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#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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Mathieu

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Jan 13, 2017 | 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.

Quote I’m pondering

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” - Alvin Toffler

Article I enjoyed

Here’s a blog post from John Addison. I love the way John simplifies things. In this one he explain the pointlessness of excuses. A while back I’ve made a point not to use excuses, I still catch myself trying to hide behind them once in a while. If I do I try to correct myself. It’s not easy, but it’s one of those unlearning and relearning thing needed in the 21st century.

Excuses are the enemy of Results

"You’ve got to take responsibility for where you’re at, sometimes even if it’s not your fault” - John Addison

From My Journal

I gather many ideas and notes about all sorts of things in my journal, once in a while I take some time to revisit its pages. Here’s a little concept that I used this week and will also use as I look into what I’ll do in 2017.

If you’re reading this, you’re most likely like me and have many great ideas coming and going. Many things you want to do and accomplish. Time being a limit we all have, it’s important to choose what to focus on.

Here’s a way to filter through your ideas. Is your idea...

1 - FAST - Is this something you can do quickly or something that will take a lot of time.
2 - EASY - Is it something you can do with a reasonable effort or something that will demand too much effort.
3 - PROFITABLE - What is the potential return of you idea, it doesn’t have to monetary but could as well be long lasting memories for your whole family or a huge health benefit. I sometimes do stuff that might not be worth spending time on, like this.

The idea is not to never tackle the longer and harder projects but to start with the easier ones to build momentum and good habits.


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Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic weekend,

Mathieu

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Dec 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

Weekly Gems 2 - Tony Robbins - Oprah - Flawsomeness - Rich Life

A little bit of everything this week. This weekend is a good time to embrace your flawsomeness! While Tony Robbins discusses his morning ritual with Oprah.

Sep 9, 2016 | comment Comment

3 Life Changing Books Everyone Should Read

Here's a very very short list of books I think everyone should read. Of course, it is not the only books you have to read and this is my list of books to read now. Next year I'll have a new list, because life is evolving. I think the following three books have one thing in common, they'll all change the way you see life in there very unique way.

Aug 20, 2012 | comment Comment