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Get Off That Lazy Couch: 8 Ways to Get Out of a Slump

  Recently I was in a bit of a slump. Things just weren’t going my way. Nowadays I am absolutely great again. I feel wonderful and life is on the up and up again. However sooner or later I will probably get into a slump again. It’s inevitable. How did I get out of it..? #1 First of all: stop stressing about everything that isn’t going well. You will be fine. You are fine right now. You are just having a little down period in your life. Life always comes in waves. There will be a positive wave after a negative wave. But this will only happen if you don’t quit. Accept that things just aren’t going your way at the moment. I know it’s […]

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Don’t Get Your Identity Stolen – Here’s How

Identity theft is one of those things that no one sees coming. You always hear about it happening to someone else, so you never consider taking preventative steps to prevent it from happening to you. When identity theft strikes close to home, however, you quickly realize that the impact can be far reaching, and the relatively small amount of effort you could have exerted would have been well worth the energy. I’ll give you an example. Several years ago, my wife had a backpack containing her credit cards and license stolen from her car. At first, the whole thing seemed like it would be easily resolved by cancelling the cards and replacing the ID, but larger issues arose when she discovered the thieves had used […]

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How to Let Go of Little Things

Ah, the little things. Your husband loses his keys for the 37th time. A driver cuts you off. A nasty neighbor complains about your disruptive children. A restaurant serves you the wrong entree. And it’s cold. Things happen. Things that make us angry, upset and annoyed. Things we wish we could shake but can’t because it’s our nature to hang onto them. So we stew on them. We argue, complain, mope or yell. Some of us toss and turn in our beds at night because, in spite of our efforts, we cannot let them go. Our reactions to the things that happen to us are programmed, from the way we snap at our spouse when we are running late to a party, to the way […]

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How to Know If Something’s Right For You

One of the most important factors in deciding whether or not something’s right for you is authenticity. Authenticity is defined as “the genuineness or truth of something”. It is a preservative force and is necessary for sustained success in whatever you’re trying to do. Just because a business idea or particular life change worked for your best friend doesn’t necessarily mean it is something that it’s right for you. So before venturing into a project or goal of any kind, vet it for authenticity, in other words, ask yourself of this “thing” the following series of questions to help determine, “Is this right for me?” 1. Why do I want to do this thing in the first place? – If the answer is a selfish […]

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5 Natural Ways to Stop Your Sleepless Nights

Have you had yet another night of staring up at the ceiling, eyes held open by the anxiety of tomorrow’s trials and tribulations? Is every morning complemented by the struggle of dragging yourself out of bed to the rhythmic wailing of the alarm clock, wishing you’d had more hours of sleep and that you were not a self-diagnosed victim of insomnia? You’ve tried everything, from exercising late at night to staying in your bedroom hours beforehand to prepare your mind and body for sleep, but you still find exhaustion looming over you throughout the day. Relax…here are 5 tips to help you sleep naturally and get you well on your way to a life of good regular kip. Exercise It is a common misconception that […]

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7 Proven Ways to Boost Your Morning Productivity

It’s ok to be a night owl. There’s nothing wrong with that. But at some point in your life, you might want to change your habits. It might be that you’re starting a new job where you have to wake up earlier than you’re used to. Or maybe you’re starting your own business. To see if your idea can take off, you want to get a couple of hours of work done early in the morning before you go to your day job. Many successful people attribute their success to some extent to having productive mornings. And even if it doesn’t seem like it now, you can maximize your output during the first two or three hours of your day with just a few tweaks. […]

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How to Keep Long-term Focus When You’re Putting Out Fires

Life moves forward, whether you’re on board with the direction or not. If you’re like me, your 20’s was predicated by a lot of fun, a lot of procrastinated growing up and living paycheck to paycheck. When I was 28, I opted for the “lighting round” and met and married my wife within 6 months (which was all well and good), but then had a kid on the way 6 months after that. And let’s not forget I was also starting a business. If you focus solely on the present, your future will suck, hard. And when you’re a parent, it starts to weigh on you that you’ll be the asshole that sent future generations ghost-riding off a proverbial cliff. But, if you focus only […]

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12 Smart Ways to Instantly Lower Your Calorie Intake

Looking to lose weight but don’t want to go on a full blown diet? If so, you aren’t alone. Few people actually like going on a formal diet plan and feeling – at least to some degree – rather restricted. In many cases then, it’s simply best to look for little changes you can make to your current nutrition plan to cut calories and prompt fat burning. It can be easier than you think. Here are 12 smart ways to instantly lower your calorie intake and boost your rate of fat burning. 1. Swap a bagel for an English muffin That bagel you eat first thing in the morning is a carb landmine, so lighten up with an English muffin instead. It’s far lower in […]

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How to Meditate When All The Other Techniques Don’t Work

I suffered from GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) for more than 7 years, and the worst part is that I’ve found out about it in the last year. I’ve spent days and weeks of constant worrying and over thinking without realizing that I am “digging my own grave”. I spent my nights reading articles to help me win at anxiety, and I spent my days trying to implement the advice I found. And you probably already know that in almost every article about mental disorders, meditation is a must-do. And it’s true. But in the beginning, it was so damn hard for me to meditate. I tried every possible technique that Google “knows”, but nothing helped. From counting breaths, to mantras and dancing meditation, but none […]

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4 Steps to Decluttering Your Mind and Thinking More Clearly

I started decluttering my home about a year ago. Six months in I found out that I was not alone, but there was a whole movement and mindset to it. Today I am calling myself a happy minimalist. My cellar is empty, my drawers are organized and cleaning is easy. My apartment seems bigger, yet cozy and very calm. I wish my mind would look the same. Reducing my stuff did save me a little bit of stress. I no longer worry about what I need and spend very little time searching for things, but those were only minor changes. If my head were a house, neighbors would gossip about the dodgy compulsive hoarder who lives inside and never greets anybody. My brain was full […]

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