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The Trouble With Life…



On the cereal box of life, we’re not told what to expect. No one tells us how good the highs can be and how bad the lows can get.

The trouble with life is…

Days can easily blend into years

As we get older, the days seem to pass like years. We become so focused on getting to some end destination that we forget where we started. No one reminds us to cherish every day and stop multiple times a day to return to the here and now.

No one reminds us to escape the past and put the future on hold even if it’s only for a few minutes. These few minutes can change everything if you do it consistently.

The trouble with life is…

Being happy is harder than we think

We’re given a myriad of options daily to find something wrong with our life. All we have to do is turn a corner and there’s an advertisement trying to convince us of some falsity.

Happiness starts from within when you decide to stop letting your external environment dictate how you feel. Shielding yourself from the stormy weather than your external environment throws at you sounds more straightforward than it is.

“If you don’t learn to find happiness, then your default human mode is to be negative and pissed off”

Happiness takes discipline and very few of us put in the work.

The trouble with life is…

We’re all addicted

Addiction comes in many forms. We like to over consume things that feel good rather than finding that good feeling in what already exists in our mind. We become addicted to streaming television shows, sex, stimulants like coffee, sugar, acting superior, useless material objects and talking down to ourselves.

What if we acknowledged our addictions and decided to fight them? What if we refused to have too much of a good thing and not to plug voids with quick addiction fixes?

The empty space – also known as the voids in our life – is exactly what we need to thrive. The empty space leaves room for new experiences.

The trouble with life is…

Many of us forget so easily.

Those brains we use to steer through life make us forget stuff.


Forget how lucky we are.

If you’re reading this article, then it probably means you have the Internet. This means you’re already lucky and have access to infinite information. Any answer you want is available to you at the touch of a button. What many of you have forgotten is that the only answers worth knowing are found inside of you and not on the Internet.

Forget that our problems are small compared to the universe.

That morning at 8:30 am when you think you’re going to be late for a meeting is small compared to the real problems of this world. Global warming, starvation, aids, cancer and the list goes on, are far more important than your little problem of being late.

Forget to say thanks.

The most basic word in the dictionary and yet it’s not used enough. Remembering to say thanks and saying it like you mean it is something too many of us forget. You should never take anything from this life without appreciating it. The word “Thanks” makes you remember that everything is a blessing.

Forget we’re loved.

At times you’ll become very selfish and only focus on your needs. You’ll tell yourself that no one cares or that nobody loves you. You forget that you’re always loved. Whether it’s the person serving you at the grocery store, or your parents, or your friends, or someone you work with, or an ex-partner; somebody on this Earth loves you. Don’t ever forget that.

The trouble with life is…

Too many of us don’t ever reach our full potential

You and I have so much potential inside of us. We can rally people together to solve any problem we want. We can acquire any skill that we feel we’re lacking. The resources we have access to are infinite yet we still feel so empty and even poor at times.

There are so many things we can do yet the trouble with life is that nobody shows us what’s possible in our lives. We have to discover that potential by consistently trying to tap into it, and building habits that support our dream.

“Everyone reading this blog post can achieve gianormous dreams yet many of you are reading this, are looking for inspiration. You may feel lost yet all you need to understand is that you have unlimited potential”

You can only access that potential with a single decision and hard work. Your potential can be reached when you decide not to give up. You can reach that potential when you take action and don’t become addicted like a heroin addict to the result or influence / fame you may get by becoming world-class.

The trouble with life is…

One decision can change it all, yet we never make it.

How many of us actually make that decision though? How many of us eventually make that decision after reminiscing about it for years?

“The actions that come from making a decision are not what’s hard; it’s deciding to cut off all your other options and tearing up your “Plan B” to follow one path”

Having nothing but a Plan A takes guts and confidence that what you’re doing is the right choice.

What I’ve learned is that the right choice is always right if you believe it is. Bad decisions are only bad when you perceive they are. There are lessons in every decision which can make a single decision seem worthwhile if nothing else.

What if you were only one decision away from achieving more than anybody on the face of this Earth has achieved? What if you had the potential to cure cancer and you didn’t? That’s why you must make that decision to change everything. You could be preventing so many of us from accessing your gift.

The trouble with life is…

Rejection feels depressing.

This whole rejection thing may not be the “No” you think it is. Rejection could, in fact, be a sign that it’s just not the right outcome for right now. Repeat after me:

“Rejection really means not right now.”

Don’t let the outcome of a decision make you feel like crap and then label it with a word like rejection which makes you feel worse. Everything is a lesson and is education if you let it be. Rejection is really nothing more than education. Education in life makes you smarter and prepares you for the real challenges.

The trouble with life is…

Horrible stuff is going to happen…sorry.

Somehow we’re shocked when tragedy strikes. The older I’ve become, the less I’ve understood this. We’re all going to experience some horrible events in our life. Life is set up to be full of pain, death, heartbreak, sickness and failure.

If you focus on this list of toxic and horrific events, then that’s what you’ll feel. When you learn to deal with each one as a fact of life, you’re able to heal better. These events will happen and the way to move forward is to heal yourself and get back on your feet.

No one said life was easy. The part we miss is that life is not easy for anyone. This horrible cocktail of events is going to happen to us all. Plan for the worst to happen and so when it does at least you’re prepared. Strengthen your mind in the following ways:

– Meditate
– Learn to deal with extreme stresses
– Practice gratitude for what you have
– Become a beautiful human being
– Build a quality network of people that can support you in these challenging times

The trouble with life is…

Life is hard for all of us. With that said, life has more sunshine and beauty than we could ever imagine. The trouble with life is nothing….life is a gift when you practice seeing it that way.

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Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website

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6 Reasons Why You Should Never Glorify Failure After You’ve Failed




Many people are ashamed of failure. If they so much as smell a whiff of failure, they quit instantly because the public notices it quickly. But you shouldn’t be ashamed of failure. A lot of people have failed. I’ve failed over and over again in my career, business, relationships and more. Yet, I keep trying because failure isn’t the final verdict. (more…)

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How to Move Forward When All Seems Lost



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A few weeks ago, the relationship of my venture with a long-term client turned rocky. Losing them would mean a huge loss for my business, but it appeared like that’s where we were headed. My mind raced with unpleasant thoughts. Maybe the client had figured out that I couldn’t lead my team well. Maybe I was not good enough to be an entrepreneur. Maybe I was not good enough to do anything.

Why was the world so unfair?! Within moments, my anxiety had shot through the roof and my heart was racing faster than an F1 car engine. But I know I’m not the only one who feels like this.

Why Problems Overwhelm Us

As human beings, we’re good at solving problems, so they shouldn’t stress us out. Yet, they do just that. Why?

Consider some of these situations in life. When a relationship is headed for troubled waters, we wonder whether our partner loves us anymore. Our mind unearths memories of when we got dumped or rejected. We blame ourselves for falling for the wrong people and tell ourselves that we’re not worth receiving love.

How do you think the relationship will steer after that? If we cannot stick to a diet, we think of other times when we gave up. We remember what people said about things that we couldn’t do and ask ourselves, “were they right?” We tell ourselves that we don’t have what it takes to succeed at anything.

Do you think we’ll find the grit to stick to the diet after this? So here we are… thinking we’re not good enough to be entrepreneurs, to be loved, to get promoted, or to achieve our personal goals. Notice a pattern yet? We move in the wrong direction. The destination is to achieve the goal. And unless we stop giving into emotions and start addressing situations, we’ll keep failing to get there.

Negative emotions (and even extremely positive ones) blur our vision. The more we focus on them, the deeper we go into how we feel. We either get angry because things aren’t the way we want them to be, or get paralyzed by the fear of the worst possible outcome. This means we pull away from the one thing we must do to set things right — take action.

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.” – Dale Carnegie

How to Take Action in the Face of Problems

Most human beings are good at solving problems. Where we get blindsided is at diagnosing the right problem. To diagnose the right problem, we must address the situation instead of emotions. We must see things for what they are, collect facts on what we’re worrying about, and then ask ourselves, “What should I do next?”

In his book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, Dale Carnegie wrote: “Neither you nor I nor Einstein nor the Supreme Court of the United States is brilliant enough to reach an intelligent decision on any problem without first getting the facts.”

To address the tricky situation with my client, I took the following three steps:

1. First, I acknowledged the feeling

Solving a problem doesn’t mean ignoring emotions. It’s important to acknowledge how you feel because it reveals the path, but domesticating your emotions is more important. I acknowledged how I felt by saying, “I feel anxious because the client might not want to work with us anymore and this will be a financial loss for us.”

Note how I said “I feel anxious” and not “I’m a loser.” If I had given into negative chatter, I wouldn’t have uncovered the direction to move in (the part after “because”). This is why domesticating emotions is crucial.

2. Next, I prepared for the worst

We often run from our worst fears rather than facing them despite knowing that the worst outcome rarely comes true. The result is that we stay stuck in fear instead of pushing beyond it. And we never discover what we’re really capable of, which sucks.

In my case, the worst meant losing the client. It would hurt but it was the truth. However, we could get more clients. Plus we already had other clients who helped us pay the bills. In other words, I wouldn’t have to live on the street.

The moment I accepted this, a huge weight got lifted off my chest. This prepared me for the third and final step.

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Lastly, I examined the situation

Examining a situation means setting aside your emotional baggage and focusing on facts. When you trust that you’ll be okay, you become better at diagnosing the real problem. Once I felt lighter, I could see things clearly.

I used the 5 Whys Technique (asking “why” five times) to figure out the real reason for the client’s dissatisfaction. Then I collected data on the issue and on what we had previously delivered.

Finally, I reached out to the CEO of the client and held a detailed and constructive discussion based on my findings. Within four days, the CEO and I were back to the way things were before.

The best way to prepare for tomorrow is to give today your best. I’m not sure whether the issue with the client got resolved for good or whether the client won’t pack up and leave one day. However, I am sure that I’m prepared to handle such cases better today than I was yesterday.

Control your emotions instead of letting them run amok. Accept things for what they are instead of what you want them to be. Be realistic instead of delusional. Address the situation instead of succumbing to emotions.

Don’t preempt what lies ten miles ahead and get paralyzed by fear. Address what lies clearly in front of you and keep moving. One day you’ll be surprised about how close to your destination you are.

How do you move forward when all hope seems to be lost? Share your advice below!

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8 Effective Tips to Improve Your Emotional Wellbeing



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You know what they say, “Health Is Wealth”. But, more often than not, we only mean it in the context of physical health. There’s no question that being fit is the world’s greatest treasure. Unfortunately, not a lot of us take time out to look after our emotional health and wellbeing.

Let’s not forget – it’s ‘Mind Over Matter’. So, if you are able to take control of your emotions, thoughts, how you feel through the day and how you respond to myriad situations; there’s nothing quite like it. When you become the master of your emotions; health, prosperity, and basically all good things are bound to follow you.

With that said, here are 8 surefire ways that will improve your emotional wellbeing:

1. Practice Mindfulness

Half the time, we don’t even know what we’re thinking or how we’re feeling. That’s because we let our minds operate on autopilot. It’s time to take control of your mind. Be aware of what and how you feel throughout the day. The upside to this practice is that you can detect negative emotions right on the onset and quickly change them and their corresponding feeling.

Feelings of anger, jealousy, hatred; they are not good for the mind, soul, or the body. Paying close attention to the spectrum of emotions you experience throughout the day, will help you detect the negative ones and kick them away before they fester deep enough to take away your happiness and emotional health.

2. Stay Physically Active

As you engage in physical activities, your brain produces a whole bunch of feel-good hormones such as endorphins and dopamine. These hormones are what causes the ‘elated’ or ‘euphoric’ feeling. Being physically active uplifts your mood and your outlook towards life. It readies you to take the challenges more head-on instead of becoming overwhelmed by the littlest of inconvenience.

You are better able to analyze tough situations and take a more proactive rather than a reactive approach. It’s no question physical health is in direct proportion with emotional health. A healthy mind resides in a healthy body and vice versa.

“Caring for the mind is as important and crucial as caring for the body. In fact, one cannot be healthy without the other.” – Sid Garza-Hillman

3. Get Sufficient Sleep

Ever noticed how you feel depressed and cranky, and just out of focus the day you fail to get a good night’s sleep? Well, if you fail to get sufficient sleep for a couple of days, you are bound to feel more depressed, cranky and eventually more prone to a host of negative emotions. Research shows that sleep deprivation sends amygdala – our brain’s emotional response center into overdrive.

Amygdala controls our immediate emotional responses. When it becomes overactive, we become more reactive rather than active. We become more irritable, angry and anxious. A good night’s sleep is vital to improving your emotional wellbeing.

4. Develop a New Hobby

Learn to swim. Try arts and crafts. How about painting? Swimming is a ‘happy’ activity. You get to make new friends and stay fit. Arts and crafts, as we all know, tends to have a relaxing effect on the mind and the nerves.

Just the process of creating something from scratch makes you confident and gets those creative juices flowing. Similarly, painting helps you express yourself. All these factors together create a ‘happy you’. The one who likes to engage in new things instead of resisting change or difficult situations.

5. Eat Healthy

Ever heard of the phrase, “You are what you eat”? Well, it’s true to the last syllable. When you eat foods rich in salt, sodium, fat – you are bound to feel lethargic. It takes longer for the body to digest such foods. That means the body is forced to deprive organs of blood and use it for the digestion purpose.

Result? You become lazy, moody, not ready to take any responsibility which leads to feeling cranky and irritable. On the other hand, eating fibrous vegetables, fruits, salads, and complex sugars keeps you upbeat and healthy.

6. Laugh Your Heart Out

Laughter is the best medicine. That is why they have a dedicated ‘laughter session’ in yoga studios. You don’t even have to mean it. The simple act of spreading your cheeks and pretending to laugh sends a signal to your body that you are happy.

And what happens when you are happy? Your brain releases happy hormones like dopamine, serotonin and what not. In fact, many studies have gone so far as to stipulate that laughter alone is capable of treating all kinds of physical ailments. Why should emotional ailments be any different?

7. Try Relaxation Techniques

‘’Visualization technique’’ where you imagine yourself in a happy place is a surefire way to calm your nerves if you find yourself distressed. You may also try praying to elate yourself. Praying is good for the mind and the soul.

Controlled breathing or ‘biofeedback technique’ are some other relaxation techniques that can tame how you feel and even your bodily functions. Try surrounding yourself with aromatherapy or scented candles because the smell is a big factor in governing how we feel.

“Positive emotional energy is the key to health, happiness and wellbeing. The more positive you are, the better your life will be in every area.” – Brian Tracy

8. Count Your Blessings

We all have so much to be thankful for. It could be a friend who stands by you or a happy family. Good health. Financial freedom. Make a list of all the things that you feel grateful for in your life. If it’s a person, be sure to communicate your feelings and express your gratitude.

You will feel so much happier. Happiness is the diet of a healthy mind and an intelligent emotional response mechanism. You could also try writing a poem or simply expressing your gratitude through the power of prayers.

There are so many ways to become emotionally intelligent and not one of them requires any investment or special skills. Practically anyone and everyone can do it. All you need is the will and the desire.

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How You Can Use the Power of Gratitude to Your Advantage




The word gratitude has been tossed around, but do you know exactly what it means or how to implement it into your life? Someone has probably told you in your life, “Express more gratitude.” Well, that sounds like a great idea, but if you don’t know what gratitude is, how can you fully express it in your life? It’s a concept that once you grasp, it will change your life. (more…)

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