(120) Let your results speak for themselves – 30th April 2013

Let Your Results Speak

 

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(119) Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Actions Speak Louder

 

Today: Think twice before listening to the rumours, think twice before getting involved in mindless gossip. Believe the good that you see & do some good today. 

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28th April 2013 (118): Take The Stairs!

No Lift

There are no shortcuts to success. You have to willing to put in the hardwork, to be committed when things don’t go your way & to keep the faith that you will be rewarded with success!

So Today: Take the stairs! & If you don’t feel like it…remember there are thousands of people running the Manchester marathon today…still don’t feel like taking the stairs?

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(117) 27th April 2013

Courage

Today: Face your fear & do it Anyway.

Remember: if it scares you, it’s probably worth a try!

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Friday Fun:: Drinks at The Savoy

So we made a rookie mistake at The Savoy…

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(115) Put your tea down right now! Why? It’s the 25th April 2013

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A mid-week laugh from The Asian Destination (114) 24th April 2013

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Shoot For The Moon! (113) 23rd April 2013

Shoot fro the moon!

Today: Aim high! You are capable of amazing things. Just put your mind to it and focus. Don’t sell yourself short.

Don’t be a show-off, show off the best version of yourself!

Things still might not work out the way you would have liked, but at least you gave it your all.

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Be A Warrior! (112) 22nd April 2013

WARRIOR

It’s often very easy to get swept away with worry. One bad thing happens and before you know it, you start worrying about 10 more things that most likely, won’t ever happen!

So today: When worry seems to take over, stop and take a deep breath. Ask yourself, is this anxiety really valid? What is the likelihood of it occurring? And if it does, what is the worst that can happen?

We have been given this life because we are strong enough to face its challenges.

So exhale the worry and embrace your inner warrior.

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Destination: Inspiration (111) 21st April 2013

Do What is right

‘Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same’

– The Fray

Why is it that when we know we should do something, we often put it off?

We are surrounded by constant reminders that time is precious and that we should seize the chance to make our own unique mark on this world before it is too late. Yet still, we procrastinate, still we possess a naivety that time will somehow stop for us.

If you were to look back in 5 years time, 10 years time, 20 years time, would you feel satisfied that you had devoted your life to something that you were passionate about or would you look back with regret at the chances you were too scared to take?

For anyone graduating from university, the world can be viewed in two ways: through one lens it’s exciting, filled with abundant possibilities. Through another lens however, the prospect of unemployment in an increasingly competitive job market can make life’s opportunities seem little more than a Utopian fantasy.

So what do we do? Everyone has different desires and interests. Some crave the fast-paced corporate life yet it is not for everyone. Others feel peer-pressured into following a certain path, I know I often do.

But what is the right decision? I guess it depends on the person.

Perhaps in some situations, it is better to take the ‘road less travelled’ and to look back at a series of stepping stones culminating in your own personal success story.

It may initially be the hardest path to follow; you may come up against backlash from friends and family advising you to stick to the more traditional routes. Ultimately though,  it’s your life to be lived, no one else’s.

Isn’t that better than tirelessly working, promising yourself you will ‘start living your dreams’ once you reach retirement?

So Today:

Take a minute to really think about what it is you are truly passionate about. What is it that ‘lights you up’?

Live as if you have already retired!

Start living TODAY, with purpose, happiness and enjoyment.

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Destination: Inspiration (110) 20th April 2013

make it count

 

The Wall

Every worthwhile journey, comes with obstacles and challenges.

During academic work especially, there were always moments of great resistance moments in between starting an essay and handing it in.

Others, have, in the past termed this, The Wall. It seems determined to stand tall defiantly, regardless of the force at which you try to push through it and knock it down.

We have all probably experienced The Wall, in one form or another.

Tomorrow marks the day many runners have been waiting for: 21st April, the day of the London Marathon 2013.

According to statistics, most non-elite runners seem to ‘hit The Wall’ around the 20 mile mark. ‘Hitting The Wall’ in endurance sports seems to be the body’s natural response to being physically ‘exhausted’ and can be overcome with appropriate energy snacking and hydration.

Yet even equipped with the best nutritional resources or the best essay/dissertation strategy, it’s sometimes inevitable that we reach a point where our morale drops.

When we lose all hope, what is it that keeps us going?

Somehow that essay will get done & the finish line will be in sight (finally!)

It is as if we have a reserve store of strength that can only be accessed ‘in case of emergency’.

This inner strength seems to help us when we are about to lose hope and just quit altogether. It will carry us to where we are meant to go and where we are meant to be, as long as we are willing to follow our instincts.

So what marathon are you on today?

What have you been working towards for so long, but are feeling like quitting?

Is it your final report or dissertation?

Have you been rejected from numerous job interviews and have lost all hope?

Or are you at one of those inevitable crossroads of life, contemplating which direction to take?

Whichever Wall you’re struggling with today, just know that you are exactly where you need to be.

However much The Wall seems to tower over you, keep standing tall and standing your ground. You may have hit The Wall but it will not conquer you, you have the capacity to take it down, brick by brick.

The Wall may be in the form of procrastination – Facebook, Twitter and YouTube that’s stopping you from focusing on your coursework. Or maybe you’re fantasising about food which is strictly ‘off-limits’ on a specific diet that you’re on…or maybe it’s even the dreaded ’20 mile mark’ in the upcoming marathon.

When you hit The Wall, remind yourself of why you started. Imagine the feeling you will have when you cross that (possibly metaphorical) finish line. The feeling of accomplishment, satisfaction and pride will be well worth the pain of a ‘fried brain’ through excessive writing or body exhaustion.

This is your moment. Make it count.

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Destination: Inspiration (109) 19th April 2013

It's not selfish

We are always taught to be kind, thoughtful and selflessto put others before ourselves.

However, how often do you look after yourself the same way you would look after a friend or loved one? Why is it always easier to encourage other people to eat healthy, go to the doctor, take time for themselves yet so hard for us take our advice?

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in trying to help everyone else, become too involved in fixing the problems of other people, rather than focus on own needs first.

That’s not to say we should not care about others, of course we should.

Sometimes, though we must make sure that we’re not trying to avoid tackling our own problems by helping out everyone else first.

A good example is the safety advice on aeroplanes in case of emergency: ‘Put your own oxygen mask on before you can help others’.  Without your own mask & your own well-being, you will be unable to assist others, as much you try to.

So Today:  When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself. – Paul Coehlo

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Destination:Inspiration (108) 18th April 2013

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There’s the idea that the better at multi-tasking we are, the more efficient and effective we are.

Sometimes however, I have found this to be counter-productive.

I end up rushing around, carrying out numerous errands simultaneously only to get half way through each of them before realising I should be focusing on another thing on my to-do list.

 When it comes to the ‘big things’ I personally work best when I set aside some time to just focus on one thing at a time.

That way all your energy can be channeled into ensuring you give your all to the task at hand.

 

So Today: Just Focus.

Tackle one thing at a time but do it to the best of your ability.  

Why not try it & let me know if it works for you!

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Destination: Inspiration (107) 17th April 2013

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We’ve heard it all before haven’t we?

‘Live every day as if it was your last’

Sometimes though, that’s easier said than done.

What stops us? Often it’s fear.

Sometimes the fear of failure is so big that we forget to even try!

Sometimes it’s the fear of not being accepted by peers; the fear of rejection by family, friends, peers.

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But surely there needs to be a little fear for us to strive for better results or even bigger goals.

Maybe that fear is what we need to make sure we are progressing and stepping out of our comfort zone (within reason, of course…unless you like being a bit of an adrenaline junkie!)

A fulfilled life often consists of a balance between: necessary certainty in our lives (we are creatures of habit, we like a schedule) combined with bursts of necessary uncertainty (these scary things require us to step out of our comfort zone and ‘DO things’!)

There is of course, unnecessary uncertainty – may cause thrills but may not be essential for your personal growth.

I once heard that to differentiate between ‘necessary uncertainty’ and ‘unnecessary certainty’ you should ask yourself the following question:

‘Would I regret not doing this on my deathbed?’

A bit morbid, but does the job into putting things into persepective.

If the answer was ‘yes’, then you have your answer.

No matter how scared the decision makes you, you know that you would regret not doing it in the future.

So today: Set yourself one small act to attain. It may be a tiny baby step in comparison to your ultimate goal, however, as long as you keep moving, you’ll be one step closer to achieving your dream.

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Destination: Inspiration (106) 16th April 2013

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Take a moment to remember the fallen & the injured.

Not just from yesterday’s Boston marathon but those from all across the world, especially the ones that go miss out on such high profile media exposure. Did you know 30 civilians were killed at an Afghan wedding today?

Take a moment to put your daily worries into perspective.

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Do you have a deadline fast approaching?

If you are a student with a deadline, you are lucky enough to be getting an education.

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Did you oversleep this morning?

You are probably lucky enough to have a warm bed to go to in the evening & a shelter for the night.

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Did you just have an argument with someone?

Be grateful you have loved ones that you can call your family & friends.

Take a moment to see the light in every situation.

After yesterday’s events at the Boston Marathon, the citizens of Boston turned to helping distressed marathon runners by offering them their own homes as shelter. A local restaurant, El Pelon even offered people a place to charge their phones, food and drink or ‘just a place to calm themselves’ saying, ‘pay only if you can’.

 

So today:

Be grateful for what you have & know that you are blessed.

Take a moment to pray for those less fortunate around the world – pray not just for the victims but for the perpetrators as well.

Why?

‘We need to be the peace we want to see & return good for evil’ – Charley Roth.

Sources: Thomson Reuters 2013, MailOnline.com

 

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