04 Jan

The Positive Habits of Successful People

What do positive people have in common? Lots of things. And in fact, if you look at the most successful people across every different discipline, you’ll often find that they have more in common than they have differences. Top athletes have a lot more in common with top CEOs than you might expect and the same can be said for artists too.

And when we recognize these habits, we can often break them down and work backward to discover some of the most important traits and habits we need to adopt in order to join them. Here are some of those positive habits…

Self Development

On his podcast, author Tim Ferriss interviews some of the most successful people in the world ranging from actors, to singers, to athletes to programmers. One of the things that almost all of them surprisingly have in common is that they start their day with meditation. And of course a lot of them exercise too.

What does this tell us? It tells us that the successful mindset involves being willing to work on yourself and get better. When you do that, you have no limitations and you can keep on getting stronger and better!

Following a Passion

Another thing that you’ll find without exception when speaking with successful people is that they have one singular passion that they follow in every single aspect of their lives. You’ll be able to tell because they will start talking about it right away and their eyes will light up!

It makes sense too – because when we have a real passion, it gives us the drive, focus and determination to work harder and smarter than everyone else.

Breaking the Mold

Something else that all of the most successful people in the world share is the willingness to break the mold – to walk the path less trodden. This is how they discover opportunities that others miss but it’s also fundamentally what made them able to question their life’s path in the first place. Arnold Schwarzenegger was certainly unique for deciding he wanted to become a bodybuilder (he came from a small village in Austria). He certainly raised eyebrows when he moved to America. But he had the courage to know what he wanted and to go after it – even if it was a bit unusual.

Don’t be afraid to be you and to go the way you want to go. Rules are there to be broken – that’s why they’re called breakthroughs!

02 Jan

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

A lot of people claim they know the secret to success. They will claim it is motivation, ambitiousness, positive thinking, conscientiousness and all sorts of other abstract nouns. However they are missing the true vital ingredient, the real key that will get you started on the road to success to begin with: desire.

It Comes From Within

It is obvious really, but if you are going to be successful in any area of your life then you need to want to be successful. It does not matter how hard working you are, how much time you spend at work, but if you do not particularly want to climb to the top it just will not happen. Anything along these lines is a competition essentially, and if you do not truly desire success then you’ll still be going against a whole lot of people who do.

You can not really have motivation without desire, but even if you could, where would you be directing that motivation? It is desire that will help you keep your eye on the prize and act as the motivator as you put in more time after work, or come up with complex plans on how to woo the guy/gal of your dreams. And the more you desire something the more you’ll work to get it. And as you do you’ll find that you subconsciously even help to navigate through the mire of challenges and that the world just kind of steps out of the way.

Of course not all desire will work. Firstly, your desire needs to be realistic, and secondly your desire needs to be concrete. A desire to fly for example probably is only going to end with disappointment unless you are from Krypton, and a desire to ‘be more successful’ is an abstract aim that’s really quite subjective.

How to Find Your Desire

Some people though do not seem to have any desire at all however, and these people can be quite aimless in their lives. They aren’t going to progress because they do not know how they want to progress and they do not know what they want from life. The thing is though, everyone has something they want, it is just a matter of finding out what it is.

If you are struggling to know what your desire is, then think of your life now as it is. Now think of how it could be improved. Now think of how your life would look if you had everything the way you want it. That’s pretty desirable right? Maybe you have got a big house and kids, or a small house and great artistic job, or you are a movie star, or a high flying business man. Now you know what your desires are, write them down and break them down into smaller steps and priorities. Suddenly you have direction and motivation. Good luck!

14 Sep

Create The Reality You Want

It is not always easy to do & if you are like me, something you work on every day. Focusing on the positive is a skill we need to work on & it will eventually become easier to do.  One  little shift in our thinking can bring some amazing results, so always be grateful for everything you have, big & small!

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29 Mar

The Basics Of Being Grateful

The practice of being thankful for the things you have, both big & small is an important skill to master. The more you appreciate the things you do have, the more things you will receive. This does not just mean material items.

Being grateful focuses your thought processes on what you have, not what you think is missing in your life. The more you focus on that, the happier you will be. Have you ever noticed people who are truly happy are also thankful for what they have? Gratefulness strengthens relationships, reduces stress & improves our overall health.

Every Thought

Psychological and behavioral research has shown the most amazing improvements in life brought by the practice of gratitude. Being thankful and appreciating life and the
things life offers makes us more resilient and even happier.

Being resilient means that no matter what challenges we face in our lives, we will handle them. Our attitude towards challenges can determine how well we deal with the occasional “bump in the road.” No one’s life is always smooth but focusing on the good things will help the bumps smooth out. These are temporary, that is why they are called bumps.

By looking at the good things we have in our lives & feeling thankful & grateful for those things can improve you health, relationships & bring more of those things into your life!

Wonderful Life

15 Sep

How Can We Stay Motivated Over Long Periods?

Often times, finding or maintain motivation can be quite a daunting task. There are times that we find it hard to simply get out of bed in the morning, making motivation even harder to attain. What must be kept in mind is the fact that most goals that we set are months, even years in the making. Therefore, daily we must remain motivated and focused in order to continue to move closer to achieving them.

How can this be done? It is actually not extremely hard to remain motivated, and the following steps will help you do so.

Know Where You Are Going

It is highly important that we not only set goals, but that we fully define them as well. There is no sense in giving yourself a vague or general goal. Thinking about the goal will not motivate you… it will simply result in excuses as to how not to achieve them. We NEED to stay MOTIVATED. The best way to motivate yourself is by determining and defining your goals. This engages your mental GPS and keeps you honed in on the destination, therefore you will be motivated to take the daily drive closer to your goals.

Write it Down

Once you have determined and defined your goal WRITE THEM DOWN. Writing down goals makes them real rather than a dream or a fantastic fantasy. Making the goals real is essential to motivation. Think about it, when was the last time that you were motivated by something that was not real? That you did not find to be tangible? Additionally, write the goals down and place them somewhere that they can be seen daily. This will keep your eyes on the prize, propelling you forward to greatness.

View Others

On the days that you feel your motivation slipping away, do not fret. Simply take a look at someone that has achieved the goals that you have set for yourself. This will remind you why you set the goal and what is possible for you in the future. You will be surprised as to just how quickly your motivation will be regained.

Track Your Progress

There is nothing better for staying motivated than tracking the progress that has been accomplished. This allows us to look back and see just how far we have come and just how close we are to the goals that have been set. Once we look at what has been accomplished and overcome, what lies ahead seems less taxing and motivation is invigorated.

 

06 Aug

3 Traits of the Successful That You NEED To Copy!

 

Success is something that everyone wishes to attain. However, attaining success is not easy. If it was, everyone who needs it would have it. The most successful people in the world started at the bottom and worked their way to the top. Here are the 3 traits that successful people show that you NEED to copy!

1. Work Hard

Successful people know that they cannot get anywhere in life without hard work. They are guided by the basic science of life, which states that your input equals your output. They depend on their ambition and skills to get them where they desire to be in life. They do not depend on luck.
In addition, successful people make sacrifices to get to their desired position. They don’t complain about how hard they work because they know it will pay off in the end. They are always focused and nothing can stop them from working towards their dream.

2. Be Curious and Eager To Learn

Most people are narrow-minded and they don’t like to explore and learn new things. However, successful people are curious and always willing to learn. They are open-minded and always learning something new. They constantly ask questions with the hope of finding out more information.
They are aware that knowledge is a backbone to success. Therefore, they take advantage or apply what they learn in their lives. Successful people always want to learn about everything that they are curious about. If you are narrow-minded, it’s time to change. Be open-minded and you’ll be on your way to success.

3. Never Quit

In the world today, most people walk away from things they find too hard. However, successful people don’t do that. They love challenges. They face their challenges and work hard until they overcome them. Successful people would rather die than quit at a challenge they are facing. They have passion for what they do.

Their main goal is to be on top and be the best at whatever they do because that is where their passion and ambition lies. If you have been quitting when faced with challenges, it’s time to change. Face your challenges and work hard to overcome them. That way, you’ll find yourself joining the list of successful people. Quitters never win.

There you have it. The 3 traits of successful people that you need to copy. Emulate them and you’ll see a difference in your life. You can also share them with your friends. As they say, sharing is caring.

01 Aug

3 Ways To Improve Your Self Belief And Grow From Your Mistakes

 

Self esteem describes how we feel about ourselves. Our self esteem or sense of self worth is normally based on our perception of our abilities and how we believe other people accept and value us as individuals. We automatically find ourselves accepting those beliefs and they feel like ‘reality’ to us.

To be successful in goal setting you need to do more than just plan and write down your goals. You need to change your mind set and challenge some of the biggest fears that you have, and equally as importantly, develop your own self-belief. Goal setting can help you achieve success and happiness in your life. Remember, success in life is determined by yourself concept. You should therefore do everything in your power to improve your positive feelings about yourself while holding on to your humility.

Here are some proven ways to increase your self esteem:

– How do you feel about yourself?

Self-belief is how you feel about yourself. Self-esteem is determined by your internal feelings and evaluation of yourself based on your “perceived” self-image. If you are constantly comparing yourself to others and feel like you don’t measure up, your self-esteem suffers. In this life, one has the ability to change whichever negative self-images he or she has acquired. Sadly, many people never ask if the negative beliefs they have picked up are true.

Also, learning appreciation and gratitude is a sure-fire way to make you feel good. Acknowledge all your good qualities. Take some time to write down as many as you can. Read them over and over and feel the positive energy grow in you. Be grateful for the value of what you are gifted with. Reward yourself with whatever you feel you deserve.

– Success has to come from strength

Everyone has his or her own strengths including you. Your strengths have passions because they are the ones you must develop. Examine positions where you can apply your abilities and then get trained for them. Dream more about what you desire to accomplish and set an ambition to achieve it. You can accomplish what you focus on long enough. In order to develop your self esteem, you must love who you are, while acknowledging that your personal unique qualities make a valuable contribution to humanity. Know that people who in your eyes tend to be better off also have problems as well despite what they portray to you. Start to think more positive and circumstances around you will become more positive and this in turn will improve your self esteem.

– Growth

You must grow. Universal law mandates this. While you are reading this article stars are exploding, water is creating new lakes and streams and brand new babies are entering this wonderful world every single minute of the day! Our world continues to expand and grow and you are a part of this growth. Stay away from people you feel criticize you and make you feel inadequate and worthless.

Conclusion:

Improving and developing your self-belief into a positive is the best first step you can take on building the new you. Understand and accept these concepts and you are on the road to building your self-belief. Positive, positive, positive is the answer. Create positive thoughts toward your unconditional worth and unconditional love.

25 Jul

3 Mindfulness Techniques That Will Make You A Better Person

If you consider mindfulness to be a new age fad, or just another latest buzzword, then think again! With everyday pressures and stresses on your lives, it sometimes becomes arduous to feel motivated, and with the whole weight of the of the globe on your shoulders, you may sometimes become sad with your life. That is why, mindfulness has been around for many centuries. It is an approach associated with awareness that comes when you pay attention, on purpose, in the current moment. It helps to improve your mindset and the way you live. Here are some mindfulness techniques that will make you a better person:

1. Practice A Breathing Exercise

This is the easiest way to bring the power of mindfulness to your daily life. It includes a brief and simple meditation routine. All that you need to do is sit still and focus on your breath as it goes in and out of your lungs, without forcing or pushing your breathing. You just have to observe it and focus on it. In case other thoughts creep into your mind and begin to distract you, do not worry. Acknowledge those thoughts, and resume your focus on your breathing pattern each time. You must do this for 15 minutes everyday. You will immediately experience a feeling of calm. This in turn will help you to be more aware of your feelings and thoughts with a greater degree of calmness. And with this awareness, comes the feeling to freely choose appropriate and effective responses in stressful situations rather than losing your equilibrium.

2. Establish Mindfulness Triggers

It is suggested to set up some triggers, in order to constantly remind you throughout the day to relax, and also practice mindfulness. For instance, when your phone rings, take a deep breath before answering the call, and completely focus on what the other person is saying without any multitasking. Another example, when you come to a red light, or just before entering a conference, use it as a trigger to be mindful for just a moment. It will help you to become self-aware, thereby completely transforming you and also inspiring others.

3. Spend Time In Nature

This is another technique of practicing mindfulness that will help you to become a better person. Take a walk in your garden or park, or anywhere in nature everyday, on your own. Observe your surroundings, immerse yourself in the environment, do not answer any phone calls, and also resist the urge to Facebook then. Just be mindful of the nature’s sounds you hear, and reap the benefits of this technique completely.

These techniques will definitely help you to become a better person – they are wonderful tools to be happy, calm, and centered in any situation, and improve your overall quality of life. So try them right away!

19 Jul

Creative ways to help yourself stick to your goals

Change is something a lot of people strive to achieve. However change is very hard. Everyone wants to change and develop habits that make them better people. This is not always easy since there is a certain way that people are used to living their lives and doing things. Getting away from a comfort zone is difficult and therefore, most people find themselves back to square one repeating the same things they used to do. There are creative ways to help yourself stick to your goals and actually make them a part of your new life.

One of the creative things that can make you stick to your goal is a habit of always anticipating. It is very important to look forward and figure out some of the things that have the capability of derailing your progress. This is important because often times, we plan for change but we never actually try and see some of the things that might interrupt out progress. If you plan some of the potential destruction’s in your mind, it helps you incorporate them in your plan in a way that enables you to stick to your goals even when the disruptions take place.

Finding a suitable path when an obstacle rises is another great way to stick to your goals. When faced with an obstacle, many people tend to lose their focus and slowly go back to how they were before setting the goal. This can be frustrating for most people and it can actually cause one to lose faith in themselves. It is therefore important to have a path which you intend to follow when an obstacle comes your way. Having a path always keeps your mind in the game and enables you to focus on what you want to achieve.

Last but not least, make it a point to always learn from the setbacks you face instead of giving up on the goal. When you fall, you need to pick yourself up and keep going. You need to ask yourself what made you fall? How can you prevent the obstacle from happening again? What lessons can you learn from it? And keep moving towards the goal.

Every worthy goal always has setbacks and most of the time, you will move one step forward and two steps backward. Maintaining your focus when the going gets tough is what actually makes moving towards the goal worthwhile. By the time you achieve your goal, you will have grown as a person.

12 Jul

Motivational Tips To Reach Your Goals

There are many tips & suggestions out there to help you get to where you want to go. One of the things you must do first is to know what you want to achieve, in this way you will know where you are going & when you have arrived. Deciding exactly what you want to do is the beginning of staying motivated to the finish.

Determine the steps you will need to reach your goals.  Knowing what the steps are will give you a guideline. They’ll also give you mini successes as you complete each step.

Devising a plan is necessary to know in what order you need to achieve each step. If possible, alternate between those that are easy to achieve and those that will take longer. This way, you don’t go through long periods of time without completing part of your plan. It will help you feel more successful if you complete parts of the plan often.

Goals provide focus. With no guiding plan, people tend to drift. Goals also provide a measuring device for progress, enhance productivity, improve self-esteem, and increase commitment, so you’re more likely to achieve whatever you set out to conquer.

If you’re lacking motivation to do anything, try something you’ve never done before. Simply the thought of doing something new and exciting can give us temporary motivation.

Remember success is your personal responsibility.  You need to believe that initiative, effort, and persistence are key factors in achieving success. Too many times, individuals are more likely to view success as dependent on available resources and situational constraints. They simply say the task was too difficult for outside reasons. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and it is your responsibility to find it.

Think of demanding tasks as opportunities. When faced with a task where success is uncertain, think of it a challenge or an opportunity. Don’t think of them as something that may lead to failure and embarrassment. This can cause you to give up before you start.

Striving for achievement can be enjoyable. Perseverance pays off. Approaching each task with dedication, concentration, commitment and involvement can help you maintain motivation. You may find you enjoy it, and the obstacle isn’t nearly as difficult as you figured it to be.

If lack of information is keeping you from achieving your goals, determine ways to fill in the gaps, and build this into your action plan. Be willing to study and work hard to reach your goals.

Persistence works! Continued effort and commitment will overcome initial obstacles or failures. Don’t see an early failure as a sign of things to come. Remember the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Once you achieve your first success this way, you’ll be less apt to give up and lose motivation too quickly in the future.

Try living in the now as if it were the future that you hope to have. For example, if you want to lose weight, don’t think of yourself as someone struggling to lose it. Think of yourself as someone pounds lighter. See yourself as healthier, and having a different lifestyle. To maintain this lifestyle, you have to eat healthier and exercise. Just think of how your life will be then, and do it now.

Give all your goals measurable outcomes. By doing so, it help you know when you’ve achieved each goal you set. As you can see, your goals can be achieved if you devise a plan, chart your steps, keep at it, even if you have small setbacks & picture your life with those goals already completed.

Don’t Give Up!