We’ve all experienced a piece of writing that leaves us with goosebumps and inspires us. Until recently, I had forgotten which blog posts had done that too me. The most inspiring blog posts all have one thing in common: they evoke emotion.
The most shared blog posts make us see the world differently. They’re vulnerable, they highlight the role of courage, and they’re relatable no matter what culture you come from. We all get stuck in the hamster wheel of life and forget to take time out to rebuild our mindset.
We go to war every day with negativity and fail to come back to base once in a while to repair the wounds. Living a life of fulfillment and happiness is a daily struggle for me, and I know it’s the same for you. These blog posts below will help you to find inspiration in every situation. They’ll provide the sort of wisdom that a Buddhist monk will give you.
Here are the top 5 blog posts of all time:
1. Advice from 30 year old me to 20 year old me
Nic Haralambous wrote this incredibly simple blog post that has been shared a bunch on social media. What makes it so inspiring is that it’s easy to digest. Anyone can relate to what Nic is saying. He has written this piece from the heart, and passed on real advice that will inspire you to think differently.
His best point is around failing. Failing allows us to grow, and growth is what takes us to the next level. I feel like I’m becoming a Zen Master in my own life because I’m embracing failure. I’m doing things that have a high amount of risk associated with each goal.
The fear when you fail is what forces you to take action in the next chapter of your life. The answer to success lies in failure.
2. The Subtle art of not giving a fuck
Mark Manson wrote this inspiring blog post about how to essentially let go. He pointed out to us that we don’t need to live up to anyone else’s standards. Standing out because we’re different is what makes us incredible in our own way, and we don’t need anyone to validate that.
People admire adversity, and so you should aim to not give a fuck when you fail. Marcus clearly articulates that when you care too much about the little things, it’s because you have no major goal or vision for your life. You’re stuck on autopilot heading towards a mountain that has no meaning to you whatsoever.
The moment you find that one thing that sends chills down your spine and makes you happy, all the small crap that doesn’t matter becomes irrelevant.
“You become the hero of your own story, rather than watching the other heroes win while you fail miserably and become depressed”
We only have so much energy and brainpower. Learning to focus and put your life into perspective is what this blog post is all about. Don’t let the F word put you off. This blog post is bold, direct, informative, and simply inspiring. No wonder it has become so popular that it’s been expanded into a best- selling book.
3. How To Think, To Get What You Want
Now I’m not biased by including an Addicted2Success article. I told you I would share the most shared blog posts that will inspire you and this one is exactly that. Laura Leigh Clark bravely tells us that in order to get what we want and feel successful, it all comes down to our thoughts.
Our reality is shaped by our thoughts. The guy or girl that has a better job or a bigger business than you got it because they thought they could. Their mind was focused on abundance rather than scarcity. Laura links up in our minds that our thoughts and experience are related.
If we think we’re going to fail, we will. It’s not blind faith; it’s focusing on the positive which will give you the strategies and mental capacity to overcome any challenge. This blog post would not have reached critical mass unless Laura included the next part: the actions you can take.
We all know that theory and “Rah! Rah!” inspiration is great, but it won’t help us change the game and inspire others. Laura’s advice is straight to the point, and she provides three fundamental steps that are required when you want to create what you want. Check this one out. Even re-reading it helped me overcome a current challenge in my life.
4. How to be THE LUCKIEST GUY ON THE PLANET in 4 Easy Steps
James Altucher teaches us how we can essentially master our own luck. He believes in luck but then goes on to say that there are things that assist in creating it. He also links the power of habit to his becoming luckier in life.
Most notably, he tells us all that our happiness is linked to our level of so-called luck, and that all of this really comes down to the action we take. It’s no surprise when James explains how important it is to master your mental state and your emotions.
5. How To Lose Weight In Four Easy Steps
Admittedly a blog post has never made me cry before. This was that blog post for me. Aaron Bleyaert shares his story of weight loss, although within two paragraphs it becomes clear that weight loss has nothing to do with his blog post.
Aaron boldly tells the story of his romantic heartbreak, and how any one of us can become the most powerful human being on the planet. He talks in a clear voice that reveals his every thought. He shows us how we all feel that we’re not enough, and how we focus on the shallow challenges like our weight.
To turn his life around, Aaron learned that he had to go through failure (a bad breakup) to get his lazy ass to the gym. Through all of his struggles, he shows us that when we hit rock bottom, it’s patience that will bring us back to life again. You must read this blog post!
What’s your favorite blog post that inspired you? I’m literally dying to know and can’t get enough of inspiring blog posts. Send me your favorite via timdenning.net or through Facebook.
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The Guide to Staying Motivated While Working Alone
Working alone at home might sound like a nightmare to some, but as a fully signed up introvert, working alone at home is an absolute dream. No energy-draining small talk, no noisy distractions, just peace and quiet to complete deep and focused work. Well not quite. Working alone at home has more challenges than you might expect. Boredom, lack of focus and lack of motivation to name a few.
When you start working for yourself, you quickly realise that one of the biggest problems you face isn’t the job itself. Maintaining your motivation poses a potentially huge difficulty. Much of that difficulty stems from working alone, rather than in a traditional office setting. There is also the challenge of staying focused on the task at hand. With no boss or supervisor looking over your shoulder, social media can distract or cat videos interrupt you.
But the greatest problem by far is a simple lack of motivation. There doesn’t seem to be a pressing need to finish this project right now, making it far too easy to put it off until later. Left unchecked, a lack of motivation can cripple the work you are trying to accomplish. Over the past few years I’ve developed a few go-to tactics to improve my lone working motivation.
Here are some of the tools I’ve used to stay motivated and on-task.
These first few tips focus on using different tweaks in your personal work schedule to provide some variety and maintain your focus.
1. Include short breaks
My eye doctor once told me that for every 20 minutes of staring at a computer screen, you should look away and focus on something across the room for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to reset. Do something similar with the rest of your body; don’t just look across the room, walk, jog, or run across the room. Give your body a break, and try to reset your thoughts. If you don’t have the discipline to take regular breaks, use an app to remind you.
2. Block out an afternoon for social activities and networking
Set aside one afternoon a week for your social life. Friday afternoon works best for me. If you feel guilty about not working, think of it as a chance to network. Either way, be sure to spend this section of time with other people. Socialise and network.
3. View your personal schedule as your work schedule
A 9-to-5 job requires getting up every morning, preparing for the day, leaving the house, and commuting to your workplace. In other words, it requires going to work. You want to recreate the same rhythm at home. You may not actually need to leave your house in order to work, but try to stick with the schedule. Filling the old job timeslot with your new work helps to keep you motivated – you can’t clock out early!
These next few tips are little things you can do to trick yourself into staying focused!
This tip may sound cliché, but try listening to an upbeat song loudly whenever you feel unmotivated. It’s a simple trick, but a surprisingly effective one!
2. Have somewhere else to work for a change of scenery
When procrastination sets in, sometimes a quick change of scenery is all you need. If you work at home, going to your favourite café can be a huge help. Other freelancers I know have even gone so far as to hire office space outside the home, and rotate between the two to help stay on-task.
3. Love what you do
This is arguably the most critical point on the whole list. If you don’t love what you do, it will be hard to keep yourself motivated – particularly long-term. Sure, you may be able to push on through sheer force of will for a while, but sooner or later you’ll lose motivation entirely. Do something you genuinely enjoy, and you’ll find it much easier to stick with it for the long haul.
These last few tips are Industry-related!
1. Make sure you have fun projects
Not all of your work projects will be fun, but fight to make at least a couple of them fun. These might even be personal side projects, not particularly related to your main job. Or they might be in the same general field, but not your specific focus.
2. Attend industry events a couple of times a year
Nearly every imaginable industry has an organising body of some kind. Find the local branch, and use it to keep tabs on industry-related events. Attend some seminars, network, and maybe even glean some new tips and tricks from industry insiders.
3. Schedule at least one call a week to learn something within your industry
View this as an opportunity for personal development. At least once a week, try to learn something new about your industry. For me, this might mean calling a new tool provider to demonstrate their gadgets. Whatever your industry, try to expand your horizons a little bit every week. You’ll learn new methods and make new connections at the same time.
These tips worked for me, hopefully, some of them will help you out as well. Above all, strive to enjoy what you do, stick to a “work schedule,” and look for opportunities for constant self-improvement. With those ideas in mind, you’ll find staying motivated much easier to do alone or in a group!
7 Ways Yoga Effectively Motivates You to Achieve Success
Yoga is an appointment with your own self. It is time to meet your true self and receive a return ticket to your true nature that is bliss and happiness. You will naturally feel happy while doing yoga. Many people don’t realize they are in a distressed state until it’s too late. The same thing happened with me when I failed to understand my life’s circumstances. I was struggling with a lack of motivation, depression, insomnia, and maintaining my personal relationships, which eventually started affecting my physical health.
Last year, I struggled with depression and general anxiety disorder. I was constantly chasing after money, a lucrative career, happiness, and success. I was afraid that if I told my colleagues about my mental health issues, they would criticize me and eventually it would hamper my progression and I would not be taken seriously.
Last winter, my responsibilities in life increased in a short period of time, which created a lot of anxiety. It began to disturb my mood at home as I was unable to relax and felt low. I hated my own egotistical self because I was an extremely competitive individual as well. I always felt that I did not have the career of my dreams and I was not where I aimed to be. It felt like I was failing because I was not able to attain any of the goals I set in my own life.
I decided to share my emotions and feelings with someone who could potentially make things easier for me. I ended up explaining my struggles and mental illness to my manager. His reaction was amazing because he thanked me for being honest, and he introduced me to yoga. I am happy that I made this decision because it felt better after sweating it out in the Yoga workshop.
Yoga helped me in focusing on what I truly had, instead of on what I didn’t have. I learned how to embrace my competitive side and to use it in a way that pushed me to become a happier person. Yoga taught me that instead of wasting most of my life chasing after success and competing with others, I had to let life run its natural course. Happiness and success will then come to us naturally.
Below I have listed some reasons as to why yoga works effectively to motivate yourself to achieve success:
1. It Solves Your Problem
When it comes to challenges and tackling problems, yoga works amazingly. When you get on a yoga mat and begin to practice, you are made to deal with everything that comes to you and asked to face it gracefully. In turn, this increases your focus and patience levels, so that you will be able to face the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical challenges at every turn.
2. It Lowers Your Anxiety and Stress
Yoga doesn’t mean that you will heal instantly, but constant practice can help you destress. The simple breathing and moving exercises can help a lot in releasing your tension and anxiety.
Yoga helps in stretching your muscles by relaxing them as most of the stress and tension is stored there. The breathing exercises energize your body by increasing the blood flow, which eventually refreshes your body and mind. The daily practice of yoga makes you aware of the surroundings by making you control your emotions and stress.
“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” – Norman Vincent Peale
3. Increase Your Focus
Yoga helps improve your focus through the breathing exercises you do during the yoga postures. It relaxes the body and mind so you can think clearly, and in time build up the ability to concentrate.
Yoga is focused on concentration, breathing, and the alignments. Additionally, yoga’s claimed to bring mental and physical relaxation by energizing the parasympathetic nervous system, and this is the reason why yogis sleep well at night. No wonder they have such a healthy and a stress-free lifestyle.
Real success comes when you use yourself to your full capability. It does not matter what you become, the only thing that matters is that you are living your life to your full potential.
If you want to be successful, then you must see everything just the way it is, without any distortion. Yoga helps you with just that. Through practicing yoga daily, you will start to see the results and live more joyfully.
5. It Boosts Your Health
Mental health affects your work and your physical health. Your physical health can drastically affect your work as it will make you work less and take more time off, which will lead to lined-up pending assignments.
Yoga helps your body with almost every physical problem. Yoga increases your blood flow, oxygen, and improves your circulatory system. All the postures of the Bikram yoga help to improve the flow of fresh and oxygenated blood to every part of the body and mind.
“Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.” – Sri Dharma Mittra
6. Gives Mindfulness and Makes You Present
Mindfulness teaches us to become more present at any given moment. It makes us more aware and conscious of our inner thoughts, feelings, emotions, and hence makes us strong enough to control our actions towards situations.
Practicing breathing in yoga teaches you to experience and live each moment to the fullest. Over time, yoga will help you live in a deep sense of fulfillment and inner peace, which will ultimately help you in making the right decision for yourself and your team.
7. Stay Aware and Positive
A yogi tends to have a balanced outlook on life. Yoga sessions of meditations, breathing exercises, and mindfulness will aim at making you conscious and aware of yourself. Additionally, it will open up new possibilities of understanding your true self.
Yoga also aims at making you a positive person, and the effects of yoga are not limited to relaxation after a workout but are exceptionally long-lasting. Yoga makes you attain the attitude of gratitude that helps you identify the brighter side of life.
To achieve success through yoga, you must adapt it into your day to day life because having good health is a basic necessity to live a happy and healthy life and no one but you can keep yourself healthy.
Have you tried yoga? If so, share with us how it’s positively impacted your life below!
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