Do affirmations work?

One habit that I have followed religiously since I read Scott Adams book  “How to fail at almost everything and still win big” to encourage me to think positively and focus on what I want is affirmations.

What is an affirmation?

An affirmation is basically something that you say to yourself in order to help encourage a positive outcome.  So for example in Scott Adams book he would say to himself

“I Scott Adams will one day I will be a successful cartoonist”.

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First achievement of the day

What has been the first thing that you achieved today?

Not sure?

This morning I started the day by getting up and cycling down to the gym. Upon checking my stop-watch I realised I had shaved some time off my cycle.  I thought

“Great my first achievement of the day!”

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On confidence

Over the last several years I have been on a mission to increase my confidence.  I am better than I used to be but still have some bad habits.  Until recently I was blissfully unaware until I got some feedback from my last job interview

“you know your stuff but you need to show more confidence in yourself”

This was pretty surprising as I thought I was coming across confident.  Upon reflection I realise that there are areas that I can focus on to make myself appear more confident.

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How did we all become such miserable bastards?

In the western world we live in a very privileged society.  We have safety, comfort and the freedom of leisure in ways that our ancestors never experienced.

So, what I am wondering is…

How did we all become such miserable bastards?

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Self-Destruction (Part 2)

Self-Destruction – the opposite to Self-Improvement can have a deadly effect on goals, your dreams and your life.

This post is a continuation from Part one, which can be read here, where the first for seven deadly sins of self-destruction were covered.  This part looks at how the final four sins can effect us being better people. Continue reading “The Seven Deadly Sins of Self-Destruction (Part 2)”

The Seven Deadly Sins of Self-Destruction (Part 1)

Self-Destruction – the opposite to Self-Improvement can have a deadly effect on goals, your dreams and your life.

We are all guilty of doing these from time-to-time, however by being aware of these negative personality traits we can be more self-aware and reduce this behaviour.

Part One takes us through the first four sins.

Part Two is the final three and will be published tomorrow.


Excuses

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I could have done it, but….”

I was listening to someone on the bus and they were talking to a friend on the phone and proudly telling them that they got a 2:1 at University.  They sounded happy, but then they made excuses why they did not do better. Continue reading “The Seven Deadly Sins of Self-Destruction (Part 1)”

Self Improvement for the Soul: Positive Thinking

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This great graphic from Healthcentral.com is a good way of highlighting all are negative thinking.  As you look through the list at the negatives think of all the barriers it creates to are self-improvement.

“I didn’t do it” is not taking responsibility for are actions – by doing this we cannot learn from are mistakes.

“I’ll mess up” is an excuse we make not to take risks.  If we don’t take a risk we cannot develop.

Think positive today.