• The Matrix
    Inspiration

    What would your life look like if you were a character in a computer game?

    A number of independent thinkers and scientists are leaning into this idea – or the broader one that our current reality could simply be a simulation in a computer. It makes for an excellent thought experiment. Not for what you can do to change this – you are the ghost in the machine if we accept the idea – but if you are simply a character in a grand simulation, a great game or story, which future or story would you choose for yourself? One of pain and anguish, or one of fun and adventure? One of poverty and servitude, or one of wealth and service? And what’s stopping you?…

  • Man jumping over a ravine
    Life Hacks

    Fear. What is it good for? Confidence

    Over the course of February I spent some time studying confidence in more depth, and its bedfellow, fear. I thought I would share a few key takeaways with you. Confidence is Earned You don’t have or require confidence before you do something. You earn it after you have done the thing. The principle here is that confidence is like a “charge” you build up over time by doing more of the things that are just outside of your comfort zone. Everything that is inside your comfort zone is easy and not challenging, so you probably don’t feel like you need the confidence to do these things. They are automatic. However,…

  • Stepping into your Purpose with Lisa Nichols
    Inspiration

    Step Into Your Purpose with Lisa Nichols

    This was presented at Mindvalley in 2018 and was intended for coaches and educators. But there is so much value in the content about finding your purpose and connecting with your inner light, I felt compelled to share it here. Lisa also talks about dealing with fear in a positive way (which I will be talking more about next week) and shares her journey to finding her dream. Treat yourself to a power hour of inspirational content.

  • Calendar Marked with Highlighter
    Life Hacks

    A Powerful Time Management Framework

    Following on from my 15 Secrets about Time Management from last week, here is a framework I follow to build in some of the ‘secrets’ and get more of the right things done. I won’t say it will guarantee that you will be successful – you will require work on philosophy, values, mindset if you don’t already have these in place – but this framework will help you achieve 80% of the goals you aren’t already achieving. The framework is made up of key pieces at a monthly, weekly and daily level to help you ‘eat the elephant’ I mentioned in an earlier post titled 5 steps to overcome overwhelm.…

  • Vagus Nerve Exercises for Anxiety
    Inspiration

    3 Easy Vagus Nerve Exercises to Down Regulate Anxiety

    Did you know that in 1921, Nobel Prize-winning German physiologist named Otto Loewi discovered that stimulating frogs’ vagus nerves caused a rush of acetylcholine, unlocking the idea that tapping into this chill-out nerve could be a fast way to dial down stress? Earlier this week, I posted about Solfeggio tones (in Can Sound Heal the Body?) and the effect they have in calming and ‘rewiring’ the nervous system due to sympathetic resonance with the Vagus Nerve. There is a lot of information coming through into the public domain now about this central nerve in the body and the essential roles it plays, especially in connection with mental health. In the video above, Sukie…

  • Sand through and Hourglass
    Life Hacks

    15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

    Time Management. It’s a thing we all want to be better at, because we want to – need to – get more done in less time. There’s just never enough time to do it all! Work, social life (pandemic excused), Netflix and chill, learn a new skill, write that book, spend more time with the kids … the duties go on. And so does the to-do list. My to-do list has about 40 items on it. Then I have my “other” to-do lists where I might break one of these projects into smaller chunks to make it more doable. I have 8 such projects in my to-do list. Then I…

  • Do Something Great
    Life Hacks,  Courses

    The Best Personal Development Coaching?

    The best personal development coaching is, without any doubt, experienced and delivered one-to-one with your own dedicated coach. The sessions are personalised and tailored to your exact needs and the accountability boost you get is invaluable (contact me for more details). However, there are many other ways to receive personal development which range from group coaching to live personal development coaching, to pre-recorded personal development training, to books and audiobooks, to YouTube, and then talking to your friends. Roughly in that order of effectiveness. When people ask me where I get coached, my answer is that it’s a combination of all of the above. Every author or presenter is a…

  • Man Meditating Outdoors
    Health & Fitness,  Emotional Life,  Inspiration,  Spiritual Life

    Meditation Made Easy

    In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche explains the essence of meditation and describes some common misunderstandings about practising meditation. He also shares some tips for bringing meditation into our day-to-day lives. From my own learning about meditation and mindfulness since my initial forays with meditation 30+ years ago, these are 2 key essences of meditation: We are not our thoughts. We are the observer of our thoughts. Meditation is not about achieving the absence of thought, but remaining aware and centred while the thoughts ebb and flow around us. Over time, the thoughts will learn they don’t have your undivided attention and will recede. We will feel greater serenity and greater…

  • Man writing on some papers
    Life Hacks

    16 Free Personality Tests

    Plus 3 Paid Personality Tests If you have been following the blog for some time you will have seen a number of different personality test mentioned or reviewed over the years. This post is a quick summary of links to all the different tests plus some new ones and is an “archive library” of tests I have tried or which look interesting. These tests are some of the leading psychometric tests available, many are peer-reviewed or backed with significant scientific research and include sources including Myers-Briggs, Gretchen Rubin, The Goodlife Project, Shirzad Chamine, Roger Hamilton, Penny Power OBE, Daniel Priestley, et al. I hope you enjoy the roundup. Most tests…

  • Singing Bowls & a Rain Stick
    Health & Fitness

    Can Sound Heal the Body?

    The Mystery of Sound In my teens, I explored the mysteries through the study of different belief systems ranging from shamanism to Buddhism. I experienced various esoteric practices which are now finding their way into the mainstream. These included Tibetan Overtone Chanting and Singing Bowls. Sound has always been important to me; everything from melodies and key changes in music in general through to more metaphysical experiences with New Age music, Gregorian Chant and the aforementioned Overtone Chanting and Singing Bowls. Headphones are great for experiencing the technical intricacies of modern music, but there is something more primal in feeling the music on the body, especially the chants, bowls and…