40 Ways to Create Peace of Mind

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“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” ~Brian Tracy

There was a time when I thought peace was a destination, in much the same way I imagined I’d eventually arrive at happiness or success.

It seemed like something I needed to chase or find—definitely not something I could experience without dramatically changing my life.

I needed to work less, relax more, and generally revamp my circumstances and relationships in order to be a peaceful person.

Despite seeing peace as an endpoint, I also saw it as something passive; after all, that’s why I was so stressed: I had so much to do.

I’ve since realized that peace is always available, and like any desirable state of mind, it requires effort, even if that effort entails consciously choosing to be still.

Sure, our circumstances affect our mental state, but they don’t have to control them, not if we make tiny choices for our well-being.

Admittedly, it’s not easy to choose peace when we’re going through tough times. I still go through periods when I get caught up in worries and stresses, and it can feel like that’s the only available response to things that have happened.

But it’s not. There are countless things we can do to create peace of mind, both in response to events in our lives, and proactively, everyday.

If you’d also like to develop a greater sense of peace, you may find these suggestions helpful:

Meditation

1. Take five to ten minutes for a simple seated meditation.

2. Take 100 deep breaths, counting “and one,” “and two,” and so on, with “and” on the inhalations and the numbers on the exhalations.

3. Take a meditative walk, focusing solely on the physical sensations of walking—the earth under your feet, the swing of your hips.

4. Find a guided meditation on YouTube and let it lull you into a blissful state of presence.

5. Practice alternate nostril breathing. Hold the left nostril down and inhale through the right; then hold the breath. Release the left nostril, hold the right one down, and exhale through the left. Now start on the left with an inhalation, exhaling on the right. This is one set. Do up to five of them.

Communication

6. Write down everything that’s weighing you down mentally and then burn it as a form of letting go.

7. Write down everything you’ve learned from a difficult experience so you can see it as something useful and empowering instead of something to stress you out.

8. Tell someone how their actions affected you instead of holding it in and building resentment.

9. Call someone you’ve denied forgiveness and tell them you forgive them.

10. Apologize for a mistake instead of rehashing it, and then choose to forgive yourself.

Creativity

11. Engage in a little art therapy; grab some crayons, markers, or paint and put all your feelings on the page.

12. Create a peace collage. Include images that make you feel relaxed and at ease. (Google “peace collage” and you’ll get lots of ideas!)

13. Meditate on your favorite peace quote and then write it in calligraphy for framing.

14. Take a walk with the sole intention of photographing beautiful things that make you feel at peace, like a tree with colorful autumn leaves.

15. Write a blog post about what gives you peace of mind. (This has been a calming experience for me!)

Activity

16. Get up and dance to your favorite song, focusing solely on the music and the movement. Get into your body and get out of your head!

17. Take a long walk on the beach, focusing on the feel of the sand between your toes and the sound of the crashing waves. Cliché, but highly effective!

18. Go for a bike ride in a scenic part of town, and immerse yourself in the calm of your environment.

19. Take five to ten minutes for stretching, syncing your breath with the movements (or if you have an hour, visit a local studio for a yoga class).

20. Declutter a cluttered part of your home, creating a more peaceful space.

Acceptance

21. Muster compassion for someone who hurt you, instead of wallowing in bitterness, which will make it easier to forgive them and set yourself free.

22. Set aside some time to actively enjoy the good things about the present instead of scheming to create a better future.

23. Create a list of things you love about yourself instead of dwelling on how you wish you were different.

24. Focus on what you appreciate about the people in your life instead of wishing they would change (assuming you’re in healthy relationships).

25. Recognize if you’re judging yourself in your head with phrases like “I should have” or “I shouldn’t have.” Replace those thoughts with, “I do the best I can, my best is good enough, and I’m learning and growing every day.”

Solitude

26. Start reading that book you bought about dealing with the challenge you’ve been facing.

27. Schedule a date with yourself, a time when you don’t need to meet anyone else’s requests, and do something that feeds your mind and spirit. Go to a museum or take yourself to your favorite restaurant and simply enjoy your own company.

28. Sit in nature—under a tree, on a mountain—and let yourself simply be.

29. Be your own best friend. Tell yourself what’s on your mind, and then give yourself the advice you’d give a good friend who had the same issue.

30. Repeat some positive affirmations that help you feel present, peaceful, and empowered.

Connection

31. Tell the truth in your relationships. When we hold in our true feelings, we create stress for ourselves. Be kind but honest and share what you really feel.

32. Catch critical, blaming, or self-victimizing thoughts. Instead of ruminating on what someone else did wrong, express yourself and ask yourself what you can do to create the change you’re seeking.

33. Have fun with someone you love. Forget about everything that feels like a problem and do something silly and childlike.

34. Connect with someone online who can relate to what you’re going through and create a mutually supportive relationship by sharing and listening.

35. Let someone into your self-care routine—ask a friend to join a yoga studio with you, or invite your sister to jog with you on the beach.

Contribution

36. Volunteer your time to help a charity you believe in. Put all your energy into helping someone else, and you will inadvertently help yourself.

37. Volunteer at your local animal shelter. Animals are naturally present, and it’s contagious!

38. Do something kind for someone else without expecting anything in return. If they ask what they can do for you, tell them to pay it forward.

39. Leverage your passion to help someone else (i.e.: if you’re an aspiring designer, design a logo for a friend). You get to get in the zone doing something you love; someone else gets support they need. A win/win!

40. Leverage your purpose to serve someone else, not for money—just because. That might mean helping them pursue their passion, or motivating them to reach their fitness goals. Whatever gives your life meaning, give it to someone freely.

As is often the case with these types of list, this can seem a little long and overwhelming. The important thing is that we do at least one tiny thing every day to create mental stillness. What helps you create peace of mind?

This post was originally published in 2012.

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for The Best Auto Insurance in Canada

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Shopping for the best auto insurance in Canada can be confusing. This can lead to you making costly mistakes, such as failing to protect your assets with the correct auto insurance policy.

But, don’t worry. With this guide, we’ll outline the top 5 mistakes that Canadians make when shopping for auto insurance. With our help, you’re sure to find the coverage you need.

Failing to Shop Around

This is the most common mistake Canadians make – not shopping for insurance at all!

Many Canadians simply renew their insurance policy every year, without taking a look at the insurance market to see if they can find a better price or coverage.

Tickets and accidents can increase your insurance rates. So, if you have driving infractions on your record, shopping around for a new policy is especially important. If you stay with the same insurer, your current policy may reflect the price of coverage immediately post-accident. This means that you can end up overpaying for your current policy.

Purchasing Only Minimum Liability Coverage

Many Canadians think that “minimum liability coverage” means that they’re protected when they get involved in an accident. In a way, this is true.

Minimum liability coverage allows you to drive legally in Canada. However, it does not guarantee the safety of your assets. It also does not guarantee that an accident will be fully covered by your insurance policy.

For example, if your minimum liability coverage policy covers $25,000 in damages and you get involved in an at-fault wreck with an expensive car, you can be held liable for damages above $25,000.

auto insurance

While it’s tempting to only purchase minimum liability coverage to save money, this is usually a bad idea. Do a bit of research and consider your current financial situation. Protecting yourself with a higher liability policy is usually worth the investment – even if it results in a slightly more expensive policy.

Focusing Only on the Price of Insurance

A cheap policy might be a great fit for your wallet but when it comes to coverage, it may not be enough. Instead of buying the cheapest insurance policy you can find, closely check for coverage.

If it’s important for you to have an easy claims process and a high level of customer service, you should consider how much that’s worth. Remember, the cheapest policy may not always be the best policy to cover everything you need.

Choosing a Deductible That’s Too Low

Choosing a low deductible is a very common mistake when shopping for auto insurance. If you choose a low $500 deductible, for example, you may end up paying thousands of extra dollars in premiums over the next several years– even if there’s no accident.

A higher deductible allows you to keep more cash in your pocket while making sure your car is covered in case it gets damaged in an accident. So, while choosing a higher deductible may increase your out-of-pocket expenses during a claim, the savings offered by a lower monthly premium can easily make up for this.

Lying On Your Auto Insurance Application

Some drivers may lie about their driving records while others may lowball the total number of miles they drive each year. Some may neglect to mention that they’re driving their vehicle for business purposes.

Insurance companies will fact-check every aspect of your application. If you do manage to get away with misrepresenting the truth, you’re putting yourself at risk.

If your insurer sees that you’ve hidden facts on your application, they may void the insurance contract. Non-disclosure cancellations stay on your record, which means you won’t be able to purchase insurance through a regular market. Instead, you’ll have to turn to “high risk” insurance carriers, which means a higher insurance rate. Lying is not worth the savings you may get.

Conclusion

auto insurance shopping

By avoiding these common insurance shopping mistakes, you can make sure that you get all of the automotive coverage you need– with no surprises. So, next time you shop for the best auto insurance, consider these tips.

 

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7 Days to Success: a Weekly Ritual to Become a Successful Entrepreneur

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We’ve often said there is no exact formula for success. While that’s true, there are some definite steps you can take to move your business in the right direction. If we could put this into some orderly sequence and create a system to follow every day, wouldn’t it be nice?

We brainstormed some ideas and here’s what we came up with. We’re not saying that these seven things are the only things you should do, but if you try one per day for seven days, you might be able to create new habits faster than you think!

Sunday: Planning day

Rest and plan. When things are quieter, take some time on Sunday afternoon to reflect on what you did the week before. After this, brainstorm some “mini-goals” you’d like to see accomplished in the coming week. Don’t try to plan too much at once, just think of the tasks that are the most productive and focus on those primarily. Always “plan in analog” and write them on a yellow legal pad or white paper so you can feel free to mess up and scratch out various ideas without limits. Lastly, “weed your garden” and transfer the best ideas to your “to do” list for the week.

Monday: Implement

Once you have the main ideas you plan to implement, plan the most important ones into your work week. You can spread the tasks out over the various days of the week or do three or four in one week. Focus on the most productive tasks you think will bring in the most revenue and save the others for when you have more time. Write up to six things on your “to do” list that you think you can achieve for each day.

Tuesday: Get up earlier

Though I am a night owl myself, I’ve learned that I can gain much more momentum if I get up earlier in the day and do a couple of important things before the day gets started. This idea has been shared by others in the past in the form of books that recommend that you get five things done before 11am and other similar ideas. We’re not saying that you have to do any certain number of tasks before 11. Rather, it just means you can use the early morning hours to achieve as much as possible to jumpstart your day. This technique may make you feel more productive and inspire you to keep working later to achieve even more.

“One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast.” – Robert Brault

Wednesday: Focus on branding

Marketing is one of the most challenging things a business owner has to do to get their brand noticed. Yet, many often miss the mark because branding is more important than marketing. Despite what you might think, they are not the same. Marketing is focusing on products and services. Branding is focusing on your business and how it helps people to reach their personal goals. When you focus on branding, you are working on integrating all of the aspects of your marketing plan into one solid strategy which will place your brand in front of more people through multiple platforms and channels.

Thursday: Innovate and create

If you are a product-oriented business, Thursday is a good day to focus on innovation. Maybe you have your “creative team meetings” at another time, and that’s fine. Nonetheless, spend some time thinking about the innovative side of your business and write down some ideas for your next project. Get inspired and think about what Steve Jobs meant when he told his staff, “We’re going to pretend the universe.”

Friday: Evaluate and revamp

It has been said that “a life unexamined is not worth living,” but a business that is not measured is not worth having either. Take one day a week to evaluate how you are doing. Look back at your metrics, your ROI, and your sales on Friday and see how it compares to the week before or the month before and think about where you want to be in the next six months or year.

“Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.” – Ralph Marston

Saturday: Do something fun

Yes, even obsessed entrepreneurs need a little downtime. Otherwise, what are you doing this thing called entrepreneurship for? Taking a little time for yourself and doing something you love like painting, birdwatching or photography can renew your mind and spirit and get you ready for a new week. Do anything you enjoy that is helpful for recharging your batteries. Get into meditation or check out the Calm app. It can rejuvenate your mind and spirit leading to your ultimate success.

We hope these tips will help you do something each day to move closer to your goals. It’s not so important when you do them, as long as you consider these important areas of your business growth and implement, plan, and evaluate as you go. You’ll do it, one day at a time!

How do you structure your days in order to win the week? Please comment below with some tips!

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The Only Music That Really Eases Stress and Pain

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Stress is absolutely everywhere. Even when you feel like you’re thriving in one or more areas of your life, there’s always going to be stress somewhere else. One way that people choose to reduce stress is by listening to music, specifically, putting their very favorite tunes on repeat.

Listening to the favorite hits does make people feel better. But research has found that your favorite music may not be the best choice to ease stress and pain.

Listening, Fast and Slow

Even if faster tunes makes you feel better or upbeat, only the slower tunes help reduce stress and anxiety.

Slower beats have a meditative effect. Faster beats can’t really induce this same kind of feeling. Instead, they usually encourage more alert and concentrated thinking. This is useful for other situations but not stress reduction.

A study conducted by Monash University showed that slower classical music could help reduce “anxiety, heart rate, and blood pressure”.[1] The brain’s response to classical music may even help ease symptoms of depression as well as more day-to-day anxiety and stress.

Slower musical beats can alter brainwave speed, inducing a state that’s more meditative or hypnotic. Cognitive scientists and researchers in music therapy have spent a lot of time studying how musical rhythms impact our brainwaves and emotional states. This is why so many cultures (including most religious services) make slower, ceremonial music a big part of important rituals.[2]

Listening to music on headphones has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in hospital patients who need surgery. It can help reduce both physical pain and emotional distress of patients with chronic and postoperative pain.[3]

Soothing Tunes Don’t Have to Be Boring

Slow tunes, especially slow classical music, may sound boring for some listeners though. When you force yourself to listen to slow tunes that you can’t enjoy, it won’t reduce your stress but give you tension instead. You don’t need to force yourself to listen to relaxation music that you don’t like.

If you don’t already love many slow tunes, I’d recommend this Spotify playlist “Soothing Strings”. The music is calming but isn’t boring to anyone who isn’t used to listening to slow tunes.

Here are also a handful of YouTube tracks that you might try out:

Start exploring your favorite genres to find tracks you might like to use to ease your anxiety. As you explore more and more music, you’ll find ever more effective tracks personalized to your tastes. Don’t force yourself to use music that you actively dislike but keep an open mind as you listen and pay attention to how rhythms and melodies affect your mood. You may even surprise yourself.

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3 Things That Can Help You Start Being Your Best Self

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I did a video yesterday for a challenge that I’m doing and I was talking about something that I’m working on in the challenge. A comment from the leader came back and said that what stood out for her was how I’m constantly in “should”:

“I should have done…”, “I should have been able to…” and “I should…”.

Always “I should…”.

The day before, another friend commented on one of my posts that no matter how much I did, it was never enough: I SHOULD be doing more, I OUGHT to be doing more.

I don’t go into “Woulda” very much but I definitely do “OUGHTA”…

Actually, I do go into “would” but “would” is victim and I tend to go into blaming: the “ought to’s” and “should have’s”

At least, when I’m talking about myself, I go into blaming myself. I’m a bit more lenient on everyone else- sometimes.

The thing is, I can logically reason a solid basis for going into the “shoulds” and “oughts”. I’m aware that I’m not producing at 100% capacity.

I know I’m not being as efficient with my time as I could be and I know I’m hiding out and not doing what needs doing.

I know that if I just get my act together, I’d be producing way more and be way more effective than I am now.

And I know that I ought to be one of the top coaches and mindset experts in the world right now, but I don’t have my stuff together yet.

I ought to have my stuff together because I’ve been working with a mentor for a year now. Besides, I’ve been a coach for 15 years! I ought to be much further ahead than I am now.

And there’s no excuse! None! Not one! Well, except that I haven’t got my act together and I’m not giving it 100%.

By the way, I hate it when people talk about giving more than 100%: HOW?

How can you possibly give more than 100%? How can you start being your best self?

Be serious.

Not that I’m blaming anyone, you understand?

See how easy it is? See how easy it is for me to slide effortlessly into blaming about not being good enough? I start off well, being all objective and constructive. Then, ever so subtly, I always end up making myself wrong.

It even sounds like a logical step, doesn’t it? There’s no jarring change in tempo or direction. It just flows.

How interesting is that?

Our minds automatically go from detached, open-minded objectivity to pointing the finger, blame and make wrong.

I didn’t even notice it in what I was saying in either the video or the post! I didn’t see it or hear it. Honestly, it didn’t exist for me.

It’s just the truth and it’s just the way things are.

It’s a simple statement of fact.

[sigh]

So, what do you do about it? Because I can guarantee that if you want to create the things that you really want in your life, you’ll have to deal with this.

Notice yourself doing self-blame

First of all, you have to NOTICE it. You must notice yourself doing it so you can catch yourself and do something different. The easiest way to do this is to either journal or video yourself talking about yourself and your life, where it’s at, what you want, what you’ve done and haven’t done so far.

Then, get someone to read or watch it.

Scary, I know, but it’s the best way to do it.

If you can’t bring yourself to do that, you read or watch it. The problem with doing it this way is that we tend to believe that what we write or say about ourselves is the truth. It sounds true and it lands for us as just a statement of fact.

This is why we need someone else to point things out for us.

Notice what you say about yourself:

Are you not good enough?

Do you never do enough?

Should you be doing more?

Are you comparing yourself to others?

Does no one appreciate you?

Are you a victim?

Write it down

writing a list

Pay attention to the wording that you use.

Do the same thing again but this time, write about yourself and your life and listen out for the coulda, shoulda, woulda, oughta.

Now, here’s the challenge: Write about yourself and your life as though you’re a complete superstar who plays all out and always does everything to the best of your ability.

If you keep on catching yourself while you’re speaking, thinking, and writing about yourself and making a consistent, committed effort to support and admire yourself, pretty soon your whole life will be completely different.

Can you imagine that? Can you imagine how differently you’d feel about yourself if you just believe that everything you do is what’s necessary?

See Also: Writing Therapy: How It Can Make Your Life Easier

Believe you’re being your best self

be amazing

I don’t know whether you’ve ever experienced it, but when you’re in the company of someone who thinks you’re amazing, the whole world is different. You’ll be different. You act differently, think differently, and do different things.

Imagine if you lived in that space all the time, where you’re in the company of someone who thinks you’re totally awesome…

Someone who always speaks and acts in alignment with what’s important to him,

Someone who never lets himself down,

Or someone who knows that whatever happens, he’s done the best he can?

Can you imagine that?

Now imagine if that person were you.

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3 Convenient Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner

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Lifelong learning is a buzzword today, and it’s easy to see why. The massive changes in technology and the changing nature of work are reasons to sharpen our skills and expand our knowledge. We need to be lifelong learners, but how? When people hear “lifelong learning” they often think of getting another degree or taking university-level classes. They dread the costs and time commitment associated with these options. And the caliber of massive open online courses (MOOCs) can range drastically. However, there are high-quality, inexpensive alternatives to consider.

1. The Great Courses Plus

The Great Courses Plus have lifelong learners in mind. It’s an on-demand video service of lectures that cover a range of subjects: history, science, philosophy, economics and finance, travel, and music and fine arts, among many others. Each subject offers a variety of courses to choose from. For example, “history” has over 70 courses; “History of the Ancient World” is one course and it has 48 lectures. The benefits are many. First, lectures are about 30 minutes long, so you get a dense amount of information in a reasonable amount of time. Second, the price is right. For about the cost of one movie ticket each month, I have access to thousands of videos taught by high-caliber professors. Third, The Great Courses Plus app makes it easy to learn while you’re on the go. I listen to about two lectures each day walking to and from work; sometimes I download lectures in advance so I can watch them on my smartphone when sitting on the train or in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. As a result, I’ve learned about creativity, Japanese history, European art, American history, and writing, among many other topics.

2. Lynda.com

Another online education platform I use regularly is Lynda.com. It consists of thousands of courses on subjects, like technology, business, software, and productivity, that are taught by industry experts. For example, there are more than 200 hundred courses on productivity alone. A course, which may last a few minutes or several hours, consists of multiple lectures. Lectures typically last just a few minutes, thereby distilling complicated topics into small, digestible bits. Plus, similar to The Great Courses Plus, convenience is key. I often download lectures in advance and listen to them when I’m sitting in the airport or standing in line at the store. And, once again, the price is right: for the price of a meal out each month I have the convenience and expertise Lynda.com offers.

3. Audiobooks

Listening to audiobooks is not a novel concept, but it seems to be glossed over today. That’s a shame, because listening to audiobooks are an easy, and often free, way to cycle through a lot of information quickly. I download books from my library and listen to them on my smartphone during the course of my day. Sure, I prefer sitting down in a comfortable chair and reading a physical book. But audiobooks are another convenient and inexpensive way to learn. Of course there are many other ways to keep learning, like reading and listening to podcasts. Reading is valuable, but I find that podcast episodes vary greatly in terms of quality. In contrast, the quality of a Great Course or Lynda.com course is consistently high over time. When I start a Great Course lecture, I know it’ll be an information filled, thought-provoking 30 minutes. The above options make learning about a wide variety of subjects easy, affordable, and enjoyable. Now you can fill pockets of time throughout your day with quality information.
Amy Haddad writes for a Chicago-based software company. She is also a freelance writer and blogger, writing about productivity, art, and technology. Read her blog at amymhaddad.com.

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30 Motivational Cam Newton Quotes

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Cam Newton is a NFL Quarter back for the American Football team the Carolina Panthers.  He has won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award for 2015 and played in Super Bowl 50.  Beyond his athletic accomplishments, Cam is admired as a positive role model in the sports community, regularly participating in outreach programs and developing his own clothing line.  A rising star in the league, Cam has a great future ahead of him.

Here are 30 of Cam’s best quotes:

1. “I’m an example of why people deserve second chances.” – Cam Newton

2. “Everything the world may bring, there’s a song for it to put you in the right frame of mind.” – Cam Newton

3. “It’s a day-to-day learning process.” – Cam Newton

4. “Word of mouth travels faster than anything else.” – Cam Newton

5. “A person that says ‘losing is not difficult,’ I don’t even want to be around that person.  And obviously, that person has never won anything relevant in their life.” – Cam Newton

6. “Excuses are a disease” – Cam Newton

7. “Hindsight is always 50/50.” – Cam Newton

8. “The thing that makes the great players great, and that separates players from different players is, when you going out there whether being prepared or not, you have to react.  And if you’re thinking, you’re already a step behind” – Cam Newton

9. “When people see you do alright, then you start winning their hearts.  It’s not going to come easy, though.  It doesn’t matter how many people you do right, you’re still going to be hated by so many others.  You can’t live your life trying to make everybody happy.” – Cam Newton

10. “I think we all have unbelievable potential.  But a wise man once told me potential has never won a game.” – Cam Newton

11. “You don’t go into the game to compete.  You go into each game to win.” – Cam Newton

12. “You cannot make progress with excuses.” – Cam Newton

13. “I scratch my head sometimes and ask myself, ‘Why am I in this position?’ A lot of answers I come back with are, ‘Why not?’” – Cam Newton

14. “My pop always said, ‘one day you can be on top of the world, and the next day the world can be on top of you.’” – Cam Newton

15. “Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion.” – Cam Newton

16. “Genuine people, at this stage of my life, are very scarce.  That’s unfortunate.  Most of the time, I don’t really give people a chance.  I have a wall up.  I’m always protecting who I am.  Thinking about my brand.” – Cam Newton

17. “It’s no secret that I am not afraid to shine bright and be festive, and I like to encourage that in others.” – Cam Newton

18. “Not to sound arrogant, but what I did in one year, others couldn’t do in their entire collegiate careers.” – Cam Newton

19. “The only thing that’s going to get you away from all the talk is winning” – Cam Newton

20. “It has to be a contagious thing…one person is not going to just take this team to the promised land.” – Cam Newton

21. “Some people have certain beliefs, and I have my own belief, and we can agree to disagree on certain things.” – Cam Newton

22. “We’re just out here every single day trying to do the best that we can.” – Cam Newton

23. “I’m a living testament that anything is possible.” – Cam Newton

24. “My thing is to execute the given play, execute the game plan to the best of my ability.  If the option is for me to make a play when I have to, I will.  Or I’ll put myself in the best situation to do so.” – Cam Newton

25. “What happens when you take a lion out of the safari and try to take him to your place of residence and make him a house pet?  It ain’t going to happen.  That’s the type of person I am.  I’m that lion.” – Cam Newton

26. “Winning excuses everything” – Cam Newton

27. “I’ve said numerous times that I play to have a stage that people will listen to, and I pray to God that I do right by my influence” – Cam Newton

28. “Winning is contagious, you know its a thought.  It’s not something that just happens on Sundays.  You know that’s something, like you have to live like a winner.  You have to think like a winner.  You have to eat like a winner.  Everything that you do with life, you gotta be a winner.” – Cam Newton

29. “I see the light at the end of the tunnel, so I’m going hard.” – Cam Newton

30. “Control what you can control.  Don’t lose sleep worrying about things that you don’t have control over because, at the end of the day, you still won’t have any control over them” – Cam Newton

Which quote resonated with you the most?  Comment below!


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31 Greatest Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes To Make You Great

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Is there a person walking this earth, that has not heard of France’s 1st emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte? The man has transcended his name with ludicrous stories of his ruling and his views on life. Perhaps as a way of compensating for his short height, Napoleon always had a fiery tongue and often insisted on getting […]

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100 Lion Quotes To Boost Your Motivation

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The lion is a symbol of personal strength, and courage and leadership.  Whenever we see these awesome creatures, we are reminded of the raw power and limitless potential that we all share.  As a result, many role models can be considered ‘lions’ due to their influence, accomplishments.  

Here Are 100 Quotes From Top Lions:

1. “Worrying gets you nowhere. if you turn up worrying about how you’re going to perform, you’ve already lost. Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself.” – Usain Bolt

2. “There is greatness within you!” – Les Brown

3. “For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

4. “Failure is not the outcome – failure is not trying. Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Sara Blakely

5. “Go forth boldly, and mighty forces will come to your aid” – Unknown

6. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

7. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson

8. “Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” – Will Smith

9. “If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

10. “Your life should be dominated by only one main fear: Not fully optimizing today. That’s the healthiest fear in the world.” – Tai Lopez

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

12. “A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” – Tony Robbins

13. “If I was not a dreamer, I would have achieved nothing.” – Clint Eastwood

14. “Do the thing that your heart is asking you to do regardless of the external circumstances.” – Elliott Hulse

15. “In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.” – Jane Smiley

16. “Attack your goals like your life depends on it” – Unknown

17. “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

18. “There is no substitute for hard work. Always be humble and hungry.” – Dwayne Johnson

19. “Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.” – Victor Forbes

20. “Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

21. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali

22. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer

23. “Trying to tear down the past prohibits you from building up your future.” – Lil Wayne

24. “Lack of emotion causes lack of progress and lack of motivation.” – Tony Robbins

25. “You must lose everything in order to gain anything.” – Brad Pitt

26. “It’s not an experiment if you know it’s going to work.” – Jeff Bezos

27. “You are the master of your environment. You’ve got your own head, your own mind. So once you figure out what you want for yourself, you have to create the proper environment to make sure you can live out all the things you want.” – Tyrese Gibson

28. “It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K Rowling

29. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” –  Martin Luther King Jr.

30. “To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.” – Henry Ford

31. “Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts.” – Kobe Bryant

32. “Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” – Lewis Howes

33. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great makes you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

34. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

35. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”– Stephen Covey

36. “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

37. “The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” – Eminem

38. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

39. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

40. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

41. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

42. “Look back at your life. It’s always the hardest times that made you who you are.” – Casey Neistat

43. “Average is a failing formula” – Grant Cardone

44. “A lion runs fastest when he is hungry” – Salman Khan

45. “If you let society and your peers define you who you are, you’re less for it” – Hugh Hefner

46. “There isn’t a way things should be. There’s just what happens, and what we do.” – Terry Pratchett

47. “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” – Winston Churchill

48. “Winners win, and losers lose.” – Eric Thomas

49. “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” –  William James

50. “As a man sow, shall he reap. and I know that talk is cheap. But the heat of the battle is as sweet as the victory.” – Bob Marley

51. “You are the master of your environment. You’ve got your own head, your own mind. So once you figure out what you want for yourself, you have to create the proper environment to make sure you can live out all the things you want.” – Tyrese Gibson

52. “Success isn’t always about ‘Greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson

53. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” –  Babe Ruth

54. “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

55. “The secret to success: find something you love to do so much, you can’t wait for the sun to rise to do it all over again.” – Chris Gardner

56. “Ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely

57. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

58. “The world is a jungle. You either fight and dominate or hide and evaporate.” – Unknown

59. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb

60. “We only get to play this game one time…one life.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

61. “Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” – Warren Buffett

62. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

63. “I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. It’s that simple.” – LeBron James

64. “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama

65. “It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed, you only have to be right once.” – Mark Cuban

66. “It’s never too late to realize what you want in your life and it’s never wrong to fight for it.” – Drake

67. “Every morning you have 2 choices: continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

68. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

69. “You’ve got to stay patient, stay in the moment, keep grinding, … You never know what can happen. And it turned out well.” – Tiger Woods

70. “Everyone wants to eat but few are willing to hunt” – Unknown

71. “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.” – John Wayne

72. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden

73. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

74. “Instead of thinking about work the next day or thinking about what you have to do, if you live in the moment you’ll have some of the best times of your life.” – Big Sean

75. “Success is your duty, obligation, and responsibility” – Grant Cardone

76. “When you are great, you attract great!  When you are average, you attract average” – Eric Thomas

77. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” – Gerard Way

78. “It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.” – Muhammad Ali

79. “Our ability to handle life’s challenges is a measure of our strength of character.” – Les Brown

80. “I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.” – Denzel Washington

81. “Only you and you alone can change your situation. Don’t blame it on anything or anyone.”  – Leonardo DiCaprio

82. “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey

83. “If you don’t play to win, don’t play at all.” – Tom Brady

84. “The devil whispers “You can not withstand the storm” The warrior replies “I AM THE STORM” – Unknown

85. “The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. Don’t stop!” – Unknown

86. “Poor people put a low value on themselves and their efforts.” – Daymond John

87. “One of the things you can always depend on – this is one of the truths of the universe, and you heard it first from here – whatever we decide we want to do is what we do.” – Morgan Freeman

88. “Dare to take chances, lest you leave your talent buried in the ground.” – Phil Knight

89. “And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping? I’m working.” – Will Smith

90. “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.” – Bruce Lee

91. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” – Jack Canfield

92. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

93. “I’m just always looking forwards. I spend very little time, looking backwards” – Gary Vaynerchuk

94. “Successful people have a bigger fear of failure than people who’ve never done anything because if you haven’t been successful, then you don’t know how it feels to lose it all.” – Jay-Z

95. “What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength.” – Meryl Streep

96. “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”  – Bruce Lee

97. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

98. “The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.” – Tony Robbins

99. “If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself.” –  Jim Rohn

100. “If we are growing we are always going to be outside our comfort zone.” – John Maxwell

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How to Smash Your Blogging Goals in Just 5 Days

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Smash Your Blogging Goals

This post is by ProBlogger expert Ellen Jackson of Potential Psychology

Have you ever uttered the phrase, ‘One day I’ll…’?

Of course you have. We all have.

One day I’ll schedule my social media

One day I’ll improve my web site

One day I’ll organise my images (a personal favourite)

One day I’ll start a podcast…

Next we say, ‘When…’

When I have more time

When I have more money

When inspiration hits

When I’ve developed my skills

When I feel more confident

When life is easier….

Here’s a thought: What if life is never easier? What if you never find more time, money or confidence?

What if tomorrow and the day after and the day after that are no different to today? How will you ever achieve your goals and get those ‘one day’ tasks done? What if ‘one day’ never comes?

Procrastination researchers have discovered that our tendency to put things off is a self-delusion designed to make us feel better about today.

‘We think that our future self will be better able to handle feelings of insecurity or frustration with the task,’ psychologist Dr Fuschia Sirois says. ‘That somehow we’ll develop these miraculous coping skills to deal with the emotions that we just can’t deal with right now.’

Oh dear.

The Quick Win Goal Challenge

Recently I challenged my audience to see if together we could make some progress on our ‘one day’ goals. Science tells us that public accountability can help motivate you to achieve your goals, so we teamed up and made a commitment to work together.

We each picked a ‘one day’ goal – something that had been on the to-do list for months or longer. Tasks we’d been avoiding – important but not urgent. Goals that languished in the backs of minds, niggling, without ever launching forth to a point of urgency.

Our aim?

To follow five simple, science-based steps over five days to make major progress on our ‘one day’ goals.

The goals were diverse:

‘Make a plan to buy my first home’

‘Digitise my client files’

‘Tidy my spare room’

‘Write my ebook’

‘Build my potential client base’

We were all filled with enthusiasm, posting images to Instagram each day to share our progress.

The results were gratifying.

“I am well on the way to finishing my ebook. I produced 65 pages of a 100-page book, created the template, designed the cover AND worked out a distribution plan. All in five days! Prior to this I had done… not much for two years.”

“I have officially ticked off everything I set out to do this week. Feeling chuffed.”

And the steps to get there?

Let me share the five science-based steps to making your ‘one day’ today.

Step 1: Know EXACTLY What You Want to Achieve by the End of the Five Days

‘Fix my web site’ is a goal too overwhelming to contemplate. What does ‘fixed’ look like? How will you know when it’s fixed? Will ‘fixing’ one piece break another one?

No wonder you never start.

When you pull a goal apart and specify exactly what you want to achieve, you do two things:

  1. You get clear on all the little tasks involved. This will help you estimate the time you need, and help you figure out where to start.
  2. You paint a picture of what success looks like. A clear, specific goal like ‘By Friday I will have updated the background image on my home page, created links in the menu to my new product pages and rewritten my About Me copy’ feels achievable. ‘Fix my web site’ feels like a task you want to avoid.

Step 2: Take Conscious Action

A clear, specific goal is necessary but not sufficient if you want to achieve your ‘one day’ project. You need to know where you’re going, but it’s action that will get you there.

Step two involves two tasks.

Task One: Write it down. Did you know you are 42% more likely to achieve your goal if you write it down? It’s not clear how or why this works, but the evidence confirms that it does.

Task Two: Work on your ‘Why?’ For many of us, motivation comes not just from what we’re trying to achieve, but why. Studies have shown that if we connect our goal to something larger and more important (‘I want to make money blogging so I can spend more time at home with my children’) we are less impulsive, less likely to give in to distractions, and more likely to plan and execute the required actions to reach our goals. When you’ve articulated your goal, spend some time thinking about why you want to achieve it. Who’s involved? How will they benefit? How will achieving this goal improve your life?

Step 3: Stop Looking for Motivation

Motivation: We’re all looking for it. Somewhere along the line someone convinced us that when we find our motivation, goal success will be effortless. We just have to find it, and then making client calls will be easy. We’ll sit at the laptop and schedule our social media. We won’t procrastinate or be distracted. We’ll just get stuff done. Simple.

But motivation isn’t  ‘thing.’ It can’t be found. Motivation, in simple psychological terms, is the desire to do something. You won’t find the desire to do something hiding anywhere. You have to create it.

Here’s a tip from the world’s leading researchers in goal-setting: Make your goal difficult.

Challenging but realistic goals – goals that stretch us but not quite to breaking point – activate motivation. They push us, encourage us and reward us when we achieve them. If a goal is too easy we don’t get the get up and go to… well, get up and go. If they’re too difficult we’re too overwhelmed to start. A stretching, challenging but achievable goal is like Baby Bear’s porridge – just right.

Step 4: Use my Favourite Productivity Tip

It’s called ‘The 15-minute rule’ and it rocks. I know because I use it all the time.

Here’s how it works:

If there’s a task on your list that you’re avoiding, commit 15 minutes to it today.

It could be:

  • 15 minutes of writing
  • 15 minutes of client calls
  • 15 minutes tidying your office
  • 15 minutes on that proposal you’ve been avoiding.

Why does it work? Because getting started is the hardest part of any task. The good news is that once you’ve started, you’re likely to push on beyond the 15 minutes you committed to. It’s called the Ovsiankina effect. Your brain doesn’t like starting a task and then stopping partway through. It will linger on your unfinished business, niggling at you until you get the job done. Get started and you’ll find the motivation to do more.

Step 5: Celebrate Every Step

What do you do when you finish a project or task? Do you tick it off the list and move straight on to the next one? Do you get on a roll, morphing into a task-completion machine? How long can you maintain momentum before you collapse on the lounge with the remote and Netflix?

A critical step in making progress towards difficult goals is celebrating the steps along the way. Yes, a big win feels great. But it’s the small wins – the incremental tasks you nail each day – that sustain your motivation and keep you happy and engaged for the long run.

Day five is all about reviewing your progress and celebrating your successes. Make a list of every little thing you’ve achieved on your ‘one day’ goal so far. Every little tiny thing. Give yourself a mental high five and put your feet up for a while. You’ve made a big start on a long-time goal. That deserves a reward. What’s more, you’re set up to rock on into next week.

Ellen Jackson from Potential Psychology  is a workplace psychologist, consultant, writer and speaker. Her mission is to help others to live, learn and flourish. You can join her next free Quick Win Challenge to nail your ‘one day’ goal here.

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