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Have you been waiting for a huge opportunity to come your way and sweep you off your feet? A stunning job offer? A life-changing encounter? A million-dollar idea that you know is going to work?

I have. I thought that when a GREAT opportunity presented itself, I would not let it go by. I would take MASSIVE action to make it work. I would be bold and brilliant and I would take risks.

Then I started analyzing my life and I realized that my biggest achievements did not look like ‘wonderful opportunities’ when they presented themselves. They looked like a lot of work with a feasible, yet highly improbable, possibility of success. I took action more out of curiosity, enjoyment and a sense of obligation. But never once did I feel that this was it! Actually every time I had a ‘good feeling’ about something or someone, things never quiet worked out the way I expected.

Maybe you can relate to this as well… Have you always recognized and seized the opportunity when you saw it?

Before you find a definite answer, let me tell you one story:

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end conversationI have a weird gift, which sometimes seems more like a curse. No matter how boring or uninteresting the topic of conversation is, I can not just start daydreaming or planning vacation in my mind. People talk, I listen.

This might be a great skill, but part of my problem is that weeks and even months later I remember most of the details that people cared to share with me: their astrological signs, their blood pressure, names of their pets. Sometimes I think that my brain is a huge store of bits and pieces of information (and not all of it can be defined as “useful”).

In general, I enjoy listening to people’s routines, hobbies, children, or their experiences. To me it is like a window into someone else’s life and I appreciate that a person is sharing it with me.

However, at times what is interesting to us, is not necessarily interesting to everyone we talk to. I know that I can talk for hours about psychological experiments, healthy eating, yoga, travelling, motivation, life of successful people, deserts or my niece. So unless you are REALLY interested in discussing these topics, please do not get me started. 🙂

I am sure that your too have your favorite topics that you are passionate about, but your enthusiasm and interests might not always be shared by every single person you talk to. That is why it helps to know when to end a conversation or change the topic.

Here are a few signs of boredom that you need to watch out for when talking to people:

1. Responding the same way over and over.

Really?”, “Right”, “Yeah” “Uh-huh” – these tired replies accompanied with occasional nods, are usually indicators that people are not too engaged in the conversation. They might listen, because good manners are binding them to do so, but they really would like to talk about something else.

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overcome lazinessDo you know this feeling – you are neither tired, nor stressed out, nor overwhelmed. Just a little bit bored, a little bit apathetic, a little bit unmotivated, and a little bit of everything that makes you not want to work… or think hard…or feel obligated to do what you know you should be doing.

There is just some kind of mental resistance that does not allow you to be productive or creative. As if someone has turned off the inner switch of your excitement and desire to make things happen.
I wonder where this feeling comes from and what it is all about?

I know that when I felt like that as a girl, my parents usually called this delicate emotional state of mine – being lazy. Well, if I had to come up with a definition of commonplace laziness – the symptoms would match, but it is still hard to accept that years later– conscious and hard-working individuals can fall prey to something as banal as laziness.

But the fact remains – there are days when we leave some of the tasks on our to-do list unchecked, and there are days when we resist doing anything.

So how do we overcome this laziness state? How do we turn our excitement and productivity back on? How do we re-motivate ourselves to get going?

Some of the tricks I use to get myself back on track

1. Have a plan. Often laziness strikes us when we are not sure what to do next. We lack clarity of what has to be done and why. If this is the case a detailed daily plan or a to-do list can quickly eliminate confusion and funnel your efforts in the right direction.

2. Act on impulse. Do not over-think work. Even the slightest spark of desire to get something done is enough to start your inner productivity engine going.

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steve jobs quotesGreat minds think differently. And it is one of the reasons for their greatness.

When I try to think of a successful person whose thinking and vision was so innovative it shaped the way we interact with the world – Steve Jobs immediately comes to mind. His powerful creative drive, endless search for perfection, and unconventional thinking made him a legend of this generation.

And while Steve Jobs is no longer with us, his ideas, his vision and his personal success story continues to affect and inspire millions of people in every part of the world.

Here are 9 Guidelines of Life that Steve Jobs himself preached and followed, be it when creating his latest iPhone, building multi-million dollar companies or when facing personal and professional setbacks.

1. Do what you love

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

“Follow your passion and money will follow” – is advice that has been repeated by so many successful people it almost sounds like a cliché. Yet when it comes to making a career and professional decisions, many of us believe that achieving success is about being practical, not about doing what makes us happy day in and day out.

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M0st people read self-help books for pleasure, relaxation, or for a boost of inspiration. I do it as part of my work (not that I am complaining about it). I am always on the look out for a new great self-help book, interesting psychological discovery or an uplifting video that I can later share with you. My book shelves are stuffed with motivational literature. My iPad and laptop is filled with audio books, podcasts and videos that I need or would like to watch some day.

No wonder I have learned to consume and process large quantities of information quickly and efficiently! Yet sometimes I feel the need to stop and give myself time to savor a great book: to come back to important chapters and re-read them two of three times, to write down quotes that I loved, to reflect on how it applies to my own life.

Today I would like to share some of my favorite books with you. Each and every one of these self-help books has had a great impact of my core beliefs, work priorities, habits and my relationships with other people.

My advice to you is to pick one of the books from the list that resonates with you the most and read it slowly, enjoying every single chapter.

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie.

Dale CarnegieDale Carnegie’s book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is considered one of the first self-help books. It was published in 1936 and has since sold over 15 million copies.

I am sure you have heard of it, but if you still have not read it I suggest that you do. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is by far the best and one of the most effective books that talks about the fine art of getting along with people, resolving conflicts effectively, and frankly expressing your thoughts and feelings without ever offending those around you.

It does not matter if you would like to improve your business communication, widen your social cycle or create an atmosphere of peace and understanding at home, this book can teach you how to do it.

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leadership beliefsThere are leaders that we eagerly follow, hang on their every word and come to them looking for guidance. Then there are bosses. You know – the annoying, close-minded, stubborn control freaks that everyone dislikes and complains about?

Taken out of context they could be wonderful people, loving husbands or wives, devoted fathers or mothers, and passionate golf-players.

But…

When it comes to leading, organizing and empowering people, bosses’ social status by far exceeds their leadership abilities.

Fortunately for us (and for the bosses) there is hope, because with the right guidance and dedication leadership skills can be developed and improved.

  • So how do you take a mediocre boss and transform them into a Charismatic Leader?
  • What are the main qualities that define inborn leaders that attract loyal followers wherever they go?
  • What is the secret of their carefree success?

I found that at the base of any leadership success and charisma lay 3 Powerful Beliefs:

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solve relationships problemI have a question for you – is there a difference between intentionally hitting your toes on the dinner table leg or your friend pushing you and then hitting your toes on the dinner table?

As it turns out, the later scenario is a lot more painful than the first one.

Psychologists have done numerous experiments and found out two things about pain:

1. It tends to decrease if our body expects it. For example, let’s say that you are running through a wood and are getting slapped by tree branches as you run. The first impulse of pain will be the strongest one, but then your body will adjust to it and the pain signals will decrease to the point where you no longer notice the branches slapping or scratching your skin.

2. It tends to escalate when we believe someone is hurting us on purpose. When we think that someone does something with the intention of hurting us, our pain signals shot through the roof each time we get hurt. We do not get accustomed or learn to ignore this kind of pain.

Just think of the times when you found yourself infuriated or heartbroken because you believed that another person has said or done something to hurt you on purpose (even when this was not true).

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self-help quotesHave you ever read a great quote and thought, “Why didn’t I think of that? It is so simple!

This is the power of brilliantly said self-help quotes – they pass your through your mind and find immediate response in your heart.

It does not matter if you read them when you are 10 or 87, they will still remind and inspire you to be kinder, to dream bolder, to work harder, to forgive faster, and to love deeper without expecting anything in return.

I noticed long ago that whenever I start my day with a positive and inspiring quote it is much easier for me to stay focused on the things I prize the most and to be more patient with myself and those around me.

Today I thought maybe you too are in need of some motivation and positive energy. If this is the case, I want to share with you some carefully selected Self-Help Quotes that are very dear to my heart. I hope that they will inspire you to continue improving yourself (because that is what all great quotes are supposed to do).

1. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
Peter F. Drucker

2. “Believe in Yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.”
Cynthia Kersey

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Have you ever met people who have clear purpose in life and live it with passion? People like this are rare but if you ever come in contact with them their enthusiasm, their commitment, their passion will inevitably rub off on you and this encounter will change your own perception of the world. World famous conductor and speaker Benjamin Zander is...

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follow your heartIt is funny how through reading inspirational stories we often make discoveries about ourselves. I mean we hear all the time about importance of following our heart and staying true to ourselves, but this advice often sounds too cliché to be taken seriously.

Recently I read a great story that made me look at the same concept from a different perspective.

It went like this:

“One day an old Emperor from the Far East gathered together all the young people in his kingdom and announced that one of them would be his Successor. He gave each of them one seed and asked them to go home, plant it, water it and come back the following year with what they had grown. The next Emperor would be chosen judged on the plant that they brought with them.

A year passed by and all the young people came back to the palace with beautiful plants and flowers, except for one little boy. He was standing at the back with an empty pot, his head low. Some of his friends openly mocked him, a few felt sorry for the poor guy. But everyone was hoping that his plant would catch the Emperor’s eye.

Finally the Emperor arrived. He scanned the room, congratulated everyone on the beautiful and exotic flowers that they had grown, when he suddenly spotted the boy with the empty pot. He walked up to the boy, took his hand and declared “Behold your new emperor!”

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