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If Cinderella was a man and the story took place in our times, Tony Robbins life would fit in the script perfectly.

liveBorn on the 29th of February 1960 (a leap year) in North Hollywood, California, Tony was oldest of his two siblings. His mother Nikki loved him dearly, yet expected only the best behavior of him and he did everything to please her. A year after his parents got divorced, the quiet and shy seven-year-old Tony moved to Azusa, California, where he attended Glendora High School.

His mother later remarried to a former baseball player – Jim Robbins, whose surname Tony took on. His stepfather was the first person, who helped Anthony to build his confidence. He also instilled in Tony a love for baseball.

Anonymous act of kindness and adulthood

“Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow.”

When Anthony was 13 his family struggled financially to the point that on Thanksgiving Eve, his parents could not afford to buy their children presents or have a Thanksgiving dinner.

That night someone left a Thanksgiving basket on their doorsteps. To the Robbins’ family it was a little miracle and the whole family enjoyed the celebration. This act of kindness had a profound effect on Anthony and he promised himself that one day he would make enough money and help others as well.

As he grew older, his relationships with his mother became more and more strained. She depended on Tony for cooking, cleaning, making repairs around the house and she was very strict when her expectations were not met.

On Christmas Eve 1977, at the age of 17, Tony decided that he had had enough of his mother’s care and control. He walked out of the house with nothing but the clothes he had on, eager to make it on his own.

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doing imperfectlyIt is often helpful yet incredibly frustrating to be reminded of how imperfect you are. Don’t you think?

I mean there are tons of things in our life that could be improved. For starters, there are the ten – fifteen extra pounds to be lost. Then there is a credit card debt to be settled, a few childhood issues to be resolved, and possibly a broken heart to be mended.

I do not think there is a single person reading this article, who would not want to change something about them self, their work or their life.

Even now, as I am writing these words there is a voice in the back of my head wondering if I could write this article better?

The truth is I probably could. I could dedicated a few hours to finding a captivating title. Or I could deleted and re-written each phrase several time, until it sounds just right. But I am not going to do this.

Why?

Because this article is not about perfection.

It is about the 3 truths of being imperfect and actually feeling pretty good about it.

Truth #1: Perfection is a myth

We can all sit around and wait for our life to be perfect. Or we can get busy and try to mold our life to our image of perfection. In either case, we are doomed. Because achieving perfection in any area of life – while being a worthy and motivating goal – is a myth.

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Let’s face it – making new friends has becoming more and more difficult for most of us. Throw a demanding career and household duties into the mix and you will understand why according to the statistics the average person has 0,7 friends. We simply do not leave ourselves enough time to connect with people and cultivate true friendship.

However, no matter how happy our family life or how gratifying our job is, deep down we still feel the need to belong, to confide in others, to get and give the support. This is what true friends are for! And no amount of work or hours spend in the bosom of the family can substitute what real, life-long friendship has to offer.

So whether you have moved to a new city or feel that your social life starts to wither as you slowly grow apart with your old friends, here are 20 resourceful Ideas on How to Make new Friends easily:

1. Get to know your neighbors

It is amazing how many people live for years right next to each other without actually knowing each other’s name. If this sounds like your apartment building, be the first one to break the ice.

2. Get sport-active

Thinking about getting in shape or starting to jog in the morning? Great! Why not joining a sports team or finding someone to jog with? If you have no idea where to look for sport events in your city, start with the events on CraigsList.com or browse the many clubs on MeetUp.com.

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happiness checkOk, I admit. This is not something I read in the Europe’s Journal of Psychology. Nor has it been proven by any scientific research or backed up by a team of well-known psychology experts.

What I am about to share with you is my own theory that was inspired and conceived during my last 9-hour flight from Italy to New York.

My argument and my conclusion is that the older we get, the more stubbornly we ignore everyday miracles that surround us.

Let’s take flying for example…

Can you remember your first trip on a plane? How did you feel, looking out of the window and watching how a huge airplane picks up speed and slowly takes off the ground, leaving behind the roof tops, long streamers of roads and the perfectly delineated squares of green and yellow fields.

I observed people around me today and all I saw was mild boredom and slight frustration about the plane being 45 minutes late. When did flying become just a convenient vehicle that allows us to get from point A to point B? Isn’t it a miracle that we are able to surmount the force of gravity and rise above the clouds?

When I was little I was practically glued to the window the whole time the plane flew, imagining that this is how the God sees the Earth. I felt powerful. I still do, when I distract myself from voracious “What time will they serve lunch?” thoughts and take a moment to glance out of the window on the frothy, ever-changing sea of white clouds floating below.

Now, getting back to my theory about us losing our ability to get amazed at little things…

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Sometimes we feel that we would like to change something about our lives, but we simply do not know where to start. When I first started discovering the self-help world, my biggest problem was the absence of clear and do-able instructions of what I had to do to “take control of my time”, to “stop procrastinating”, to “find my passion”. I realized that if I wanted to improve my quality of life I had to start eating healthier, working harder and sticking longer with my goals, but the question was always the same “How will I do that?”

You might be asking yourself the same questions right now, feeling uncertain about what action steps to take in order to attain real and consistent positive results in most areas of your life.

I will not offer you the ‘hidden secrets’ of a happy life or the ‘magic bullet’ of success, but I can give you 4 Clear Action Steps that do not require drastic lifestyle changes, yet will noticeably improve your life:

1. Choose the least crowded road to success

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

– Robert Frost

In our life we are often faced with the choice: to take an easy path or to take the right path. Most people choose the easy path. But you are not “most people”. You are unique and if you want to stand out from that crowded road – follow your heart, even if it means taking the road less traveled. It may seem tough and strenuous at first, but it really is the shortcut to your personal and professional growth and success!

Action step: Think of what you believe other people expect of you. Now think about what you would like to do. Is there a mismatch between your own dreams and other people’s expectations? If so, think of what you can do to resolve it?

2. Always Have a Plan

Do you know how in every action movie, the “cool guy” always has a plan? Do you have one?

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“Believe in your dreams and they may come true; believe in yourself and they will come true” – Author Unknown.

Do you believe in yourself and your abilities? Do you feel that you can achieve anything you put your mind to? Do you wake up every day feeling accomplished, confident and great about yourself?

I do not. Sometimes I have writer’s block and I doubt my ability to write anything worth reading. Sometimes I am not sure if I can live up to my goals. And sometimes I simply have a bad day and I doubt that I can do anything to improve it.
Maybe occasionally you have such days too, wishing that you appeared more confident around your colleagues, more outgoing at your friend’s party or more decisive in your actions.

If so, here are 10 Powerful Tips that will help you to boost your self-confidence and hush your negative self-talk whenever you need it:

1. Know your purpose.

When you know your intentions for the day, you have a good reason to feel good about yourself. Without purpose and not knowing what to do, you are likely to feel down. Usually, it gives way to boredom and ends in feeling unworthy because you don’t have anything to look forward to. But, but, but! If you plan and decide, you have a purpose. Pursuing it would be a meaningful act, achieving the same boosts your confidence all the more.

2. Surround yourself with wonderful people.

As much as grumpy, crabby people dampen the spirit, positive people heighten your self-esteem. They are those who would give you support, give you affirmations and help you see the brighter side of life. Yes, they are good source of laughter as well. Kind of like my friends who make me laugh after a really messy crying session.

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No matter whether I listen to a lecture given by a Tibetan monk, talk to a Swami who came all the way from India to share his knowledge or attend a workshop organized by a successful marketer – I keep hearing the same advice, “Find a mentor, who will guide your actions and help you to grow spiritually and professionally”. I am guessing that the Universe is trying to tell me something… 🙂

For the longest time, just like many other people, I underestimated the importance of having a mentor.  After all why look for a specific person, when you can always turn to your parents, friends, colleagues, multiple social networks and even public forums when you need advice and moral support. If like me, you, are wondering why anyone would need a mentor, here are some serious reasons for having one:

1. Valuable experience.

As much as it boosts our ego to think that we are smart and we can “handle everything” and “figure it all out”, sooner or later we might face a problem bigger than we can handle. You would never think of using a trial and error method to neutralize a bomb. Neither would you try to fly a plane for the first time without an instructor. It might not sound very optimistic, but life is infinitely more complicated than plane flying or neutralizing a bomb. There are some situations when too much is at stake and guesswork is simply not an option. In this case a mentor could be the only person, who is knowledgeable and experienced enough to help you make the right decision and prepare you for the serious exam called everyday life.

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Who of us has not wanted to learn a foreign language? I bet there is still a grammar book or a language course hidden somewhere on your book shelf that reminds you of the day when you decided to learn French or Italian or even Japanese. Well, this long-forgotten dream of yours can finally turn into reality, because let’s face it – while you can get away with speaking just your mother tongue while traveling, knowing a foreign language opens a myriad of opportunities:

• It can speed up your professional growth and gives you the possibility of finding a better job
• It helps you to understand another culture much better and to read books written by famous authors “in their original language”
• It makes it much easier to make friends in different countries and much more fun to travel around the world.
• It trains your memory and helps to keep your mind sharp

Besides, there is something almost magical about gazing at the stars and humming a French song to your beloved , ordering a cup of delicious espresso in Piazza San Marco in perfect Italian, laughing at a joke in Spanish without having to ask your friends what it means or greeting your international business partners in Russian or Chinese.

You might believe that learning a foreign language is difficult, boring or frustrating, that you do not have a talent for languages that the last time you tried to learn French or Spanish you hardly made any progress. All these doubts are normal, but they are groundless. While everyone’s learning style and language acquisition speed can be different, scientists are convinced that just about anyone can master a new language and your age or talents have nothing to do with it.

And the best part is that the more languages you know, the easier it is to learn the new ones!

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Have you ever wondered how much you can achieve if you stick with your goals and passions long enough? And I do not mean stick with your goals for months or even years. I mean sticking with them for as little as 30 days, until they become habits and weave themselves into your daily routine gently and unnoticeably. Just think about...

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