Category Archives: Personal Development

7 Ways to Brighten Your Horizon Forever

  1. Read Books that Make you think Outside the Box!

Brighten your horizon by realizing that everyone is your teacher. Gradually, you’ll gravitate to books – reading them will shape and mould your character brick by brick. Over time, they’ll help carve out a masterpiece of an inner canvas, making you consider possibilities you would have never otherwise considered.

One idea has the potential to change your life forever if you act on it.“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Sometimes, the most profound insights you have in your life will come through reading one sentence, one quote, in one book.

  1. Invest BIG in Yourself

Countless people similar to you have made mistakes and often pass on their decades of experience — so that you don’t have to learn things the hard way. Warren Buffett, the world renowned and famous investor, once said “It’s good to learn from your mistakes. But it’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.”

Whether it’s through an online course, seminar, or a three-day event (related to skills you’re passionate about improving) — you’ll usually come back with an upgraded toolkit. Having the willingness to let go of your ego, by investing in yourself, will cut your learning curve and allow you to get the skills that some people have taken YEARS to learn.

Just because you’ve finished your degree doesn’t mean your life education is over. In fact, it’s always just getting started. Remember: if you don’t invest in yourself, then who will?

  1. Reflect on your Direction Regularly!

You only ever have so much energy to give, and every once in awhile; you need to make a pit stop. That can take the form of a public blog, a written journal, or simply a conversation with a friend to reflect on your year so far.

Reflecting on your journey, is one of the most important things you can do for your direction and self-awareness in the long term. The active recovery will give you the clarity needed to act on hard truths — so that you can make wise improvements in both your personal and professional life.

  1. Save BIG Money Every Month

If you don’t have money under control, you don’t live free. If you don’t save money every month, you’re not preparing for the future. Making a saving plan doesn’t have to be complicated. You just need to calculate how much you automatically spend every month, and then create a comfortable monthly standing order for an amount that you can easily commit to.

Brian Tracy, one of the most prominent self-improvement gurus, in his book, the 21 Secrets of Millionaires, wrote: “if you don’t save money, the seeds of greatness aren’t within you. By saving for the future, you show that you understand that a little money saved each month, will end up going a long way towards your freedom. And freedom is something you value tremendously.

  1. Mostly Eat Healthy Food!

Anyone can eat a couple of fruits and vegetables per day. Anyone can eat one protein-rich meal per day. Anyone can skip the soda and make sure they drink enough water. Eating healthy is not a pursuit of perfection, it’s just about feeding your body more of what it needs, and less of what it doesn’t.

Companies are spending billions of dollars on marketing processed foods so you can’t be too harsh on yourself if you eat unhealthy on occasion. Yes, you’ve probably grown to love cookies, ice cream, and the like — but by feeding your body more nutritious foods most of the time, you’ll disable part of the lure processed foods have over you.

  1. Exercise Regularly!

Exercise isn’t just about improving your physique or your health; it’s about improving your mentality and physiology. Similarly to fine-tuning a car, your body needs the right intervention to operate at its best! You only ever end up getting one body in your lifetime, so you do what you can to take care of it! Whether you go to the gym three times per week, jog once a week, play sports with your friends — you were built to move!

Having an xercisee ritual is a gateway into a higher state of energy and focus. And with that state, you can experience more rewarding days = a more rewarding life.If you’re exercising in some form regularly (even if it’s just taking a long walk), then you’re leveraging all the areas of your life closer to their full potential!

  1. Be Mindful of your Media Consumption!

One of the easiest ways to relax and stimulate yourself after a long day at work is to turn on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or whatever’s trending now. With a flick of your fingers, you can get access to a whole variety of entertainment. The average person in America consumes an average of five hours of Television per day! Zig Ziglar, in his book, How to Stay Motivated, mentions that the average Chairman of a board only consumes four to eight hours of television per week.

Be the chairman of your life — by being mindful of the quality and quantity of information you allow to flow into your consciousness. You decide whether you want to experience the better part of the thrills you seek, through a screen, or your life…

With time and application, these seven different components of your life will start clicking into place, as they continually serve to brighten your horizon!

This article was originally from PicktheBrain.com

Teaching Our Children to Give and to be Caring

Children, bless their little hearts, have the ability to be perfectly sweet angels; or tiny, screaming devils, depending on their mood. They are rarely malicious, but they are young and sometimes don’t understand whether things are good or bad unless we teach them. They are like sponges and will soak up any information you tell them. They will learn even when you’re not looking, so it’s important to place your child in an environment that will nurture their natural compassion. There are a few steps that you can take to ensure your kid understands the wonderful power of giving and being caring and kind.

Lead by example

Humans, by nature, can be a little contradictory. We are selfish because we need to survive, but we are also social creatures and most of us want to help those around us. The selfish impulse is pretty useful if you and your kid are chased by wolves on a daily basis, but since we doubt that’s the case, you may wish to turn the focus on their natural compassion.

Of all the parenting problems, perhaps the most challenging one is how to make sure your child turns into a good person. How do we find that fine balance that will teach them to care for their own needs, but not become self-obsessed? How do we show them to be kind and helpful without becoming pushovers? We do that by starting early and setting up an example. Our children adore us, and while they’re young they think we’re practically the best thing the world invented right after ice cream. So, apply to volunteer with your child and help them learn by observing how you treat other people. Let them see the happiness on someone’s face after they receive help. Let your child learn that other people have problems and that things can be done to resolve them. Volunteering is a great way for your kid to understand that other people are separate beings with their own wants and needs, and that if we give a little, we can help a lot.

Proper surroundings

We can’t shield our children from external circumstances and outside sources forever, nor should we. A much better thing to do is teach them how to deal with things, and make sure they have a healthy environment to live in. Children education is important and it should start fairly early. Finding good child care centres like the ones in Brisbane is just as important as finding a good elementary school. Your child will gain some friends and they will slowly start learning how to work well with others. From sharing their lunch with a classmate to preparing gifts for someone’s birthday party, children will grow close to a friend and learn that once you love someone, you will want to give your best to make them happy.

Set up some ground rules

Children will make mistakes, and it’s important to let them know when that happens. It’s understandable that you want to spare them the pain and embarrassment, but sometimes a child will be selfish or even mean to another kid. You have to show them that what they did was wrong, without making them feel like you aren’t on their side. Learning how to deal with and fix their own mistakes is essential. You must always talk to your child. Don’t be condescending or dismissive if they come to you with a worry, no matter how silly it sounds. And if they do something bad, then sit them down and explain why that was wrong, and what they can do to make the situation better.

Reward your child when they do well, when you see them being sweet to someone, but not with candy or toys. They’ll start doing it just to get more things from you. A compliment is more than enough to show them that you approve of their good behaviour and that you want them to continue doing it.

Most children really want to be good and to please their parents. The desire to help others is there, you just have to help them draw it out and direct it properly. Teach them that giving doesn’t have to be about money and material things, sometimes it can mean just giving your time and your love to a person in need

What Kind of Procrastinator Are You?

 

We are all different, and it is unfair to label people as one type of procrastinator or another, and yet, some of the labels seem oddly fitting. Here are a series of personality types that are slightly more prone to procrastination. Read to find out if you see elements of yourself in these descriptions.

 

You Are a Dreamer That Wants to Work, But Won’t

 

These are the types of people that always believe it will be better tomorrow. They see a glowing future where everything is going to turn out alright. They seem to be positive and driven, but they are actually dreamers. They have lulled themselves into a false sense of security. It gets to the point where they may see their world crashing down around them and yet do not act with enough vigor to help themselves.

 

Solution – Make plans. Make lots of them, and update them daily. It is often a culture shock to see how far you are away from your happy and perfect future.

 

Procrastination Due to Being Unaware You Are Tired

 

Apart from the lazy procrastinator (covered later in this article); the most common procrastinator is one that is tired. The spirit is often willing, but they just don’t get things done. Tasks are put off for no good reason, and current tasks seem to take a very long time. Not getting enough sleep is so common that many people brag about it, yet it is viciously destructive, especially to a person’s productivity and state of mind.

 

Solution – Sleep more. Even if you think you have gas left in your tank, you need to sleep more. Get to bed at the same time every night and have eight hours sleep.

 

The Perfectionist That Has Trouble Starting

 

There are some people that simply will not complete tasks because they are too worried about getting it done to perfection, yet they are unaware that they are perfectionists (because things never seem perfect to them–get it?) Even gamers will avoid starting a new level if there are too many things to collect, or because they know they have to do it perfectly in order to get all the power ups or special items. They are similar to over-doers (mentioned later), except that the amount of work doesn’t matter to this person, it is how well the work is done.

 

Solution – Change the way you approach things. Sure, you may be a perfectionist, but work differently. Do a quick rush job and then smooth out the rough edges rather than trying to maintain perfection as you work.

 

A Pressure Sensitive Procrastinator That Makes a Crisis

 

There are some people that work well under pressure, and some that become incredibly stressed. The worst part is that the longer they procrastinate, the more they stress about it, until it becomes a full-blown crisis in their mind.

 

Solution – Set arbitrary deadlines that are 25% sooner than the actual deadline, and stick to them, and you will be fine.

 

A Typically Lazy Person

 

Here is the most common procrastinator, the lazy person. Here is a person that thinks a task is not worth his or her time. People will live in abject poverty and will still not get up and do tasks that need to be done because they think they deserve better, they think other people should do the work, and it is more fun to sit and complain than it is to do the work. Do not pity these people–ignore them because they will bring you down.

 

Solution – Take a hard look at yourself because you are in denial.

 

Procrastination Due to Too Much Investment – The Over Doer

 

Some people invest so much effort into their tasks, even menial tasks, that they create insurmountable jobs where a regular or half-assed effort would have sufficed. They do not just vacuum the living room floor, they move the sofa around, get behind the electronics and do the skirting boards.

 

Solution – Start tasks as soon as you wake up. Over doers are miracle workers, just make sure you get an early start so that you have more time to work.

 

The Distraction Junkie

 

This is becoming more of a problem these days, but since the world economy hasn’t collapsed yet, we have to assume that this problem is manageable. A distraction junkie cannot work without music on or the TV on. They feel uncomfortable working without some sort of sound or distraction. They are viciously unproductive and procrastinate quite a bit (usually by accident because they are distracted), and yet most will claim they work better with music or the TV on. Most will simply accept a less productive standard so they may keep their music or TV on while they work.

 

Solution – Learn to love silence. Get out of the habit of having constant audio and visual stimulation. Learn to be at peace on your own. Experience the joy of silence and the bliss of solitude. Try not to fall asleep.

Working While Abroad? Stay Professional And Productive

With the power and innovation of the internet, many people are taking the opportunity to work in more scenic and cultural unique locations. Whether it’s through self-employed or a very understanding company, many people are advancing in their chosen career while also living in a new country.

 

In fact, working abroad is becoming increasingly popular with today’s younger generations. Of course, this presents a whole new series of challenges. Not least of all is the task of separating your holiday and work mind-sets. When there are beaches to enjoy, culture to soak up and an entire country to explore, it can be difficult to stick to your professional duties.

 

Yet you should always remember that it is your work that supports your ability to enjoy your travels, not the other way around. Maintaining my productivity has been a vital part of my ability to travel frequently. I can see places I want to explore, yet my clients know I still deliver the best results regardless of my location. Here are 5 of the best ways I know to stay professional and productive while abroad.

 

Travel At a Slower Pace

When you’re on a work-free holiday, it’s easy to explore the stunning area as quickly as possible, regardless of how much time you will actually have to spend moving around. However, you will quickly find this isn’t useful when you need to work. When you’re constantly packing, unpacking and finding somewhere to stay, there’s little time to sit down and focus on work – even after you find a new wifi-spot.

A slower travelling pace is more ideal, as you can get into your stride. I’ve found staying in one place for at least for 4 or 5 days at the minimum. This gives me the chance to get into a regular working habit before I need to move again.

You should also remember that embracing a new culture requires time to acclimatise and adapt. A slower travel pace gives you more time to do this without interrupting your workflow.

This was the most useful when I journeyed between Turkey and the United Kingdom on a regular basis. I would spend months at a time in Turkey, with small periods in the UK. It was these transitional periods, however, that vastly disrupted my productivity.

As an added bonus, travelling at a slower rate means you don’t run out of new places very easily. Even if big countries such as Turkey, constantly moving means you can explore entire regions quicker than you might imagine.

 

Always Know Your Internet Options

As nice as it might sound to enjoy the natural views in a rural village, have you considered the availability of internet access? Wherever you go, you should always make this a priority. How else can you get any work done?

Take a lesson from one of my mistakes. When I first explored Turkey, I would venture to quieter, rural areas, only to find little to no internet connections at all. Not everywhere has coffee shops or wi-fi hotspots like the big cities do!

I always recommend doing your research first. Don’t just count on your hotel or local residence, as there may be limits or costs to this usage. If you want to have the safest, most reliable option, sign up for a mobile data plan so you can connect to the internet anywhere you can get a signal.

 

Find and Use Coworking Spaces

Sometimes, even when abroad, a professional environment can really drive you to get the work done. If you’re in a big city, it’s likely you can find some coworking space available. These offer a great space to get some work done, while also meeting like-minded professionals (and the occasional nomad, like yourself).

Other than helping you maintain a professional mind-set, working alongside others allows you to bounce ideas or even do a little networking. These spaces are typically friendly to all walks of life, so you can experience an interesting blend of fellow foreigners and local freelancers.

 

Get Into a Morning Habit

Professional workers get up in the morning, holiday makers do not. When you’re travelling abroad, remember that you are in the former category. While it may feel like a vacation, you also need to earn your keep. Wherever you are, do what the locals do in the morning and prepare as if you had to be in the office by 8.00 am sharp.

This includes taking time to exercise and eat breakfast before you sit down with your laptop. I find this greatly improves productivity and, come lunchtime, I’ve usually got a lot of my work done. This way, I can explore and have fun in the afternoons, knowing I don’t need to stop and get back to work.

As an added benefit, this gives me plenty of time away from work and discover some new inspiration. Personally, I’ve found an afternoon stroll through the local streets gives me plenty of new and creative ideas for Muslim dresses, but this wouldn’t happen if my mind was still preoccupied with an unfinished assignment.

 

Find the Right Friends

Travelling abroad is an excellent way to befriend unique and interesting individuals, but you still need to choose your friends wisely. You may find fellow travellers but not all of them will also be working, like you. As such, you need to be able to turn down their offers for mid-week parties and weekend adventures.

While there is nothing wrong with this company, it’s better to find people who work and travel as well. I’ve always found these people to be more understanding of your own needs, encouraging your productivity rather than infringing on it. These people always understand your situation and are a great way to swap ideas, skills and networking opportunities. If that’s not enough, they can also help you enjoy your free time, since they also won’t be looking to stay up until 4.00 am.

Ultimately, working away from home gives you a unique and fantastic opportunity to explore the world without the restrictions of the typical 9 to 5. Yet your ability to work is your means to keep on travelling and living abroad, so don’t throw this chance away due to a lack of productivity. These tips may not be the easiest to adopt, but they will become a worthwhile habit in no time.

 

How Cooking Can Be a Different Way of Relaxation

You know that everybody deserves to be happy, right? Each of us has some things that we love to do. There are many hobbies you can choose from, and you could become passionate with it. But for now, let’s talk about cooking. If you are one of those people who has the passion in cooking, this article is for you.

 

Did you know that cooking can be a good way of relaxing yourself?

There are two types of people who cook. One is that he cooks just to make a living, and the other one is cooking with a passion. When it comes for you to relax with cooking, it’s all about passion. You have the so-called “grit” that drives you to motivate in cooking your favorite delicious meal. Not just for yourself, but for your families and friends as well.

As long you hold on to this “grit”, you will be more relaxed and having fun while cooking. Do you believe that you can become successful of something that you’re passionate about? Of course you do, as long you are going to work it out and do something different and extraordinary that nobody else does.

 

Do you cook in order to work? Or are you cooking for fun?

If you just cook in order to keep your job or earn money, you’ll get stressed. You know why? It’s because your boss or head chef pressures you to cook for customers. The more you are pressured, the more you get stressed which leads you to have relaxation issues.

However, doing this for fun is what makes you feel relaxed. You may forget about getting stressed or pressured, as long you love cooking. If you’re passionate to cook your favorite “out of the box” dishes, it’ll relieve you from getting stressed once and for all.

In order for you to stay relaxed while cooking, here are a couple of tips you should learn and apply.

 

1 – Prepare a menu plan

It’s better that you should have this in order to stay relaxed and move away from stress and pressure. Make sure that you plan in advance (like one week advance) about the meal that you want to cook for your family. Preparing extra meals ahead of time is an advantage for you. It will save you time and money. It will allow you to prepare complete and balanced meals that could make you and others healthy as well. Maybe some of you aren’t doing this for a while. You may not expect that all people must do this. However, this is already a proven way for you to get relaxed while cooking.

 

2 – Have a relaxing mind

It’s really essential for your mind to be relaxed. In order to do that, there are few ways which are considered effective for most people. Listening to music is a good example of relaxing your mind. As you listen to your favorite music, the energy and excitement within you increases in silent mode. If you have that feeling, there’s no doubt that you are more relaxed than ever. Thinking and attracting positive things while you cook are a big help to make you relax as well. Try to make this a habit and you’ll definitely see the changes by yourself. It’ll also let you almost forget about the problems, issues and circumstances arrived in you. Just remember, relax and enjoy what you do.

 

Conclusion

Once you learn how to love cooking, there’s no doubt that you’ll become relaxed in many days to come. It’s essential for you to avoid stress that could damage your cells and become prone to chronic illnesses. If you cook just for work, your mindset is wrong. But if you have the passion and love of cooking, it’s definitely sure that your mindset is right. Once your mindset is right, you’ll be surprised of your results in no time by just relaxing yourself while cooking.

 

 

 

The Art of Living in the Moment

Life is what happens to you right now. It is not a collection of thoughts and memories, it is not a plan for the future. It is right here and now. Still, you continue to think over and over how it was 5 years ago or keep dreaming about the years to come. You forget about your present. You forget to live. You do not even notice when you are happy. You understand that something good is going on but cannot enjoy that because you are far from here – in your past or in your future.

 

Living in the moment is an art for modern people. We’ve forgotten how to enjoy simple things and how to pay attention to the beauty of life. We are so tensed with the lack of time, with our jobs, with problems that we even do not have time to breathe. Simple things became a luxury. Time is more precious than money. You have no right to enjoy and feel the moment. But is it a good way to spend your life? Perhaps, you could change something and make yourself think different.

 

  1. Thinking is good. But have a break.

 

We need to think. All the time. If you do not think, you do not live. You need to generate thousands of ideas per day. You need to be creative. You need to be original. Thinking is better than eating and sleeping. Thinking is the only thing that really deserves your time. Thinking is good. But having some breaks is a necessity. You need to let yourself forget about a permanent process of thinking. Meditation (http://tinybuddha.com/blog/5-unusual-ways-meditate-simple-daily-de-stressing/) is the best way to do that. Do you know that most influential people of this world start a day with meditation? Just try it. Try to free your brain from thoughts. A bonus for meditation is additional space for your unselfconsciousness. When you are not tensed with thoughts, it starts to work and bring you new ideas.

 

  1. Future is what you create now.

 

Are you afraid of your future? Do you keep worrying about it all the time? It is not what you need. Worries won’t help you create your future. You can think thousands of ideas, but if you do nothing, they will not help you live better. You need to be active. You need to do something. Remember that you create your future in this moment. And in fact, future is not far from you. Future is here.

 

  1. Find out what is real.

 

If thoughts became your reality, you cannot enjoy your life. Thoughts have more influence on the quality of your life than you can imagine. Sometimes, thoughts become even more real than the life itself. Stop living in your thoughts. Take yourself back to the reality. Spend time with your friends, observe the nature, grasp the beauty of what surrounds you. The reality is more beautiful than you think.

 

  1. Use your mornings.

 

You do not need to wait until Monday to begin a new life. Use your mornings! When you open your eyes, you have a choice how to spend your day. A good morning can inspire you for a good day. This article (http://essaystorm.com/blog/5-ways-to-begin-a-day-with-inspiration/) will help you change your attitude to mornings, discover new ideas how to live in the moment and stop postponing your life.

 

  1. Find your center

 

Yoga teaches us that our center is what keeps us balanced in our physic and mental form. If you have no time for regular practices, you can just use some yoga ideas in your life. If there is something you cannot change, just let it go. You do not need this tension. Breathe deeply in any situation. Do not panic, just breathe and feel your body. Your center is the thing that will lead you through your life. Stick to it.

 

Living in the moment is a challenge. Face it. Show that you can manage your life. It’s all about you and your attitude to what and how you are doing. Live. Breathe. Enjoy.

 

Raising Children to Become Future Leaders

Raising a child is probably the most difficult job one will ever face in life. Still, it is one of the most rewarding jobs as well. No one practiced for being a parent before they became one, which is precisely why you have to carefully analyze your own actions, and perceive your child as a small human being with a big soul that needs proper guidance. Raising your child to be a leader doesn’t have to mean anything different from raising your child to be just, confident and independent.

Raise Your Children to be Leaders

Encourage children’s self-belief

Believing in oneself poses a big problem for many adults, let alone kids. As a parent, you can start encouraging your child as soon as possible. Of course, simple praise for a well-played game or learned word might seem irrelevant to you, but gradual process like this means a lot for a child’s confidence. Of course, this doesn’t exclude reprimand when the child deserves it. The trick is to stay calm and approach the child as equal when explaining why something is wrong, and let the children arrive to the conclusion on their own. Never compare them with other children, but you can compare them with themselves. Tell them about the importance of believing in yourself and give them examples of their own success in this regard.

Trust and responsibility

All parents want to protect their kids from both real and imaginary dangers, but keeping your child under a glass dome is only going to make them feel insecure and overly dependent later on. Therefore, trust your kids and give them tasks to do, in order to make them feel responsible. This doesn’t have to be anything too demanding but baby steps can reach great goals. Moreover, by being responsible for small house chores, taking care of a pet or even dressing themselves, children will also learn to think for themselves. Decision-making and independence are two of the main leader traits.

Kindness and self-respect

The biggest challenge of them all might be trying to instill the value of being just. Most adults have this problem too. Being too proud and arrogant are not good leader characteristics, which has to be carefully explained, as well as shown to a child. Moreover, promoting kindness to others should be done with certain balance. The most important thing kids have to learn is that the kindness is free and wonderful, but that they should expect the same treatment. Being kind and just doesn’t mean that they have to deal with being put down by others.

Raise Your Children to be Leaders

Proper choice of toys

Creative thinking is a big part of child’s development and focus to leadership later in life. Toys can help greatly in this department. Allow your kids to play with toys, or engage in games that require their constant creativity and imagination. What’s more, superhero toys and role play can encourage them in the right direction and provide a good role model.

Learning centers

Enrolling your child in kindergarten or child care centres, is a smart move since children benefit a lot from being around other kids. What’s more, professional staff in kid’s educational centers do their best to make the kids socially comfortable and confident in speaking up. Thanks to many educational games they develop problem solving skill and learn to work with others as a team, which is indispensable for a future leader.

Make sure that the lessons and talks you give to your child are supported by your own example. It’s not what they hear that makes the kids good leaders, but what they see. By accepting the children’s unique interests and preferences, you can make them grow up to be the best version of themselves.

Find Happiness in Gardening

For me, few things are as enjoyable as gardening. There’s something utterly rewarding about being able to get your hands dirty and sustain life from the soil itself. It doesn’t take much, but gardening can often be a great way to feel better about yourself, or even just re-evaluate your own self-worth and capabilities. If you’re looking for a way to improve your outlook, here are a few easy ways to find happiness in gardening.

 

You Don’t Even Need A Garden

First of all, it helps to address the fact that gardening doesn’t always require a garden. Even if you live in an apartment or flat, plant pots and bedding trays give you plenty of options. In fact, gardening in such a home has the added benefit of introducing natural greenery into your home environment.

If you don’t have your own garden, allotment or yard, you can use plant bots next to windows and balconies. As long as plants have sunlight, you can still flex your green fingers. Of course, you’re also free to rent an allotment if you want to do more.

 

A Communal Experience

While gardening can be done on your own, it’s often better with other people. If you’re looking to rent an allotment or other outdoor space, why not take something up with friends? This is a great way to socialize, while still offering all of the joyful benefits gardening can offer as a hobby.

Likewise, there’s also a much wider community out there. Whether it’s local garden centers and nurseries, horticultural organizations or even botanical projects, there are experts and amateur hobbyists alike that are happy to talk to you. Gardening is an open invitation to a larger society, offering a great way to meet new people and enjoy the company of others. Once you start gardening, you’ll find we can be a very welcoming community!

 

Physical Rewards

One of the biggest joys of gardening, for many people, is seeing the physical results of your labour. Whether it’s growing fruits and vegetables to eat, or simply growing beautiful flowers, it’s always rewarding to see the visible results of your work. Gardening proves that we, as people, can achieve great things with a little time and effort.

In addition to this, it’s also physically good for you. Even a little gardening on a regular basis keeps your body active, providing a range of physical and therapeutic benefits.

 

Grow Your Confidence

As a result of this, gardening can also help grow your confidence. After all, it’s your hard work that delivers these results. I found growing my first flowers greatly changed how I felt about my own ability to succeed.

However, one of the best parts of gardening is that you don’t need to start off too advanced. You can learn at your own pace, starting out with a plant or two. Once you learn the basics, you can develop larger beds or trays. As you learn your way around these plants, as well as experiencing the results of your first seeds, your confidence will greatly improve. Vegetables and fruits are a great way to do this. After all, it’s hard not to feel proud when eating something you grew and harvested all by yourself!

 

Getting Close To Nature

For many people, there simply isn’t time or space to experience nature. Yet gardening can offer exactly that. It doesn’t take up too much time, but by embracing plants and introducing more greenery, you can allow nature to enter your home. This can provide a much-needed distraction from modern city life. When city life gets too much, I enjoy nothing more than just getting my hands dirty and appreciating the natural world for a change.

The Benefits Of Sight And Smell

Similarly, few things smell and look as fantastic as nature. Everyone has their own preferences but the pleasing aesthetic of a beautiful flower, combined with the fresh aroma, can lift anyone’s mood. Plants offer a range of colours, so you can choose the ones that compliment your home or happen to make you happy.

Likewise, there are various herbs, such as lavender, which offer a soft and gentle fragrance. Between herbs and flowers, you can easily give your home a soft, relaxing scent that will subtly transform your overall mood.

 

Earn Money While Doing It

Finally, if these benefits weren’t enough, gardening can also turn a small profit. If you start growing excess vegetables, flowers or seeds, why not share what you have achieved? While you might want to do this for free, some people enjoy selling their plants for a small profit.

Either way helps to build your own confidence and highlight what you are capable of. This can also help you choose what to plant as well. By growing what people want, you are meeting a need, filling a hole and creating a sense of fulfillment. It always feels good to be useful.

 

In short, gardening is one of the most joyful and emotionally rewarding hobbies anyone can take up. While it might seem daunting at first, it is a relatively easy hobby that only asks for a little effort and patience. If you’ve never tried it before, why not head down to your nearest garden center for more advice on how to start?

7 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

We’ve all found ourselves procrastinating important tasks from time to time. When your procrastination starts to affect your life in a negative way, it’s time to stop your bad habits and turn your life around. We’ve gathered the best tips and pieces of advice to help all procrastinators get their life back on the track!

 

  1. Set Realistic Goals

Fighting procrastination begins with goal setting. Take a notebook and a pen and write down the goals you want to achieve. Separate them into daily, weekly, monthly goals to easily see what you want to accomplish.

Remember, the most important factor behind personal goal setting is setting realistic goals. Start from the small ones based on your time, abilities and tools you have. Setting realistic goals prevents from discouragement which usually leads to more procrastination. Give yourself the opportunity to take baby steps to reach your goals. With a little guidance, you’ll find yourself reaching your goals.

 

  1. Find Out What’s Distracting You

Take a look around your workspace. What’s keeping you distracted? Take a mental note of what draws your attention from the work in front of you.

Is it social media? Others talking? Ringing phones? Too much background noise?

Whatever the root of the distractions, do your best to eliminate them or block from your workspace, at least until your work is done. This will clear the space so you can focus on the important tasks in front of you.

 

  1. Identify Where You Waste the Most Time

While most people make the effort to keep track of the money they spend, they don’t even think about managing and keeping track of their time.

Take a couple of days to write down everything you do during the day. Start from the moment you wake up and finish when you go to bed at night. Make sure to write down even the mundane tasks such as showering or driving to work.

After a few days, you will be able to see how you are spending most of your time. Therefore, you can easily see how much time you are wasting.

Seeing the evidence in front of you will allow you to make adjustments to become more productive since you will be able to see how your procrastination affects your life. Only then, you will be able to make positive changes in your day to day life to stop your procrastination.

 

  1. Make Use of Productivity Apps

Nowadays, nearly everyone has a smartphone. Luckily for procrastinators, there are several apps ready for use to help keep you on track. Since these apps can be taken with you wherever you go, you’ll have the to-do lists and the tasks you need to complete reminding you with the help of your smartphone. All it takes is installing the app and using it!

 

  1. Do the Most Important Tasks First

When you identify the tasks you need to do for the week or the day, recognize the largest and most time-consuming tasks. Place them in order of importance and tackle the most important first. This will allow you to get the task done without wasting your time or energy on smaller, mundane tasks while the larger ones are looming over your head.

 

  1. Break Down Your Tasks Into Smaller Ones

One of the greatest working habits to have is breaking down your to-do list into smaller tasks and goals. This will keep you in a positive workflow as you cross off completed tasks on your list. Moreover, you will remain motivated as you accomplish each task and you will be ready to tackle the next.

 

  1. Adjust Your Lifestyle

Examining your lifestyle honestly is crucial for preventing procrastination. Think about key lifestyle aspects such as exercise, diet, and sleeping habits. Make positive changes to have more energy and be more productive.

 

It is widely recommended to focus on:

  • Regularly exercising – this will improve your mood and energy levels
  • Getting plenty of sleep every day
  • Improving your diet by adding healthier options and eliminating unhealthy ones.

 

If you want to change your life for the better and stop your procrastination, use these seven tips to get your life under control. Understand that breaking habits takes time and give yourself time to fight procrastination. Just take a little advice: get started right now!

Inspire and Motivate Your Kids to Be Successful

Parents are on this world with a mission, and that is to guide the process of children growing up and becoming the best men and women they could possibly be. It is, of course, every parent’s desire for his/her children to have a successful and happy life, but believe it or not, kids are facing some really challenging moments in their childhood which can affect on their further development, positively or negatively. That is why it is important to encourage and inspire your kids to be optimists, hardworking and curious. Sounds easy enough, right? Here is some basic guide (which you can and should adapt to each individual kid, according to his/her personality) on how to motivate your children to be successful.

Inspire and Motivate Your Kids to Be Successful

Social Skills as a Road to Success

It should not be a surprise that happy and confident people are surrounded with good friends. If you read some business magazines and tips, you have probably noticed that one of the keys to a successful businessman/woman is communication or networking, but it is similar in private life too. Start nourishing those social skills early on, by creating chances for kids to play and learn with others. In that process, it is important to explain how precious the differences among people are and that they should respect them. Constantly teaching them (and showing with your own example) to be open-minded, respectful and willing to help others, will result in great odds for success.

Inspire and Motivate Your Kids to Be Successful

Confidence Is the Foundation of It All

The “If you can believe it, you can achieve it” attitude is actually the key to a happy and inspiring childhood, and successful and prosperous adulthood. It is very important to be supportive and encouraging about your children’s hobbies and ideas – they might not always be the most genius idea ever, but they are those little things that will make your kids feel like superheroes. You should never put them down about some mistakes, instead, explain why some things are not good for them and you should express your pride and approval when they are doing something well.

Inspire and Motivate Your Kids to Be Successful

There Is Something about Money and Hard Work

It is obvious to us that money does not grow on trees or fall from the sky, but kids, especially the very young ones have no way of knowing that. It is never too early to start introducing the notion of money, but you should never leave out the hard work from the equation. Also you should show (on your personal example) how to share possessions with others and how to help those less fortunate. It is very important to teach them about saving money too.

Giving Is Receiving

Too often we can see successful people who live in their own selfish realms, without thinking about those less fortunate. This form of success, however, does not mean happiness. It is important to teach your kids that by giving something to someone, they are not losing anything. Generous people are hard working, successful, happy, relaxed, have better relationships and they are more confident. There are plenty of kids’ books which teach this lesson, but you can show that on a practical example. Explain to your children that it would be nice to spend something on their allowance money to buy low cost baby clothing online and gift it to their younger family members, friends, or some families in the neighborhood with a new baby.

Inspire and Motivate Your Kids to Be Successful

The Constant Self-Improvement

People are lifelong learners and they are nothing if they do not grow and evolve each day. This, however, should happen naturally and willingly, and the goals that children should reach should never be forced, but imagined and designed in their creative little minds, whit your help, of course. Dreaming big is important, but it is useless if they are not trying to reach those dreams, so do your best to encourage and inspire them to make that move.

It Is Ok to Fail

Why do we fall? To learn how to pick ourselves up. Sometimes things will not go as planned, and that is ok. It is impossible to succeed every time, but that is no reason to give up. Depending on the occasion, there are two roads to go – keep trying and change the plan (goal). Always express your pride and support during those difficult moments (for toddlers failing to assemble Legos can really be a hard time), and offer your help.

In the end, let your children discover the meaning of success on their own. Different people understand it differently – it can be a loving family, a great career or some matter of intellectual nature. In any case, it is a good thing, and a prerequisite for a happy life.