Unlocking your Potential

“You have to believe in yourself and what you’re doing.

You have to see yourself doing it with your mind’s eye.

If you can’t imagine it, you probably can’t achieve it.”

~John Maxwell

So your dream has been planted in your heart and you have an incredible vision to look forward to. In addition, it is also now the time to set things in the right order to start working on your canvas.

It is the time to do some major life changing improvements for discovering the gifts and talents that are hidden inside of you. This is your season to bring them to life to complete your dream.

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Bear in mind that they will not all come at once but you will unlock them as you walk your journey of completing your dream. Through each phase of this awesome journey you will learn to kindle and re-kindle the gems hidden inside of you.

Most importantly, there must be a desire to unlock them and to experience them. Desiring them will unlock them and you will fall in love with them. You must also be willing to embrace them for the season that you will use them. They will grow on you so that others can also be inspired by them.

Just open your heart and mind to a beautiful journey of discovery. Along the road it may seem strange and weird to you, but eventually, upon completion, it will all make sense. Every piece of your canvas will be fully painted with all the majestic treasures inside of you.

Believe me when I say that you will stand in awe at the end of the journey of completion. You will look back and be proud of your process of transformation. It is what is inside of you that will take you to the road less travelled.

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Action plan required TODAY:

  • Discover your passions and talents
  • Choose a career that is suitable for you
  • Capture a vision
  • Create a plan
  • Set goals
  • Break down the process so your dream is achievable
  • Stay motivated, inspired, and focused

Have a Great week!

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Things that can make you happy

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There are many things that make people happy; so many people say there are big secrets to be happy.

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Now instead of giving you some big secret to live a happy life I have something simpler; some little things that can make you happy daily.

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Focus on these little things you do daily

1. Waking up, fully rested. Isn’t that feeling of waking up perfectly rested just amazing and doesn’t that make you happy?

2. Having a good appearance; looking good for the day, that’s very cool.

3. A good breakfast.

4. Finding money you didn’t know you had. Rich or poor this is a great feeling.

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5. Hearing your favourite song. Music changes your mood.

6. Enjoy the weather –  cold or warm!

7. Getting  work done, because you are just so productive and in a very determined.

8. Your 8 hour work day was so productive it just flies by.

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10. When you get home, kicking off your shoes.

11. Watching your favourite movie or series

12. Having a good healthy supper that you enjoy

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13. Having a nice shower or  a long bubble bath.

14. Getting ready for bed feeling content and accomplished for all the tasks of the day.

15. Smiling when you drift off to dreamland

Sure we don’t always have great days,  however we should try to enjoy these little things that we experience daily.

Change your mindset!

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Happiness is a choice and you can live happily!

Cheers!

 

My Favourite Things

My Favourite Things is a song title from the famous movie “The Sound of Music”. If you have not seen the movie yet, then your life is completely unfulfilled. Originally it was a play, but in 1965 an American film studio made this masterpiece of a film. And I know what you are thinking… a film from 1965? But trust me it is totally worth the watch!

The movie touches upon universal themes of love, family, honour and perseverance. The story is set in Austria during World War II. So you can only imagine how those themes contrasts against the gloomy backdrop of a war.

Watch a clip of the song “My Favourite Things” here:

My Favourite Things
“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things

Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favourite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favourite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don’t feel so bad”

The song’s purpose and lesson is to think about all your favourite things when you are scared or sad. This is a valuable life lesson for us in general. When we are stressed, in despair, angry, afraid or feel any negative emotion, we should also think about what makes us happy.

Now I have a task for you. I want you to make a list of all the things that makes you smile and laugh, the things that you are grateful for and things that makes you feel light, hopeful and free. I have given this a lot of thought and made a list myself. I will share with you a few of mine in a moment. This list is something that you should remind yourself of on a daily basis, until you do not even have to think of your list in order to alter your negative thoughts. Just imagine a world where we could prevent unnecessary anger, sadness or irritation. And even just on a personal level, it is nice to remind yourself of all the good things. So here are a few of my favourite things:

• The smell and sound of rain
• The sound of a cat purring
• Gelato’s ice cream
• Cello music
• Hugs
• Potato chips (‘slap’ chips)
• Cats!

Students of College SA, make your lists of favourite things and remind yourself of all the good things in your life, the things that you really enjoy, look forward to or appreciate. There is beauty and hope in reminding ourselves of what is good in our lives. And maybe you would be so bold to share with us some of your favourite things? I would love to hear them!

P.S. Do not forget to see the film The Sound of Music!

Unsung Hero

“You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.”  – Johnny Depp

Recently I have been doing some research about the psychological and emotional impact that advertisements have on us as humans.

On a daily basis we will encounter several ads or commercials – whether it is in print, on the radio, or on television. Not all of them will have the same kind of impact or influence – some we won’t even remember seeing, or will not even notice that they are there. But there are a few that truly captures our attention and makes us read, listen or watch with great interest.

I have watched quite a few that made me laugh, cry or think. I would like to share a commercial with you for a Thai Life Insurance company. The commercial is in Thai, but it has English subtitles. Please do take the time to view this extraordinary 3 minute commercial titled Unsung Hero.

The term “unsung hero” can be defined as someone who does great deeds and does not receive any recognition for it. In this commercial, the young man performed numerous acts of kindness, and people frowned upon him. In the end, he did not receive recognition, a medal, money, or a better life. No, he received something far greater. He got to witness happiness!

This commercial really got me thinking about how we live our lives each day. Do we do good or kind things and expect people to do the same for us? Or do we do it selflessly – without any expectations?

So the psychological effect that the commercial had on me was to make me think that we should all live the way the young man in the Thai commercial lives. We should live generously. We cannot always afford to give away half our meal or the money in our wallet. But we can give something of ourselves. We can give a helping hand, a hug, a kind word, or even just a smile. I think we underestimate the power of a simple act of kindness.

We live in a fast-paced world where our only concern is ourselves. We need to stop this mentality. We should care about all people – whether we know them or not.

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Maybe that casual conversation you had with a stranger is the only form of contact he/she will have that day. Maybe the smile you gave to the person you passed on the street is the only form of friendliness that person has received all day. You see, we can make a big difference in someone else’s life by making small differences in our own.

I know that I am not the only person that feels this way, and I hope that the commercial also touched some of you. I want to witness the happiness in the world. Students of College SA, don’t you?

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

 – Mark Twain

Just Be Yourself

I often wonder how many things I’d do differently if I knew for a fact that no-one was watching me or tracking my progress.

When singing in the shower, for example, there is no one checking whether you are singing out of tune, so you tend to enjoy it much more (unless you share the house with weird people who actually listen).

There are so many questions I didn’t ask at school, because raising my hand would mean everyone would turn and look at me. I’d have to ask an intelligent question, and sound eloquent, so I rather avoided asking any questions at all.

It’s especially intimidating when people seem to be reaching stardom while we are asleep. It’s no longer uncommon to hear that a neighbour who used to play street soccer with you is suddenly in the big leagues, and you wonder how on earth anything you do will ever compare.

I was watching television yesterday, and an 18-year-old Capetonian is currently one of the top 10 models in the world. Not in Cape Town, not in South Africa, but the entire world! Wow.

In a world with so many young people reaching such phenomenal levels of success, it is tempting to look around and feel discouraged. All your achievements may seem small and insignificant in comparison.

The truth is, there is always going to be someone more successful than you. You need to learn to be comfortable in your own skin, and run your race in your own lane. The pointless exercise of trying to be like someone else, or trying to beat everyone else, is just like chasing the wind – you’ll never get it right.

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You won’t get very far in life if you keep worrying about what other people are going to say or think if you do something. Live your life the way you sing in the shower – if it goes out of tune here and there, so what?

Success will not come knocking on your door while you are sitting in a corner trying to think of perfect moves that people won’t laugh at. It will only come if you stop thinking about other people, and if you step out and do something.

College SA is looking for people who want to step out, and take charge of their lives and their education. Give us a call, and be on your way to achieving your dreams.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” – Steve Jobs

Put your rain boots on

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

Winter is upon us. Each day, it is getting darker earlier, and the sun does not come out before seven. The days are shorter and the nights seem endless. The cold and gloomy weather is keeping us indoors, and making it difficult for us to get out of our beds.

But winter is no cause for depression. There is beauty and worth in every season. Summer might remind us of happiness, friends, the beach, waves, parties, and everything to do with the outdoors. But winter can also be a time for friends and happiness.

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Imagine yourself with a group of friends in front of a fireplace, having wine or a hot drink, while chatting over fondue. Or maybe you and your significant other are watching movies while sitting under a warm blanket. Maybe you are cuddling with your cat, dog, or bunny, and listening to music. Either way, each of these winter activities brings about warmth and comfort.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” 

 Edith Sitwell

For me, winter is a happy time. Not because I love hot drinks, wine, cuddling with my cat, or watching endless movies or series (which I really do). It is because winter is a time to reflect. During summer, it is easy to get caught up in your own life, forgetting that not everything can be taken for granted. But during winter, you are constantly reminded that it is cold outside and warm inside. You are forced to be grateful for the warmth. Winter thus becomes a time where I appreciate everything I have, and stop complaining about things that I don’t have.

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This winter, every time you feel down, depressed, or irritated, remember to be thankful that you do not live on the street; that you have food, clothes, and friends; and that you are maybe even fortunate enough to be able to study.

This winter, there will be people out there who have far less than what you do – people who would do anything to live in your boring, mediocre house or flat, to eat your ‘tasteless’ food, and wear the clothes that make you look too skinny or too fat.

So count your blessings, put on your rain boots, go outside, and jump in the rain puddles. You will be surprised at how much it can lift your spirits. Oh, and one other thing – don’t forget to smile!

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