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Dream Jobs, Perfect Partners and Beach Houses

Mar 21, 2018

Ewa Pietrzak is a Dublin-based success coach and motivational speaker. Courtesy of The Irish Independent, she shares her thoughts on the art of visualisation.

Visualisation is the starting point for all great inventions in the world today, including airplanes, cars and computers. The art of painting a picture of what we want using our mind is a powerful tool that successful people have been using for aeons.

After inventing the telephone in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell said: "The day will come when the man at the telephone will be able to see the distant person to whom he is speaking." Imagine how far-fetched that pronouncement must have been in the 1800s? But he visualised it, and now it's commonplace.

As children, we visualised on a daily basis. We thought nothing of disappearing into our fairytale princess castle or saddling the horse and heading for the Wild West. The academic education system grinds to a halt when it comes to teaching about dreaming or visualisation. They...

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Cavemen and Cavities

Mar 20, 2018

 

Jevan Pradas is the author of The Awakened Ape and creator of the blog The Tribal Way. He uses evolutionary psychology to hack the human mind and body and combat the society he deems bored, fatigued and overweight. In his book, he argues how a unique synthesis of a Palaeolithic lifestyle and Buddhist meditation can teach you how to achieve a deep bliss and shape your body into the fit and healthy animal millions of years of evolution programmed us to be. Here, he explains why cavemen never visited the dentist.

 

When I was younger, I would always wonder how our ancestors survived without toothbrushes and toothpaste. How didn't they lose all their teeth by the time they hit adolescence? I brushed my teeth twice a day, visited the dentist every six months, and I still got cavities. 

The truth is that our hunter-gatherer ancestors didn't get cavities.

And as soon as I transitioned to a paleo diet two years ago, I stopped getting cavities too. I didn't...

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Ten Tribal Principles

Mar 15, 2018

 

Jevan Pradas is the author of The Awakened Ape and creator of the blog The Tribal Way. He uses evolutionary psychology to hack the human mind and body and combat the society he deems bored, anxious, fatigued and overweight. In his book he argues how a unique synthesis of a Palaeolithic lifestyle and Buddhist meditation can teach you how to achieve a deep state of bliss and shape your body into the fit and healthy animal millions of years of evolution programmed us to be. Here, he outlines ten imperative principles of tribal societies. 

 

1.  Foster Close Bonds

Our ancestors grew up in small bands of people who counted on each other for their survival. Contemporary studies on well-being show that what separates happy people from the rest of us is the strength of their social and romantic relationships.

2.  Be Physically Active

The daily grind on the African Savannah involved walking great distances in search of food, carrying heavy buckets of water...

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Dr. Bob Rotella and Paul O'Connell: In Conversation

Mar 13, 2018

 

Gary Keegan facilitated this meeting of minds as renowned performance psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella conversed with Irish international rugby star Paul O'Connell at Pendulum Summit 2018. Visit Pendulum Talks to hear the conversation in its entirety.

 

Dr. Bob Rotella

My skill-set as a coach was always enabling players to believe in themselves.

I had to transmit to them that TV builds a false, impossibly ideal image of performance. People need to know that top performers build their own image of what their performance can be.

The easiest way to be confident is win early, win on a regular basis and win against people your age and five years older than you - and keep doing this for the rest of your life. 99% of people don’t have this experience.

Everything comes down to whether you can trust yourself in the most important moments of your life. A lot of people can do this in the lower tiers of sport. They look up and down the field and say to themselves:...

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5 Tips For Better Work-Life Balance

Mar 12, 2018

Work-life balance means something different to every individual, but here health and career experts share tips to help you find the balance that’s right for you.

 

1. Let go of perfectionism

A lot of overachievers develop perfectionist tendencies at a young age when demands on their time are limited to school, hobbies and maybe an after-school job. It’s easier to maintain that perfectionist habit as a child, but as you grow up, life gets more complicated. As you climb the ladder at work and as your family grows, your responsibilities increase. Perfectionism becomes out of reach, and if that habit is left unchecked, it can become destructive.

The key to avoid burning out is to let go of perfectionism. As life gets more expanded it’s very hard, both neurologically and psychologically, to keep that habit of perfection going. Marilyn Puder-York, PhD, in her book The Office Survival Guide, emphasises that the healthier option is to strive not...

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Strive for a Positive Work Life Balance. Take Our Quiz!

Mar 08, 2018

These days, balancing work and life can seem like an impossible feat. 

The rise of technology reliance makes employees accessible around the clock. Fear of job loss for many encourages longer working hour days. In fact, a massive 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week in a Harvard Business School survey. The experts agree that compounding stress from the never-ending workday is damaging. It can affect relationships, health and overall happiness.

 

Take this quiz and find out the areas you need to work on.

Answer True or False to the following questions:

  • I regularly enjoy hobbies and interests outside of work.
  • No matter what I do, it seems that every minute of the day is scheduled for something.
  • Most days I feel overwhelmed and over committed.
  • I feel stressed most of the time.
  • I rarely miss out on important family events.
  • I do what I can because so many...
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Controlling Stress Through Mindfulness

Mar 08, 2018
 

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another - William James 

It’s not surprising to me that much of the current interest in mindfulness in the West has been generated due to the overwhelming body of evidence linking mindfulness practice to stress reduction and physical healing.

Since the second half of the twentieth century until today, stress has been identified as one of the most virulent causes of ill health in the Western industrialised economies. But this hasn’t always been the case.

In 1925 a young medical student named Hans Selye was fascinated by something he observed while studying the science of diagnosis. He noticed that many of the case studies he reviewed for diagnosis, although suffering from a range of different illnesses, had many of the same symptoms. This phenomenon he would much later call a ‘syndrome of being sick.’ He could not have known that his observation would go on to have a...

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5 Practical Strategies for Applying Mindfulness to Difficult Emotions

Mar 08, 2018
 

Life can be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards - Søren Kierkegaard

More than three decades ago, I remember reading a book that had a profound effect on my life and ultimately influenced my decision to become a psychologist. The Road Less Travelled written by psychiatrist M. Scott Peck was memorable because the book began with the unforgettable words ‘Life is difficult’ and then went on to suggest that this is one of the greatest truths. Personally, I recognised the profound truth of this approach immediately because it stood in such sharp contrast to all my expectations about life.

Life is Suffering

In describing life on these terms, Peck acknowledged that he owed this insight to Buddha’s first teaching that life is suffering. The mindfulness tradition is founded on this assumption but, as I discussed in Chapters 10 and 12 of The Mindfulness Book, it radically challenges Western psychology’s diagnosis of the...

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5 Proven Principles For Success

Mar 08, 2018

The principle of INNER DIALOGUE
We must be motivated by what we wish to achieve, and not what we want to avoid. We are drawn towards our most dominant thoughts. Expectation becomes reality. We get what we focus on.  We think-feel-act, so therefore to change our actions we have to change our thoughts. The difference between commitment and compliance is discerned by whether we work on thoughts or actions.


The principle of E+R=O
The event plus the reaction equals the outcome or opportunity. Things happen but they are not as important as our reaction or response to them. The leader who wins is not the one who has made the least mistakes, but the one who has responded best to the mistakes he or she did make. We must always choose the best response to determine the best outcome. Remember, ResponseAbility looks  forwards, and blame looks backwards. Opportunities are never lost, they are simply found by someone else.


The principle of BELIEF SYSTEM
The world is not how it is, it is...

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Goal Setting For A Compelling Future

Mar 08, 2018

Goals are dreams with a deadline -  Tony Robbins

This goal-setting approach based on our Tony Robbins experience at Pendulum 2016 is one of the most effective ways to motivate you from the inside out and move you to action, so if you want big changes in your life this might just be your answer.

  1. Map out your goals – draw them, see them, taste and smell them.
  2. Make these goals a must. Using the example of the smoker who has failed many times to give up and he says ‘I tried and I just can’t seem to give them up’. If you tell this smoker that he must give up cigarettes or his family will die? Do you think he will be able to give them up then? Of course he will. The goal is the same but it is achieved with more urgency when it is must.
  3. Destroy limiting beliefs and believe that these ‘musts’ are within your reach.
  4. Experience success (even someone else’s) and once you experience what it feels like you will want it more and more - you will do...
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