Whenever somebody mentions the word ‘retirement’, most of us conjure up images of rocking chairs, comfortable slippers and a slow descent into physical and mental decline. It’s a common enough image but it hardly does justice to the real potential of setting yourself free from the labour treadmill. There are plenty of examples of well-prepared individuals who have freed themselves from the necessity of slaving away at the grindstone every day to show us that retirement does not have to wait until we are well into our sixties. Retirement can happen much sooner than that and provide us with fabulous opportunities to live life to the full. It’s an intriguing possibility and one that fully deserves our attention.
Back in the 1950s, a handful of adventurous spirits described their decisions to quit the rat race and travel the world, some with their families, some on their own, each one committed to living a more fulfilling and meaningful life, each one determined to be free from the rigours and pressures of the daily routine. Their journals still survive and their examples provide an inspirational alternative to the soul-destroying monotony of modern life. They found ways to make money, create businesses and enjoy the kind of freedom that most of us only dream about. So, whilst there are thousands of books about the mechanics of retirement, they’re very much aimed at people approaching their middle sixties. But it’s fascinating to consider the possibility of retiring at a much earlier point and this involves a bold and courageous step away from the conventions that insist that we hold down a job regardless of the consequences to our health and happiness. The plain fact is that too many folk slave away at their day jobs for most of their loves and just don’t live long enough to enjoy the benefits of all the years of hard work and dedication.
The message from those pioneering individuals who escaped the chains of the wage slave is that life is simply too short and too precious to be squandered on an unfulfilled existence. Life is worth so much more. Their children attended local schools, became fluent in an impressive array of languages, learned about other cultures and traditions and saw the world from a fresh perspective. The surprising result is that these children achieved remarkable academic success and some even gained access to some of the world’s most prestigious universities. Their educational experience was deeply enhanced by their travels. But is it really possible for anyone to break free from the demands of the treadmill and set themselves on a new and exciting way to live life to the full? Much would depend on the attitude of the individual. Some people, despite their complaints and obvious unhappiness, would prefer the comfort and familiarity of their prison cells. But if the spirit of freedom and adventure still calls from deep within you, it is not too late to break out of the conventional confines of your daily routine and seek the kind of happiness, success and freedom that can make any life a truly extraordinary and deeply fulfilling experience. Seize the day before it’s too late!
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I love the way we choose one day in the year to make our life-improving declarations – and then completely forget about our resolutions within a couple of weeks! We don’t seem to take these declarations very seriously. And then we slip back into the more familiar way of doing things, resume our old habits and nothing really improves. But you can learn to use the power of a declaration as a means of changing any aspect of your life that you feel isn’t working for you. The secret is to respect your word as if it were something sacred.
I’ve know plenty of people who would happily promise the earth, solemnly give you their word – and then follow up with every imaginable excuse to explain why they couldn’t – or wouldn’t – deliver on their pledge. They never seemed to realise how damaging this behaviour can be, how much it corrodes their power and self-esteem, how much it diminishes their stature. Fortunately, I’ve also met people who undertood how to use their word as if it were an absolute expression of intent: their word had the power of the laws of physics. If they told you they would do something, you knew with complete certainty that whatever they promised would happen.
So what’s the difference between these two ways of using your word? The most obvious difference can be summed up in one word – integrity. When the things you say match the things you do, you create a sense of unity between your thoughts and your actions. This is incredibly important when it comes to making your dreams and goals and aspirations a reality. This is not only extraordinarily useful to you but it also happens to be something you can learn. All it takes is practice. You make a statement about what you’re going to do – and then you do it. You can start with very simple things, actions that are easy, things that don’t require a great deal of effort. Practise stating what you’re going to do – and then do it. You’ll soon be connecting the things you say with the actions you take and, as you become accustomed to this powerful connection, you’ll be able to make more meaningful statements of intent. And then, regardless of what anyone else might say, you’ll know with complete certainty that you are going to do exactly what you’ve said you’re going to do. No doubts. No hesitation. No wriggling. No re-interpretation. You will have the power of stating what’s going to happen and you will bring it to fruition. You will have developed a degree of self-control and self-mastery that is quite rare and extremely valuable. Simply by practising the power of your word.
When you apply this ancient technique to something as mundane as a New Year’s resolution, you will choose wisely and carefully because you will know that as soon as you utter your statement of intent, you will automatically engage all of your power and energy to make that goal a reality. Take your word seriously from this moment onwards and turn it into an instrument for success and personal fulfillment.
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There’s a great deal of interest these days in the concept of detoxing the body and an increasing amout of public awareness in the benefits of removing harmful substances from the body. One of my more recent experiences amply demonstrated the dangers of having harmful elements in the body as well as the advantages of flushing them out of your system.
A year ago, on the advice of my doctor, I had my amalgam fillings removed and replaced with a material that would not compromise my health. Despite the care and skill of the highly-experienced dentist who undertook the work, some of the mercury from the eight amalgam fillings inevitably escaped the confines of my mouth and took the direct route south into my digestive system. The story becomes more interesting when I undertook a major detox exercise later that year, a cleansing programme that resulted in some very uncomfortable and distinctly unpleasant reactions. I felt very unwell and, respecting your sensitivities, that’s putting it as mildly and politely as I can! The reaction became so severe that I was obliged to visit my doctor who initially suspected that I might be suffering from some kind of cardiac disorder. A thorough examination eliminated all the usual suspects and the doctor concluded that I was suffering from mercury poisoning – probably a result of having all of my old fillings removed in two sessions in the space of a few days. The fact that my body had reacted so strongly to the presence of this harmful material made me wonder what else might be lurking in the deeper fatty deposits where so many nasty materials tend to congregate. On a positive note, it’s true that I dropped a lot of weight during the course of the three-week detox and that I felt much healthier and energised at the end of the programme. I also felt reassured by the knowledge that I’d eliminated the source of a lot of potential trouble for my body by enduring the gruelling programme. But then my dear doctor was kind enough to inform me that I had failed miserably to prepare for my de-tox and that my reactions would’ve been much milder if I’d consulted him first and taken some very simple precautions. He recommended a course of vitamins and micro-nutrients to assist my body in dealing with the sudden emergence of all these potentially harmful substances and told me that I should’ve added these supplements to my daily diet for a couple of weeks before entering the detox arena. I’ll know better next time!
So, whilst a de-tox programme can produce astonishing benefits in terms of health and wellbeing, it is always wiser to prepare in advance for the possibly unpleasant side-effects of releasing these harmful substances from your organs and deeper fat reserves. That means we can enjoy all of the benefits of cleansing our bodies without the completely avoidable reactions that I suffered during my own encounter with the nasty substances that had been hidden for decades in the uncharted depths of my body. The good news is that once you release this debilitating garbage, your body can be free of its influence forever. And rather than undergoing a three- or four-week programme of radical detoxing, you can approach the issue with a series of shorter sessions and that’s where the famous five-day detox plans can prove to be extremely useful, effective and unobtrusive. If you want to enjoy better health, more energy, better skin condition and a whole new level of wellbeing, check out the Real Five-Day Detox Plan and free your body from its toxic deposits forever.
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