Monthly Archives: December 2016

ACHIEVING SUCCESS IN LIFE

 

We often settle for less, feeling perhaps that we are not good enough for more achievements, more success. This is nonsense of course; it’s just a self-sabotaging device that is allowed to run away with debilitating feelings that prevent us from going further. Never settle for second best, never fall back from going that extra mile and startle yourself in what you can achieve.

 

Never measure your life in years but in the number of lives you touch.

 

Cultivate balance in your life. It’s right to work hard to achieve your goals but it’s also equally right to take time out for relaxing, for renewal.

 

Mindfulness attends to our lives peacefully and contentedly allowing things to get done at their own pace. Its special gift is its ability to connect us to an inner harmony, a natural rhythm which flows unimpeded in relaxing calm.  

 

Don’t beat yourself up over the mistakes you make. Mistakes are an integral part of life, there as our instructors to guide and push us in the right direction.

 

If we look deeply enough into the problems we confront you will see a corresponding solution. Remember the words of Krishnamurti: “ If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem. “

 

Keeping your sense of humour in difficult circumstances is essential if we are to keep our sanity.

 

Be generous in your dealings with people. This will always pay you back in often unexpected ways.

 

Always seek out clarity in your communications with others. Ambiguity and vagueness always impede fuller understanding. Better to articulate in clear, simple, succinct terms to get your message over so as to dismiss any possibility of misunderstanding.

 

Death is already waiting for us so live your life fully, completely as you can, making every moment count before it’s too late.

 

Someone once said: “If you have a vocation you will never work again.’

Let’s all find our vocation as a matter of priority and if you have been fortunate enough already to have found yours then deepen that engagement.  

 

We must endeavour to live a life that feels nourishing, wholesome and good on the inside irrespective of our perception of how we appear to others on the outside. This is called being authentic to the true self.

 

Don’t compromise too much on ‘ false ‘ friendship. Because it wastes time that could be spent in finding the depth of companionship we always wanted.

 

Wisdom can only arise from a still, contemplative mind and for this we need to free ourselves from the busyness of our everyday activities and our inherent habitual thinking.

 

Relaxation is the tool we need to re-engage with balance and perspective, in other words – our sanity.

 

Keep it simple. Life often gets too complicated, too stressful at times to handle. By restricting our work load and relaxing around goals and achievements we can rebalance our composure and settle down to a more manageable, peaceful existence.

 MICHAEL LEWIN

 

 

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CULTIVATING PERSONAL GROWTH

CULTIVATING PERSONAL  GROWTH

 

You might think restricting and doubting thoughts about your endeavours such as: “ Who am I to undertake this?! “ “ Who am I to dare?! “

But it’s your duty to enlarge these questions for a deeper, more positive response: “ Who said I can’t?!”

 

Always try and RESPOND to a situation / problem and avoid REACTING, especially over-reacting which is unproductive and time consuming

 

Every step forward we take should be in pursuit of our dreams

 

Be certain you do not leave yourself in pockets of underachievement and worse, become comfortable and accepting of this

 

Your life is your responsibility, no one else so make the right decisions

 

Always move beyond your imagined limitations

 

Where goals are concerned you may not have any real control over final outcomes but you do have control over the commitment you show

in reaching those goals

 

The meaning of your life is in your hands

 

When you have finished your work – RELAX

 

Stay open, avoid judgements that will entrap you in what is

 

Pay attention to your speech. Never try to consciously hurt anyone

 

Try to look deeply and fairly at the intentions and motivations behind your behaviour – be honest

 

Work hard, give of your very best, but always let go of expectations

 

Allow others to be themselves

 

Share your thoughts with those you love

 

We are interdependent people ( us ) not independent people ( me ).

Express and celebrate this

 

Bring your ideas to fruition, let them find creative expression, after all that’s what they’re for

 

Constantly work at your communication skills they are the bedrock of success in life

 

Be inspired and allow this to filter through to your work

 

Live life with integrity and sincerity and never allow others to try and convince you otherwise

 

Respect and honour all forms of life

 

Stay close to nature and enjoy its full richness

 

Graciously accept the limitations imposed on us that are beyond our sphere of influence

 

Try to see the world as it is rather than as you were told

 

Go at your own pace mindful not to over exert yourself remembering that “ The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong. “

 

The circumstances ( however difficult ) in which you find yourself are never as important as the attitudes you develop around those circumstances

 

Take risks mindful of Erica Jong’s words: “ ….the trouble is if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”

 

To be fully alive, fully connected to life you have to face every experience directly and never try to evade or hide from it

 

When you reflect on the amount of ultimate freedom you have in life

you will astound yourself.

 

Regularly think about how you can simplify everything

 

Regularly ask the question: “ What’s important in my life? “ Then listen…..

 

There’s no real choice – you have an obligation to live well, live fully finding your true potential

 

If you are always arriving elsewhere you have missed the fullness of this moment

 

Look after your body, serve it well with regular exercise because it has to last you a lifetime

 

Try your best and remember Buckminster Fuller’s words: “ There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes.”

 

Connect regularly with the feeling of ‘ oneness ’ that comes from a process of letting go

 

The more you look and listen the more you will see and hear. The world, in all its infinite richness, will constantly open up and unfold for you. There are no limits on this process

 

Whenever you see a successful life you will know that person has made a courageous decision

 

In a world of change remaining static is the fastest way of going backwards

 

If you don’t mange change, change will manage you

 

Above all else be creative with your life

 

GOOD LUCK

 

 

 

DAILY REFLECTIONS FOR A MORE FULFILLED LIFE

Everyday try to think up a new idea that could be introduced into your life to enhance it, to push it forward. Even small changes can freshen you up and help you to feel more positive, more alive. Experiment; take a trial run on something new.

 Enjoy the fruits of your work, all the effort you put in to make a better life. But never sacrifice yourself at the work alter. Work must never take us over to define us, narrow us down into some ‘ machine ‘ there solely to ‘ produce,‘ there must be a life outside of work, sufficient quality time to meet friends and family, to pursue hobbies, to relax and rest, etc. Set boundaries in place to regulate this schedule and keep to it.

 Never get too disappointed when individuals let you down or upset you in other ways. People operate from their own base, from their own level of awareness and understanding so we shouldn’t really expect any more than what they can deliver.

 You will never be truly happy if you do not follow your dreams trying to put in into practice what is deep inside you that needs expressing.  

 Regardless of what has happened in the last week, month, year, you are now in a different time zone and a different place so let go of the past and embrace the future for a new beginning, a fresh start.

 The formula for life is quite simple – use all your talents, work hard.

When relationships fall apart, that creates space for new ones to develop. Always remain open for this opportunity.

When we are inspired the thought of a potential project – that contains implicit directional goals – can surface within us. It’s a feeling of a powerful presence that enters our lives and opens us up to think: This could be it! a new route to explore. This is a special opportunity and we must never waste it.

Fear can interrupt the clarity of our perceptions and undermine our self-confidence thus weakening our endeavours. Using caution when making decisions is no mean thing but to allow fear to trap us in procrastination, to hold us back in dread of giving our best efforts, paralyzing our best intentions, is no way to lead our lives.

Never be put off by failures because we can re-work them to achieve eventual breakthrough. Never forget that it’s our trying that builds our character, not our successes.  

Deliberately cultivate social relationships, go out and make an effort to meet new people. Be prepared to cast a wide net and see what happens. People are more than important to our individual lives, they are vital and it’s good to recognize this reality.

Change is constant in our lives so best adapt to it.

 Ask yourself when was the last time I did something for the very first time?

Act on whatever sensibly comes to mind.

 We always have the potential to keep growing, to keep pushing forward into the new. Never forget this.

 Underneath all the distractions, noise, anxiety and confusion is another person. The real you, the real essence that you must always return to when you forget who you are.  

Look after your health – number one priority. Your body needs looking after, it needs nourishing and it needs you to be present in it. We often get too preoccupied with busy activity and forget all about trying to maintain balance then it could be a slippery slope into illness. Be careful, be mindful….    

MICHAEL LEWIN