John's Blog

Personal Growth is a Choice

I found this article of particular interest from Word from Today.   Here are three reasons we don’t experience personal growth:  1)We think it comes strictly from experience. Believing personal growth comes only from experience, is like an archer shooting arrows off-target and

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Pleasure Now Pain Later

I came across this article today written by Bob Gass from Word for Today and it made me think: “Author H. Jackson Brown Jr quipped, ‘Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you

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Fight One More Round

“Prize fighter James Corbett was once asked: ‘What’s the most important thing for a man to do to become a champion?’ He replied, ‘Fight one more round.’ Successful people have different talents, but they all have these qualities: perseverance, tenacity, and

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85% of All You Worry About Never Happens!

I came across this article about Fear and how we can create this with our negative thinking.  Fear of the Future “Five hundred years ago, Michel de Montaigne said: “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.”

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The Power of Positive Self-Talk

We have an inner voice that speaks to us consciously and unconsciously all the time. Our self-esteem and self-image are developed by how we talk to ourselves. When our inner voice becomes critical, it drags us down until we cannot

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If You Do This, You Cannot Be Stressed!

This is the final part of my chapter on Mindfulness from my book ‘Off the Wall’ which gives some great action points to help you develop a habit of mindfulness. When we are mindful, we cannot be stressed because all

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Mindfulness – Stress Free Living

Today I share part 2 of Chapter 16 on Mindfulness from my book ‘Off the Wall’ How to Develop World Class Mental Resilience.  Human minds are easily distracted, habitually examining past events and trying to anticipate the future, and constantly

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Slow Down!

“At a Metro station in Washington D.C. on a cold January morning, a young violinist played several classical compositions as people rushed by. After three minutes, a middle-aged man slowed briefly, then hurried away. Thirty seconds later the young man received

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The Science Behind the Health Benefits of Laughter

I came across this article in Word for Today and it made me think: “Author Barbara Johnson said, ‘Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper. It doesn’t permanently solve the problem, but it makes things more acceptable for a while.’ One day,

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Learn to Think Right

We are coming closer to a full lockdown and this second wave in many ways is far worse than the first wave. When the first wave hit it was a massive shock to the world and it took a while to

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She Saved 2500 Children from the Nazis

“There are endless examples of courage buried in the ruins of the Holocaust, but Irena Sendlerowa’s story stands out. When the Nazis invaded her native Poland and rounded up all the Jews into a walled-in ghetto, Sendlerowa knew what was going

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Sir Ernest Shackleton: Fought Antarctica and Won

“Shackleton had wanted to discover the South Pole but was beaten to that distinction. Instead, he decided to be the first man to cross the continent of Antarctica by boat (which was possible to do during the Antarctic summer). Unfortunately, the

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World Mental Health Day

Do not neglect the gift you have  “Luigi Tarisio was born in Italy in 1796. A collector of violins, he took great pride in scouting out rare finds, and purchasing only instruments of the finest quality. No one really knew about

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Damaged Souls Still Have Worth

In these extremely challenging times there has been a shift towards caring for your neighbours and friends. This pandemic has led many people to see that relationships and time are more important than money. I have read many articles where rich

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My New Book Has Finally Arrived!

Copies of my new book ‘100 Days to Mental Resilience’ have finally arrived and are now on sale on Amazon and on my website. I’ve got to be honest they look and feel good. This book is different to my

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The Turtle and the Shell

I came across this article which resonated with me and made me think. All the Difference in the World “Every Sunday morning, I take a light jog around a park near my home.  There’s a lake located in one corner of the

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There is Always a Seed of Something Positive

I came across this inspirational account of something happening in a refugee camp in Jordan where the 80,000 Syrian refugees have faced devastating events and have little hope for the future. Circus School “Mohammad Qusam Ghouzlan is a circus trainer who helped

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