Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Short and Sweet

I woke up this morning. I was in a bad mood. I dragged myself out of bed and frogmarched myself into the shower. (I did not smile once)

I got out of the shower and still not smiling, mind you, I put my clothes on. (While I was doing this, I was cursing the weather, I was cursing the fact that I was still sweating and I had to put on a dress shirt and dress pants.)

I left my room and swore and cursed that I had difficulty putting on my shoes. Then as I was about to lock the door I realised that I had left my keys in the room. So I had to take my shoes off and go back into the room and find my keys.

As you can probably imagine I was not feeling the best.

Then I realised, I had a choice and we all have a choice each and every day. We can choose to be happy or we can choose to be miserable. Which is it? Which do you choose? Happy or miserable? It is that easy.

Which are you going to choose?



It's your choice.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Nice to see you. To see you ..... NICE

Bruce Forsyth, one of the most famous faces on British television passed away a couple of days ago. Forsyth was one of the longest serving people on television anywhere in the world. He was well known for games shows in particular and he had some interesting catch phrases:

"Nice to see you. To see you ....... Nice."

"Didn't he do well?"

"A cuddly toy!"

"Good game, good game."

"Oh, wasn't that a shame."

These were some of the catchphrases of Bruce Forsyth and for British audiences in particular, would remember them dearly.

He always seemed to be outgoing and talkative which is suppose is a prerequisite for his type of job or is it?

Do you have to have that in your face kind of personality to do this?

I think yes and no. It certainly helps. Nobody wants people on television who give one word answers and who don't smile and look like they want to be anywhere that's not in front of the television cameras.

Is the role of a television presenter only reserved for outgoing, extroverted people?

In a word, no. It is possible to pretend to be someone that is extroverted and outgoing an talkative. You can develop this skill like any other skill with lots of practice. It's all about harnessing the energy you have and playing a character in front of the many people that are watching you at the time. You are in a sense an actor.

So you don't all have to have the personality of a Sir Bruce Forsyth. As long as you make time for reenergising then building that alter-ego should be fun and rewarding at the same time.

RIP Sir Bruce Forsyth

Monday, 21 August 2017

Will Smith and today's quote of the day

"It's easy to take off all your clothes and have sex. People do it all the time. But opening up your soul to someone, letting them into your spirit, thoughts, fears, future, hopes, dreams...Now that's being naked." - Rob Bell.

What's this all about?

It's all about being open. Saying what's on your mind and not being judged.

I'm sure that if you are reading this blog, then you must have hopes and dreams. In fact, even people who don't read this blog have dreams but I'm sure that some don't have a plan to accomplish those goals.

Be selective with who you share your hopes and dreams with though. People are very good at bringing you down if they don't share your vision or they don't agree with it or they can't even contemplate it. They might use the following word that Will Smith talks about:

"Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity. Why would you be realistic? What's the point of being realistic? I'm going to do it. It's done. It's already done. The second I decide it's done. It's already done." - Will Smith

Will Smith is a fountain of knowledge and some of the characters he has played are great too.

“Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. Alright? You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do something’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something’, go get it. Period.” - Will Smith.

Good luck and go get it and remember, it doesn't matter how old you are or what has happened in the past. It is in the past for a reason. 

Go and get it!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Motivational music

Do you listen to music?

Is there anyone in this world that doesn't like some kind of music? Surely not.

What I don't like is how people are judged for their taste of music. Hey, if I'm going to listen to boybands or music from musicals then that is my prerogative and I don't need YOU to tell me that my music taste sucks. I haven't commented on your shirt so why should you comment on my music? Keep it to yourself.

What I do like about music is that some can be very motivational.

It can be some of the lyrics can get you going. It might hit a chord with you. The lyric might have something to do with what you are going through at that particular time and it is quite motivating.

Other times, it can just be the music itself and when I think of that I think of the following. Is there any better movie title music than this one? I think not.

What kind of music gets you going? What song really gets you out of bed in the morning? I suggest you find one (or two).

Of course, if the above isn't your cup of tea then maybe the following is:

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Some habits to implement in your life

A successful life is all about creating good habits. Building a routine and a lifestyle that you can sustain and most importantly, enjoy.

What can you do?

Here are some ideas:

1. Have a morning routine

I have tried to start a morning routine but I found that I couldn't sustain it, which is bad. I tried to follow a system in the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. It was certainly beneficial and it was quite enjoyable but I was boring the candle at both ends and I couldn't sustain it and by about 4pm I was struggling to keep my eyes open.

The good thing about a morning routine is that you are not rushed in the morning. You have time to yourself and to do stuff. You just have to get your sleep patterns organised.

2. Meditation

For me, this was part of the morning routine above. I tell you what, it does have it's benefits. You do feel a lot better. Your mind feels clearer. It is just a case of doing it consistently to create that habit. Also, what I have learned is that you don't need to do it for hours on end. Even just for five minutes you can benefit from it greatly.

3. Read books

My friend and I have been doing an activity that Brian Tracy (the self-help guru) suggests to do everyday. He calls it the Golden Hour where you read for an hour a day. My friend and I changed it slightly. We read and then send each other summaries of what we have read. The other person comments and sends it back. It has allowed me to read a lot more books than what I may have done in the past. In this case, I would recommend non-fiction books as opposed to fiction books. Tracy suggests to read in your field. For example, if you are in sales, you should read about sales.

4. Exercise

A few years ago I started Crossfit and it has become a part of my life. I would say that I don't take it as seriously as I should or as other people do but I get a lot out of it and it is fun .... sometimes. Lets just say that I am a lot fitter now than if I didn't do it so that's the main thing I suppose. Do something everyday and you will feel better and have stacks more energy.

5. Wake up early

What is that saying? The early bird catches the worm? One of my favourite pages on Instagram is Before 5am. It can be very motivational. The guy must be doing quite well as he has over 700,000 followers on Instagram. Not bad numbers I say. I think that if you are able to get up early and get things done then you are ahead of 95% of the population and you are creating yourself a huge advantage that you can leverage into the future.

6. Hobbies

If you have a creative hobby then you might become a harder worker. Of course, if you are really lucky, that hobby could turn into a business or a career.

I hope that has given you some ideas to work with. Just by following some of them you can create a great lifestyle for yourself and that is the most important thing, to create for yourself not for someone else. You want to create for you.

Thank you for 500

I've managed to post 500 times. I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read, look at and comment on my blog. I appreciate it.

My original goal was to be 500 and I have managed to reach that which I am very proud of. The plan is to continue and see where it takes me.

Thank you once again and I look forward to your support in the next 500.


Thursday, 17 August 2017

When phones are not so smart

I'm in a bad mood today, so there may well be bad language as I get something off my chest.

Smartphones are ubiquitous. While I'm writing this post, I can see three people in my eye line who are looking at their smartphones. (I'm going to look at mine now.)

I don't have a problem with this. I must admit that I am forever checking my phone and to be honest, it isn't very cool. I will sit in bed for hours, just reading articles, watching videos and basically day dreaming. Is it the new form of TV? I think that yes it is.

I should really change my habits and maybe then I can sleep a little bit better than I have been recently.

Today's post (rant) is about people who need to walk along the street with their heads down looking at their phones. It is really annoying.

Today I was walking along a narrow street and the Dominos Pizza delivery guy on his scooter had to avoid the guy who was walking all over the street with his head down looking at his phone.

Sometimes, when I'm feeling in a bad mood I will deliberately walk towards someone with his or her head down looking at their phone in a passive-aggressive attempt to make a point. Sometimes I will get an apology which is fine. At least they know they are doing something dumb.

Other times I will get a glare as if it is my fault that we just about bumped into each other. That really gets my goat.

What I know is, if you walk along the street with your eye constantly on your smartphone screen you are basically missing life. You miss seeing the scenery that is going by. You miss the hip new shop that has just opened. Hell, you might even miss the man/woman of your dreams walking by who wants to smile at you but you don't see it because your head is down and concentrating on that email that you have already read five times that morning.

Smartphones are great. They are one of the best inventions of the 21st century but do we really need to have it on our person 25 hours a day? (By the way, I do know that one day is 24 hours.)

Look up. Look around. You never know what you might find or see.