Thursday, January 27, 2011
keeping the community in tune and in touch
33 Ways To Get And Maintain Motivation (continues…)
12. Write Clear Goals
Most of the time that translates to actually write down your goals, you already have them clear in your mind. But take them out of your mind, put them in a trusted system and move on. Your mind works better when it knows what it has to do not when it spends time figuring what it has to do.
13. Exercise Satisfaction
Once you finished some task, reward yourself. Give yourself a prize. No need to be a huge one, but just enough to create the habit. Look forward to it while you’re working, wait for it, praise for it. In time you’ll become addicted to this fulfillment satisfaction and you won’t stop until you reach it.
14. Accept Failure
As part of the game. Failure, like success, is just a result of your actions, nothing more. One of the biggest motivation enemies is fear of failure. Fear that your outcome will turn bad. Accept it. It may turn bad, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop doing what you’re doing. Give your best and hope for the best.
15. Use Affirmations
Like writing down your intentions, your goals, your current status. Affirmations are a very powerful tool, hugely underrated. People find it awkward to write self-directed messages and read them out loud. News flash: you’re doing this all the time, unconsciously. So why not doing it consciously? Start with a morning phrase.
16. Play Games
Impersonate people. Imitate animals. Pretend you’re Sindbad the Sailor. Playing challenging games will relax your mind and at the same time will gather more resources from secret sources. A good motivation is always blended with joy. You can start with a simple game like how to get from a to b in 5 random steps.
17. Say “No”
Say “no” to distractions, to trolls, to depression. Exercising “no”’s is liberating. Too often too many commitments are making your life a continuous chore. Limit your promises and only get into things you really want to finish. Once you do that, go to a mirror, smile and start to politely exercise your “no”‘s.
18. Look For Positive People
Sadness, whining and complaining doesn’t play well with motivation. On the contrary. But positive, optimistic, energetic people will always shift your vibration in the right direction. Search them, find them and become their friend. Sometimes all you need to get motivated is to be surrounded by shiny happy people.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
DID YOU KNOW
Man Stabs 4, Killing 1, After Fart Criticism
Today’s Inspiration of the day
1. Ignore The Unimportant
3. Laugh More Often
4. Keep A Log Of Your Breakthroughs
6. Create A Custom Environment
7. Read Success Stories
Gender Hub Comedy Wednesday was inspired by the all-female comedy quartet Cracks Only . The show heads for the Baxter for regular end-of-month gigs. The special guest at the first performance will be the iconic Evita Bezuidenhout, South Africa's Most Famous White Woman.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Keeping the community in-the-know
Today’s Inspiration of the day
35 simple ways to be beautiful
“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.” ~Sophia Loren
1. Smile. As the quote goes, “I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.”
2. Be there for someone who needs you even if there’s nothing in it for you–give without expectations.
3. Make a sacrifice for someone you love.
4. Admit a mistake, even if it’s hard to say you’re wrong, and work to make amends.
5. Share your struggles, putting your ego aside, to make someone else feel less alone.
6. Create something that helps people. A song, a blog, a support group, a non-profit–anything that inspires.
7. Help a child feel good about him or herself.
8. Tell someone what you appreciate about them, even if you feel vulnerable.
9. Forgive someone without needing to hear the words, “I’m sorry.”
10. Give someone an uncomfortably long hug when they need it.
10. Create positive energy around you by thinking positive thoughts and acting with positive intentions.
11. Sit with reality without judging anyone or anything.
12. Accept someone for who they are instead of trying to change them to who you want them to be.
13. Treat people like you want to be treated.
14. Notice something simple but beautiful in the world around you.
15. Acknowledge the beauty in others, instead of feeling threatened or competing with other people.
16. Be the change you want to see in the world, as per Gandhi’s suggestion.
17. Tap into your personal power and do something that makes a difference in the world.
18. Find strength in a challenging moment. It’s not easy to do, and you deserve credit for it.
19. Talk kindly about the world around you instead of gossiping or complaining.
20. Forget yourself for a minute and do nothing but listen to someone who needs it.
21. Measure a person by their best moments, not their worst.
22. Give yourself the same courtesy–focus on the good you’ve done, not the mistakes you’ve made.
23. Take the high road when someone hurts you instead if being cruel or catty.
24. Make someone laugh. A smile can literally melt stress and pain away. How beautiful of you to do that for someone else!
25. Make someone cry–tears of joy that is. People want to feel moved, inspired, motivated. Never underestimate the power of touching someone’s heart.
26. Keep an open mind instead of sticking with a judgment or assumption.
27. Love what you’re tempted to fear.
28. Be the voice of optimism when the people around you need it badly.
29. Show humility when your accomplishments would make it easy to stand above people.
30. Handle rejection or failure with grace. It’s far more easily said than done–and it sounds so cheesy and cliche–but accepting loss gracefully makes you a true winner.
31. Show unbridled enthusiasm for something that excites you. All children are beautiful, and I think their unadulterated joy has a lot to do with it.
32. Hear what someone means, not just what they say. Anyone can nitpick. Not everyone actively works to be understanding.
33. Imagine a world where people know peace, and do one small thing to create it.
34. Honor the values that matter to you. Showing integrity is the first step to feeling good about yourself.
35. Accept and love yourself–or as Ben Folds sings, “Learn to live with what you are.”
And now a disclaimer: some days you may not do anything written above–in fact, you might do the exact opposite. On those days you are still beautiful.
Ellaine Tilley and Riana Wiechers practising Pranic healers. They joined to discuss the revolutionary and comprehensive non-touch system of natural healing techniques called Pranic Healing. As an art and science, Pranic Healing was widely practised in ancient civilisations in China, Egypt and India thousands of years ago. In the 1970s, the modern founder of this ancient science, Master Choa Kok Sui, devised a comprehensive and easy-to-learn system of energetic healing, known as Modern Pranic Healing®
MODERN PRANIC HEALING®
Today, Modern Pranic Healing® is gaining a rapid following because of its seemingly-miraculous results. It is currently being taught to doctors, nurses, massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, shiatsu practitioners and many others in the healing professions globally. Pranic Healing has been approved as part of US nurses’ Continuing Education Programme, is offered as an out-patient facility in several hospitals in India, is taught as part of Alternative Healthcare to government doctors in the Phillipines, while the International University of Alternative Therapies in Sri Lanka offers a Doctor of Science degree in Pranic Healing (information obtained from www.pranichealing.org.za)
Friday, January 21, 2011
30 Ways to Increase Your Creativity
2. Study and experiment with several forms of media: music, photography, writing or drawing. You can often learn concepts from all of these media which you can apply to other disciplines.
4. Show up: schedule a regular time to practice your craft–whether it’s writing or anything else–and show up, even if you’re not feeling creative.
Read more: http://abundance-blog.marelisa-online.com/2008/08/27/30-ways-to-increase-your-creativity/
For Art – C Friday we showcased a proudly South African show taking place at On Broadway (http://www.onbroadway.co.za/) in long street Cape Town called, “NOT that idols show”. It’s not ‘Idols’ but it is LIVE! It’s Cape Town’s best and worst amateur talent and the people, get to be Simon Cowell!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
keeping you in the know between 9am - 12pm
Today’s Inspiration of the day
Live your life out loud
1. Live your life on purpose. Not on “default.” Be Proactive. Make conscious and deliberate choices. When you don’t choose, circumstances choose for you and you are never leading: you are following or catching up—or worse, living in “default” mode.
2. Utilize your full potential. Give what you’re doing your best and fullest attention. Be here now. Even if you’re not where you want to be, giving it half your effort doesn’t move you forward. Master what you have at hand, for the sake of mastering it and something will shift.
3. Overcome your fear. Get out of your comfort zone. Find out you have a pulse. Let something give you butterflies in your stomach. This is how you know you’re alive—how you grow into something new. Every fear overcome is a freedom gained. Don’t know how to overcome fear? Do the thing you’re afraid of. Cross them off the list. Make it a game. Pretty soon, you will be invincible.
4. Discover a new talent. One of my favorite quotes by Martha Grimes is, “We don’t know who we are until we see what we can do.” But we don’t find this out until we try something new. Learn a new instrument, take an art class, play with a digital camera, sign up for a salsa class, take up cooking, plant a garden, join toastmasters, pick up a needle and thread, try mountain climbing, go scuba diving, camping or kayaking. Find something that interests you and explore it. You never know what will come out of it.
5. Honor your word. When you strip everything else away, your word is all you’ve got. Do what you say you’re going to do. By honoring your word, you honor yourself. And it doesn’t feel good when you don’t. So, make it a habit. Value your integrity and keep your promises. It’s a good life practice. It’s a good business practice.
6. Create a new habit or break an old one. Who has dominion over your life—you or your habits? Make it a game. How many things can you get under your control? How many bad habits can you convert? There is a great sense of empowerment when you feel you are in charge of your life. This helps you get there.
7. Pay a stranger a compliment. Not only does it make someone else feel good, but it makes you feel good to compliment someone else. All of the sudden the world is small and the stranger next to us becomes our friend and we recognize that we’re all in this together.
8. Take yourself out on a date. Treat yourself. Bring a book. Bring something you’re working on. Bring a journal and use it to write up all the amazing qualities that you want in a partner or a friendship when it comes your way. Find somewhere that has music or wireless and plant yourself there. Have a meal, enjoy it. Treat yourself. You deserve it. Living out loud is playing out loud whether you have someone to join you or not. And you never know who you might meet or strike up a conversation with.
9. Take 100% responsibility for your life. If things aren’t working out in your favor, take note and ask yourself what your part in it is. Being a victim is passé, boring. There is no power in blaming other people. Don’t wait for other people to change. When you change, your world will follow suit.
10. Live in the question. There is nothing you cannot be, do or have. So do not impose limitations on yourself. Instead of saying you can’t get there, ask “How can I get there?” Live in the affirmation of possibility rather than the declaration of negativity. There is always a way, and it is being presented consistently, but you have to live in the question to be on the lookout for the answer.
11. Make more decisions for yourself. There is great power in making a decision. It’s a declaration. You don’t know what you want? Then look at what you don’t want and work backwards. I bet you do know what you want; you just haven’t been in the habit of asking yourself. Hey. That’s a new habit to change!
- ALSO FEATURED:
Mike Klink who currently runs free workshops at the Central Library in Cape Town for job seekers & students. Some of the workshop modules focus on career life management skills, CV development, time management and more. These free workshops takes place every Saturday at 9.30am until 12pm at Central Library and it’s open to 16 years old and up. Participants however are required to register beforehand at the library for the workshops.
- Klink left us with a few pointers one of which is that everyone should have what he calls a portfolio CV which consist of every skill you’ve acquired and so forth. Another tip regarding job interviews is to always do your research about the position and essentially the company as well. To find out more contact 021467 1500 or email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly Mr Farrel Hunter stepped into the Bush Radio studios to discuss the popular education movement. Popular education draws on popular culture and uses dialogue rather than mainly written text. It helps people make links between their experiences and the broader socio-economic and political context as well as identify practical and strategic ways to act with others for change.To find out more contact Eunice Christians on 021 – 447 4828/98 or email: email@example.com
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Brains are useful things, they help you do a lot of incredibly cool stuff. But sometimes they just won’t shut up. A cluttered mind can keep you from achieving your potential in most situations. A mind is most effective at zero.
Here are 16 simple ways to clear your mind
1.Sit in silence. Place a pillow on the ground somewhere in a private place, turn off the lights, and just sit for 15 minutes. Listen to the chatter in your mind, but don’t try to interact with it. Just observe your thought patterns, eventually they will begin to subside. Try sitting for a longer time when you can.
2.Take a walk. Meditation while walking is one of the best ways to calm a mind. There’s something about the repetition of moving one foot in front of the next that is so relaxing. Go for a 30-minute walk with no destination. You will return with a calmed mind.
3.Write it down. Take your thought processes out of your pre-frontal cortex and onto the page. Open a notebook, take a pen, and begin engaging in writing flow until you find that the waves of thought have subsided.
4.Laugh it off. Sometimes life is just silly, so have a sense of humor and embrace the insanity. Laugh at the thoughts in your head, with any luck you’ll recognize by laughing at the thoughts in your head, you’ll be able to realize just how silly they are and your mind will relax.
5.Take deep breathes. This is one of my all time favorites, I do this regularly before and after any situation that may happen. Take 10 deep inhales and exhales. Make each breath slow and deliberate. Your mind will be quiet by the end of the tenth exhale.
6.Move slower. Make every action deliberate. Like a zen master makes tea, you will do everything that you need to do slower. Notice every motion you make from start to finish, every action from beginning to end. This will focus your mind on the task at hand, and quiet the internal babbling.
7.Talk to someone. Sometimes the best way to quiet a mind is to talk over your thinking with another person. Don’t vent your frustrations to them, because that’s just going to lead to another frustrated person. Simply tell them what is going on in your mind, and maybe both of you can come up with a solution.
8.Throw away your to-do list. Once in awhile the lists get too long, they become overwhelming. There are so many steps or actions that you need to take in day-to-day life that you may never see the end. Why not just abandon whatever it is you’re doing? One of the best skills that anyone can master is the ability to learn how to quit, when the time is right to do so. Take this moment to quit, and your mind won’t have anything to worry about anymore.
9.Lie on the floor. Nothing can beat a good lie on the floor. Wherever you are, just stop doing what you’re doing and fall backwards. Though, be sure to take look behind you to make sure there is nothing you will hit. Then stay on the floor for 15 minutes and just breathe.
Donna McCallum aka The Fairy godmother. She stepped into the studios and sprinkled her magical fairy dust on our goal setting.
We touched on the three types of individuals who get stuck in the goal setting process. There’s the one who has no idea what they want to do, the other is someone who has more than one goal which means they lack focus and lastly the one who knows what they want but have not done anything to accomplish it.
We also discussed that in most circumstances when people get stuck with their goal setting and taking aggressive action thereafter is FEAR. The what “if’s”, what if I fail. McCallum’s workshops therefore deal with how to overcome your fears and more. To find out more visit www.fairygodmother.co.za
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Its been a week of inspiration and goal setting. Here's who joined us Wednesday to keep the flame going
People who spend more than two hours per day of leisure time watching television or sitting in front of a screen face double the risk of heart disease and higher risk of dying, said a study.
Researchers said the effect was seen regardless of how much people exercised, indicating that how we choose to spend our free time away from work has a huge impact on our overall health.
A Better Life in 25 Ways
If you don't like the way life is going, its simple, change it! Change your life for the better, starting today, not tomorrow! Here is a list of 25 ways you can improve your life. Please comment or share to help spread the word! We can all do our part in defeating procrastination and getting this world back on track!
9. Start A Blog. Blogging can be a great way to make income, but besides that its a great way to release. I love writing on my blog and expressing my opinions. Blogging helps me focus, and the joy of sharing helpful information with others in need is very rewarding.
14. Make Today Count. Success in life can be predicted by ones daily agenda. Are you taking the steps necessary every day to accomplish your goals? Make the most out of each and every day!
15. Learn A New Language. Learning a new language is a great tool to put your mind to work. You will forever be enriched by learning a new language and culture. Not only that you will also be more marketable when it comes to jobs and business.
19. Smile More. My first job was at a kiosk in a mall. At that time people always seemed to be upset when coming to purchase things. I found that if it looked like someone was having a hard day that if I gave them a big smile and was polite their emotions could change dramatically. Smile more, it is a great remedy for hard times!
22. Stop Arguing Win or lose, give up arguing. Life is to short to spend time on all the trivial matters that we often do. Instead let go and compromise, learn to work with people instead of against them.
24. Fix Something. Is there something that you've been meaning to fix, but just haven't had the time? Well now its time to make time. It is of my opinion that if you don't fix the small things when they are small they will eventually turn into big things!
Val Toledo, a teacher, corporate trainer, motivational consultant and transformation coach, and has recently published her first novel, The Upward Spiral. The Upward Spiral is both the story of Val’s journey of transformation and the process she has developed to prevent repetition of mistakes and reaching dead ends in one’s personal growth. Her philosophy merges metaphysics, science, philosophy and spirituality into a simple and compelling read.
To find out more visit www.theupwardspiral.co.za
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
keeping you in the know
Over the years, people have become increasingly cautious about exposing their skin to the sun because of concerns about developing cancer. However, continuously slathering on sunscreen and shielding oneself from the sun can lead to vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is a vital nutrient that helps keep bones strong, prevents rickets, and protects against conditions like osteoporosis. UK experts are therefore recommending that, during summers, people go out in the sun without wearing sunscreen for 10 to 15 minutes several times a week.
How to worry well
1. Distract yourself. When the urge to obsess about your problems (or potential problems) kicks in, force yourself to stop by saying “stop” out loud, if need be. Do something pleasant and engrossing instead: read, sing, exercise with a friend, indulge in a hobby or watch a funny DVD. Doing something that takes your thoughts off your worries will break the grip that negative thinking has on your mind and help you gain a fresh perspective, explains Nolen-Hoeksema.
2. Set worry hours. Don’t worry spontaneously - establish a designated worry time, perhaps in the late afternoon or early evening (but not before bed). When the time arrives, write out a list of your primary worries, suggests Dr Robert Leahy, director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York and author of The Worry Cure. For each item, also indicate what you gain and what you lose by worrying about it. Spend 20 minutes focusing on your worries, then tell yourself you’re done for the day.
3. Give your worries a reality check Ask yourself: How much will this issue matter in a week, a month, a year or five years? Is the situation really as dire or urgent as you’re telling yourself? “Most worries have an element of nearsightedness,” says Leahy. But taking a step back, considering the big picture and challenging the way you’re thinking can completely change your sense of what’s happening. By assessing the probability versus the possibility of your worst worries coming true, you’ll realise that no, you’re not destined to become homeless just because your investments lost some value. Then, you can cross that worry off your list.
4. Swing into problem-solving mode. With issues that have potential long-term consequences, write down exactly what you think the problem is or how the situation needs to change, advises Nolen-Hoeksema. Next, rephrase the issue to reflect the positive outcome you desire; for example, instead of worrying about getting laid off, ask yourself how you can make yourself indispensable to your company. Then get the facts about your situation (how is your company doing financially? how vulnerable are you?), brainstorm with a trusted friend what you can do to move toward your goal (maybe talk to your supervisor about how to solidify your position or volunteer for extra projects that need to be done), then formulate a concrete plan of action and give it a try. If it doesn’t work, revise your approach.
5. Know when to let go. When you’re dealing with an uncertain situation that you really have no control over, sometimes the best thing you can do is to simply let go. Imagine your worries being pumped into a helium-filled balloon, then release it into the air and watch it fly away. Take a shower and wash that worry right out of your head. Or write your worry on a piece of paper, crumple it up and throw it in the trash. Then set your sights on what you can control. If you’re worried about the results of some pending medical test, for example, focus your attention on seeing friends you adore or finishing a project at work.
Why waste your time and energy engaging in unhealthy, unproductive worry? Learn to worry well instead! “Your mind can only be in one place at a time,” explains Leahy, “so put it in a place that pays off.”
Stacey Colino has written for The Washington Post health section and many national magazines, including Newsweek, Real Simple, Woman's Day, Self, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Parenting, Sports Illustrated and Ladies' Home Journal.
Life coach Nicholai Andler from http://www.lifecoachingcentre.co.za/. He joined me this morning to set the record straight.
DFS is fashion platform that showcases emerging designers through fashion shows. The fashion shows currently take place in Cape Town, but as of March 2011, our shows will also happen in Johannesburg. All our fashion shows are creatively produced to accommodate each designer's unique vision.
The DFS platform is supported by intermediatory events such as workshops that are aimed to assist the designers we showcase as well as other budding designers, to be more sustainable and to learn industry traits such as being commercially viable.
Retail space is made available in Collage, Long Street, Cape Town, where we stock some of the designers that we have showcased. The Collage store will officially open at the end of January.
To find out more or to get involved visit :
That’s it for the Morning Cruise, where we cruise through your weekday here on BushRadio 89.5fm live on your stereo between 9am – 12pm with me Denisia Adams. Take Care ... make the best of your day and Keep the Faith. Stay Real!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, January 10, 2011
It's a new year and it's time for change just to freshen and spice your life up.