How To Stay In the Moment

Have you ever felt like your life is spinning too fast or out of control? Do you have difficulties relaxing, because your mind is filled with “what if-” and “if only”-thoughts? Or do you simply have problems being present in the moment with your family and friends?  If so, you could definitely benefit from practising mindfulness.

Put very simply, mindfulness is the art of staying in the moment – the art of accepting what it is.  Mindfulness was originally developed by Jon KabatZinn in order for him to assist and help individuals with a wide range of medical issues. The practise is based on Buddhist philosophy and involves meditation, yoga and stretching techniques as well as some principles of cognitive behavioural therapy.

So what is mindfulness? Well, contrary to popular belief mindfulness is not just about learning how to relax. It is a way of being, about learning to be in the moment – in the Now – with help of observation. By practising mindfulness you become aware of what you are experiencing with acceptance, not trying to change things as they are at any given moment – the way they are right now – for better or for worse. It might sound strange or difficult to practise, and at times it is. I’ve learned from experience that this applies especially for very ambitious individuals whom been thought that you need to do whatever it takes in order to get what you want. The ones who feel the need to have control over their lives and by trying to do so, sadly live their life days, months or even years ahead of the present moment while the years pass.

Mindfulness is not about letting go of your own responsibilities for your own life or to just let things be as they are. It is more about doing your best at every given moment and feel satisfied with and accept that. Mindfulness gives everyone the ability to live life to the full and everyone can have it. The only thing you need to do is to investigate your mind and harmonise your senses.

“Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is.
In the very here and now, the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows how to dwell in mindfulness night and day,
‘one who knows the better way to live alone.”
Bhaddekaratta Sutta

 

 

How to Keep Your Mind Sharp and Help Your Inspiration & Creativity

There are several factors in life that can make you feel as dull as a brick.

And the sad thing is that by the time you realize it, it’s very hard to returned to that focused state you remember you once had. Repeating curriculum, long periods of inactivity due to illness or other reasons may render a person not entirely able to function the way he or she once did.

Thus the need is born – to keep your mind sharp at all times. This stimulates your creativity and allows you to be inspired more easily.

The Underlying Factors

Ever notice how as soon as you passed elementary school you stopped doing math by hand, and started using the calculator?

Suddenly, you never multiplied anything using your brain anymore, and the next time you actually tried (after several years, no less) you could barely remember how it was done, let alone manage to pull it off quickly.

Same thing happens in many other spheres of life – your brain stops to work at full power once you find quick workarounds.

Doing lots of menial tasks and having a gray and monotonous everyday schedule can contribute to that too. These are things you should avoid at all cost.

Some Useful Tips to Promote a Sharp Mind

Here are a few valuable tips you can use to keep your mind sharp all the time.

  1. Take Care of Your Body

Most of us don’t have the time, resources or good will to be health nuts, however there are some simple things nearly everyone can do to keep their body fit to a certain extent, which will help the mind as well.

Romans used  to say that one should  have a “A healthy mind in a healthy body”, and to keep up to that proverb you can do a few simple things –  dedicate half an hour once or twice weekly for jogging, walk to work if that’s an option, or at least walk a mile every day, in whatever pace you want.

Reduce caffeine intake 4 to 5 hours before bed – this will make your sleep quite a lot healthier and will make you more productive in the morning.

  1. Read, Read, Read

A piece of advice you likely see quite too often.

It’s very likely that you’re already doing it, as you’re reading this article right now. But to keep up the good work, try finding lots of information and sifting through what might be relevant and interesting for you. Don’t be afraid to dig further into complex topics.

The other way is also an option – read less and more general information but for a variety of different topics. Once you explore lots of different things, you’ll be able to cross-reference and abstract them in your head, allowing for better creativity.

  1. Give Your Mind Some Rest from Time to Time

Leading psychologists suggest dedicating ten minutes per day to doing absolutely nothing.

That’s right, basically staring at the ceiling!

One might wonder what the purposes of that would be at first glance, but when you think about it , this is actually the most primitive form of meditation that anyone can do!

By doing this you’ll help prevent your mind from overloading.

  1. Find New Challenges, New Hobbies and New Tasks

An old proverb says that the mind is like the blade – it gets rusty if it’s not used. So to keep your mind from “catching rust” you’ll need to present it with a variety of new difficulties and challenges.

What better way to do that than to learn how to play an instrument for example? Or start a new hobby, like knitting, origami or any sort of applied art.

There are a plethora of tutorials and helpful communities online, and for most hobbies you’ll need to invest only a little money on the basic necessities you’ll need at first.

You can also find a pen pal to help you learn another language.

The opportunities are all around you!

Conclusion

In conclusion, following some kind of loose schedule can help direct your mind to becoming a more productive machine, or rather a furnace for new ideas and creations, making you a person who can derive inspiration from nearly everything around him.

Biography

Zohaib Akhlaq is the founder of HowEntrepreneur.com where he teach entrepreneurs and startup owners something new daily. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

 

 

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Success Through Marshall Goldsmith´s AIWATT

Q3P6NCT23EFor you to be successful in making a particular change, it´s important that you are both motivated to change and are confident about making that specific change.

“We are geniuses at coming up with reasons to avoid change. We make excuses. We rationalize. We harbor beliefs that trigger all manner of denial and resistance. As a result, we continually fail at becoming the person we want to be.”

The words are those of leadership guru and mentor Marshall Goldsmith. In the manifesto “AIWATT and the Empty Boat” he shares a simple technique for becoming the person you want to be. You can get the manifesto here, AIWATT

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Train Yourself to Be More Positive in 5 Steps

Today´s blog post is written by featured guest blogger, Zohaib Akhlaq, the founder of HowEntrepreneur.com

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We often come across tough times in our life where it’s difficult to stay positive.

When your job is miserable, money is tight and life is just generally challenging, it’s often easier to slide into a funk, thinking that things are never going to get better and you’re destined to be a grump.

But if you let that happen, you open yourself up to a whole host of problems, ranging from strained relationships (who wants to hang out with a Debbie Downer?) to serious health problems, including cardiovascular problems and substance abuse.

The good news is that you can take control of your thoughts and shift your thinking from “negative” to “positive.”

Try practicing a few of these behaviors the next time you catch yourself spiraling into negativity, and watch your mental and physical health improve dramatically.

1. Practice Mindfulness

In today’s always-open, 24/7 world, it’s easy to be pulled in multiple directions and feel like you need to keep multiple plates spinning all the time; however, constantly trying to pay attention to the messages coming in on the phone and the computer while you have a conversation and watch television is a sure fire way to cause stress and feelings of being overwhelmed.

Instead of constantly multitasking, take time to notice the world around you — pay attention to the sound of leaves rustling as the breeze blows or how the sun feels on your skin as you walk to work.

Focus on one thing at a time and be in the moment, and you’ll see your stress and negative feelings diminish.

2. Is This Real?

One simple trick that forensic psychology graduate programs recommend to immediately defuse negative thoughts is to ask a simple question: Are these thoughts true?

Many times, we get caught up in negative thoughts that aren’t really true. Perhaps you hear a voice saying that something terrible is going to happen or that you aren’t capable of doing something.

Before allowing that thought to take hold, stop for a moment and consider whether it’s really true. Unless there is a compelling reason for the thought to be true, dismiss it.

Turn it into something positive: “I’m going to try my best on this project” instead of “I’m doomed for failure.”

3. Make a Gratitude List

It’s quite simple: When you acknowledge and feel grateful for what you have, you don’t have time for thinking about what you lack.

And if you’re like most people, when you start listing everything good in your life, you’ll immediately start feeling better and more positive.

4. Help Others

Helping others accomplishes several things when it comes to shifting how you think.

First, giving back to those who are less fortunate — or even just easing someone else’s load — provides perspective.

You might be frustrated with your job and wish you had a bigger or nicer place to live, but spending some time volunteering in a homeless shelter can help you see how much you have.

Second, being kind and helpful to others increases the chance they will extend the same courtesy to you, helping you feel better and more positive about your life and the world around you.

5. Picture Your Safe Place

There’s no denying it: Maintaining a positive, upbeat attitude is good for your health. Multiple studies and anecdotal evidence have proven those who stay optimistic, even when facing setbacks, are generally healthier and less stressed.

Sometimes, taking a short “mental break” can help you get your thoughts back on a positive track. Taking a few moments to slow down and picture yourself in a relaxing place — whether that’s the beach, the mountains or simply a quiet room — helps you refocus your thoughts and clear out any worries or negative feelings that threaten to take over.

Focus on your breathing, and visualize yourself relaxing. Once you do so, you’ll feel the negativity floating away.

Conclusion

Some people are naturally positive thinkers and don’t have any trouble keeping a cheerful and upbeat mindset.

However, even the happiest and most positive people have rough days, so having some go-to strategies for stopping negativity in its tracks can stop problems before they start, and keep you healthy mentally and physically.

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Zohaib Akhlaq is the founder of HowEntrepreneur.com where he teach entrepreneurs and startup owners something new daily. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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Improve Your Chances Of Success In Life

success-784350_1280Your success in life depends, in part, on your attitude. There are easy ways though to embrace a more positive attitude and improve your chances of sustainable success.

Start the Day Right
Start each day in the right direction by choosing to wake up with a smile. Eat a good breakfast to give yourself a good, positive foundation for the day. Remind yourself that life is short; make the most of each and every day. Not only will this help you to have a positive attitude, but it will help you to feel more alert and focused throughout your day.

Choose the Right Words
The words that you use have an impact on whether you have a positive or negative attitude. Use the following phrases in your daily conversations:
– “I have a positive attitude about my life.”
– “I will find a solution.”
– “I can do it.”
– “I can be successful in anything that I choose to do.”
Using positive phrases helps to put you in a positive mindset.

Keep Positive Company
Do you associate with people who have a negative attitude? If your friends have a negative attitude about life, chances are good that you will, too. If you feel that your friends or acquaintances are pulling you down, try to separate yourself from them or learn to recognize when their negative attitude is affecting you. You may consider looking for friends who will encourage you to have a more positive attitude.

Be Thankful
Take an inventory of your life and learn to appreciate what you have. Family, friends, job, housing, food, and education are all things to be thankful for. Remember that no matter how difficult life may get, there are still things to be thankful for. This can have a profound impact on your attitude, about work and other aspects of your life. If you continue to have difficulty seeing the positive aspects of your life, consider doing volunteer work with those who are less fortunate. This can help you to put things into perspective.

Deal with Negative Triggers
What situations make you upset, angry, or frustrated? When you identify what these situations are, you can take steps to work through them. If it is a friend that is confrontational, deal with the situation. If it is a situation that causes you high levels of stress, work through your issues regarding the situation. If there is a situation that is unavoidable, plan to go into it with a positive attitude. Tell yourself that you will not allow it to affect you negatively. Try to make the best of it.

Make the Change!
If you recognize that your attitude is negatively affecting your road to sustainable success, take action to reverse it. Refuse to be dragged down by a negative attitude. This may be a difficult thing to do, but it is worth it. If you need help with moving toward a more positive attitude, seek the help of a professional life or leadership coach.

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The finest minds and biggest hearts in the world of empowerment come together in this book to encourage you daily to realize your greatest vision – our own CEO, Ulrika Nilsson is co-author of “My Creative Thought” together with thought-leaders  like Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Dr. Cathy Greenberg and Marcia Wieder. Get your copy of “My Creative Thought” and be inspired by all it´s wisdom!

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17 Harsh Truths That Make Us Stronger

life lessonsThe better understanding we have of life, the more we live in the truth. Here´s 17 meaningful life lessons to learn:

  1. You can´t change the past.
  2. There´s a lot you don´t know.
  3. You´ll fail sometimes.
  4. There may not be a tomorrow.
  5. There´s a lot you can´t control.
  6. Information is not true knowledge.
  7. You can´t be successful without providing value.
  8. Someone else will always have more than you.
  9. The only person who can make you happy is you.
  10. Magic happens outside your comfort zone.
  11. You won´t always get what you want.
  12. Doing the same thing every day hinders growth.
  13. Life isn´t easy.
  14. Good friends will come and go.
  15. You get what you put in.
  16. There will always be people who don´t like you.
  17. You will never feel 100% ready for something new.

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Shortcut To Happiness

happinessMost individuals need to feel that they are a part of something bigger. They want to care about – and feel cared for – by others beings.

Close relationships are one of the most meaningful factors in happiness, even more so than personal satisfaction or your view of the world as a whole. Research has showed that if you feel close to other people, you are four times more likely to feel good about yourself than if you do not feel close to anyone at all. Experiencing closeness with others actually explain about 70 percent of personal happiness according to the researchers.

So deepen your current relationships and expand your friendship base in the knowledge that it will not only increase your level of happiness but also others. And remember that relationships are built on mutual appreciation – there is no better way to show that appreciation than to tell someone how much you care.

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Does having plenty of money make us happier?

girl-204327_1280We all know that money can´t buy us love. Well, at least not the real kind. But can an abundance of money make us happier?

A Princeton University study provides some scientifically backed answers to that question. Princeton´s researchers analyzed 450,000 responses to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and found that people with an annual household income of $75,000 (maybe surprisingly even in the most expensive cities in the country) are about as happy as anyone can get.

People with annual household incomes below $75,000 had lower levels of emotional wellbeing. But, those with annual household incomes above $75,000 did not show higher levels of emotional wellbeing. In other words, according to the researchers, having an annual household income of $75,000 is as good as it gets – money can buy happiness, but only up to about $75,000 a year.

If you want to learn how to create the life of your dreams – regardless of your income – then take a look at our courses and programs that we offer.

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1-Minute Playbook: Memorize 5-3-2 for Positive Thinking

sunglasses-635269_1280Did you know that three single numbers can make a big difference in how you view life? Memorize the numbers 5, 3 and 2 and become more positive.

Sounds like science fiction? It´s not. A scientist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA has developed an easy technique to help you become more positive, the 5-3-2-technique. This is how it works:

  • 5 stands for the five people in your life that you should think about – with gratitude for the being in your life – as soon as you wake up in the morning,
  • 3 is for the first three minutes of meeting your family and friends, when you should be nonjudgmental and
  • 2 stands for the first two seconds of meeting another person, when you should send them a loving ”I wish you well”-thought.

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