Give Yourself a Break, Commit to Less

(*Sorry if you have received this post twice, the first time the audio wasn’t attached then I some how managed to attach the wrong audio! Maybe I should give myself a break 🙂  Paul )

Do you often find yourself saying yes to an increased workload, when you should be saying “No”? Are you working evenings and weekends leaving no time for FUN, or hobbies or relaxing with your family and loved ones? How about asking for longer deadlines, or factoring in more realistic time schedules for your work? Covering Tip #25 from our book 80 Tips, Tricks and Perspective Shifts for Everyday Action, Gina and Chris share their own experiences of being overwhelmed and the repercussions of taking on more than they can chew. And how by committing to less, and incorporating more FUN into their lives, they are actually achieving more.

The Danger of Comparisons

Do you often compare yourself to others – then find your self-esteem plummeting? As Shakespeare himself said: ‘Comparisons are odious’. Why? Because there will always be someone taller, thinner, more beautiful and more successful than us.
The media has a lot to answer for – take a look at the insidious beauty industry and women’s magazines. When did you last pick up a glossy and feel good about yourself? Quite. Dove have successfully poked fun at the beauty industry in their brilliant ad campaigns. Check out this short video to see how the magazine designers airbrush models to death – to make them look ‘perfect’. It’s all Photoshop – in reality these models don’t ‘exist’.

Tricks of the magazine trade

In today’s podcast, Paul and Gina look at ways we can combat the ‘comparison game’ and come out on top.

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Putting more spontaneous celebration in your life

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and I’m sitting here in sunny Dublin, Ireland, wondering what is the best way to take in the tradition of the Big Green Celebration. And it’s got me thinking about what we celebrate in life, and more interestingly, when we celebrate.

By the time we reach adulthhood, we’re trained to follow the annual calendar of set times to celebrate: New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, your birthday or anniversary, and perhaps one or two other unique situations or occasions in the calendar. We also celebrate victories and milestones like a new job, a new home, a favourite sports team win, or a great performance at our child’s piano recital.

The point is that nearly all celebration is due to an event. An experience, a moment in time, and a reflection of time passing.  Something outside of us. It’s an event that is so exciting or significant, it just feels good to celebrate.

So what if we created more celebration — more spontaneous celebration — in our lives, just because we can. What would you celebrate? How would you celebrate?Continue reading

Time out

Ever get the feeling that you seem to be putting a lot of effort in but don’t really seem to be getting the results out? Maybe you just need a break, some time out to relax and allow yourself to have some fun. Paul and Gina talk about how being too focused on one thing can actually be counter productive and a simple break can result in some refreshing ideas and results that just pure hard work can cause you to over look.