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Good Intentions Are Not Enough

December 8, 2014

Good intentions are not enough. Good actions are required as well.

If you promise me the world but don’t deliver, you’ve failed to meet the expectations you set in my mind. You may have truly intended to deliver, but you didn’t. How can I trust you if you don’t keep your word?

This is why I value integrity so highly. I am my word. If I fail to meet your expectations, I will (1) let you know as soon as possible and (2) apologise profusely. If I believe I cannot deliver, then I will say so, thereby meaning I have no good intentions that lack action.

Stop promising and not delivering. You may intend to do well, but you’re mostly hurting yourself.

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Scott Morgan | Happier and Healthier Coaching – CoachingPublic Speaking & Facilitation | Disclaimer

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Self-Esteem and Getting Old

March 16, 2014

I recently came across a study which showed that self-esteem has been shown to increase during young adulthood (20-40) but declines after age 60. The authors say that this is mostly due to older peoples’ decline in health and socioeconomic status.

This made me quite sad, and my heart goes out to those older folks amongst us whose self-esteems have been crushed because they are no longer as able as they used to be, nor do they have the ability to spend as freely as they once did.

And then I also realised that this was further motivation for me to keep working on my health, so that it declines less with age, and to also plan for the future financially.

Never stop building a better version of yourself.

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Scott Morgan | Happier and Healthier Coaching – CoachingPublic Speaking & Facilitation | Disclaimer

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Low Carb High Fat Diets Better Than Current Beliefs

November 7, 2013

Today I came across some interesting news which contained ideas which were contrary to what I had previously believed.

A Swedish committee has, after a two year study of 16,000 previous studies, declared that a low carb, high fat diet is actually more effective than our other ideas surrounding weight loss (e.g. low fat, high exercise, one calorie equals one calorie, more calories out than in).

I’m going to have to look more into this, especially considering I have recommended what apparently doesn’t work (well).

Check out one article about this study here.

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Scott Morgan | Happier and Healthier Coaching – CoachingPublic Speaking & Facilitation | Disclaimer

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What is Worth Knowing?

July 31, 2013

When you know that the more you know, the less you actually know, you will know something that is truly worth knowing.

Knowing yourself is also highly recommended.

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Scott Morgan | Happier and Healthier Coaching – CoachingPublic Speaking & Facilitation | Disclaimer

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Just Be

May 1, 2013

Stop worrying. Stop over-analysing. Stop making up excuses.

Just be.

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Scott Morgan | Happier and Healthier Coaching – CoachingPublic Speaking & Facilitation | Disclaimer

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Black and White and Increasingly Grey

February 4, 2013

The more you learn, the more you realise that the world is not black and white. This contrasts strongly with the world we live in as children, where adults show us how to easily to put things into categories like “good”, “bad”, “right” and “wrong”.

It’s very easy to continue this pattern into adulthood. Lower taxes are good, breaking the law is wrong… you get the idea.

The more I learn, the more I realise the amount that I do not know, and the world reveals to me even greater shades of grey.

I like it.

PS: I am reminded of the lyrics from the song “Lateralus” by Tool:

Black then white are all I see in my infancy.
Red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me.
Lets me see.
There is so much more that beckons me
To look through to these infinite possibilities.

As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
Drawn outside the lines of reason.
Push the envelope. Watch it bend.

PPS: In the song, these syllables follow the Fibonacci sequence. You may think that’s an aside, but it also illustrates the topic of this post – there is often more to read between the lines once we know how to do so.

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Scott Morgan | Happier and Healthier Coaching – CoachingPublic Speaking & Facilitation | Disclaimer

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I Was Wrong

January 22, 2013

The other day, I made a bet with a classmate. He argued that there were four rows of seats in one of our lecture theatres. I thought that this was preposterous, as all of our lecture theatres had three rows of seats on all sides.

In fact, I was so confident that I made a bet out of it. I was even willing to put down a large amount of money because I was sure that I was right. But as you’ve probably guessed, when we went to check the lecture theatre out, I was proven wrong.

Embarrassed, I accepted defeat and felt grateful that a large amount of money had not been put down for the bet. It was a reminder to me that no matter how sure we are of reality – what is true and what is not – that we can still be wrong. We are human and we make mistakes.

And so when thinking about people and the various societies around the world, it’s not hard to imagine why conflict, even war, can erupt.

“I’m right!” versus “No, I’m right!”

Every belief is a rule of thumb. One day you might find yourself proven wrong, no matter how firmly you believe something.

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Scott Morgan | Happier and Healthier Coaching – CoachingPublic Speaking & Facilitation | Disclaimer