Each month I wish to inspire you to become a better you. I will share various information and tips which have helped, inspired or motivated me along my journey. I sincerely hope they will assist you, in some small way, with your life’s path.
This month I have chosen a book that is a little different. It is “The 4-Hour Work Week”, by Tim Ferris. This book allows you to look at work in a different way. It shows how you can re-structure and work smarter, not harder.
Now the title of the book gives away what the book is about, but don’t let that put you off. You may be thinking, "There is no way I can change my work, I have to work the “X” amount of hours per week. There is no point reading it." That was my first thought as well. I mean, there is no way I can see the same amount of patients in 4-hours as I can in 30-something. Its just not possible.
But what the book does do is teach you how other people think, work, adapt and streamline their work and life. There are so many options of outsourcing and re-structuring available that you never knew existed, which enable you to take the pressure off yourself so you can focus on other areas of work or life.
One of the big lessons for me in this book was it helped me think outside the square. I hope you enjoy it and get as much from it as I did.
I am a little behind when it comes to the technology and the ins and outs surrounding it. As I have mentioned, I listen to my books through the “Audible" App. That way when I am in the shed, or driving the car, or even chopping wood, I am feeding myself with additional knowledge and positive thoughts.
The problem with this is, some books take 8-15 hours to listen to. Some even more. But I was told recently that you can listen to your books at different speeds. So, I gave it a shot this week. I listened to an 8 hour book in 6 hours. And it wasn’t off putting or felt unusual in any way. I had my setting on “1.5x”. It was great.
I did try it on “2x”, but that was too quick for me. And when I put it on “0.75x”, just for fun, well, the author just sounded drunk.
Hope this helps you to get more “reading” done.
“The Matrix”! I watched it for the first time in many, many years a few weeks ago. It has so many thought provoking ideas and challenges you in many different ways.
I love the philosophical aspects of this film, and there are many.
To the younger audience who may not of seen it. SEE IT! To the others who have seen it before, check it out again and see if your view on it may have changed with age and wisdom.
“February Free of Nasties Month” or "Feb Fast". This month I will be eating nothing but fruit, vegetables and meat. I do this every year, (this is my 3rd year), to get the body and gut health back to it’s best. I won’t be drinking any alcohol or soft drinks (which is rare anyway - the soft drinks I mean). There is no processed food allowed, which includes bread or anything which is in a can or packet.
This does a couple of things. Firstly, I do lose my “Christmas extras” from the festive season. Two years ago lost 4kg in the month just by doing this. But more importantly it helps to cleanse the body of toxins and restore gut health.
What also changes in this time is your taste buds. You will find that eating wholesome foods, you taste will change and you will taste the whole flavours of the food you are eating. They aren’t dulled down by the processed food which is full of processed sugar and chemicals.
I chose February for 2 reasons. It is after Christmas and the festive season which rolls through January, but also because it is a very short month, which makes it a little easier.
Once the month is over, I try to continue on as long as possible afterwards in an attempt to maintain those good habits.
Please message me if you decide to join me. I would love to hear how you are going what results you get.
MENTAL WELL BEING TIP
Gratitude! This will help you look at the good that has occurred in your life on that day. I suggest you have a little note book next to your bed. Every night just before you go to sleep, write down 3 things you were grateful for.
It maybe something as simple as a wonderful dinner, or an amazing sunset, or a great conversation. Sometimes you may have had a bad day, but there could be a life lesson in that.
I believe that by doing this just before you go to bed, it allows you to reflect on your day. It enables you to see the positive aspects of your life and allows you to go to sleep in a much better state of mind.
I have to be a little careful what I write in this section as there are restriction as to what you can and can’t say.
Lemongrass is a pretty regular go to for me. Google what some of the benefits may be you you.
I love seeing the Australian Cricket team doing better and some exciting prospects for the future starting to step up.
Brene Brown is a “Research Storyteller”. I have “read" a couple of her books, which you will hear about next month. But just to whet your whistle on what she is about, I recommend watching both her TED talks.
When you do make sure you watch them in chronological order. In the first talk, Brene talks about her “breakdown”, which in itself is very insightful and entertaining. In the second one, she talks about how she dealt with telling people about it in the first talk and the resulting effects. Again, very insightful and entertaining.
Let me know what you think!
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
I have a project I want to get off the ground, where I can help men with their mental well being. I have found a course which will help me do this. It is in in about 6 weeks and can’t wait to go. I am very excited, not just about the course, but how I can impact people and their lives for the better.
It feels like the stars are aligning and everything is starting to fall in place.
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