I started decluttering my home about a year ago. Six months in I found out that I was not alone, but there was a whole movement and mindset to it. Today I am calling myself a happy minimalist. My cellar is empty, my drawers are organized and cleaning is easy. My apartment seems bigger, yet cozy and very calm. I wish my mind would look the same. Reducing my stuff did save me a little bit of stress. I no longer worry about what I need and spend very little time searching for things, but those were only minor changes. If my head were a house, neighbors would gossip about the dodgy compulsive hoarder who lives inside and never greets anybody. My brain was full […]
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Tired huh? Or more like exhausted? Fact: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 30 percent, or 40.6 million, of American adults are sleeping six hours or less everyday. Chances are you’re in that statistic. In today’s information age sleep deprivation is an epidemic. Screens bombard you all day. Computer screens at work and home, screens in building foyers, bus stands, and of course the one that sits cozily in your pocket. Oh, and that cute little smartphone often accompanies you to bed! You furiously work late into the night, trying to get that extra little bit done. Sometimes, it’s that addictive ping from the smartphone alerting you to yet another email. At other times, it’s a document you’ve got to finish […]
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There is a wealth of books and blogs out there these days disclosing the latest findings on the how and why of our thinking. But even in this information-overload era we live in, the stats for those living a life less desired, especially in their work-life, still remain to be absurdly high. One wonders what’s missing. As an answer to this, let me shed some personal insights on the “why” of this conundrum by sharing these “not-so-obvious” reasons behind your inability to revamp yourself, your work, and your life. I’m also convinced the answers to these dilemmas once you have actually thought about them will become self-evident. Semantic Memory Think for a moment how many times you have read an inspiring passage from a blog […]
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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” ~Nelson Mandela An often used definition of fear is: An anxious feeling, caused by our anticipation of some imagined event or experience. Although there is a wide spectrum of things people fear – death of a loved one, Heights,Darkness, rejection from the opposite sex, injury from a car crash , embarrassment during a presentation, failure at the job- almost all of our fears are manufactured from these 5 basic fears, with #1 being the most natural one and #5 more of a socially constructed idea! Extinction—the fear dying or “no longer being” arouses an existential anxiety in most healthy humans. Remember that fast heartbeat you get every time you look […]
Ever wish that you could do something amazing in your life? Maybe, you’ve got a ‘big’ dream but you’re worried that it will never be anything more than a fantasy. You’re worried that you’re just not capable enough. To be successful at something requires a great deal of skill, talent and even luck, right? What if I told you that success is in your own hands? And that if you want it bad enough, there’s just one thing you need to do? Well…it’s true and if you let me, I’ll prove it to you. I’d like to share with you how five ordinary people just like you and I literally changed the world. They were certainly not lucky, and even skill and talent are not […]
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Most of us could use a bit of a self-esteem boost now and then. Self-esteem is all about how we feel inside. When our self esteem is low, we can find ourselves living with anxiety, we can be more prone to tolerating abusive behavior and relationships, and we can fail to live up to our full potential. There can also be cons to self esteem. For instance, when a person’s sense of self worth is much too high, it can become arrogance or what is termed ‘narcissism’, and this can create problems. Such persons can find it difficult to accept and learn from their own mistakes and can develop a false sense of entitlement. Developing a balanced level of self-esteem is key. For some, a […]
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The greatest achievement in life is simple – Just be the best ‘you’ that is possible. It is, honestly, the greatest honor we can give to ourselves, to our creator and to those we love and respect – to simply live the best life we possibly can by being the best version of ourselves. Why is this so hard for most to live out in reality, though? It is because we have not made it a part of our lives. We have not made it a core goal & mission of our lives and we have not made a plan to achieve it. Success in anything has a method and a process. The journey is what crafts us and steels the fiber of who we […]
Will people buy from you if you are not a good person? Yes. Then does it matter if an entrepreneur is a good person or not? Yes it does. Over the past few years I have stumbled across a dozen or so articles which listed the traits of successful entrepreneurs. You know these, you’ve read the lists and have figured out ways to implement these ideas into your life. • Ambition • Self-Motivation • Perseverance • Passion • Flexibility • and Creativity are some of the big ones which come mind. Don’t get me wrong, these are essential to success as an entrepreneur. But what about success as a human being? Entrepreneurship, at its core, is about people being authentic. Brilliant, motivated people creating solutions […]
We all have that friend who loves to argue. You know exactly who I’m talking about- the one who frustratingly has a comeback for everything you say, regardless of how absurd it is. They always seem to get under your skin; just THINKING about them gets you fired up. You would LOVE to best them in an argument, just once. You feel like that satisfaction would put you on top of the world- but HOW can you achieve it? To start looking at this problem, we must break it down. People argue to try and get their point across to YOU, to try to change YOUR mind on something, or to try and put themself above YOU. They have no ammunition if you remove YOURSELF […]
To begin with, there are only 4 points. People tend to read articles with many points so that they can continuously discover what’s wrong with them and change it ASAP. Those sessions ultimately waste the rest of the day, and pretty much the next few too. So here are 4 basic and simple ‘must adopt’ points that will help you feel more cozy around yourself. 1. Write a journal. Why? Because you can write your heart out and no one gets to know how you are feeling. Cry, laugh, move back in time, or forward, ponder over a thought or a feeling. Write it out! You could use free apps such as ‘Day one’ (App Store) and ‘Day Journal’ (Google Play) that are fast, easy […]
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Do you feel stress every day and often at unexpected times? For example, you are at an office job or just doing daily routine tasks (nothing dangerous or frightening) and your heart is racing and you are sweating way too much. You may have a deadline but nothing life-threatening. Sounds like an irrational physical reaction right? Unfortunately, you are just so used to experiencing unnecessary stress you don’t realize you need to immediately stop and think about how its harming you. You’ve probably also convinced yourself that because you feel stress you must be working hard and are being productive. It becomes a behavior pattern that you accept in your daily life. You might have even told yourself, “Suck it up and just deal.” But, […]
Can a fixation on self-improvement actually be a form of self-bashing? It’s a counter-intuitive idea, but sometimes when we think we are trying to improve ourselves, we are really just trash talking ourselves. The internet is surging with self-improvement tips, articles, books, speakers, etcetera. If a problem exists, you can find a dozen solutions online. And while it’s great to have access to all of that information, self-improvement, like all things, can go into overkill. So here is your question: Are you learning from other people or are you trying to be other people? There’s a passiveness to learning from others and their ideas. It’s the, “Oh, I never thought of that. Maybe I can incorporate some of that into my life.” Instead of the […]
Depression is that feeling that makes you unable to recognize the reflection staring at you in the mirror. You feel so heavy like a big rock is placed on your head. Your whole body is stiff like you are bound in some invisible chains. Your eyes are wide open, but your view is blurry. Not even the brightest of lights could brighten up your mood. Like a slow killer, it’s gradually eating you up… you need to do something. It’s time to get over depression and grab your life back! Here are 8 simple ways to get over depression 1. Write a letter There’s something eating you up inside. You may not be able to find the right words to express it, but you know […]
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Contrary to popular stereotypes, as a man there are a few chores I really enjoy. It’s probably due to my mother making it a point to have us all up on Saturday morning with music blasting, food cooking and cleaning the house from top to bottom. As an adult however, one thing I never perfected was the skill for cooking. This works out perfectly for my wife and me. We split household chores so she is dong the cooking and I get to handle the bulk of the cleaning and laundry. Things get a little awkward when I end up with the task of grocery shopping. I will give you a hint; that’s definitely not one of my favorites. The other day my wife asked […]
Have you ever read a web page, blog post, Facebook update or email that was just plain bad? Perhaps it was riddled with mistakes – or perhaps it was full of jargon, badly structured, or otherwise difficult to read. Almost all of us will write something online at some point in our lives: a personal blog, a company web page, a Facebook update, an email… And if you want to impress (your clients, your boss, your peers), then you have to be able to write well for the web. It’s not hard, but it is a little different from what you might have learned in school. Here’s what you need to know: #1: Big Words Don’t Win Any Prizes You don’t need to use long, […]
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Do you give good advice? Do friends and family come to you in times of crisis? How would you define good advice? Do we have to know and trust the people who change our lives? Can strangers inspire us towards drastic decisions and if they do, why? Does life tend to change randomly? Now, while you try to wrap your head around those very deep and meaningful questions, I would like to give you a quick short cut. None of the above really matters. People will not stop smoking because you tell them to. Your friend will not leave her self-destructive relationship because you point it out; and your chubby and depressed aunt will not lose weight, even if you suggest writing a diet plan […]
1. Spend time around positive people This. Is. Key. I mean for real. I want you to test this out – Here’s how: Begin to notice how you feel when you are around different types of people, negative people will make you feel heavy and tired, oh and then you will begin to say negatives things they are saying too. Positive people who support your goals and ideas, who are cheerful and carefree will give you energy, make you feel good and more determined to live a better life. You have fun with these people and they don’t take things too seriously. 2. Have great goals to work towards Write your goals down. The best way to do this is project yourself into the […]
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It’s a hard pill to swallow when we discover that we can’t get along with everyone. We all like to think that we are highly likeable and that anyone would be lucky to have us in his or her life, whether it’s as a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, acquaintance, etc. But sometimes people’s actions towards us tell us something to the contrary. Instead of valuing and appreciating our characteristics, talents, and skills, they criticize, take advantage of or just outright don’t care about them. It seems obvious to rid these types of people from our lives but logic doesn’t always win out in this decision. If we are emotionally attached in some way to these negative people, we will look past the lack of respect and […]
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If you were given a 99 percent chance to win at a hand of poker, you’d jump on it right? What if I threw in the fact that you’d be dealt pocket aces, even better right? A few days ago World Series of Poker mainstay Connor Drinan had this very situation. What I am referring to is the WSOP’s Big One for One Drop, a straight up challenge tournament pitting players head to head in a showdown that boasts a $1 million buy-in. (For those like me who have never played poker, that’s a fancy way of saying it costs $1 million join the fun) That sounds insane until you realize the winner gets nearly $16 million in the pot to take home! I caught […]
We are the sickest, unhealthiest, and fattest we have ever been as the human species. The number of people who are overweight or even obese is at an all-time high, cancer rates are at an all-time high, and a long list of other diseases are all at “all-time-high” levels. We are chronically tired, over-worked, under-rested, consume toxic foods and drinks, spend more time with our electronics than we do with our own family and friends. We induce more stress into our lives on a daily basis than we know what to do with, and we are killing ourselves because of it. Stress used to be a survival response. Humans are hardwired with a flight or fight response – heart rate increases, blood flows from […]
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