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No matter how many times you hear this phrase, it never gets old!

 

It may sound very simple but it’s actually a very powerful affirmation that can improve our mindset for any given situation. Our beliefs become our thoughts, and if we constantly think positive thoughts, it becomes more real and can eventually manifest into positive action.

 

Focus on hope and have the confidence that you can overcome any obstacle in your path. Always do your best and have faith that good things will come your way. Do not dwell in the past but learn from it and look ahead into the future.

 

Here are some words of wisdom that can help you leave the bad vibes behind and develop a more optimistic outlook in life. 



“When it rains, look for rainbows. When it's dark, look for stars.”



Oscar Wilde



“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”


“Everything gets better in the end. If it's not better, it's not quite the end.”




Paulo Coelho



“When life brings you to your knees and shakes you to your core can be a time of profound growth where you develop strength you didn't think you had.”




Debbie Hampton



“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”



Helen Keller



“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”



Dalai Lama



“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come.”




Zig Ziglar



“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.




Anne Frank



 

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Everyone’s ultimate dream is to find a job that relates to their passion and make this passion translate into their skillset. It has always been a hot topic especially among new graduates who are trying to get a foot in the door, but is it really possible for passion and career to align?

To establish your journey to career success, you need to have the right amount of passion and then let it develop as you go along. Envision the kind of life that you want to achieve. If you don’t know what it is yet, try your best to discern it. Sometimes the answer is not always obvious but when you dig deeper, you will uncover it one day. Click here to read more about discovering your true calling.

 

Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It's what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination. 

Try to find a career path that you have a passion for.




Henry Samueli

 

Research shows that about 6 out of 10 employees are disengaged and disgruntled in the workplace, thus affecting their productivity and quality of work. One of the main reasons why this is happening is because they are not able to do what they’ve always wanted to do in life, thus, they feel bored, dread Mondays, and get the feeling that they’re “stuck in a rut”.

 

We have to start closing the gap between passion and work! The workplace is where we spend the most time on a daily basis so it has to be a conducive environment where we can enjoy doing what we do best. We need to develop not only a mindset focused on growth, but also on values formation. These values will then shape our mind, improve our behaviour and serve as an excellent guide in the way our thoughts, words, and actions are formed.

 

The path to achieving the ideal career is never simple and was never meant to be simple. But the best part is that whatever path you choose, the effort and hard work that you put into building a career will all be worth it because the hard-earned fruits of your labour will outweigh the difficulties and challenges you experience.

 

Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams.




Donovan Bailey


If you still haven’t realised what you’re cut out to do, perhaps you need to begin creating ideas wherever you’re planted and run with whatever tools you have at the moment. You don’t have to go anywhere; you can start where you are right now! It’s about time to align your work and passion. Financial security is important but you will feel a million times better if you get to do what makes you happy every day. Steve Jobs once said “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
 

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Are you working and also considering study?

If you enrol in a course before 30th June, and the course is sufficiently related to your employment, you may be able to claim the course and certain related costs as a self-education expense.

With tax time just around the corner, and with 20% off* all course fees, right now is a great time to tackle your goals and enrol in a Nationally Recognised or Personal Development course.

What may be claimable?

computer consumables and equipment repairs

purchase of equipment or technical instruments costing less than $300

home office running costs

fares

stationery

textbooks

course fees

accommodation and meals (if away from home overnight)

interest

phone calls

student union fees

trade, professional, or academic journals

decline in value for depreciating assets (cost exceeds $300)

parking fees (only for work-related claims)

internet usage (excluding connection fees)

postage

student services and amenities fees

travel to-and-from place of education


How much can you save?

How much you will save depends on your taxation rate and the course cost.

Here’s a guide:

  • Our Certificate IV Accounting & Bookkeeping course is pay-in-full $2320.00

  • After 20% off promotion, this is reduced to $1856.00

  • If you are taxed at an average rate of 32.5% your course is further reduced to $1252.80

That’s a total saving of $1067.20

To get ahead of your competition in the employment stakes, you need to demonstrate that you are prepared to continue your education, as often as possible. An education course is a great way of ensuring you keep up to speed with industry developments relating to your field, and with the added bonus of making you look motivated to any potential employers.

To help encourage employers and employees alike to undertake educational programs, there are a number of self-education tax deductions available, which include courses undertaken at educational institutions (whether leading to a formal qualification or not), attendance at work-related seminars or industry-specific conferences.

The expenses for self-education can be deducted provided there is a direct and provable link between the course undertaken, and how you derive your income.

You will need to satisfy any of the following tests to be entitled to a tax deduction:

The expense has a relevant connection to your current income earning activities (i.e. the course must be relevant or incidental to how you derive your assessable income).

The self-education program being undertaken enables you to maintain or improve the skills or knowledge necessary to carry out your income earning activities.

The self-education leads to or is likely to lead to, an increase in your income from your current income-earning activities in the future.

Are you eligible for this reduction?

  • You must be a student at Australian College and paying in full for your course fees to fully claim this financial year
  • You must be employed at the time of enrolment, and the course must be sufficiently related to this employment
  • The course must be 12 months or less to fully claim this financial year

* You may have to reduce the claim by $250

June 30th is approaching quickly, so enrol now, keep a copy of your receipt and save significantly! For more information on claiming self-education expenses visit the Australian Taxation Office website here.

Please note: The information in this blog is general advice only and is not intended to be financial or legal advice. You should obtain your own independent advice in relation to tax deductions that may be available to you.

Claim your tax invoice, Enrol Now!

Source: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Deductions-you-can-claim/Self-education-expenses

 
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What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word education? Do you think about books, teachers, exams or being inside a classroom with other students? These things are all related to education, however, it actually goes a lot deeper than we realise.

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

 

 – Nelson Mandela

 
Aside from basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter, education has also become a necessity in life. From the moment you reach a certain age, it’s important for you to start your journey to getting an education.

You might recall when you were younger, adults around you would say “Education is a treasure that can never be taken away from anyone.” This statement is crystal clear, it means we have to prioritise and give value to education. Consider it as more than just reading books, memorising words, and having good grades - it’s also gathering practical knowledge and wisdom that you can certainly benefit from in your daily life.
 

“Education makes you less dependent upon others and opens doors to better jobs and career possibilities.

Solomon Ortiz

  
Why do we need education?

  • Encourages us to think deeper and makes us more innovative
  • Gives us the confidence to handle different types of situations and become effective at problem-solving
  • Helps us become leaders and to create leaders that make an impact by means of living a values-driven life
  • Enables us to close gaps, to eliminate inequality
  • Allows us to practice our passion
  • Improves our standard of living and quality of life
  • Lets us pursue our preferred career
  • Helps us create a sustainable planet
  • Promotes economic progress
  • Education is the foundation of peace

 

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

Kofi Annan

 


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There are probably a million things that you can do to build strong team rapport. Whenever you participate in and complete a team building activity, you will have a better understanding of your teammates’ interests, strengths, and weaknesses and learn the importance of teamwork. Aside from that, a great level of trust and accountability will be developed within your team that’s why it’s an integral part of establishing a more positive and conducive working environment.

 

“Individual commitment to a group effort

- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

Vince Lombardi

 

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

Henry Ford

 

“Unity is strength... When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

Mattie Stepanek

 


Here are some team building ideas that can work as ice-breakers and help create a culture of teamwork in the workplace:

Charades
This is a simple and fun game suitable for all ages and encourages engagement and fosters healthy competition.

Team size:
4 players or more. 2 teams.

How to play: Choose interesting topics such as songs, movies, celebrities or long phrases to put on pieces of paper. Fold the paper in half and put in a container. A player from each team will draw a piece of paper and act out the words and let the other member of the team guess what’s being portrayed. The team who gets the most answers right wins.

Heads Up! (What’s my name?)
This is also another type of guessing game and the questions should only be answered by “Yes” or “No”.

Team size:
4 players or more.

How to play: Write a word or words on a sticky note and stick it to the player’s forehead. The player then asks the group yes or no questions in the attempt to figure out what’s written on the sticky note. Set a time limit to keep each round short and succinct.

Various Board Games
Nothing beats traditional board games! You can now enjoy the ones that were based on television shows such as Family Feud, Deal or No Deal, The Amazing Race, The Price is Right, Trivial Pursuit, Pandemic or Battleship.

These types of games are not for everyone, so ask your team what they have in mind and be open to ideas. You can even try and organise physical activities such as sports games, wall climbing, hiking or fitness boot camp classes!

 


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It feels great whenever we hear compliments or good feedback from others. We know that our work is being noticed and appreciated and also gives us the green light to continue whatever we are doing. Constantly receiving praise and positive comments help build our self-confidence and self-esteem. But what if you know that you are doing quite well but still don’t get any approval or recognition you believe you deserve?


It’s so easy to give up and be disheartened due to lack of appreciation from the people around you especially when you know you make an extraordinary effort and always give your best in everything that you do. If you don’t get any form of validation at all, you worry more and feel unimportant. But don’t let this bring you down! Not everyone is wired to be naturally appreciative so it’s best to not expect too much. Try to avoid relying on others for confidence. Know that you are good enough, whether others approve of you or not.

“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward.

If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

 

“Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily.”

― Tia Walkert

 

Practice positive self-affirmation. Do not base your self-worth on what authority figures tell you or think of you. Develop long-term positive thinking to reach your goals and back it up with positive action. Consider your strengths as a person or certain skills that you value and are meaningful to you. Then make it a daily habit to continue exploring your other talents and capabilities that you don't know about but other people do.

You may progress slowly but surely and once you’ve restructured your mindset, you can move beyond the issues then further into self-development. Do more things that you love and you know you can benefit from.

The word affirmation comes from the Latin affirmare, originally meaning "to make steady, strengthen." You will indeed find the strength to uncover your true potential from affirmation and it’s more effective if it starts with you.

Here are the lasting benefits of self-affirmation:

  • It motivates you on a different level
  • It increases your energy to perform daily tasks
  • You will establish mental clarity and become more self-aware
  • You work well even under stressful situations
  • Your cardiovascular health will improve
  • You will get a happier outlook on life



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Communication is an essential skill that plays an important role in any organisation and it’s something that has to be taken seriously.

“Communication - the human connection

- is the key to personal and career success.”

― Paul J. Meyer.


When there is lack of communication, a lot of things can go wrong. Like for instance, in a dynamic multicultural and multigenerational work environment where polarised opinions, office politics and ostracism are particularly common, there would certainly be a high chance of unclear or inadequate communication.

Conflicts continue to arise not only in the workplace but everywhere we go due to misalignment and miscommunication. Failure to acknowledge and fix this problem may cause mistrust, low morale and worst case scenario, broken relationships that seem too difficult to repair. Take a moment to really see what the issues are and examine more closely to gain full understanding of the situation. The sooner we know what the root of the problem is, the sooner we can fix it.

Aside from exchanging or passing of information through speaking and writing, another way to overcome communication barriers is by means of listening. By being an active listener, you are showing your respect to other people’s opinions and you are making an effort to see their point of view. Be attentive and let others talk and finish what they have to say. Show that you genuinely want to help resolve the dispute and do not make hasty judgements. When it’s your turn to share your thoughts, choose your words carefully to prevent further conflict.

Build bridges instead of walls! Break barriers and smash bottlenecks through effective communication. This doesn’t only build confidence but also lets you open yourself to new possibilities and all the extra time and effort you put into this will be well worth it.

 



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If you think resolutions are so cliche, then perhaps you need to think again! When a year ends and a new one begins, your mind is drawn to preparation and planning. You feel optimistic that it’s going to be a fresh new year full of promises and hope. It certainly is the best time to make changes in various areas of your life.


The tradition of writing down all the things that we want to achieve for the rest of the year usually happens in the first week of January. Now that January has come and gone, the big question is, are you still upholding your resolutions? We start really strong and determined, however, when February comes, we start to fizzle… but why?

Most people fail to commit to their resolutions due to extreme pressure or lack of motivation and discipline. As the saying goes “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” - The intention to change wavers very quickly due to a form of resistance called inertia.

The law of inertia is Sir Isaac Newton’s first law and it states that "A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force." As humans, we are also influenced by inertia - we continue to tread the same path throughout our lives unless other forces alter our course. Therefore, if we would like to change for the better, then we should find that “greater force” that will positively alter the direction of our life inertia.

Here are some of the things you can do to accelerate your success in 2019:


Tackle one resolution at a time

Don’t beat yourself up! Change requires time. Start slowly and work toward changing one thing at a time. It’s best to make small lifestyle changes every day until it already feels like it’s a natural part of your routine. Read more about Game-changing Habits to Supercharge Your Life.

Trust Yourself

Develop your self-confidence. Believe that you can make excellent decisions and you have the ability to improve no matter what your current circumstances are. Your thoughts will eventually manifest into actions so you have to guard your mind against negative thoughts. Click here to Learn how to solve the confidence gap.

Be Flexible and Adaptive

If your plan is not working, review and tweak it if necessary. Always be open to suggestions and embrace new ideas. You need to adjust yourself to meet the needs of your situation or current environment.

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

—  Jimmy Dean

 

Treat each day as another chance to start over.

 

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in, and day-out.

—  Robert Collier

 

Write a Letter to Your Future Self

Grab a pen and paper, reflect and write down your thoughts, seal and open it at a future date. Your letter may contain words of validation, reassurance, and encouragement. Try to picture yourself a year, 2 years or 5 years from now and outline what you want to achieve in that timeframe. This could be a great way to make your dreams happen. Write a note to your future self today and you will be amazed to discover how much you’ve changed (or not) over the years.

Up Next: Do Regular Daily Reflections

Be Driven to Succeed! 

 

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What is a workflow?


To put it simply, a workflow consists of the step by step process of how you do your work from start to finish. It’s composed of all the activities that happen in a sequence - all the things that you need to do in order to complete bigger tasks.

Implementing good quality workflows can certainly work wonders in any organisation especially when it comes to project management. It allows employers and managers to create clearly-established structures leaving them more time to focus on work that creates value. Employees can use this to gain a better understanding of their roles and how they relate to different departments and make team members more accountable for their work. It’s certainly is a modern solution for the workplace.

Workflows can also be implemented in real life and they don’t have to be complicated. You can create some basic workflows to help in process improvements and elimination of inefficiencies in your daily routine, therefore, increasing your output and productivity. Aside from that, it also leads to better communication as well as a quick and easy resolution to bottlenecks.

Visualising your workflow is a very important step. You can start by creating a diagram that can be used as a graphic representation of the steps needed in order for you to reach the goals you want to achieve. If you want to take your workflow diagrams to the next level, there are also many workflow management tools out there that you can use for free:

  • Create workflow diagrams/flowcharts
    • Simple or complex diagrams/flowcharts can be designed using draw.io, canva.com, smartdraw.com or diagrameditor.com
  • Use digital workflow management solutions
    • Work smarter not harder using cloud software such as zoho.com, trello.com, monday.com or cflowapps.com


This is a part of our
Effective Ways to Work Smarter series, we will share more about the topics below in our blog:

 

Sharpen Your Time Management Skills

Establish Workflows To Streamline Processes

Delegate Work Effectively

Learn How To Manage Stress - Stress Poll Results

Do Regular Daily Reflections

 

Make A Difference In 2019!


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We conducted an online survey about stress and here are the results (as of 24 January 2019).

Stress Scale

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

4.9%

3.7%

1.2%

2.4%

3.7%

4.9%

6.1%

28.1%

15.9

29.3%

 

Typical Stressors

 

Personal problems

Studies

Work

Other reasons

I'm not stressed

31.3%

0

50%

12.5%

6.3%

 

Based on most recent data from the Stress Poll

 

Stress level

#1 Source

of Stress

50% are extremely stressed

Work


Your stress level matters a lot. If you are currently experiencing a lot of stress and you’re not doing anything about it, you probably need an intervention ASAP! When you ignore your current situation, it might lead to detrimental effects on your physical and mental health. It’s okay to start small then work on building momentum.

 

Here are the most common symptoms of stress:

  • Psychological signs are lack of motivation, anxiety, depression, restlessness, irritability or anger.
  • Physiological signs include headaches, chest pain, stomach upset and fatigue.
  • Changes in behaviour such as smoking or drinking too much, social withdrawal, not eating or overeating and angry outbursts.

Find your zen! Click here to find some healthy ways to manage stress effectively.

“If you don't think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope. There will always be dark days.Kris Carr

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.Hans Selye

The truth is that stress doesn't come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about these circumstances. Andrew J. Bernstein

You can beat stress! Just have the right mindset and start regaining control over your mind and body.

This is a part of our Effective Ways to Work Smarter series, we will share more about the topics below in our blog:

 

Sharpen Your Time Management Skills

Establish Workflows To Streamline Processes

Delegate Work Effectively

Learn How To Manage Stress - Stress Poll Results

Do Regular Daily Reflections

 

Make A Difference In 2019!


Study a nationally accredited and professional online course andget 20% off* your course.

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“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

– Annie Dillard

Every day you wake up, get up and go on with your usual routine. Is your mind geared toward self-improvement both professionally and personally? If not, then perhaps it’s time for a full self-assessment to determine whether you are evolving with the times, stagnating or going backward.

We have shared a blog post about simple yet high-performance habits that can significantly change your life and let greater opportunities come your way. Click here if you have not read it yet. You will surely find great tips to help you get to the next level and live life to the fullest.

Now is the perfect time to think about your plans before the year ends. Make growth your number one priority. When you become growth-conscious across all areas of life, you focus more on your journey - your venture experience rather than just the destination or outcome of your goals.

While personal development and maturity vary with gender, age, race, and genes, what matters most is the chance you are given every waking day. You just have to start by making small, specific changes and you will eventually evolve into the person you want to be. You have 24 hours in a day and it’s up to you to make everything worthwhile and use each hour the best possible way.

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“I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before.” Sidney Poitier

To build an extraordinary life of your dreams, you need to develop daily positive routines. Being positive and staying that way can be a real challenge especially when you experience difficulties, failures, and uncertainties but don’t let this stop you from achieving excellence and greatness.

It could take a great deal of motivation to get things done day in and day out. Working to become your best self should not be perceived as a burden but as a great opportunity. Rest if you feel tired but continue to fight the uphill battles. Don’t stop no matter what!

Get ready to level up your life by practicing these high-performance habits:

  • Start the day by getting a nice dose of negative ions, they create positive vibes and are actually great for your health! Try to recall what you have learned from your Chemistry class - negative ions produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin that helps alleviate depression and stress. You can get negative ions from moving air and water. Boost your mood and pump the positivity by getting a hot shower or go for a walk in the park.
  • Cultivate and maintain an attitude of gratitude. There are a lot of benefits that come with gratitude - it can shift your perception and change how you see the world. So from now on, start taking note of the things that you are grateful for.
  • Develop and enhance your soft skills to help you in your career as well as to successfully navigate through life. These are practical skills that characterise how you deal with other people, respond to challenges and manage emotions. Some examples include interpersonal and communication skills, strategic and problem-solving skills, teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Never cut corners. This undesirable behaviour is characterised by skipping steps that are important to a task in order to complete it much quicker than normal. According to research, people who frequently do this are more impulsive, undisciplined, non-conforming and they tend to be morally compromised. Although there are people that have achieved good outcomes by making shortcuts, their actions may result in harsh consequences that’s why this is highly discouraged.
  • Always look on the bright side. Life can be tough but don’t lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. Believe that you will eventually reap the rewards of your productivity and hard work. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, put your game face on and never give up!

Be the best version of yourself!

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The most common factor of highly-successful people is they choose growth over comfort. They are passionate leaders and strong advocates that demonstrate commitment and always do their work with energy and enthusiasm. They are extremely resilient and unshakable amidst of all the chaos, bustle and noise around them.

Self-improvement doesn’t only lead to one’s success but can also help people to succeed. It’s good to be competitive, but it’s also lonely to be the only one at the top so work on reaching your goals and at the same time, try to influence others around you to reach their full potential.

“When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.”Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience




If you want to know how you can truly become the best version of you, here are some useful tips to get you started:

 

Put yourself first

Aside from getting enough sleep, eating right, and constant exercise, you also need to look after your emotional well-being because it’s a part of your holistic health. Safeguard and strengthen it to be able to cope with the ups and downs of life.

Stop pleasing other people! Every time you try so hard to please others, you lose yourself. Learn how to say NO. If you constantly play the role of the doormat, you will always be taken advantage of and eventually feel your stress levels skyrocket and could experience an episode of burnout. Click here to learn more about burnout and what you can do to stop it.

Take care of your mind

Your thoughts can consciously or unconsciously influence your actions. If you’re constantly feeling down, you need to reprogram your thoughts in order to stay positive. Try to visualise and make your visions concrete by creating an action plan. This will serve as your guide and help you make more mindful decisions. Positive thoughts can also help you in choosing your words wisely so you can communicate with others a lot better.

Be Kind

Every person in this world is unique and every life is a unique journey. Be kind to others. Create a paradigm shift in how you treat them. Do not be quick to judge without knowing them first. Criticisms are only okay if they are constructive and not destructive because this can potentially damage another person’s self-worth and self-esteem. Most importantly, be kind to yourself!

Constantly develop your skills

Learn something new. Education has a positive effect on an individual. It brings a greater depth of understanding, theoretical knowledge, and analytical skill. A professional qualification can help you gain confidence, improve your career prospects and overall status in life. Nationally recognised and accredited training is definitely highly valued and can be extremely rewarding on so many levels. Click here to discover online courses that can help you get your career in gear.

Surround yourself with stellar people

The circle of friends you choose to have in your life speaks volumes about who you are. Acquire wisdom from the proverb “You are the company you keep”. No matter how good you are as a person, bad company can still influence your good behaviour so it’s better to hang out with friends that will support and lift you up rather than drag you down.


“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don't see it yourself.”  Edmund Lee

Don’t fear success

This might sound strange to you but the fear of success actually hides in some people’s subconscious. They get too overwhelmed and simply can’t handle success when it comes faster than expected. There are also other different scenarios such as added responsibilities, high expectations and living a totally different life than before. Always remember, great leaders, visionaries and game-changers are always ready and willing to step out of their comfort zone. Do not fear change. Even if you fail, don’t think that all your efforts are wasted. Just keep moving forward and you will soon be drawn closer to what you want to achieve.

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No two paths to success are alike. Each person’s journey is unique as a fingerprint or a snowflake, thus success is relative to the person who strives for it.


If you aim to be successful, the first and most important question that you must ask yourself is “What do I need to do to achieve what I want?”

Success is a mindset. It’s not about who you are, but about what you do. It doesn’t matter if you do or don’t have the necessary tools and resources, the quality of your actions will lead you to reach the goals you desire and keep growing from there.

What is your current belief system? If you think you need to make big changes in your life, start by building a strong mental and emotional foundation. Here are some of the most impactful strategies to start with:

The happiness project



Don’t get caught up in the “What ifs”. Learn to be happy with your current state and develop a sense of contentment. If you’re feeling down and currently lack motivation that you need to move forward, here are some of the best inspirational and motivational quotes that you can use as a pick-me-up.

Read good books and learn new things

Develop a reading habit, challenge yourself to read something that interests you on a daily basis. Reading has a lot of hidden benefits, it can Improve your vocabulary, broaden your perspective and enrich your mind. Studying can also expand your horizons. Education has a positive effect on an individual. It brings a greater depth of understanding, theoretical knowledge, and analytical skill.

"You're never too old to start learning, and you're never too young to aim high and achieve great things." - Asa Hutchinson


Keep a journal

Set goals and keep them in a journal so you can keep track of your progress. It doesn’t matter if they are short-term or long-term. Goal-setting is an important part of success. It gives you more clarity. Jotting things down in a journal will give you a clear purpose of what you want to achieve in life.


Resilience is an essential skill

Be like bamboo. During a hurricane, the bamboo bends rather than break. Being resilient means you won’t allow yourself to become a victim of circumstance. Do not let negative thoughts drag you down. Resilience is a skill that can be cultivated. Make this your mission. Continue to work on reaching your goals despite setbacks, despite complications and you will always rise above the fray. Don’t give up!

Dig a hole and bury your bad habits

Throughout your life, you develop some habits that you’re not proud of. You may already be aware that these habits are toxic but you remain stuck in the same place for a long time. A common bad habit is procrastination. It’s a very unhealthy and futile behaviour pattern that is typical at home, in school and in the workplace. It could be hard to change as you age and old habits might seem too hard to break but if you want to be successful, start building good habits while you still can and consider shifting your paradigm.

Past is past

Your past doesn’t define your future so don't look back on life with regret!

“What’s past is past, nothing can change that. But the future can be different if we choose to make it so. We have to cultivate a vision of a happier, more peaceful future and make the effort now to bring it about. This is no time for complacency, hope lies in the action we take.” -- Dalai Lama

 

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The “paradigm” concept started in the early 1960’s by the philosopher Thomas Kuhn and since then, the term has been widely used in the world of Psychology, Politics, Sports, Medicine and Business. It helped Scientists create theoretical frameworks by providing clarity in terms of goal-setting and direction in their scientific research and other activities within a particular discipline. Some paradigm theories that we know are Newton’s theory of gravity, Darwin’s theory of evolution and Einstein’s theory of relativity.

According to macmillandictionary.com, the word paradigm means:

a set of ideas that are used for understanding or explaining something, especially in a particular subject.”

How can we relate this to our daily lives?

If we take a closer look at history, we would notice that there is certainly a strong connection between paradigm and progress. When personal computers, mobile phones, the internet and all sorts of communication tools were invented, our lives were suddenly transformed completely. Most of the changes we experienced during this digital paradigm shift are positive and working in our favour.


Nowadays, the paradigm shift concept is not only used in the philosophy of science but can also be linked to personality development.

It’s considered as a fundamental change of how an individual or society view things in the world - it’s all about the transformation of human systems dynamics, including patterns of complexity in learning, development, management, and supervision in diverse environments. This may sound very complicated, but in reality, it’s actually something that we deal with in daily life.

When we choose to undergo a paradigm shift, big changes happen. Our perspectives and mindset take a 180-degree turn. This can be compared to demolishing a house and building a new one rather than just renovating it.

“If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm.”

-Stephen Covey


“Don't underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems.”

-Leroy Hood


Your personal or professional life might not be the way you want it to be at the moment, but you can always do something about it. You have to start by throwing negative beliefs outside the window and stop thinking that you’re a victim of your circumstances, that your current situation limits you from achieving success. Replace negative thoughts by adapting the “anything is possible” paradigm. The challenges you face right now can be turned into opportunities for innovation. You can control your life and the results you want to achieve - make this your core value from now on.

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”

-Francis Bacon


“When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.”

-Dale Carnegie


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One of the most popular quotes about productivity is “If not now, then when”, however, its essence is often missed. We are all guilty somehow of pushing things aside and doing them at a later time.

It’s so easy to walk away from impending tasks and tell yourself to finish them afterward. The longer these tasks are ignored, the more difficult it will be to finish them in the long run. The results could also be more drastic - if things do not go as planned, everything can end up in chaos, stress, disappointment, and frustration.

Another thing that you always keep in the back burner is your dreams. You could have so many reasons for trying not to pursue what you really want to do in life. What’s holding you back? Is it fear? Are you scared of making mistakes, of losing everything you have? Is uncertainty making you feel very uncomfortable? These negative feelings will only make you lose sight of getting started or not even wanting to try.

What are you waiting for? Is there really such thing as “the right time”? You have probably wasted too much time waiting for the right moment when you can start doing something right now. Sometimes ‘later’ becomes ‘never’. If you decide to take action today, commit to it, be accountable, and put yourself to work every day.

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

– Paulo Coelho


Give it a shot. Never abandon your pursuit. We only get to live one life, so make it better. You owe it to yourself. Be bold, be brave... If not now, then when? Don’t give up! success is just around the corner.

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When you habitually avoid or intentionally delay starting or finishing a task that needs to be accomplished and let it linger on the to-do list for hours, days, or even weeks due to various reasons, you could be a victim of a mysterious and potentially dangerous force called procrastination. Pouring all your strength in completing a certain task is like trying to bring the same poles of a magnet together and no matter how hard you try, they only repel.

The procrastinator’s favourite words are “later” and “tomorrow”. Amidst of all the urgent assignments, tight deadlines and unfinished projects piling up, they are often being put off in favour of checking social media sites, playing video games, online shopping, binge-watching shows on tv or sometimes even prioritising trivial things. There are so many distractions everywhere that make it even more difficult to focus on what should be done.

This extremely bad habit has a lot of harmful effects on one’s life. Students often get poor grades or fail in school. Employees have unsatisfactory work performance. It’s simply inevitable. On a positive note, since procrastination is considered as a bad habit, there are possible be ways that can be done to get rid of this self-defeating behaviour pattern. For this to work, you have to be absolutely committed to moving forward. However, once you decide to nip it in the bud before it becomes a more serious issue, changes would only happen gradually and not overnight.

Here are common reasons why we procrastinate and some suggestions on how to tackle it:

  • Feeling lazy. We put off doing things simply because we don’t feel like it. One way to avoid laziness is to be reminded of the consequences when we don’t take action. The Pareto principle (also known as 80/20 rule) can help to overcome laziness. It states that “80% of the outputs come from 20% of the inputs.” Determine the most important task and focus on it. Then eliminate the other tasks in the to-do list afterward.
  • Feeling burned out. It’s very hard to focus when we feel physically and mentally exhausted. It seems like that are a million tasks on the to-do list, it’s easy to shut down.Click here to learn more about burnout and what you can do to stop it.
  • Fear. We are too scared to fail. Perhaps we are shy or afraid of rejection. Let’s learn how to overcome and conquer our fears. Nothing will happen if we do not have the courage to face them.
  • Perfectionism. Overly demanding standards keep us from even getting started. This is also related to fear of failure. Just think that we won’t be able to do things and improve our skills unless we practice. We can’t practice unless we implement. It doesn’t matter if we make mistakes because we can learn from them and move on.
  • Lack of self-confidence. We won’t do something if we don’t think we can do it. There are several factors why we feel like this but the main reason is usually self-doubt. If you need a skill upgrade, get one. This can help overcome fear and build up self-confidence to achieve success.Click here to learn how to solve the confidence gap.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

–Abraham Lincoln


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Say goodbye to work-life balance and try integrating your work and life instead! Many people have struggled to achieve balance but failed miserably so it’s now considered a myth. Aside from being unrealistic, it’s also known to be too subjective because its definition depends on the individual’s personal feelings and circumstance. One’s priorities also extremely affect how balance is construed. Attempting to attain the so-called balance has become a debilitating chore when it was supposed to be a solution to all our problems.

The term work-life integration started to make waves in 2017. Integration is all about not separating work from your personal life but learning how to connect the two instead. It’s quite radical but it quickly became the new norm because it’s a trendier, more fitting and exciting alternative for those who aim to succeed in their careers and daily private life activities.

W-L integration: the 21st-century formula for success

The flexibility offered by the W-L integration concept is ideal and definitely feasible. It can work well for those who are juggling a lot of things at the same time such as kids, work, social life, education, and all other activities on the to-do list. Here are some suggestions on how to make it work for you:

  • Plan well. Know your priorities and list them down starting from the most important down to the least important.
  • Know your boundaries. Know when to unplug yourself from job responsibilities. You also need to recharge in order to be more efficient so you can work smarter, not harder.
  • Consider change. You don’t have to perfectly execute the W-L concept to make it work. If you see a bottleneck, consider making some changes, adjust as you go and be ready to rebound quickly!
  • Self-discipline. Distractions are everywhere and sometimes hard to avoid. It’s so easy to get sidetracked and be tempted to procrastinate but no matter what, try your best to control your desires and impulses and stay focused.
  • Self-care. Look after yourself. This should always be a part of your agenda. It’s not just about having bubble baths, getting an 8-hour sleep or spending a day at the spa. Self-care should also encompass overall health and mental well-being, good hygiene and responsible intake of food and medication.
  • Healthy attitude. Having a positive mindset is very important. If this is practiced every day, you will be able to create an excellent culture and environment where you can consistently thrive. Another benefit of having a bright attitude is that you can set a good example for the people around you and perhaps, you can share this concept with them as well.

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Why do people switch careers? There could be a hundred reasons why this happens but it’s just usually due to one thing - CHANGE. As the wise Greek philosopher, Heraclitus once said, “The only thing that Is constant is change.” We all face changes in different aspects of our daily life in some way and perhaps sometimes, we might not even see them clearly but these changes are occurring nonetheless. We get older, our needs and interests often change and this could trigger a domino effect of other related changes. It’s simply inevitable.

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You have seen the signs, and they are loud and clear. The fact that you’ve got the wrong job or the wrong field makes you constantly uninspired, unfulfilled and lacking enthusiasm. The stress you face at work makes you dread going into the office every day. You might also be taking sick days even when you’re not really sick. According to research, over 60% of working adults are unhappy with their career situation but the big problem is, they chose to settle. Don’t be one of them!

Here are practical tips for you to have a successful career change:
 
  • Start with an honest self-assessment. Have you truly discovered your true calling? Before you jump into a completely different career, make sure you have determined the type of work that you really want to do so you won’t regret your decisions.
  • Gain the necessary skills and additional qualifications by upskilling and/or retraining. Read more about upskilling or reskilling here. Professional qualifications matter - Nationally recognised and accredited training is definitely highly valued and can be extremely rewarding on so many levels.
"Qualifications reveal much more about a person than just academic prowess. It's not just about getting a job/career. The benefits affect all parts of life: intellectual, social sporting, personal, artistic, ethical and so much more." - ANDREW MAIN

You can read more about this topic here.

  • Brush up on your interview skills. Click here to view the essential job interview checklist.
  • Career transitions are possible at any age. No matter how old you are, you have to be flexible and adaptable. These are two very important skills that employers value in a candidate. You might not have enough experience in the role that you want to apply for, but your attitude can make a difference. Have an agile mindset.
  • Craft a sustainable career for yourself. Job search and career management are constantly changing and they are typically due to shifts in the economy, technology, and other key events. “A sustainable career is dynamic and flexible; it features continuous learning, periodic renewal, the security that comes from employability, and a harmonious fit with your skills, interests, and values. Read more about it here.
Be aware of your real goals and aspirations to create a brand new professional life. Pursue what you truly love and be willing to start over. It’s the season of change - a time for a fresh start!

Building a new career is not easy. It could be very scary at first and you may also commit a lot of mistakes, but it’s not impossible to achieve! If you don’t do it now, you could be stuck in the same spot forever! Is self-doubt holding you back? Try to overcome and conquer your fears, break out of your comfort zone, and eventually, you will gain the confidence you need to succeed.

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“The hardest thing to do is leaving your comfort zone. But you have to let go of the life you’re familiar with and take the risk to live the life you dream about.” -T. Arigo

You might be thinking, “is staying in my comfort zone really such a bad thing?”

The answer is a big YES! It’s too dangerous that it could be something that can potentially destroy one’s future.

“A comfort zone is a place that is very secure and protected, but where nothing is able to flourish.”

Warning signs that you are stuck in your comfort zone:
  • You do not have career goals
  • You don’t like risks and only do what’s safe and easy
  • You’re afraid to experience new things
  • You feel bored with your current situation
  • You have a wishy-washy attitude
  • You always procrastinate
  • You find fault in everything around you
  • You do not like to meet new people
Complacency is the poison that slowly kills your desire to grow and succeed in life. When you are complacent, you do not have the eagerness or willingness to push the boundaries and take risks - absolutely zero urge to do better…

If you feel like you’re being too complacent, acknowledge the warning signs and find out ways to fight and break out of it. Do not allow yourself to be stagnant forever!

It’s okay to take baby steps, as long as you are aware that you need to do something. Accept changes, have the right mindset, commit to your goals and constantly challenge yourself. Click here to read more on how to conquer your fears.

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"Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." --Alexander Graham Bell

“Fail to Plan and You Plan to Fail” --Benjamin Franklin

“Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first 4 sharpening the axe.” –Abraham Lincoln

You might be in the middle of a job search and currently have interviews lined up. We all know very well that planning is a very crucial part of the process, however, all the careful planning that you do can fall apart once anxiety sets in. This may sound daunting especially if it’s your first time but don’t let the thought overwhelm you. Instead, use this feeling as a motivator - it can also drive you to perform better!

Here are some tips to help you out before, during and after the interview:

Before the interview
  • Do your homework. Look at the company website or blog to learn more about the company, what their key products and/or services are, which industries do they work in and how big they are in terms of employee size and revenue. It’s good to do a competitor research as well.
  • Thoroughly read the job ad again, take note of the main responsibilities and required skills and map it to your own skills, educational background, and job experiences. If you have questions, jot them down so you don’t forget.
  • At the beginning of an interview, candidates are usually asked “Can you walk me through your resume?” so it’s good to review your resume the day before. Print extra copies for your and the interviewer. Having spare copies shows initiative and preparation. These are strong qualities that the interviewer will take note of and appreciate.
  • Choose an appropriate outfit. Your clothing choice doesn’t necessarily have to be high-end, you just need to make an effort to look presentable. This is also a sign of respect for the company as well as the person interviewing you. So pay attention to your grooming to leave a good first impression.
  • Write all the details in your job interview journal if you have one. Take note of the company name, address, time of the interview and the name of the interviewer.

During the interview
  • Be sure to turn up at the right place and the right time. If you think you’re lost and will be running late, it is common decency and professional courtesy to apologise for your lateness. Call and let them know your ETA.
  • Make sure your phone and other electronic devices are on silent.
  • Sell yourself (up to a certain degree). Present yourself with confidence but not to the point that you already sound like you are the only qualified candidate and the answer to your all of your employer’s problems.
  • Choose your words wisely. You may encounter some common interview questions but try not to respond with empty clichés. Be unique, memorable, specific and keep it brief.
  • Take down notes if necessary so you don’t forget important details.
  • Show your personality for them to see if you will fit in with the company culture of their working environment.
  • Towards the end of the interview, Make sure you're clear about the next steps. Ask what the next process is and when and how you can expect to hear from them.

After the interview
  • Drop a line to the interviewer and let him/her know that you appreciate his/her time and the opportunity you were given. This will speak volumes about your commitment to the position. If you didn’t get the job, you can ask for constructive feedback. This can help you do better in your next round of interviews with other companies in the future.
Keep in mind that getting prepared is a job itself. Sharpen the axe, as Lincoln said. A checklist is very useful but ticking all the boxes on your list will not be enough for you to land the job you like, you have to do more than that. But don’t stress, just do your best… You’ve got this!

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Have you ever woken up one day and asked yourself “Why am I here? What’s my real purpose?”, this means that your mission in life is still unclear and you need to find your why. German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once said, ‘He who has a why can endure any how.’ Everyone has a why. This is something that inspires you and gives you a sense of fulfillment in whatever you do. Knowing your why is the first step and the most important if you want to find out your true calling.

Every person is different. We develop aspects of individuality from our experiences, philosophies, socio-economic environment and genetic constitution that’s why there’s no single pathway for discovering life’s purpose. There are some blogs out there that say “Find your true purpose in 10 easy steps”, but the truth is, this process is always evolving and certainly not easy at all. Oftentimes, there would be a lot of challenges along the way but you continue to step out of your comfort zone because you know it’s going to be worth it. It will be epic and definitely life-changing.

There are some essential keywords that can help you start your journey. Begin with clarity. Lack of clarity makes you feel that you’re trapped in an invisible prison and this is perhaps one of the most unpleasant human experiences to endure. An example is staying at a job for months or years for which you are completely unsuited. You will never achieve that inner desire to be great at your job. When you find clarity, you know you are going in the right direction and watch yourself reach greater heights. Sometimes you can find clarity from the people around you, especially those who are close to you. It’s amazing how much they know the real you and can clearly see what you should be doing when you cannot see it yourself.

Another keyword is vision. Always have a positive vision of the future. Let it be your guide. When you already know what you want, it’s time to take action. Visualisation is a powerful technique - great leaders and athletes use this to excel in their chosen field. Some of the things you can do is to write down your plans in detail or create a vision board in order to produce a picture of what your ideal life would look like. It’s also important to take note that you won’t get the life you want overnight but with consistent and persistent actions, you will eventually reach your goal.

It was mentioned earlier that each person’s journey is different and because of this, the processes and outcomes will also be different. Our past decisions have consequences that may put us in certain circumstances that we cannot control. When we get to this point, no matter how hard it is, we can always control our attitude, approach and response to make the situation better. This is when the keyword leverage comes in. The concept of leverage allows you to put yourself in a position to your best advantage. Use whatever you have. Your talent, your skills, your confidence, your wit - these are the effective tools that you have in you that you can always use to ignite your passion.

“If you organise your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story and then turn your story into something bigger – something that matters.” –Blake Mycoskie

Determine what drives you, or what defines you and do the work you were meant to do! Click here to view motivational quotes that will help push you forward on your journey. You can also take the Career Quiz to discover what occupation you are suited to based on your personality, strengths, values, and interests.

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Motivation isn't one-size-fits-all. According to research, our brains are wired to have 2 types of motivation - internal (intrinsic) or external (extrinsic). Internal motivation is coming from within - our deep-rooted desires have the highest motivational power while external motivation is geared towards external rewards that a person can earn such as titles, recognition, bonuses, perks and many others.

There might be a huge difference between each type of motivation but the relationship is not entirely polarised. Although they are different, there could still be an intersection in between and this is called the motivational ecosystem.

Do you feel that you currently lack the motivation that you need in order to reach your goals? Try to tap into your bigger purpose. This gives a deeper meaning to the objective you seek. Visit this blog and social media channels for daily motivational quotes that will help push you forward on your journey.

You can also share our motivational quotes to spread positive vibes to others!

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Do you feel that you need a break from staring at your computer screens or mobile devices and switch to the old-fashioned way of reading and writing everything on paper or do you think this method is already obsolete and that digital consumption of information is way better?


We asked our newsletter subscribers to cast their vote and here are the results*.

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Based on the votes, the result is a tie between paper and digital platforms!

The debate on whether digital will completely take over paper is not going to end. For now, we can say that digital may be the way of the future but our relationship with physical paper is not over yet because of its emotional impact and numerous benefits. Digital also has its unique properties such as instantaneous access, environmentally friendly, and much more.

Rather than switching to all-digital, perhaps a combination of paper and the convenience and accessibility of digital will perform best.


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This question is commonly used as a writing prompt or as a job interview question by hiring managers to candidates. When you come across this question, who is the first person that comes to mind? Have you ever thought that perhaps you are one to someone else?

According to dictionary.com, the word ‘hero’ means a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character, someone who has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model.

A person doesn’t need to have divine superpowers and also doesn’t have to be a police officer, a firefighter, a soldier, an athlete or a popular celebrity to be recognised as a hero. They could be regular, everyday people who influence you, inspire you and have an impact in your life in every small or big way.

Different people have different definitions of heroism, hence, would have various responses in terms of their choice of heroes and the reasons behind their choices. It’s important to give emphasis to “why” a certain person is chosen than the “who” the actual person is, or what he or she might represent.

Knowing who your heroes are say a lot of things about you. It actually determines what traits or qualities you value the most in others. Researchers have found that helping, altruism, advocacy, and other ways of standing up for what’s right are specific actions that are synonymous with valor and are usually admired and emulated.

Our world needs heroes - men and women who are relentless, have strong principles and willpower, are willing to commit to a life of service and to put others’ well-being above their own. Every one of us can be a hero when placed in the right circumstance and with the right tools, regardless of our age and our current situation in life. It’s time to take action!

“Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.” --Gerard Way

“Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the 'hero' within us is revealed.” --Bob Riley

“Heroes are never perfect, but they're brave, they're authentic, they're courageous, determined, discreet, and they've got grit.” --Wade Davis

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What are you afraid of? Here is a list of the types of fears that are commonly experienced in daily life:

  • Fear of speaking in public - Glossophobia or speech anxiety
  • Fear of crowds - Enochlophobia. This fear is closely related to Ochlophobia and Demophobia.
  • Fear of the unknown - Xenophobia
  • Fear of making decisions - Decidophobia
  • Fear of failure - Atychiphobia
  • Fear of falling - Basiphobia
  • Fear of change - Metathesiophobia
  • Fear of small spaces - Claustrophobia
  • Fear of heights - Acrophobia
  • Fear of darkness - Nyctophobia
Does any of these fears apply to you? According to research, 99% of the fears are non-physical - It’s just a state of mind! No one is born with fears but they tend to develop in our heads as we get older. Our brains somehow formulated a perception that there is an imminent danger then we shift into ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ mode.

The great news is that fears can be unlearned and there are techniques that we can do to help us overcome and conquer our fears!

Think positive thoughts

Negative energies are draining so we need to integrate more positivity in our lives and thought process. Whenever you have the urge to think about your fears, fight that feeling and focus more on what makes you feel good.

Do breathing exercises

When you feel the fear is starting to creep in, do this for 1 minute - stop what you’re doing, take 10 slow, deep belly breaths. Inhale slowly and exhale even more slowly. Repeat the steps until you feel calmer.

Learn and apply The Law Of Reversibility

Applying the mental principle called The Law Of Reversibility. “If you think or feel a certain way, you will act in a manner consistent with them.” This principle is reversible. Action and thoughts/feelings go together so we need to regulate our actions and develop the will to overcome our fears.

Be Active

There are a lot of things you can do to get your endorphins flowing - you can go for a walk, dance, swim or ride your bike! These activities can help you clear your mind and boost your energy.

Confront your fears

We can never run away from fear. The best way to deal with it is to not avoid it, but acknowledge that it exists. It can be pervasive but we have to take the risk and see what happens.

“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” -Judy Blume

Get Help

You need someone that can be your rock that can help get you through tough times especially when fears become too overwhelming.

Fear is a terrible emotion that’s constantly paralysing us in our daily lives. Let’s stop being reactive to these vulnerable and destructive thoughts and start living life to the fullest.

“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” ~ Japanese Proverb

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Some inspiring quotes to live by:

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“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
— Chinese Proverb

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