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6 ways to increase your ability to learn, retain and read faster

Speed reading and speed learning can be an awesome way to rapidly increase your knowledge. Here are some of the quick tips that have helped me to accelerate my learning.

 

  1. Create a learning environment

In order to learn more effectively, creating a learning environment is a great idea. Personally I have a reading chair in my office with a music stand that I sit what ever I am reading on. My office is always clean and I have a plant next to my reading chair. This creates a nice environment for me to learn in and helps my ability to learn.

While travelling I try to find a hotel library or a nice comfortable spot somewhere with good, natural light to study, read or learn.

  1. Control the temperature of the environment

If a room is too warm you will want to hibernate and fall asleep, making it harder to learn. Whereas if you feel too cold it can distract your learning. Having the temperature around 22-23 degrees Celsius is ideal for my learning. Too much warmer and I get sleepy, too much colder and I end up thinking about the toes that I can’t feel anymore. 

  1. Affirm your learning intentions 

Affirming that you are remembering and retaining what you read or what you are learning is essential. When most begin to learn at speed they naturally feel that the information is not sinking in or that they do not understand what they are reading. This is not the case. Most have been taught to read by sounding the words of what they are reading in their head. The key to faster learning is to make it visual and allow your brain to absorb the information.

By monitoring your self talk and changing your affirmations from “I’m not remembering this” or “I forget everything” etc. to something like “I remember everything I read” or “everything I read is sinking in” will help keep your brain open and the information flowing into your brain.

  1. Breathe 

Breathing is an essential part of life yet many forget the importance of breathing when learning. By taking deep 20-30 deep breaths before you read or learn and then slowing your breathing down when you are reading can help to open up your mind and make your brain function more effectively. 

  1. Monitor your posture

Studies in psychology and body language show that posture, movements and gestures have an unconscious connection to the brain and what is going on in the mind. Sitting up straight, placing your feet flat on the ground, breathing deep, looking up and keeping your shoulders in their natural position (not hunched) will help you to keep an open mind and allow you to increase your effectiveness when learning.

  1. Write a list of reasons why what you are studying is important to you

Writing a list of reasons why reading a book or studying a topic may seem like a waste of time at first but it pays off. By writing a list of reasons why it is important to read or study what you are studying will link your study to your values and hence give you greater focus, attention, retention and belief in yourself when learning.

 

Wrap Up

These are some of the easiest implementable tips to increase your learning ability or speed when reading. There are more advanced tips for speed reading but I’ll leave them for another day. These are a great place to start and essential to master before going deeper with speed reading or learning.

 

Keep living with Mojo!

What Separates An Average Coach From A High Performance Coach?

Ever thought about what separates a great coach and mentor from the rest?

And why great coaches get results while other get frustrated?

 

“The biggest MISTAKE most people make about a coach is:

They mistake a COACH for a BABY SITTER

A BABY SITTER tells kids in a nice way that they need to do what they are told to do in a soft and caring voice as to not upset the child.

A great baby sitter will smile when the child is throwing a tantrum.

 

A COACH on the other hand is hired to get the best out of a person.

 

They are not there to smile and tell a person what they want to hear. They are hired to get a result because they care about outcomes and getting the most out of a person.

A great coach does not play stupid games with irresponsible people who think they want to get the best from themselves yet fail to show it in their actions.

This is why great coaches Drop average players from their team all the time.

 

When ADULTS hire a coach, it is not the coaches responsibility to do the work, run the laps or sweat. That’s what the player does.

Coaches see how the player can best suit the game and find their unique talents and gifts, then put them in a position to win.

If the player fails to turn up, then a good coach will drop the lazy, irresponsible player in turn for the player with a good attitude who is prepared to put in the work to succeed.

 

Next time you are thinking about hiring a coach, just remember the best coaches drop lazy, irresponsible players all the time as they value their years of hard work, learning the art of what they coach and pride themselves on success.

If you want to be a great player in the game of life or business;

action, implementation and great communication is the key.

 

“Make shit happen”. Great coaches love great clients or great players on their team.

10 Reasons Most Struggle To Stick With A New Exercise Routine

How many times have you or someone you know started an exercise routine, a eating routine or tried to implement something to improve your health, yet found that you sabotaged your results due to your mindset or emotions?

 

So many people start a new exercise or health regime by focusing on a new exercise or health program without remembering why the last one didn’t work. For most people the reason the last program stopped working was due to mental and emotional habits like self sabotage, an all or nothing attitude and pretending it wasn’t the perfect program that was the problem. When creating change in regards to your health it is essential to remember that the most perfect program that isn’t implemented still leads to poor results.

 

The biggest challenges that most people face with implementing most things in their life are:

  1. A lack of clarity around why achieving these results are important
  2. Old habits that prevent new habits from being created
  3. Unrealistic expectations of results
  4. Unrealistic times frames based on current knowledge, habits and skill set
  5. A fantasy that results should be easy or comfortable
  6. Comparing yourself to others
  7. Not having the right coaches, mentors and knowledge to achieve the desired outcomes
  8. Expecting that coaches and mentors support what’s comfortable for you. Great coaches and mentors are there to challenge you when needed and support when needed (not when you feel like it).
  9. Justifying why you never seem to get the results you want or making excuses why you can’t do what needed to be done.
  10. Expecting that change will be easy and comfortable. All change is uncomfortable as it is pushing and creating new boundaries as well as creating new learning’s.  

 

If you look at the above the biggest challenges are all related to thoughts and emotional states. Most people do not get the results they want in regards to their health due to their inability to commit to changing, challenging and developing their mindset and their emotional intelligence. This isn’t just true for improving their health but also improving any area of life.

 

Change your mind, change your life.

10 Steps To Avoid Burnout

Burnout is usually caused from the creation of unrealistic expectations of yourself and / or others.

 

High expectations are important to keep pushing yourself to achieve great results in life yet unrealistic expectations based on the opinions of others, fantasies about how life “should” be, expecting yourself and others live outside of their value system, unrealistic time frames for achievements etc can all lead to excessive pressure.

 

Excessive pressure can cause some to melt down and avoid work and others to over work.

Over time both will feel burned out.

 

Some key tips to avoid burnout

  1. Know your values and their priority order
  2. Live your highest values
  3. Create realistic time frames for outcomes based on current skill set and knowledge
  4. Drink enough water
  5. Eat good quality, natural foods where possible
  6. Reduce sugar and highly processed or refined foods
  7. Know how much sleep you personally need each night and get it
  8. Take time to learn and understand the values systems of those around you
  9. Take time to actively focus on your breathing daily
  10. Balance your emotions

 

Learn in depth about your values and the values of others at our premier 4 day, life transformation event Thrive Time®

 

“It’s your time to THRIVE”.

The Successful vs The Unsuccessful

Anyone can do well when everything is going well but what do you do when things don’t go well?

 

When times are tough most people cut back, reduce their spending, reduce their work ethic, avoid stress, avoid challenge, freeze, complain, blame, justify why they aren’t achieving what they want and some even check out mentally and emotionally.

 

NONE OF THESE will help you achieve anything fulfilling. It is this type of thinking that causes companies to crash, individuals to fall apart, peoples self worth to be destroyed, relationships to be destroyed and a path to financial hardship and struggle.

 

Doesn’t sounds to good….. does it?

 

Yet this is the natural response that most people make when they are faced with challenge.

This is why so many people struggle to achieve the things that they want in life.

 

High achievers and those who create consistent and ongoing success, do so because they EXPAND WHEN CHALLENGED where as everyone else contracts.

 

Business that expand in harsh economic times take greater market share when everyone else in their field are reducing costs, cutting back and down sizing.

People that work harder, work smarter, learn more, grow, adapt and push themselves when times are tough are those who get ahead and build greater confidence, courage, self belief and self worth…….. where as those who stop, wait until they have everything figured out, wait until they have the courage and confidence to change or start etc get left behind.

 

No matter what area of life you look at, things either expand or they contract including your self belief, self worth, courage, business, finances, intimate relationship etc.

 

So if you are not expanding……You are contracting.

Only those who consistently expand are those who thrive in life.

Replacing positive thinking with balanced thinking

Over the years I have heard a lot about positive thinking and that we should always stay positive. Although I agree it is important to create a greater future vision and pursue it, I am all for balanced thinking.

 

I have seen overly positive and optimistic thinking people do some crazy things due to not looking at risk, potential problems or the down side….. especially when it comes to money.

I have also seen overly pessimistic people never start anything or miss opportunities because they are too scared to move. They are usually those who say “I’ll change tomorrow” or “I’ll do it next week” every day.

Tomorrow leads to next week and next week leads to next months which becomes next year.

 

Someone who is balanced in their thinking can see risk and down side which creates fear and worry but counterbalance it with a greater future vision, clear goals and action. This is called inspiration which is intrinsic, and not motivation which tends to be extrinsic and a state of excitement, mixed with elation. This is usually why those who need consistent motivation go through states of elation and over enthusiasm followed by states of self-doubt, self judgement and self-punishment.  

 

Having negative thoughts or being pessimistic is fine especially when balanced with optimism of a greater future, an inspired mission and daily reminders that you take on challenges with courage.

So give yourself a break from trying to be positive all the time which usually makes most miserable inside and allow yourself to cycle through stages and phases to keep yourself balanced and driving forward.

Why people that know their self-worth are resilient..

Self-worth is created by establishing your personal values, life purpose and mission. It enables you to face obstacles and challenges in life and still stay focused on your short-term and long-term goals and lead a life of purpose.

People who fail to know their self-worth lose their identity as a person. They live a life of opinions and develop an identity molded by what other people tell them they should be, not who they really are. This makes a person less adaptable with the challenges that come into one’s life. For these people success seems out of reach.

Those who know their self-worth are successful and resilient to any challenges that come into their life for 5 good reasons;

  1. People who know their self-worth have short-term and long-term goals which they use as their guide in life. Knowing your goals allows you to plan fast and carefully address the challenges that arise.
  2. Knowing one’s self-worth enables a person to manage uncertainties and it prevents them from getting confused by opportunities. They tend to take opportunities that can help them achieve their life goals, and solve challenges effectively along the way saving them from imminent problems that can affect their focus.
  3. People who know their self-worth handle opinions constructively. They are focused on strengthening their personal identity and approaching society as “Who they are” not “What others expect them to be”, which makes them effective leaders and members of the society.
  4. Knowing your self-worth spares you from depression, because you take failure positively and consider it only a minor set back on reaching your goals.
  5. People who know their self-worth maintain a mindset of success which spares them from burn out. They don’t rush success, they tend to effectively balance life and work and believing that their goal is reachable one way or another.

 

Knowing your self-worth is the key to being resilient through the challenges life throws at you over time and effectively thriving towards a successful life.

What is the Curse of Kindness?

 

 

The Curse of Kindness

 

Have you ever been one of those people who want to help everyone?

Do you ever feel like you get used or taken advantage of?

The curse of kindness is a reminder that everything in nature is trying to maintain balance, equilibrium or equanimity. Unbalanced kindness causes many to avoid personal responsibility in the belief that if we just helped everyone then the world would be a better place.

 

 

This way of thinking dismisses many small but important factors that are important in life.

1.)  Self worth is created by taking on and overcoming challenges

2.)  Self care is essential for self love

3.)  Living your own individual life purpose and life mission is a must for a fulfilling life

4.)  Others around you do what you do….. not what you tell them to do.

Therefore if you are not inspired because you are trying to please and help others at the expense of your own life you will not inspire others.

 

 

Believing that your job on this earth is to be a martyr and give up what is important to you to please and help others is self sacrifice. It causes others to do the same and is the fast track for mediocrity and self hate which is usually reflected out onto the world by condemning others who are achieving.

 

 

In ancient Chinese philosophy, anger and kindness are 2 of the same emotions on different ends of the spectrum.

Those who express kindness to everyone else externally usually create anger within.

 

 

By knowing your life purpose, life mission, personal values and goals you can be kind to yourself by having the courage to pursue what inspires you.

By doing so you inspire others. To do this you also need to keep others accountable, challenge yourself and others and sometimes stand up for yourself by creating rules and boundaries. This will allow a balance of kindness and anger which becomes displayed as inspiration.

Not a martyr with the expectations that others should become martyrs to. This just creates a delusion that kind people (martyrs) are better people than those with ambition and self respect (to live their values, purpose and mission)

One BIG THING that stops so many from reaching their true potential

Today I’m talking about the thing that really gets in the way of a lot of people being themselves.

 

I think one of the biggest issues we have in our society at the moment is we’re in a society of comparisons where someone else has more money so you don’t feel good enough. Someone else has a better body so you don’t feel good enough. Someone has a better family so you don’t feel good enough. And we’re living in a society of comparatives, and especially with things like social media and Instagram, there are so many people out there who compare their life that they get to live on a daily basis to a whole bunch of people who are only showing you what they want to show you, which then creates a whole bunch more sh!t.

 

Now, one of the things that I’ve found, especially working with thousands of clients over the last couple of years, running probably one of the most advanced coaching certifications in the world at the moment in our Neuro-Limbic Conditioning coaching and leadership certification, and also working with some of the highest performing leaders in the country as their private coach, something that I’ve found that really is the difference between helping people, something that helps people get ahead really, really fast

compared to most others who stay stuck, especially in the world of comparatives: Whenever you compare yourself to someone else you already start to put yourself down.

When you put yourself down, the only way to stand up and to stand strong again is to find something to be aggressive about, or to get angry about. Or to get frustrated about. Or after you beat yourself up enough, then eventually you’ll go, “F#ck this,” and then you’ll break out and you tend to use these crazy, volatile emotions to break yourself out of that. You’ll see that in our society a lot when people quite aggressive. It’s because they suppress what’s going on inside of them so much and beat themselves down so much that eventually they express, but they normally express in crazy, volatile ways and reactions, and that doesn’t help anybody either.

Something that has allowed me to help a lot of people who have been to our events and also a lot of my high performers that I work with, one of the key things is admitting to yourself where you really are and who you really are as a person. Every human being that I’ve ever come across is an extraordinary individual. Every one of us has extraordinary things that we do, and we do better than everyone else. And we do it in our way, so we live our life in our way. I’m living life in Mojo’s way, not anybody else’s.

 

My highest value in life is learning, and other people have learning as their high value. But they learn in different ways. Some people are very, very book smart and very intelligent. Some people are very good at reading social dynamics, like I am. Then you have other people who are very good at just talking to people in general, and just talking to everybody. My brother-in-law’s like that, where he can walk into a pub and he just talks to everybody, knows everybody. I’m not so good at doing things like that. Then you have other people who are book smart, very, very highly intelligent, but very withdrawn around other people, so they might all have learning as a high value, but they just learn in different ways.

 

Our value system determines how we live our life, what we’re meant to be doing, and what we prioritise in our own life. Now, one of the big challenges is that in a world of comparatives, most people tend to compare themselves to the best of others and beat themselves up for the things that they don’t do that well in. But that’s a sh!t way of living, because the truth is any time you see something in somebody else and you judge them for it, or any time you pedestal somebody or put them up and you think that they’re doing better than you, any time you put somebody else down, there’s exactly the same thing going on within yourself that you can’t see. And it doesn’t allow you to be yourself.

 

If you judge someone for being an a$$hole and you say, “That person’s an a$$hole and I’m sick of them being an a$$hole,” because they’re aggressive, at the same time you’re being aggressive towards that person even in your thoughts. So normally that’s a part of yourself that you’re trying to hide. There might be something else where you think someone else is way better looking or way more beautiful, but you don’t see the beauty within yourself. And so because of that it creates volatilities.

 

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Every human being is beautiful, but the question is, how are we beautiful? Some people might look beautiful and attractive on the outside, but hate themselves on the inside. Now, does that make them beautiful, or does that make them destructive? Who knows? But the thing is that we’re everything, we’re all parts. Part of our life process is going through and accepting who we really are as a person. There are parts of myself that I think are f#cking amazing, and other parts that I think are extremely gravelly.

 

The other day I had someone that called me gritty, that I was a gritty person, and I would have to agree with that. I’m very f#cking gritty. But it just depends, we’re all parts. The more though we hide parts of ourself and can’t see parts of ourselves, the more volatility it creates within us and the more we suppress and express in volatile ways. So that’s not a great way of living. You’ll find that the people who are struggling the most in life tend to hide so much of themselves and let things build up until they explode out and they express things in volatile ways, and that doesn’t make anything work well or function that well.

 

Our emotional volatilities have a direct correlation to parts of ourselves that we’re suppressing and expressing as part of ourselves.

 

I remember one day someone walked up to me at one of my events and they called me an a$$hole, and I was quite offended by that. I was shocked. As if I’m an a$$hole, I’m a great person. I’m the nicest person on the planet. And then I went home and I thought about it and it stuck in my head for a while until I realised that I can be an a$$hole. I can be everything. I can be a kind person. I can be aggressive. I can be friendly. But what I realised then was that the more that I admit to myself what I really am, then the less offended I become. Because now if someone calls me an a$$hole, the truth is I can be. Just like I can be other things as well. There are definitely plenty of people in our world that pretend that they’re a kind person, and pretend that they never get angry, or pretend that they never judge anybody. But the truth is they suppress it all until they express it and it comes out in gritty ways, very volatile ways.

 

The truth is that we’re everything. We’re all parts. So any time someone judges you, just remember that they’re just judging a part of themselves that they haven’t truly owned. Because anyone who owns part of themself, they’ll know when someone else has gone and pushed the limits to what their capabilities are or what they’re expressing, and then you realise that you too do that as well, so you won’t judge people as much.

 

The whole spirituality movement talks about a lack of judgement . The truth is, all humans are judgemental. But the things that we’re judging are parts of ourself that we’re hiding. The things that we see in others are parts of ourselves that we’re hiding. The things that we admire in others are parts that we’re hiding in ourselves. The things that we criticise and we’re critical of in others are parts of ourselves that we’re hiding. So the easiest way is just to own those parts so that you can just get on with your own life and do your own thing, and be the greatest version of yourself that you can be and not worried about what everybody else is doing, or what everyone else is saying, because that’s stopping you from being yourself.

 

That also causes a lot of emotional volatilities. Part of the things that’s happening in our society at the moment is that people who are irresponsible and have a lack of ownership over those things, they will try to change everyone else relative to themselves instead of changing themselves relative to everyone else and not f#cking worrying about what everybody else thinks. But these days so many people are offended and worried about whatever else is going on, but the thing is that that’s them, it’s causing a volatility to them, and there might be groups of people that it’s causing volatilities to. But that’s always going to happen for those types of people who won’t take ownership of their emotions and whatever’s going on inside of them. Because the truth is, we’re part of everything.

 

I say it in some of my events, I ask, “Who in here will say to themselves that they’re a kind person and pretend that they’re kind all the time?” And a lot of people put up their hand and I say, “You’re not kind, because you’re just as aggressive as you are kind.” It’s just the aggression is on the inside because you let it build up and you get so angry and frustrated that other people use you, and you won’t put boundaries in place and hold people to those boundaries. So because you don’t use your aggression to keep people accountable to the boundaries that you set, you let them walk over you and then you melt down on the inside because you become grumpy and angry and aggressive and you start hating on other people. But you’re really hating on yourself, because you won’t own your aggressive part of yourself, the aggression that you have within yourself.

 

Some people are really aggressive, but they’re aggressive because they’re trying to be kind to others. I think any parent can see that when they’re with their kids, where there are times that they’re kind and there’s times where they set boundaries and they’re quite aggressive towards their kids because they know that without boundaries, kids will continually push the boundaries until society sets boundaries and parents don’t. And that’s how some kids end up pushing the boundaries to addictions or doing the wrong thing in our society, because they don’t have boundaries. They’ve never been set boundaries. So they’re some of the things that can happen.

 

I remember only recently having someone who came to me, and they said, “I don’t judge other people a lot,” and I said, “That’s bullsh!t, you judge people, but you just keep it inside,” and they sort of smiled and I caught them. Because the truth is we all do it. But when we pretend that we’re non-judgemental, we actually keep the judgements inside which then gurgle up like volatilities. So the emotional volatilities that we express are normally things that we’re suppressing on the inside. So it’s better off that we maintain balance inside and outside by taking ownership of all the things that are within us.

 

I’ve had plenty of people who’ve come to my events and they say, “You’re really inspiring,” and I say, “Takes one to know one.” Because you can only see people who are inspired by you being inspiring because it makes you gurgle up the inspiration that you have within yourself. That’s why a lot of people watch TV shows like X Factor or shows like that where people are scared and afraid and they hold themselves back, but they get up there and use courage in order to do whatever they love doing, and all of a sudden you become inspired by them having courage. But it’s just showing you the courage that you have within, and also showing you the inspiration that you have within. So we’re all parts of everything.

 

I hope this really, really helps, because it holds so many people back and when someone is suppressing and expressing in volatile ways things that are inside of themselves, or they’re pretending that they’re non-aggressive, or they’re non-judgemental, or that they’re a kind person all the time, the truth is that we’re everything, and the best place that we can be is balanced. Emotionally balanced, and thought balanced, not pretending that we’re one-side.

 

Carl Jung called it the shadow. That the more one person sways to one side and the more that they pretend they’re one-sided, or one thing, or the more opinionated they are to one side, the bigger the shadow that they cast that they can’t see. So that tends to be what happens, and that’s a thing that creates emotional volatilities. When someone takes ownership over all the emotions that they have, and all the things that they see outside of themselves are actually within themselves as well at exactly the same time, the faster they do that the faster they’re free to just live their own life and do their own thing and express their individual greatness out to the world.

12 things that HIGH ACHIEVERS do to achieve their full potential

There are a FEW BIG THINGS that people who have a S$&T LIFE don’t do that HIGH ACHIEVERS do…..

 

Here is what HIGH ACHIEVERS DO that people who continue to struggle mentally, emotionally and financially rarely do:

1.) Follow through on their decision and commitments, no matter how big or small

2.) Make decisions based on their future vision, goals, life purpose, and life mission

3.) Don’t let others side track them (Including friends and family)

4.) They have clarity around their future vision, goals, life mission, life purpose and values

5.) They have emotional control

6.) They are a student of life and are always growing and willing to learn

7.) Their internal self voice is louder than the external voices of their critics

8.) They do not let their past circumstances dictate their future success, happiness or fulfillment

9.) They associate with a strong support network that believes and sees what the individual is truly capable of (their potential), not a support network that supports someone for being average, mediocre and try’s to keep Individuals the same well into the future for their own comfort and happiness.

10.) They believe in themselves even when others around them may not.

11.) They embrace uncertainty and change over comfort and familiarity.

12.) They do not put up with other people’s S$&T.

ARE YOU achieving at your true potential or ARE YOU still struggling to break through to live a life that you know you were born and capable of living?

It’s your time to THRIVE

Michael Johnson – The Mojo Master