Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Secret of Life


..sounds simple, but in practice, I'm finding it a little tricky...

  • Balanced diet
  • Balanced lifestyle
  • Balanced emotions
  • Even language tone

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Thought for the Day

There is no such thing as failure, only feedback...  

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Type A Therapy

So, for a mind that goes 100 miles an hour, I found this useful...

A friend was telling me how much more productive they were when they were relaxed and this was even after they got rid of their blackberry.

The common message from wise, experienced leaders is that the key to life is seems to be the answer for everything: controlling stress, living a good life, maintaining physical health, managing workload...


1. Objective Thinking: Focus your thoughts. Stop other thoughts that are not specific to your wellbeing or task.

2. Be Still: Allow your thoughts to come and go, but resist the urge to follow each one. Your brain will eventually slow down and you will feel less pressured.

3. Count. If you find it difficult to let go of your thoughts, try counting slowly as you breathe. Watch your thoughts and try to resist following them. Turn your attention to the count as you breathe out.

4. Pay active attention. As you work and think, try to keep your attention on the task at hand. Be strict with yourself and each time your mind wanders, return it to the task. As you keep refocusing your attention, your “mind stillness” will improve.

5. Still your body. One sign of fragmented attention is fragmented movement. For example, when you are at the theatre, it is easy to tell if others around you are fully attentive to the performance. People who sniff and sigh, move their heads this away and that, and wiggle in their seats are having some difficulty concentrating. Rapt attention is usually accompanied by still body posture.

6. Find a comfortable position and don’t allow yourself to move. Concentrate on what you are doing or watching, drawing your attention away from physical distractions, and focus your thoughts on your task. After a while, you will notice that you fidget less and feel less physical discomfort. You are now channeled into mental exertion.

7. Interest your mind. Try to find interest in projects to help you concentrate. Taking up a new hobby can be a tremendous help. You should also try to find something interesting even in the dullest chore. If you are at a gathering, find someone and start a conversation. Be inquisitive and you might discover you have similar interests.

8. Open the mind. Just as strength, stamina and flexibility must be incorporated in your physical routine, the mind needs new and absorbing challenges to give it a change from its everyday journey. Notice something new on the same way home that you might not have noticed before. Buy a magazine on a subject you normally wouldn’t look at, read it, and open yourself to new possibilities.

Neurolinguistic Programming

There is no such thing as failure, only feedback...

Today, I'm intrigued by neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) thanks to a friend's suggestion.  I'm all about self-awareness and how one's attitude can affect their world.


In a nutshell: NLP helps to clarify goals and strategize how to get there.

1) Consciously identify goal
2) Pathway
3) Flexibility to reach outcome
4) Action

More Detail:
1) Visualize the goal. Understand that you can control the outcome.  
2) Are you moving towards the goal?
3) Consciously do things that are leading you towards your goal.
4) Act now.

Further bits & pieces:
  • Everyone's communication is according to their own perspective and life experience.
  • Effective communication depends on 2 people having the topic mean similar things to both of to them.
  • a person can change their physiology or their emotions by changing how they think. Mental Visualisation is powerful.
  • The person with the greatest flexibility of behaviour has the greatest control.
  • Actions speak louder than words - watch the body language and see what others are really communicating to you.