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How to be a Winner with New Year’s Resolutions!

A new year brings opportunities for fresh beginnings and comes with intentions to make positive changes for the better! It is important to consider how you design your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 to ensure you achieve them. In this post, we will go over: – The tools that you need to make this happen – How to sustain your New Year’s Resolutions – What you can do to work towards becoming the best version of yourself so that you can design a life worth living. So what are some inspirations to help us kick off with our resolutions? Check out the following TED talk by Judson Brewer “A simple way to break a bad habit”. His talk provides insight into the underlying factors that influence behaviour. In addition, the components that build up a habit are explored with a solution to reinforce your resolutions. Can’t watch the video right now? Read the transcript of A simple way to break a bad habit here Tools You Need to Consider for Your New Year’s Resolutions Accountability. Find supportive people who can aid with improving yourself, you’ll find that fulfilling your resolutions becomes easier. Your accountabilities presence may provide more motivation and save you from your not so great days. Visualisation of Your Desired Outcome. Do this regularly and you’ll find the extra motivation to achieve them. This tool provides more energy to fuel you to work hard towards your resolutions.    Designing Action Plans and Writing Them Down. Consider the steps you will need to take to get from Point A to Point B. This will empower you to take action. The...

Beyond Christmas in a Lifetime: The Best 3 TED talks that will blow your mind!

“The spirit of Christmas has the power to change the world in many ways you might not considered”” No matter what season you’re in, there is always great lessons that we can take on board from the Christmas spirit. It’s a life event that happens to all of us and going beyond the joys exchanged, we can take this forward into everyday life. With that in mind, the following inspirational TED talks shall challenge you to consider the moving stories that arise from human interactions which create a better world. This is often influenced by the spirit of giving and it’s magnificent. The TED talks that you must consider which go beyond the Christmas season Jose Miguel Sokoloff: How we used Christmas lights to fight a war https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fi83BHQsMA   It’s All About the Giving: Dan McComas at TEDxDePaulU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phoUVH05kEg&t   Christmas is an arms race: Georgine Getty at TEDxXavierUniversity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfgtKWTHkDo   The above inspiring TED talks all present different ways of how carrying the spirit of giving can change the world. It brings up the idea that no matter what happens, no matter the injustices or imperfections in the world. Deep inside us, we will always strive for better outcomes in humanity and work towards moving forward. It’s a light that exists inside all of us that we need to cling on to get out of any tunnel. For more ideas worth spreading subscribe here for the latest updates and like us on our Facebook page. So at the end of the day what does Christmas means to you and what are the important lessons you’ve learnt from this universal celebration?...

Travel for the Best Adventures: These are the 5 Things You Need to Know

“Go on, travel. You will transform and be better because of it” Are you keen to enhance your travel experiences and fill your life with the beautiful things that the world has to offer? Be excited, as you have taken a step forward in enriching your heart with more positive experiences for considering the above. Often we get caught up on a tiny dot on the map, running in circles with the same old routine which often leads to missing out on the simple joys that can be accessible anytime. The best way to counteract this experience is to get out there and travel. A wise man by the name of Ferris Bueller once said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it”. So how do we make the best of travelling and get started? In reality, it’s not necessary to have a stash load of money to be fulfilled and really get out there. No matter what stage you’re in, considering the following TOP 5 tips shall give you a kickstart in your travels particularly for day trips. 1. Start Out by Doing Your Research.  There are plenty of ideas that exist as to what are the best places to visit, you could start your search with a keyword of a particular area and usually, it can branch out from there. Try a place you have no idea about. Thanks to society becoming more connected via the internet, in particular, social media. Most of our world has been explored by humankind that has been documented by some media i.e. Instagram. Their...

Stress: This is what happens when you see more… ‘Hell No!’

If you’re in a steady state, considering the following will help you prepare yourself to surf the next upcoming wave of stress! Stress, let’s face the facts. In this modern day lifestyle, where there are ever-rising demands to meet, you’ll find most of our working lives are comprised of 99% stress and 1% being human. What an eye-opening figure! This kind of stress is unhealthy and when sustained, can lead to various problems such as burnout. So what can we do about it? Stop. Whatever it is, you are doing right now, take the next 18 seconds purely for yourself. Breathe in slowly from your stomach for 7 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, and then release through pursed lips for 7 seconds, first emptying the stomach followed by your lungs. Right. You have calmed your nervous system, and even if it may feel like an insignificant action, you have made a positive difference. Additionally, if this is how you or someone else’s stressful situation looks like (let’s recall, 99% stress and 1% human) – we can always find ways to get back on our feet, move forward and make the best of it which will all be covered in this blog post. At the end of the day, being helpful to your stress is always the better option than to increase further suffering. No one wants to be stuck in reverse right? The Clearer Model of Seeing More Stress! Stress is our biological response to events that are perceived as challenging or threatening. Picture yourself as a ninja diving into the action of fight, flight or freeze. Such traits have...

Procrastination: Sensational Ways of Being at Ease

  It’s that time of the year. You’ve been faced with the raging war of giving into procrastination when the ever increasing demand for major projects, tasks and exams have deadlines that need to be met, and it is coming at you fast before you can take your well-deserved break for the Christmas season. This experience can be quite stressful, and for some others, it’s overwhelming. As statistics based from Brandon Gaille’s Publication on Procrastination show that it affects 95% of us in the population with 20% being chronic offenders. Does that sound familiar to you? Well fear not, there are always possibilities that exist in being able to get through it! So what can we do about it? For starters, identifying what causes it and why it occurs is the first step towards breaking your procrastination cycle. A common sign to watch out for that indicates the beginning of your procrastination is being distracted by anything that doesn’t help the task even if it’s for a minute or so! Based on the publication conducted by The Association For Psychological Science procrastination is attributed to varying factors such as: The task perceived to be unpleasant and therefore developing the need for instant gratification at which procrastination is a quick fix for this. Perfectionism often associated with the fear of failure. Getting caught up by other commitments in life that appear to be more meaningful which therefore results in an attitude to simply get by via the bare minimum. If you’ve figured out, all the above factors are internal and therefore you are more capable of managing procrastination more than you think!...