Monthly Archives: August 2016

Become 30% More Productive

Is it possible to become 30% more productive with a little extra effort?

This is the possible outcome from a presentation done by Shawn Achor and if you click the link you can see what he says for yourself.

His talk is great fun to watch and I have seen it many times before but only recently experienced what he says for myself. Near the end he talks about 5 things that we can all do you raise our happiness and in turn our productivity.

  1. Write down 3 things each day that we are grateful for.
  2. Journal a positive experience from the last 24 hours each day.
  3. Exercise.
  4. Meditation.
  5. Random acts of kindness.
The power is in doing these consistently for at least 21 days so that they become habit and the results can then become part of you.
We learnt this and so much more in the MKMMA course. The course was oversubscribed last year but I got a scholarship by getting onto the early notification list. The next intake is coming up in September click the link to get on the early list yourself.

Why do we need to become happy?

Have you ever had a major goal which you have achieved? It may be a new job, new car, promotion, marriage, new home, etc. During the process of achieving this goal we believed it would change our lives and we could then be happy. Now after the goal has been achieved did it really change your happiness in the long term or have you now moved the goal?
We must give ourselves permission to be happy now and enjoy the journey, if we are not enjoying the process then we are on the wrong journey. We have so much riding on this as it is our life, its not a dress rehearsal and it will not last forever. Waiting for a certain thing before we are happy is a perilous game and the science proves that it is slowing our productivity too.
I remember Dr Wayne Dyer saying ‘There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way’ and I now fully understand what he meant.
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Can You Make Yourself Happy?

Can you make yourself happy?Happy

I believe you can make yourself happy and I am strongly urging you to give it a try. Let us first consider why some people appear happier than others. We are seeing what they are projecting with their expressions, voice or actions. We are thinking they are happy based on this without giving much thought as to why initially. I know that we can all act, sound and look happy even at the worst of times so lets give it a try now. Just put a smile on your face walk with a purpose and say something pleasant to the next person you meet. I know that that made you feel good because it did for me when I did it too. We all know that the opposite is true too as we have experienced that before too. I have found that by acting happy we can attract happiness.

Make a list.

List just 20 things that pleased you recently. This could be a good experience or an act of kindness. Examples of both giving and receiving are good. I use index cards for this as I can put one thing on each card and shuffle them, read them and add to them easily. I am presuming that you have just done this and can see the benefit immediately of just writing them down. Imagine how you will feel reviewing them and adding to them! What a great resource this pile of index cards will become to you in the future because you will add to it and make it your own.

What else?

There are many techniques we can employ to improve our lives. I found them by getting a scholarship to the MKMMA course and completing the 6 month course. The next course starts at the end of September so now would be a good time to get on the early notification list. Just hop on the list by through this link and I will send you the link to the first video when they are about to launch.


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Life After Brexit

brexitWhat have we seen?

There has been a lot of talk after the Brexit result was announced. A lot of negativity from both camps too which is to be expected after such a campaign. What happens next is whare we find how great our country is.

The most revealing part of all this is how much people have attached their emotion to the result. I have seen it said that the result has made life worth living again for some or life unbearable for others. A lot of people needed to win this argument to justify themselves which is showing more than they expected to reveal.

Where are we now?

The dust is beginning to settle and life is actually still ok. The stock market didn’t like the shock but recovered and nothing much will change in the short term. A few people have said some things they regret and can now reflect on what they revealed about their inner voice.

I am noticing that those who are keeping their cool are those who have a greater mission in life. An authentic dharma has given them an inner peace. Knowing where you are heading and what you are doing to achieve this gives a good perspective. External factors have become less relevent as you are inner directed.

Many of us are parents and have an opportunty to learn from this and pass it on to the next generation. If we start crying foul and dismissing the views of those who voted out then we send a much bigger message to our kids than we intend. If we use this as an opportunity to show that life can be a success if we choose it to be a success then the learning will be more beneficial. It is never too late to find your purpose in life and start progressing towards it.

For some the process has given them a purpose. They have found a burning desire in politics and maybe this is the start of a new lifelong ambition. I don’t mean sharing questionable statistics on Facebook or quoting other people. Some people have shown great understanding of democracy and their part in it, for them a new future may await? I am involved in a small way in local politics and can see a clear route for anyone wishing to become more involved.

Where is our future?

The future will be full of opportunity and difficulty whatever happens regarding our exit from the EU. Those of us who are ready for this and know what we want will have more opportunity to do well. Those who are letting their future happiness be decided for them will miss out.

There is a bright future for self directed thinkers and always will be.



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