I know, it’s a pain in the neck sitting down and creating a plan for your personal development (or near enough anything else for that matter). It’s much easier to just “wing it” and hope everything will fall nicely into place.
But, deep down, you know that’s highly unlikely to happen.
Things get in the way and the excitement of the plan can disappear as well.
Whether or not there’s such a thing as good luck (or, I guess, bad luck) is one of those questions where there’s no definitive answer.
Scientists can’t run trials about luck because they can’t control how humans behave – they can’t give us a “good luck” pill without smirking as, to be honest, most scientists think that luck is more to do with our vivid human imaginations than anything real.
But there’s a problem with that way of thinking…
Growing up is something we all have to do. We can’t stay children forever (apart from anything else, that would just look weird and at best have us put on a register). But most of us do our best to put off the idea of growing up for as long as possible. Some of us (certain rock stars spring to mind) kind-of manage.
But most of us have to try this “adulting” thing at some stage.
Our dreams are weird.
We all dream every night we sleep – usually several times – but we rarely remember any of our dreams.
Some dreams are vivid (often nightmares fall into that category) and it’s as though we’re physically part of the dream, much like some of the dream sequences in films.
Other dreams are just part of what we do at night and we pay them near enough no attention.
But sometimes certain things keep cropping up in our dreams and we begin to have vague memories about those dreams when we’re awake.
St Benedict – often referred to as Benedict of Nursia – was alive around 1,500 years ago: he was born on the second of March 480 AD and is generally thought to have died on 21st March 547 AD.
He founded a community of monks – what we’d now call a monastery – and created a set of rules for them to follow. It’s been used by Benedictine monks ever since, allowing them to govern their communities without infringing on their autonomy. The fact that it’s stood for so long means there must be quite a few things in its favour and these can be applied to our own personal development, regardless of whether we’re religious or not or (if we are) which religion we follow.
Dream catcher: the name itself has a magical feel to it. It has become popular in recent times thanks to many movies and popular shows using it. Some believe it has magical powers, some think of it as just a craft. Even though many people have heard about them and some even use them, most of them don’t have any idea of what a dreamcatcher is, what it does, how it works, how did it originate, etc.
There is something about the unknown and the mystical that intrigues people and makes them want to dive deep into finding out the truth.
Geniuses are also people like you and me, but we sometimes do not know it!
We all have great potential, yet they say that humans use only 5% of their brain capacity. What if we could explore a little more? Starting to use 6%, 7% or even 10% of this capacity? Could we be a little further ahead and moving towards the genius level (even if just a bit)? I have no doubt of that.
There is still no proven way to access this huge potential that we have. However, there are ways to reach it from time to time. Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychology, discovered that in our minds there is a subconscious, where accessed drastically increases our ability to succeed in what we want.
OK, they say that age is just a number but that doesn’t mean there aren’t certain ages where we start to feel our age more. And any number with a zero at the end – especially when it coincides with the half century – tends to give us pause for thought.
Sometimes that thinking leads to the idea that maybe we should try to reinvent ourselves. Other people might call that a mid-life crisis but let’s not dwell on that thought.
Whilst we can probably rule out some ideas – reliving lost youth, that kind of thing – there are quite a few things us not-yet-oldies can do to reinvent areas of our lives so that we’re getting closer to our vision of an ideal “me”. After all, we’ve had enough time to find out what works and what doesn’t work so it’s time to put those thoughts into practice and live out the rest of what’s hopefully a long and happy life being as true to our real self as possible.
Being positive more often is literally a state of mind.
Some people seem to walk round with their own permanent thunderstorm.
Others have an almost permanent smile.
But chances are you’re somewhere between those two extremes (it’s normal, most people are).
And you can use these simple ideas to tip the balance in favour of being positive more often.
It sounds an impossible task – changing your life in 30 days. But stranger things have happened and it’s actually perfectly possible for you to join this seemingly elite club.
The first thing you need to do is start.
That’s where a crazily large majority of people fail at this task – the very first step.
Maybe they haven’t really got the motivation, maybe they haven’t truly got the bit between their teeth, maybe the pain of where they currently are doesn’t outweigh the benefits of moving on.
I’m not here to judge – you’re probably doing a much better job of that than I am already.
Instead, here are some pointers to help you change your life for the better in the next 30 days. Continue reading