Inspiring Video to make you want to achieve!

Often when working hard I need a little inspiration.  Getting this from other sources (other than your own “Go on keep going”) is so important and should be part of any good Personal Development plan.

I have found youtube to be an amazing place to find inspirational videos.  While sitting at the whole foods market in La Jolla, California (Yes we moved to California! More on that soon) I just typed in “Inspiring video” into youtube and got a screen full of great videos.

This was one that really looked good.  As I am also into sport I thought you guys would like it to.  Have a look.  Turn off your phone, close your email and turn off the TV.

Also if you have a Personal Development plan (I hope you do) then this should be part of it.  If not download my Free success guide.

Listening to Personal Development while walking

I don’t always get the time to listen to all the personal development audio’s I would like.  Actually, I never have enough time as I always buy new personal development audio!

Itunes!

Anyway, what I do find works well is to listen to audio’s while I am running or walking.  Actually walking is ideal because you can actually think about what is being said.  I find when I am running my mind is on running!

Also, walking burns a lot of calories if you go for 30 minutes or more.  I did this video while in the UK.

Personal Development in 10 minutes?

Hi, I wrote and article earlier that was about using your time to achieve things you want.

I then did a video for my Youtube channel called “Personal Development in 10 minutes”.  Well it seems a lot of people wanted to comment on it.  So here it is for you!

Using Your Dog Poop to power a light!

I have been sent this great article by David Rikaln from Selfhelp.com.

This really isn’t about Personal Development but it is about thinking “outside the box” and using what we have.  This guy is not a scientist but an artist.

Essentially you put your dog poop in the system and it powers a light with the gas, methane.  Cool right?  Have a look at the video.  I am sure it is not that efficient yet but you have to try these things.  Imagine if all parks had these?  How much could we power with them?

What can Personal Development do for you?

Big question!  And I think the answer to that is  – lots!

It really doesn’t matter how you look at this Personal Development can be something that can really help you in life.

Let me give you an example.

This weekend we were filming for a DVD.  You know I am no expert in filming, sure, I do some video for this blog but I am not an expert at DVD etc.  Anyway, my Martial Art Sensei also runs a course for Kids called Little Samurai Warriors.  Well I thought it would be a good idea to get a DVD of this to help kids in schools with Self Discipline, Respect, team Work, Anti Bullying, Stranger Awareness and Voice control.  These are all things that Sean (The Sensei) teaches.

This was really my first go at being a Writer/producer for a production.  I wrote the scripts and organised the whole thing. I learnt what a producer does!

Anyway, there is no way I could have done it without using the Personal Development skills I have learnt.  Really, it wouldn’t have happened.

There are so many people involved in this project that if I didn’t know how to handle them it would have either never happened or been a bad production.

Here are the things that were needed for this project: –

  • Negotiation – Contracts, money, big asks!
  • Sales skills – Selling the idea, selling the people
  • Team skills – You need a team of people to do this
  • Communication – Getting the ideas across
  • Confidence – When to say no and yes
  • Belief – That it would happen.  And showing this to people

I am not saying it was all about me.  Not at all!  There were so many cool people helping to make this work, it’s just these were the skills I noticed I was using to get this done.  I use these all the time but this was something new so I noticed.

NOTE – I want to say a big thanks to Andrew the Director for doing a great job and for Sean for getting out of his comfort zone and not complaining about it!

Someone might be reading this saying “Yes but Sales skills is not Personal Development”.  Really?  As I see it when you learn something and it helps you then that is Personal Development.

I think there is a challenge in the Personal Development industry in that now we tend to think of particular types of book and cd etc as being Personal Development.  Instead of seeing anything that develops you are personal development.

If you go to a museum or a church and learn something…well that is Personal Development in my humble opinion.

I think the thought process here is that if you are always learning you can use what you learn to help you.  I know I try to do that as much as possible.

Imagine how much you could learn if you open your mind each day.

So what can Personal Development do for you?  Everything.  It is you, it’s you right now.

To your success.

Matt

How 15 minutes a day can change your life – Personal Development tip!

Pretty confident statement?  “15 minutes a day can change your life”

It is, but it is also true.

I have a fair amount of personal development blog feeds in my email reader.  The RSS feeds.  Basically I don’t want to always go to the blogs I just want to read articles from the good ones I like.  You can do the same by clicking on the RSS feed button on this site.

Why do I do this?  Well I have a busy life!  Just like you I don’t have time to go to each of the websites to read the information on them.  We are not the only ones.  More than ever people are busy and have less time.  I know the people who I work with are.  Businesses owners especially.They work hard, play hard and have little time for anything else.

If you have a family then you know how little time you get with them.  If you lots of time then I respect how you have done that.  It’s not just going to happen you have make it happen.

This is why I say that 15 minutes can change your life.  I talk to people and they say things such as: –

“I would love to change my life but I just don’t have time”

“I would love to lose weight but when can I work out?”

etc.

Well I am here to tell you that you don’t need a lot of time.  You just need 15 minutes.  Cool right?

Ok so let’s be frank about this, if you want to lose 150lbs 15 minutes a day isn’t going to be enough but you know what, it’s a start.  It will get your started.

So  why 15 minutes?  Well it is just enough time to actually do something and you should be able to find 15 minutes!

I started reading personal development books each day for 15 minutes.  That is what I was told to do by my friend.  He said “Just read for 15 minutes and see how you get on”  Well it became a habit I now do each day.

Here are some other things you can try for 15 minutes: –

  1. Plan your day
  2. Meditate
  3. Workout
  4. Read a book
  5. Listen to an positive MP3
  6. Read Personal development and self help blogs
  7. Go for a walk
  8. Write an article

These are simple things but if you do them then it can have a wonderful effect.

So if you have a goal and you don’t know where to start just do 15 minutes of whatever it is you want to do.

To your success, health wealth and happiness!

Matt

You are meant to be happy! – Scientists say this works!

Ok, I know I am always being mean to scientists.  I think it it is hilarious when they “discover” stuff that many spiritual sages have talked about for thousands of years.  I have to stop that.  It’s not very Personally Developed of me is it.  What they don’t have is belief….that for a different post!

Well here is a great article from the New Scientist.  They have now proven that you are hardwired for happiness!  Isn’t that great!

The article is here

How to be happy (but not too much)

So if you want to be more happy you just have to realise that you are a happy being.  Being happy is not some great goal that you need to try and achieve.  What is interesting in this article is that they mention a test they did with chocolate.  The more well off people didn’t appreciate the chocolate as much as the less well off.

Interesting.

In life I think we all can have too many things around us.  I love electronics and I think that I “want” this or that.  But actually they just stress me out.  What I really want is a simple life where I feel like I am helping.  Do you know what I mean?

You get the latest phone and that is all you can think of for that week.  I have to have this phone.  Then when you get it the phone just becomes another phone.  One you don’t really care about.  Admit it, how many times have you really wanted something as you knew it would make you feel great then when you got it the novelty wore off?

If you are like me, many!

If you can’t agree with spiritual or “new age thinking” (although it is not new!) then you might need some scientific proof.

Enjoy, be happy be healthy!

Matt

How do I increase my confidence?

If you are in personal development or involved in the industry most people think you should be really confident.

Well I understand that, but I am happy to tell you that is not the case at all! In fact I know people who work in the speaking, teaching etc industry that are not that confident.  They are personally developed but they are not confident.  The funny thing is you wouldn’t be able to tell.  And that is the secret to being confident.

Let’s look at this.

Not being confident can come from many things.  Really too many for me to mention but what we can say is most people have felt a lack of confidence at some time in their life.  We all have right?  Even those super confident amazing people who never seem to worry what others say about them. Swines (joke).

It is a fact.  You may have heard famous people when interviewed say “If you stop feeling nervous before you go on stage, then stop going on stage”.

I think that is a great.  Because it shows that wherever a person is in life they can feel a distinct lack of confidence.  But really this isn’t real confidence.

Confidence comes from knowing who you are, what you are about and where you are in life.  That is all it is.

When I go into a meeting sometimes I am not that confident.  It doesn’t mean I am not a confident person!  It’s not about the one particular meeting but rather how you deal with yourself and people all the time.

So how do you increase confidence?

Practice.  That is it.  Just start by doing the things that you don’t feel confident about.  Let’s say you are not a confident person when meeting new people.  Well the most negative thing you can do is never meet new people!  I mean it.

I know it isn’t easy just to do what I said, but that’s what will help.

You don’t have to go full on with this to start with.  Just start.  Maybe just make a habit of going to a social event or a business networking meeting and introducing yourself to one person.  That might sound hard for you but once you have done it you will be able to do it again!

It doesn’t matter what level of confidence you are at.  I have seen my very best friend go from someone who wouldn’t even look at people in the eye when they greeted him to one of the most outwardly going people I know.  He isn’t annoying, but just really friendly and kind and willing to chat to people he meets. He is also a great salesman although that is not his chosen career.

If you know this friend you would know how amazing the change has been.  How did he do it?  Well he started reading personal development books and making an effort to just look at people.  After a while he started to shake people’s hands and he got more confident.

You can do the same.

A great book to read on this is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.  Click the link to see a video review of the book.

Read the book and see what happens!

Matt