Monday 27 April 2020

Action Has to Come Before Motivation

We need to take small and effective actions to be the fuel of the motivation train! 

Action leads to Motivation.

People wait for motivation to strike, before they take action.

The feedback loop starts with Action, which motivates you, which leads to more action, which means you're more motivated to take action... :)

Sunday 26 April 2020

Long Life Through Practicing Ikigai

I love how it seems like the Japanese have a word for everything.  And I'm even happier that English tends to grab onto foreign terms and make them our own!

This concept is deep and important to Japanese, and when you find your Ikigai, you have a greater chance of living a meaningful life.According to Japanese tradition, everyone has their own Ikigai, which is basically our existence.
It is a sense of purpose and feeling of wellbeing.Interestingly, it is often used by Japanese speakers to describe moments that bring happiness or to name something that brings joy to their life. In essence, it is the Japanese secret to a satisfying and fulfilling life.

Saturday 25 April 2020

What’s different with a routine and a habit?

Habits happen without us even thinking about them... they’re effortless...  like brushing your teeth or shampooing your beard (if you’re a bald man) or you’re hair if you’re not a bald man.  

 A Routine is a repeated action (or actions) that require a certain amount of effort.  

Saturday 4 April 2020

Reading a book reduces mental stress

A thoroughly engaging speaker, Terry Small (otherwise known as The Brain Guy) has written in his newsletter about the calming effects of reading.  It doesn’t really matter what you’re reading, but it does have to be on the same topic.  

A University of Essex study* found that reading for just six minutes can reduce our stress levels by 68%.

Dr. Lewis, neuroscientist and lead researcher, states, "Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation."

It was found that reading slows the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and calms our minds

Jumping around and scanning news on a mobile device or computer can actually feel the opposite  to relaxing... leaving the information consumer feeling drained and stress.

So find a book or blog, and immerse yourself in a mother world for a few minutes a day.