The consequence of the misfortune: Alan Watts

The consequence of the misfortune: Alan Watts Today I want to share this informative parable I  heard from Alan Watts about a Chinese farmer, as it offers a different perspective about the consequence of when good and bad things happen to us Once upon a time there was a Chinese farmer who lost a horse, … Continue reading The consequence of the misfortune: Alan Watts

Goals to look after your wellbeing

Goals to look after your wellbeing One in four people in the United Kingdom will experience a mental health problem according to Time to Change. A lack of ambition creates the feeling of hopelessness of not having a purpose in life. Although mental health can be complex actions can be taken and having goals can … Continue reading Goals to look after your wellbeing

I tried to stop complaining for 21 days, here’s what happened…

I tried to stop complaining for 21 days, here's what happened... When I started self-improvement there was a sense of awe at the outlook leaders in the field possesed. Some had terrible backgrounds, yet didn't complain.  It made me wonder - how did they maintain such a positive mindset? Are they like that 24/7 or … Continue reading I tried to stop complaining for 21 days, here’s what happened…

Disaster Strikes! Steps to building a resilient mind in the face of adversity

Disaster Strikes! Steps to building a resilient mind in the face of adversity We all have good weeks and bad weeks. When I worked in the Child Protection unit, I was overseen by my incompetent manager Lesley. And she absolutely despised me! These types of managers were dime a dozen during my time in local … Continue reading Disaster Strikes! Steps to building a resilient mind in the face of adversity

Handling pressure: Lessons from the SAS

In two situations that are relatively the same, why do two different people react in different ways? One responds having a meltdown and being unable to function.The other is unmoved by the situation and responds in a calm manner, handling the problem. The answer lies in the individual's ability to handle pressure - an invaluable … Continue reading Handling pressure: Lessons from the SAS

Why bucket lists are bad and why you should shun them *repost*

Why bucket lists are bad and why you should shun them *repost* Let's say I asked you to put together a bucket list – a list of things that you want to do before you die. Before reading on, take a minute to think about what those things would be. Done it? Okay I will … Continue reading Why bucket lists are bad and why you should shun them *repost*

Building habits to last: the path to success

Building habits to last: the path to success Habits - it's something that dominates self-improvement thinking. The internet is full of research and opinion on building habits.  The fascination ultimately comes down to the fact that it can be the difference between success and failure (or if you want to get dramatic -  life and … Continue reading Building habits to last: the path to success

Gratitude 2019

As we head into 2019 - the year which will mark the anniversary of my blog running for five years, it seems the perfect opportunity to reflect what I am grateful for. To feel nothing but gratitude for the year to come is pretty poignant - I remember starting 2014, with feelings of dread as there … Continue reading Gratitude 2019

Why do you want more money?

In my last post I discussed about keeping goals simple.  A major part of this is how important it is to apply a metric to any goals that you set so that there is room for measurement as you progress. This got me thinking about a goal that is very easy to apply a metric to … Continue reading Why do you want more money?

How to keep your goals simple

The Internet really over complicates goal setting. If it is not recommending the 'best' app to record your goals, it offers a platitude of content at the users' disposal.  Many a cunning person has exploited this, as if by applying a monetary value their advice is seen more impactful, when it is just another piece … Continue reading How to keep your goals simple

Enjoy the journey

Upon undertaking the journey of self-improvement an individual typically finds they go through three stages of emotions in the quest to live a more fulfilling life. Elation When a decision to self-improve is made, one commits to deliberate effort addressing what they want in life; typically this comes in the form of setting goals and … Continue reading Enjoy the journey

Out of step (with the world)

Several years ago my life was a mess, despite ambition and a strong work ethic, I saw little to no results. With hindsight my priorities were out of order I was volunteering for an environmental charity where I was focused on trying to make the world better.  This was not making life better and I … Continue reading Out of step (with the world)