Positive perspectives and practices for personal growth.

Simplify Your Routine

Our life is frittered away by detail. … Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail. … Simplify, simplify. ~ Henry David Thoreau Out of necessity I have to […]

Overcoming Broken Windows & Bottlenecks

Have you ever read an article, or watched a documentary, about some poor, dysfunctional soul who’s allowed masses of rubbish to pile up inside their house; so much rubbish in fact – accumulated over countless years – that they’ve had to move a mountain of bin bags just to get in and out of their […]

The Control / No Control Divide

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. One essential skill we all need – if we’re going to get anywhere in life – is the ability to rationally differentiate between those areas of our lives where […]

Single Tasking: The Key To Reducing Stress & Increasing Efficiency

Living in the present is a truly wonderful thing. It’s when you’re living in the moment that you’re truly released from the insecurities of your past, and when the uncertainties of the future no longer preoccupy your mind. It’s in the moment that you can give your undivided attention to what really makes the difference […]

Acceptance

There’s a discord running through all our lives… a gap, or maybe a gulf, between what we have and what we want. Do you know what? The disparity between the two is – according to Eastern philosophy at least – pretty much responsible for all human suffering. The theory goes that not having what we […]

The 84th Problem

Life is often hectic, not to mention full of problems. So much to do, so many issues to resolve, so little time to get it all done. We’re left burdened and pressured to the point of being overwhelmed. Of course, some of us cope better than others with this hectic pace of life. My fiancée, […]

Life is Short, Misery is Optional

Life is way too short – I am coming more and more to appreciate – to squander in any shape or form. That means either allowing negative emotions to bring you down; or alternatively, wasting your time on the trivial, or on anything you don’t do with full personal volition. Negative emotions that I am […]

I Don’t Give a F**K About Anything, Me

I had a friend at University called ‘Ed’ – I can’t remember his last name but I remember his philosophy on life very clearly. Ed used to say in a broad Lancashire accent, “I don’t give a f**k about anything, me”. I couldn’t help but admire Ed’s philosophy on life because at the time I […]

Monkeys, Raisins and Intrinsic Motivation

I’m not keen on experiments involving animals I have to admit, but one that always tickles me involved some rhesus monkeys, a simple puzzle and some raisins. In 1949, way before the Nintendo DS and Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training came on the scene, Harry Harlow, a Professor of psychology with an interest in motivation, gave […]

Time Mismanagement

I have tried many different ways over the years to organise my time. I’ve tried allocating specific blocks to each task; I’ve tried forcing myself to work like clockwork at the same time every day; I’ve tried working in regimented short bursts interspersed with regular breaks; I’ve even tried loosely allocating entire days to specific […]