Recovery, Russell Brand.

I surprised myself by buying this book. I was also taken aback when I saw that I bought the audio book last year, more about that later.

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, as you do,  and I saw the image of a video that I'd seen before. This time though my audio was set to on; so the first few seconds of it played. They were enough for me to watch the rest of the video.

It was Russell Brand. In my head, I was wondering how could this man who was at the very edges of society now be giving good advice on how to overcome addiction. Without another second passing, I went to Amazon and bought his book.

I was surprised to read Russell talking about his addictions,  family upbringing, and recovery so openly and with such insight. Perhaps as an MSc student of International Politics and Religion at SOAS the guy had matured and grown. Perhaps he just recovered.

I have heard of 12 step programs before but I'd never really studied them.  I also have eaten enough...

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Do You Talk To Yourself?

Did you know that the way you talk to yourself has a really big impact on your general well-being and what you are able to do each and every day? As a Muslim, I have learned to find ways that balance my love and honour for my faith, my desire to be better and my love for learning about personal development in a way that allows me to embrace tools and techniques which are cutting edge, yet in my opinion, have their foundation in Islam. For example – have you ever thought about the words that you hear in the call to prayer? Some of the words translate from Arabic into English as ‘Come to Success.’ Kinda amazing right? Hearing that positive message five times a day and knowing what it means will remind you that you are on your way to success.

So, using the right language with yourself will have an incredible impact on your mindset. I am not telling you to use ‘mantras,’ or statements that others have told you to repeat but I do want you to figure out what...

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It's Not As Morbid As It Sounds. Honest!

I want you to write your own obituary. There I said it. Be patient with me and you’ll see why this can create such a significant turning point in your life. Most people have heard of the Nobel Peace Prize, it was set up by Alfred Nobel. What most people do not know about him is that he was the Swedish inventor and engineer who invented dynamite.

One morning when Alfred Nobel was reading the paper he was shocked to read his own obituary. His brother had passed away and the newspaper made a mistake and printed Alfred’s obituary in error.

The obituary read, “The merchant of death is dead”.  It went on - “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.”

Alfred never married and did not have any children. He was devastated with what he read and was concerned with how he would be remembered.  On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest...

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Quick Story - Pain And The Power Of The Mind

In 1998 I was on the way to the gym after work and was involved in a major car accident which left me unable to even peel a potato! I spent six months sitting on the sofa, feeling sorry for myself, eating bad food and watching trash TV. Then one day I woke up and decided that I was not going to accept the situation I was left in. In this blog post, we look at pain and the power of the mind.

When one experiences pain it is really difficult to focus on anything else. If you have ever been in a situation where you've had a papercut you know how you can’t feel anything else in that situation, right?  But when you have an illness that results in regular pain, or you exercise and feel pain for the next few days as your body adjusts what is really going on? If you are in chronic pain (i.e. pain that lasts for more than six months) it could be that there are triggers which make it worse – anger, thinking your situation is worse than it really is, not having enough sleep,...

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