Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday Morning Inspiration!

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t;
If you want to win but think you can’t;
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose you’re lost;
For out of the world we find.
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in a state of mind.

For many a race is lost;
Ere even a step run.
And many a coward fails;
Ere even their work is begun.

Think  BIG and your dreams will grow;
Think small and you’ll fall behind;
Think that you can and you will;
It’s all in the state of the mind.

If you think you are outclassed you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise;
You’ve got be sure of yourself before;
You can even win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go;
To the stronger and faster man
But sooner or later the man who wins;
Is the person who think they can!

Author unknown

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading.

So here are the books I have come across this week that have been added to my wishlist!

i) Mr Rosenblum’s List:Or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman-Natasha Solomons.

Mr Rosenblums List

ii) Perfection-Julie Metz

Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal 

iii) Vision Board- Joyce Schwartz 

The Vision Board 

iv) The Book of Human Skin-Michelle Lovric
Book of Human Skin 
I would love to hear your comments on my "mixed-bag" , so please do leave a comment.
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

My "Uplift-erature"

Here are some of the books I would go to first when I need a "pick-me-up".

Life Is So Good: One Man's Extraordinary Journey through the 20th Century and How he Learned to Read at Age 98Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons: A NovelThe Kids from NowhereThe Difference a Day Makes: 365 Ways to Change Your World in Just 24 HoursLife's Golden Ticket: An Inspirational NovelPersuasion

The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for LivingThe Winter's Tale (Shakespeare Library Classic)When God Winks at You: How God Speaks Directly to You Through the Power of Coincidence

I would love to hear what books always put a smile back on your face.
Please do leave your suggestions.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Fear of Making Decisions?

I have been dreaming of,  and planning a new project which I’ve had in mind for some years now. Finally the time has arrived  to start putting the ideas into action.  However, now the time has arrived of the actual “doing” part of the project, I have lost a little of my “mo-jo”. I’ve been so enthusiastic about this project for a few years now, but now that it is all systems go, I seem to be debilitated into non-action. 

I  think it’s the fear of making the wrong decision. While the idea is  a pipe-dream, it’s OK to fantasize. But once you start putting the pieces together we suddenly fear that the decisions we are making are not the “perfect” ones. The fear of making the wrong choices can be completely debilitating (as I am finding out!).

Having to do everything perfectly is paralyzing. If we have to know without a doubt that the decisions we are making are the perfect ones, we risk never making any choices at all.  We have to remember it’s OK to make mistakes. Mistakes are messengers, letting us know when we are getting closer and when we are moving further away from our destination. They are powerful guides. But the key is NOT to dwell on our mistakes. We become what we think about, so we need to choose to focus instead on all the things that are going correctly; all the things we are doing proactively, and positively moves towards our objectives.   

I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you find it difficult to make decisions, or do you jump in with both feet fearless?
Please leave a comment with your thoughts.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Over at Should be Reading, MizB hosts WWW… WEDNESDAYS and asks readers to just answer the following 3 questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

  • What did you recently finish reading?

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

  • As an avid reader here's my choice for this week:

    Currently re-reading:

    ‘Your life in Your Hands’ by Professor Jane Plant

    Your Life In Your Hands : Understanding, Preventing, and Overcoming Breast Cancer 
    I BEG every woman reading this blog to please read this book. It’s the book the medical and pharmaceutical industry don’t want you to know about. I have no affiliation with the author. But, I have been touched by cancer (I lost my mum to cancer when I was only 24 and she was only 49). I have given this book to all my close girlfriends and gifted this book to all my clients. Two friends who had cancer and who had each been told by the doctors they had months to live, are cancer free and healthy 5+ years later. Please love yourself enough to read this book.

    Recently finished reading:

    Lucia Lucia: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) 
     It's the first time I have rad this author, and don't really like romance books, but absolutely loved this book.

    What do I think I will read next?

    'Very Valentine'- byAdriana Trigiani, as I loved the first book I read of hers (above)

    Very Valentine: A Novel

    'What Everybody is Saying'-Joe Navarro

    What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People As a former Criminal Psychologist, how can I not want to read this!

    I would love to hear your comments on my selections.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2010

    Happiness is.............

    .....................many things to many different people.

    Here are some of my favourite tips and simple pleasures that always brighten up my world.

    Tip1: Become and optimist.
    Optimists are happier and more successful. In the face of set-backs they see the future as full of possibility. How? Imagine your best possible self 10 years from now. What are you doing? How are you feeling? Reflecting on dreams can help you think positively.

    Tip 2: Focus on what’s going right.
    This is a “biggie” and one of the principles of the law of attraction.Ever wondered why the law of attraction isn’t working for you? I’m sure you will find the principle reason is you are focusing on all that isn’t working and not what is going right. In tests 92% of depressed people who listed every day three things that went well, became happier with their symptoms halved in 15 days.

    Tip 3: Try meditation.
    Buddhist Matthieu Ricard is one of the world’s happiest people. He has spent much of the past 35 years meditating. Studies have shown that meditation causes huge activity in the brain area associated with happiness. A few hours of meditation can kick-start this process.

    Tip 4: Perform Random Acts of Kindness.
    According to various research happy people are more likely to volunteer, and the more they do, the happier they are. Acts of kindness are an easy way in; they give you perspective and counter feelings of alienation.

    Here are some things that create those warm, fuzzy feelings of happiness within me (aside from the obvious of family and friends).

    Little Miss Sunshine


    My luggage coming out first on the conveyor belt at the airport
    The postman arriving with lots of packages

    Guilty pleasures:
    Ben and Jerry's ice-cream
    Cashmere socks for slouching around in the house
    New books
    Homemade soup on a really cold day

    Lovely Day-Bill Withers
    Dancing Queen- Abba
    Don’t Stop me Now- Queen
    Club Tropicana- Wham

    Please leave a comment and let me know what makes you happy.

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