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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Deadlines

It has been said, “if it wasn’t for deadlines nothing would ever get done”. The truth behind deadlines is that they do in fact provide a needed structure that creates a sense of urgency! Assigning a deadline to a task or a goal adds a certain sense of importance and fuels the resolve to get it done! Just uttering the term deadline creates a certain ominous air. Historically the deadline was a line drawn in the sand around a prison. Prisoners were liable to be shot if they crossed that line. They dared not get anywhere close to that line but now ironically, it is a line that we all race towards and take great pride in meeting. The deadline used to relate to life and death and now it relates to a race for time. This certainly speaks to the societal value that time...

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Distraction

The enemy of momentum is distraction – it can stop you dead in your tracks and derail your progress! When you are stuck in the landscape of distraction not only do you loose momentum but the diversion also causes you to loose sight of what it was you were hoping to get to in the first place. Before you know it you start to become discouraged and it becomes harder to get back on tack. When our momentum becomes interrupted, the more absent-minded and less attentive we become to moving forward. Sometimes the distraction hits and takes over like a cross current – it becomes too hard to fight it and we just bob along and let ourselves get carried away. But then again, the thing that prevents you from giving your full attention to something else (this is the definition...

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The Comfort of Routine

As eventful as the holidays are and as much as we look forward to them, by the time the middle of January rolls around we gladly welcome and embrace the comfort of our usual daily activities that form part of our life’s routine. We like, need and even start to crave routine when we don’t have it. This is because we gain comfort in the familiar. The usual goings-on provide us with a sense of grounding. The rhythm of predictability gives us the feeling of order and makes us feel in control. There is, however, a tipping point associated with routine. As time goes on, day after day the predictability starts to become monotonous and boring.  There comes a point when it no longer provides us any comfort and we need a break from our routine. Routine, like many other...

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The Christmas Tree

There is nothing better on a snowy night than to sit by the Christmas tree, all decorated, lit up and twinkling in the night. The reflection from the window of the lights makes it seem like there is another tree out yonder! There is something soothing and comforting about being in the presence of the tree representing rich traditions passed down through the centuries. This started me thinking about the evergreen tree and wondering about its history and how it came to be that we now have it as a main staple in our homes at Christmas.  Throughout history many cultures treasured and worshiped evergreens. It started with the Egyptians, at the arrival of the winter solstice – December 21st. They would bring in green palm leaves into their homes to symbolize life’s...

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