – the book’s not an easy read. It struck me as a curious and intriguing mix of spirituality, psychology, quantum physics and applied kinesiology.

It’s probably one of those books that you derive so much more out of it the second time round as much of the first time is spent trying to get your mind round various concepts.

Nonetheless, Hawkins shares some quite breathtaking revelations about the human organism’s capacity to distinguish, with absolute accuracy, truth from falsity.

“We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become.”

― David R. Hawkins

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Solving personal dilemmas

How often have you struggled with a personal dilemma between taking action to bring about needed change in your life and resisting that action to prevent possible negative consequences?

In Make This a Better Year – Part 1 I explained why people find it so difficult to embrace change.

A tussle rages between the ego – that desperately wants to protect one’s identity from change – and the inner being that passionately encourages change in the direction of one’s life purpose.

For many of us, in this image conscious world, the ego wins the battle and we resign ourselves to hold our course or keep on plugging away at whatever we’re doing, in the tenuous hope that fate, something or someone might intervene to change things for the better.

“The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively,  while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing.”

– Michael E. Gerber

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Make This a Better Year (Part 1)

It’s February, the holidays are long gone and if you’re like most, you’ll be back into the routine you’ve become accustomed to, with the shine rapidly disappearing from the New Year’s resolutions you made a month ago.

This is the time of the year when doubts start to creep in about  whether something different and exciting will indeed materialise from a year which held so much expectation at the start!

“I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.”

– Og Mandino

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