Watch Your Mouth: How small changes in your vocabulary can make a big impact on your life

Watch your mouthMake yourself a coffee, take half an hour and listen to Michael Hyatt and Stu McLaren discussing the vital importance of the words we use and how, if we want to improve our attitude and our results, it's time to start being a bit more careful with our choice of vocabulary. 

Click the following link to listen to the audio, watch the podcast or just read the transcript (as I did).  Whichever you choose, it'll make you think!

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Great Quotes: On getting your retirement butt into gear

“When you’ve worked all your life, and you’ve worked hard, long hours, then all of a sudden there’s nothing, it leads to a blank mind and you’ve got to find something to do otherwise you’ll go stir-crazy. You can’t get up in the morning, watch television, then go to bed at night – that’s more or less waiting for God isn’t it? So you’ve got to start looking at projects.”

— Cultural Engagement Project Participant, Gateshead, UK


Are you retired and living in the Greater Manchester area?

Manchester retirementIf you live in the Greater Manchester area of the UK, check out our Manchester Retirement blog...  it contains details of a wide range of leisure, wellbeing, education and voluntary opportunities that should keep you out of trouble!

Posts this week include:

Get Active with Active Lifestyles - run by Manchester City Council  and offering a range of weekly physical activity classes across the city suitable for older people.

Front Row: Film Showings for the Over 50's in Newton Heath

Volunteer Centre, Manchester  - provides information, support and training to Manchester residents who want to volunteer.


Take an Inspiration Day by Steve Pavlina

Inspiration dayThanks to Steve Pavlina for the following article.  Hopefully, you'll be inspired to take a day to try out something new!

Have you ever felt the urge to explore a totally different field, skill, or interest for a while?

What is it you’d like to try, if you only had the time? Music? Programming? Web design? Entrepreneurship? Camping? A new exercise? A better way of eating? A new social group?

But then of course, you talk yourself out of it, don’t you? You probably tell yourself things like:

I can’t be starting something new right now.

I have too many other things to deal with.

It would take a big commitment to get anywhere with this, and I don’t have that kind of time.

I’m not ready to transition yet.

No one is forcing you to commit though. Commitment is unnecessary at this point. Why not simply taste and sample your new interest? Give it a day to impress you.

Set aside one day to explore your new interest. Say yes to it for one day only. During that day let it guide you, lead you, and make its case for further exploration.

Fire up GarageBand, and try writing your very first song. It’ll probably suck, but so what? It will be your own creation.

Film some video with your phone, fire up iMovie, and make your first movie. You’ll learn a great deal by doing.

Go to an art supply store, tell an employee you want to try painting, and ask for help to buy the bare minimum supplies you need to paint for one day. Take it home, and paint the day away. See what flows through you. Maybe you’re more creative than you realize.

Spend a day researching and reading about a whole new field — the one that keeps coming up for you recently.

Go out and visit stores you wouldn’t ordinarily visit. Talk to the salespeople. Ask all the questions you can think of. Become as much of an expert as you can in one day.

Go vegan for a day, and you’ll save more water than you would by not showering for a year. There are thousands of free recipes online, so use Google to find them. Make a shopping list, cook up a storm, and have a feast.

Read about the equipment in a part of the gym you never visit. Learn some exercises you can do. Then do a full workout there. It will give you a nice sense of accomplishment.

Have you ever played tennis? Disc golf? The equipment is cheap. Go have your first game.

After that one immersive day, you’ll be a slightly different person. You’ll have a fresher understanding of your interest. And you’ll be in a better position to assess and evaluate whether you’d like to explore it further.

Maybe one day is all you need. You satisfied your curiosity and discovered that the door wasn’t for you. That’s a good outcome since you won’t have to worry about those distracting urges for years to come.

Maybe that day triggers many more questions. You got a taste, but it wasn’t enough. You want more. So take more inspiration days, half days, quarter days, or whatever you need to continue your exploration. Lean into it more.

Maybe that day was amazing — full of rapid learning and encouraging progress. You walked through a door and discovered a delightful new path. Wonderful! Keep going. Let the inspiration continue to motivate you.

What if nothing inspires you? Then you’re not listening very well. If you can’t hear the voice of inspiration, turn down the volume of everything else. Turn off the distractions like the constantly buzzing phone, sit quietly by yourself, and take an hour to simply listen. Reflect on your life, your lifestyle, your work or school, your relationships, your finances, and your body. Listen to your thoughts. Hear yourself think. Notice your feelings.

What’s nudging you to change, grow, or shift? Where do you notice a pushing or pulling sensation? Where’s the dissatisfaction? Where’s the disappointment? Where’s the gentle request to try something new and different?

Maybe you have many commitments already. Maybe you’re busy. Maybe you have some great excuses. Give your inspirations an outlet anyway — a small slice of your time. Otherwise they’ll poke you… then nag you… then eventually overload you with regret.

Give an inspiration a day to make its case. Open the box and peer inside. Listen, taste, and explore.


Are you feeling sleepy...?

Feeling sleepySleep is on my radar at the moment.  There have been a couple of memorable news items about sleep this week - one of which lead to me eating my breakfast this morning, gazing at a white sandy beach, with a gentle breeze stirring the leaves of a palm tree, whilst beautifully clear water lapped around the base of its trunk. 

First, I read about how having too much or too little sleep puts people with high blood pressure at risk of having a stroke.  (Unsurprisingly, 7 to 8 hours is considered to be the 'ideal'  amount.) 

Then I learned that millions of people are (apparently) turning to YouTube to cure their insomnia - by watching a video of an Irish waterfall.  So, naturally, I logged into YouTube for a little look which lead me to other relaxing videos and my new favourite thing - the 'Tropical Beach with Blue Sky White Sand and Palm Tree' (sic) video.  I'm sure it brought my blood pressure right down! 

(And before you write in and tell me it's just a 24-second loop of video repeated for 3 hours, I figured that out already but, once you've spent time working out where the loop repeats (watch the little pebble that gets picked up by the incoming wave), you can relax into it and it's probably the next best thing to actually being there.