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#MyWeeklyGems 22 - Change - Advice - Complacency - Weird Tea

I bet you can find a common theme in this week’s post. In fact I know you’re that smart since you’re reading what I have to say! Kidding aside, positive change is something we should all continually seek, see Darren’s video to find out why. But positive change isn’t always easy to achieve on our own and that’s why learning to take advice, which often may seem irrational or strange, is critical to healthy positive growth as you’ll read in Neil’s article.

Quote of the week

“If you change everything will change for you. If you won’t change, nothing will change for you” - Jim Rohn

Video of the week

The death of success. In this video Darren Hardy discusses how complacency (a feeling of uncritical satisfaction of oneself) kills success and life satisfaction.

Article of the week

How to get advice

Oh I love this one. Here’s my advice to you, wether you’re good or not at taking advice, read this article from Neil Strauss. In a previous post, I shared a short video from him explaining the Catcher’s mitt metaphor for receiving feedback, this article goes a bit further in details on how to take in advice.

"It is the ideas that don’t make sense, the ideas that you resist, the ideas that seem stupid, the ideas that you mentally write-off, and especially the ideas that you form logical arguments against that will lead to your biggest breakthroughs."

Tea of the week

Lapsang Souchong

Yes, tea of the week! I’m not the biggest, most fanatic tea drinker out there but I like sipping on good tea after supper. Now this one is the most different tea (speaking of ideas which sounds stupid) I’ve ever tasted. In fact, it smells just like a wood camp fire but has a very flavourful taste that’s even sorta sweet. Weird huh? Every time I steep this tea I always say “It’s a bit cold, I’ll start a fire to warm me up.”

Jan 27, 2017 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 21 - Paulo Coehlo - Parenting - Standing Guard - Doodling

Last Monday was blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year. You know what else it was? Another day in your wonderful life. No matter the day of the week, of the month, of the year. We should always strive to make it the best day we can. Don't wish you were in the future or dream you could go back to the past. Today is where things are happening for you, make the most of it.

Quote of the week

"Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear." Paulo Coelho on Facebook

From my journal

I’ve just finished filling a journal. So I’m starting a new one. What I usually do when I start a new journal is to go through the previous one and compile the best stuff from it in the new one. A sort of review if you like. So here are a few bits from my review…

Jim Rohn: Stand guard at the door of your mind.

This was true when he said it and even more so now. We’re bombarded by information from all around, the world is seeking our attention every second. If you’re not careful with the information that you pay attention to, you’ll end up like Jen Senko’s father in the article I shared last week. Stand guard at the door of your mind and only allow information that will make you grow in!

James Hollis on Parenting Try to be the good enough parent (not perfect, that’s impossible):

  • Support and teach
  • Encourage
  • Live your own journey authentically

Those three points. Not much else I can say, they’re golden.

Darren Hardy: When ever you complete something ask yourself - Is this the best I can do? If not, start over.

It’s definitely not easy to assess your own work but we should keep trying to do our very best all the time.

Tweet of the week

I like the trivial tone of Derren’s tweet. “I’ve been doodling…”

The result doesn’t look anything like doodling to me. It would take me 100 years to “doodle” that! It is, indeed, a very impressive “doodle”.

Darren Brown Doodle on Twitter

View the tweet.


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Mathieu

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Jan 20, 2017 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 20 - Obama - Create Change - Fear - Neil Strauss

Last fall I’ve set this article aside to read later. I only read it this week and loved the content so much that I’m focusing all this week’s newsletter on it. It goes perfectly hand-in-hand with this week’s quote from former US President Obama.

You’ll see references to the US election. Now knowing the result of the election, the article is that much more valuable.

Quote of the Week

“I want you to believe, not in my ability to create change, but in yours” - Barack Obama

Article of the week

Why We’re Living In The Age Of Fear

In this Rolling Stone article Neil Strauss describes in detail the cause for today’s high level of anxieties despite living in the safest time in human kind’s history.

It’s a long article well worth reading. Here’s a few snippets I found interesting...

But far more prolific [than murder threats], and thus even less news-worthy, are the 117 suicides in the U.S. each day (in comparison with 43 murders), the 129 deaths from accidental drug overdoses, and the 96 people dying a day in automobile accidents (27 of whom aren't wearing seat belts, not to mention the unspecified amount driving distracted). Add to these the 1,315 deaths each day due to smoking, the 890 related to obesity, and all the other preventable deaths from strokes, heart attacks and liver disease, and the message is clear: The biggest thing you have to fear is not a terrorist or a shooter or a deadly home invasion. You are the biggest threat to your own safety.

It would make logical sense, then, that if Americans were really choosing politicians based on their own safety, they would vote for a candidate who stresses seat-belt campaigns, programs for psychological health to decrease suicide, and ways to reduce smoking, obesity, prescription-pill abuse, alcoholism, flu contagion and hospital-acquired infections.

But our fears are not logical.

Of course, rather than grasping for control and certainty, one could, as University of Pittsburgh sociologist Kerr puts it, "learn to have a degree of acceptance around uncertainty and ambiguity, learn to feel comfortable with change, and seek to understand things you may be afraid of rather than withdrawing from them.”

The fact is: Anything can happen in the future. For some people, that's exciting. For others, that's scary. And even if both kinds of people are working toward a better world tomorrow, only one of them gets to be happy today.


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Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic weekend,

Mathieu

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Jan 13, 2017 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 18 - Dreams - Habits - New You - Tony Robbins

One week into the new year. I hope you still haven't dropped your resolutions, if you made any. If you didn't, now wouldn't be too late. As you'll see in Tony Robbins' video, making big improvements in your life doesn't necessarily requires big changes. Small habit changes over time will compound into massive improvements. The key here is consistency. I'm also sharing a great app to help with the consistency part. On that, great weekend to all. 2017 will be a great year!

Jan 6, 2017 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 18 - Smart - Ego - Super Mario

It's the last day of 2016. Do you have your plan ready for 2017? Last week I've shared books I find helpful and today I'm sharing one tool to help you get the most of your new year resolutions. Plus the Canvas Strategy to help you get the right mindset for years to come. Enjoy, and see you next year!

Dec 31, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 17 - Books to read in 2017

We’re only a few days before Christmas and New Year just around the corner. What does that mean? First, use this time to spend quality time with your family and friends. Second, this is the time to reflect on what happened this year and to plan out next year.

Yesterday, I re-arranged my whole office library. So I decided to pick 3 books I’d recommend you read. All 3 books serve a different purpose so I’d recommend you read them in the order they’re presented.

Dec 23, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 16 - Moving Others - Productivity - Health Tips

It's been a very busy week for me, I admit the tricks in the double your productivity video helped me to not become overwhelmed. I found some neat health tricks from Dr. Mehmet Oz in my journal. And I'm loving the little bit of info I found on Instagram, I think I'm going to print it and display it somewhere.

Dec 17, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 15 - No Excuses - 21st Century - Ideas

All gems from this week can be used in many ways to make 2017 a better year. With 2016 coming to an end soon, it's time to start pondering on how we want to shape our next year. It's important to start thinking about that and not let another year to simply pass by.

Dec 9, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 14 - How Simple Changes In Direction Can Alter Your Life

This morning I was pondering over the process of life improvement. When I look back at my life (years and years back), I can see how far I've traveled. Not a round the world but within myself. How much I've improved. I thought about all that I've done to change so much over the years. It's simpler than you think.

Dec 2, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 13 - Receiving Feedback - Finance - Friends

As usual, here's a few gems of positive information I've found this week. Or in the case of the catcher's mitt metaphor a gem that I rediscovered. Great weekend to all!

Nov 25, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 12 - Jim Carrey - Visualization - Success - Today

Hall of fame coach, John Wooden, is front page of the Success magazine for the month of November, his life philosophy is one of the best you'll find based on passion, harmony, wisdom and love. I've seen a lot on him in the past weeks and like what I'm hearing. I particularly love his definition of success, which you can read below, because it's personal to each individual and doesn't include any reference to wealth or status. His definition of success is applicable to anyone, no matter the circumstance.

Nov 18, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 11 - Obama - Leadership - Compassion - Dedication

Sometimes I get articles and videos from what people share on social media. But this week all people shared were comments on the US election. Nevertheless, within all the generalization, amateur analysis and political venting one thing stood out for me.

Nov 11, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 10 - Everest - Passion - Climbing - Miracles

This week, I’m focusing on a single theme. Climbing. I’m no climber and when asked if I’d ever set climbing the Everest as a goal my response was “Hell no! I’m way too chicken for that!”

But I love climbing stories. There are many lessons to learn from mountain climbing and those who attempts to conquer the highest peaks on earth.

Nov 4, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 9 - Passion - Now and Tomorrow - Mind

"Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design." - Jim Rohn

Oct 29, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 8 - Lying - Forgiveness - Recycling - Routine

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much” - Oscar Wilde

Oct 21, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 7 - Winning - Character - Mental Health

Here's a short list, probably a reminder, of what it takes to build good character. Only 6 simple things but as with everything Jim Rohn teaches, simple in concept doesn't mean simple in execution.

Oct 20, 2016 | comment Comment

Thank You Subscibers

Thank to everyone who subscribed to my Weekly Gems Newsletter. I hope you enjoy the weekly gems of wisdom and fun I share. I know I enjoy sharing them and I love hearing back from you.

Today (and every day for that matter) take some time to be thankful for everything you have. Because fear and anger cannot co-exist with appreciation and thankfulness. Make the choice to live a life of appreciation, it'll help you in difficult time and make everyday better.

Oct 10, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 6 - Love - Mindfulness - Comfort Zone - Brand

It's only my 6th newsletter but I have to say the things I share in this one all have the potential of highly impacting and improving your life. It just amaze me the things we get access to, for free, in today's age. Just last Thuesday, I watched a complete Tony Robbins seminar live, for free. I know it's crazy! (I'll probably talk about this next week) But I digress, I hope you'll enjoy this week's Gems, take time to digest each one as they all offer great insights into living a better life.

Oct 9, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 5 - Wishing - Personal Brand - Beer - Notes

I hope you're pumped for the weekend! From what I've uncovered this week, you'll won't be wishing for a great weekend but be ready to have it. Plus you'll see the benefit of paying attention to what you do, what you wear and how you talk just to name a few things. Have a super weekend!!!

Oct 4, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 4 - Fire - Social Anxiety - Courage - Self Motivation

The weekend is already here! This week’s topics are all about strengthening your inner self. Find courage to have courage and be confident in social settings. John C. Maxwell discuss the need to find motivation within. And finally, I propose an app to set things on fire… which would definitely relieve some stress!

Sep 23, 2016 | comment Comment