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5 Sanskrit Mantras to Get You Through Any Challenge

By Manmohan Singh

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Summary: Discover five amazing Sanskrit mantras for invoking happiness, peace, prosperity, love, and divine and know how to recharge from within just like that!

Caught in a thorny moment and it’s wearing you out? Yoga would certainly ask to look within for power rather than searching for external stimuli. And, a profound way to harness inner strength is through mantra meditation. The ancient language of Sanskrit in which mantras are embedded has a vibratory quality so deep that the resonance even from their mental utterance can strike in the yawning pits of one’s subconscious, igniting will power and positive intentions. This quality in the Mantra Meditation technique is maximized through repetitive patterns to cut out distractions and cultivate mindfulness.

Traditionally, Mantra Meditation has been sought through utterances in the sonorous medium of Sanskrit language. However, there is no bar to meditate upon something of your linguistic choosing as long as the sounding strikes a chord with you.

Start with these simple Sanskrit incantations for invoking happiness, peace, prosperity, love, and divine—

Chant Om Paraanandaaya Namaha for Happiness

Uttering this heartening mantra will remind you how your natural state is of joy. Before so many conflicting thoughts, judgments, and emotions started coloring the scale of your experience. You were a child. Your heart did not feel any weight. To light up with joy was in your innate nature. Nothing could embitter you, keeping you too long from smiling radiantly as sunshine.

The mantra connotes that happiness is a choice. Envisage light and beauty as you chant. Revel in yourself and the marvels around you. Seek out little things to be happy about and make others feel happy about. Become joyful in your own nature!

Chant Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu for Peace

The mantra says- May happiness be to everyone, May everyone be free. The notion of the collective in this chant will bring in you a sense of oneness with your fellow beings. The thought process reveals how all life forms, how every individual is connected to others. Wellbeing is thus wished and willed in universal terms. The stepping off from the ego is the door to release a lot of our crises.

Chant Om Gam Ganapataye Namah for Prosperity

Ganapati is the Vedic deity regarded as the supreme remover of obstacles. To invoke his name and submitting to his power can sail you through the hard times. Perform the Ganesha Mudra yogic sub-posture to connect with your deeper self, seal off your vulnerabilities, and blast your way through hardships.

Chant Om Mani Padme Hum for Love

The six syllabic chant is of Buddhist origin and regarded as an overwhelming power source in the yogic tradition. There is a beautiful imagery luminous in this mantra, of a jewel in the lotus, but the meaning of this transformational chant is not literally translatable easily. Instead of residing with the factual significations of the mantra, one must simply absorb the auspicious vibrations of the hymn and let the currents of love and compassion spread through its realization.

Chant Om Namah Shivaya for the Universal Divine

In this mantra, another figurehead of Vedic divinity is invoked but one must remember Shiva is just another symbol of the all-pervading Eternal One in the Vedic Cosmology. The Om Namah Shivaya chant means- I am one with the universal consciousness. It’s a profound pronouncement about finding the divine within, thus thoroughly empowering.

You must give your entire attention to how the vibrations emitted from the utterances create ripples inside your body. Become perceptive to the passage of thoughts from pessimism to constructive, willful, and life-affirming. Become a witness to the incoming peace, power, and confidence within your heart as you chant and go deeper into meditation.

Have a happy mantra mood boost!


Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. His strong connection with Yoga and the Himalayas has made him organize yoga, meditation and Ayurveda tours, and retreats in the Himalayas.

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3 Awesome Things Financial Freedom Gives You

By Benson Wong

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What do you think of when you see the words “financial freedom”? A positive cashflow where you’re free from living paycheck to paycheck? Taking unpaid time off from work, knowing you’ve already have your expenses covered? A year’s worth of cash reserves in case you decide to walk away from your job? Maybe it’s something more mundane like going out with friends once a week.

Whatever it is, when you dig deep down and really look at your reasons for wanting financial freedom, you’ll discover it was not about the money. It never is.

Rather, it’s about what having the money represents.

Walk Away From Abusive Relationships

When you have financial freedom, you realize you don’t have to take other people’s bad attitudes anymore, be they familial, intimate, friendly, or work-related.

Let’s say a coworker accuses you of not setting your priorities right and not doing your job, even though you were never asked to do whatever he’s accusing you of failing to do.

With financial freedom, you can just want away from that conversation when he starts to get verbally abusive. Who cares what he thinks? Who cares what your manager thinks? The thing is having a cash reserve builds up your self-esteem and self-image.

Whereas before you might have sat there and taken his abuse, you now have power. You realize you don’t have to take people’s crap anymore. You have the power to walk away at any given moment.

It’s Really About Doing What Matters Most to You

You might have been putting of writing that book for the past decade because you never seem to have the time. Or maybe you just fell into your current job from poor career advice. Now, you want the time to think things through and figure out what really makes you tick and gives you fulfillment.

With financial freedom, you now have the time to figure out these things. You can really start to chase after what’s most important to you.

You get to live just once. So how awesome would it be to chase after your dreams instead of working for someone else, making his dreams come true?

Financial Freedom Is Really About Having Options

In the end, that’s what having financial freedom gives you. It gives you the power of choice. You have an abundance of options. That’s what real power is all about. It’s not about controlling other people. It’s about controlling the direction your life takes, giving you the best possible rewards.

With each plunge towards your personal goals, your confidence, self-esteem, and self-image grow a little each time. You learn to say “no” to the things that don’t matter. You learn to guard your time from other people who constantly take from you.

More importantly, you learn how to really decide, how to set , and how to achieve goals.

In the end, having financial freedom really affords you the option to walk away from abusive relationships. You get to do what is really most important to you, for you have an abundance of options.

Most people have to choose from several bad options. Having financial freedom enables you to choose from several good ones.

Benson Wong is the Money Freedom Guy! He enjoys helping others achieve financial success and freedom through realigning our mindsets and energy around money. If you want to discover what’s holding you back from more money, then I invite you to get a free copy of my short eBook, Align With the Energy of Money.

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Gratitude is the Most Powerful Way to Live Your Best Life: My Personal Journey

By samanthajolien

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The Yellow Brick Road is Paved with Gratitude

Do you want a life you’re proud of? One where your dreams come true?

Of course you do! Even I want that for you.

It isn’t easy. There’s no quick fix. You have to invest time, thought, and intention in every day. The good news? The path to the life you are craving only takes ten minutes a day, is fun, and simple.

The answer is a gratitude practice.

Yes, it really is that plain. By habitually showing appreciation for the people and experiences in your life, you can manifest the life you’re here to live.

Building the Yellow Brick Road

You might be surprised to know there is an abundance of scientific evidence proving the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of gratitude. In fact, Berkley has an entire institute that regularly shares these benefits.

Here are some fun facts about the effects of practicing gratitude:

  1. Healthy Heart, Lower Blood Pressure (it simply feels good)
  2. Better Quality of Sleep (we can all use more of this)
  3. Feelings of Greater Generosity (everyone wins here)
  4. Stronger Immune System (so you can care for all your sick friends and family)
  5. The Experience of More Joy and Pleasure (who wouldn’t love this?)
  6. Stronger Personal Relationships (adding to the joy and quality of your life)

Seem too good to be true? I don’t blame you. If I wasn’t living and breathing it, I’d have the same skepticism.

Over the past fifteen years, my gratitude practice has evolved from a simple list of things I’m grateful for to an intentional daily journaling and reflection practice. The first three years were hit or miss – I stopped and started for several years.

Slowly, the days I didn’t journal felt off. Before I knew it, I was journaling, reflecting, and meditating through gratitude on a regular, consistent basis without resistance. I even worked through the “Catholic guilt” after recognizing participation, not perfection, was what mattered.

During that time, I learned how to extend grace to myself. A lifetime of only extending courtesy to others, never myself, was turned on its head by building an attitude of gratitude through practice.

The Wizard Behind the Curtain
Ten years in, my dreams were manifesting at a head-spinning pace. One day, I sat and reviewed five years of journals. I was able to locate where my gratitude practice aligned to the goals I had for my future. Tears fell as I realized the dreams I’d written down in the gratitude section of my journals matched the entries on the dream side a year prior.

I began to research gratitude and found evidence of its power. I knew I had to share this with everyone. If more people lived their lives through a gratitude practice, the better off the world would be.
I started to wonder:

Could we all find our purpose in this life through a gratitude practice?
Would the practice work the same for everyone?
What if a group of us got together and were in a grateful meditation together?
What if you were to move your meditation practice from and internal activity to an external experience?

I put on my red ruby slippers and ran down the gratitude yellow brick road with abandon. The last five years of my practice have been dedicated to spreading the news. I’ve used it with my family, strangers, my coaching clients, and inside organizations. And now with the Trybal Gratitude Journal. The experience has been unbelievable.

You’re Only Three Heel Clicks Away
Now it’s your turn to pick up Toto, click those red ruby slippers three times, and repeat, “I am so grateful for…, I am so grateful for…, I am so grateful for…” Before you know it, you’ll be home, in a place designed for you!

You can find Alexsys Thompson and the Trybal Gratitude Journal at alexsysthompson.com.
Alexsys Thompson, MLC, BCC is the creator of the Trybal Gratitude Journal, a keynote speaker, executive coach, and member of the Forbes Coach Council. Her work is guided by her life’s mission to create safe spaces for souls to show up.

She specializes in helping leaders step into their greatness by enhancing their strengths, creating strategies to bridge their gaps, and empowering their followers to do the same. Her commitment to clean, concise, and kind candor allows her to easily cut through the noise and find the optimal solution. Because of this ability, she is often described “a breath of fresh air.”

Following fifteen years of experience helping people step into their brilliance, Alexsys designed the Trybal Gratitude Journal as a tool for people to build a gratitude practice. Through her own practice, education, and work as a leadership coach, she’s found that gratitude is the key to living a life by design. With this journal, anyone can begin to unlock doors and see the beauty in themselves and the world around them.

Her work combines years of experience and study in leadership, gratitude, and manifestation. Over the last two decades, she’s lead a variety of retreats, spoken at many conferences and events, as well as facilitated large and small group trainings and helped team navigate through conflict.

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4 Easy But Effective Habits To Help Get You Unstuck

By mikeleonard_10

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Do you feel like you are reaching a fraction of your potential in life? Or maybe you feel stuck and don’t know what to change to make a difference. I was right there for years. Every day I felt like I was only scratching the surface of my potential but didn’t know how to change it.

Life had gotten stale and I felt like quicksand was pulling me down. I was tired of my job, the people I hung out with, and felt like I was settling for mediocrity. Finally, I’d had enough. I knew there was more out there in the world other than working a 9-5, living for weekends, partying, and watching endless amounts of TV. Just before my 30th I left the cushy corporate job and decided I was no longer going to settle for anything ever again.

That was almost a year ago. Today is a very different story as I’ve changed almost everything in my life by immersing myself in personal development content.

If you want more out of life check out these four strategies and start changing your life today.

Create a Morning Routine

After reading Tim Ferriss’ “Tool of Titans” I began to understand the importance of a sound morning routine. He interviewed hundreds of successful people from all industries and over 80% have a morning routine. While I always woke up early, I never had any structure to each morning. Now, as soon as I open my eyes I am ready to attack the day.

Creating an epic morning routine wasn’t easy and will continue to be a work in progress. I love testing what works and what doesn’t. Now I have three different morning routines, depending on the time I get up, but all of them include the following habits:

Write in a Journal

Each morning I spend 5-10 minutes writing out my short and long-term goals. I try to create a vivid picture of what I’m trying to achieve and write down any ideas I might have gotten during sleep. Before bed, I spend another five minutes recapping three wins for the day and writing out a question for a problem I am trying to solve.

Meditate or Prime Your Mind

Meditation took me a while to finally understand but encourage everyone to have some sort of mindful practice each morning. Whether you sit in silence or use an app (I love the Primed Mind) enjoy time with yourself. Focus on starting each day with gratitude so you welcome more of it into your life.

Visualize Your Goals as Complete

I have created a vision board of my short and long-term goals and spend time imagining them as already complete.

Replace Negative Self Talk

I used to be the king of negative self-talk without even realizing I was doing it. Growing up, I always used to talk trash to myself as a way to get myself motivated but I’m not sure it ever really worked. The more I read about limiting beliefs and psychology the more I realized I was just affirming negative thoughts.

While the intent was good, the approach was terrible. I’ve since replaced this method by reading positive affirmations on a daily basis. Each morning I spend time before meditating affirming how I want the day to go, how I will accomplish my goals and the attitude I will carry with me. By reading affirmations each morning I’ve found that I jumpstart each day with a positive boost and set myself up to succeed.

Your brain is listening to everything you say, choose what you say about wisely. The more positive self-talk you give to yourself on a daily basis the less negative talk will appear in the future.

Became an Avid Reader

This was tough as I have loved movies and TV since I was a kid. But after watching Batman for the 100th time I realized how much time I was wasting rewatching shows and movies I had already seen. This revelation came to me in 2013. I made it a goal in 2014 to read one book per month. Now in 2018, I’ve enrolled in a speed reading course and read one book per week.

Studies have shown that average person reads one book per year! But the average CEO reads 60 books and earns millions more than the average person. As Tony Robbins has said, “Leaders are readers.”

Surround Yourself With Positive People

Consuming all this personal development content also led me to do an audit of my friends. As Tim Ferris said, “You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you strong, they’re making you weaker.”

I realized that while I had some great friends most were not helping me get closer achieving my goals. When I told them my biggest dreams some would laugh, say it will never happen, and just be confused why I would want to even try. If you want to live an incredible life you have to surround yourself with people who are uplifting and motivate you.

Whether you love every single part of your life or want to change it all I’m convinced these four habits will improve your life. My biggest piece of advice is to make an effort to always be growing and developing. Most people feel stuck in life because they’ve stopped growing in one or several areas. Progress in any area of your life will equal happiness. While achieving goals are great, it’s the journey that is the truly fun part.


Michael is the creator of Inspire Your Success and is regularly featured on top self-improvement sites like Goalcast and Fearless Motivation. Check out his “Success Cheat Sheet” to learn more about creating a perfect morning routine and other strategies to start reaching your goals sooner.

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Why You Need A Morning Routine Even If You’re Not A Morning Person

By Chris

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You know there has to be a better way to start your mornings, but as fast as this thought comes to mind it leaves the moment you step outside.

A morning routine can actually make you more productive and give you more free time to do the things you love.

Here’s a blueprint from the book “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod that you can use to create a morning routine that’s unique to you and your needs. Once you adopt this habit, your life will never be the same.

Creating Systems For Success

Currently, you’re accustomed to waking up 30 minutes — 1 hour before starting work. Whether you’re working on your own business or for someone else, you’re currently only giving yourself enough time to prepare for work.

To create a morning ritual you’ll have to start waking up 1 hour earlier. It won’t be easy but by starting small you’ll increase your chances of succeeding.

Start by going to bed 30 minutes earlier than what you’re currently accustomed to. You may feel tempted to watch Netflix longer or finish some work, but you’ll need this energy to wake up earlier the next morning.

Build hype for the next day. What goals will you be working towards? What’s something important you want to accomplish before you work on anything else?

You’ll have 1 whole hour dedicated to yourself. That’s something worth looking forward to.

After you’ve nailed down going to bed 30 minutes earlier work your way up to 1 hour.

Here are some tips to help you wake up each morning :

  • Leave your phone across the room so you’re forced to get up
  • Drink water.
  • Brush your teeth.

This can take time but after a few weeks, you’ll start to notice positive changes.

The Power Of Silence

Mediation is a technique used to become more present in your daily life. You start by finding a quiet space to sit down. Then you’ll inhale deeply and exhale slowly.

Start meditating 5 minutes in the morning and work your way up to 10–20 minutes per day. Feel free to break your meditation sessions throughout the day.

If you’re new to meditation you can watch online videos or get guidance on applications such as Headspace . In the beginning, you may feel “weird”, but eventually you’ll learn to become more present in your life.

Why Affirmations Matter

It is said that your subconscious mind controls your conscious actions.

Instead of wishing that your subconscious mind will prompt you to take the right actions, condition it with affirmation. Affirmation involves writing down positive statements that you’ll read out loud.

Even the best affirmations won’t help you reach success if you don’t put in the work.

We all have an inner voice inside of us that judges us for our every decision. With affirmations, we help quiet down that voice by stating something positive.

How To Visualize Your Success

You need to visualize success before reaching it.

Practice closing your eyes for a few minutes to visualize reaching your goals and achieving your daily tasks. This will prepare your mind mentally for success before you start your workday.

A vision board can also help you stay on track with what your goals. This board should contain multiple pictures that showcase your goals after they’ve been accomplished. Put your board somewhere you’ll view it daily to help you stay focused and motivated each morning.

Soak up the moment.

As you visualize success imagine how you’ll feel accomplishing your goals. Will you feel happy, proud, or fulfilled?

Start your mornings with strong intentions and you’ll focus on working on tasks that matter the most.

Prioritizing Your Health

Without proper health nothing in life matters.

Whether it’s launching a new business or spending more time with your family, you need great health.

If you’re not currently going to a gym, start by following home workout videos and work your way up to getting a gym membership. You can achieve great workouts at home, but a gym will have better training equipment.

Aim to attend a gym a minimum of 3–4 days per week. When you’re not going to the gym aim to run or do home workouts.

Working out in the morning can help increase your energy and improve your mood.

Reading To Expand Your Knowledge

You won’t grow if your constantly surrounding yourself with the same information.

Instead of only obtaining information from the news each morning, read books, blogs on topics that interest you. Reading is a skill most people have but don’t practice enough.

Nowadays you have many options to consume books. Whether it’s audio, digital, or paperback there’s really no excuse to not read.

There are many great blogs out there but here are some of the best:

Commit to reading 20 minutes each morning before you start working. Eventually, work your way up to 1–2 hours daily.

This sounds daunting at first but it will get easier the more your practice.

Why Writing Down Your Goals Matters

A goal without a plan is simply a dream.

The first step to accomplishing your goals is to clearly define what you want to achieve.

Examples of goals:

Vague goal: “I want to run your own business one day.”

Clear goal: “I’d want to start a bookkeeping business 12 months from now”

Once you’ve defined your goal you’ll break it down into daily actionable steps. These actionable steps are what you’ll write down in your journal. To break down your goals keep asking “What next steps can I take to accomplish this goal?”

Writing down your goals allows you to work on your most important tasks daily and to track your progress. Stop keeping your goals inside your head and begin taking action towards your dreams.

Living A Life With Purpose

Picture this.

Your alarm rings and after the first “beep” you turn it off. You didn’t put in snooze and you’re not dreading your morning. Although you’re comfortable in your bed you decide to sit up.

You briefly glance at your vision board and begin imagining how your life would look like after you’ve accomplished your goals. You then sprint out of bed and start your morning ritual.

An hour later you feel more relaxed. You’ve meditated, read, exercised, wrote down your tasks for the day, and visualized success. You feel empowered knowing that you’re now starting your mornings in a more productive manner.

You smile and begin your workday.

Is this really happening?

It can be if you begin practicing these habits each morning. Stop believing that you’re not a morning person and begin taking charge of your life.

Use this blueprint and change it along the way to make it your own.

You have what it takes to succeed. Afterall, you somehow ended up reading this post.

Make your mornings the best part of your day.


Chris’s passion for writing is to inspire other working Millennials to not just settle for “retirement someday” but to reaching financial independence faster than most. Grab your FREE 6 Proven Morning Routine Rituals Checklist.

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Why You Need A Morning Routine Even If You’re Not A Morning Person

By Chris

You’re reading Why You Need A Morning Routine Even If You’re Not A Morning Person, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

You know there has to be a better way to start your mornings, but as fast as this thought comes to mind it leaves the moment you step outside.

A morning routine can actually make you more productive and give you more free time to do the things you love.

Here’s a blueprint from the book “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod that you can use to create a morning routine that’s unique to you and your needs. Once you adopt this habit, your life will never be the same.

Creating Systems For Success

Currently, you’re accustomed to waking up 30 minutes — 1 hour before starting work. Whether you’re working on your own business or for someone else, you’re currently only giving yourself enough time to prepare for work.

To create a morning ritual you’ll have to start waking up 1 hour earlier. It won’t be easy but by starting small you’ll increase your chances of succeeding.

Start by going to bed 30 minutes earlier than what you’re currently accustomed to. You may feel tempted to watch Netflix longer or finish some work, but you’ll need this energy to wake up earlier the next morning.

Build hype for the next day. What goals will you be working towards? What’s something important you want to accomplish before you work on anything else?

You’ll have 1 whole hour dedicated to yourself. That’s something worth looking forward to.

After you’ve nailed down going to bed 30 minutes earlier work your way up to 1 hour.

Here are some tips to help you wake up each morning :

  • Leave your phone across the room so you’re forced to get up
  • Drink water.
  • Brush your teeth.

This can take time but after a few weeks, you’ll start to notice positive changes.

The Power Of Silence

Mediation is a technique used to become more present in your daily life. You start by finding a quiet space to sit down. Then you’ll inhale deeply and exhale slowly.

Start meditating 5 minutes in the morning and work your way up to 10–20 minutes per day. Feel free to break your meditation sessions throughout the day.

If you’re new to meditation you can watch online videos or get guidance on applications such as Headspace . In the beginning, you may feel “weird”, but eventually you’ll learn to become more present in your life.

Why Affirmations Matter

It is said that your subconscious mind controls your conscious actions.

Instead of wishing that your subconscious mind will prompt you to take the right actions, condition it with affirmation. Affirmation involves writing down positive statements that you’ll read out loud.

Even the best affirmations won’t help you reach success if you don’t put in the work.

We all have an inner voice inside of us that judges us for our every decision. With affirmations, we help quiet down that voice by stating something positive.

How To Visualize Your Success

You need to visualize success before reaching it.

Practice closing your eyes for a few minutes to visualize reaching your goals and achieving your daily tasks. This will prepare your mind mentally for success before you start your workday.

A vision board can also help you stay on track with what your goals. This board should contain multiple pictures that showcase your goals after they’ve been accomplished. Put your board somewhere you’ll view it daily to help you stay focused and motivated each morning.

Soak up the moment.

As you visualize success imagine how you’ll feel accomplishing your goals. Will you feel happy, proud, or fulfilled?

Start your mornings with strong intentions and you’ll focus on working on tasks that matter the most.

Prioritizing Your Health

Without proper health nothing in life matters.

Whether it’s launching a new business or spending more time with your family, you need great health.

If you’re not currently going to a gym, start by following home workout videos and work your way up to getting a gym membership. You can achieve great workouts at home, but a gym will have better training equipment.

Aim to attend a gym a minimum of 3–4 days per week. When you’re not going to the gym aim to run or do home workouts.

Working out in the morning can help increase your energy and improve your mood.

Reading To Expand Your Knowledge

You won’t grow if your constantly surrounding yourself with the same information.

Instead of only obtaining information from the news each morning, read books, blogs on topics that interest you. Reading is a skill most people have but don’t practice enough.

Nowadays you have many options to consume books. Whether it’s audio, digital, or paperback there’s really no excuse to not read.

There are many great blogs out there but here are some of the best:

Commit to reading 20 minutes each morning before you start working. Eventually, work your way up to 1–2 hours daily.

This sounds daunting at first but it will get easier the more your practice.

Why Writing Down Your Goals Matters

A goal without a plan is simply a dream.

The first step to accomplishing your goals is to clearly define what you want to achieve.

Examples of goals:

Vague goal: “I want to run your own business one day.”

Clear goal: “I’d want to start a bookkeeping business 12 months from now”

Once you’ve defined your goal you’ll break it down into daily actionable steps. These actionable steps are what you’ll write down in your journal. To break down your goals keep asking “What next steps can I take to accomplish this goal?”

Writing down your goals allows you to work on your most important tasks daily and to track your progress. Stop keeping your goals inside your head and begin taking action towards your dreams.

Living A Life With Purpose

Picture this.

Your alarm rings and after the first “beep” you turn it off. You didn’t put in snooze and you’re not dreading your morning. Although you’re comfortable in your bed you decide to sit up.

You briefly glance at your vision board and begin imagining how your life would look like after you’ve accomplished your goals. You then sprint out of bed and start your morning ritual.

An hour later you feel more relaxed. You’ve meditated, read, exercised, wrote down your tasks for the day, and visualized success. You feel empowered knowing that you’re now starting your mornings in a more productive manner.

You smile and begin your workday.

Is this really happening?

It can be if you begin practicing these habits each morning. Stop believing that you’re not a morning person and begin taking charge of your life.

Use this blueprint and change it along the way to make it your own.

You have what it takes to succeed. Afterall, you somehow ended up reading this post.

Make your mornings the best part of your day.


Chris’s passion for writing is to inspire other working Millennials to not just settle for “retirement someday” but to reaching financial independence faster than most. Grab your FREE 6 Proven Morning Routine Rituals Checklist.

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4 Principles to Maximize Your Performance and Wellbeing

By koriecantor

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Despite having all the modern comforts, very few of us can lead a productive and healthy life. No, I am not talking about just controlling your weight. Though weight loss is an essential aspect of your health, the benefits of leading a healthier lifestyle stretch well beyond physical appearance. Together physical, mental, and social fitness will boost your productivity.

The sedentary lifestyle which involves spending hours pinned to a desk, eating comfort food, working late hours, and watching TV for hours before going to bed is primarily responsible for negative impacts on your performance and wellbeing. To maximize your performance and wellbeing, you will need to replace this sedentary lifestyle with a salubrious one.

The following four principles will help you in this regard.

1.Trade Your Screen Time for Physical Activity

Too much sedentary screen time and too little physical activity can increase the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even the chances of a stroke. It also adversely affects your sleep cycle, resulting in lower concentration and performance levels at work and home.

Unfortunately, the more time you spend in front of the screen, the more tired you feel due to lack of sleep. You are too tired to get enough physical activity in the day, while you are not tired enough to get a sound sleep every night. You need to break this vicious cycle as soon as possible. The best way to do that is to minimize your screen time.

Try to trade as much of your screen time for physical activities as possible, especially long hours watching TV and mobile use. You can join a gym, start cycling, running or brisk walking. Instead of watching the morning news for half an hour and driving to your office, take the subway and walking the rest of the way to work. You can read a newspaper to catch up with the news.

At work, you can take periodic screen breaks. You can simply visit the rest room and splash some cold water on your face or simply take a stroll for a few minutes. Though it will not improve your physical fitness, it will certainly provide your mind with a powerful cognitive boost.

2.Get Your Five-A-Day

It simply means eating five servings of fruit and vegetables every day. A healthy lifestyle needs both physical activity and balanced diet. The junk food will not provide you with enough nutrition required for daily physical and mental activity. If you eat breakfast cereal, mix it with at least two types of fruit such as apple, grapes or berries. Try different variations so that you don’t get bored.

You can eat vegetables for lunch and dinner. You can combine fruits and vegetables with proteins such as cheese, peanut butter, yogurt, boiled chicken or even boiled eggs. You can find several different healthy recipes online. So, trying a new recipe every week isn’t impossible. If you are going to eat out or at the office restaurant, make sure to pick up healthy dish such as a salad.

Never eat at your desk. If possible, eat lunch with your co-workers. If you like eating alone, find a quiet spot where you can eat mindfully without any disturbances. Pay attention to what you are eating.

3.Improve Your Sleep

Physical exercise, balanced diet, and adequate amount of sleep is the holy trinity of maximizing your health and wellbeing. Fortunately, healthy sleep habits are more under your control than you might think. First, you need to stick to a fixed sleep schedule, even on the weekends. It will help maintain your biological clock. An average adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep daily.

Avoid drinking stimulating drinks such as coffee or tea before going to bed as they will keep you awake. Create a sleep-inducing environment in your bedroom. Make sure your bedroom is free of any noises and light and the temperature is cool. Keep computers, laptops, TVs, and work materials out of the bedroom.

Usually, a relaxing activity will help you transition from wake time to sleep time. So, create a bedtime ritual such as doing relaxing exercises or reading a book to soothe your senses. Better sleep leads to increased focus, which in turn, improves your productivity.

4.Mind Your Stress Levels

Most people have to deal with a lot of work-related as well as personal stress every day. Unfortunately, stress can reduce your focus and negatively affect your productivity as well. You can’t eliminate the stress from your life completely. However, you can find healthy ways to cope with it.

One of the best ways to deal with stress is to meditate or practice yoga. You can join a yoga class or watch online yoga videos to learn different asanas. Morning yoga is usually the best. However, you can also practice it in the evening. Just make sure to stick to a fixed schedule.

Alternatively, you can also maintain a diary to record the day’s stressful events. Write down how the situations made you feel and how you dealt with it. It will help you find better alternatives to deal with such stressful situations in future. If you are not fond of writing, you can simply record the events on your phone or talk to someone about it. The purpose here is to let it out of your system.

Taking up your favorite hobby such as painting, craft, singing, and hiking among others can also help get your mind off stressful conditions. Sometimes, however, things are beyond your control. In such situations, you just need to wait patiently and let things unfold. So, be patient and keep calm.

Conclusion

Physical fitness and mental well-being are necessary to lead a productive and happy life. Unfortunately, the modern society leaves little room for both and instead encourages a sedentary lifestyle. Hopefully, the above four principals will help you lead a more active life and break away from your work-related stress. Approach them with an open mind and try them out as soon as possible. Which tactics have you used to improve your productivity and lead a healthy life? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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4 Business Lessons from Mother Nature to Accelerate Your Growth

By Ketan

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Albert Einstein once said, “Just look deep into mother nature, and then you will understand things better.” I couldn’t agree more with this quote, as I have myself learned many things while spending time in the lap of mother nature.

Once it was raining heavily, and I saw a beautiful bird huddled up, head down, and water stream dripping down his head; a depressing posture you might say. But there was no sad look in the bird’s eyes and as soon as the rain stopped; he was singing a beautiful melody as if nothing has happened, and it taught me a very important life lesson. You can’t control and choose every situation that life brings to you, but you can definitely choose your attitude towards it.

Thus, I started spending more time in the presence of mother nature, which also helped me improve ways to run my business. That’s why I would like to share four business lessons that I learned from mother nature that can accelerate your growth.

Here are Four business lessons to accelerate your growth:


1. Evolve or die

Let’s be honest; there is no place for deadweight in nature. If you can’t perform or evolve, then you are bound to fall. But this ‘evolve or die ‘ rule has compelled every living being to become best. Similarly, we must make sure to question each and every aspect of our business and make it go through a stringent test, and not let it become monotonous.

A caged animal can’t survive long in the wild. Instead of working on the perfect model, build a minimal viable model, and subject it to your respective market condition. You will face failures and unexpected situations, but you must learn and fine-tune your business accordingly. Remember, you can outperform your competitors only when you evolve according to your market needs.


2. Performance is the only way

Fitness is the only criterion that mother nature takes into account. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a lion or a deer. There is no special treatment for anyone, and we must learn a very important business lesson from it.

At any stage of your business, you must prefer and promote people on the basis of performance and not on the basis of gender, cast, or relationship. Many amazing companies have suffered heavily because of some person taking all the responsibility just because he or she is from the family of the directing person.


3. Low Wastage

Wastage is the creation of the mankind. If you ever look closely into mother nature, then you will see that each thing has its own utility, for example, the dried tree leaves fallen the ground is used by birds and rodents to build their nest.

Similarly, you should strive hard in reducing wastage at your workplace. Waste reduction can improve your company’s standards and save a lot of money for you. Small habits like using blank side of the printed pages for rough works can save paper. Also, you can determine the number of unnecessary office lightings and keep them shut off. In short, you don’t have to plan big, but you can reduce your wastage with these small steps.


4. Nothing is more important than your survival

Every animal considers its survival as the most important thing in the world. Even if a predator is lurking around, a deer makes sure to leave no stone unturned in saving his life. This teaches us a very valuable lesson:
You must work hard and do everything to grow our business. But if someone tries to smother or kill your business, then instead of giving up, you should do everything in your capability to fight back and survive.


Mother nature is the greatest teacher, and she has solutions to every problem. You just have to trust, observe and learn from her. As John Muir has rightly said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”


Ketan Pande is the founder of GoodVitae, a platform where entrepreneurs and corporate leaders share tips to become successful in life. He is a wildlife enthusiast, who finds inspiration from nature. You can also visit his amazing facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/goodvitae/

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World Top 5 Wellness Retreat destinations for Body and Mind

By sophiapeterson

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Wake up and enjoy a rich and healthy breakfast in bed. Open the window and the view is amazing. You aware with aesthetic treatments and several hours of massage to free yourself from the stress and tension. In addition, spend time meditating in a splendid Buddhist temple. Get a result to clear mind to continue with your daily life full of positive energy.

No, it is not just a dream, to find moments of peace and relaxation may seem a challenge for many because the hours demanded by the traffic, the workload and daily obligations fill our schedules of commitments. It is for this reason that make a stop on the way and find a space to recover is very relevant.

The trips do not have to be always a space to explore and fill your agenda of 10.000 other things to do. Can be an oasis to take you to live the best experience of relaxation and reinvention

There is a wide range in the world, which includes spa hotels, meditation centers and hotels all inclusive, among many other spaces that offer services related to the health and well-being. How do you find the most convenient option for you?

1. Aruba

The Caribbean Sea is home to many more hidden treasures of what do you think you know. All of them surrounded by white beaches that contrast with the turquoise blue sea. One of these gems, no doubt, is Aruba.

This small island, located a few kilometers from the northern coast of Venezuela, has a privileged location that makes hurricanes or tropical storms, which could interrupt your well-deserved vacation, are a very strange thing. In other words, it is an island where the summer is parked the 365 days of the year, not for nothing called “the happy island”.

In addition to the white beaches and the thousands of outdoor activities, Aruba also has sought in recent years to become a destination of relaxation, renewal and well-being.

2. Santorini (Greece)

More than twenty hours of flights will be rewarded when you’ve landed at the national airport of Santorini (Thira) and enjoy the breeze and the beautiful shades of blue of the sea of Santorini. Secure your energy will change from the first minute in Greece.

The climate is pleasant on the island and the temperatures vary with a daily average of 29ºC in summer and 12ºC during the winter. The quiet atmosphere retains its tradition and authenticity and offers a great variety of walks to tourists who are looking for an opportunity to recharge the batteries.

Your stay in the country, we recommend you to visit Oia, the most typical village of Santorini, to disconnect the day-to-day and fall for their houses dug into the rock, painted in white and blue, your choices of spas and wellness centers.

One of the alternatives that your days of rest are repairers is to enjoy the massages, beauty treatments and other relaxing experiences offered by Caldera Massages Studio & Spa. You can Share unique moments with your partner and reserve your date from your web page.

In Fish Spa Kangal Santorini – Wellness Center you will find massage, beauty treatments and something unusual that you’ll love: foot therapy, a treatment for feet made by the tiny fish Garra Rufa. Don’t worry! These fish have no teeth and transform your previous experiences of pedicure. If you practice meditation, you need to be aware of the Mirador of Oia and contemplate the horizon in a splendid sunset.

Be inspired by contemplating the beauties of Santorini, the sunset and all the fascination that this Greek island memorable you can provide. Now is the time to recreate your routine in the best possible way.

3. San Jose del Cabo (Costa Rica)

Costa Rica has a diverse climate and the average annual temperature is between 21 and 27 degrees Celsius. Between the months of March and may record the temperatures of the year. The country has positioned itself as one of the main destinations wellness to offer unique experiences and a natural supply differentiated to tourists, which includes options for meditation, treatments with thermal waters and medicinal massage.

The Springs Resort & Spa is a luxury hotel located on the Arenal Valley, to the north of the volcano of the same name, which boasts a spectacular that surprises. With swimming pools and lagoons with different temperatures, visitors can relax in its natural hot springs, they also have healing powers. The days of rest will be complete if you take advantage of the massage and spa treatments, which use tropical botanical ingredients indigenous to the field and therapeutic volcanic clays harvested on the property near the hot springs.

Another perfect place to complement your wellness is the Casa Zen, founded in 1974 and located in Santo Domingo de Heredia, with a warm and peaceful, is one of the leading sites in this country, dedicated to the study and practice of Zen Buddhism.

To take advantage of all that Costa Rica offers and close with your experience and balance the body and mind, the Coffee Honey offers healthy dishes with a lot of creativity and innovation.

4. Cozumel (Mexico)

If your plan doesn’t include spending so many hours on plane in Cozumel, you are sure to find the perfect destination to enjoy quality time and moments of relaxation. The Paraiso is in Mexico and the island is one of the most popular stops of cruise ships that pass through the Caribbean.

We recommend a few days of rest in the Coral Princess Golf & Dive Resort, where you will find therapies, massages, reflexology, aromatherapy and various products for skin care. Guests also have at their disposal the Cozumel Country Club, an 18-hole, par 72, to concentrate on the golf and forget about the day-to-day problems.

With their houses full of colors and craft shops with a lot of beautiful, San Miguel de Cozumel is a small town that you should include in your list of walks. To enter into the culture of the region, you will find in the San Gervasio Archaeological Site, the sanctuary of Ixchel, the goddess of fertility and love. Take a few moments to spirituality, will result in an opportunity for meditation and to create a new vision of the immensity of the universe and of our ancestral cultures.

5. New Delhi (India)

Our recommendations could not close in another way: India is the destination wellness par excellence. India is a blend of tradition, spirituality and beauty. We recommend you start your tour in New Delhi and take advantage of the country to take care of your health in a comprehensive way, devote time to spiritual practices and enjoy this unique cultural experience.

Ayurvedic therapies, rituals and exclusive massages are offered by the spa of the resort The Lodhi garden. You can experience the vibrant culture of India, rest and stay with exclusive luxury amenities.

The temple Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is the main Sikh Temple in the city of Delhi and it will be an unforgettable experience for your luxury trip in India. It is not necessary to follow the beliefs of Hinduism or Islam to surprise you with the magnitude of its structure and its importance in the culture of the country.

We recommend you to spend a few days of your next India trip to enjoy the Awaken Inner Buddha Yoga & Meditation. The proposal is to find you practising yoga, meditation and workshops aimed at the mindfulness and spiritual healing. With these activities, we assure you that you’ll start a new time in your life, with awareness, relaxation and well-being.

Now that you have a few options to choose from, you can start to prepare the suitcases for this trip renovator you both deserve.

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Fake It ‘til You Make It – 5 Reasons Why Confidence is Key

By racheriner

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We all know that confidence is a good quality to have. Let’s get this straight, I mean confidence, not arrogance, those are two very different things. Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘But I’m not a confident person.’ That’s fine – you don’t have to be… Fake it.

Many successful people got to where they are through being confident. Whether they are naturally confident or had to fake it doesn’t really matter, the outcome is still the same.

Did you know that when Beyoncé is performing she has an alter ego? She calls herself Sasha fierce and becomes an entirely different person. Sasha Fierce oozes confidence – but it’s all pretend, and there’s nothing wrong with that. As long as you believe it, others will too.

These are just 5 of the reasons why confidence is key in your day to day life, but the benefits are never-ending.

#1 Confidence leads to success

Do you want to know why confident people are more successful? That’s because they try in the first place. They ‘Never let the fear of striking out keep them from playing the game’ This doesn’t mean to say that these people aren’t scared or doubt their choices, they could just be faking it too. Now, just to be clear, not being confident doesn’t mean you can’t be successful, but it can hold you back.

#2 Confidence overcomes fear.

If you’re not a very confident person, chances are you’ll probably be scared of a couple of things. Scared of failure, what other people think of you and even scared of the unknown. Any of those sound familiar? Well, confidence can help you overcome and face these fears.

#3 Better communication.

Confident people tend to communicate better with others. There are no awkward pauses, and they are sure of what they are saying. This can help in all aspects of your life whether it be personal or professional. If you stand behind what you are saying with confidence, people are more likely to listen.

#4 People are more likely to believe in you.

Let’s say you’re in a meeting; you’re looking for investors in your new start-up company. Now If you go in there all quiet and reserved, the investors are going to take one look at you and decide straight away that it isn’t for them. You get back what you put out. How can you expect anyone else to believe in you if you sound unsure yourself? Confidence is a quality that shines through; you let off an aura that others can sense and feel.

#5 Finally, you are more likely to believe in yourself.

If you tell yourself you can’t do something, guess what? Chances are you’re not going to do it. The more you tell yourself something, the more likely you are to believe it. If something comes around that you’re unsure of, stop, take a minute and say to yourself ‘I can do this’. Obviously don’t say that out loud, you may get a few strange looks if you walk around talking to yourself.

Conclusion

Chances are, everyone has struggled with confidence at some point in their lives. Whether you’re born with it or have had to work towards it, sometimes, we all have a bad day and think ‘I can’t do that’. We’re only human. Confidence is an attractive quality. It can help you get the girl/guy or get the job you’ve always wanted. Confidence breaks down barriers and turns what used to seem impossible, possible.

Written by Rachel Erin, Media manager at Australian Accident Helpline. A national personal injury compensation company based in Australia.

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