Another book …

Yes I have got a bit of time on my hands at the moment, but this next book was a very easy read.

Richard Hammond’s, Life on the Edge, tells the story of how Richard got to be a Top Gear presenter, the 288mph crash he survived and his recovery from it. The book is written with his wife Mindy and tells her side of the story as well.

I like Top Gear, and ‘Hamster’ would have been sorely sorely missed. Its amazing he survived and I recommend this book if you like Top Gear, want to know more about Richard and his life before and after the crash.

Books I’ve been reading …

A common question over the last 4 or so years I have been writing the MondayMotivator is, “How do you come up with something every week?”.

Answer; I read, a lot. I really like it and find as much time as possible to do so. Here are the books I have read this month.

Look me in the eye by John Elder Robison is great.

John was diagnosed with Aspergers at the age of forty and the story is about his life growing up not knowing why he was different, dealing with crazy parents, literally, success, and up to where he is now. I really enjoyed the way it was written and found it hard to put down. Find out more about John here, http://www.johnrobison.com/.

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis is an interesting book. I wasn’t sure what to expect but the guy was/is crazy. From drugs to jumping of buildings into swimming pools to the world of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers he has really been there, got the t-shirt.

I liked it. A very honest account of his life and interesting to learn about the Chilli Peppers and where they get inspiration for their songs.

I re-read one of my favourite books, The Redemption of Althalus, by David and Leigh Eddings.

Pure fantasy. I highly recommend it.

I also finished The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. A book of theirs I had never heard of about the power of asking. Interesting and gave my the inspiration for a few MondayMotivators.

Evaluating Simpleology

I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.

YourMondayMotivator: Steve Jobs

I have been looking forward to sending this weeks Monday Motivator since I read an article about Steve Jobs in the April 15th Canvas (comes with the Weekend Herald). Steve is the guy who gave us the Apple computer and the iPod.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and told to get his affairs in order ‘you only have 3 to six months to live’. Having thought he was going to die Steve had an epiphany which he shared with Stanford University students. What he told them is succinct and a lesson to live by.

‘Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.’ – Steve Jobs

Now I have some questions for you.

Why do we wait until we think we are going to die before we live how we are meant to, as ourselves?

Why is it we dont live like this now?

Live like Steve’s lesson says NOW and don’t wait. You might not be able to be cured like Steve was.

Have a terrific week, and tomorrow, please take a minute to think of the heroes who died so we may live how we want to.

YourMondayMotivator: Opportunity

“Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.”  Hugh Allen

What is opportunity and why do successful people appear to get more opportunities?

Opportunity;

  • a favourable juncture of circumstances;
  • a good chance for advancement or progress.

Opportunity is like luck, you have to work hard to create it, and is the result of your habits. Life doesn’t just happen to you. It’s all about choices and how you respond to every situation. If you are in the habit of continually making bad choices, disaster often occurs.

Successful people have successful habits – unsuccessful people don’t!

Habits can be changed any time you choose to do so, but they wont change overnight. If you’ve had a habit for 30 years it might take a year or more to break it and ensure that, even under stress, your new successful habit controls your choices.

The culture of living for now and putting off payment until later has become a habit for many people. Instant gratification is not a successful habit and one you must work at resisting to have a successful, healthy and long life.

Have a terrific week Glenn and keep an eye out for the opportunities, no matter how big or small, that will propel you to success.

P.S. Life never completely closes the door on opportunity.

YourMondayMotivator: Living Longer

“Life is like a ten-speed bicycle.  Most of us have gears we never use.”  Charles Schulz
Hoei Tabaru
“The secret of good health is to move,” says 88-year-old Hoei Tabaru.
Hoei was interviewed for an article in the National Geographic about super seniors.
You can bet he uses all his gears……

This year I have written about everything from, hunger to humour, and lots in between.  But what about living a long healthy life so you can enjoy your success?  The latest National Geographic has an amazing article about ‘Super Seniors’. It focus’ on Sardinians, Okinawans and Adventists from California. These groups of people have the highest rates of centenarians on the planet.

How do these people live longer?  The three groups shared a number of habits despite the differences in where they live, beliefs and backgrounds. They all;

  • don’t smoke
  • put family first
  • are active every day
  • keep socially engaged
  • eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

A few of the different things they did were; keep lifelong friends, find purpose, have faith, eat small portions, drink red wine, observe the Sabbath and share the work burden with their spouse.

Pretty simple stuff that could add 10 years to your life and let you enjoy your success.

Have a terrific week.

Kind regards

Glenn

P.S.  To read the article in the National Geographic click here.

YourMondayMotivator – Luck

“One-half of life is luck; the other half is discipline – and that’s the important half, for without discipline you wouldn’t know what to do with luck.” Carl Zuckmeyer


Irish Luck

Luck.  Some say it is when preparation meets opportunity and others… “you lucky bugger!”.  However it is seen, luck is something every successful person can claim has helped them get to where they are today.

So you want to be lucky?  What are you prepared to do to become lucky?  How about saying to yourself each morning, ” I am a lucky person and today is another lucky day”.  Successful people know the other half of luck is discipline.  Would you have the discipline to say this affirmation every morning if you knew it would make you even luckier?

Successful people enjoy meeting and being with other people.  You can increase your chance of having a lucky encounter that will change your life by;

  • Telephoning friends you haven’t seen for awhile to ask what’s happening in their life
  • Make the time to be at the party you didn’t think you had time to be at
  • Find something that really interests you and find others interested in the same thing
  • Say hi instead of rushing on
  • Sign up for an evening class.

Try out the examples on this list and make up some of your own.  For example; go a different way to work or start a luck diary.  Everyday write down lucky things that happened to you during that day.  The next morning read the lucky things that happened to you.  You will be surprised how lucky you are.

Have a lucky week.

P.S. Sometimes you may make a bad decision, but remember this; it takes less than a second to make that decision and since there are 8,640 seconds in a day you have quite a few opportunities to make good ones.

YourMondayMotivator – Relaxation

 
Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold.  But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. Douglas Pagels

Did you relax and recharge your batteries over the weekend?  If the answer is “no” your in good company but relaxing should be near the top of your priority list.  I found this great article by Michelle Palmer-Weidemann from www.femail.com.au which has some excellent tips we can all use to relax and get the most out of our day.

The Importance of Relaxation

In today’s day and age when we are busier than ever before and studies show that we are spending more of our time at work, it is even more important to find time for ourselves.

So often it seems there are never enough hours in the day to get things done. For those who own or care for a home, there are chores around the house and garden. For others who also have children, there is always something to be done such as cooking meals, taking them to sports practice, mending a scraped knee.

For people who run their own businesses there is always something demanding their attention, often requiring them to stay at the office for ever-increasing hours. And there are those who have to attend to all the previous mentioned areas. One could go on and on about the demands of every day life and how those demands differ for each individual – I am feeling stressed by simply writing about it. So we get to the topic of the article – the Importance of Relaxation.

A vital part of life is about finding time to ones-self. It is of utmost importance to our body, mind and soul to have quiet time or to participate in an activity that simply enables us to switch off from everything pressing in our world.

Relaxation is vital for a healthy mind and is required to maintain motivation and interest in our lives, our careers and in ourselves each day. Not being able to relax and unwind can be damaging to your health. Even when there are huge demands on your life and you may have a family, a career, a home and be the president of the local tennis club amongst other weekly commitments, it is still necessary to find your own space. And you CAN do it, you just need to start prioritising and also learning to say “no”.

If you find yourself ever lying awake at night, unable to switch off or feeling as though you never stop running around, then you may be one of those people who finds it impossible to say “No” and to relax.

For those of you out there who know you need to relax but simply don’t know where to start, we have put together a few pointers for you and asked some of our friends and colleagues for their ideas on how they spend time relaxing:

  • Learn to say “No”.
  • Be selfish occasionally, the world can go on without you, someone else CAN baby-sit, drive your kids somewhere, the meeting can wait, the garden/washing/house work can wait.
  • Ask yourself – “If I got hit by a bus tomorrow, would all these things I am worrying about really matter?” – you’d be surprised how many times the answer to this question is “No”.
  • Have a Bath – It’s true, having a bath really is wonderful! I forgot how lovely it was to lie in a bath full of warm water, smelling of delicious scents and closing my eyes. Even if you’re only in there for 10 minutes – it truly is fabulous!
  • Put your favourite music on and turn it up loud! Dance around the lounge room and who cares who is watching!
  • Play with your pets – Studies support the theory that those who own animals live longer healthier lives. Watching your dog tear around the back yard chasing a ball or patting your cat and listening to its purr is a great way to take your mind off things.
  • Go For A Drive – Now this one isn’t for everyone, as some people cannot relax when they are driving. But if you like to drive, drive somewhere pretty, stop the car and sit and look at the surrounding nature.
  • Go to the Beach
  • Read a book
  • Draw a picture – it doesn’t matter if you’re a natural-born artist or not. Just getting some pencils or textas and drawing whatever comes to mind can be great fun. The same can be said for painting!
  • Gardening – there is much to be said for grabbing a shovel and digging in the garden!
  • Go for a walk
  • Pack a picnic

We hope you can utilise some of these ideas. These things may seem incredibly obvious, however you may be surprised how quickly we forget. Make yourself a list of your most favoured ways to relax and stick them up on the fridge so that you remind yourself to do some form of relaxation at least once a week.

Have a terrific week.