Keep Turning Up

Keep Turning Up

 “Good things are coming down the road. Just don’t stop walking.”  – Robert Warren Painter Jr

Keep persisting towards your goals. Recognise that it is only through years of experience, work, and overcoming failure and setbacks that you will be successful. If you quit, you guarantee your failure.

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Eliminate As Many Decisions As Possible

Eliminate As Many Decisions As Possible

“You have heard the saying ‘Analysis creates paralysis.’ You can’t be 100% sure of anything.” – Mark Burnett

The less decisions that you have to make, the more mental space you can devote to what actually matters. Slowly eliminate as many decisions as possible.

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Get Your Finances In Order

Get Your Finances In Order

“Financial literacy is just as important as the other basics.” – John W Rodgers Jr

Take stock of your financial situation: review your current expenses, and divert spending towards what you value. Pay off any debts starting with the highest interest rate first. Buy the best quality tools that you can afford and share wherever possible.

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Set Goals

Set Goals

“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.” – Mark Victor Hanson

Goals act as motivating guide posts to keep you on the path of following your dreams. Write them up, put them on your wall, and look at them everyday.

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Learn How To Learn

Learn How To Learn

“Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.” – Tony Buzan 

No matter what you want to accomplish in life, one thing is certain, it will require learning. Therefore the skill of learning is one of the most important things to develop. If you know how to learn, every possibility is open to you.

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Learn How To Say No

Learn How To Say No

“When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself.” – Paulo Coelho

Say no to requests that don’t align with your goals and values. This will free up your time and energy to focus on what matters most to you.

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Only You Can Change Your Life

Only You Can Change Your Life

“Your Attention Please: No one is coming to save you. This life of yours is 100% your responsibility.” - Anonymous

What can you do right now to change your life? This chapter will get you started.

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Limit Screen Time and Social Media

Limit Screen Time and Social Media

It is time to take stock of what screen time is actually costing you, not just in terms of time, but also sanity.

Advertisements work. Social conditioning (judging yourself against your perceptions of others) impacts your mental health. The 24/7 news cycle is depressing.

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Meditate

Meditate

Daily meditation will help you to reduce the severity and duration of distressing thoughts, emotions, moods and mind-frames by getting you out of your head and into the present moment.

It will give you some space between you and your mental phenomena, allowing you to observe what is happening without falling into it completely.

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Guard Your Mental State At All Costs

 Guard Your Mental State At All Costs

You can’t be as good a parent, sibling, friend, employee, boss, or anything else if you are emotionally drained, compromised, or suffering from a mental affliction.

The better you are, the better you can help others.

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Weekends Don't Exist

Weekends Don't Exist

Weekends don’t exist, at least not for those who want to make a change in the world or for those with a dream.

If you have a passion project, a business that you are building up, or a dream that you want to follow, you need all the time you can possibly get your hands on.

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Express Yourself Daily

Express Yourself Daily

It wasn’t until I tried writing that I saw major improvements as a direct result of treatment.

Unlike talking therapy, I found that I could express myself far more freely onto a blank page. When I sat down to write, I didn’t have to worry about what the page thought of me. It can’t judge. I could ramble, reiterate and back track without concern for transmitting understanding to someone else.

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Hoarder

Hoarder

“I realised just how bad Dad's living conditions were about a year after his death. I was talking to a cousin of mine who had recently become a police officer. It’s not often that you get a chance to have a firsthand glimpse into the seedy underbelly of the society you live in ...

‘Hoarder’ is a chapter from my first book Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood

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Become Present State Aware

Become Present State Aware

The first time I had a panic attack, I thought I was going to die.

There was no exact triggering moment, just a quick, overwhelming onslaught of symptoms. Tight chest, sweating, heart palpations, racing thoughts, and a feeling of impending doom…

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What My One Year Old Son Taught Me About Making Friends

What My One Year Old Son Taught Me About Making Friends

I am happy to say that I am learning social skills from my 1.5 year old. His unabashed confidence and ability to just make friends has blown me away.

True, I don’t approach strangers and show them my toy train collection, or teach them how to go “Sh sh sh”, but I am starting to use some of the methods of connection that my son is naturally demonstrating …

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A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life

“I always knew that my dad was an addict, but it took me a while to truly understand the difference between my dad and my friends’ dads. However, as I moved from primary school into high school, the differences became more and more apparent …”

A Day In The Life is a chapter from my first book Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood

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The Top 4 Supplements for Your Mental Health

The Top 4 Supplements for Your Mental Health

What you eat directly impacts your metal state. Put simply, the better you eat, the better you will feel.

I spend a lot of my time researching and experimenting to find what works to best guard my mental state. I want to do everything I can to ensure that my mood is stable and that my mental health is improving over time …

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