Change

The only thing that is a constant force in our lives is change. If it is relentlessly happening to us at every turn, then what makes it so difficult to maneuver? Adjusting to new norms is actually the norm in today’s fast pace world we live in. The difficulty in coping with change stems from the inconsistency and the gap between what is our current reality and what is yet to be or become our new reality. It is your perception, attitude and view regarding the change that starts to create either an acceptance or resistance cycle to what is taking place. There are also two core categories of change; change that is forced upon us unexpectedly by our environment, the circumstances around us or the people in our lives; change that is of our own making through the...

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Perseverance

Perseverance sounds like a complex and convoluted word. But is it? The formal definition is “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success “. Somehow the definition itself still sounds complicated. Lets break it down and grasp it better. In its simplest form, perseverance is the ability to carrying on and to keep moving forward regardless of setbacks. It relates to being able to stay bold and defiant against the odds and not giving up in order to get to a desired outcome. Examining the lives of respected accomplished individuals; a common characteristic that they all share that seems to have been a great contributing factor to their achievements is their perseverance. Success inevitably arrives for those that move past their...

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Awareness

  With the increasing amount of disorder and fast pace of change in todays’ world, it is becoming more complex to navigate our way through the uncertainties. Embracing stillness seems like an impossible target to pull off given the speed of life, but without it we are not able to cultivate a deeper level of awareness, an essential component of self-mastery that serves us well. It provides us with the necessary information about our world and experiences to make informed decisions. It helps us to make order out of the chaos happening around us. As we tune up our awareness, at the centre of it all, we tap into our inner compass, our true self, directing and guiding us. In the state of awareness, we are able to turn off our autopilot mode and lay the...

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Stillness

  To truly get in touch with our emotions, requires a certain level of being able to be still, motionless. Like the eye in the middle of the storm, we must shut off the raging cyclone of the external stimuli. Only in the silence we can tune in to read our internal compass, which connects us to our emotions. To cultivate the silence we need to learn to manoeuvre our way through the frazzled chaos that is becoming an everyday norm within our society. When we are bombarded with noise, constant motion and the busy-ness of life, it is no wonder we become exhausted. To find our way into stillness and calm we need to become more centred and focused. It is through being still that we find the antidote against exhaustion and start to regain our tranquility. “The...

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Emotions

  Emotional intelligence has a direct impact on the level of happiness we experience in our life and vice-versa. Happiness is but one example of our emotions. Through understanding and getting in touch with our own emotions, we are better able to communicate more openly with others and have deeper, more meaningful connections. This improves the wellbeing of others and our selves. There has been so much on-going research and debate regarding the definition of our emotional spectrum over the ages. In 300BC Aristotle identified the following emotions: anger; mildness; love; enmity (hate); fear; confidence; shame/shamelessness; benevolence; pity, indignation, envy, emulation and contempt. In 1872 Charles Darwin was the first to write that humans express emotions...

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