Half Full or Half Empty?

“The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist sees the hole.” – Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde’s quip about doughnuts and holes is just one of many relating to optimism and pessimism. Seeing a glass half full or half empty is another, and Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist […]

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Follow Your Own Path

“Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson There’s a great quote by essayist and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey […]

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Opportunity Knocks

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison It’s often said that opportunity knocks only once. If this really is the case, then you’d better be ready to answer the door when it does, right? But, what if you’re not ready; what if you […]

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Making Plans

  “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon Do you like to plan? Are you someone who crafts carefully thought out ‘to do’ lists or spends days, weeks, months making meticulous plans that ensure every detail is tweaked to perfection? If so, answer the next question honestly: do you […]

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Bad Hair Days

“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” – Aristotle The inner environment you create inside your head with your thoughts is responsible for the outer environment you experience as your reality. In other words, if you think you’re having a bad day, you are having a bad day – but only because […]

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Living the Dream

“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” – George Lucas What does “living the dream” mean to you? It’s a commonly used phrase, but can you instantly answer the question of what it means to you? Probably not, unless you’re focusing on what living the dream isn’t. You see, “living […]

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Ringing in the Changes

“Instead of trying to change your entire life in January, the simpler strategy is to adopt a 12-month plan where you’re making constant improvements.” – S J Scott New Year is often a time for reflection, or as John Lennon put it… “And so this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over, […]

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Shifting Men’s Mental Health Awareness

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candour, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close According to a survey carried out by Priory in 2018, 40 per cent of men won’t talk to anyone about their mental health. This is not great news when 77 per cent of the 1000 men surveyed have suffered […]

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Is Christmas Just for Extroverts?

“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.“ – Oren Arnold Every year it feels like Christmas celebrations begin earlier and earlier. In fact, for some, social calendars can be fully […]

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Keep on Upgrading Yourself

“The heroes are the ones that are still changing, while the villains are locked and petrified into what they are.” – Akira Kurosawa Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa knew a thing or two about heroes and villains. What’s interesting, is that his observations about film characters and storylines make sense to ordinary people in real […]

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