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STOP! Take a break!

26 Jul

Have you ever felt like this?

You wake up in the early hours of the morning in attempt to yet again cram in as much into one day as possible, work flat out in your non-contracted 12 hour shift, leave work, pick up an unhealthy bite, deceive your mind into believing it has full focus and concentration for the next after-work endeavour, work for a few more hours, get to bed in the early hours of the morning only for the cycle to repeat itself again. If you have ever had a dissertation to complete, new business venture to get up and running or extra-curricular activity to pursue, you can probably relate to the above.

Now if you’re like me you’ll probably convince yourself into thinking that continuing at such a ridiculous pace is justifiable because of motivational mantras such as, “I am still young and able”, “It’s only for a season” or “Perseverance is key”.

I’m here to tell you this…

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The Impostor Syndrome

25 Jul

70% of all people feel like fakes at one time or another. Some 30% have it to the degree that it interferes with their work and their life. A phenomenon labeled Impostor Syndrome.

A psychological research from the early 1980’s found that many women especially skilled professionals had high levels of self-doubt. The more successful they become, the more they feel like frauds. They feel as though they’re fooling people. There’s a conflict between their self-image and external reality.

This is certainly true of some of the females I’ve spoken to who believe:

  • Am I going to be found out one day at work for not knowing enough?
  • Did I get this job by fluke?
  • Is my partner with me because I’m low maintenance and doesn’t really find me attractive?
  • Do my friends really like me or just putting up because of how long they’ve known me?

Reading a recent article in Shortlist magazine on Impostor Syndrome (IS), it confirmed my long held belief on this. I share below five practical tips on how to unlock IS and live the life you deserve. Continue reading

Thoughts to Caffeinate – #2

19 Jul

“Your mistakes are what makes you” (Made in Nachmo, Jun 2010)

It may seem unusual at first but your mistakes shape the character you will eventually become. Success in any endeavor depends on the ability to learn from your mistakes.

Our errors are portals of discovery though we usually don’t see it like that. Continue reading

Quote of the Week – Take a Risk

30 Jun

 
“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it” ~ Chinese Proverb

For thousands of years most seawater pearls were retrieved by divers working across the world’s oceans. The only means of obtaining pearls was by manually gathering large numbers of pearl oysters from the ocean floor. Continue reading

What really motivates you?

17 Jun

I’d like to share this animated video of a talk given by Daniel H. Pink based on his NY Times best-selling book – ‘Drive’. Quite remarkable; you just have to see it!

It’s been described as a ‘paradigm-shattering’ look at what really motivates us and how we can use that knowledge to work smarter and live better. 

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Quote of the Week – Leap of Faith

16 Jun

 

 

“Leap and the net will appear” ~ Zen Saying

This saying has its origins in the ‘Zen’ school of thought, which means ‘meditation’ in Japanese. So it’s quite apt for this weekly series of musings. The quotes are handpicked from various sources with a view to apply their knowledge and insight. I hope they inspire as well as broaden your horizon. Continue reading

Invictus

7 Jun

I recently watched a movie called Invictus. I know I know, it’s old. I saw the ad on the billboards and thought it looked rubbish – and I could not make out what the hell ‘Invictus’ meant. I watched the movie because my sister had put it on and to my surprise it was pretty good. The movie did not answer the question of what Invictus meant, and if it did, I missed it, so I dug around (which means I Googled it) and found out that Invictus is the title of a short Victorian poem written by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903) – (for a brief synopsis of his life and what prompted the poem see Wikipedia).

 The poem spoke to me immensely – especially when viewed through the eyes of the most famous occupant of Robben Island, Nelson Mandela. I thought I’d share it with the rest of you too. Continue reading

Twenty ‘Ifs’ for a Winning Attitude

1 Jun

Our attitude in day to day living is an essential aspect for living a successful life. The right attitude can transmit enough motivation to help you succeed beyond your dreams. Develop and influence these twenty quotes below, and the rest will sort itself out.

  1. If you have the desire, you are halfway there.
  2. If you do your best, don’t mind the rest.
  3. If you can’t control the wind, adjust your sail.
  4. If you are headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns.
  5. If you can imagine it you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
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Feel the fear and do it anyway

16 May

This ad appeared on the Sports Illustrated magazine in 1992. It features a quote by Barry Sanders of Detroit Lions (NFL), widely regarded as one of the greatest American football running backs ever to play the game. 

  

Be inspired. 

  

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Public Knowledge

12 May

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