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4 Yoga Principles That Will Make You Unstoppable in Business

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Most people associate yoga with sweaty spandex-clad people who greet the day in downward dog and spend hours twisting their bodies into pretzels.

But yoga isn’t just a fitness fad; it’s an ancient practice dating back thousands of years that’s known to deliver a host of incredible benefits.

Not only is yoga good for the mind, body, and spirit, but it can also be a valuable tool for enhancing your business. I discovered this almost by accident a few years ago when I began practicing Kundalini yoga. Almost immediately, I saw a return on investment in yoga that was just as direct as investing in research and development, a product, a website, or a great new staff member.

 

The Benefits Yoga Can Bring to Your Business

There are a number of benefits that every entrepreneur can derive from yoga, including:

 

1. Improved physical wellness

The entrepreneurial life is physically demanding. Constant traveling, long days and nights, eating out, and being exposed to nasty germs and rapidly changing temperatures during flights can put a tremendous amount of stress on your body.

Yoga provides a foundation of fitness, flexibility, and strength and gives you a major energy boost. There are also poses that are specifically designed to strengthen your immune system, which can allow you to avoid productivity-crippling illnesses. I haven’t been sick once in five years, and I attribute this to my yoga practice.

 

2. Mental wellness

When running your own business, stress comes with the territory. The meditation portion of yoga is perfect for quieting the mind, allowing your subconscious to solve problems, and creating order out of chaos.

It may seem counterintuitive, but sitting quietly helps me get more things checked off my to-do list than anything else. I experience less distraction, less stress, less anxiety, and less disappointment when things don’t go as planned.

 

3. Spiritual and karmic benefits

Our thoughts, words, and intentions boomerang back to us as experiences. What you love, you empower; what you fear, you empower; and what you empower, you attract. When we generate personal merit through our work on ourselves, we live in a way that keeps us aligned with the universe, and our decisions and their outcomes amplify our success.

My colleagues and I have seen a direct benefit from yoga in the opportunities that it has created for us through the law of attraction. When you put positive intentions out into the universe through your practice, you’ll start bumping into the people and circumstances that can help your business in the most unexpected places. More and more, we’ve found ourselves saying, “A funny thing happened…” It’s magical, mysterious, powerful, and way easier than striving and grinding all day on our own.

 

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4 Powerful Yoga Principles to Apply to Your Startup

Aside from the benefits, yoga also teaches a number of principles that apply to almost any endeavor in life — especially entrepreneurship.

 

1. You must persevere when things get difficult

What happens on the yoga mat is a microcosm of what happens in life and business. You have to show up for your practice even when you don’t feel like it.

You have to hold a pose longer than is comfortable to progress and reap the benefits. It’s not about doing as well as others. You have to do your personal best to see results.

 

2. If you don’t know where to begin, just begin

Master yoga teacher Yogi Bhajan once said two things that still ring true for modern entrepreneurs.

First, “there is a way through every block.” You just need to see it and act, and it will be clear. Second, “When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.”

In business, action delivers every time. If you don’t know what to do with one of your entrepreneurial endeavors, just begin moving forward, and a solution will present itself, or you will learn from the action you took and correct more quickly than you would have by staring at your navel.

 

3. Don’t let self-doubt get in the way of your success

Another one of my teachers, Ravi Singh, teaches the concept of “right livelihood.” Simply doing something is not enough. You must do it right and with precision.

As entrepreneurs, our worst enemy is our self-doubt. To overcome it, focus on those actions that create the highest value, and know that you are impeccable. Only then will the outcome of your work be equally impeccable. The quality of your business is a direct reflection of the quality of your self-view.

 

4. Always stay positive

Yoga urges us to be joyful and ecstatic regardless of outcomes. Every entrepreneur experiences failure. I’ve failed many times, but looking back, I can see how each step brought me closer to learning a critical business or personal lesson that helped me grow. Work to discover how everything you experience as an entrepreneur elevates you.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend enough time investing in themselves. But yoga delivers more than any business conference or seminar ever could. Yoga aligns your energy and consciousness to help you create prosperity, eliminate self-defeating thoughts, enhance your creativity, and attract the investors and team you need in order to be unstoppable.

Yoga has also helped me tap into my internal resources and make my company a reflection of the good I want to do in the world. Making a difference and making money are not mutually exclusive.

When you live a passionate, balanced life full of positivity and good intentions, you’ll create immeasurable wealth for yourself, your employees, your customers, and the world.

 

Paresh Shah is an experienced entrepreneur, executive, yogi, life coach, and dad of four kids. He’s the founder and CEO of Glimpulse, the Human Expression Company that creates products to challenge, inspire, and equip people to be happier, healthier, and more giving through authentic self-expression. 

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Achieving Success Through Meditation & Higher Consciousness – Deepak Chopra

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This is a post I am uber excited to share with you.

I was up nice and early at 2am Perth, Western Australia time this morning to chat with the amazing spiritual thought leader and best selling author Dr. Deepak Chopra to find out how Entrepreneurs can take advantage of meditation and tap into a higher consciousness for success.

Deepak shared a lot of step by step advice for entrepreneurs who are ready to start taking action for a more healthier and balanced life to handle each day with energy and high levels of productivity.

 

Here are some of the takeaways from this podcast Interview with Deepak.

 

1. Advice for Entrepreneurs that are working 80+ hours a week:

Over working and lack of sleep will only decrease your ability to be productive or creative.

Meditation increases the amount of rest you would normally achieve through sleep and is almost twice as effective, even 20 minutes of meditation.

Meditation is a highly effective way to get rest, to be more creative, to have healthier relationships and better sleep and to enjoy your restful and reflective mind.

 

2. Deepak’s recommends his S.M.A.R.T goal system to follow:

Stretch for more than you can reach

Make everything measurable

Agreements from your team and supporters

Record your progress

Time limits

 

3. Deepak Chopra‘s Definition of Success

Success is to have love and compassion and to have the ability to get in touch with the creative centre that is inside of you which is your own spirit.

 

4. What we should remember

Be happy, don’t worry.

Life is a journey, enjoy yourself and nobody regrets working hard enough at the end of their life.

 

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The Questions You Have Always Wanted To Ask A Spiritual Leader

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It’s not often we get to sit on the floor, barefoot and in lotus position while interviewing a spiritual author whose journey and teachings have positively influenced the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

10995998_10204532948777710_3703269667569988_nTimber Hawkeye, author of the best-selling spiritual guide ‘Buddhist Boot Camp’ offers a non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us. His intention in ‘Buddhist Boot Camp’ and life is to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire.

Timber was kind enough to give us his time on his worldwide book tour to answer some of the questions not many get to ask him but all want to know.

Make yourself a cup of tea, light a few candles and enjoy!

 

1. What is the message behind Buddhist Boot Camp?

“If I was to incapsulate it, the message would be simple – be grateful and be kind. It’s important to understand that we create a lot of our own suffering – by becoming aware that we hold the responsibility to create our own happiness, we empower ourselves to live a more relaxed, compassionate and positive life.”

 

2. How did the book come to be?

“I never had the intention to sit down and write a book. When I moved to Hawaii, I didn’t have a place to live, I didn’t have a job lined up and I didn’t know what I was going to do – I just knew that I wanted to live a more relaxed and free life. Every month I would send a letter to my friends and family, updating them on how my simplistic and non materialistic life was turning out.

After about 8 years of continual updates, thoughts and teachings, my friend who was moved by what I wrote about, suggested that I take all those emails and letters and make them public. So that’s what ‘Buddhist Boot Camp’ is – a collection of all my journal entires, emails and letters to friends compiled into a book. That’s why every chapter is only a page long and can be read in any order.”

 

3. Is there a difference between being religious and being spiritual?

Absolutely! Organized religion provides answers for us to follow while spirituality keeps us in a place of questioning and inquiry. With spirituality we make peace with not knowing, with not having all the answers and not having only one truth. Truth within spirituality has a small ’T’ while in religion, it’s capitalized on being the universal truth above all else.

That’s why there is so much hostility between different religions – they believe their truth is the only truth and most superior to any other explanation. While spirituality leaves us in a place of searching, wonder, open mindfulness and open heartfulness to not be so quick to judge or label.”

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4. You quote the Dalai Lama saying, “Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.” Can you elaborate on that?

“I don’t think a label is important at all. I am a lot of things – not only one (label) defines me. Meaning it’s not about being a buddhist, it’s about being ‘Buddha-like’ or not being Christian but being ‘Christ-like’ and that’s a really important invitation to not focus so much on the label but on the actual teachings. Living this way makes you ask yourself ‘how can my actions be inline with my values?’ because your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does. So it does matter who you are or what you want to be just be really good at it.”

 

4. You say to focus on the teachings not the teachers. What do you mean and why?

“We tend to put the ‘teachers’ of faith up on a pedestal and look up to them. Shunryū Suzuki wrote about how there are no enlightened beings, only enlightened activity and that was very empowering for me. The people we perceive to be enlightened i.e. the Dalai Lama, Jesus, Buddha, they’re people like you and I however they just made enlightened activity apart of their everyday lives.

And so by bringing ourselves up to eye level with those figures, you become empowered and confident in your abilities to become enlightened.”

 

5. Do you believe success and spirituality coexist? Typically society tells us we can only develop one or the other.

Most definitely! You need to understand that ‘typically’ the opinion of success in society is skewed. Success to me is being happy. To me spirituality is a means to happiness and so success and spirituality can very much coexist. I don’t have a lot of money however I feel like the richest man in the world because I am happy – and spirituality brings that to me. I think there would be nothing worse than being super wealthy but feeling unfulfilled and unhappy internally.”

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6. Meditation seems to be a buzz word lately, what is it, how do you do it and can someone with no previous experience with meditation still benefit?

Of course! You’re right, meditation is a buzz word at the moment which is a shame because with that brings assumptions – assumptions of how it should be done, what it is and who should do it. People seek out to be ‘taught’ meditation however I shy away from giving instruction because the moment you do, you’re implying there is a wrong way to meditate. I have a lot of individuals come up to me and voice that they are meditating wrong or they don’t know how to do it but in-fact there is no ‘wrong way’ of meditating. As long as the intention is there, your attempts are successful.

The whole point of meditation is to learn how to control your mind. So if you find that there is something you do which relaxes you and in which your mind doesn’t wonder – it could be jogging, hiking, gardening, doing puzzles, painting and if while you’re doing that your mind stays focused – you’re meditating. Its that simple. There’s no need to sit in full lotus position or burn incense or chant chakras – mediation is just the practice of focusing your mind.”

 

7. What’s one exercise or activity you would recommend we do starting today to lead a more positive, happy and fulfilled life?

“Keep a gratitude journal. Every single morning, make it the first thing you do – take out your journal and just start listing anything and everything you’re grateful for.  It can be as simple as “I am so grateful to be alive today” or “I am so grateful for all my friends and family” or “I am so grateful for all the opportunities I attract into my life”.

You can even download a gratitude app to your smart phone if journaling isn’t for you. What’s cool about the app is you can also document photos, videos and voice memos as well as text.

When you live and come from a place of complete gratitude, everything changes and you have no choice but to become a happier person.”

 

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8 Athletes & Entrepreneurs That Embrace Yoga as the Edge to Success

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Incredibly successful athletes and entrepreneurs continue to embrace yoga as a powerful tool in gaining the mental and physical edge necessary to become a consistent top performer in the field and boardroom.

The improved mental clarity gained from their practice allows them to remain calm in the face of pressure to make the tough plays when the game is on the line, or when game changing strategic decisions need to be made.

The enhanced energy and physical strength from a regular practice provides them the level of vitality necessary to be at the top of their game through an entire season, playoffs and championships, or during the long days of building and running a thriving business.

Here are 8 phenomenally successful athletes and entrepreneurs that found a winning edge through their yoga practice.

 

1. Daniel Loeb

Daniel LoebFounder & Chief Executive of Third Point, LLC
$17.5B Assets Under Management Hedge Fund

Daniel Loeb is one of the most successful hedge fund managers in history and a regular practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga. He credits yoga with the ability to quiet the fluctuations and putting the mind at ease, learning to come out of difficult positions and persevering through difficult uncomfortable moments, and making decisions that are consistent with our moral framework.

 

2. LeBron James

Lebron James ClevelandForward, Cleveland Cavaliers
2-time NBA Champion, 4-time MVP, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, NBA Rookie of the Year

Lebron James credits his yoga practice to increasing his stamina and endurance, which is useful in his often-needed long-playing minutes.

LeBron says:

“Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s also about the mind, and it’s a technique that has really helped me.”

3. Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz YogaWide Receiver, New York Gians
Super Bowl Champion, Pro-Bowl, NFL record holder longest touchdown reception

Cruz became a huge proponent of yoga after the mandatory classes for all rookies in pre-season training camp. After becoming an incredible sensation his rookie year, he credited his practice with providing focus, mental toughness and stamina for those long games.

 

4. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers YogaQuarterback, Green Bay Packers
Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP, NFL MVP, 3-time Pro Bowl

Aaron Rodgers has come out and said he’ll most likely play into his 40’s thanks to his newfound love of practicing yoga. Aaron credits it with an increased amount of flexibility and sharpened mental discipline.

 

5. Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons YogaCo-Founder Def Jam, Founder Phat Farm

Russell Simmons started practicing twenty years ago and was immediately hooked on the presence gained from a daily yoga practice. Russell credits it with providing an increased amount of focus leading to flashes of creativity that helped him build his business empire.

 

 

6. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi YogaForward, FC Barcelona/ Captain-Argentina National Futból Team
FIFA World Player of the Year, FIFA Cup World Cup Champion 

After heavy workouts throughout the day, Lionel Messi finishes his day with a power yoga routine that helps him rejuvenate his mind and provides harmony for a peaceful feeling.

 

7. Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin YogaCo-Founder, GOOGLE, Inc. 

Sergey Brin has profound enthusiasm for his yoga practice and credits it with his ability maintain semblance in his life.

 

 

 

8. Dwyane Wade

dwyane wayde yogaGuard, Miami Heat
3-time NBA Champion, 10-time NBA All-Star, NBA Finals MVP

Dwayne Wade is such a huge proponent of yoga, he proposed to his wife on a yoga block! He is a fan of sharing the glorious physical benefits the practice of yoga has brought to his ability to perform on the court and maintain flexibility.

 

As yoga continues to gain prominence and become mainstream we should follow the example of the uber-successful who find mental clarity and discipline, physical stamina, energy and strength, and inner peace to gain an edge and become a top performer in our lives.

 

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10 Tips From a Buddhist Monk on Living a Fulfilled Life

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Is there any doubt that people are searching for happiness in the wrong places?

Reaching a fulfilled lifestyle is much more than just a beautiful home or modern car. It’s about connecting with yourself on more than just a conscious level.

Buddhist Monks have obviously figured this out because instead of chasing material value they look within.
The following tips come from Monks who know what a fulfilled life entails.

 

1. Never stop trying

The worst thing technology has taught us is to be lazy.

According to a Monk it is crucial to try several times before giving up. It is also important to try different approaches. When you have reached the point where nothing works then make peace and move on, but giving up after only trying once usually leads to disappointment.

Creating any practice or new habit requires patience and a “never stop trying” attitude.

 

2. All the answers come from within

A fundamental principle for Monks is to use intuition.

In order to deal with problems the world throws at you, you need to use your sixth sense. Buddhism students are only given a small amount of information from which they have to solve big problems. This is part of their preparation for facing the world.

In essence the universe will open the door, but you need to walk through it without losing sight or becoming disappointed when the answer isn’t clear from the start is a discipline we must try to master.

All the answers reside within us; we just need to look in the right places and trust ourselves.

 

3. Failure equals growth

This is a lesson very few people seem to understand. Making a mistake or failing at something tends to make us focus on the worst.

You should keep in mind that there are always two sides to a coin. Failures and mistakes are a learning process and a precious one at that. Someone can teach you a valuable lesson, but unless you actually go through it yourself it won’t hold as much value.

Taking chances are such a critical part of a fulfilled life and yet we are scared to take part in the learning process.

Monks know there are two sides to everything in life: with good must come bad just like with growth must come failure and a lot of this comes down to one’s perspective.

 

4. Know the power of impermanence

Impermanence is one of the most important buddhist teachings and one that must be fully understood and accepted in order to fully understand life.

NOTHING IS PERMANENT and the sooner you understand what this really means and accept this, you will be able to live a life filled with less expectation from anything and anyone.

The only thing that is constant is change itself and when you can learn to embrace change, beautiful things begin to shift in our lives.

 

5. Learn the art of patience

For some people patience is the hardest thing to achieve. Notice how these people become angry and agitated quite quickly?

There is a time and place for everything. Time is man-made and should never cause you frustration. Patience is definitely a virtue and the moment you are capable of controlling it, you are well on your way to living a more fulfilled life.

 

Buddhist Monks Happy Life Living Picture Quote Charlene Barry

6. Forget about what other people think

Society has a way of programming our egos. We are constantly aware of what other people might be thinking or saying about us.

Feeding the ego is by no means healthy and even though we think it results in happiness, we are greatly mistaken. Keeping your ego happy doesn’t mean that you are happy.

The Monks suggest that you detach from your ego, this is what will allow you to grow spiritually.

You need to focus on what you think and feel instead of those around you and when you are able to do this, you will be more in tune with your true self.

 

7. Fight the enemy within

Just as the answers reside within ourselves, so does our biggest enemy.

You might think your biggest enemy is your boss or the bully at school, but it’s not. You are the one that gives power to your fears and insecurities.

Before you can accomplish anything you need to tackle the enemy that empowers the elements keeping you from happiness. In other words, overcome your internal fears.

 

8. Happiness Starts from within

It will be cynical to assume that happiness is only based on the spiritual side of life.

Family and friends, music, books, hobbies, all of these form part of your journey. However, you cannot enjoy anything if you are not happy internally.

Once you reach happiness from within it will manifest outside in the people and things that make life worth living.

This is also why meditation is such a significant practice for Monks because it helps to cultivate peace from the inside out, and when you become more in touch with your true self, the happier you will feel.

 

9. Be present

We hear this one all of the time but really, stop and think about how present you are right in this moment.

Monks are so aware of being present in this moment as it is the only moment we can be sure of.

If we learn to do our best, act our best, feel our best and just be for this moment ONLY, then we will be able to live a much more fulfilled quality of life as Monks do.

Meditation is invaluable for anyone who is finding it difficult to practice staying present.

 

10. Know what is more valuable than material possessions

This is a HUGE one that we all know and have heard many times I am sure but living in the 21st century in a world dominated by media influences, it can be difficult to not get drawn in to material things.

Something I like to do is have a mini version of a vision board that keeps me grounded, either on my phone or at home (or both) . So, I guess you could call it a “grounding board” 🙂

You can fill this board with pictures of people less fortunate than yourself, children who have no food or clean water, animals that are being treated poorly, a picture of your grandparents, family, your favourite yoga balance, words that express feelings like love, compassion, family, friends – things that mean a lot to you.

ALL of these things I have listed above keep me grounded in times where I get carried away with material things and looking at a picture of my ‘grounding board’ helps to pull me back to what is really important in life.

 

Conclusion

It is natural to find happiness and fulfilment in the world outside, but it doesn’t mean you should neglect internal happiness.

Those who find peace inside their mind usually don’t care much for materialistic objects or public opinions. They are happy and fulfilled.

Nevertheless, everyone is different and by following the above-mentioned advice you can dramatically increase the happiness in your life.

 “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”- Buddha

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Your Competition Is Magnificent – Quit Being A Sook

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I’ve got this friend and he’s always crying about the competition. He spends a lot of time sooking about them and coming up with plans to take them down.

I’ve put up with it for a while, but now it’s driving me nuts. I started to think: how can we learn to love our competition in business?

Here are some thoughts I had about your competition:

 

Thought #1 – You say they’re lying. Good!

My friend says his competition is lying. Many businesses lie and that’s fantastic news for you. When a business lies, they are playing the short game.

“The long game in business is about being so vulnerable, authentic and real that it punches your ideal customer in the face every time they hear about your brand”

Trust in business, leads to incredible progress. All those marketing campaigns your competitor’s use are mostly to make them sound like something they are not. When your business is trustworthy, you don’t need to market as much.

Being honest cuts through the hype and because it’s so rare, your ideal customer runs towards you at 110km, with their arms wide open. Right behind them are all of their network who are begging to hear from a business that is a real – a business that is like you and me.

Don’t hate your dishonest competition: learn to love them from the bottom of your heart. See the love in your competition.

 

Thought #2 – There’s enough room for everyone

This scarcity mindset that you have to own 100% of the market in your first three years of operations is bulldust. There’s room for you and your competitors. It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon to reach the unicorn status that is success/world domination.

Feeling like you’re drowning in competition is exactly that. Focusing on your competition 24/7 makes you feel like absolute garbage after a while. It stops you from having a good night sleep full of dreams that contain growth, prosperity, optimism and triumph towards your businesses mission.

I used to be that guy that couldn’t sleep because of competition. Every time someone brought out the same product that was cheaper than mine, I cracked it. I thought that business was so hard because there were so many people that wanted to cut my lunch.

What I forgot is that despite all the competition, people were still buying. Even if we weren’t the cheapest, it didn’t matter. Some people would find us and buy, and others wouldn’t.

The competition can only cut your lunch for so long. If you stick at it and not let the thoughts of their horrible shadows upset you, you’ll be soon making the lunches and cutting theirs.

 

Thought #3 – It’s ugly

Sooking like a pissed off brown bear with a crown on its head is ugly. You’re showing everyone you work with that you are a sore loser. Winners worry about their own business first.

“Winners know that their business isn’t an immaculate diamond on day one”

Every time my friend complained about his competitors; it made his business seem ugly. I stopped becoming drawn to it as I did at the start. The conversations became more about his competitors than his own business. The focus was lost on competitors which he couldn’t control.

 

Thought #4 – You can’t win every deal

No business wins 100% of the opportunities that are presented. There’s this lie that you have to be always winning to be successful. There’s this belief that some people have that says their business is unique and therefore it’s only normal that when they pitch, they will always win.

Again, this is total BS. Your business might have some unique strengths, but there’s always competition. Some deals you’ll win and some deals you won’t. You don’t need to win all the time to put food on the table and be successful.

I’m also competitive by nature and I’ve had to settle sometimes for the simple fact that I won’t win all the time. Sometimes losing a deal is only the beginning. The opportunities you lose are where all the lessons are.

“Your lost opportunities are what strengthen your entire value proposition to the market”

 

Thought #5 – Seeing your competitors suck is inspiring

When a competitor of yours has a major failure, you should be inspired. What I mean is that you should never want your own client base to suffer the same gunshot to the head. Instead of trash talking your competitors for their mistakes, use them as inspiration to not be like them.

Your competitors should form part of the reason why you exist. You should exist not to make the same dumb mistakes they do. You should exist so your customers have a better alternative. Having horrendous companies within the same industry has inspired many businesses like Uber and Airbnb.

Being a business full of inspiring people is easier when everyone else sucks.

 

Thought #6 – Complaining shows insecurity

By my friend complaining about his competition, what he revealed to me was his insecurity. He was showing me that he lacked the confidence in his own product and so it made sense for him to talk down everyone else’s.

The thing is when you love your product and genuinely believe it’s the best in its field, you forget about everyone else’s. Believing in your product offering comes from the confidence that as a business you believe in yourselves.

If you believe, your ideal customer will believe. Bagging your competition may make you feel better in the short term, but it will never make your business grow.

Thought #7 – You only have so much thinking space

Don’t waste it thinking about your competitors. Use your thinking space to come up with new ideas, to innovate and to WOW your customers. These habits will stop you from living in the scarcity that comes with being obsessed by your competition.

Thinking about your competitors is not going to make them go away. Complaining about them will not improve your product or service. To have a good business, you have to operate from a place of creativity. Being creative is hard work and so you don’t want throw away your thinking space.

Dreaming about your competitors puts you in a spiral of negative thoughts. These thoughts start to overtake the positive ones and pretty soon you can’t be relentlessly optimistic anymore. It’s this optimism that helps you come up with ideas that will change the world.

Much like we compare ourselves to the lives we live through looking at other people’s social media, focusing on your competitor’s forces you to always believe you don’t have enough.

I’m here to say you are good enough. Your business is good enough. Your business can be one of the great’s.

 

Thought #8 – You can actually do business with your competitors

Here’s the really stupid thing: You can actually do business with your competitors. See, your business can’t fulfill every customer need. Instead of saying “We don’t do that,” use your competitors as referral partners.

I can remember in a business that I was a part of, where we used our competitors over the road to supply us with stock when we ran out and had items on back order. We would do the same thing for them when they ran out of stock. As a result, we always had stock.

“Our competitors over the road taught us lots of things we would have never known if we tried to play the solo game. Business is a team sport”

 

***Final thought***

Your competition is not the problem. They’re not the reason why you are losing sales. The real reason you are focused on your competition is because something is wrong with the way you are thinking. Your competitors can force you to sabotage your own success if you don’t stop focusing on them.

Complaining about your competitors never get’s you anywhere. The way to fast-track your success is to get intimate with your competitors and find a way to be uniquely you. Find a way to be bold, authentic, real, sexy and unwavering in your businesses values. Be the honest, cool company that is friends with everybody. That’s how you go from being a sook to being the best in your field.

I want you to use your competition to be world-class. You deserve it.

If you want to increase your productivity and learn some more valuable life hacks, then join my private mailing list on timdenning.net

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared hundreds of thousands of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around success, personal development, motivation, and entrepreneurship. During the day Tim works with the most iconic tech companies in the world, as an adviser, to assist them in expanding into Australia. By night, Tim coaches his students on the principles of personal development and the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net or through his Facebook.

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Deepak Chopra Meditate for Success

This is a post I am uber excited to share with you.

I was up nice and early at 2am Perth, Western Australia time this morning to chat with the amazing spiritual thought leader and best selling author Dr. Deepak Chopra to find out how Entrepreneurs can take advantage of meditation and tap into a higher consciousness for success.

Deepak shared a lot of step by step advice for entrepreneurs who are ready to start taking action for a more healthier and balanced life to handle each day with energy and high levels of productivity.

 

Here are some of the takeaways from this podcast Interview with Deepak.

 

1. Advice for Entrepreneurs that are working 80+ hours a week:

Over working and lack of sleep will only decrease your ability to be productive or creative.

Meditation increases the amount of rest you would normally achieve through sleep and is almost twice as effective, even 20 minutes of meditation.

Meditation is a highly effective way to get rest, to be more creative, to have healthier relationships and better sleep and to enjoy your restful and reflective mind.

 

2. Deepak’s recommends his S.M.A.R.T goal system to follow:

Stretch for more than you can reach

Make everything measurable

Agreements from your team and supporters

Record your progress

Time limits

 

3. Deepak Chopra‘s Definition of Success

Success is to have love and compassion and to have the ability to get in touch with the creative centre that is inside of you which is your own spirit.

 

4. What we should remember

Be happy, don’t worry.

Life is a journey, enjoy yourself and nobody regrets working hard enough at the end of their life.

 

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The Questions You Have Always Wanted To Ask A Spiritual Leader

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It’s not often we get to sit on the floor, barefoot and in lotus position while interviewing a spiritual author whose journey and teachings have positively influenced the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

10995998_10204532948777710_3703269667569988_nTimber Hawkeye, author of the best-selling spiritual guide ‘Buddhist Boot Camp’ offers a non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us. His intention in ‘Buddhist Boot Camp’ and life is to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire.

Timber was kind enough to give us his time on his worldwide book tour to answer some of the questions not many get to ask him but all want to know.

Make yourself a cup of tea, light a few candles and enjoy!

 

1. What is the message behind Buddhist Boot Camp?

“If I was to incapsulate it, the message would be simple – be grateful and be kind. It’s important to understand that we create a lot of our own suffering – by becoming aware that we hold the responsibility to create our own happiness, we empower ourselves to live a more relaxed, compassionate and positive life.”

 

2. How did the book come to be?

“I never had the intention to sit down and write a book. When I moved to Hawaii, I didn’t have a place to live, I didn’t have a job lined up and I didn’t know what I was going to do – I just knew that I wanted to live a more relaxed and free life. Every month I would send a letter to my friends and family, updating them on how my simplistic and non materialistic life was turning out.

After about 8 years of continual updates, thoughts and teachings, my friend who was moved by what I wrote about, suggested that I take all those emails and letters and make them public. So that’s what ‘Buddhist Boot Camp’ is – a collection of all my journal entires, emails and letters to friends compiled into a book. That’s why every chapter is only a page long and can be read in any order.”

 

3. Is there a difference between being religious and being spiritual?

Absolutely! Organized religion provides answers for us to follow while spirituality keeps us in a place of questioning and inquiry. With spirituality we make peace with not knowing, with not having all the answers and not having only one truth. Truth within spirituality has a small ’T’ while in religion, it’s capitalized on being the universal truth above all else.

That’s why there is so much hostility between different religions – they believe their truth is the only truth and most superior to any other explanation. While spirituality leaves us in a place of searching, wonder, open mindfulness and open heartfulness to not be so quick to judge or label.”

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4. You quote the Dalai Lama saying, “Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.” Can you elaborate on that?

“I don’t think a label is important at all. I am a lot of things – not only one (label) defines me. Meaning it’s not about being a buddhist, it’s about being ‘Buddha-like’ or not being Christian but being ‘Christ-like’ and that’s a really important invitation to not focus so much on the label but on the actual teachings. Living this way makes you ask yourself ‘how can my actions be inline with my values?’ because your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does. So it does matter who you are or what you want to be just be really good at it.”

 

4. You say to focus on the teachings not the teachers. What do you mean and why?

“We tend to put the ‘teachers’ of faith up on a pedestal and look up to them. Shunryū Suzuki wrote about how there are no enlightened beings, only enlightened activity and that was very empowering for me. The people we perceive to be enlightened i.e. the Dalai Lama, Jesus, Buddha, they’re people like you and I however they just made enlightened activity apart of their everyday lives.

And so by bringing ourselves up to eye level with those figures, you become empowered and confident in your abilities to become enlightened.”

 

5. Do you believe success and spirituality coexist? Typically society tells us we can only develop one or the other.

Most definitely! You need to understand that ‘typically’ the opinion of success in society is skewed. Success to me is being happy. To me spirituality is a means to happiness and so success and spirituality can very much coexist. I don’t have a lot of money however I feel like the richest man in the world because I am happy – and spirituality brings that to me. I think there would be nothing worse than being super wealthy but feeling unfulfilled and unhappy internally.”

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6. Meditation seems to be a buzz word lately, what is it, how do you do it and can someone with no previous experience with meditation still benefit?

Of course! You’re right, meditation is a buzz word at the moment which is a shame because with that brings assumptions – assumptions of how it should be done, what it is and who should do it. People seek out to be ‘taught’ meditation however I shy away from giving instruction because the moment you do, you’re implying there is a wrong way to meditate. I have a lot of individuals come up to me and voice that they are meditating wrong or they don’t know how to do it but in-fact there is no ‘wrong way’ of meditating. As long as the intention is there, your attempts are successful.

The whole point of meditation is to learn how to control your mind. So if you find that there is something you do which relaxes you and in which your mind doesn’t wonder – it could be jogging, hiking, gardening, doing puzzles, painting and if while you’re doing that your mind stays focused – you’re meditating. Its that simple. There’s no need to sit in full lotus position or burn incense or chant chakras – mediation is just the practice of focusing your mind.”

 

7. What’s one exercise or activity you would recommend we do starting today to lead a more positive, happy and fulfilled life?

“Keep a gratitude journal. Every single morning, make it the first thing you do – take out your journal and just start listing anything and everything you’re grateful for.  It can be as simple as “I am so grateful to be alive today” or “I am so grateful for all my friends and family” or “I am so grateful for all the opportunities I attract into my life”.

You can even download a gratitude app to your smart phone if journaling isn’t for you. What’s cool about the app is you can also document photos, videos and voice memos as well as text.

When you live and come from a place of complete gratitude, everything changes and you have no choice but to become a happier person.”

 

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8 Athletes & Entrepreneurs That Embrace Yoga as the Edge to Success

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Incredibly successful athletes and entrepreneurs continue to embrace yoga as a powerful tool in gaining the mental and physical edge necessary to become a consistent top performer in the field and boardroom.

The improved mental clarity gained from their practice allows them to remain calm in the face of pressure to make the tough plays when the game is on the line, or when game changing strategic decisions need to be made.

The enhanced energy and physical strength from a regular practice provides them the level of vitality necessary to be at the top of their game through an entire season, playoffs and championships, or during the long days of building and running a thriving business.

Here are 8 phenomenally successful athletes and entrepreneurs that found a winning edge through their yoga practice.

 

1. Daniel Loeb

Daniel LoebFounder & Chief Executive of Third Point, LLC
$17.5B Assets Under Management Hedge Fund

Daniel Loeb is one of the most successful hedge fund managers in history and a regular practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga. He credits yoga with the ability to quiet the fluctuations and putting the mind at ease, learning to come out of difficult positions and persevering through difficult uncomfortable moments, and making decisions that are consistent with our moral framework.

 

2. LeBron James

Lebron James ClevelandForward, Cleveland Cavaliers
2-time NBA Champion, 4-time MVP, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, NBA Rookie of the Year

Lebron James credits his yoga practice to increasing his stamina and endurance, which is useful in his often-needed long-playing minutes.

LeBron says:

“Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s also about the mind, and it’s a technique that has really helped me.”

3. Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz YogaWide Receiver, New York Gians
Super Bowl Champion, Pro-Bowl, NFL record holder longest touchdown reception

Cruz became a huge proponent of yoga after the mandatory classes for all rookies in pre-season training camp. After becoming an incredible sensation his rookie year, he credited his practice with providing focus, mental toughness and stamina for those long games.

 

4. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers YogaQuarterback, Green Bay Packers
Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP, NFL MVP, 3-time Pro Bowl

Aaron Rodgers has come out and said he’ll most likely play into his 40’s thanks to his newfound love of practicing yoga. Aaron credits it with an increased amount of flexibility and sharpened mental discipline.

 

5. Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons YogaCo-Founder Def Jam, Founder Phat Farm

Russell Simmons started practicing twenty years ago and was immediately hooked on the presence gained from a daily yoga practice. Russell credits it with providing an increased amount of focus leading to flashes of creativity that helped him build his business empire.

 

 

6. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi YogaForward, FC Barcelona/ Captain-Argentina National Futból Team
FIFA World Player of the Year, FIFA Cup World Cup Champion 

After heavy workouts throughout the day, Lionel Messi finishes his day with a power yoga routine that helps him rejuvenate his mind and provides harmony for a peaceful feeling.

 

7. Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin YogaCo-Founder, GOOGLE, Inc. 

Sergey Brin has profound enthusiasm for his yoga practice and credits it with his ability maintain semblance in his life.

 

 

 

8. Dwyane Wade

dwyane wayde yogaGuard, Miami Heat
3-time NBA Champion, 10-time NBA All-Star, NBA Finals MVP

Dwayne Wade is such a huge proponent of yoga, he proposed to his wife on a yoga block! He is a fan of sharing the glorious physical benefits the practice of yoga has brought to his ability to perform on the court and maintain flexibility.

 

As yoga continues to gain prominence and become mainstream we should follow the example of the uber-successful who find mental clarity and discipline, physical stamina, energy and strength, and inner peace to gain an edge and become a top performer in our lives.

 

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10 Tips From a Buddhist Monk on Living a Fulfilled Life

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Is there any doubt that people are searching for happiness in the wrong places?

Reaching a fulfilled lifestyle is much more than just a beautiful home or modern car. It’s about connecting with yourself on more than just a conscious level.

Buddhist Monks have obviously figured this out because instead of chasing material value they look within.
The following tips come from Monks who know what a fulfilled life entails.

 

1. Never stop trying

The worst thing technology has taught us is to be lazy.

According to a Monk it is crucial to try several times before giving up. It is also important to try different approaches. When you have reached the point where nothing works then make peace and move on, but giving up after only trying once usually leads to disappointment.

Creating any practice or new habit requires patience and a “never stop trying” attitude.

 

2. All the answers come from within

A fundamental principle for Monks is to use intuition.

In order to deal with problems the world throws at you, you need to use your sixth sense. Buddhism students are only given a small amount of information from which they have to solve big problems. This is part of their preparation for facing the world.

In essence the universe will open the door, but you need to walk through it without losing sight or becoming disappointed when the answer isn’t clear from the start is a discipline we must try to master.

All the answers reside within us; we just need to look in the right places and trust ourselves.

 

3. Failure equals growth

This is a lesson very few people seem to understand. Making a mistake or failing at something tends to make us focus on the worst.

You should keep in mind that there are always two sides to a coin. Failures and mistakes are a learning process and a precious one at that. Someone can teach you a valuable lesson, but unless you actually go through it yourself it won’t hold as much value.

Taking chances are such a critical part of a fulfilled life and yet we are scared to take part in the learning process.

Monks know there are two sides to everything in life: with good must come bad just like with growth must come failure and a lot of this comes down to one’s perspective.

 

4. Know the power of impermanence

Impermanence is one of the most important buddhist teachings and one that must be fully understood and accepted in order to fully understand life.

NOTHING IS PERMANENT and the sooner you understand what this really means and accept this, you will be able to live a life filled with less expectation from anything and anyone.

The only thing that is constant is change itself and when you can learn to embrace change, beautiful things begin to shift in our lives.

 

5. Learn the art of patience

For some people patience is the hardest thing to achieve. Notice how these people become angry and agitated quite quickly?

There is a time and place for everything. Time is man-made and should never cause you frustration. Patience is definitely a virtue and the moment you are capable of controlling it, you are well on your way to living a more fulfilled life.

 

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6. Forget about what other people think

Society has a way of programming our egos. We are constantly aware of what other people might be thinking or saying about us.

Feeding the ego is by no means healthy and even though we think it results in happiness, we are greatly mistaken. Keeping your ego happy doesn’t mean that you are happy.

The Monks suggest that you detach from your ego, this is what will allow you to grow spiritually.

You need to focus on what you think and feel instead of those around you and when you are able to do this, you will be more in tune with your true self.

 

7. Fight the enemy within

Just as the answers reside within ourselves, so does our biggest enemy.

You might think your biggest enemy is your boss or the bully at school, but it’s not. You are the one that gives power to your fears and insecurities.

Before you can accomplish anything you need to tackle the enemy that empowers the elements keeping you from happiness. In other words, overcome your internal fears.

 

8. Happiness Starts from within

It will be cynical to assume that happiness is only based on the spiritual side of life.

Family and friends, music, books, hobbies, all of these form part of your journey. However, you cannot enjoy anything if you are not happy internally.

Once you reach happiness from within it will manifest outside in the people and things that make life worth living.

This is also why meditation is such a significant practice for Monks because it helps to cultivate peace from the inside out, and when you become more in touch with your true self, the happier you will feel.

 

9. Be present

We hear this one all of the time but really, stop and think about how present you are right in this moment.

Monks are so aware of being present in this moment as it is the only moment we can be sure of.

If we learn to do our best, act our best, feel our best and just be for this moment ONLY, then we will be able to live a much more fulfilled quality of life as Monks do.

Meditation is invaluable for anyone who is finding it difficult to practice staying present.

 

10. Know what is more valuable than material possessions

This is a HUGE one that we all know and have heard many times I am sure but living in the 21st century in a world dominated by media influences, it can be difficult to not get drawn in to material things.

Something I like to do is have a mini version of a vision board that keeps me grounded, either on my phone or at home (or both) . So, I guess you could call it a “grounding board” 🙂

You can fill this board with pictures of people less fortunate than yourself, children who have no food or clean water, animals that are being treated poorly, a picture of your grandparents, family, your favourite yoga balance, words that express feelings like love, compassion, family, friends – things that mean a lot to you.

ALL of these things I have listed above keep me grounded in times where I get carried away with material things and looking at a picture of my ‘grounding board’ helps to pull me back to what is really important in life.

 

Conclusion

It is natural to find happiness and fulfilment in the world outside, but it doesn’t mean you should neglect internal happiness.

Those who find peace inside their mind usually don’t care much for materialistic objects or public opinions. They are happy and fulfilled.

Nevertheless, everyone is different and by following the above-mentioned advice you can dramatically increase the happiness in your life.

 “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”- Buddha

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