The Illusion of Freedom

What is freedom to you? Financial, emotional, occupational?

Often we hear people say that if they had more money they would be able to do something else; something more exciting or interesting. Or they blame their current circumstances, having to look after the kids, an elderly relative or some other kind of commitment.

All too often we find ourselves holding on to this wishful thought that if we had the freedom, things would be different. Well Paul and Gina are here to tell you that vision of freedom is, in fact, just an illusion. It’s your own way of stopping you from actually fulfilling your dreams.

By sustaining this illusion, people even feel somewhat satisfied that they have already attained their goal, even though it’s just in their mind. This has the added benefit of them never having to go through the hard work and change that might be required to achieve this dream.

So if you often find yourself lost in wishful thinking, it’s time to shatter that illusion and start working towards making it a reality instead.

 

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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Financial Awareness

*Note: We are not financial advisors and therefore cannot give financial advice!*

Paul and Sam talk about how they are building awareness of their finances to help them keep them in the black and out of the red!

Following on from their previous podcast, Reality Check, they discuss how even a little bit of measuring can make a world of difference when it comes to understanding where your money really does go – and once that awareness is there making informed decisions becomes so much easier.

Reality Check

Do you run your life through your diary, finding yourself lost without it and end in a mess of double-bookings when you don’t have it to hand?

Paul and Sam talk about our perception of time, its impacts, and how to keep a reality check on the things you need or want to do. With loads of tips and tricks on how to keep track and make your life that little bit more organised – or at least measurably more realistic!

For more information on The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, and the process of Morning Pages (one of its pivotal Basic Tools), visit The Artist’s Way site where you can even download a PDF chapter of the book that details why Morning Pages are so powerful!

Also available from Amazon
Artist’s Way, 10th anniversary edition

Road map for Life

Where’s your road map?
Whether you’re a SATNAV fan, or you prefer an A-Z, access to a road map is essential for exploring new territory – and reaching your desired destination. Most of us need one or the other to guide us when driving to a new place, since our intuitive faculties are rarely that honed they can get us from A to B through sheer guesswork. Continue reading