Life today seems to move at an ever-increasing pace, and shows no sign of slowing down. Mobile devices make it easier than ever for your boss to expect to contact you outside of work, and many of us can’t even disconnect long enough to get a real vacation.
Unfortunately, stress like this can wear you down and make you much less productive.
Living in the moment seems like a pipe-dream, but it can be the exact prescription you need to regain your motivation and work productivity. Simply slowing down throughout your day to enjoy small moments can help you remember what it is you’re
working for in the first place. Here are 6 tips to help you do just that.
Pay Attention to Your Body. The knot in your stomach, the tension in your shoulders, and the ache in your neck are all telling you something important. Take a moment to pay close attention to your body. Feel what’s there, and find out what it’s telling you. Do you need a break? A stretch? When you meet your body’s physical needs, you’ll be far more successful in your work.
Forget Multitasking. The idea that you can actually do multiple things at once is a myth. Studies have shown that what happens is your mind simply changes focus very rapidly between tasks. This tires the mind and dramatically reduces productivity. Choose one task and be fully present doing it. Then move on. You’ll make fewer mistakes while getting more done.
Practice Gratitude. If there’s anything we lack in our advanced society, its thankfulness. Take some time to think about and be truly thankful for the good things in your life. Even write them down. Studies have shown that gratitude will improve your mood, your motivation, and your performance. It will also help you enjoy the present moment more.
Breathe. Nothing helps slow down a stressful day than taking a few minutes to focus on breathing. Just close your eyes, take deep, full breaths, and think about how it feels. You’ll become more present in your body and in your environment. In addition, your stress will drop dramatically.
Observe. Many mistakes we make are simply due to not paying attention. We walk by people and don’t even see them, or miss a turn because we were thinking about something else. Take a day and fully observe everything around you as you work and play. You’ll find amazing things you never saw before, and you may even come up with solutions to some tough problems!
Unplug. Technology is often our Achilles heel when it comes to slowing down and enjoying the moment. Whether it’s our boss, a friend, or our spouse, it seems like everyone wants to reach us at a moment’s notice. Take some time for a technology vacation. Turn off the phone, the television, and the computer. Enjoy games and talk and fun with family or friends instead. These are the moments you’ll remember and cherish.
Being in the moment in our busy world is not an easy task, but it’s incredibly rewarding. Be patient with your attempts – your mind will often wander. However, the benefit you’ll gain from these six easy tips will enhance your life and your work in incredible ways. Be present!
About the Author: Steph Potter is a mother of two, an avid runner, and a freelance writer. In her spare time, she enjoys meditating to find her center, reading, and getting an online psychic reading from Psychic Source, one of her clients!
It’s common knowledge that regular physical exercise is important for maintaining your health. And through science, we are now beginning to discover other positive benefits as well.
Findings show that regular physical exercise will make you smarter, happier, and more creative.
So, exercise is pretty much a no-brainer, even for these reasons alone. However, there is one thing that often gets forgotten, and that is the incredible increase in self-confidence that comes along with exercise.
I was a D1 level athlete in college. Physical training was a part of my everyday life.
When I graduated, and got myself an office job, I no longer seemed to have time for regular exercise. I didn’t stop exercising right off the bat but, slowly and surely, the time I spent on exercise began decreasing.
This coincided with a slump I began feeling in my mood. I had a feeling that something wasn’t right. I didn’t feel like the person I used to be back when I exercised at a daily basis.
I felt like I had lost some of my self-confidence.
I couldn’t tie together the connection between self-confidence and exercise. Exercise had been such an integral part of my life for such a long time, yet I had no idea how much it actually affected my mental state.
Things began taking a shift for the better once I joined a basketball team and started making sure I worked out regularly.
What To Do If Your Self-Confidence is Running Low?
Well, the simplest answer is to begin exercising immediately, not tomorrow – but today.
One study shows that even a little regular exercise can improve your self-image.
This study showed that it doesn’t really matter how amazing, or not-so-amazing, you are in the physical activity of your choice. What matters, is that you are just exercising regularly.
You don’t have to be lightning fast, or strong as a bull to have exercise increase your self-confidence.
If you’re in shape to only walk around the block, do that. If you only have time to do a few push-ups in the morning, then do those push-ups.
However, if you want to optimize the self-confidence boosting benefits of exercise, there are a few things you should take into account.
Let’s dive in!
Getting Fit to Defend The Tribe
As you probably know, the human race has developed from a lineage of hunter-gatherers. During these times it was vital for us to be able to defend our tribes from outside threats.
If you were out of shape in those times, you were in big trouble. Being out of shape would have made you feel quite uncomfortable for a good reason. This feeling acted as a motivator to stay in good enough shape to be able to defend yourself and your family.
A part of our brains is still “hard wired” to these times. So we will still begin feeling uncomfortable when we aren’t in good physical shape.
When you’re in good physical shape, your brain will naturally be telling you that you’re on doing all right. Your self-confidence will naturally fall in line.
Every Man Should Be Able to Save His Own Life
This leads us to our next point.
It’s hard to feel good about yourself if you’re not in shape to save your own life.
When you’re strong enough to pull your body over obstacles, and capable of running away from a threat, you’ll feel like you’re able to take care of yourself.
This awareness will bring along confidence.
There is a strong connection between knowing that you can take care of yourself if a threat arises, and with your self-confidence.
It’s possible to be overly concerned with your looks. Many these days are, to the point where it becomes a limitation to their well-being.
And optimally you wouldn’t associate your self-image with your looks. Yet, I’ve noticed that when I take care of how I look I feel better about myself.
So why not find a physical activity that will make you look good, as an added benefit.
Your appearance will begin adapting to the physical activities that you do regularly, so choose wisely.
Focus On Your Strengths
Tim Ferriss, the New York Times Best seller and blogger, wrote about focusing on your strengths, and not trying to fix your weaknesses:
“My body is designed to lift heavy objects and throw them, and that’s it. I ignored this for a long time. I tried swimming and looked like a drowning monkey. I tried basketball and looked like a caveman. Then I became a fighter and took off.”
So if you want to increase your self-confidence it’s better to do something that you feel you’re good at. You should look at what your body is best suited for.
If you’re short and stout you might have a natural advantage in doing something that a tall and slender person can’t do that well.
It’s simple, we feel better about ourselves when we are doing things we are good at.
So, do some research and experiment with different types of exercise. Look for things that you have a hunch you could be good at.
Sports can offer a great platform to practice dealing with challenges.
If you go to the gym and push yourself to a new bench press record, you’ll be able to take this victory with you to other areas of your life.
You’ll begin seeing things in your life as challenges instead of obstacles, just like weights at the gym.
A tough customer becomes a challenge. Building a business becomes an exciting new feat to conquer.
Choose a sport that you can challenge yourself in. Once you begin handling these challenges, you’ll gain confidence to use in other parts of your life as well.
It has been found that regular physical exercise makes your body release chemicals called endorphins. When these chemicals interact with receptors in your brain they act as natural painkillers.
These endorphins lead to a sense of well-being, and reduced pain. They alleviate emotional distress, and most importantly, they increase self-confidence.
Exercise is a pretty amazing thing! It seems that nature rewards us for it on many different levels.
Self-confidence won’t come to you by accident. You have to work at it.
You can’t get confident by just thinking about confidence; you actually have to take action.
To my knowledge, regular physical exercise is the simplest way to increase self-confidence, and its other benefits make it a very smart choice.
So if you’re interested in boosting your self-confidence, look no further than those old exercise clothes and shoes buried at the back of the closet.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present – Jim Rohn
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is postponing happiness. Being happy is something that you can decide right here, right now, this instant.
It really is a choice and a decision that you can make. Life really is too short to live any other way.
Below are 7 keys to happiness that will help to make this life changing decision easier for you:
1. Be Content
Too many are wrapped up with what they don’t have.Instead, it is better to focus on what you do have and can be thankful for.
For example, someone will think that once they get their dream home they will be happy. Or perhaps when they get married then they will be truly happy.
Accomplishments provide only temporary happiness and can be somewhat like a drug. Learn to be content and count your blessings. You will be amazed at what you discover!
2. Focus On Self Improvement
It is not difficult to see that the world today is filled with negativity. Therefore it is vital that you fill your mind with positive messages.
In my own personal experience I have found that information relating to self help has really changed my life for the better. All it takes is a few minutes a day.
It could be when you drive to work, when you are exercising or even when you are falling asleep. Good material will give you a feeling of peace, joy and hope.
3. Follow Your Dreams
Nothing can make you more unhappy than doing something that you don’t really like. Of course, we must strike a balance between reality and fantasy so it is up to you to decide what you can and cannot tolerate.
It could be your job, where you are living, or perhaps even a relationship. If you don’t like something, change it!
Doing so will help to make you a lot more happy and you will be that much closer to discovering your purpose in life.
4. Love The Journey
While it is important to have goals you shouldn’t wait until you achieve them to be happy. Learn to stop and smell the roses. In other words, love the journey!
No matter where we are in life there is always something that we have yet to achieve. That is what keeps us not only busy but growing too.
Instead of being frustrated, anxious and impatient just learn to chill and relax. Being uptight will not get you any closer to getting what you want.
5. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
Sometimes it is easy to worry too much about what other people think of you. Most of the time we are just being paranoid and wasting energy on the wrong things.
While we might think we are the center of everyone’s universe that is simply not the truth. They have their own issues to deal with.
Don’t be afraid to be yourself. You will be much happier that way!
6. Stop Worrying
On a similar note it really pays to stop worrying unnecessarily and let the chips fall where they may. Although it does take a lot of practice you shouldn’t really worry about what you can’t change.
Excessive worrying is not only bad for your health, it can potentially destroy your chance at lasting happiness. The funny thing is, most
things we worry about never actually happen!
Just learn to go with the flow and simply enjoy life. When you catch yourself worrying excessively, think about something positive.
7. Do The Best That You Can
Sometimes we can rob ourselves of happiness if we consciously know we are selling ourselves short. If you do the best that you can and live up to your full potential you will feel a lot more fulfilled and satisfied with yourself.
Doing the best you can will create inner peace and joy knowing you gave it your all. It will help you to live life to the fullest.
Putting these 7 keys into practice will help create lasting happiness in your life. Remember, happiness is a choice you can make right now!
About the author: Randy McLean is the sole creator of Self Improvement Journey. He has a passion for health and fitness, self improvement and entrepreneurship. His hobbies include his wife, music, books, surfing the internet, watching movies and playing video games. Machine operator by day and entrepreneur by night, Randy is quietly building his part-time fortune in order to escape the rat race and live life on his own terms. You can read more positive, uplifting posts at: http://www.SelfImprovementJourney.com
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First time together 3 big stars are battling each other on screen to offer you great movie.
Are you sure, you want to close the screen now?
I am sure you often get to hear/read above kind of magnetic words in your daily life. In fact, they are not just words, there is a science behind them.
The science is called as ‘Hype’.
With this article, I want to prove that hype is not a science, but a virus which is injected to your brain (of course coated with sugar) to take an action which always benefits the other party.
Yes, hype is a a virus. Don’t believe me? Let me point out your own symptoms you experience after getting in touch with this deadly virus.
First of all, hype creates a sense of urgency within you. It makes your mouth water by creating an imaginary belief that your life will be much better after getting/buying the very item you are staring at.
Secondly, hype overrides logic with temptation. When marketing stretches beyond its limit, it often results in a tempting advertisement which comfortably hijacks the power of your practical thinking and doesn’t give you time to exercise your logic. Hype is faster than your logic.
Hype creates an urge within you to buy or acquire things because you are now captivated by glorious marketing words and surrendered yourself to the unreal sense of urgency. You are now afraid of being left behind if you don’t take action. You don’t like to belong to a league who have outdated things and stuff. You don’t want to live in cave (at least it’s how you think).
Hype grows upon your weakness. Your weakness is hype’s strength.
What’s your weakness then?
It’s your own will power which refuses to see the things as they are and they will be.
That’s why, hype wins over your will power.
Hype celebrates victory over you each time when you succumb to it and do your next purchase.
Hype can persuade you to get that new smartphone even though you don’t need it at all.
Hype can make you buy that stuff which you might not really enjoy.
Hype can put you in debt by effortlessly convincing you to get that new credit card (the danger, wrapped in plastic)
Hype can force you to take wrong decisions.
Hype is heartless.
Hype is cruel.
Hype will eventually destroy your life.
Today, I am offering a vaccine which immunizes you against hype.
The vaccine that can disarm the hype and shoot it in the head.
Here it is.
With just 3 simple shots, this vaccine works like a miracle.
First and foremost, develop a habit of questioning your each purchase. Ask yourself, do you need that new phone? Will it really help you by improving your quality of life? If the answer is yes, then go to step number 2. If the answer is no, you already know what to do.
Secondly, make sure you collect real information from various sources before taking the decision.Connect with various sources and build a knowledge bank on the very topic you are dealing with. Knowledge empowers you. Hype hates your knowledge.
Use the power of distraction to your advantage. Distraction can be surprisingly beneficial especially when you are staring hype in the eye. Many times you instantly get tempted with an offer for purchasing something which would really not add any value to your life. In that cases, you just need to distract yourself from that moment. Just stop and think something else, look at something else. Divert the thoughts, or better move away from that place. When you block the input, processing surely stops. This computer theory works on humans as well.
So let me summarize the daily doses of this vaccine against hype.
Question your each purchase.
Collect real information instead of getting carried away.
This time,like all times, is a good time, if we but know what to do with it – Ralph Waldo Emerson
How often do you feel as though you’ve lost a day? The clock says 4:00, and your to-do list is just as full as it was at 9 a.m. What did you do with your day? This is a scenario that many of us find ourselves in, and we all want to escape it. But there is no easy way out.
Many posts of this type are lists of things you can do to accomplish something. Yet when you want to regain your time and productivity a bunch of one-off tips won’t do the trick. It’s a process, and it starts with big thoughts at the top. Here’s a good method for eliminating distractions and regaining control of your time — and your life.
1. Find your grand strategy
So often we hear about the importance of goal setting. I don’t want to undermine that point, because it is important. But how can you set goals if you don’t have an overall vision? That overall vision is grand strategy. It is the ultimate goal you seek. Everything you do, therefore, should move you closer to this all-encompassing goal.
In his book The 33 Strategies of War, Robert Greene describes the idea of grand strategy as something we should all embrace. He gives the example of Alexander the Great, whose mother told him from a young age that he would rule the world. From there all of his thoughts and actions lined up with this vision. While world domination isn’t exactly a virtuous goal today, the lesson is still applicable.
Once you find your grand strategy for life, your goals will fall into line. Everything will become blindingly obvious, because you know your ultimate desire.
2. Sever contradictory connections
Once you have decided on your grand strategy, you might start to notice contradictions around you. Your task list might contain items that have nothing to do with your grand strategy. Those things are distractions and nothing more. It is best to simply sever them completely, removing those distractions from your life.
A friend of mine hangs a piece of paper above her desk that reads: “If it doesn’t lead to health, wealth, or happiness, don’t [bleeping] do it!” This is essentially the same idea. If it doesn’t push you further along the path towards your vision, don’t do it. If the task happens to be critical for your job or a relationship, perhaps it’s time to reevaluate those.
3. Learn to delegate
There will inevitably be some small tasks that do relate to your grand strategy, but are ultimately time sucks. For example, if your goal is to be president of your company, then you probably need favorable reviews from your superiors. That might mean doing some meaningless work, because the higher ups for some reason consider it important. You don’t want your review to note that you don’t get all of your work done.
In situations like this, delegation is your best friend. If you have people working for you, delegate these tasks you consider meaningless to your grand strategy. That gives you more time to focus on the big picture, on the events that will push you furthest along your path. If there is no one under you to whom you can delegate, perhaps you should focus on the next step of earning a promotion so that you can delegate these tasks.
4. Set up a personal SCADA
Big industries use SCADA systems to monitor critical activities. This might be a telecommunications network, a sewage system, or even a nuclear reactor. The SCADA system constantly provides information, but only the hot-button information, to the network manager. You can learn more about SCADA here.
This is an important tactic to adopt for your own sanity. Chances are you get dozens, maybe even hundreds, of distractions per day. How many emails require immediate action? Is the blog you’re reading providing you with valuable information? Is Twitter really worth it? Set up filters and alerts that let you know when important information is headed your way. Only immediately look at email from your boss, for instance.
Setting up a personal SCADA allows only the important information to reach you immediately, while leaving the rest for later. That means you can concentrate on the tasks most important to your grand strategy. It is easily the best way to get rid of those distractions that can overtake your work and your life.
5. Review regularly
You can make all the changes you want, but if you’re not reviewing them they’ll have a diminished effect. Any useful system, whether personal or industrial, hinges on a thorough review process. It’s through this review that we can determine what is working and what is not, and adjust on the fly. That allows us to create a more efficient system, which again allows us to focus more acutely on what really matters.
Does it turn out that emails from your immediate supervisor don’t require immediate attention? Filter them out. Is the person to whom you’re delegating not perform the task properly? Train them or find someone else to do the work. Did you sever a connection with something that, upon review, did bring you closer to your grand strategy? Reconnect. Adjusting on the fly means we’re always aware. And awareness is the most powerful aspect of productivity.
Rooting out distraction and regaining our time is no small feat. It takes hard work and focus. But by starting with a grand strategy and working on each of these steps, you can rid your life of distractions and focus on what matters to you. This isn’t just for work, either. It can be for personal relationships as well. However you decide to employ it, use it for good. There is much power in the idea of grand strategy.
About the author: Joe Pawlikowski is an avid tech fan and has been blogging about technology since 2007. He writes about business and telecommuting at his personal blog, A New Level.