Websites – 365 REALLY Useful Websites You Just Gotta Check Out

Do you have a favourite website? I suppose if I were asked that question I’d find it difficult to narrow it down to one site. I have lots of sites that I really like for various reasons. There’s no doubt about it, a good website can make a huge difference to your day to day life. I regularly use Google Maps for example to check out journey times, property locations and more, IMDB to check out if a movie is worth watching or my online banking site to manage my finances. So I have compiled a list useful sites I … Read The Full Article …

The Power of Visualization

When I was growing up I wanted to play golf just like my dad. My childhood hero was Severiano Ballesteros. I loved Seve’s charisma and the fact that whatever trouble he got himself into, he always got out of it with the most amazing and magical recovery shots. He was like half-golfer, half-adventurer, going places on a golf course that no-one has ever gone before. To me, Seve was pure natural talent (or was he?), not a manufactured product like Tiger Woods or many other modern golfers who have been taught from a very early age. Seve learned to hit … Read The Full Article …

Unplugging

Human beings are incredible learning machines. We are also creatures of Habit. This is both a good and a bad thing. Good because we can use this super-power to achieve nearly anything, often limited only by the boundaries of our own self-belief. Consider the act of driving a car. When you first learn this task it seems extremely complicated – because it is, there is an awful lot to learn. However for millions of drivers around the world this complicated undertaking ends up being really rather simple, almost sub-conscious even as we use our habit-forming super-power to perform the necessary … Read The Full Article …

Why Write About Trees (Check it Out, They’re Awesome)?

An article about Trees? Yes. An article about trees. Hopefully I can inspire a similar perspective shift (or more like an amplification and rejuvenation of an existing perspective) in you as I just had. A few things coincided recently which somehow just led me to a tree related moment: I was watching a Blue Planet documentary which was pretty horrifying and all about the amount of plastic in our seas getting entangled in sea life and killing various species in various horrific ways. I then saw a programme about deforestation in Myanmar where the land was being re-used for palm … Read The Full Article …

Savings That Keep On Giving

How much do you enjoy driving your car? How about looking in the bathroom mirror, how much do you enjoy that? Or drinking a cup of tea from your favourite mug? I’m going to tell you why I love all three and what these three things have in common for me. It’s all to do with savings that keep on giving which I want to tell you about in this article. First of all, I LOVE driving my car, and not just because I enjoy driving. The same goes for every time I look in the bathroom mirror and every … Read The Full Article …

Rules of Thumb

How many ‘Rules of Thumb‘ do you know? Probably more than you can remember. How many do you live by? Here are some popular Rules of Thumb which you may have heard of: “Measure Twice, Cut Once.” “Red Sky At Night: Shepherds Delight, Red Sky In The Morning: Shepherds Warning” (meaning if there is a red sky at night, the weather the next day will be dry and pleasant, but if there is a red sky in the morning the day is likely to be wet and windy). “What Gets Measured Gets Improved” (This does two things: 1) focuses attention … Read The Full Article …

Qigong, Accidental Discoveries & Table Tennis

Often the most wonderful things in life happen or are discovered entirely by accident. In my view this is the best way to discover. I’m fascinated by mindfulness, by living in the moment (or at least trying to, as we’re all guilty of drifting off into the past or into possible futures from time to time). The question for me is often if we are paying attention or not. If we are paying attention, if we are in the present, if we are mindful and truly appreciating what life has to offer, then we can pick these moments, these opportunities, … Read The Full Article …

The Pyramid Technique

“The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred.” ~ George Bernard Shaw Many people if you asked them would consider that they communicate well… …in answering that question, the majority of people are most likely considering how good their spoken and written skills are, how good their grammar and vocabulary are. All important points – but are they the most essential skills for effective communication? It is also important, if not, most important to consider the appropriateness of the message to a given audience, both in terms of timing, structure and content and also to understand not … Read The Full Article …

Outside Thinking: Why The Experts Don’t Always Know Best

No, I don’t mean thinking outside, though that definitely has its merits too 😉 Although we could include thinking outside the box in this concept. Has anybody ever said that to you? That you need to try and “think outside the box”? What they’re asking for is a fresh perspective on something, probably to help solve a niggling, persistent problem. What they’re asking for is some outside thinking. Cynical With Expertise? Whilst it is natural when solving a problem to look for the biggest expert in that field, believe it or not the experts aren’t always right… … because they … Read The Full Article …

Networking: How (and Why) To Network Effectively

“More business decisions occur over lunch and dinner than at any other time, yet no MBA courses are given on the subject.” – Peter Drucker Thanks to websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and about a million others, most people these days are familiar with the idea of networking. In a previous article we looked at How To Communicate Effectively, now let’s look at How To Network Effectively… Successful people in business have always known the importance of networking. If you are not completely familiar with this concept, observe dialogues between successful millionaires, billionaires or entrepreneurs (it’s not difficult to … Read The Full Article …