Success is often a term which we hear on day-to-day basis and it is also one which every human strives for. But, is there a common definition for success?
Definition of success is different for different people and there are many reasons for it. Let us see in this article about the term success in an objective and as well as in a subjective manner.
To understand more about the term success, we have to first understand whether it can be viewed by different people through a single lens:
The need for success is different for different people and it is based on the following needs.
We need to eat food to be healthy.
We need a home for shelter.
We need love to grow our own family.
We need to have clothes to get recognized and to be secure.
We need a proper mental health to go through the nuances of this world.
We need to find the work we love and have passion for.
Success is viewed in a different way by people with different needs. For many people living day-to-day lives by satisfying all the above needs is itself a success.
Role of Money
Money can solve almost all needs, other than love and health. So money is very important to lead successful life.
Money is actually a good thing and it gives you freedom of choice in things you want. Money also helps in maintaining a healthy life.
So can we say if we have accumulated wealth then we are successful. No, that cannot be said.
But, we can surely say that there is no way to lead a successful life without money.
Greed vs Contentment
We should also make sure that our needs are limited and achievable. So, that there is high probability of achieving what we want.
But, we should also make sure that we should not be content and lose the point of living. We should strive for a balance between contentment and greed to keep us motivated.
Sharing what we have
We all think that sharing helps the other person who is receiving the thing. But in my experience sharing helps the giver more than the receiver.
If we have a chance to make change to other life in a positive way then we should take it. Sharing gives peace to our mind and gives unconditional love to our heart. These two things are mandatory to lead a successful life.
So by reading my above viewpoint on success you might have come to an understanding on what I am really trying to explain here.
Success is nothing to lead a happy life till our death, but it is practically not possible if we are adamant about all our needs.
So to have a successful life we have to compromise on some of our needs that cannot be achieved. We have to focus on the ones we have and the ones which we can achieve.
Does your mind ever stop? Do you think too much? Do you want to know how to not overthink? When this happens, we go over the same stuff over and over, and can lose perspective. Then it turns into worry and stress. That is not good!
Overthinking is a big part of the reason so many people get stressed. If you can’t stop your mind from going around and around, it limits your ability to control your life. It uses up a lot of energy and brain matter, so much so that it can crowd out other thoughts. You have no room left, no spare capacity for other thoughts, or more important things.
There are three challenges presented here to give your mind a break – and help you to not overthink. If you try them as suggested, your life will improve, and you will have more control over your life.
These challenges will train your mind to give you more control. They involve automating some of the daily decisions you have to make. This removes the inability to make decisions by overthinking it, or by paralysis from analysis.
There are so many tips and articles around on how you can create a better life, and every one of them hinges your total commitment. If you overthink it, you will fail. When you feel you have no capacity for new things, any resolution will fail.
To succeed in establishing new habits, or making changes in your life, you need the desire and discipline to follow through. Changes y will only happen if your will power is up to the task. Whatever strategy or technique you intend using is less important than this.
If you aren’t committed, then it won’t happen. There is no silver bullet.
Why do Most Resolutions Fail?
Most people fail with their resolutions. It might be a gym program, a better diet, reducing your alcohol intake, losing weight, having a better relationship, or being a better person. The list of things people look to change is long and varied, yet many people have been promising themselves the same things for decades without success.
So why can’t you achieve what you set out to? What gets in the way? I’ll give you three reasons:
Lack of conviction – There’s no real urgency or imperative to make the changes. Your thinking goes something like this – “it’s a good idea, but I’m not convinced about it. Deep down I don’t think it’s that important. Yes, I could make some improvements, but really, it’s not that critical.”
Going outside your comfort zone – When this happens you feel scared or unsure about it. You might be able to go there for a day or a week, but it’s a bit scary to make it permanent. There are risks to consider – it might mean a different take on life; you could lose friends or miss some of things you enjoy.
Lack of self-belief – You don’t believe you can make the changes you are thinking about. You decide to give it a little push, but don’t have a lot of confidence in your ability to complete it. You don’t expect to succeed. It’s a relief when you give up and don’t have to try any more.
If you want to get past these thoughts – or this way of thinking, you need to train your mind first. Take on a short-term task. You don’t need a deep-rooted conviction about this, and the risks associated with it are less, so it’s less scary. Success will boost your self-confidence and give you the belief that you can make the changes you want in your life. You will have trained your mind to be more amenable to change. You will be in more control.
My challenges demonstrate this. They give you a way to get you into the groove a bit tighter. They also give your mind some breathing space, and will reduce your overthinking.
The challenges I propose aim to give your mind a rest by automating some common decision points. They are an easy way to prove to yourself that you are in control of your life. Strangely this occurs when you take your foot off the throttle and put your mind on autopilot.
When you overthink things, you focus on and dissect the changes you are looking to make – and get in your own way. An example of this is giving up smoking. If you tell yourself that you are giving up, you continue to define yourself as a smoker. Your attempt to give up won’t work because of this mental disconnect. It is more effective to stop thinking about it and train your mind to accept it as a done deal – i.e. “I am not a smoker, I don’t smoke”. By not overthinking it, you achieve a new reality more quickly.
There are three challenge exercises. Each of these calls for an automatic response. They each give your mind a break, a bit of free time, so it can focus on other things. Try each one for a month (you can’t do all three at the same time), and see how your brain processing has altered. It will surprise you!
You’ll feel liberated and more in control of your mind. The secret to a more efficient brain is to give it less work. As an example of how full our brains can get, Einstein had a terrible memory. He couldn’t remember his phone number or street address – the filing cabinet of his mind was full of more important data. Stop overthinking, and give your brain a bit of spare capacity.
Automating a part of your life can be fun; it will open new doors and give you a whole new perspective on your life. It may feel risky, but you do have ultimate control.
Of course, taken to the extreme, this can be dangerous, which is why I recommend a one-month trial of each. The results will surprise you! At the end of the month you will most likely incorporate some of this approach into your daily life.
The first challenge is to say yes to everything. The second is to always select the 4th item from the top of a list from which you must make a selection (for instance, a restaurant menu). The third challenge is the opposite of the first – say no to everything.
You can do the first and the second at the same time, but it is better to do them one after the other. It is also important that you do the third challenge (saying no) last.
Challenge # 1 – Say Yes to Everything
Jim Carrey’s popular movie “Yes Man” follows on this concept. The plot involves a recently divorced man who has become withdrawn and negative. He builds a new and more positive life through a series of events where he says yes. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a look.
Of course, if taken to the extreme, this can lead to bizarre and dangerous circumstances, but it’s worth a try for a month. Use some prudential judgement if needed.
By analysing situations less, you open yourself up to new experiences and people. This one-month challenge gives you a taste of what is possible when you let yourself go a little. It is liberating, and could become the start of a new life.
Being more adventurous not only opens your mind, it gives you more confidence and readiness to tackle the world. Your social circle will welcome the new, more approachable you.
Challenge # 2 – Choose 4th From The Top
My second challenge is to choose the 4th item from the top of any list where you have to make a selection. The classic for this is a restaurant menu. Rather than studying it, and worrying about how to make the right selection, choose the 4th item from the top. Your dinner companions will see you as decisive and informed.
I’ve been using this technique for over a decade and a half now, and on only one occasion did it fail me. This was in a French Restaurant in rural France. The menu was in French, a language I do not speak. My plate of offal, enjoyed by the locals, was no to my taste! But only one fail in 15 years is a pretty good statistic! One fail does not ruin the system.
You have to trust the restaurant – they are not going to put something on the menu that patrons are not going to enjoy.
The reason for selecting #4? Well, it won’t be the cheapest and it won’t be the most expensive. There will be no embarrassment by looking either cheap or a show –off. This is very useful for wine lists.
I have applied this to almost any list. If the selection doesn’t make sense you should look immediately above and below for other options. One of those selections will work just as well.
If you discover new tastes – congratulations, you have expanded your horizons, and that is not a bad thing.
Challenge # 3 – Say No to Everything
Most time management books or self-help guides will suggest that you learn how to say no. They mean this to be selective, but it’s easier said than done. Like most things in life, it takes practice.
This exercise gives you that practice. It trains your mind (and friends, associates and so on), to not expect you to do everything asked of you.
I propose that you train yourself by saying no to everything for one month. This could include party invitations, a dinner date, a movie, or assignment at work. If you need to come up with an explanation for this from time to time – make something up. But say no unless you have no choice (which can be the case at work). Use your personal judgement, let common sense rule the day.
By the end of the month you will be surprised at how easy it is to say no. When you realise this, you will see how liberating this can be. This will give you more control over your life, and free up an enormous amount of time.
It is easy to become overwhelmed by agreeing to do too may things, or by agreeing to do things that we don’t enjoy or want to do. Learning to say no is a very powerful tool in your arsenal to control your life. In practical terms it is not easy, which is why this exercise is for a one-month trial only. Think of it as a Dry July type of challenge.
After a month of this, you’ll find it easier to say no selectively in the future. Take back control.
How To Not Overthink After The Challenge
Completing these three challenges will train your mind and give you more confidence in taking on new things. They will broaden your horizons and give you more control over your life.
After you have completed these challenges, you will have trained your mind to accept or deny requests, and you will have learnt how to trust others. The lessons from these three exercises are applicable in other ways as well. They provide an important lesson and training in learning how to not overthink.
The most surprising fact about stress is that it isn’t bad per se. Stress is a normal, natural reaction. Small amounts of stress keep us focussed, alert and productive. It is part of our natural instincts that keep us going forward against adversity ! So a bit of stress in your life is essential while having no stress at all can be a bad thing for your goals. This article aims to help you to focus on keeping your stress levels to a healthy level.
The simple truth is that if we hadn’t developed certain instincts during our evolution, we wouldn’t be here today. Stress is no more than your body’s natural defense mechanism kicking in. It comes when you feel threatened – whether the danger is real or imagined. But it can be overwhelming and prevent us from acting rationally.
To show an example:
Think of the adrenalin rush you get when you realize you’ve slept through your alarm and are now rushing at warp speed to get dressed and catch the bus to work. This is an example of good stress!
But if you’re doing that every morning – then maybe there are other lifestyle issues at play. Or a need for a different alarm clock.
But if your stress levels stop you getting out of bed at all, or going to work – then that’s a different matter. When stress interferes with your daily routine, then it’s a problem ! And you must address it before it goes even further !
Your level of stress will range from having heightened senses to debilitating feelings of anxiety and depression.
Feeling butterflies in your stomach before an exam or a big game? That’s natural stress at work. It boosts the adrenal glands and gets you ready for action. Worried about a work deadline? Again, that’s a normal stress, keeping you focussed, and shutting out distractions.
Most adults experience physical or emotional symptoms of stress at times. As well as raising your alertness, other effects are less productive. These can include headaches, feeling tired, or changes in sleeping habits.
When we suffer these negative stresses it can feel like we have no control, that they can get away from us. If uncontrolled they can dominate your life and turn it upside down, and you don’t want that.
But the surprising fact is that we do have control over these stresses. There are things we can do to manage it. We may not be able to remove it, but we can control it, and prevent it from becoming debilitating.
As we have said, the surprising fact of stress is that it’s only bad if it’s bad. You can manage many stresses before they become destructive. To help you do this, it makes sense to know a little more about the different types of stresses that you may face.
Recognising Different Types of Stress
There are two different ways of classifying stress. The first looks at stress categories – the causes or nature of stress. The second looks at stress severity – the effects of stress and its severity.
Four Categories of Stress
Stress factors fall into four categories:
Psychosocial stress; and
Your body experiences physical stress. Overworking or injuring your body to the point it cannot cope causes physical stress. Other common causes include traumatic events, the effect of pollutants, dietary imbalances, or substance abuse.
Psychological stress relates to emotional or cognitive stress. This includes feelings such as resentment, anger, worry, guilt, self-criticism, anxiety, and a sense of being out of control. It also includes perceptual stress coming from beliefs, attitudes, and the like.
Psychosocial stress comes from relationships. It includes marriage or family problems, work issues, social networks, and financial problems.
Psycho-spiritual stress comes from a questioning of values, meaning or purpose. It is often manifested as a lack of life satisfaction or misalignment with core spiritual beliefs.
Three Levels of Stress Severity
Psychologists recognise 3 types of stress:
Episodic acute stress; and
Acute stress is usually brief. It is the most common and frequent form of stress. It generally relates to negative thoughts. Examples include dwelling on a recent argument or concerns about an approaching deadline. Removing the cause leads to the stress receding as well.
Episodic Acute Stress
Episodic acute stress is the term used where there are frequent or recurrent stress triggers. This is more common amongst people whose lives are chaotic or crisis-ridden. They are always in a rush or feel pressured. They may take on too many responsibilities but are unable to organise conflicting demands.
Type “A” personalities are more prone to this type of stress. They have a strong competitive streak, with an aggressive nature. Often they have a deep-seated insecurity about performance, and a sense of urgency. These personality traits are more likely to experience episodic acute stress.
The personality type known as the “Worrier” is also more likely to experience episodic acute stress. They have a negative view of the world and tend to see disaster or catastrophe everywhere. They tend to be over aroused and tense, but are more anxious and depressed than angry and hostile.
Chronic stress is the most harmful. It can cause significant damage to both physical and mental health.
Chronic stress comes from prolonged negative physical and environmental factors. These include inter-generational unemployment, substance abuse, or a dysfunctional family or childhood. It can set in when a person feels that there is no escape over a prolonged period and gives up hope.
With chronic stress, behaviours and emotional reactions become ingrained. It is a grinding form of stress that wears people down. Chronic stress destroys lives, bodies, and minds. It can lead to a physical and mental breakdown, suicide, violence, heart attack or strokes.
An Approach to Stress Resolution
Another surprising fact about stress is that controlling it is much like any other behavioural change program. It is best achieved by a planned and deliberate approach.
Stress can come on gradually due to life changes, or due to a specific incident or experience. Either way, you shouldn’t let stress stop you from doing things that you used to enjoy.
Managing stress involves making thoughtful and considered, deliberate changes. The idea is that you build habits and attitudes through repetition. Resolving your stress begins with a plan, and the best place to start is to look back at your life before stress.
Investigate what causes your stress and where it comes from. Recognising the source is an essential first step.
Is your stress preventing you from doing things that you enjoyed in the past? It’s natural for stress or a stress disorder to make new things seem scary. But it can also have this effect on experiences that we enjoyed in the past. For example, a slow stress build-up may cause you to not want to spend time with old friends. Or a car accident may make you want to avoid driving or even riding in or being around cars.
It’s important to remind yourself that these were easy or enjoyable in the past. Seeing them from a different perspective now doesn’t change their nature. Even if it was a bad experience for you once in the past, as with the car accident, you should recognise that it was only one of many incidences. Recognise that other times it went well.
If stress is causing issues in your life you will need to make some changes to manage it. Any life changes need a personal commitment. We refer to these as stress resolutions. They spell out the corrective behaviour needed to maintain stress at acceptable levels.
Looking back over the last few years to see where things did and didn’t work out the way you wanted will clarify the changes you want or need to make.
You can make resolutions for almost anything, from weight loss, to learning, to better social interactions. A resolution becomes a commitment to change. And a written resolution is more powerful than a mental note. It acts as a reference point, a motivator and a guide.
The intent of a stress resolution is to help you reduce your stress levels. Make one when you feel that stress is damaging your life.
To make your stress resolutions, begin by planning. Take notes on what troubles you. Identify where your stress is coming from and how you can change this. Make a note of what you want to achieve.
When you focus on potential remedies, consider the impact and difficulty of each. Create resolutions, write them down, and determine the best ways to fulfill all your goals. Then set priorities.
Remember that if you try to do too many things at once you will almost certainly fail. Focus on one thing first. Set a routine and create a habit. Once you establish your routine and it becomes a habit, you can move onto your next item.
Make periodic assessments of your journey. Map your progress. It is inspiring and motivates you to keep going.
One of the surprising facts about stress that we have covered is that you can manage your stress. You will be surprised at how effective it is to set resolutions as a path to change.
That’s it for today. I hope this little article will help you overcome bad stress. Enjoy your journey to a less stressed life!
If you are serious that you want to take care for yourself – you have to start by taking control of the things around you. No more worrying about the million distractions you get every day. If it seems that everyone and everything is after a piece of you – it’s time to put a stop to it. Take control. Make sure to take care for yourself first. If you don’t, you’ll get stressed about how to cope, and the stress will create problems for you both physically and mentally.
There’s no point in giving ‘till you break. You might think it’s required or expected of you. It might feel noble, or the right thing to do. But a positive life is about balance. And if you become unbalanced because you’re doing too much for others and not enough for yourself, well, that just doesn’t make sense, does it?
If you are sacrificing your time for work, missing out on your own interests for those friends, or your sleep because of others, then you aren’t taking care for yourself. Your well-being and happiness are at stake.
Where Do I Draw the Line?
Life is full of compromises, so what are the signs that I’m neglecting my own needs more than I should?
Consider how you spend your days. Keeping a journal for a month or so can be enlightening. Note where your time goes, and what parts are things you want to do, and what are to keep others happy. Naturally enough, work takes up a big chunk of time – but does it override everything else? How much of your thinking time does it dominate? Can you get away from it or is it all-consuming?
How often do you instigate activities with friends? How often are you simply following their lead? And how do you feel about this? Note that following others can be OK – it all depends on whether you feel you have no control, or that everyone else’s needs are met before your own. If you have time for the things that interest you, then your life is probably in balance.
If on the other hand, you feel desperately in need of a break, if you feel fatigued, weakened or drained, chances are you haven’t been giving your own needs enough priority. In that case, it’s time you started to put yourself first occasionally.
How Do I Take Control and Care For Myself
The way you interact with others are life habits. They are learned, and can be unlearned.
First up is the feeling of selfishness you might get when you put your needs first. That is often a feeling that you have, that others don’t share. It is selfish if your needs come first all the time, but not when you keep a balance.
If you don’t take care for yourself, you will be less able to help others. A strong, happy and well-adjusted person is more productive, and better company for friends and family than a stressed out, weak or debilitated shell of a person.
Be sure to give yourself some time for rest, reflection or hobbies. Be confident enough to give yourself a priority at times. Resist the urge to take on more than you can comfortably handle. Take a break from time to time to recharge. Get takeout instead of cooking, have a night in, go to bed early, read a book, go on a holiday – whatever you need.
Set some boundaries on what you will do and let your friends and work colleagues know what these are. They will respect you for them and respect the boundaries.
Your body is a terrific early warning device. Listen to it. If you feel lousy, then do something about it. Look for the source. If you feel stressed out, isolate the reason why and act on it. If you feel physically depleted, take a break, check your diet and consider exercise to build your body’s strength and resilience. If you feel emotionally exhausted, take some time for yourself to regroup and relax.
Your well-being is dependent on how you take care for yourself.
Reduce the noise. Take time away from social media, the news cycle and work emails. Try binge streaming to replace all the other stimulants screaming for attention.
Stop putting everything first before your own needs. It’s not selfish to take some time for self-care. You’ll be a more relaxed, happier and more productive person. This new person will be more appreciated by your family, your friends, your boss and co-workers. Even those around you on your daily commute will feel a little better when all that tension you’ve been emanating disappears.
Taking care for yourself by not neglecting your own needs is a win win for everyone.
We have selected 25 of the most powerful quotes from Ayn Rand as a guide to living a strong life. She was a hero to many baby boomers through the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s. These quotes summarise the key aspects of her Objectivism philosophy.
The post-war economic growth and prosperity engendered a generation wanting a new societal structure. The rationalist ideas proposed by Rand echoed their hopes and aspirations. Her philosophy of self-determination was embraced widely as it tapped directly into American ideals of freedom, hard work and individualism.
It resonated with the new social freedoms and mobility the boomers were hoping for. These amounted to a revolutionary tide which swept through America and other countries. The 25 Ayn Rand quotes below are a guide to living a life of self-determination.
Ayn Rand’s philosophy was spelt out in her two best-selling books, both considered modern day classics – The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. The latter is considered her magnum opus. She described Atlas Shrugged’s theme as “the role of the mind in man’s existence—and, as a corollary, the demonstration of a new moral philosophy: the morality of rational self-interest.”
The philosophy of objectivism holds four key principles:
1. Objective reality – this holds that aside from our own perceptions, there is a true reality happening, whether anyone sees them or not. The only way we know we exist is in relation to that reality; our existence is defined by the capacity to observe reality.
2. Absolute reason – there’s no room for emotions or faith, only facts should guide people.
3. Individualism – the individual should be empowered above everything else. A man who can embrace the logic and reason of an objective reality is the most powerful figure. And if a man is able to do that, he should only ever act in his own self-interest.
4. Laissez-faire capitalism – where the economy is completely unregulated and separate from the government. This allows powerful Objectivists to do all they can in order to improve their own standing, while not violating the rights of other people.
You will get a feeling for her philosophy from these selected quotes. They remain very powerful motivators and moral guides. If you haven’t read her books, we recommend them. They are thought-provoking and belong in everyone’s library.
Quotes About Living Your Life from Ayn Rand.
We have grouped our selected quotes into three categories:
The power of the individual
The power of thought
How you interact with others
Quotes About The Power of the Individual
1. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
2. “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”
3. “I can accept anything, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the half-way, the almost, the just-about, the in between.”
4. “Freedom: To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.”
5. “The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.”
6. “I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom.”
7. “Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.”
8. “Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.”
9. “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.”
10. “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.”
11. “Do not let your fire go out. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, and have never been able to reach. The world you desired can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it is yours.”
Quotes About the Power of Thought
12. “I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.”
13. “Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose.”
14. “Worry is a waste of emotional reserve.”
15. “To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that’s real power.”
16. “If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.”
17. “Every man is free to rise as far as he’s able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he’ll rise.”
18. “Man survives by adjusting his background to himself.”
19. “Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.”
20. “Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants.”
Quotes About Interacting With Others
21. “Everyone has the right to make his own decisions, but none has the right to force his decision on others.”
22. “Any alleged right of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another isn’t and can’t be a right.”
23. “The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap.”
24. “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”
25. “An individualist is a man who says: I will not run anyone’s life – nor let anyone run mine. I will not rule nor be ruled. I will not be a master nor a slave. I will not sacrifice myself to anyone – nor sacrifice anyone to myself.”
We hope that these Ayn Rand quotes will inspire you to greater things. They ask a lot of the individual, but with a strong moral compass and self belief, they will help to keep you on track. They remind us of what is important in life, and how you should act if you are to be a winner.
We all want to be better. You want to create your own life. But we all have a different form of better. The life you want to live is different from the life that others want to live. Personal growth means different things to each of us. The common element of personal growth is that you must work on yourself.
The choices you make throughout your lifetime will determine the type of life you lead. Your choices are reflective of the person you are, and who you will become. It is possible to direct those choices to create a better life. Incredible rewards come to those who make the right choices and work on making changes.
To change as a person, you need to identify what changes you want. Before you can aim at the finish, you need to know your starting point. Your journey begins with self-examination.
It continues by accessing the personal power that exists within us all. This power gives you the discipline to enforce the changes you need to make to create your life the way you want it. This will define your relationships, sense of fulfillment, and general happiness.
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
The first step in your journey of personal growth is personal awareness. The more you know about yourself the better. Unfortunately, we don’t always look at ourselves in depth. We have a tendency to overlook our deficiencies. An honest appraisal provides the groundwork of change.
This stimulates ideas about what changes you see as part of your personal growth. What to build on and what to overcome.
A good place to start is with the things that you are good at. The things that make you shine as a person. List down the things you like about yourself. Include your best skills or talents. Think also about your passions.
Then write down your weaknesses and the strengths you have as a person.
This gives a good picture of the person you are. To create your own life you need to know who you are now.
Thinking About the Life You Want
A good place to start thinking about the sorts of changes you want to make is to consider the regrets you have. Study them to see if you could have prevented them or acted in a different way. If there were other options you did not take, why did you act the way you did? Was it part of your inner programming? Is this changeable?
The next step is the see yourself as others do. How do other people describe you? Is that consistent with the way you see yourself? Is it consistent with the life you want?
Our perceptions and thoughts guide our actions. We all have insecurities and fears of differing levels. Being aware of them leads us to better choices. Think about your insecurities.
There are things in life that we have power over, and things that we do not. Think about the things you can and can’t control. Excessive worry over the things we cannot control is not productive. It wastes a lot of energy. Focus on the things you have control over.
Your values and motivations guide your reactions to events. Once again, an awareness of these gives you a better ability to create your own life, the way you want it. When thinking about this, dwell on the things that bring you joy, and the things that make you sad.
Your dreams and your goals in life point the way to the life you want. Think about what it is that stopping you from achieving these.
If you don’t think you are good enough, chances are that you won’t be. You have to overcome this. Achievement comes in small steps. You are always good enough to make the next step. Positive self esteem is essential to personal growth.
You must care for yourself, spiritually, mentally, and physically. Think about how well you do this, and how you can be better at it.
Envy of others is common. But it implies a low sense of self worth. It is one thing to hold up another person as a role model to emulate. It is another thing to be jealous or feel that you are not as good.
Think about the things that frighten you. What do you get anxious about? What do you get frustrated by? Are there clues in this about the changes you would like to make to create a better life.
You don’t live in a vacuum. The people in your life are critical to your quality of life. People with strong personal relationships live longer, happier lives.
Consider the strengths of your relationships. Who are the supportive, positive people in your life? And how do they make your life better? Consider also the negative influences in your life. Is there anything you can do about these people?
List the Changes You Want
Now that you have conducted a thorough inventory of your life, make a list of the changes you would like to make.
To stop this being overwhelming, make a list of the barriers you are likely to face in making these changes. Try to set some priorities. Remember that life is a journey. You need to have a destination in mind, but it is the journey itself that is most important.
Create small steps that are achievable, and build on these. To get from 1 to 100, the first step is to get to 2. Then you aim at 3 or 5.
As you go through these steps, celebrate your success along the way. This will reinforce your motivation for change. Following these suggestions will help you to create your own life. They will help you live life on your own terms. Live the life you want.
When I was thinking about writing a book I knew I would need help. When considering a large task such as this, I wondered who could show me how to write a book. Some basic research showed that quite a few guides and templates are available – but they all sounded a bit dry. Either they left me feeling confused or filled me with dread about how daunting this can be. But I’m pretty sure I’ve found who would be the best to help me.
I figured if I could get some help to get me started that would provide some impetus. I also knew I would also need some support to keep going if I was ever going to finish.
It turns out that thinking about writing a book is quite common. There are lots of reasons why you might want to write a book. But most people don’t get there.
Structure is important
The biggest challenge is that it can be overwhelming. Such a big job, it is overwhelming. Even starting is an achievement. I admit to having had a couple of false starts. But then, finishing is even harder than starting, and only a few make it the finish line.
The first thing for me was to find someone who could give me a sense of structure. Having some tips on how to manage my information was a great help to get me started.
I know that I need the motivation to keep going during the slow times (and on those down days with no energy). Having some support along the way is invaluable.
I found that Brian Tracy ticks all these boxes. He has numerous guides and supporting materials, including some FREE stuff. This material helps show how to write a book.
These will help get you started and keep you on track.
We all have a story in us – something we want to say. And we know there are people who we want to hear our story. Motivations range from personal to financial, for career or business advancement. Some have a particular message they want to spread or want to provide a guiding path to others.
You might want to become a famous novelist and collect royalty payments a la JK Rowling.
Or you might be an expert in your field and want to share this knowledge with others. There are many e-books self-published for this very purpose. Your motivation might be to position yourself as a person of influence, a leader in your field. In this instance the pay-off comes from better contacts and connections, and an enhanced bargaining position. All of these will enhance your career prospects.
Others write for their friends and family. Many an autobiography is written for children and grandchildren. The intent is to provide a deeper insight into the lives of their mother, father, or grandparent. A lot of personal history is not revealed in family conversations over the years. As an example, when I read my mother’s journal when she and my father emigrated to Australia in the early 1950’s it was illuminating. It showed me a side of her I had never known before.
For some it’s a journey of self-discovery.
Around 8 out of every 10 people in America have considered writing a book at some stage of their lives. You are not alone in this ambition. The reality is that a much smaller number attempt the task, and an even smaller number finish.
To improve your chances of success, it’s important that someone shows you how to write a book.
Of those that do finish – there are now many paths to publication. This will in part be dependant on the book’s purpose. Self-publishing for a small audience may be adequate. Or the production of an e-Book to be distributed digitally for publicity and promotional purposes may meet your needs.
Do you intend the finished product to sell on Amazon Kindle? Or do you aim to join the elite of authors and win an established publisher over?
Why don’t more people write books then?
Well, it’s many might think about it. But it’s a big job. Too big for most, and not a task to tackle lightly. Being intimidated by the complexity scares many people off. This is the main barrier that stops them from even starting.
Many will put down a few ideas. This might even include a snappy title. That in itself is not enough. Without structure and discipline, the job gets away from them. Writing a book is not something that happens on a whim. It takes dedication and perseverance. Your first book may take a year or more to finish. And a project of that length needs a plan.
It might be that the idea for the book isn’t clear enough. You will get lost if you don’t have clarity on your message, on what it is that you want to say. Consequently, when that happens – bang, it’s shutdown time. You will get dispirited and lose motivation if you lose momentum. This can happen if you get lose sight of what it is you are trying to accomplish. When the motivation dries up, so does the work.
So how do I get started?
For someone to show me how to write a book, they’ll have to cover all of that stuff. For a start, it makes sense to take a bit of prep time. Take time to plan it out. Putting together a game plan on how to manage a project like this is important.
The starting point is your “why”. Here are a few questions to help you clarify that.
What is your key message?
What is it you want to say?
Who do you expect to read it?
And why will they want to read it?
The answers to these questions will help give you clarity on what you are aiming to achieve. These also act as reminders you can come back to during your writing time. They can help keep you on track and motivated.
Once you have your central message, you should then list out the key points. Each of those key points is likely to have 3 to 5 sub-points for clarification. List these as well.
Voila! You now have a book outline. This is your start. Each of the above points becomes a chapter heading.
Think up a couple of sexy-sounding titles. You’ll come back to these several times over, others will come to mind and you’ll re-evaluate them. Your title is a critical part of enticing readers to read.
Moreover, it gives your project substance. It makes the whole thing a bit more real. Something to get your juices flowing. Helps you see the finished product.
Things to do along the way
Next is to get at it. Just write – don’t worry about perfection – get the ideas down
Start writing and then keep writing. If you prefer you can dictate, using the key and sub points you have listed. Whichever suits your style.
Getting the words down is the first part. Tidying them up comes later.
All the while, stay focussed on your goal. Using reinforcements and affirmations is a big help.
The most important thing is to just keep at it.
Doing it solo is tough. But you don’t have to go alone – help is there when you need it. The more encouragement you can get from family and friends the better. Every bit helps. Having a structured approach removes much of the stress.
I have no hesitation in recommending Brian Tracy to provide you with guidance through this project. For those of you who haven’t heard of him, he’s a world leader in the field of motivation and self-development.
He is the top-selling author of over 50 books, translated into dozens of languages. Brian has also written and produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs. These include the worldwide, best-selling Psychology of Achievement. As a keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year.
There is also a FREE Training webinar, you can access here.
Look at these materials first. Or you can get his “How to Write a Book” for the cost of a week or so’s coffee.
Once committed, I suggest his larger program – “Writing and Publishing Starter Kit”. This is the ultimate book to show me how to write a book. It’s very comprehensive and will guide you all the way through. In it, you will find everything you need to know to write and publish a book, based on your experience, knowledge, and expertise.
Any recession brings with it heartache and misery, we’ve been through it many times before. But for those with foresight, strong management discipline, and dare I say, “balls”, there are always business opportunities during a recession that can provide decades of wealth to follow.
The smart prosper and get rich in times of recession. The
money may not turn up for a few years, but it is an incredible opportunity to
build the foundations of future wealth.
OK, so this seems to be going in the face of all the doom
and gloom that is common, but isn’t that just the point? If you do the same thing as everyone else,
you’ll get the same results as everyone else.
If you want to break above the pack – you need to be brave, adventurous, opportunistic, and disciplined. Keep the long term in sight and don’t be blind-sided by short-term problems – even if they do appear to be very deep and likely to be prolonged.
Here are some guiding thoughts to keep you focussed and positive.
Well, as of early March it’s officially here – pandemic and pandemonium! It is inevitable that the world will now experience a recession – possibly a really bad one.
The only question now is how deep and how long?
Naturally, you’re concerned about staying at home for extended periods of self-isolation with the associated social impacts. That’s taking up most of the press and social media space these days.
But what about my business you ask? Can I survive? How will we cope? Will we get to the bridge to the other side? Or even if we make it to the bridge, will be able to cross?
The reality is that not everyone will. Large numbers of
businesses will go bust and never reappear. Whole industries will be
devastated. These are irrefutable facts.
But if you have a strong business, and are prepared, this is
an incredible opportunity. If you keep the long game in sight, there are
fantastic opportunities that will make you rich. This can provide the
foundation for decades of future wealth.
Fundamental Recessionary Truths
Firstly, we need to get your eyes out of your ar**, and out of the sand and get focussed on the opportunity.
Let’s look first at what we know from previous downturns and recessions. Yes, we’ve been there before, so looking backward helps to give us some much-needed perspective.
The weakest businesses will
inevitably go broke, and business failures will then move up the chain to the stronger.
But why do they go broke?
The first impact of recessionary
times is that spending dries up. When the media is full of bad news, it is
natural for people to panic and start developing a siege mentality. Note the
hoarding of essential supplies like toilet paper and canned food.
Cash is guarded and simply doesn’t move through the economy anymore.
It’s normal in recessionary times for
unemployment and insolvency to increase faster than the drop in demand!
Cash flow is the number one cause of
business failures. It begins to look very different as payments are delayed and
collections slow. Cash flow cycles can double, and firms with weaker margins
struggle to maintain their finances and eventually go broke.
For every firm that goes under, its customer
base is forced to find a new supplier. So the survivors get more business!
But this is not an evenly spread
reallocation! Some do not have the strength to seize the opportunity.
At the deepest part of the recession,
you find many firms that are treading water, they are like rabbits in the
spotlight – they give up and just wait for the inevitable, or limp through to
the other end.
If 20% of the weakest competitors have gone broke, the remaining 80% that are left now have more work than they had at the start in the good times before the recession, and are ready to benefit from the recovery.
The panic subsides; the talking heads
wake up and the now record profits being earned by the survivors begin the
start of the next boom.
Industry Lessons From the Past
Whether caused by an epidemic, pandemic, or financial crisis, only one recession in modern recorded history has lasted long. The Great Depression lasted several years, but almost every other recession in the developed world was over within 6-9 months.
The global effort being thrown at COVID-19 is phenomenal – from trillions of funding support for business, employees, infrastructure and the like. As well as the concerted effort of the world’s pharmaceutical companies to find a vaccine and improved testing regimes.
When we come out, it is likely to be with a bang, but also most likely in a two-speed economy, as we recover from the psychological shock of the pandemic.
Wealth Building Secrets
There are four ways in which stronger
companies in each industry can gain during a recession:
Increased market share gained by picking up sales from weaker competitors that no longer exist;
Increased margins as with fewer competitors, customers, and clients have fewer options. This is even more valuable than increased sales;
Ability to recruit the best personnel – top quality staff that had been working for weaker competitors. This is an opportunity to build knowledge and skill base at a rapid rate; and
Acquisition of weaker competitors at bargain prices – giving a jump-start on customers, capacity, supply lines, and market reach.
Cash is King
Cash is important for two reasons. To protect your business, and to be in the best position to take advantage of the business opportunities that present themselves during a recession.
Manage your cash. Make sure you owe little or no bank debt and that you treat cash as more precious than your competitors. Wherever possible, reduce or eliminate your debt.
Replace fixed costs with variable
costs to give better pricing and margin flexibility.
Reign in your Accounts Receivable –
don’t be slack in collecting debts. Remember credit is a privilege, not a right.
It might be too late in the cycle by now, but try to maintain a war chest –
have funds available to take advantage of opportunities as they arise –
liquidation auctions for equipment as an example.
This will immediately elevate you up the chain of strength in your industry and put your competitors at more risk.
As you experience an increase in demand following competitor failures, it will mean increased spending on raw materials, funding accounts receivables, and the like. Get good at forecasting or the expansion might overwhelm you.
Expand your borrowing capacity with a line of credit. Generally, you want to reduce your gearing (debt to equity), but having access to cash gives you the ability to take advantage of new opportunities as they arise. And they will!
Decisive Action Steps
There are several business opportunities for growth during a recession. We have touched on some of them. Here is a list of specific actions you can take to become a stronger player in your industry.
Build on Your Advantages
Continually develop and maintain your competitive advantage. Understand why customers select you and reinforce these strengths, highlight them against weaker competitors. During a recession, people revert back to basics. If you have the best solution for their problem, need or want, then they should increase their visitation to you at the expense of others.
Target Weaker Competitors
Watch to see which competitors are struggling and actively target their customers. Help to drive them out, so you can take over their customers, or make an offer to acquire the business at a bargain-basement price.
Actively seek to greedily take advantage of your competitors in a downturn in your sector.
Get the Best People
As your weaker competitors struggle,
start poaching their best people with promises of better job security (and/or
Also, improve your
benefits and pay structure to keep your current employees happy even when other
companies aren’t doing as well
Acquire Suitable Competitors
Look for opportunities to buy out
your weaker competitors once you identify any prospects worth buying, rather
than simply leaving them to close down and stop competing.
This will give you a larger customer base, increased economies in purchasing, advertising and marketing, administration and overhead, production capacity, and so on.
The Return on Investment from such acquisitions can be terrific, especially at a time of such low interest rates. This is one of the best strategies for business growth opportunities during a recession.
Lastly, use the reduced competition
that comes with a recession to increase your margins so that your business
becomes increasingly stronger as the recession continues.
If you have
successfully built and defended your competitive advantage, use it to increase
margins: only this will ensure you’re the strongest player in your
Diversify your Customer Base
Market downturns are a good time to expand your market spread. Increase your market share and broaden your focus to include existing and new customers that will be strong during a recession.
Be strategic and make the short-term investments required to attract them, which may include volume or length of contract-based discounts or specific promotions. Get creative.
Maintain a Winning Psychology
Be brave. Develop a positive, winning attitude rather than
being caught up in the doom and gloom that pervades society and business
circles in these times.
Be opportunistic and keep an eye open for possibilities. Look at this as a once-in-a-lifetime chance – the business opportunities during a recession can be leveraged to build long term wealth creation. Wealth that will last for decades.
Lockdown, social isolation. These are the new rules of our
lives for the next few months. How you respond will determine if you are victim
Covid-19 has caused unprecedented changes in our way of life. It has caused us all to spend much more time in our own homes, with much less social contact as we try to contain the spread of this disease.
This is going to result in a very different world in future
years (and decades). Whilst I have no doubt that the “Roaring Twenties” of the
last Century will return in this, just as they followed WW1 and the Spanish Flu
Whether you are an employee or employer, there are
opportunities to be taken. Whilst the victims wallow in fear and doubt, like
rabbits in the spotlight, the victors recognise the huge opportunities that
arise in times of crisis. The best are already preparing and making plans for
the next decade.
But it won’t be the same people who were on top before that
come out on top when the dust settles. In any crisis there are winners and losers,
victims and victors.
In the immediate term – to end 2020 employment levels in all
countries will escalate. Government stimulus packages designed to counter the
impacts of this are reaching unheard of levels.
What is not known I show long the state of emergency or pandemic shutdowns will last? Or how long it will take to recover. The financial stresses that businesses are going through encourage a closer look at costs and efficiencies, and many jobs will be permanently lost.
In his classic book – Bullshit Jobs – David Graeber proposes that up to half of all work is pointless. He includes five types of entirely pointless jobs:
“Flunkies” whose sole purpose is to make
their superiors feel important – e.g. receptionist, personal assistants;
“Goons” who act aggressively on behalf of
their employers – e.g. lobbyists, corporate lawyers;
tickers, who use paperwork or gestures as a proxy for action, e.g., performance
managers, in-house magazine journalists, leisure coordinators; and
who manage—or create extra work for—those who don’t need it, e.g., middle
management, leadership professionals
Many of these jobs will simply disappear for at least a decade. If you are in one of these jobs, or you realise that your job has no real meaning, and contributes little, I would urge you to take the time in isolation, quarantine or shutdown to prepare for a different future. Don’t just think that after a period of time – it will back to normal. It won’t be. The new normal will be very different, and we can only guess at how different.
What we do know is that it is wise to prepare for this. Use this time to develop your ability to create a new future – build your skills and flexibility.
While all the self-improvement gurus tell a similar story, the fundamentals remain the same. They may be wrapped in different packaging, with different wording and stories, but its very much the same messages which have been around for fifty years or more.
It comes down to setting goals, being focussed and disciplined. I have personally found it useful to be guided by others in this. It keeps you on target and can be a useful tool to motivate when you lose the urge.
The two best in the business are Brian Tracy and Tony Robbins. Selecting between them is as much a matter of personal preference as anything. Either will be a great help to you.
Any recession brings with it heartache and misery, we’ve
been through it many times before. This
one is likely to be one of the biggest.
But for those with foresight, strong management discipline,
and dare I say, “balls”, there are always business opportunities during
recession that can provide decades of wealth to follow.
The victors prosper and get rich in times of recession. The
money may not turn up for a few years, but it is an incredible opportunity to
build the foundations of future wealth.
OK, so this seems to be going in the face of all the doom
and gloom that is common, but isn’t that just the point? If you do the same thing as everyone else,
you’ll get the same results as everyone else.
are lost in the boom and made in the bust” JP Morgan
The victims will just keep plodding along, hoping for the best, and will more than likely go broke. The victors will be those who manage their cash flow, have cash (or access to it), those who keep their costs down and maintain their margins. When the victims disappear, the winners will take their market share, employ their best staff and build strong businesses for decade to come.
companies in each industry benefit in four ways:
They gain market share by picking up sales that had
previously gone to weaker competitors that no longer exist;
With fewer competitors, the strong find they can
increase their margins since customers and clients have fewer options.
This is even more valuable than increased sales;
High unemployment in the industry means it is easier
to recruit top quality staff that had been working for weaker competitors.
Those who survive and take advantage build their knowledge and skill base at a
rapid rate; and
They have the opportunity to buy out weaker
competitors at bargain prices.
These are the skills and traits that will enable you to not
only survive, but also prosper in an uncertain and rapidly changing world:
An Action Orientation – nothing happens unless you make it so. Your success or failure is ultimately up to you. Luck will play a part, but perseverance will generally win the day. Staying motivated is essential, as are productive habits;
Continuous learning – in a world of constant and exponential change, we need to be able to adapt and keep up. This is less about knowledge but the ability to source and analyze it. Read widely and be open to new ideas, discuss topics with others;
A questioning attitude – fake news is widely accepted as fact. We need to question all information as to its source, reliability, and veracity. Some may call this cynicism, or being skeptical – we think it essential in a world where information is so readily manipulated;
Flexibility and adaptability – the next decade will be very different from this one. Whilst many try to predict the future, we should be aware of changes and be prepared to alter course accordingly. We can’t become too fixed in time or place, but must continually adapt;
Morality and ethics – whilst the “gamers” may have some short-term wins, in the long run, they lose. Your time on this planet is too short to not treat people the way you would want to be treated yourself. Empathy with others has a way of repaying you over time (think Karma bus). A strong sense of who you are is invaluable in times of crisis;
Confidence and courage –these are closely aligned with a strong self of sense. It takes confidence and courage to follow your own path. These are traits that can be practiced and built upon.
As our lives get more competitive, more people are asking how to increase their brain function. Nootropics, or smart drugs are becoming increasingly popular as more and more of us look for that added boost. This might be for career advancement or monetary gain, or it may be social pressures (keeping up with the Joneses), or perhaps just the simple realisation that we can do better and could live better lives if our brains functioned more efficiently.
This quest is not new – it is evidenced throughout history from the ancient Greeks onwards. The human brain is an incredibly complex organism, and it is widely recognised that we only harness a fragment of its full potential. Studies suggest that we only use as little as 12% of the brain’s processing power – so we can only imagine the possibilities if we were able to harness the other 88%.
Research into brain function is not new either, but there has been an explosion of knowledge in different disciplines over the past few decades. This expanded knowledge base in medicine, pharmaceutics, psychology, biology, nutrition and the like have encouraged exploration and experimentation into the impact of different substances that affect brain operation and performance. This includes stimulants – both natural and synthetic, and how these affect our neural pathways.
Many of these stimulants are referred to as Nootropics, or nootropic stacks. They are herbs, supplements, or synthetic substances that can enhance brain function—including things like memory and learning. Also known as smart drugs, they have become all the rage lately, as we look for an edge in a competitive world, or seek to delay the ageing process.
One of the results of is the emergence and popularity of the so called “smart drugs” or Nootropics which have been embraced by College students looking to get better grades, to silicon valley entrepreneurs looking for enhance creativity to stock brokers and management types looking to improve their work performance. Older people are keen to delay the atrophy of old age. All have taken to the many variants that are now available.
This Introduction covers what nootropics are, how they work to increase brain function, how you can benefit from them and how to get the most from these supplements. It is intended as an introduction to the subject and not as a definitive review. We encourage you to undertake further research and investigate individual products to determine which will best suit your needs.
What Are Nootropics?
Nootropics are primarily known as ‘brain boosters’ that enhance cognitive function, especially memory, creativity, or motivation. They also have preventative properties, which can delay the ageing process.
Even though they are thought of as a ‘now’ product, the term was first coined in 1972, combining the Greek word ‘nous’ (or mind), and ‘trepein’ (or bend). The use of certain herbs to promote brain activity and health has also been in practice for thousands of years.
Today the word is most commonly used in reference to commercially formulated supplements combining mainly natural (and sometimes synthetic) ingredients designed to improve brain power, give better concentration, enhanced focus, faster mental speed and better memory as well as improving long term brain health.
The combinations of ingredients and the ability to concentrate dosages to specifically target neural pathways is one of the new frontiers of mind medicine.
We have long been aware of everyday stimulants such as coffee and the remedial impacts of various herbs and vitamins. Modern science has been exploring the effects of these and how they can be improved, sometimes adding synthetic substances.
The results are a range of new-age supplements that have come onto the market, offering to safely and effectively improve cognitive functioning through a blend of vitamins, amino acids and other essential building blocks for a healthy, well-functioning brain. Memory enhancement is the largest segment, although the promise of reduced age-related declines in brain function is also popular.
The market for these products is growing at an escalating pace as more and more people look to improve their brain’s performance. The global nootropics market is currently estimated to be around $USD2.6b, with over a third of this in the USA. The market is expected to continue growing rapidly, especially in the Asia Pacific region. It is expected to reach $USD6b 2025.
What’s In Them?
Nootropics and smart drugs include a range of natural and naturally substances as well as synthetic or prescription formulations. Many popular nootropics are referred to as stacks as they combine several ingredients for maximum effect.
Prescription smart drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, have the strongest and most significant effects on memory and attention.
Synthetic nootropic supplements like Noopept and piracetam are also widely available, although research on their effectiveness in healthy adults is lacking.
Many natural nootropics are used in alternative medicine, but their effects are typically more subtle and slower acting. They’re sometimes taken in combination to boost their effectiveness. Commonly consumed stimulants such as coffee, tea and nicotine all provide a short term boost to the brain.
Natural or herbal nootropics are any kind of plant derived or plant based compounds that have been shown to enhance cognitive ability and health. Some of the more popular ones include Alpha GPC, Bacopa Monnieri, Cat’s Claw, Creatine, Ginkgo Biloba, Holy Basil, Huperzine A., L-Theanine & L-Tyrosine, Omega 3, Panax Ginseng, Rhodiola Rosea and Vitamins B & E.
Herbal nootropics can be just as effective as their synthetic cousins and you can even stack several of them to boost your results.
How Do They Work?
The continuing body of research into brain cognition has given us more knowledge about how this remarkable organ works. It has also provided insight into how various substances might impact it and improve its performance.
This has revealed that it is possible to improve the production and flow of cellular energy, blood circulation and flow, reducing inflammation, engaging neural support for a healthier network of cells and the levels of key chemicals in the brain.
In a non-technical sense – it’s a bit like giving your car a service and tune-up – cleaning out the gunk and getting everything working a bit better.
In a more technical sense, most nootropics work by affecting neurotransmitters in your brain like acetylcholine, glutamate, serotonin and dopamine. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that act as information messengers between your brain’s nerve cells, which are called neurons. It is neurotransmitters that give the signals to your brain to tell your heart to beat, and your lungs to breathe, but they also play a crucial role in your cognitive function too.
By altering these neurotransmitters, nootropics can be used to improve the way your brain functions. Some nootropics also act as vasodilators, which work by boosting the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain, and others by stimulating nerve growth in the brain. But all of them have the same cognitive-enhancing effect.
What Are The Benefits?
There have been countless studies into nootropics that show that they increase brain function and power, proving the cognitive-enhancing effects that nootropics can have. This has led to nootropics being used for many years by doctors to help treat various conditions relating to the brain such as Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s and ADHD.
But those who aren’t suffering from these conditions can still take them and achieve positive enhancements such as better coordination, mood enhancement, increased learning and memory abilities, reduced symptoms of depression and stress, and increased attention and motivation.
Everyone’s brain chemistry is different, so not everyone will experience the same effects with the same dosage, but the most important thing to realise is that this is not some “pie in the sky” idea. Nootropics do work and can give you a huge number of benefits.
There are 6 widely recognised benefits from taking nootropic supplements:
Better learning and memory – the retention of both new knowledge (learning) and the ability to store and retrieve it (memory) are vital to leading a successful life. These are important both for older adults experiencing memory loss and younger ambitious types looking to improve their work performance.
Focus and attention – the ability to concentrate on an important task helps achievement and improves many other cognitive functions.
Brain Energy – the brain consumes around 20 percent of the body’s energy, and sufficient energy is important for all cognitive processing.
Mood – a poor mood impacts on brain energy, stress resistance, and brain circulation.
Stress reduction – stress impacts mental performance and overall well-being.
6.Slowing the ageing process – age-related cognitive decline can begin in healthy, educated adults as early as in their 20s and 30s, so it’s never too early to start taking care of your brain.
Are They Safe?
Natural based nootropics are non-toxic and side effects are extremely rare. They are suitable for everyday use over an extended period of time, and, despite being labelled smart ‘drugs’, they are perfectly safe and legal to use.
It is very unlikely you will experience any side effects when taking natural nootropic supplements, but if you do, you should reduce your dosage immediately. If you continue to suffer side effects, you should consult your doctor. Synthetic, or pharmaceutical products should only be only taken under advice from a medical practitioner.
Be Wary of Cheaply Formulated Products
While nootropic vitamins, herbs, and amino acids are generally safe at the recommended doses and many have been used for thousands of years, it’s important to be wary of cheaply formulated nootropic supplements.
There has been much conjecture about the real advantages of nootropics – just as there has been with the use of vitamin supplements. The industry has certainly had its reputation tarnished by unscrupulous operators and questionable claims and marketing practices.
How Do I get the Most From Them?
Nootropics are supplements – so the impact they have will be at least partially dependant on what they are supplementing. A well fed, well exercised body with an active mind is a better base from which to work, so we suggest that to get the most benefit you should:
Get plenty of sleep – your brain will be more focussed and active, so rest and recovery time is important;
Exercise regularly – a healthy body helps a healthy mind;
Follow a proper diet – fish (Omega-3 fatty acids), fruit and vegetables, minimal processed foods with lots of water will keep you in good trim;
Keep your mind active – everything benefits from a workout, and so does your brain, so read, do brain teasers and the like; and
Explore and enjoy your newly expanded capabilities!
There appears little doubt that Nootropics truly are able to increase brain function. The bigger question remains – which one? or which combination will suit me best?
Despite the various contentious issues regarding spurious marketing and product claims, the category is very broad and the enthusiasm with which these formulations have been embraced suggests they are a product category which is here to stay. Growth forecasts suggest more and more people are likely to be using these so-called smart drugs in the future, as they seek to increase their brain function.
Motivation comes from within. In most instances, the best source of internal motivation is to be focused on your purpose, and on what you stand to lose. Following this, the best way to manage your motivation is to make sure you have small daily victories, keep at it and be mentally attuned to the bigger picture.
This post gives a simple 5 step process to keep you on track with motivation and to help you achieve your goals.
drift off-course from time to time, and simple reminders about what we want and
how we are progressing are powerful aids.
Purpose underpins everything. Everything is done for a
reason. If you want to get somewhere you
firstly need to know where it is you want to go. Obvious really, but something
that is often easy to forget.
Your purpose is the driving force of your motivation. It is your bedrock.
As the Chesire Cat said to Alice – “if you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”
Another insight comes from Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees – “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.”
It’s also true that if you spend all your time thinking and planning, you will achieve very little. Action is the key ingredient, and a poor plan vigorously executed will generally beat a great plan that never gets any momentum.
action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision
with action can change the world.” Joel Arthur Barker
The motivation to act springs from the groundspring of your purpose. Today’s actions all lead you towards your purpose. Purpose is the best source of internal motivation, so it needs to be framed properly.
Think big! Make your purpose inspiring and something to aim
for. Small goals lead to small achievements.
Purpose is more than just an objective – it should define you as a person and reflect who are really are. Your purpose stems from your character and values. Achieving your purpose defines your destiny and creates your legacy.
Focusing on purpose clarifies the mundane, it makes you realise the routine is needed and excites a sense of urgency. You never feel like you’re wasting your time if you’re laser focused on your purpose. Everything is being done for a reason.
Visualize Your Purpose
To help focus on your purpose, visualize success and attainment. Play a mental movie in your head and imagine what it will feel like, what it will mean to you. Don’t just feel the emotions, imagine them in full colour and 3D glory, and renew your dedication to achieving your ultimate goal.
Step #2: Focus on What You
Stand to Lose
motivation also comes from a fear of failure. Yin and Yang, good and bad,
winning and losing – they are all motivators.
When you focus on what you stand to lose, and what that might mean to you, these emotions can be harnessed to motivate you to action.
This can be
a focus on the possible losses. These might be financial, but they may also be
career based or social, such as loss of reputation, loss of face, social
standing, respect and the like.
Think about the disappointment that comes with failure, or the hassle and complications of having to start over. Consider how pointless it is to wander around aimlessly without direction or purpose. There are many people who experience failure and the regret of not having tried hard enough.
afraid to slap yourself around a bit, confront your fears and reluctance to
“give it a go”. Be prepared to take the
harder road, and not settle for the quick and easy.
Step #3: Stay Motivated by Daily Mini-Victories
saying that nothing succeeds like success is very true. When you taste
achievement, your confidence builds and you are more motivated to keep going,
opportunities for achievement and making progress towards your purpose and your
goals every single day. Many of these are small steps, but they all count. They
may only seem like small tasks, but if they are relevant to your purpose, you
move closer to it.
as a source of motivation. Celebrate these small successes, get pumped up and
push yourself to do more. Go to bed at night feeling satisfied that you have
made progress – that your goal is getting closer. You will wake up ready to tackle the world and build on these
objective here is to achieve a streak and to build momentum. This will in turn
lead to bigger accomplishments and scale towards more complicated tasks.
scheduling your time by difficulty. Its good to start the day by getting a few
small and easier tasks out of the way. This not only stops these clogging up
your day and distracting you when you are tackling the bigger tasks, it also
gives you that sense of momentum.
all your day doing the smaller stuff though.
these early steps – feel good about yourself and your capabilities, then get
enthusiastic about tackling the bigger, more complicated stuff.
break the bigger ones into smaller chunks, this gets even easier, as you can
map your progress.
for a 1% improvement every day – it’s amazing how quickly these small steps can
build a skyscraper.
Managing Your Internal Motivation
Step #4: Get Some Help
Life is not a single person journey. We all need a little help from our friends and colleagues. Others are often an important source of internal motivation – either from a direct request for help, or as role models and inspiration.
this is a direct request for help – e.g. “I’m feeling a little down today, can
you help me with this or that task?”
Or it might
be a help to build your motivation – e.g. “I’m not really on the ball today,
can you give me a kick up the backside to get me going?”
One of the best sources of internal motivation however is to model yourself on others. Compare yourself to the successful people you know. Then consider how are able to push through barriers and problem times. Develop an attitude that says – ‘if they can do it, I can do it too.’
Look at how
these people go about their jobs or tackling their problems. Do they have a
single line of attack, or are they flexible in their approach – for instance, if they can’t go under, do they go through, go over, etc
It is useful to look to others for inspiration – role models and heroes are an important part of our chemistry.
Step #5: Keep Note of Your
State of Mind and Flow
increasing evidence that outperformance occurs when we get into a state of
flow. It brings to mind a heightened awareness gives precise focus on a
time you achieve a state of flow, internalize it so that you can replicate it.
Take notes, savour it, try to remember every detail of your emotional and
mental state. Simplify it into a form you can quickly call into mind.
Test it – if you think
about it your motivation and mental clarity will spike up and keep tweaking until
that set of mental images have this effect on you
Try it – when you feel your motivation lagging, spike it up with your flow form. Then just let it happen, don’t put a brake on it, or edit it by mentally saying “what am I doing?” Let the focus it brings drive you and be your (heightened) motivation.
I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.” ― Abraham Lincoln
To soar with success means being successful in all important areas of life. Everyone craves success, and generally, financial success. But if you want your success to soar to new heights, you should recognise that success in other areas of life is important too. And in this article… I’ll provide you some tips on how to be successful in life, in general.
The first thing to do if you want success in anything…
Is to have a reason why.
Why would you want to be successful at something?
Is it to impress someone or your friends?
Or to feel more life fulfillment?
It can be satisfying to be successful at something…
But without any real reason why you’re wanting the success…
A lot of things can happen.
Your dreams can crumble down as you hit some minor roadblocks…
Just because you weren’t founded on your reasons.
Or maybe when you get tired, you won’t take action…
Or when you’re distracted, you’ll procrastinate.
It’s your BIG REASON that will push you throughout your journey…
No matter how hard… no matter how painful.
This is your foundation. If you know you’re founded on solid reasons, your dreams won’t go crumbling down easily.
And if you don’t have a foundation, even the slightest earthquakes can bring you down.
2. Stick to Your WHY
Once you found your WHY…
Stick to that.
I’ve mentioned before that your WHY will put you through any challenge…
Only if you stick to it.
You see, some people take action because they’re motivated.
While some people take action because they have a reason to.
Everyone feels unmotivated every now and then.
There are days when you don’t feel like getting up at all.
But you have to. And if you’ll count on your motivation to fuel you on those days…
You’ll be dragging yourself to do what you don’t ‘feel’ like doing.
So it’s a lot better to ground yourself on your WHY. So at times like these…
You’ll be more energized to take action and show up.
3. Find a Blueprint and a Mentor
Now you have your reasons. You need a roadmap to get where you want to go.
If it’s weight loss, you need a diet plan or a workout plan.
If it’s money, you need to work on a ‘wealth’ blueprint.
You also need someone to guide you through the roadmap or the blueprint.
You need someone who’s been there before. Not just someone teaching for money.
You need someone with experience. Someone who really went through what you’re going through.
If you don’t have local or personal access to these people…
You can always buy their books, listen to their podcasts, audiobooks, etc.
The point is to have someone to look up to, who has been where you were before. And is massively successful…
…or at least, the level of success you want to have.
4. Systematize Everything
Now that you have a mentor, a blueprint, and a reason to go forward…
You need to systematize everything.
In reality, this is not the only area of your life you need to focus on.
For example, you want to get rich…
But you also have to focus on your family, on your friends, and other commitments.
So you need to systematize everything to have a balanced and rich life.
Ideally, you should work in these areas:
Health & Fitness
Finances & Wealth
Friends & Family
Fun, Recreation and Entertainment
A balanced life of those 8 elements will be fulfilling for sure…
But take it easy on yourself. I know it can be difficult to juggle everything at once.
5. Focus, Find Your Flow
Now that you have a system, it’s time to get to work.
And while working, focus is a must. You must find your flow.
Flow is when you’re so engrossed in the moment.
How do you know when you found your flow?
You’ll feel energetic, time passes by so fast, and you’re getting a lot done.
When you’re at this stage. Don’t stop working. This is when you’ll be really productive.
How do you find your focus? You can start by working focused for 5 minutes without any distractions.
Then take it easy for another 5 minutes, and then have a focused session again, maybe try 7-10 minutes this time.
If you’re used to entertaining distractions, this can be difficult. But if you want success, you should focus on what you really need to do.
Avoid procrastination, it robs you of your success.
6. Reduce the Negativity
Now, it’s time to reduce the negativity.
Note how I used the word ‘reduce’ instead of ‘remove’? In reality, you can’t be 100% positive and good. Negativity will be with you, that’s a fact as long as you’re on the planet.
But that’s no reason for you to put it with all the negativity. Reduce it as much as you can.
Love negative people in your life from afar, don’t let them influence you.
Avoid negative news, events, etc.
7. Stick to One Thing at a Time
As you go through your journey, stick to one thing at a time. Your focus shouldn’t be scattered in every facet of your life. I know there are 8 areas of your life… And you need to work on all these. But prioritize one at a time.
Take it easy on yourself. Because doing everything at once is a sure way to stress yourself out!
Also, you’ll produce better results if you do one thing at a time.
8. Don’t Give Up Too Soon
The last tip I have to give is this…
Don’t give up too soon. There will be times it will seem pointless…
But as long as you’re grounded on your WHY, as discussed above…
You’ll have the strength to go on.
Reality will kick in after the motivation goes down. It’ll be hard and challenging. You’ll find yourself asking if it’s worth it to continue…
Or to quit.
But oftentimes, it’s during these times that you’re about to hit your breakthrough.
So don’t quit. Don’t give up too soon.
Once you have these 8 tips nailed down…
I’m pretty confident you’ll be soaring with success in anything you set your mind to.
So go out there and show the world what you can do.
The are a number of factors which will contribute to your success. This post presents the six critical factors for success which we believe to be the most important. These are the personal traits and orientation which will deliver a successful life, to not only survive, but prosper in an uncertain and rapidly changing world.
In a previous post we identified the six pillars of personal success, the different components of your life in which we seek to achieve, and which together define what success is.
Nothing happens unless you make it so. As a well-worn saying goes in strategic planning circles – “a poor plan, vigorously implemented will out perform a brilliant plan poorly executed.” Your success or failure is ultimately up to you. Luck will play a part, but perseverance will generally win the day. Staying motivated is essential, as are productive habits.
#2 – Continuous Learning
To succeed in a world of constant and exponential change, we need to be able to adapt and keep up. This is less about knowledge but the ability to source and analyse it. Read widely and be open to new ideas, discuss topics with others.
#3 – A Questioning Attitude
Fake news went from being an apparently outrageous claim by Presidential candidate Trump to being widely accepted as fact. We need to question all information as to its source, reliability and veracity. Some may call this cynicism, or being sceptical – we think it essential in a world where information is so readily manipulated.
#4 – Flexibility and Adaptability
The world is changing so rapidly, the one thing we know with certainty that the next decade will be very different from this one. Whilst many try to predict the future, we should be aware of changes and be prepared to alter course accordingly. We can’t become too fixed in time or place. Success is more likely to come from being able to continually adapt to new circumstances.
#5 – Morality and Ethics
Whilst the “gamers” may have some short-term wins, in the long run they lose. Your time on this planet is too short to not treat people the way you would want to be treated yourself. Empathy with others has a way of repaying you over time (think Karma bus). A strong sense of who you are is invaluable in times of crisis.
#6 – Confidence and Courage
Being successful requires a strong self of sense, it takes confidence and courage to follow your own path. These are traits which can be practiced and built upon. Celebrate your successes and achievements.
Just what do we mean by success? What does success mean to you? How are we to be successful in life? While many equate success with money, power or prestige, a successful life involves much more than that. There are many components to a successful, balanced life, and success is best thought of in a broad, all-of-life manner. To help you, we have identified six essential elements of a successful life.
Many people lead a successful life without amassing great wealth or power. Our tendency is to think in the short term, our immediate future is most important to us. But a successful life is lived over many decades. If we accept this and think of success in terms of a whole life, not just a year or a decade, we have a better sense of what is important in our lives.
This has two advantages – the first is that it means you always have the chance to improve on your situation. The second is that this wider perspective allows you to appreciate what you have, and to see more clearly the things that are most important.
Success is something to work at continually. In pursuing a successful life, there is no beginning or end – only tomorrow. We define the six pillars of success to help guide you on your journey.
“Past failures are the building blocks of tomorrow’s triumphs.”
A successful life is multi-faceted, involving the full scope
of your life and interactions with others. Importantly, it should be defined by
you, not what you think others might think.
We see six pillars of success – the six S’s of success:
Self worth – having a positive sense of self;
Support – enjoying a strong and supportive network of personal relationships;
Satisfaction – and the fulfillment that comes from achievement;
Strength – coming from a healthy body and mind that allows you to get the most from life;
Security – the comfort of a solid financial situation, or financial independence; and
Safety – and the security that allows a solid base for dealing with a rapidly changing world.
1. Strong Sense of Self (Self Worth)
Success often begins with having a strong, positive and confident sense of self. This is the essential foundation on which your success is based.
Words such as happiness and contentment are similarly related states of mind. However we feel that the more critical dimension is that of a strong feeling of self worth. Psychologists refer to it as “subjective well-being”, and without this, we are unlikely to be happy or content.
If we are not happy, if we are not sure of ourselves, our relationships suffer from our doubts and inconsistencies. In contrast, a strong sense of self allows us to be more engaged and more engaging. As a result we are more likely to achieve the things we desire.
“We don’t live in a neighbourhood, city, state or country – we live in the space between our ears.”
Supportive Network of
Humans are social creatures; our history is one of tribes and families. This has helped us to dominate other species by our ability to think, communicate and organise as a group. As we have moved from a tribal base to communities of towns, cities, and nations, we continue to hold dear our relationships with those around us.
This means that you cannot have a successful life without the inclusion of others. Your personal relationships and support groups are essential to your general well-being, they are the ones which add colour and depth to your life. These are the people who give meaning to your existence on this planet, who provide the colour and nuances of your life.
“At the heart of life lie the relationships we have with other people.”
Satisfaction and Fulfillment
Personal fulfillment begins with a sense of purpose. This is
commonly quoted in the self-help literature, but in reality is harder to
achieve than generally stated.
For instance, as a younger man at University I had a friend who was committed to a flying career (at which he became very successful). I was jealous of this certainty in his life’s direction. He was amongst a very small minority with such a sense of purpose in their lives.
The rest of us had only vague ideas of the future, and we
have moved our lives through a series of goals and ambitions, each updated or
replaced as the last was reached.
We do (and should have) goals and set plans for the
achievement of those goals. These can be short or longer term, and the satisfaction
that comes with achievement is indeed powerful. If we drift through life in a
complacent manner, we find that months, years and decades slip by and we
realise we have wasted huger opportunities. This is not success.
“Only dead fish go with the flow.”
4. Strong Body
Looking after yourself physically is a big part of living a successful life. Note that we aren’t talking about exhaustive gym workouts or fad diets. It’s simpler than that. Eating sensibly, with less sugar, watching your weight and getting regular exercise (from walking to work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator for instance), are small things that can make a big difference for many people.
Health problems can beset anyone, at any time. The causes are not always identifiable – we all know of the fitness freak who has suffered an unexpected heart attack or similar misfortune. Causes may be genetic, the result of an accident, the result of a bodily weakness, or they can be lifestyle based.
Whilst we can’t control these things, we can give ourselves the best possible shot. A healthy body will reward you with an increased capacity to do more, to feel more and experience more. It gives better longevity and satisfaction from life, improving our ability to face the physical and mental challenges which continually confront us all.
“Respect your body. It’s the only one you get.”
Having a successful life means having financial independence. This is your ticket to more life options and choices, and the formula is quite simple – spend less than you earn and save/invest the balance. Buy quality assets that will appreciate, not toys that will decline in value.
Financial independence is reliant on asset accumulation and typically involves decades of effort. Having a high-paying job helps, but does not guarantee financial independence. Think of athletes, rock stars, or celebrities with multi-million-dollar earnings who die impoverished. On the other hand, there is the working-class immigrant next door who buys several properties through his life and dies a multi-millionaire.
To think of how to be successful in life, it is useful to define financial independence as the accumulation of wealth that allows you to maintain a desired standard of living without a working pay check. For instance, if your living expenses are $50,000 a year, then an asset portfolio of $1m returning 5% per annum would meet this goal.
“Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving”
Safety and Security
Most definitions of success focus on higher-order needs such as self-actualisation, esteem and relationships. However, we should not forget that the satisfaction of basic needs is an essential foundation of a successful life.
Abraham Maslow became a famous psychologist when he published his hierarchy of needs. This includes safety and security as being among our basic needs. Without a safe and comfortable living environment, we cannot properly function in the world. Feeling secure in the world and with our place in it is vital to a successful life.
This recognises that a strong and secure home base provides a psychological rock from which we anchor our responses to the world. In this sense we consider safety and security to be more about the physical manifestations of the above pillars – a comfortable and rewarding home environment and the ability to use and adapt with new technologies as they intrude on our lives.
“The fact is that people are good, give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behaviour.”
Time Management is essential, we all need it. Especially if you lead a busy life, it can reach a point where you feel like you don’t have the time to do the things you need to do in order to achieve your goals. From that, you will begin to feel stressed or overwhelmed with the workload. However, I’m sure deep down we all know the solution.
You simply need to manage your time better. So knowing what to do isn’t the problem, the problem is motivation, which is the purpose of this post. In this post, we will list out the benefits of time management and why it’s super important for you to incorporate it into your life.
Hopefully, by the end of this post you will understand the significance of good time management and from that, you will begin to implement more time management strategies into your life.
When you plan out your day and follow through with what you’ve planned, you will instantly feel less stressed about everything. Having loads to do without a clear plan of how you want to get it done can be exhausting. However when you know what you need to do and when you need to do it, you now no longer need to stress about it. You can use your mental energy on actually completing the tasks.
Benefit #2 – You can do more with less effort
When you manage your time, you essentially take control of your tasks. You can then align tasks strategically to when you know you will have more energy. For example, if you work better in the mornings, that could be where you complete your harder tasks. Also, after a while you will begin to build momentum, when you do something for long enough it becomes a habit, which becomes effortless.
Benefit #3 – You can make better decisions
When you find yourself in a situation where you asked if you can do something or if you can attend an event. It can be difficult to answer that question if you haven’t properly thought about how much work you have to do. However, if everything is already planned out in your head. You can make decisions, and stick with them.
Benefit #4 – Managing your time reduces procrastination
If you find yourself procrastinating a lot, it can be really difficult to get stuff done! However, When you already know what you need to do, there will be no time wasted on deciding what needs to be done. You can quickly and easily get straight into it. This is why planning is essential. It allows you to free your mind and simply follow a plan, rather than worry about what you can and cannot do.
Benefit #5 – More time to do the important things
When you plan your day in advance, you can make a conscious decision on what is a priority and what is not. You can make sure you fit in the things that really matter to you, rather than blindly chasing deadlines and finding yourself with no time to do anything!
Benefit #6 – Fewer problems
Not planning your time properly can leave you with significant consequences. Missing appointments, arriving late for work and missing deadlines are all tasks that have repercussions if not done. And on top of that, they will cause you unnecessary stress. You can avoid these problems altogether by simply planning your day, so what are you waiting for? Start now!
What are some of the common habits of successful people? After all they come from all walks of life, and often behave very differently. Most have daily routines which focus them on their goals every day. Here are some you can follow.
Successful people have generally identified goals in their lives, and they have created routines which take them closer to these goals every day. Nothing is done overnight, however, with persistence, even the biggest obstacle can eventually be broken down.
So we’ve identified that routines are important. Your mind probably goes into a morning routine fairly regularly. Yes, morning routines are important as they give you a plan for your day and a clear direction of what needs to be done. They help you to be more productive and “on target” during your day.
Night time routines are just as important; they can give you a chance to reflect on how well the day went and give yourself a chance to ask the questions “What did I do well today?” and “What could have been done better?” This helps the subconscious to plan around issues and make the most of your opportunities.
Here are the 8 things successful people do every night.
At the end of the day, one of the best things you can do is gather your thoughts and briefly record what you’ve done for the day. This gives you accountability for your day and allows you to spot any issues that have come up. Also, do keep in mind that it doesn’t need to be an hour-long session. 5 to 10 minutes a day should be enough. If you make something easy to do. It is more likely to become a habit. And that is when real progress can be made.
2. Capture snippets of your best ideas
Have you ever had that moment when a great idea comes to you, however, you cant really do anything about it in the moment, so you just sort of forget about it and it fades away? Yup, happens to a lot of us. At the end of each day take a moment to think about any ideas that have been floating around in your head and write them down. That way you are more aware of them, and you can come back to them in the future.
3. Plan out the following day
The best way to get the most efficient results for the following day is to plan the night before. If you do not have a clear plan for the day, you will be left with ambiguity, which leads to procrastination. So in order not to spend any time thinking about what you need to do, decide it in advance. That way, when the day begins, you will have a set ‘to do list’ which you can immediately begin acting on.
4. Prepare your breakfast
Yes, I know. This one sounds like an unusual one. But hear me out. One thing that takes time away from you every morning is breakfast. That leads to some of us simply skipping breakfast and running out the door with a morning coffee. Breakfast gives you a great start on your day, and if preparing the night before is a way of ensuring you have breakfast every day then it’s definitely worth it!
5. Unplug 2 hours before bed
When you learn to unplug from your phone, social media and any other sort of other electronics, you will start getting much more sleep every day. Not only is scrolling through the different social media feeds a way to distract you from sleeping, but staring at your bright smartphone’s screen will prevent you from feeling sleepy, this is because the devices are tricking our brains into thinking its still the middle of the day. So do yourself a favor and switch it all of. Start with 10 minutes before bed and slowly work your way up to an hour or 2.
6. Read a book
I’m sure this doesn’t come as a surprise to you. But successful people read! If you do it every night, even for 15 minutes, you will instantly put yourself in a better position to constantly expand your mind. On top of that, reading, a book could be a healthy replacement for scrolling through social media on your smartphone if you’re stuck for something to do before falling asleep.
7. Establish a nighttime routine
As humans, we are creatures of habit. If you follow a specific night time routine, regardless of what it is. It could be flossing and brushing, having a shower, getting into comfy PJs. Your subconscious will associate your nighttime routine with sleep and you will find it much easier to fall asleep. As soon as you finish your routine you will feel your eyes getting heavier and the brain will begin the process of switching you off.
8. Record what you have accomplished that day
Everyday we all achieve something. Don’t dwell too much on the could’ves, should’ves. One of the important habits of successful people is that they stay positive and proud of their achievements. Spend some time congratulating yourself on the things that did get done, on how you kicked the can a bit further down the road.
This is probably one of the most important points on this list. The habits of successful people at night include reflection and thinking about what you could have done better. It helps you recognize areas for improvement. However, thinking about what you’ve done well is equally as important. It allows you to re-enforce your positive habits, give yourself a great sense of accomplishment, motivates you to continue what you’re doing right and allows you to feel good about yourself!
Managing your personal finances is a critical factor for your success. We give a list of what we think are the best books about personal finance. When it comes to knowing how to handle and manage your money, it’s never a bad time to learn. However, finding a good book on personal finance can be really hard. There are literally hundreds of books on the subject. So if you haven’t read a book about personal finance before then do not worry as we have narrowed the list down to the top 10 books about personal finance that will make the biggest impact on your life.
Tony Robbins, the author of this book, has interviewed 50 of the world’s greatest minds before writing this book. This book is not only one of the best books about personal finance that you can read, but it also talks about how to be happy within yourself. It is a brilliant book that offers lots of practical information. Even if you are new to investing, or whatever salary you make, this book will offer you advice and concepts that you can implement immediately. As not doing so will cost you financially in the long run.
The significant thing about this book is that everyone can benefit from it. Whether you are in your 20s, 30s or even 40s. Each chapter of the book gives you the steps you need to take bit by bit. If you don’t know how to budget your money, you will never have enough money no matter how much you make. Overall, this book by Dave Ramsey is a great book that does exactly what it says in the title. A total money makeover with a proven plan to financial fitness.
When you want to learn how to do something, you go to someone who has already done it, right? The author of this book, Thomas J Stanley, has identified traits that seem to show up time and time again with those who are wealthiest. This bestselling book aims to push the idea that the wealthy don’t necessarily live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue, they probably live next door. Which further pushes the idea that it could be you.
The author of this book, Beth Kobliner, has created a book catered to those in their 30s and 40s. This book doesn’t come across as a sales book, it is more like a book full of wisdom. It is one of the best books out there. The advice is practical and straight to the point. Especially for those older adults who have not really been paying attention. It gives you all the advice you need so that you’re not living from paycheck to paycheck struggling with your finances. Rather, you can turn your life around and make yourself far more effective.
The compound effect isn’t a myth or a get rich quick scheme. It is the principle that every decision you make, no matter how small, will shape your future. It is one of the best books about personal finance you can read. The author of this book goes through these principles that have made many people successful. He tells us how we can implement those same strategies to achieve immense successes. So in other words, small incremental changes to your life will lead to exponential results. Applying the strategies of this book could very well change your life.
We can’t have a list of top 10 personal finance books without this book on the list of best books about personal finance. Rich Dad Poor Dad tells the author’s personal story. The author Robert Kiyosaki has 2 dads. His own father and the father of one of his best friends. One of his dads was rich and one was poor. He found that the 2 dads usually gave completely contradicting advice. Through this Robert learned the difference between working for money and making money work for you.
Investing is one of the best ways you can leverage your money to make more money. If you have any sort of interest in personal finance, then you should always learn more about investing. This book provides a general and easy to digest guide to investing. It also talks about the different decisions every investor needs to make, such as whether to invest alone or hire someone. This book is great for beginners, if you want a book that goes into more detail, there are plenty of alternatives out there. However, if you are just starting out, then this book should do the job.
This book is specifically written for people in their 20s. It is another one of the best personal finance books out there. The book is extremely practical. It is laid out as a step-by-step plan. If you’re at a stage in your life where you have not yet optimized your finances, then this book will take you through the entire process. It also has a bit of humor to make the book a slightly more enjoyable read. The book doesn’t teach anything particularly complicated, just simple tips that will make a huge impact on anyone’s life.
The great thing about this book is that it is very easy to read. The way it is formatted ensures that every time you pick up the book you learn something new. Also, you do not have to read it all in one go. You could read it in small chunks. If you’re 20 something and don’t know much about personal finance, then this book is perfect for you. All the principles in this book are useful, and when implemented they will help you make better decisions. The younger you are when you read this book, the more beneficial it will be. As it will stop you making financial mistakes throughout your life.
Another one of the best books about personal finance, tailored to the younger audience. The bestselling author Suze Orman aims to give the younger generation straight to the point of practical advice on matters such as student loans, credit card debts, credit scores, a first job, buying a first home, insurance facts and even financial issues of the self-employed. Like the last book, this book is brilliant if you are young and clueless on finance, as it takes you through all the basic essentials you need to know.
In this post, we look at the 10 best books on critical thinking. Critical thinking is one of the most important skills you can have. So improving your critical thinking skills should be a priority. It means making logical and reasoned judgment based on analysis and facts, which in turn gives stronger results. Better bang for your buck.
Critical thinking involves means not accepting all conclusions at face value, but questioning underlying assumptions and potential outcomes. It means pushing yourself to find your own reasonable conclusions. I’m sure you agree that sometimes we all lack these critical thinking skills, and that can lead to less desirable results. One great way to develop those skills is through reading books on critical thinking, and so in this post, we summarise ten of the top books around on critical thinking.
Thinking fast and slow is a New York Times bestseller and has achieved several awards including the national academy of sciences best book award 2012, A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title, and many others. The reason for the book’s popularity is that it is an astounding book that really forces us to think more rationally. It presents the information in a way that gives us many ‘aha’ moments. If you want to improve your thought processes and be more in control of your life then this book is essential reading.
As you can guess from the title, the book is based on the idea of thinking both fast, and slow. Our brains use two different thought processes, which are entertainingly described by Kahneman. By being aware of these two systems, we can become more effective thinkers.
This book covers a vast range of topics and is both enlightening and engaging. It will gain and keep your attention throughout the book. The author of the book Stella Cottrell talks about topics such as how to develop deep reflective skills, how to construct arguments more effectively, and how to improve your critical analysis.
Overall it’s definitely one of the best books on critical thinking and well worth getting a copy.
The authors of this book, Simon Bradley and Nicole Price have developed an extremely helpful guide to critical thinking strategies. This is a practical book, with tips that can be implemented easily, whilst having a very positive effect on your life.
Being a better critical thinker can give you many advantages, especially when it comes to making tough decisions. This book highlights these points and discussses why and how this is the case. If you’re looking for a book that will push you towards a life change, or even just to give you a new perspective on things then ‘Critical Thinking: Proven Strategies To Improve Decision Making Skills, Increase Intuition And Think Smarter’ is a good choice for you.
The ‘5 Elements of Critical Thinking’ is a guide on how to become more successful through better thinking. The author Edward B. Burger, who comes from a mathematical background, provides us with lively, practical and inspiring ways to achieve this.
The book talks about how highly effective people aren’t any different to less effective people, they simply use their minds differently. The book is short, however is straight to the point. The author of this book provides creative simple and effective ways to ‘think outside the box’.
This eye-opening book is deep and readable. Behaving irrationally is part of human nature. As humans, we do not make decisions that are economically rational, rather our behaviors are ruled by emotional and psychological states. The author references interesting studies to illustrate his points, but sometimes it doesn’t get to the point as quickly as you would like.
This book by Jennifer Wilson gives us a great introduction to the world of critical thinking. It gives us the fundamental processes which will eventually lead us towards better decision making and problem-solving.
The author of this book explains to us that to solve problems in our lives, both big and small, it is essential for us to think clearly and to make perfect decisions at the right time. This book teaches us the steps we need in order to do that.
This book aims to bridge the gap between memorizing information and critically analyzing that information. In this way it aims to teach us how to think critically, by exploring the different components of conclusions, issues and conflicts, facts, reasons, and so on.
This book is outstanding as an introduction to the subject of critical thinking because it takes us step by step through the entire process. Without missing out any details. This is great for someone new to the topic.
This book by Anthony Weston is a great ‘How to’ book for anyone who wants to get better at using evidence and reasoning to support a point of view. The advice in the book is both clear and concise. It is also very practical. The information is delivered in a way that is logical and straight to the point, as you would expect.
This is very impressive from the author’s point of view as other books would have delivered the same information in a lot more pages. Overall it is a good read.
If you are looking for a book that will give you an entirely new way of thinking then ‘How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for the New Age’ is for you. The book is really interesting and as the title suggests, the book will test your critical thinking and will push you towards ‘weird’ things.
This book by Michael Kallet is a splendid book for several reasons. It is approachable, easy to read and concise with practical advice that you can use in real life situations. The book is not only great as a reference, it also motivates you to think differently. There are many tips and tricks throughout, and they really help someone who is looking to get into the subject of critical thinking.
Here we look at some of the best books about philosophy. Not everyone’s a fan of philosophy books, and understandably so. Most are badly written, not very well worded and not that interesting to read, however among all that there are a few gems, which is what we will be looking at here.
Essentially, all philosophy really is, is about thinking deeply, and I’m sure we can all implement some of that into our lives. Without further ado, I present to you, the top 10 books about philosophy that will make you think.
This book by Dalai Lama is a New York Times bestseller. It shows us the different ways we can bring happiness, fulfillment, and joy into our lives. The author then goes on to explain how there is a relationship between our emotions and ourselves. Particularly the significant relationship between deep happiness and painful emotions. One aspect you will find particularly enjoyable about this book is that it shows you how to find joy in even the most difficult times, definitely an inspiring book that is worth a read.
This book, beyond good and evil, is written by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. In this book, the author looks at how past philosophers lack critical sense by blindly accepting dogmatic premises whilst considering the subject of morality. He then explains the principles philosophers should uphold. He believes philosophers should move into the area ‘good and evil’ hence the name of this book. This book is recommended to anyone who has an interest in modern philosophy. You certainly don’t have to agree with everything in this book, however, some ideas will certainly be thought-provoking and insightful
This book is one of the best books about philosophy. The authors of this book give us an introduction to concepts and history behind the thinking of philosophy. It unpacks the ideas of hundreds of the biggest thinkers in history and explores if their ideas are still relevant today. The book goes into many different subject matters such as rationalism, existentialism, feminism and idealism. The book is laid out in a very easy to read format, with engaging writing and innovative graphics that explain complicated ideas in a simple as possible way. This book is a great introduction to the interesting and fascinating world of philosophy.
Another one of the best books about philosophy, the art of war. War is brutal, expensive, ugly and wasteful. Let’s not pretend otherwise as that is the reality. Having said that, this classic piece of Chinese philosophy strips away the un-controllable aspects of war and looks at the essence of a battle and how one must win. This book provides a great insight and encourages us to think differently. The lessons that are learnt in this book are certainly as valid today as they were a long time ago. Essentially the 3 main ideas that are looked at in this book are the following: know the enemy, know yourself, and only engage in conflict if you know you can win. Do this and you will have the upper hand at anything that involves conflict.
The author of this book, Bill Bryson does an excellent job in explaining the principles of science in a way that is relevant to the average person – something that most science textbooks fail to do. The book is written in a compelling way that is also very informative. A reader who is new to science and history will especially appreciate this book as it will contain one remarkable discovery after another. It is very hard not to love this book and certainly recommended for anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge of the universe.
This book is essentially a guide to looking inside of yourself. It is a truly amazing book, the main message that is put across is how to reduce stress and lead a more productive life. The author of this book, Don Miguel Ruiz explains to us how much we have been ‘domesticated’, and how we shouldn’t take things personally. These are just two of the many subjects that are touched on in this book. Even if you are not a fan of self-help wisdom books, this one is still worth a read as I think everyone can get something out of this book.
This book, which started as a classic has now been re-written in this new edition which expands the content to cover more of the middle ages. The author of this book, Anthony Gottlieb, takes a fresh look at the thinking and writings of philosophers and conventional wisdom. ‘The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance’ is very informative, entertaining and accessible. There is a lot you can absorb from this book and is a must-read for anyone who has the slightest interest in philosophy.
The author Simon Blackburn has essentially given us a book that looks at life’s biggest questions such as justice, consciousness, god, fate, goodness, and knowledge. He also studies the views of many well-known philosophers such as Hume, Wittgenstein, Russel, Leibnitz and more. If you are someone who acknowledges that these big questions exist but you don’t know how to approach them then this book will help you. The book talks about what these questions actually mean and why they are important. The book is well written and easy to follow, something which a few philosophical books fail to do. Some of the chapters in this book will really make you stop and think.
This book is truly remarkable, it is certainly one of the best books about philosophy. It manages to explain the most complex ideas in a fairly understandable format. The scientist and author of this book, Carlo Rovelli, look at the following questions: what is ‘reality’ made of? Can we really understand its texture? Do space and time really exist? He has spent his life exploring these questions, and he aims to push the boundaries of what we know. In this book, we are taken on a journey of evolution and physics that’s spans over 2500 years, definitely a very insightful book on physics and philosophy.
10. The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton
The best-selling author, Alan de Botton brings us another great book that manages to make philosophical matters both relevant and enjoyable. Alan de Botton manages to bring together the collective wisdom of many different philosophers spanning from the ancients all the way up to the 19th century.
Throughout this book, issues such as a broken heart, pain, and money are reflected on.
De Botton manages to make the book engaging and interesting, the only criticism would be that the author has over-simplified certain topics in this book.
In this post, we look at 10 of the best books on self-improvement. Follow the info in these books and they will change your life. Self-improvement and continued personal development are essential for success.
The basic idea is to build on your personal strengths. Knowing your strengths is important for all aspects of your life. Many of us look for inspiration and support in our lives, which is why the self-help genre is so popular. Here is our pick of what we think are the Top 10 Books on Self Improvement.
This book by Napoleon Hill is one of the most influential books on success ever published. It is a timeless book, so the update for the 21st century wasn’t particularly necessary, but it makes the examples in the book a little more relevant to today.
Before writing this book, Napoleon Hill researched the lives of millionaires and how they became so successful. The book is literally a masterpiece. It has changed so many people’s lives. At first glance you may think this book is about material gain, however, it is much more than that. It goes into how the thoughts in our heads can truly shape our lives.
This is another of the all-time classics, and one of the most popular self-help books today, and well worth its spot in our Top Ten.
As the title suggests this book is about habits necessary to internalize to become successful and efficient, it also promotes respect, fairness, and integrity in the work setting.
Covey makes it clear early on that to make a change in your life, you have to go through a paradigm shift. If you want to make real change in your life, you must first focus on your own behaviors and attitudes.
Mindsight is another book that has earned its place on the top 10 books on self-improvement. From the author Daniel J. Siegel, this book looks at brain science with psychotherapy.
“Mindsight” is a potent skill that allows you to make positive changes in your brain and in your life. He explains how by understanding the structure of the brain more thoroughly we will be able to better heal people.
By completing this book we will have a better insight into our own minds, how our mind controls our actions, and how we can unlearn toxic past behaviors.
Selling over 16 million copies worldwide, this book is one of the most famous, confidence-boosting books ever to be written. It is hard not to feature it on a list of the top 10 books on self-improvement.
It gives a practical guide that gives real-world examples of being a better person. In the business world, those who know how to manage and deal with people are always the most successful.
The author, Dale Carnegie ensures that you understand the fundamental principles needed to achieve this so that you too can influence people to your way of thinking.
This book exposes the myth that you have to earn a high income to attain wealth.
It talks about how school systems ignore the major key principles that everyone needs to know about money. It talks about the difference between a rich man and a poor man in terms of mindset.
The author, Robert T. Kiyosaki, takes his life experience and financial intelligence he acquired throughout his life from his dad and presents it to us in this book in an easy to read and easy to follow format.
Even though the concepts are simple to understand, they are very powerful when implemented properly.
This is a book about how to energize yourself and get more done in a day.
We all know how it feels after a long day when energy just seems to go downhill. Just thinking about that huge project or task we have to do will trigger feelings of resistance, and by the end of the day, we realize we haven’t accomplished much at all.
This is what this book aims to look into. It gives us the principles required to break procrastination before it completely overwhelms us.
‘Eat that frog’ suggests, we should prioritize the most challenging tasks first, that way we won’t have to worry about that ‘huge’ task we are yet to complete throughout the day.
This book has a different history from most. It began as a film that has been viewed by millions, and its success led the author to follow up with the book, which has now sold over 25 million copies worldwide.
As one of the most popular books, it deserves to be on this list of ‘top 10 books on self-improvement’.
It talks about a concept you may or may not be familiar with. The law of attraction.
Put simply it explains that positive thoughts can influence your life by bringing you success and happiness.
The Power of Habit looks at the scientific principles behind habits and how they can be changed. It explains that most of our lives are filled with habits, and one way to achieve success is to ensure you have daily habits that support you.
A habit is made up of three things: a cue, the actual habit, and rewards. If you are able to keep the cue and reward the same you can potentially change the habit.
The author wants to ensure you have the freedom to choose your own habits, that way you can shape your life how you want to. It is definitely an interesting read.