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How to Avoid Burnout When You Work Extra Hard

More and more people become addicted to working non-stop; we like to think of ourselves as busy and incredibly important, so off we go tethering ourselves to the Internet and mostly communicate with the rest of the world via screens. We could be going at hyper speeds smashing goals, reaching new highs and from a distance, things look great but on the inside, we often are failing and lose balance, and can't even see how being busy and working extra hard is destroying us right until we hit the wall and face burnout. But there's a way out of this turmoil. ... Read More...

How to Manage Your Time Better to Achieve Your Goals

Your time is the most valuable unrenewable resource. One of the most significant skills you can have in life is good time management. If you aren’t managing your time well, you won’t be able to achieve the goals you set for yourself. It’s not about how much time you have – it’s about how well you manage it. It’s time to learn how to better manage your time, to achieve your goals.... Read More...

7 Powerful Ways to Stay Motivated and Achieve Your Goals

The start of any New Year can be invigorating. It’s uplifting to think of leaving the past year behind and starting a new one on a fresh, pristine slate. In many ways January feels like a reboot. With all twelve months ahead of us, we envision massive change on the horizon. We can reset unfavorable behaviours and habits and trade them in for much better ones. We can do better, be better and make the changes we are hoping for. Anything feels possible, until...... Read More...

The Power of a Positive NO & How it Changes Your Life for the Better

Saying ‘no’ is difficult even when it's a positive NO. We are so used to saying yes to a lot of things and coming up with excuses when we should have just said no. There are people you feel like you can never say no to such as close friends, your boss or even your family. However, it is high time you learned that sometimes declining to do things will bring a positive impact on your life. It can enable you to achieve your dreams and become more successful in life.... Read More...

How to Quit Your Day Job and Do What You Love

I was working a corporate job as a marketing manager for a high-end real estate law firm in Newport Beach, California, good money, but all I had was the vaguest notion there was something more out there than what I was living - something that would fulfill me professionally, give me more autonomy, and pay for some of the good things in life. I suppose I just wanted to be the one steering my boat, as it were, and not have someone else at the wheel. So I quit my day job.... Read More...

How to Overcome Risk Aversion in Life

What makes people prone to risk aversion in life? Recently I was speaking to a friend, in her early 40s, who commented that she gets older, the more she's scared of taking a risk. She figured that she has MORE to lose now, and the thought of doing something bold, like quitting her job, following her dreams, or taking bigger actions just became more and more daunting. And it's a common complaint. We refer to people who are young as 'young, free and single,' and we tell them to 'do it while you can.' But it's not a complaint I agree with.... Read More...

Navigating the Quarter-Life Crisis & How to Make Smart Career Choices

If you are in your 20s and you find yourself feeling hopeless, depressed, frustrated and in a way clueless about what you should be doing with your life, you might be going through a quarter-life crisis. According to The Guardian, around 86% of millennials feel insecure, disappointed, and lonely. This is why the feeling you’re having is – unfortunately – nothing unusual. However, there are things you could do that might help you deal with the crisis, especially with the part about your career. So, if you feel like you could use some help getting through this period, here are a couple of things you should know.... Read More...

One Simple Reason WHY Most People Never Get What They Want

Your dream job. Financial freedom. More awesome mates. A great relationship. Location independence. A drop-dead healthy and stunning body. World peace. I don't think many people would complain about being able to tick off the above list of accomplishments from their bucket list...but the percentage of people that have them is few, and having ALL of them, even fewer!... Read More...

Create a Stress-Free Life Philosophy: 4 Simple Ways to Get Started

Many people who suffer from stress can live a better quality of life by choosing to reduce stress. Make the decision to create a life philosophy that it’s OK to indulge in doing, well, nothing! Life is short, and it’s not worth seeing it pass by drowning in an ocean of busyness. Integrate these tips into this philosophy to emotionally and mentally declutter your life of stressors.... Read More...

How to Optimize Your College Experience

One of the things I remember hearing a lot during my college days is that “the college years are among the best years in a person’s life”. I’d like to give a more precise definition: if you optimize it properly and learn how to function, your college days are sure to remain an unforgettable transition from late childhood into young adulthood.... Read More...

10 Important Life Lessons to Teach Kids by Age 10

One of our biggest responsibilities as parents is to raise children who can become healthy and productive members of society. Ultimately, they should have the skills they need to thrive in the outside world on their own. To give your children the best shot at one day becoming capable adults, teach them the following life lessons by the time they reach about 10 years of age.... Read More...

Are You Really THAT Busy to Enjoy Your Life?

Pausing; slowing down; reflecting; writing, experiences that deeply nourish my soul, are stolen by my louder, more urgent, fear of not having enough time, and not getting all of my ‘work’ done. As the thought swell rises, I feel my chest tighten, my breath shortens, the space between thoughts getting smaller, and the all-too-familiar anxiety and irritability set in. I become a less expanded version of myself: stressed, tight, and withheld.... Read More...

You Can Find True Happiness: 6 Helpful Tips

Some of us might assume that happiness is as natural as day is to night, and so it should be. But for some others, like I used to be, if you’ve never known how to be happy, or if you’ve always been snuffed when you appeared happy, you start to learn that it’s not right to be happy. Worse still, if your life has just been a series of unfortunate events and traumas, you simply can’t feel happy...... Read More...

#NeverGiveUP: 7 Good Reminders for When You Are About to Quit

When things are going well, it's always good to know how to keep and expand that. And, when we struggle to catch a breath, facing challenging circumstances, we got to take other actions that help us pull through rough patches on the way. Some situations seem to be so excruciatingly terrible, we think it's going to last forever. That is when we need to explore what works best for us when it comes to reframing our mind making the transition from a tough place to the brighter one easier. That's when we need to remind ourselves of some fundamental truths just before we were about to give up...... Read More...

Dreams Come True, But if You Don’t Ask, the Answer is Always No!

If we go after our dreams and give it a try, there is no guaranty that we will make it happen. But, by trying, we will create a possibility for ourselves to make it happen! Bon the other hand, if we do not give it a try, we will not even create that possibility for ourselves, and therefore, the only guarantee we have is that it will never become true for us!... Read More...

7 Simple Ways to Find Your Purpose and Live Meaningfully

I used to spend a lot of time daydreaming about all of the things I’d like to be doing with my life.  But I had a corporate job and was busy ticking things off my bucket list, settling down, finding a house and a man who’d love me.  All of the things I felt I should do, all of the things society tells us is the way.  But my life lacked meaning and I was unsure of what my real purpose was.  Stuck is a job that suffocated my soul, I thought there must be other ways to make ends meet?  Do you ever find yourself asking those questions; is this all there is?  Is this what life is all about?  What would you do if you had more time, money, freedom?... Read More...

5 Better Things to Be Than Just An Artist

Stop trying to be an artist. That title has been spoiled by the pressure it carries. Don’t focus internally - “am I good enough” - “am I truly an artist” - but focus on the simple work you can do to tend to your art, discover your creativity, swing for your home run, reflect the world around you, and inspire movement. “The muse honors the working stiff.” Start painting a hundred paintings, one at a time, and someday you might step back to find your masterpiece.... Read More...

When You Lead: 5 Crucial Tips on Authentic Leadership to Learn

Have you ever heard of the term authentic leadership? Many people hear this term and don't take it seriously enough. The truth is authentic leadership is not reserved for the elite few or a set group of people. Authentic leadership is an essential skillset to be embraced by everyone. No matter what your title is or where you are at in your career, you can be a leader starting today.... Read More...

How to Develop the Freedom to Fail & Achieve Your Goals

Nike’s slogan has never worked for me. After excessively failing at my self-appointed objectives, I eventually realized that my failure was not in not accomplishing my goal nor in unsuccessfully creating a habit but in not setting myself up for success. My failure wasn’t after the fact but before it. I was setting myself up to fail by being impatient with myself and expecting too much out of myself too soon. I had the wrong mindset back then...... Read More...

Bridges of Hope: How to Turn Fear into Power

Have you ever faced something that you knew either you were going to conquer or it was going to eat your lunch? A little less than a year ago I began a journey to deal with a fear of falling and a fear of heights. Through the journey, I learned some universal truths when it comes to dealing with fear. Like anything worthwhile, it began with the decision to deal with the problem. The next step was to begin to learn about what I was facing through a variety of lenses.... Read More...

How to Define What You Want in 4 Easy Steps

A few days ago, my daughters’ school held a special day where the kids were to come in dressed as what they want to be when they grow up. I loved the idea and was excited to hear what my girls were interested in. I was elated to see that they are indeed their mother’s daughters. They came barrelling at me with idea after idea. I couldn’t help but beam with pride. I remember having so many ideas of what I wanted to be when I grew up: a reporter, a writer, a mother, and more. My reminiscing was cut short by one of my daughters asking me a question. “How do I pick just one thing to be?”... Read More...

Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur?

Last week I had a fantastic opportunity to talk to Lukas Zoerner about the challenges of being an entrepreneur, especially when it comes to shaking up the status quo. I've met Lukas during Startupbootcamp acceleration program where I was an entrepreneur-in-residence. Lukas came across as someone so irritatingly brilliant, I couldn't get enough of talking, and debating, and arguing with him so much so we first became frenemies, and then, good friends ;-]... Read More...

Powerful Life Hack: How to Ignore Negativity & Achieve your Goals

If I look back, I would not be where I am and happy as I am today if I wouldn’t have had the courage to be different, authentic, deal with social pressure and go after my dreams, despite all the silly rumours about my life, and so many people trying to persuade me out of what I wanted, thinking that they “know” what would be the right decision for me.... Read More...

7 Tips to Keep Yourself Motivated When You’re Not Feeling It

Sometimes, successful people lead us to believe that they keep going, 24/7/365 based on sheer willpower and passion. You hear buzzwords everywhere and you think that if you just find that one thing that drives you, you’ll be all set. Naturally, if you believe this and find yourself struggling to find that one thing, you might feel defeated. Remove the notion that you’re missing a secret ingredient. You aren’t missing anything. Rather, you’re misunderstanding, which brings me to my next point.... Read More...

How to Move Forward When You are Lacking Motivation & Inspiration

Did you know that one of the biggest obstacles to our success is stopping just before we cross the finish line of our goal? This is a normal human tendency and definitely something to be aware of. Starting an important task is difficult. Continuing with it amidst distractions and potential pitfalls is also not easy. But perhaps most challenging of all is once we are 90% complete with what we are working on, finishing that final 10% of the task.... Read More...

How to Make Your Life Better Without Ruining It

If you’ve opened up this article, I’m going to hazard a guess that you’re stuck in a rut of thinking negative thoughts and getting negative results. Maybe not terrible results – but not the results you want. And maybe you’re not totally down on yourself – but you find yourself being critical of the person in the mirror more than you’d like. Does this sound like you?... Read More...

10 Awesome Quotes For When You’re Having a Tough Day

Even if things might not shine as brightly right now, it's temporary and everything inevitably will change, for the better. With that being said, let's liberate us from those prisons of being under the dark clouds of sadness because of momentary things, other people that might not make much sense, daily challenges, and other factors. When the going seems to get harder – just breathe and read the following...... Read More...

One Fundamental Thing You Need to Know About Self Esteem

We all have fears, we all know what it's like to feel stuck in the middle without a clue what to do and how to overcome that wall and to move forward. We all have fears undoubtedly, but this doesn't mean that we have to sit still in one place and be overtaken by mould while fear keeps us from taking action... It is irrelevant how tall that fire-wall of fear might be – we can make our breakthrough as long as we understand that it's up to us really. We can build our self-confidence brick by brick, one step at a time. And every little achievement on that journey will reinforce new achievements, therefore, new self-confidence to move on and beyond what we aspire to or think is possible.... Read More...

Hidden Reasons Why We Suck at Getting What We Want

Do you ever wonder why you’re not getting what you want? Maybe it’s the job, the relationship, the money, the passion, the excitement, or the love? Well, here’s the good news – you’re not alone. This is something many of us struggle with on a constant basis. I am here to tell why these limiting beliefs are blocking you off from getting what you want and how to begin confronting and combating them. Still not getting what you want? Here's why.... Read More...

5 Ways to Balance Your Body and Your Life

Being in balance isn’t about restriction or holding back. It’s about aligning with the greatest source of power in our lives. From a state of internal balance, we can create a life that feels super-charged with passion, purpose, and vitality. I’ve learned some powerful practices for bringing our bodies and our lives into balance. Along the way I made some big mistakes. For the details on these and five of the best ways to balance your body and your life, read on.... Read More...

8 Productivity Habits That You Need to Know About

I have been backpacking around the world for 1 year now, and one question I often get from fellow writers is, "how are you so productive? How do you get so much writing done on the road?" It wasn't always this way. At the beginning of my travels I was incredibly UNproductive - writing 1 or 2 measly articles each month. It took time to discover and develop the habits that almost all productive people abide by - and the difference is enormous. Not only am I publishing daily these days, but I've found 100s of new readers and made ton of new friends because I'm finally a consistently high performer. There are 8 essential productivity habits here that anyone can develop. Even by focusing on one or two at a time, you'll find your personal productivity takes a great leap forward.... Read More...

Break Free From Negative Criticism: 5 Powerful Ideas

Shut Down the Critics! How to Break Free from the Impact of Negative Criticism. Whether the critic was an acquaintance or a close relative, the common message was: “You’re not good enough.” Have you been told that you lack certain skills or abilities? Has someone said you’re not “good at math” or “creative” or “organized”? Have you been told you don’t match what’s “normal” and therefore something is wrong with you? How many times did you try to prove to the people who criticized you that they were wrong, only for them to find other supposed flaws to focus on? How many times the negative criticism you’ve received has popped into your mind when you’re facing a new project or a challenge? Negative remarks can become part of what we believe is true about ourselves. We subconsciously adopt self-imposed limitations that prevent us from experiencing life to the fullest... ... Read More...

Learning the Importance of Valuing Your Own Choices

I struggled to find myself during my youth; to be brutally honest, I’m still searching. My life is a work in progress. As long as I am moving forward, I feel I am making progress. Have you ever given in to what others think about you, your life and your choices? Did you regret it afterwards because it wasn’t the right thing to do? I have - too many times to count. I cannot fathom why I would think someone else knows what is best for me in any given situation. Why didn’t I trust my own judgment? I often wonder if it’s because I could hold someone else accountable if things didn’t turn out well. If I screwed up and made the wrong choice, I’d have no one to blame but myself. The burden of making a choice was off of me if I followed the advice of others. I didn’t want to be ridiculed for making a bad choice. No one wants to hear, “I told you so.” ... Read More...

When in Doubt: 5 Effective Tips for Easy Decision-Making

My struggle to make big decisions wasn’t limited to my career. I remember lying awake in the middle of the night, wondering whether I should or could remain in a relationship with someone who had repeatedly betrayed my trust but who I deeply loved. All of these situations had one unwanted element in common: fear of making the “wrong” decision. How can we bring ease and peace to the decision-making process? Here is what has worked for me, and I believe it will work for you, too...... Read More...

How to Go Far in Life With These 5 Effective Intentions

I set the intention to see purple flowers. I was reading, E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Change Your Consciousness. I was on the second experiment which called for me to test the power of intention. The experiment required that I actively look for something, anything of my choosing. As soon as I set the intention, I began to panic. After all, it was wintertime in the city. The predominant colour was gray, surrounded by more gray. It would be nearly impossible to find any flowers at all, let alone the prized and rare purple ones... But I did find them. How to Get Far in Life: Setting 5 Effective Intentions ... Read More...

Why High Expectations Lead to Success Instead of Disappointment

We’re told that we need to “keep our feet on the ground” and to be practical. We are guided to follow the traditional cycle of life: Be born, go to school, get a job that pays the bills, marry, have children, raise the children to follow the same cycle, retire, and watch TV until it’s time to die. And while society condemns having high expectations of success, it accepts and even encourages expectations of failure.... Read More...

How to Decide: Making a Decision Before Someone Else Made it For You

The lesson, which I hope he learnt, is if you don’t make your own decisions, there will always be someone ready to make them for you. And other people will decide based on their agenda, not yours. I’d like to say that I had this wisdom when I was fourteen. I didn’t. I’ve learnt the hard way. Being a go-with-the-flow kind of person, there have been times when I’ve given away my decisions to other people and it’s never ended well. Each time I’ve let someone else make a choice for me, my life path has changed and I’m following someone else’s map, not my own. All it takes are a few twists and turns to find yourself on an unfamiliar road with no idea where it’s leading.... Read More...

How to Become The Best Version of Yourself

When you’re in your last days on Earth, you’ll never, ever think to yourself “I wish I’d waited longer.” Time and life won’t hold off until you’re ready. Wrapped up in our “success bubbles”, it’s easy to forget we’re not invincible. That something could happen in an hour/month/year from now that could make your lifelong dreams impossible. Take it from me. I woke up one morning to arthritis that kept me bedridden for six months. For the first time, all those things I’d been waiting for – a life between NYC and NZ, a career I loved, and the happiness I craved – almost disappeared. Are you ready for that reality? Then there are the long-term effects of life dreams on the back burner. We gradually become more and more stuck in place, and watch our motivation fizzle. We become frustrated, bored, and run down.... Read More...

Getting Things Done Even if You Don’t Feel Like It

We strive to finish something important when in mid air comes a sense that YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING IT. It happens to the best of us - you, me and probably even the most motivated person on Earth – Oprah Winfrey! We have all been there facing the list of things to do when we didn't feel like doing any of them. At times, it feels like you don't even want to think about that bundle of tasks...And the time is ticking, the pile becomes even bigger and we still don't feel like doing it.... Read More...

10 Honest Reasons You Should Be Your Own Boss

I vividly remember the agony of dragging my butt out of bed at 6:30AM, trekking it 1km to the subway, to stand squished in the human cattle car that wreaked of burnt coffee and morning breath. This daily commute was then followed by 9 tortuously long hours of hating my life. It took all of two weeks for me to realize this outrageously constrictive lifestyle was not for me...... Read More...

Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying

We have all been there... we all made mistakes: big and little ones. From "pink elephant in the room" to seamless yet vital ones. We can all show a scar or two as a result of those invaluable life lessons. Some people grow stronger and stay positive no matter what happened yesterday. Some people, including me, sometimes feel so petrified with the outcome of some actions that taking another step is like walking and shaking on the rope that's been stretched over the chasm of uncertainty down below.... Read More...

Why Do People Discourage & How to Pursue Your Dreams Nevertheless

Why Do People Discourage & How to Pursue Your Dreams Nevertheless We are in great danger when we encounter people who make us question ourselves and our abilities to do anything. It might even hurt when someone else is not only doubting your abilities but makes you question yourself even more. The best way to put some daylight on this is to get an idea why do people tend to discourage others in the first place. What is exactly standing behind that?... Read More...

10 Reasons You Should NEVER Give Up

Reasons You Should NEVER Give Up. There could be all sorts of different situations in our life when the time comes and we feel that we are about to give up. Sometimes we give up before we even started doing something new. Sometimes we give up just before making this huge breakthrough to success just because we saw how much effort should go through in order to succeed and it can really scare us. Don't give up beforehand! As long as you are going to be thinking anyway, think big. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! ... Read More...

10 Simple Habits to Improve Self-Esteem

Habits to Improve Self-Esteem. There are tons of articles out there claiming capability to change your life for the better, but the truth is that it's completely up to you. Or not. Let me paraphrase that. In order to change anything in your life you need to look up for your old limiting habits first. Yes, that's right. Let me suggest you the ones I found helpful in my own self-esteem improvement.... Read More...

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