Personal development

Quote of the day -6

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If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your lovely face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely – Roald Dahl

Have you ever accurately guessed someone’s personality and tendencies of being just by looking at them? They say the camera doesn’t lie, I think the face doesn’t lie. The snapshot of a camera merely captures a moment in time, where the face is frozen in a state of emotion that is predominant in that period of a person’s life. In other words, we are what we think about most of the time. If we think good thoughts of joy, giving, gratitude and love, then we are happy, generous, appreciative and content. If we think about all the things we do not have and wish to have in life, we will operate out of a space of frustration, anger, envy and greed.

By all means aim high and work hard towards your goals, be your own competition and seek to grow and improve, but also remember to be thankful of all the things that you have around you and celebrate your wins. Think good thoughts and be kind to others, and you will see and experience greater gifts in your days. Life will reveal to you abundance in everything you do.



Watch the video if you want to learn how to go from not knowing anything at all about a skill to being rather good at it in 20 hours. Josh Kaufman explains the findings of his 2 year research on the subject of learning a new skill….


Key points :

1) Contrary to popular belief, it does not take 10000 hours to learn and be good at a new skill, it takes round about 20 hours. This works out to 40 minutes everyday, for a month. This figure will  vary from person to person, but it is around this order of magnitude!

2) There is a system to learn effectively :

  • Step 1 : Be CLEAR about what you want to achieve at the end of it. When you imagine that you have learnt the skill, what does it look like? what needs to happen before you can say you have mastered the skill? what can you now do?
  • Step 2 : Break the objective down into smaller sub skills. He gives an example of learning how to play golf. It takes different skills to drive and to putt. Recognize the differences, practice them in sub sets, and pick the subskill that is most impactful for results and start with that first.
  • Step 3: Find resources to help you. Books, CDs, a coach, mentors….. Do your research. Pick 3-5 resources and identify the patterns that are similar to identify what is important. Then self correct!
  • Step 4: Removing barriers to practice. Remember set yourself up to win. If this skill is really that important, it deserves your focus and time. Honour your practice time.
  • Step 5 : Precommit to giving the 20 hours of focused practise time. This helps you evaluate if this skill is really important to you. This also helps you get over the barrier of frustration in skill acquisition.

3) This is not rocket science, it is something that we have been doing in all kinds of skill acquisition, not many of us have done it in such a deliberate strategic way.

Personal development

Quote of the day -5

Dream big

Today I ask that you do not limit yourself. I ask that you let go of the fear of being different. I ask that you let go of the fear of failure to get what you want. I ask that you let go of the fear of being disappointed.

People say: ” Your goals must be realistic”. What is “realistic” anyway? Was the 4 minute mile realistic before Roger Bannister ran it? Was commercial aircrafts “realistic” before the Wright Brothers took flight for the first time? Were smart phones realistic back in the day when mobile networks had not yet existed?

Your big dreams are most likely the most compelling. They are the ones that will get you up in the morning and keep you up late at night to find a solution for. They are the ones that will set your direction of growth and fuel your desire to be better.

Whilst dreaming big is good, acting big is better. Compliment the dream with actions. Action is the bridge between dreams and reality.

Dream big, Act BIGGER.



Personal development

Quote of the day -4

The best way out is always through – Robert Frost

So you have come up to a wall. 10 days into the new year and your New Years Resolution is starting to seem like a joke. Question is, 1) How badly do you want what’s on the other side? 2) Are you a quitter?

There is always a way to get what you want. There is also always a better strategy to get where you want to be. Stay clear on your desired outcome, keep focused and keep blasting through those walls.

Come on, never give up on your dreams.

Food and nutrition

Quote of the day -3

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet – James Oppenheim


So many of us wish our lives away. Statements like “I wish you would spend more time with me” or “I wish the weekend is here now” leads us to discount the blessings that surrounds us now. It is close to impossible to be satisfied and fulfilled by ┬áliving in a made believe world or a wish in the future. Instead, feel the abundance that surrounds you, hear the laughter , and choose to see the good side of things. After all, there are always a few sides of the story, why not choose the one that serves you?

Food and nutrition

Quote of the Day – 2

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm – Winston Churchill


You deserve what you so desire in life. It does not matter where you are at the moment, it matters that your vision and dreams are bigger and better than where you are now. It matters that your dreams bring goodness to you, your family and your community. Most good results takes time to come into fruition , even with the correct actions for the job. Life is definitely a marathon. Do not give up on your dreams.