10+ Stylish Bookcases that Will Brighten Up Your Home

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If your home feels cluttered, or you have a lot of cool stuff but nowhere to put it, or your home needs a certain something to bring it to life, you need a bookcase to display your stuff with style and keep your things organized.

Bookcases are typically for books, but ordinary bookcases can be so boring and dull your décor. Luckily there are tons of awesome options, styles, colors and sizes that you can choose from to customize while you organize.

We have handpicked 13 stylish bookcases to give your space that organized, stylish, and modern vibe that it’s been missing.

1. Bookshelves “U” – Set of 4 white wall shelves 

These suspended shelves will almost look as if they disappear. The shelves are extra thin and light, made of a 2mm thick steel imported from Italy. Regardless of its thin appearance, the steel will never bend.

Each shelf can hold up to 44 pounds of books and trinkets. The U-shaped shelves are perfect for books. They’ll help you to stylishly declutter your living space so you can move around freely.

Bookshelves “U”, $322

2. DIY Industrial Retro Wall Mount Iron Pipe Shelf Storage Shelving Bookshelf

It is made from quality metal pipe, and will look great long after you install it. It can be customized to add additional shelving space easily and effortlessly. This easy, simple and unique design is perfect for any home, office, or café interior.

DIY Industrial Retro Wall Mount Iron Pipe Shelf Storage Shelving Bookshelf, $36.23

3. Y-Nut Loft Style Bookcase, “The Iron Librarian”, Steampunk Industrial Vintage Style

At a whopping 6.6 lbs and 17” x7”. 8’ x7’ it’s as heavy as it looks! This stylish bookcase is made entirely of water pipe.

It is exclusively for hardcover books. Soft-covers unfortunately will fall through the cracks, so use this shelf to display your best!

Y-Nut Loft Style Bookcase, “The Iron Librarian”, $43.25

4. Industrial Pipe Shelving Bookshelf Rustic Modern Wood Ladder Pipe Wall Shelf

The classy shelf is perfect for the home or coffee house interior. The 3 level rustic industrial pipe shelf is made out of quality metal pipe and solid timber. You can add additional shelving shelf easily and efficiently.

Industrial Pipe Shelving Bookshelf Rustic Modern Wood Ladder Pipe Wall, $153

5. SKB Family Red MDF Floating Wall Display Bookshelf/DVD Storage New Ladder Bookcase

This versatile display shelf will compliment any space and décor. Turn that empty, useless wall space into a focal point of your space.

With an invisible mounting system, this shelf is incredibly easy to install. It is made of high quality MDF with a matte finish, adding a dose of contemporary style to any room.

SKB Family Red MDF Floating Wall Display Bookshelf/DVD Storage New Ladder Bookcase, $30.79

6. American Country Style Wrought Iron Shelf Bookcase

This bookcase is incredible flexible and can be fit in a variety of spaces. The unique and industrial design will brighten up your space and give it that classy edge you want.

American Country Style Wrought Iron Shelf Bookcase, $65.99

7. Rustic Torched Wood Slanted Design Desktop Bookshelf Magazine Stand

This is a unique desk top rack with an upward tilted design, complete with a rustic torched wood finish. The torched wood finish compliments rustic decors and provides a unique accent for eclectic design schemes.

You can now keep all of your magazines and newspapers organized, and off of your desk, floor or coffee table. It can also be used to store frequently used books in the office, classroom, or kitchen.

Rustic Torched Wood Slanted Design Desktop Bookshelf Magazine Stand, $32.50

8. 5 Tier 57.5″ Natural Bamboo Bookshelf Revolving Bookcase

Liven up your space with this 100% natural bamboo bookshelf that is both elegant and durable. The sleek, clean design is both stylish and convenient.

You can easily install it in minutes, and the hardware is included. It has 5 tiers, a 360 degree rotating design. It’s also very simply to maintain, just wipe clean with a mild cleaner and a lint-free cloth.

5 Tier 57.5″ Natural Bamboo Bookshelf Revolving Bookcase, $99.95

9. HomCom 4-Tier Rotating Cube Media Tower

Save space and spruce up your look with a rotating storage solution for your entire media collection. The unique and eye catching design will transform and declutter your space.

It’s easy to assemble, lightweight and portable, yet extremely durable and sturdy.

HomCom 4-Tier Rotating Cube Media Tower, $62.99

10. 9-shelf Tree Bookshelf, Superjare Book Rack Bookcase

These shelves are made out of CARB certified board, non-formaldehyde so it is safe for your family. The smooth surface and curved edges don’t only look cool, but they also help to avoid snags and scratches.

The 9 tier division shelves give you a lot of playroom as to how you want to store your things. The shelves carry around 5-10 books depending on the size and thickness of the books. The innovative design allows for the unit to fit in small spaces, only taking up 1.34 sq. ft.

Superjare Book Rack Bookcase, $119.99

11. Contemporary Salvaged Cabin Bookcase

You’ll be the envy of your friends with this salvaged cabin wood bookcase with a silver finish. The rustic style multi-spaced bookcase provides plenty of storage for all of your books, décor and knick knacks!

Contemporary Salvaged Cabin Bookcase, $143.10

12. Furniture Pipeline Industrial Modern Decorative Storage 4 Shelf Display Bookcase

Ideal for small spaces, this bookcase is perfect for an urban space or a tiny house. It features four shelves for storing and displaying your treasure trove of books and trinkets.

Furniture Pipeline Industrial Modern Decorative Storage 4 Shelf Display Bookcase, $191.84

13. Kartell 8003/09 Bookworm Bookshelf by Ron Arad

This bookshelf has a very flexible and unique design with a contemporary flare that can accent any space. The shelf is ideal for displaying books, as well as your media, pictures, and plants.

Kartell 8003/09 Bookworm Bookshelf by Ron Arad, $381.24

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7 Excellent Ways to Stay Focused on Your Dreams

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There’s no doubt about it, focus is a crucial skill in becoming successful and achieving your dreams; Without it, your productivity will be low and the progress you make towards any goals will be minimal. Plus any work that you do manage to eventually produce won’t be anywhere near the standard it could be. So […]

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Making Money Online Is Hard And That’s Why It’s Rare

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Social media is littered with ads about the dream of making money online. We’re all told to chase that rainbow unicorn until we can shoot it down, and eat it for dinner. Somehow then we’ll have made it. Yippee….not.

Making money online is hard and most people will never succeed at it. That’s just a fact. You, my friends, can though but you have to start listening and understanding how the games played. Everyone tells you that making money online is easy. It’s not. It’s bloody hard work.

Don’t whinge to people about why you can’t make money online. Instead, I encourage you to read the below advice.


A) Take action

Rather than being romantic about how you make money online, just start. Start today. Start in the next few minutes if you can.

Making money online is rare because people spend too long thinking about the method, rather than spending the time to execute.

“Whatever your grand plan is, it’s going to get blown to pieces with a 12-gauge shotgun once you launch and attempt to validate it”

Action is the winning ingredient of online success, not strategy, content, product, marketing, people or any other tool you think you need. Cold hard action will take you to the iciest Mt Fuji you have ever seen where only the winners with a ton of cash hang out on weekends.

Action is what got me to where I am today. I used to believe I couldn’t be a blogger because I didn’t have a website. Then, I found a way and used other people’s platforms. There is always a way to make money online.


B) Drop what you’re bad at

I’d been fantasizing about selling an online course for years and never did it. The reason I discovered was that I hate making websites. I have no interest and it drains my time and energy. So what I did instead was find people who could do that for me and then did a revenue share with them.

What this allowed me to do was launch something, test it, see some dollars come in and focus on what I love: creating content to inspire the world.

“If you’re hopeless at something, then outsource it”

Find a way. Give up your excuses about why you can’t outsource.

Don’t be greedy and quit trying to do everything yourself. That’s what is stopping you from making a wheelbarrow full of cash like Rich Uncle Pennybags (mascot of Monopoly game).


C) You don’t understand how many hours it takes

The flashy, sponsored, Facebook videos and the guy on YouTube who shot a video next to his pool make you think it’s all about overnight success. Making money online takes more hours than you could imagine. For a while, you’ll make less than ten dollars and then all of a sudden there will be a tipping point.

Money will then start to flow. Then, you’ll have a few major events after the tipping point that will be where all of your money comes from in the future. Can you keep having a go at your online business even when nobody is paying attention or spending money with you?

That will determine whether you will make money online.


D) You think there’s only one way

The ways you can make money online are much more varied than you think. In my space (blogging) you can do the following:

– Create an eCommerce site with products
– Ebook
– Sponsored Podcast
– Affiliate marketing links
– Online courses
– Speaking gigs
– Banner Ad’s

The list is longer than the number of animals that entered Noah’s Ark. Your problem is that you think there is only one way or that the way’s I’ve mentioned are out of date or they don’t work anymore. All aspects of making money online can work; it just depends on what your niche is, as to which ones will work.

There’s no silver bullet with a side of taco’s that is going to 100% tell you what method or methods will work best for you. See point one: take action. Do it now!


E) Your niche is not your passion

The plain and simple vanilla smoothie fact is that your niche must be your passion as well. Trying to make money online through a channel that you’re not obsessed with will fail and fail badly (trust me I’ve tried).

The only way you will have the willpower to continue on when times get tough with your online business is by centering your business around something which you would be doing anyway. If you love golf and start a business around it, no matter what you’re going to keep on playing golf.

Pick something that is a default habit for you so that your online business can enhance that habit. I’m obsessed with personal development and entrepreneurship, so for me, to write about it and have a business centered around it, is straightforward. I don’t have to stay motivated because the motivation is self-fulfilling. It’s kind of like compound interest; you put the money in an account and the rest takes care of itself.


F) Overcomplicating is the disease

The rarest of rare traits in successful online businesses is simplicity. It’s the main reason making money online is so rare. The more complicated your grand plan is to build the smartest website, the less likely you will execute and make any real money.

All these “How To Make Millions Courses” that are available online are what’s causing you the problem. The goal of these courses is to make out like they have all the answers and give you long-winded BS strategies, which won’t work anyway.

Overcomplicating what you’re trying to achieve online is the root cause of the problem. Less is more. Do one thing online, and do it well. Make what you do different, without it necessarily needing to be better. Again, just execute and take action. Rinse then repeat.

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30 Uplifting Quotes for Those Post-Vacation Blues

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You can’t think of anything but that cocktail you had yesterday on the beach. The pile of work tasks on your desk and makes you feel miserable. Moodiness is in full swing. You don’t feel like doing anything but scrolling through old Instagram photos from the beach. When you left your apartment this morning, your […]

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5 Unexpected Results Entrepreneurs Can Gain by Going for Their Goals

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Goals show you what is possible. In our journey towards goals, it’s not just the goals we achieve, yet the journey also gives you a chance to discover what would otherwise be hidden if you stayed in your comfort zone. As a Life Coach, I’ve guided thousands of clients to go for their big goals, thus I’ve seen how Entrepreneurs get more than they aim for.

Here are 5 unexpected results Entrepreneurs gain by going for their goals:

1. From confusion, you could discover clarity and courage

Neil is the founder and CEO of a 10+ year IT company. The growth of his company led to bigger problems. He was confused. Did he want to just close shop, sell the company, or get investors which would inevitably gain some control of his company?

By clarifying his goals, it hit him. His confusion was founded on fear. He was listening to people who had failed at getting investors. He took courage, asked more experienced mentors, and I learned later that they received the funding.

By examining what was holding him back, he developed clarity and courage to go for his goal.

2. From analysis paralysis, you could unleash the inner artist

Joy was an HR practitioner at the biggest telecom. She was an analyst, needing things to be planned out to the detail, and she was good at it. Her career was okay, yet she knew that there was more to life.

At night, she had a hobby. She made handcrafted sculptures. A creative artist behind a perfectionist career woman. When she joined us, she aimed to quit her job within 60-days. She realized that quitting her job was not her real goal, because what she truly wanted was to express her creativity and gain time-freedom.

She focused her energy to expand her craft. Before long, she delivered her first ever public workshop where she shared her passion for crafts. She was even featured on national TV! Now she gets orders for her handmade paper flower creations. And yes, she quit her job — it was just one step towards a bigger goal.

“Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” – Jim Rohn

3. From growing your business, you could discover your self-worth

Franz was always a goal getter at school and at work thus he  founded a tech startup. He was pressured to produce results to get their second round of funding, yet it had become tiresome.

His pursuit for achievement created a strain on work relationships. He hated being questioned, and when investors asked him a question he couldn’t answer, he would lie just to appear as if he knew better.

Through coaching, he clarified his goals and motivations. He dug deep and discovered this deep-set belief that he was “not enough”. It stemmed from a childhood experience where his babysitter slapped him with a shoe. When he realized how the experience affected him even in adulthood, he let go and forgave.

From then on he was more calm, easier to deal with, and he no longer needed to prove himself right, nor justify his existence. He rediscovered his self-worth.

4. From being lost, you could find your power

Badette was lost as she was going through a divorce. Struggling to provide for her three kids, she was on the verge of closing a start-up business that wasn’t even along her line of expertise.

When she embarked on her goal fulfillment, she didn’t know what goals to aim for, but through coaching, she identified the ONE thing that she was totally passionate about: Coffee. All her friends and family knew that she was passionate about coffee.

She set a goal to build a business out of her passion for coffee. Starting from zero, she registered her business, built her brand and logos, created her product variants right in her home (with the help of her toddler sons!), marketed through social media and shipped out products — all within the first 30 days!

Now she is selling her product worldwide, a mere three months since she declared her goal. Once Badette was lost, now she had found herself, found her passion, and found her power.

“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” – Michael Korda

5. From wanting a baby, you could release your personal baggage

Teddy and Leah (not their real names) were both accomplished professionals. She had risen up and became a partner in their law office. She established her own business. They were 5 years married and were doing well in their careers. They wanted to have a baby. But after several attempts at getting pregnant, they knew something was lacking.

Teddy had deep set issues with his father, mother, and brother. His temper at the office was an indicator of pent up emotions. Some issues had to do with sins from his past. Leah had issues about her mother. She felt as if her mother, a housewife, did not have the life that she deserved. Leah believed that motherhood would make her lose her identity.

By going for their goal of having a baby, Teddy and Leah discovered unresolved issues that were keeping them misaligned. When Teddy and Leah faced those issues and resolved them, they aligned their mindsets and beliefs to their desire of having a baby.

Within a few months, Teddy and Leah announced they were pregnant! They’ve since left their toxic work environment which led Teddy to do what he loves at a dream company, and Leah is a stay-at-home mom. They get to spend quality time as husband and wife and their 2-year old baby.

By going for your goals, you get so much more. Go ahead, write down your goals. Then go for it. You won’t know what else you’ll get until you go for your goals!

What has been an unexpected surprise for you in going toward your goals? Let us know by commenting below!

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7 Great Mobile Apps for Bloggers, Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

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If you are a blogger, business owner, or entrepreneur, you need to have a toolbox of resources at your fingertips to help you organize and plan your business tasks. With everything being mobile these days, it’s wise to have a list of great business apps that can help you make your business more successful, more organized, and more viable.

Sometimes it can be confusing as to which tools you should use to maximize your efficiency. There are so many business tools out there today that seem to be a good idea. But you don’t want to over clutter the issue by having hundreds of apps. Instead, choose just a few great organizational and time-consuming apps that will help you utilize your time more efficiently.

The following seven mobile apps should help you to achieve some of your goals and stay organized throughout your daily routine. Some are time-saving apps while others deal with more specific organizational tasks and creative tools. Check out the following great mobile apps for bloggers, business owners, and entrepreneurs, and decide which ones will work best for you.

Google CRM App

Salesmate is a great CRM that works with your Google Apps that allows you to use your Google tools in one place. Google Chrome has a free version of this type of application when you sign into your Google account. But this app allows you to have more features that you can keep in one place for easy reference on your phone or mobile devices.

The best thing about this app is that it gives Apple/iOS users a way to tap into the excellent Google tools that they ordinarily may not have access to with the iOS system.

WordPress App

WordPress App for Android or Apple iOS allows you to have the ability to publish “on-the-go” through your WordPress platform without having to sign into your desktop computer to do it. WordPress is one of the most popular blogger platforms available today. But it is also a website platform. Many business owners put their main website on this platform, as well as their blogs. You can make quick updates to your WordPress page when you have this app on your mobile device. This is important when you need to put up a quick update to your business or online store. Bloggers can create and publish new posts immediately rather than waiting until they get back on their desktops. Building a site through a mobile device is just one of the latest trends in web hosting.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a powerful tool that allows you to view your site metrics and activity anytime. But some business owners or bloggers may not know you can do this with an app, as well. If you are on the Android (Google Play) system, you can download the mobile app for Google Analytics and check your Google Adsense and site stats anytime and anywhere.

Evernote App

Evernote is a great creative app that allows you to create and record ideas from your mobile device. You can include all types of multimedia such as pictures, video, audio clips, and more. It also allows you to draw or write freehand within the app and make any notes you want.


IFTTT App is a great solution for streamlining your favorite apps all in one place. It is compatible with over 400 apps, and it allows you to integrate all of your social media and other tools that you need to run your business.

Google Drive App

Google Drive is one of the best tools for storing media that you can find today. It is similar to DropBox and allows you to upload any file that you can download from any device. It is housed on a SkyDrive, so you have unlimited access to it through any computer or device that is connected to the internet. The Google drive app is available on the Android system, and you can download it from Google Play if you do not have it on your device. However, most Android systems come with it already loaded on their device under the Google Apps.

Trello App

Trello is a wonderful tool for creators and innovators. It allows you to set specific goals for your business that are “project-based.” There is both a desktop and mobile version, with the desktop version having a few more perks such as a larger interface and additional options. But the Trello app is an excellent way to create short-term and long-term goals, keep up-to-date on your ongoing projects and mark off minute tasks as you go, to chart your progress.

Know Your Resources

Keep track of these excellent mobile tools to take your work with you and work on projects on-the-go or help to organize your day. You’ll see that they are all great tools to help make your goals and success more attainable through their time-saving features. In addition to each of the recommended mobile apps above, be sure to also check out these quick tips for increasing the speed of your site.

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How To Make Better Business Decisions By Paying Attention To The Economy

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When you are running a business, you have a lot of hard decisions to make.

Should you hire more people or keep running on a skeleton crew? Should you expand to that new location or keep your business small? Can you afford to sink your cash into merchandise or should you hold on to it a while longer?

No one has a crystal ball, so making business decisions can be a very stressful thing to do. One thing that can help is paying attention to what is happening within the economy, both locally and nationally.

Local Economy Matters

If you live in an area where there is a general push to support small businesses, that can definitely help your small business to do well. Doing business in a place where the cost of living is low can also help you to keep your business expenses low. You won’t need to pay someone $100,000 a year for working at a drive thru when the cost of living is low.

Living wages are, by definition, lower when the cost of living is low. In essence, this means that the cost of doing business can be kept lower in these areas as well.

It’s also important to pay attention to things like foreclosures and bankruptcies in your local area. Some areas have a greater concentration of economic issues or have those issues earlier than the rest of the country.

See Also: How to Ensure Growth in Small Business

National Economy Matters, Too

Do you know what the DOW closed at yesterday?

Well, I don’t.

It’s not every person’s responsibility to keep track of every single thing that happens in business. However, as someone who is aspiring to be successful, you need to be observant of the situation, especially if you are making business decisions.

Looking at economic trends can give you an indication of which way the overall economy is headed. Maybe things are still going great in your small town but foreclosures are up across the nation. There’s a good chance it’ll affect your town, too.

There are many different economic indicators you can look at to determine how the economy is doing. There’s even a lipstick indicator. When lipstick sales go up, it generally means the economy is in a downturn and people are still treating themselves in smaller ways.

Some of the most common economic indicators in the United States economy are:

Consumer Financial Stress- When spending goes down and debt loads go up, that’s a good indicator that the economy is heading for a downturn.

Housing Starts- When people build more new homes, the economy may be on an upswing.

Bankruptcy- More bankruptcies can mean that people are ready to put their debt behind them and move forward.


Foreclosures- As with bankruptcies, foreclosures can indicate that people are ready to move forward and get on the right track. High foreclosure rates and high numbers of foreclosures at a specific area can also indicate that there is stress in the banking system, as we saw in the foreclosure crisis of 2008.

Knowing Where The Economy Is Headed Helps You Make Better Business Decisions

Imagine you are in the restaurant business. You want to open a fancy French restaurant in the hottest part of town. Rent will be high. Overhead will be high. Meals will be pricey.

If the economy is headed upward, you have a better shot of making it work. However, if everyone around you is having their houses foreclosed and filing for bankruptcy, it’s obvious that they wouldn’t have extra cash to spend on an expensive meal.

Legal Intakes Can Clear Up Confusion

When you have two or more economic indices that seem to be contradicting each other, you may need a little more information to make sense of it all. Legal indices track legal intakes across the country and can help clear up any confusion about two indices that seem to be at odds with each other.

If foreclosures are up but legal indices show they are old foreclosures moving out at the same time housing starts are up, that’s a pretty good indicator that the economy is on an upswing after all.

foreclosure houses

See Also: Changing Trends in the Way Families Buy Homes

Your Business Depends On Sharp Decision Making

Making the best possible decisions for your business means you need to be well informed. Learn more about economic indices from this infographic.


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How To Be Incredible – Comfort Zone Challenges

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I saw a speech recently that was all about getting out of your comfort zone. At the end, we were all given a piece of paper with more than 100+ challenges to try. What was strange for me was that I had done more than half of them.

Having studied extraordinary people for the last few years, and been obsessed with how they think and act, I noticed they all did one thing: they got out of their comfort zone consistently. Getting out of their comfort zone was how they upskilled and crushed the normal fears that we all face.

It’s like being Mario and then getting a gold star – you feel invincible and extremely agile. We haven’t all gone on this journey of breaking out of our comfort zone. The good news is we can start with a 36-day challenge.


Each day, I want you to pick one of the below challenges to try:

1. Lie down on the ground for 30 seconds in a busy place…then get up with a smile and pretend nothing’s happened. This is the one I recommend the most and it was made famous by Tim Ferriss.

2. Slow dance on a rooftop with a friend or lover

3. Ask for 10% off the next coffee or tea you buy. (Don’t tell the waiter it is a challenge).

4. Drive around, crank your favorite songs and have a dance off at stoplights to make strangers laugh

5. Have a difficult conversation face to face instead of via email / text / phone.

6. Call your mother and tell her how much you love her.

7. Send someone flowers for no reason

8. Take a cold shower during winter for 30 seconds (remember to breathe)

9. Pull an all-nighter when the opportunity arises instead of going home.

10. Jump into a lake / river / pool with your clothes on.

11. Dress up in your most classy outfit. Go to a luxury car dealership, pretend to be rich and drive the swankiest car they have.

12. Walk around the city all night and then find a place to eat breakfast at dawn

13. Write a list of the craziest things you could ever do, have or be. Start doing them.

14. Go to a restaurant and convince the cook to create something completely new for you to eat.

15. Wake up early during one winter’s morning when it’s freezing cold and go for a walk.

16. Ask someone on a date who you think is way out of your league.

17. Eat somewhere way out of your budget

18. Attend a costume party and go all out.

19. Unplug from email, social media and your phone for 24 hours. (Try a “No-Tech Sunday”)

20. Go to a karaoke bar and sing like you’re the best singer there is.

21. Make a fool of yourself in public on a dance floor. You can’t consume alcohol beforehand either!

22. Crash a wedding that you’re not invited to.

23. Make a free hugs sign, stand in a high traffic place and dish out some lovin’.

24. Take a homeless person out to lunch and hear their story.

25. Go a whole week without TV.

26. After a week of no TV, donate your TV to charity.

27. Do a silent meditation retreat

28. Do stand up comedy for a night.

29. Try a food you have always disliked.

30. Be vulnerable. Tell someone your biggest fear, regret or desire.

31. Sign up for a public speaking event like TedX and then start preparing.

32. Invite a co-worker you don’t know well to lunch to get to know them better.

33. Dive with sharks

34. Spend a whole day answering the question, “How are you today?” with the response, “Outstanding! How are you?” – It’s more uncomfortable than you think.

35. Go on a fast for two days and drink nothing but water.

36. Pickup your significant other from work or the airport wearing a long jacket with nothing underneath.


What next?

Once you’ve read through the list, I want you to pick the five hardest ones. Then, I want you to do those first. Following those five, I then want you to complete the rest. All up, you should do one per day, therefore taking 36 days to complete all comfort zone challenges. By the end, you’ll have taken your life to the next level.


My experience of comfort zone challenges

Since I began doing regular comfort zone challenges as a habit I’ve achieved the following:

– I’ve dated girls I never thought were in my league
– I’ve become a lot better at dealing with fear
– I’ve started performing really well at public speaking
– I’ve learned new things about myself
– I’ve become more disciplined
– I’ve met loads of strangers and some of them have become friends

“If I had a choice between doing further education and learning to break my comfort zone through these above challenges, I’d choose the later”

Overcoming the stuff that scares you, and that most people would never try, helps you to become mentally tough. Mental toughness will help you overcome this negative world that you experience with your ancient survival brain, and see through your own eyes.


How can you take the whole comfort zone thing even further?

If you get the results that’s all fine and dandy. The way you supersize your experience and go to the next level is by encouraging your friends and family to do the same. As they begin to participate, they’ll push you further at the same time. You’ll then unconsciously be gamifying the challenges and seeing who can be the boldest. It’s kick ass when this happens.


Wrap up time

So I hope these challenges have inspired you. Each one is unique and builds upon a new and slightly different skill. It’s a lot of fun once you’ve done the first few. The key is to detach yourself from the outcome. Whether you succeed or not it doesn’t matter. There is no failure.

The aim of this comfort zone game is just to have a go and see what happens. Give it a shot and have fun! Send me your results via my website below if you feel like sharing your experience. I’d love to know how it goes.

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Why Letting Go of Your Tight Grip Actually Gives You More Control

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“Anything you can’t control in life is teaching you how to let go.” ~Unknown

I was growing impatient. I wanted an answer about something and it just wasn’t coming, no matter how hard I tried to prod it into happening. I was growing frustrated. And I was growing frustrated with my frustrations about it.

So I decided to take a walk. The act of breathing in fresh air and hearing birdsong is centering for me. Just putting one foot in front of the other in rapid succession for an hour or two always helps to clear my head. I receive answers and guidance to my greatest questions when I’m walking. Call it a moving meditation.

As I set out that morning, my eyes were drawn upward to three hawks flying overhead. While their aerial dance looked choreographed and elegant, I realized that the hawks weren’t instigating the choreography. They were simply letting go and floating with the currents. They circled and circled above me, wings outstretched, sailing and drifting.

It dawned on me as I watched the hawks in flight that I’m rarely successful when I try to push or pull something in order to make it happen. Making an effort is noble and often necessary, but forcing something or worrying about it seldom yields the results you want.

Sometimes, you just have to let go of your tight grip of how you think things should be or how quickly they should come together and simply let things run their own course. By releasing control and letting the currents carry you along, paradoxically, you gain more control—of your attitude and your reaction to what’s happening to you at the moment.

Never was this truer in my life than when my mother was dying of cancer. My husband and I had decided that having Mom live with us would be the best solution. So, we rearranged our home, making one room her little oasis where she would be surrounded by her lovely things. Mom still wanted her independence, but it was no longer prudent.

I worked well into the night getting everything ready for her arrival from the skilled care facility where she was rehabilitating after a hospitalization. No sooner was she discharged from the nursing home and settled in at our home than circumstances changed and she ended up right back in the hospital again and then back at the nursing home for more rehab.

Later that same week, the unimaginable happened. I spontaneously and frighteningly became paralyzed from the chest down. My husband and I had been working hard to clean out Mom’s apartment. We’d been dealing as best as we could with her boomeranging back and forth to the hospital and nursing home. Then, all of a sudden, I needed medical care myself.

At first, there were those medical professionals who thought I was simply exhausted and that my illness might even be psychosomatic. However, an MRI revealed a large benign tumor called a meningioma pressing so severely on my spinal cord that I suddenly became paralyzed.

I was whisked by ambulance to the nearest large hospital an hour away, where a neurosurgeon who inherited my case soberly delivered the news that he was only cautiously optimistic I would ever walk again. I underwent the first of two surgeries to remove the tumor and release its pressure from my spinal cord.

While in the hospital, unable to move, I realized that I had no other choice but to breathe, relax, and let go. I found it easier, then, to accept what was, even if I didn’t like it.

All of my plans to care for my mother in our home were dashed. My mother’s care would have to be handed over to others at the skilled nursing facility. Mom would accept the situation. My work would have to just pile up. My employer would cope. My life was pretty much on hold as we waited to see how my spinal cord would recover from the surgery.

I never once gave up faith or hope that I would get better. I visualized my return to my sacred evening walks. I saw myself strong and nimble and able to do what I could to support my mother on her final journey.

But, I couldn’t plan at that point. I had to give in and let go. Like those hawks I saw overhead recently, I couldn’t allow myself to become impatient or to force the outcome. I had to ride on the wind and let the currents carry my wings.

We all have those times in our lives when we want things to be the way we believe they should be—the way we planned them to be. Alas, sometimes life has another path for us.

I believe that those things that are meant for us have a tendency to come our way and those doors that are never supposed to be open to us simply will not open.

Some of our desires will take longer to manifest than we would want. There will be those things that will turn out differently than we anticipated—sometimes better than we could have imagined; at other times, not so much.

Our difficulties and disappointments, however, have the ability to serve as blessings. Those blessings aren’t always clear at the moment, but with time, they often become visible.

After months of physical therapy, I did indeed learn how to walk again. And now I walk every day because I can. I am blessed.

For those of us who like to have a semblance of control over our lives, we will at some point learn that there are those times when we don’t have much say in what happens or how it ends. All we can do is be patient, filled with faith and buttressed by hope.

Our letting go of the process or the outcome gives us more space to consider what’s happening at that very moment and to control our attitudes and reactions. By being mindful of our thoughts and attitudes, we can avoid getting stuck in draining emotions.

It’s quite freeing to not have any preconceived notions, to be patient and to just let things flow. When I get out of the way and allow life to happen, the end result is often much better than I could have planned on my own.

Surely, I want and need to have goals, plans and dreams. That’s what helped me recover from my paralysis and regain the ability to walk. But, I’ve learned that I can’t be shackled by my desires and plans. Instead, I’ve learned to stop the tendency to prod or push. I’ve found that I can ride the currents, allow them to sweep me along, and all will be well.

When you let go and allow the currents to carry you, you’ll still move forward in life. Things might not turn out exactly as you planned, but the journey may give you more interesting scenery along the way. And in the end, you’ll have mastered control of what really mattered all along: What you thought and how you reacted to your circumstances.

About Keri Olson

Keri Olson is the survivor of three cancer diagnoses and two benign tumors—one in her brain and another in her spine that caused temporary paralysis. Through illness, Olson has learned the beauty and blessing of each day. She blogs about joy at timetobe-keri.blogspot.com. The author of two books, Olson is currently writing her third. She lives in Baraboo, Wisconsin with her husband Larry McCoy.

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35 Powerful Greg Plitt Quotes

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Greg Plitt (1997-2015) is a motivational legend.  Bodybuilder, actor, speaker, model and American Army Ranger: Greg has had quite the inspirational journey.  During his infamous career, Greg would push his body to its physical limits because he believed that he had none.  Since his untimely death, Greg’s words of wisdom have resonated with millions through his youtube videos.

Here are some of Greg Plitt’s most powerful quotes:

1. “Second by second you lose the opportunity to become the person you want to be. Take charge of your life.”  – Greg Plitt

2. “Every action has a purpose. When every action has a purpose every action has a result.” – Greg Plitt

3. “You must believe in yourself enough to be the person now that you want others to remember you for later.” – Greg Plitt

4. “Life isn’t about waiting the storm to pass. It’s about dancing in the rain.” – Greg Plitt

5. “Opportunities don’t come knocking on the door. They present themselves when you knock the f*#king door down.” – Greg Plitt

6. “Today begins, tomorrow continues, and it never ends until you reach your goal.” – Greg Plitt

7. “You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.” – Greg Plitt

8. “In life, it’s not the genetic guy who wins or the guy with the most potential who wins; it’s the person with the greatest perseverance who wins. Always be willing to get up and go at it again and again. That’s the guy who has his hands raised later in life. That’s the guy you guys need to be.” – Greg Plitt

9. “The pump is one of the better highs in life. You don’t need to shoot up for it, you don’t need to snort it. All you’ve got to do it sweat for it.” – Greg Plitt

10. “The real tragedy in life isn’t someone who hasn’t achieved their goal, it’s the person that never had a goal to begin with.” – Greg Plitt

11. “Go for it! You know what? This comfort zone is f****ng dangerous zone. It’s stopping you from your true potential!” – Greg Plitt

12. “There are two types of pain, the one that breaks you and the one that changes you. In the gym, pain is felt as a result of weakness leaving the body. Physical pain is the pain of transformation and the pain of progress. The more you endure, the harder it becomes to accept the thought of failure.” – Greg Plitt

13. “When you help yourself, you feel good. But when you help somebody else get back on their feet, it’s a high that no chemical drug can ever match. It’s the greatest high in the world. It’s addictive, it’s contagious, and the world needs more of it.” – Greg Plitt

14. “If you mentally believe it will happen, your body is going to find a way to make it physically happen.” – Greg Plitt

15. “Your legs are not giving out. Your head is giving up.” – Greg Plitt

16. “You are what you do repeatedly. If excellence is something you’re striving for, then it’s not an accident. It’s a habit.” – Greg Plitt

17. “I love the mentality that when push comes to shove, simply work harder and the results will come.” – Greg Plitt

18. “If you do not give 110% in your life, I promise your life will haunt you for the rest of your days. Time is the most valuable asset on earth, a depreciating asset. Don’t waste another moment of life where you are not at  your fullest potential getting the most out of the time you have in life.” – Greg Plitt

19. “Bet on yourself. If you bet on yourself you’ll never lose.” – Greg Plitt “Once you known where your current limits are, then you know how to destroy them, push them… grow them.” – Greg Plitt

20. “Belief, confidence in yourself. The world’s your playground. Limitless. My question is… will you be remembered?” – Greg Plitt

21. “It’s early in the morning and your competition is still sleeping.” – Greg Plitt

22. “If tomorrow doesn’t happen, would you still do what you’re about to do today? If that answer is no, you’re alive, but you’re not living.” – Greg Plitt

23. “Your mind is the strongest and most valuable muscle you can grow in the gym.” – Greg Plitt

24. “If you guys are really wondering if you are burning out mentally. Take a day off and go to your local hospital. Go to the cancer wing. Look at 4-year-old, who won’t ever see their teenage years, probably won’t ever see their next birthday. Go and see someone who is mentally or physically retarded, or see when a soldier who just came back from war who doesn’t have legs anymore. Stare that guy down. Look him right in the eyes and tell them, as you stand there with 2 capable legs, that you burned out. That you don’t want to use them. See if that doesn’t kill him right there. Because he would do anything to have that opportunity.” – Greg Plitt

25. “The mind always fails first, not the body. The secret is to make your mind work for you, not against you.” – Greg Plitt

26. “The difference between a winner and a loser – they both failed, but the winner gets back up and does it again and again until it goes his way.” – Greg Plitt

27. “I failed” is 10 times the man than “what if” because “what if” never went to the arena. – Greg Plitt

28. “The clock is ticking, are you becoming the person you wanna be?” – Greg Plitt

29. “The road to success is a very lonely road. You’re not gonna see too many friends. It’s only you with your shadow. Once you get there, many people will love you, also many people will hate you. Because your success is a huge spotlight, shining on their failures.” – Greg Plitt

30. “Today it begins. Tomorrow it continues. And it never ends, until you reach your goal and cross the finish line.” – Greg Plitt

31. “One Hour of pain produces a lifetime of pride.” – Greg Plitt

32. “Why cry about missed opportunities when you have the ability to smile at opportunities lived? The past has created who you are NOW, where we learn and grow from the past, never resting upon previous achievements or allowing past failure to paralyze us in our current endeavor. All that was has created us to be the best we currently are for our greatest hour is about to arise!” – Greg Plitt

33. “That’s not normal, because we don’t want to be normal. Normal is what weak people call it living. I call it death.” – Greg Plitt

34. “Walk through the mud in life, if you ever want to get to the higher ground.” – Greg Plitt

35. “Legends never die.” – Greg Plitt

Which quote resonated with you the most?  Comment below!

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