Although the whole “left brain vs. right brain” idea has been debunked, it’s still true that we use different areas of our brains for different tasks. It’s also true that a lot of us tend to favour one over the other, so how can analytical thinkers incorporate some flair into their daily lives, and how can creatives learn to embrace a little more logic?In other words, how can “left brainers” be a little more right, and vice versa? Onwards! ->
To live a life with no regrets is, I think, our biggest dream. Recently, I read a book that’s teaching me to do just that: Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements”.*In it, Ruiz outlines four fundamental “agreements” or standards we should all hold ourselves to if we want to lead better, more meaningful lives. I can certainly review the rest of the book if that’s something you want but, for now, I’m focusing on the fourth agreement. It’s the one that’s made the biggest difference for me, helping me raise the bar and live a life with no regrets. Onwards! … Onwards! ->
PIN TO READ LATER Look, I know it has a reputation as being a bit airy-fairy, but bear with me. I don’t go into a trance or reach transcendence or any of that sorta stuff, so you can stop picturing Tibetan monks sitting atop mountains with their legs in the lotus position. Instead, consider this a (former) skeptic’s guide to mindfulness meditation, where I cut the crap and just tell you how and why I sit in silence for a few minutes a day. Onwards! ->
We all have bad days. (I know I do.) Sometimes they’re bad weeks, or even months. We have things we want to change — things we could have done differently, things we should have said, other decisions we could have made… So how do we turn all of that around, put the past behind us, and forge a fresh start? Onwards! ->
Some of the biggest obstacles we encounter in life are all in our own heads — fear of failure, low self-esteem, our inner critic, and general negativity. We’re often our own worst enemies. But imagine what we could do if we were our own biggest champions. If we kicked that inner critic in the crotch and, instead, cheered ourselves on each step of the way. Easier said than done though, right? I hear ya. So let’s look at 10 ways we can eliminate negativity to live a happy life and become our own cheerleaders.
Failure. The word has such crushing connotations. We can’t help but think of negativity when we hear it, and we actively try to avoid it throughout our lives. Fear of failure can be crippling; it can hold us back from pushing and striving, and from reaching our fullest potential. But failure, far from being an ending, is actually a beginning. I was recently asked during a Periscope broadcast about what my greatest successes and biggest failures were. Immediately I rattled off my daughter as my biggest success (good job, brain), but I couldn’t think of a single failure. Why? Because … Onwards! ->
Let’s talk about you. ‘Cause you’re pretty amazing. (Didn’t you get the memo?) But you can’t be truly happy until you stop comparing yourself to others, so let’s push those poisonous thoughts out of your head once and for all so you can shine like the diamond you are and stop giving a flying fuck what anyone thinks of you. Ready? Everyone has flaws, so don’t beat yourself up over your own. (If you are, maybe you need a strong dose of this post first: Love Yourself For Who You Are). No-one out there is perfect and the fact that … Onwards! ->