How To Never Give Up

How To Never Give Up

Whether your goal is to further your career, succeed in love and romance, become a sports champion, gain fame and notoriety, lose weight, quit smoking or drinking or any other personal ambition, staying motivated and keeping your attention focused on your ultimate aspiration is critical.

By June 4, 1940, Nazi Germany had already rolled over Poland, Belgium, France and much of Europe and was now setting its eyes on England. The British had just completed the evacuation of its Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, and its people were frightened, anticipating a German invasion at any moment.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill, seeking to reassure his people, went to the House of Commons and stood before the packed chamber to make a nationally broadcast address.

“Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail,” told his rapt audience. “ We shall go on to the end.

We shall fight in France.

We shall fight on the seas and oceans.

We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air.

We shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be.

We shall fight on the beaches.

We shall fight on the landing grounds.

We shall fight in the fields and in the streets.

We shall fight in the hills.

We shall never surrender!”

England, with the help of the Allies, went on to defeat the seemingly unstoppable German war machine and saved the world from Nazi domination.

As Churchill proved, with the right attitude, anything is possible.

You can even change the world.

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Becoming distracted or letting failure derail your plans will never let you get what you want.

The only way to win is to keep on trying. As basketball superstar Michael Jordan put it:

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Here are some precious tips to keep you on track so that you can continue to strive to achieve your dream despite any setback, any failure, any distraction, and any mistake. In the words of American industrialist Henry Ford:

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

1. Worst Case Scenario

At the start of the day, think about the absolute worst thing that could happen. How likely is it that things would get so bad? Probably not very. Remind yourself that even if they worst occurs, you have what it takes to overcome any situation, no matter how terrible.

2. It’s the Journey, Not the Destination

Living in the moment is the best source of motivation you will ever find. Enjoy the day to day experience of living your life, both when things are going well and when you are dealing with problems. It will give you a better appreciation of who you are and what you can contribute to the world around you.

3. Power Up!

Success requires a lot of energy. To get what you want, you’ll need the physical strength to achieve it. Take care of your body, exercise regularly, eat right and eliminate processed foods, fast foods and other toxins from your environment. This will strengthen your body, your mind and also your will, and give you the endurance you need to do whatever you want to accomplish. When you feel better, you’ll be better!

4. Today Is All You Can Influence

Achieving long-term goals is a moment by moment activity. You can’t change what has happened in the past, but you can influence what will happen in the future by focusing on achieving the goals you set for yourself each day. Do the very best you can with what you have to work with right now. If you do, the future will take care of itself.

5. Be Inspired Passion

People who don’t care, don’t succeed. Passion is one part emotion and one part commitment. If you have commitment but no passion, your work will be dull. If you have passion, but no commitment, your work will be undirected. But when the two come together and you bring real passion to what you do each day, there can be no stopping you.

6. Create a Motivational Environment

Your workplace needs to inspire you, whether it’s an office, a playing field, or wherever you are going to spend the biggest part of your day. Make it a place that you will want to look forward to going. Make sure it’s always neat, organized and trash- and clutter-free. Personalize your space with family photos that make you smile or a small plant. Include motivational triggers that will remind you of your goals and dreams and inspire you to keep striving to achieve them.

7. Your Word Is Your Bond

Living up to the promises you make, both big and small, is what defines you in the eyes of other people. Always stand by your words and take what you promise other with the utmost seriousness. This will improve your personal and professional reputation and also motivate you to get things done. By locking yourself into living up to your verbal commitments, you can create the inspiration you need to live up to the biggest promises you make to yourself: Achieving your ultimate goals.

8. Share Your Knowledge with Others

When you share what you know with others, you will create a new confidence in yourself, especially when you see other people achieve their goals with your help. When we help other people, it also can create clarity in your mind about where your true talents lie and what you are capable of achieving.

9. Nurture Positive Habits

About 80% of the things we do each day are habitual, meaning we do them without thinking about them.
Developing good habits and breaking bad habits will allow you to spend more than half your time working toward your goals on autopilot. Make a list of the successful habits that you need to develop, then train yourself to start performing them daily until they become second nature.

10. Jump Out of Bed

Begin your day with a flourish and that intensity can follow you the rest of your day. Give yourself a great
reason to get out of bed every morning, then attack the day with a high level of passion and intensity. Every day holds at least one exciting thing. Ask yourself, “What will today’s be?”

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These techniques can all be boiled down to three keys to successful living:

• Be willing to leave your comfort zone
• Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
• Don’t indulge in self-limiting thinking.

As has been stated before, mistakes are going to happen. You can prepare as much as possible, but the unexpected will always occur sooner or later. Successful people don’t let setbacks and obstacles stop them from moving toward their ultimate objectives. Instead, they continually commit themselves to happiness and positive thinking, no matter what happens.

By keeping your eye on the prize and daring to dream big, you can achieve anything you want in life.

Good luck!

Emotional Health: How To Take Care of Your Mind and Soul

Emotional Health: How To Take Care of Your Mind and Soul

“When our emotional health is in a bad state, so is our level of self-esteem. We have to slow down and deal with what is troubling us, so that we can enjoy the simple joy of being happy and at peace with ourselves.”
by Jess C. Scott

Taking care of yourself is an important factor in having a wonderful life.

Every single day, we find ourselves in situations that are emotionally and consequently mentally straining and draining, be it stress from the workplace or home.

Worse, you can find yourself wallowing in depression, which does not in any way contribute to you achieving that kind of life that you want. As such, it is important that you pay close attention to your emotional health since not doing so only sets you back and causes a myriad of problems.

If you find yourself drowning in emotional turmoil, here are some tips to help you rise and get back on your feet again.

1. Do things that positively impact others.

When you do something good for others, it helps you to feel useful. This feeling is not only good to have, but also important in the sense that you find meaning in your life in doing good service towards other people.

2. Practice self-discipline.

Discipline is one of the most important values that you could ever develop. Without self-discipline, you will not be able to control yourself and thus increase the chances of you doing something that you will soon regret. Developing self-discipline can be really difficult, but it is not impossible.

3. Learn new things.

Doing so helps to make you feel proud of yourself. For every accomplishment that you achieve, you are slowly building yourself up, which in turn makes you feel more satisfied with being you.

4. Enjoy the beauty of nature.

The beauty of nature is simply amazing. Why not try to relax your troubled mind by taking a walk in the park, or going on a weekend hiking trip with family or friends and enjoy the view? It can surely do wonders for a tired mind and soul.

5. Enjoy art.

Aside from nature, why not try to be amazed by the wonderful paintings or sculptures in your local museum?

6. Learn to manage your stress.

Stress is the number one enemy of a healthy mind. Identify your stressors and get rid of them completely. If not, try to limit your exposure to them. This helps to make sure that your mind is stress-free.

7. Limit unhealthy habits like worrying.

Worrying is one thing that causes wrinkles to form on one’s forehead. Stop worrying about unnecessary things. If they are important, do something about them instead of just worrying.

8. Appeal to your senses.

Your senses provide your connection to the rest of the world and are especially helpful in relieving stress and helping you deal with emotional distress. So go ahead, savor the taste of good food, enjoy the wonderful sights around, or listen to your favorite music. Better yet, do them all at the same time, like strolling around a nature park with a cappuccino in one hand and your mp3 player plugged into your ears.

9. Engage in things that stimulate you.

Do something creative for yourself. It doesn’t matter if nobody else can appreciate them, as long as you could. Don’t worry about people who don’t appreciate your work, since they just add to your stress levels.

10. Make leisure time a priority.

Always save time in your schedule for fun. Remember, all work and no play makes anyone a dull person.

11. Save time for meditation.

Aside from fun, find time in your schedule to meditate. This can greatly help in relaxing your mind and finding inner peace.

12. Challenge negative thinking.

Do away with pessimistic thoughts and focus on the positive ones. Burdening your mind with negative thoughts do not do you any good, and rather builds up more stress.

13. Give yourself advice.

Talking to yourself is a good way of overcoming emotional breakdown. Imagine what you would like to tell yourself during these times. Sometimes, the perfect advice is already inside us, if we only try to look and listen.

14. Perfection is not always necessary.

We are humans, and we make mistakes. Make room for those. Striving for perfection makes life more demanding. Perfection and excellence are good, but not when they are causing you heaps stress and pressure. Besides, making acceptable mistakes relieves you from the pressure of having to maintain a clean slate.

15. Don’t look at the picture with an all-or-nothing point of view.

Just because you made seven perfect cupcakes and burned the other three doesn’t mean that you are a failure. Again, remember that you are human and that you have certain limitations.

16. Don’t overgeneralize.

Don’t think that because you can’t make perfect cupcakes now means that you can’t make perfect cupcakes in the future. Remember that every day is a new learning experience and that what holds true yesterday doesn’t always hold true today.

17. Jumping to conclusions

Some people make the mistake of thinking that they can’t do something without even trying. Jumping into negative conclusions only holds you back from trying, and possibly accomplishing something that you are bound to be proud of.

18. Expose yourself to the sunshine.

Take a short walk outdoors. Keeping yourself holed up in your room and darkness gives way too depressing thoughts. Besides, your brain needs vitamin D in order to function properly.

19. If possible, take care of a pet.

Taking care of a pet helps to bring out the caring side of you. When you find that you are capable of caring, you will see that life is much more beautiful and accommodating. You don’t have to buy your own pet, by the way. Try walking your neighbor’s dog (or mine!), or feeding your kid’s goldfish while they’re at school.

20. Watch a funny movie or TV show.

Have a good laugh every once in awhile. As they say, laughter is the best medicine, especially for the emotionally distressed.

Create Your Happy Life

Create Your Happy Life

Who doesn’t want happy and satisfying life?

It is but normal for us human beings to want such a life. We are filled with this insatiable hunger for a better and meaningful existence. This hunger is the very reason that drives us to look for ways and means which, unfortunately, doesn’t always lead to the life we are looking for.

Don’t despair, though, since such a life is not so easily achieved. Many can attest to that fact. But that doesn’t mean that it is a mirage, no. It is possible for you to have the life you want if you are willing to make some changes to your way of living and yourself.

Of course, you need to make some changes to your life. Some changes may be small, some may be drastic, but all in all, they will help you to become a better individual, as well as help you reach your goal of having a better life. The following quote summarizes what I am trying to say:

“Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
by George Bernard Shaw”

A great life encompasses success in many things – work, love, and life in general, among others. In today’s modern world, men and women are required to juggle all three and more on a daily basis, making it difficult to appreciate one’s existence.

Some people may have already resigned to having a life like that, but for those who haven’t, the only thing that makes sense now is to look for ways to make our life much more bearable.
And here they are.

My blog is filled with empowering tips that will be definitely helpful in your journey towards having a better life. It is divided into four main categories that cover everything from tips to becoming successful in your business and career, to tips that deal with improving general living as well as the relationships with people around you.

Working your way through all the tips mentioned here can be quite challenging. But do remember that nothing comes easy in life. Every good thing that you want needs a conscious effort from you.

The tips mentioned here do not aim to remove fear from your life, nor do they aim to end all the pain and suffering that you are presently experiencing, since both fear and pain are necessary components in self-development. Without these two, you will never learn how to take calculated risks, nor will you learn how it feels to fail and learn from it.

A Better Life

“In the end, it is not the years in your life that counts – it is the life in your years.”
by Abraham Lincoln

As mentioned earlier, there are several things you have to do and changes you have to go through in order to have a better life. After all, having a life that you can be proud of, no matter the length, is more than enough of an accomplishment. These tips, though, may sound so common and normal that you will be saying to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

The sad thing is that despite their being “common and normal” many people tend to forget them, or worse, simply ignore them. Simple as the following tips are, they are powerful enough to make both little and huge changes that can have an impact in your life.

1. Know what you want to do with your life.

What do you want to achieve in your life? Do you want to be financially stable? Do you want to have a happy family? Do you want a mansion and a sports car? Whatever it is, knowing what you want in life is crucial.

This is because long-term goals give your life direction and meaning, as well as provides you with the needed motivation to work diligently and industriously.

2. Know how much you don’t know.

Acknowledge the fact that you do not know everything. Acknowledging this will fuel your desire to learn more. When you have that desire, you will find that as you learn, you become a little better every single day.
3. Clean the clutter in your home. Having a clean abode helps to make your life easier.

For one, you will find that you a have a more relaxing home to come to after a hard day’s work.

4. Clean the clutter in your mind.

When you have a clean home, you should strive to make your mind clutter free as well.

This means that you have to learn to focus on the important things and do away with the less important ones. Once you do this, you will immediately feel less burdened by troublesome thoughts.

5. Share the love with others.

Volunteer for your local community’s soup kitchen or maybe help in the clean up drive, or maybe you can read for kids in the local library.

This is one way of doing something good for others, your community, and yourself. Helping others gives one a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that is rarely found in other things.

6. When you reminisce about your life, think about the good things.

Of course, you can think about the negative things too, but only to serve as your motivation to do and become better. Remember all the good you have done no matter how simple and unimportant they may seem, like picking up trash along the way home or maybe helping an old lady cross the street.

When it comes to doing good, even the smallest of things count.

7. Don’t try to do too much at once.

Life can be very hectic nowadays as you juggle work with home and so on. Sure, you may think that you will be able to accomplish more by doing several things at once, but such is not always the case. Take things one at a time – remember, the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.

8. Reward yourself.

When you know you did something worthwhile today, give yourself a gift.

Rewards need not be something expensive, but even simple things that you enjoy like a hot cup of coffee at the coffee shop. It is not the price after all, but rather the feeling of achievement and fulfillment that resulted in the reward.

9. Strive to make today better than yesterday.

If helping one old lady cross the street yesterday made you feel good about yourself, how would helping two old ladies today make you feel? See, the more good you do, the better you will feel about yourself.

10. Don’t forget that the focus is you.

Helping others is necessary in order to become a better person, but do remember that if helping and pleasing everybody is becoming stressful, then maybe it is time to take a little step backward. Remember that you cannot please every single person you come across with.

11. Be adventurous and take a risk.

This is a necessary part of life, as it means that you should try to get out of your comfort zone from time to time. This widens your horizon and makes you more open-minded. Think of it as a way of opening yourself up to new and better opportunities.

12. Do something you truly enjoy.

If you have been thinking about doing something for a long time (like starting a new hobby) but have been caught up in work and life, then try to make time for it.

Reorganize your schedule and make plans – now. It provides a wonderful distraction from all the hustle and bustle of life.

13. Find inspiration.

Inspiration is necessary to keep you going. Without it, your motivation will wane, and you will end up back to square one. Some people find inspiration from the Bible, while others find inspiration in characters they find in nonfiction novels and biographies or autobiographies.

Some people even find inspiration from fictional characters in fiction novels.