The Art of Taking a Step Back

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When something happens to us in life, our instinct is often to immediately take action and respond to it.

Make a mistake at work? Slam the desk. Someone pisses you off? Snap back at them. Want that slice of cake? Grab it and take a bite. Someone cuts you off while driving? Honk your horn and throw up the middle finger.

React. React. React.

Life is one continuous cycle between things happening to us and us responding to them. And often we aren’t even aware of these automatic reactions until they’ve happened.

However, sometimes the best response is no response. Especially in a heated moment, our first impulse isn’t always the most healthy one. Often it’s better to take a “step back” and wait before you make a final decision.

But our current society trains us to be hyper-reactive.

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Exploring Nature: My Journey to Meet Peace of Mind

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The greatest minds of this world have nothing in common except for a very high IQ.  All of these people excelled in their skills far beyond being considered average or mediocre. We will never know the exact reasons how these individuals surpassed their peers in their field of specialization. To get ahead of the competition you need to have peace of mind to pursue your dreams enthusiastically. Exploring nature in all of its glory is one of the easiest ways to achieve peace and tranquility in all aspects of your life.

Today it takes much more to become well-renowned for an exceptional performance than it did in the times of yesteryears. Not only are there so many more contenders but performance standards have als… Read More

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What is Rational Minimalism?

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Some people I speak with get nervous when they hear the term minimalist. For them, it conjures up images of destitution, barren walls, and empty cupboards. Rightly so, they decide that is no way to enjoy life. Believe me, I agree—that is no way to enjoy life.

They seem to assume that minimizing means throwing out everything or, at any rate, almost everything. That’s not the case at all. Rather, minimalism is about living with less, and as I often say, less is not the same as none.

Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.

It’s about living with what you need. And that is always
going to look different from one person to another and one household to
another.

If you were to walk into my home today, you would probably n… Read More

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3 Thoughts That Bring Me Hope, Perspective, Peace, and Strength

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“Wake up today knowing that whatever happens, you can handle it.” ~Unknown

Tears filled my eyes, and an angry wave of despair washed over me. I just wanted to wear the jeans I had worn for a couple years. The cute ones with the jewels and deep pockets.

I’m guessing many of you can relate; clothes don’t always fit the way we want them to.

Four years ago, a doctor told me I was dying because of anorexia. It’s been a long journey, a story for another day, but I am here and I am alive.

This past year, I finally reached the weight that doctors had been urging me to reach for four years. I dug in, worked with a life coach, and I did it! I finally healed. But wait, shouldn’t the healing process feel great? Shouldn’t I feel proud instead of pudgy?

I shoul… Read More

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8 Ways A Highly Productive Person’s Weekend is Different

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“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.”  Thomas Jefferson 

Why does it seem that some people are so much more productive than others? You can boil it down to one thing– they are more productive.

What makes someone a productive person? Let’s dive into some attributes that set a productive person’s weekend apart. 
1) Proactively prioritize to have a productive weekend
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Personal Growth—How to Start Your Journey to Success!

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Personal growth, personal development, and self-development are all used to describe a subject I’m very passionate about. They’re all used to describe a subject that changed my life, a subject that helped me start moving towards my dreams.  The subject is self-improvement, but I prefer using the term personal growth.

I look at every single human as a being that never stops growing.

We’re like birds, hatching out of an egg and breaking the shell when we’re strong enough to do it.

Personal growth is all about breaking ‘’your shell’’ and the more often you do it…

The faster you’ll grow and move towards who you truly aspire to be.

In this post we will cover:

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Personal Growth—How to Start Your Journey to Success!

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The Self Improvement Blog | Self Esteem | Self Confidence

Personal growth, personal development, and self-development are all used to describe a subject I’m very passionate about. They’re all used to describe a subject that changed my life, a subject that helped me start moving towards my dreams.  The subject is self-improvement, but I prefer using the term personal growth.

I look at every single human as a being that never stops growing.

We’re like birds, hatching out of an egg and breaking the shell when we’re strong enough to do it.

Personal growth is all about breaking ‘’your shell’’ and the more often you do it…

The faster you’ll grow and move towards who you truly aspire to be.

In this post we will cover:

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Have a Bad Boss? Do This

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Have you ever worked for a bad boss? We mean really bad, the kind that makes you want to tear your hair out, or quit, or both. Nearly everyone has at some point, including us! In fact, we’ll share a few of those experiences in today’s episode—plus some from our listeners.

So what should you do when your boss is really insufferable?

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Why Meditation Doesn’t Always Work and What To Do About It

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How often have you carved out time to meditate, only to squander those twenty to thirty minutes obsessively thinking of what you need to accomplish, or drifting off to sleep from exhaustion only to emerge with your anxieties intact? I can certainly attest to having this type of meditative experience and I’m not the only one. My clients often express that meditation makes them more frustrated and sometimes even erroneously validates their sense of being a failure, simply because they cannot achieve stillness. It would seem t… Read More

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How to Beat Interruptions and Distractions: A Free Audio Chapter from Free to Focus

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What’s your biggest roadblock to productivity? Many people would say, “Interruptions! I can’t get anything done because I keep getting interrupted!”

If that’s you, we’re going to solve that problem for you right now.

 

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