I Reckon I Could Rob A Bank – So Could You

I might get caught but I actually think I’d have a reasonable chance of getting away with it. In fact I think that lots of people could, it’s probably pretty easy. The guys that get caught doing it are normally idiots. But I wouldn’t ever rob a bank. Obviously the chance of going to jail…

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Are You One In A Million? (Answer: No)

A million used to seem like a big number but it’s not anymore. You’re actually one in 6.8 billion. As a human you’re not rare. But as the unique individual that you are, you most certainly are rare. But in terms of how you live your life – are you actually rare or are you…

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Are You Firefighting?

Image: DVIDS247 When the proverbial hits the fan or when everything seems to happen at once, it’s easy to move into firefighting mode. We concentrate on the immediate problem. We drop the things that keep us sane. We don’t go to the gym because there isn’t time. We eat fast food because we’re too tired…

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7 Questions

Image: walknboston What have you done for someone else recently? What have you done for the world as a whole recently? What would you like people to say about you at your funeral? What do you think they’ll actually say? What could you do to change this? If your life was going to end at…

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If Effort Was A Commodity

It would be worth more than gold. Wars would be fought over it. Lives would be dedicated in it’s pursuit. Those willing to expend it would find it easier to get more of it. But it’s not a commodity. It is something you already have within yourself. You can tap into it at any time.…

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Happiness Is Activity

Image: nattu Nuff said.

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What “Personal Development” Really Means

Reading a book about what it’s like being a soldier in Iraq isn’t the same as actually going there. It doesn’t mean you really have any idea what it’s really like. You might think you do, but you don’t. In a similar way, reading blogs about personal development doesn’t mean you know anything about it,…

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Healthy Skepticism

Is a rare thing. Self-proclaimed skeptics generally aren’t skeptics, they’re just people who enjoying disagreeing with things. But healthy skepticism is a different thing. It’s good to have a look at things before trusting them. It’s good to consider what people are saying before agreeing or disagreeing with them. It’s good to keep an open…

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You Don’t Have To Play By The Rules

Society has norms, or accepted ways of doing things. Generally people follow these norms, and generally they do so on automatic pilot. So over time these norms become rules. If you break them then people want to know why. But if you look at the really successful people in this world you will find that…

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Scratch That Itch

Unfulfilled dreams are like an itch you really want to scratch. You forget about them for a while but then when you think about them you really want to scratch them again. If you want to be successful the trick is to keep your dreams in mind… Post them on the fridge, Write them on…

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Curiosity

Notice how kids are interested in everything? I was on a bus a while back and a little girl’s conversation to her dad was something like this, “Look Daddy there’s a car. Hey, there’s a dog. That car’s blue…there’s some people walking…look there’s another car…” And it went on like that for ages. She was…

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Back Yourself

We too often doubt our ability. We look at the success of others and think, “I could never do that”. We think that others have talents that we do not possess and are incapable of developing. We judge ourselves harshly. Humility is a virtue but there’s nothing wrong with realising your potential. You are far…

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The Key To Success Is Actually Really Simple

Confucius summed it up beautifully. Those who achieve greatly do so by throwing themselves completely into whatever they are doing. They have a singlemindedness of focus. They have an intensity of purpose. They are prepared to make sacrifices. They are prepared to shed blood, sweat and tears. The only way to be really successful, regardless…

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Would Your Life Make An Interesting Story?

It should. It doesn’t have to involve wild adventures in far flung lands (although that would be cool). But it should involve some challenges that you overcome, some risks, some things that don’t work out, and some things that do. In every good story:¬†things happen. People get hurt, humiliated, challenged, bruised, upset, defeated. But they…

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Why Fear Change?

Everything changes, it’s a fact. You are changing as you read this. The atomic structure of your body is quite different today to what it was yesterday. You are, in some small way, older and perhaps even wiser than you were yesterday. The world today is different to what it was yesterday. The whole Universe…

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The Rich List Aren’t Any Smarter Than You

They were just in the right place at the right time. But it wasn’t luck. It was because they worked hard to ensure they were in lots of different places at lots of different times. So sooner or later they were bound to be in THE right place at THE right time.

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You Have 12 Months Left To Live, What Do You Do?

If you knew for certain that was all you had left, how would you spend it? You would probably appreciate the people around you more. You’d try to get some quality time in with friends, family. You’d play with your kids more. You’d go to the beach, try bungy jumping, eat raw squid. You’d be…

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Awesome!

How To Be Awesome

Step 1. Start being awesome. Step 2. Continue. It’s not actually any more complicated than that if you really think about it. Image: ozczecho

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Why?

Why?

Have you asked yourself that lately? Why are you doing what you do? Is there a good reason for it? It’s easy to get stuck into a routine, or a rut, and just keep on truckin without paying much attention to where you’re going and why you’re heading in that direction. But it’s worth stopping to take…

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The Future Of Personal Development…

…is service. Rather than contemplating our own navels and focusing on how we can get more ‘this’ and more ‘that’ we’ll look to see what we can do for others. Not helping people get better at tennis or making money. Not just helping little old ladies across the street but REALLY helping others. Helping people…

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Here’s What You Are Really Capable Of…

Pretty much anything. What is stopping you from achieving it is the part of you that disagreed with the previous sentence. That part of you is the problem. That part of you is where your battle lies. That part of you is what you need to override. Image: kelsey_lovefusionphoto

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Why Aren’t You Living Your Dreams?

It’s a pretty safe question to ask because few people are. We all like to dream – on the bus, waiting in line at the supermarket – but most dreams stay just that, dreams. Life isn’t very long. Each year seems to go by more quickly than the last. Time is speeding up. You have…

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The Quick Fix That Works For Everyone…

…doesn’t exist. We always hear about the latest diet that will help you lose weight, or the latest exercise machine that is guaranteed to give you abs of steel, or the latest motivational book that will help you achieve financial success, or the latest strategy to make yourself more attractive to the opposite sex etc…

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Before You Make A New Year’s Resolution…

…remember the resolution you made last year. Did you keep it? Do you even remember what it was? Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution. – Sophocles Was Sophocles being harsh above? Or realistic? Resolutions are great, if you make a real effort to keep them. But otherwise…

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It’s Never Too Late

It’s never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot I happened to be visiting a high school for my work when I saw Tommy the Clown in action live. I’d first heard of him when I watched Rize but never expected to see him in person. But there he was.…

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If Your World Is Falling Down Around You Here’s 3 Top Tips To Deal With It

Firstly, complain. If you were to follow the example set by most of the people around you then surely this is what you would do. If everyone is doing it then it must work mustn’t it? I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do. – Joe Walsh Secondly, blame someone other than yourself. This is…

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Motivation is not a physical, tangible thing

It isn’t something someone can give you. It isn’t something you can buy or sell. All another person can do is show you where it is inside you. They may be able to point it out to you in a way you hadn’t seen before. But once they’ve pointed it out, it’s up to you…

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Life Is Amazing

Imagine if birds never existed. Imagine if everything else on earth was exactly as it is except for one thing – no birds. Then imagine if one day, all of a sudden, you saw a bird. That would be pretty amazing wouldn’t it? I mean it would have to be the most amazing thing you…

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Are You Honest With Yourself? Really?

Sometimes if we want to move forwards we have to take stock of where we are. We have to look at what’s working and what’s not. We have to be honest with ourselves. Brutally honest. This isn’t as straight forward as it sounds. Being brutally honest with yourself can be difficult because we regularly lie…

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Do You Really Want It? Probably not.

If you really wanted it, you’d have it. Sure you can make excuses about how it’s because of ‘this’ or ‘that’. Probably all perfectly good reasons. But maybe you just don’t want it badly enough. What about if your life depended on it – is there anything else you would do to get it then?…

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