We live in a world where our attention is always spreading in different directions demanding action. So intentionally directing your time and energy to the things that are most important to you is what separates the successful from the unsuccessful. It separates those who have full control of their lives from those who are affected by their unconscious unawareness of their lack of direction in life; leaving them at the mercy of the common outcome of actions more than likely taken in the spare moment of circumstance.
In a recent Harvard study suggests 83% of Americans do not have written goals, which explains why the percentage of average to low-income households are so high.
Not long ago as I was talking to a very knowledgeable friend from www.chulavistahousecleaning.org, I realized that most small business owners who have been able to explode their business, including my friend, have all done so by having very specific written goals on how to attain it.
Here are four reasons why successful men and women write down their goals daily:
The benefits of raising one’s consciousness are huge, and in this article, I’m going to share one simple, yet useful tip on how you can start practicing awareness.
Let me start by saying that by raising your level of consciousness doesn’t necessarily mean you’re now turning into some sort of spiritual person at all, it is simply a way of calming the chaotic mind, and strengthening the ability to decern, and choose the thoughts you engage with. Not just that, but also gaining control of emotions, fears and basically grounding yourself to the present moment. A close friend, owner of Affordable Movers Chula Vista, “Moving Services” shared with me a book called “Power VS. Force” by David Hawkins, and the following is a short introduction to that book, that has impacted my life tremendously.
Meditation would be the first step in attaining a calmer mind, along with Yoga exercises. To sit quietly for 20-30 minutes a day, allows you to simply observe the thoughts that arise randomly, and disidentifying from them by bringing your attention back to your body, breath, and sounds around you. You’ll slowly notice that the mind isn’t all that easy to control after all, and most thoughts are of their own making, unvoluntary to the observer, your higher self. With practice, you will gradually realize the real self is the observer, who chooses the thoughts it engages, which ultimately gives you control over thoughts, emotions, and behavior. The practice of meditation is the practice of consciousness itself.
Observance of Thoughts
In the book of Power vs Force, David Hawkins calibrate the different levels of consciousness based numerical chart starting at 20 (the lowest level of consciousness which is Shame), all the up to 1000 (the highest level of consciousness, which is Enlightenment.) What he describes is the thoughts we naturally engage with, determines the person’s level of awareness. Since everything starts in the mind, engaging in the lower levels such as shame (20) or apathy (50) we naturally resonate with people and emotions of that nature. A person who is in a content state of apathy, for example, is someone who feels hopeless and has no control over themselves. It is a state of mind nobody voluntarily chooses, such as depression. (Check chart levels)
Thus, the goal is becoming aware of our thoughts, which in turn, dictates our mood, emotions, and behaviors. The practice of meditation is the practice of disidentifying with unwanted, negative thought patterns we have embodied over the years, throughout life; negative experiences, limiting beliefs, childhood trauma etc.
Feel free to check out the book for more information on raising your consciousness and ultimately improving your life. Thanks for reading guys, I’ll post more articles soon!
Living in the present sometimes does not coincide with how you live your life. How can such a contradiction exist in your life? It’s basically about living in a house whose features you are no longer aware of until you are reminded to keep grounded and start feeling your surroundings again.
Scary? Maybe. But you then understand why some single nesters would rather walk around the house barefoot and cook food on their own. It helps them get a grasp on their life and be present in the moment. Because sometimes, we as young urban professionals become too preoccupied with tomorrow or next week or next month that we overlook today.
How can we keep track of the present moments? Let the following tips help you get your grounding again.
Pay attention to the way you breathe.
Nervous people are often told to take deep breaths to condition themselves to think again. Not everyone is a quick thinker when immersed in stressful situations. But one can at least stop and breathe, literally, to get the feeling of being emotionally overwhelmed in situations and regain control of one’s senses. It also helps in clearing the mind quick enough for you to identify which solutions apply best to that thing causing you stress.
Save at least an hour within your day to keep the gadgets away.
Anything, from meditation to finally getting to read the latest book that you bought, just to keep your mind away for the meantime from the gadgets that either distract you with app games or pepper you with countless notifications. Turning them off within that hour might mean missing out on some important calls. Then again, this is your zone.
Everyone needs time away from the reminders who may or may not be after your welfare (but are obviously so concerned with their bottom line that they end up delegating even the stressful parts of the job to you). Your smartphone already got you preoccupied with most of the day so much that it has gotten even into your sleeping hours. It won’t mind getting shut off for that 1 hour needed for relaxation.
Use that hour to meditate.
Meditation has become a buzzword for busy yuppies in need of their sanity back. Some go as far as taking yoga classes (yes, with the gadgets turned off) in order to get used to the meditative level of focus in the present situation so they can meditate even in the middle of a train ride. Train rides are occasionally feasible for the mini-meditation sessions. But utilizing that one smartphone-less hour to meditate and clear one’s head of negative thoughts of oneself and everything else stressful is a good start to consider infusing your daily schedule with meditation sessions.
The last point also gives you an idea of what needs to happen in your pad before immersing yourself in a contemplative/meditative mood – dusty, smelly carpets that had seen better days. When was the last time you ever got in touch with a reliable carpet cleaning company? Get in touch with www.carpetcleaningofchulavista.com to see how their services can help you clean carpets found at home. It will also help you find more spots to meditate with clean, odorless carpet to sit down on in a lotus position.
We all had experienced events and periods in our lives when we lacked confidence. It is an entirely normal feeling that everyone goes through. The important thing is understanding what may cause the lack of self-trust and or insecurity. There are many ways of improving self-confidence, and I listed below are three tips that lead to a higher confidence and self-efficacy.
Many things may cause one’s confidence to increase, and here are some of them: Thinking positively, taking care of care one’s self-image, being aware of natural thought patterns, living in congruence with your values, and bringing awareness to situations that cause insecurity or the lack of confidence. And most important of all, taking small action every day towards the things that will push and increase the levels of confidence; breaking out of the comfort zone. Listed below are three tips I learned from one of my mentors Victor Jimenez, one of the top plumbers in San Diego, CA.
Having knowledge you spend hours, months and sometimes years learning, is what I would consider almost as valuable as gold 🙂 Now in the same concept with money, you shouldn’t be stingy, a generous person will gain more from giving and sharing than someone who hoarders what they’ve gained. However, there is a delicate balance in separating what’s smart and what isn’t all that smart to share, and most importantly who you share it with.
Some knowledge isn’t meant for sharing, but to be kept for yourself. The knowledge you accumulate in relationships, financial strategies, business goals, and personal empowering experience, etc. are best kept to yourself. There are exceptions in some situations, but for the most part in my experience, it is best left unsaid.
Be aware of who you are sharing your ideas with, especially if you don’t yet know the person fully. When dealing and talking about sensitive matters, or things that are important to you, the first step in knowing who you’re dealing with is to studying the individual. Everyone is different in many ways, pay attention if information is being passed evenly. Is the person only after in for their gain? Do they reveal powerful knowledge of their own as well? Are you talking more than listening? Some people will only want to learn but never reveal secrets or great experience of their own in an attempt to maintain some level of power over others. When dealing with this type of people, be aware and choose carefully what you share with them.
Everyone has a morning routine, whether you know it or not. Having one that sets you up for a positive day can change your life for the better, as simple as it may sound. I started doing this stuff about four years ago, check out my about page here.
If there is one thing that every successful people have, is a solid routine that they carefully planned and structured in harmony with their values. A very famous and worldwide success coach that really emphasizes on this is Brian Tracy, one of my first mentors that have changed my life completely. As they all say, success leaves clues, and it’s not a bad idea to learn from them and their daily habits.
Since what we are today is simply a result of our past thinking and actions, it’s important to be aware of what we do every day. Studies have shown that habits take on average 77 days to form, and many of us aren’t even mindful of the fact that we have them! So here are the 3 rituals that some of the most famous and fruitful people do every single day:
There are many ways to accumulate knowledge and make money, and college is one of them, but not the only way. Gaining information, you will most likely never apply in the real world doesn’t sound all that appealing after all.
Since we live in a constantly changing and evolving society, it is important to develop new skills and knowledge continuously. The only problem is that many seem to limit their potential and opportunities by having a false belief that college is the only source to reach their intellectual, financial or public reputation goals. Living in an era where entrepreneurship is at its peak, the avenues to attain these dreams have increased even more, and a number of unemployed graduates who are in serious debt are convincing enough to consider other avenues at least. This video from foxbusiness.com has an interesting entrepreneur’s view on this matter.
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