4 Signs You Need To Make a Life Change…

4 Signs You Need To Make a Life Change...
4 Signs You Need To Make a Life Change...

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

~ Winston Churchill

  1. You really don’t know who you are
  2. You feel like a mouse trapped in a maze
  3. You are never happy for others
  4. You don’t live in the present

It’s not uncommon to have a bad week, month or even a year, but if you are in a rut that’s affecting your overall wellbeing, it might be a sign you need to make a few life changes. It’s unfortunate when we allow those warning signs to go unnoticed and then years have passed us by. In this article we’ve listed several red-flags you should keep in mind if bitterness, anxiety, or disappointment have taken over your thoughts, making you question everything about your life.

You really don’t know who you are

Do you bounce around from one thing to the next? Do you listen to a certain type of music just because others seem to like it? When you spend your free time, do you partake in fulfilling activities? If you don’t have a definite answer to any of these questions, it’s time to begin a self-discovery quest. It’s important to know who you are as a person. Now’s the time to figure out what music YOU like. You might discover you like different genres to match your different moods. It’s also the perfect opportunity to uncover a new hobby. Pick things that will make you step out of your comfort zone. Take a writing class, improv theater, kayak with friends or learn to paint. Uncovering a hidden talent can be an exhilarating rush. It could give you that passion your life’s been missing.

You feel like a mouse trapped in a maze

Do you cringe when your alarm clock goes off? Do you hate your job so much you feel sick in the morning? Do you not like the people you work with? Do you only live for the weekends? Again, if you don’t have good answers to these questions, you need to figure out why. You must love what you do or at least like it. When you’re unhappy with the five days it takes to get to the weekend, no amount of money is worth being that miserable, No one wants to be a trapped mouse in a maze or a robotic dummy just because they have to bring home a paycheck. If you feel imprisoned, it’s time to make a career change.

You are never happy for others

Do you feel like nothing good comes your way? Are you green with envy when something exciting happens to someone else? Your friends are always asking if you’re feeling all right?  When you are not content, it’s hard to be happy for others. Yet, if everything your friends do, annoys you, or if your ugly emotional side is the only face they see; there’s something deeper going one. Time to make yourself a priority and figure out why your “happy self” has gone on vacation without you.

You don’t live in the present

Do you constantly look back and wonder what went wrong? Do you think you’ve already lived the best days of your life? Or do you look so far into the future you ignore the present? If you’re living in the past or the future you are missing out on right NOW. Happy people live in the moment. They are content with their life and look toward the future with hope. lf you constantly feel like something is missing in your life, or you were meant for something bigger than this― listen to your gut. These signs are too important to ignore. Now get ready to set sail, it’s time to find out what grand adventures awaits you.
Written by Beverley Miles

Creating Zen in Your Hectic Life

Creating Zen in Your Hectic Life
Creating Zen in Your Hectic Life

The world is a hectic place, and most likely, so is your life. You run from one task to the next without a moment to stop and simply be. Between work, your home life, and friends it is a never ending cycle of errands, meetings, and chores that must be done, but there is a way to find calm and reduce stress while being more productive all at the same time, and that solution is adding a little Zen to your day.

While you may feel you don’t have the time to learn or do one more thing, by being mindful and living in the moment, you will discover that you are spending a great deal of your day on tasks, that if you are honest with yourself, aren’t very important, so how do you put a little Zen in your life? It all starts here:

1. Eliminate unnecessary tasks – Not all tasks are created equally. In fact, some of them are completely unnecessary. Take a moment and write down all the tasks you have planned for the day. Then cross through those that aren’t actually important or necessary. Also, don’t add additional items to this list.

2. Tackle one task at a time – While multitasking might be all the rage, studies do show that no one is actually very good at it. In general, most people perform better and achieve better outcomes by working on one task at a time.

3. Focus on that task – When you schedule time for each of the items on your list, be sure to schedule more time than you feel you will need. This will allow you to take your time and do a better job with the task. You won’t feel rushed which will also reduce your stress levels.

4. Give yourself a break – Be sure to spend at least five minutes each day doing nothing. During this five minutes, try not to think about the other things you need to do or about tomorrow or the next day. Just close your eyes and relax. If your thoughts stray, gently bring them back to the moment.

5. Live in the moment – This is perhaps the most difficult step. It takes practice to live in the moment and focus on the task at hand instead of worrying about the past or the future, but you can do it, and you will discover that you find greater pleasure in what you do. When you can be fully present, whether during a conversation or your child’s event or even cooking dinner, there is more joy in the moment, if you are completely there.

Living Zen in a hectic world can take a little practice, and it may force you to see things a little differently in your life, but it is truly worth it. By doing less each day, you will actually be more productive. You will, over time, find a greater sense of calm, and your stress levels will decrease. Finally, you will be able to enjoy, completely, your free time. The direct impact on the quality of life and your level of happiness these five steps can provide you will surprise you.

The First Step to Making a Difference

The First Step to Making a Difference
The First Step to Making a Difference

Do you want to stand out and make a difference in the world? Are you tired of feeling less successful than those around you? Do you want to be somebody?

If so, the first thing you’ll need to do is stop being like everybody else and start focusing on what makes you, you. If you try to be like everybody, you’ll end up being nobody.

We are all unique; each and every one of us has a history that is uniquely different from everyone else. None of us have the exact same past. The combination of things you’ve experienced, people you’ve met, choices you’ve made, and tough situations you’ve been through are one hundred percent unique to you.

Your history — your past experiences, successes, and mistakes — make you uniquely capable of handling specific situations and solving specific problems in the world.

You are so unique in fact, that the only path in life for you to take is your path.

By doing what everyone else is doing, by following the crowd or choosing to follow the path of someone else, you’re not going to change the world; you’re not going to make a difference; and you’re not going to be happy.

Step out of that box that you, your family, your friends, and society have created around your life. You’re a powerful human being, with incredible abilities and superior skills. Why are you letting those go to waste? You are your own master. You are your own God. When it comes to living your life, nobody else even comes close to competing.

Everything you need to be, you are. You don’t have to change or try to be something or someone different. Life provides you with all that is needed to succeed and make a difference. Anything you don’t already have will be provided along the way. All you have to do is step out of the way, stop trying to follow the goals and dreams of someone else, and take the initiative to be yourself.

Stop trying so hard and just be.

Follow your heart and intuition and they will guide you. If it feels like they’re guiding you towards mistakes, then those mistakes are probably vital to your growth and progress. The right path in life isn’t always obvious or easy.

When life throws you lemons, make lemonade. When life throws you a truck-load of lemons, start a lemonade business. But please, don’t give up and let those delicious lemons rot away!

Embrace yourself. Right now. It’s OK, no one is watching. Close your eyes and try it.

Wrap your arms around yourself and give yourself a big hug.

That person loves you more than anyone else ever could. That person will be there with you forever, even on your death bed. Such dedication deserves a little appreciation and love in return, don’t you think?

There are so many people in the world right now who would benefit from what you’ve learned in life. You have the ability to make a permanent impact on their life. These people need you to stop ignoring yourself.

Allow yourself to be yourself. Find the courage to be yourself. Learn to love and take care of yourself before anyone else. Let your unique beauty shine through and touch the hearts and souls of those around you. Genuinely care. Be compassionate and respectful to all life.

Do this and I can promise that you will not only make a difference in your world, but also in the world of those around you.

Read more great stuff like this by Raam Dev here.

Unlock Superhuman Abilities With This Simple Method

Unlock Superhuman Abilities With This Simple Method
Unlock Superhuman Abilities With This Simple Method

In bodybuilding, it is known that you should always work your weakest muscle first. If your biceps are weak but your triceps are strong, always working your triceps first will leave you little energy to work and build your biceps — your biceps will remain weak.

Similarly, when learning something new, it would make most sense to concentrate on those things which we find most difficult. Doing so would ensure that we live to our highest potential and do not become limited in our abilities.

Believing we have limits and doubting the possibility of that which we can’t even imagine greatly limits the extent to what we can accomplish. After all, believing that something is possible is the first step in making it a reality.

Christopher Columbus sailed across the ocean, Thomas Edison created the light bulb, and the Wright Brothers successfully proved manned flight was possible, by having strong belief in their possibility.

As human beings, we not only have the unique ability to make conscious decisions, but we have the amazing ability to take something unbelievable, believe in it, and make it a reality. This leads us to discovery, invention, learning, and the self-improvement.

One of the only things that is holding us back is our common belief that we know everything which prevents us from discovering and learning new things. It is said that there are so few things left to be invented nowadays, but it may be possible that it’s just the vast wealth of information available to us that is restricting our creative energies. We’re constantly reminded of how much we already know and how much we, as a human race, have already learned and discovered.

Martin Cooper invented the cell phone after just watching some of the first episodes of Star Trek. When he saw Captain Kirk communicate wirelessly using the communicator, he said, “Why not? That should be reality!” And just think about how far that technology has come up to today.

Anything is possible, even in the most unbelievable circumstances. All you have to do is just believe in possibility.

How to Find The Courage To Be Yourself

How to Find The Courage To Be Yourself
How to Find The Courage To Be Yourself

Be yourself

It’s not impossible, but it takes courage. It takes courage to be and to think differently. But the act of being and thinking differently is only different to those looking at you from the outside.

If you make up your mind that you’re fully in control of your destiny — if you decide to choose what you want to believe in — then you’re not being different. You’re being you.

Recognize that those who say you’re crazy, or those who try to stop you from being or thinking differently, are only confronting their own demons; they’re trying to reaffirm their own beliefs.

If others give you advice, listen. If they tell you what you should or should not do, listen. But decide for yourself. Believe in yourself. Be yourself.

The only risk in being yourself is the risk of learning something about yourself. If you’re not willing to take that risk, then go ahead, follow the crowd; follow the well trodden path that so many others follow.

On the other hand, if you’re willing to learn, and to explore, and to discover, then step up to the plate. It’s your time to take charge. It’s time for you to shine. It’s time for you to take action and decide what you really want from life. It’s time to accept responsibility for being you.

Don’t be afraid. You can do this.

You will definitely make mistakes. Everybody does. Making mistakes is part of growing. It’s part of what it means to be human. If you’re afraid of making mistakes, then you’re afraid of being human! Doesn’t that sound silly? Why should you be afraid to be human?

Stop taking a comfortable, laid back approach to life. Stop taking it easy. Know that you are unique. And beautiful. And powerful. And smart. Know that you are capable of so much more than you currently believe. Know that as a human being your only limit to growth is the limit you decide to set for yourself.

Could you find happiness quietly settled in a mold that society expects you to sit in? Could you find happiness being like everybody else? Absolutely. But could you reach your full potential; your full potential to be happy, to love, to live? Absolutely not.

Your potential is limitless. Free yourself from false beliefs.

Those who love you will understand. Deep down inside they want you to be happy. They want you to be yourself. They want you to be real.

Be honest with yourself. Follow your intuition. Follow your inner compass.

Do you have a dream? Then follow it. Believe in it. Make it the driving force behind every single action; every single step. Dedicate every single breath to achieving that dream.

No dream? Then free yourself from anything that prevents you from exploring and discovering your dream.

And if you don’t discover your dream, maybe your dream is to simply live. To live happy. To live healthy. To live free. To laugh and to love.

This life is a one-way ticket to a wonderful journey. If you’re not being yourself, then you’re giving that ticket away to somebody else.

You deserve to be yourself.

It’s time to dig deep. It’s time to be strong. It’s time to put your foot down.

This is your chance.


21 Questions To Help Find Your Passion

21 Questions To Help Find Your Passion
21 Questions To Help Find Your Passion

When we are children we naturally do and follow what we are most passionate about. We ARE the astronaut landing on the moon, the soccer star scoring the winning goal, the adventurer sailing the high seas and climbing the highest mountain.

We don’t know limits and the world is alive with infinite opportunity for achieving our dreams. However, so often this passionate pursuit is slowly downgraded to a more realistic goal, one where you are more likely to achieve and to get a job doing.

We can suddenly wake up an adult, doing a job that pays the bills, provides the financial stability but still leaves us subtly or majorly empty of inspiration. So what can we do?

Asking the Right Questions

This is the first stop to shake yourself out of the stagnancy of habitually doing the same routine work by default. Questions that give you direct access to the core of your being, that let you feel clearly your inner truth of what you truly love doing.

This questioning process shook me to my core and led me to ending my physiotherapy business and pursuing Zen Clan Leader with complete focus. Here follows some of the most powerful questions I have come across for finding what one is truly passionate about (inspired by Scott Dinsmore’s cool work at Live Your Legend.

Signposts to Passion

Take some time to answer all the questions writing down your answers. Go with a brain-storming gut feel response style of answering to eliminate as much as possible rational thinking which normally has fear floating around it always.

  1. If you knew you could not fail, what project or job?
  2. You have won a record sum in the lottery. How would you chose to spend your days?
  3. What topics do you argue passionately about? What beliefs do these stances take?
  4. What activities do you naturally find yourself experiencing flow, completely losing awareness of time?
  5. Where in life do you massively over-deliver with no wish for monetary gain, purely doing the act for pleasure?
  6. What makes you happiest in your life?
  7. In moments of your week that you may feel invincible, what are you doing or what are you speaking about?
  8. What do people spontaneously thank you for?
  9. On reflection, what are you ridiculously good at? What do feel are your most precious gifts to give to the world?
  10. If you could choose one mentor, literally anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
  11. What humans inspire you to the depths of your being with their gift to the world? What is it about these people that inspires you so much?
  12. If you had the belief that you could be, do or have whatever you want, what would you choose to create with your life?
  13. What are you most afraid of for the next generation?
  14. What makes you angry with the world?
  15. What do you love helping friends with?
  16. In a bookstore, what is your favourite section?
  17. If your art or gift could support your life, how would you live?
  18. At your funeral, what would you love to be remembered for most by those whose lives you touched during your life?
  19. What was your dream job as a boy?
  20. You have free time to surf the net…What do you look at?
  21. If you could publish one book to help change the world for the better, what would it be about? What would the title be?

This One is For Free

This last question, is the one that when I answered it honestly I decided to change my job immediately.

You have your three favourite books by experts you admire in your current field of work and your three favourite books of the topic you are most passionate about. Given just thirty minutes spare time in your day to read which stack of books would you enthusiastically reach for most and why?

The answer for myself was that ten times out of ten I would pick from the stack not related to my job as a physiotherapist. Considering this I knew my greatest gift to the world lay elsewhere in life.

The fact that I had studied and worked hard to qualify as a physiotherapist didn’t matter. My emotional system was clearly pointing me in a different direction in a way I couldn’t ignore any more. And so ZenClanLeader.com was born.

Follow Your Bliss

Joseph Campbell wrote we should follow our bliss as the road to our greatest success. Doing so unlocks the purest inspiration to burst from deep within us to give our gift to the world.

Such a power, never experienced in mundane work, has the capacity to overcome any obstacle placed before us.

Leaders Take The First Step

Take whatever steps you can to awaken your most inspired self in your current work. Offer only your best self to the world.

And if needed, allow yourself the freedom to check out what are the infinite possibilities to live the dream job you may have unlocked from these reflections today. You never know what sort of crazy, beautiful future it may help launch you into manifesting before your very eyes.

To read more interesting articles like this, visit http://zenclanleader.com/.

The Instant Life Simplification Process

The Instant Life Simplification Process
The Instant Life Simplification Process

Complexity is the curse of modern living so simplification is the antidote.

The details, chores, objects, responsibilities that accumulate in modern family life can and does be overwhelming. Yet the busier we are, the less likely we are to ever dare question the validity of the existence of much of what makes up our daily lives.

Without questioning what makes up our daily existence, much can take on a feeling of being essential merely by default of existing.

Intro to the 80/20 Process

The best process I have come across for decluttering is the 80/20 process. This is the application of the 80-20 rule (a.k.a. The Pareto principle) which states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

Essentially speaking, twenty percent of what exists in your life details brings the majority of the effects, leaving eighty percent that is doing diddly squat for you. Yet we spend so much energy maintaining all of the stuff. Considering that eighty percent is making very little positive impact for us, it makes great sense to cut it out.

Key high impact changes to consider:

  • What are the 80% of books, DVDs, CDs, clothes, household paperwork that you rarely if ever use?
  • What 20% of clients are causing 80% of your hassle at work?
  • What 20% of your work activity is resulting in your 80% effective output?
  • What 20% of your spare time activities brings your 80% feeling of a sense of achievement?
  • What 20% of your time with your kids brings 80% of their happiness and thus best memories with you?
  • What 20% of what you say to your wife brings 80% of her sincerest and brightest smiles?

The list is not exhaustive by any means and can include nearly every aspect of your life. This sort of quick and easy analysis can bring massive insight into how much of what we assume is essential is actually just getting in our way.

Be Decisive

Learn to be completely decisive, remembering that decisiveness is defined by our ability to cut away anything that is an obstacle to achieving our goals. The goal is clarity, mental calm, focus, family harmony. With such a goal the potential for high impact positive change is enormous so be brutal in your cutting.

A Life-Changing Habit

This process can totally transform your life by helping you become consciously aware of where your efforts make the best effect.

This in turn empowers you to use your time and energy so well that it will free up more time for the stuff you enjoy the most and the energy to do it. Do the 80/20 process and redo it regularly as clutter returns by force of habit.

Our attention is the most important resource we have in life, so putting it on what makes a positive difference is a real game changer.

To read more interesting articles like this, visit http://zenclanleader.com/.

21 Ways to Improve Your Daily Health

21 Ways to Improve Your Daily Health
21 Ways to Improve Your Daily Health

Spending time in the gym or following a strict diet are great, but they still take place within the confines of our daily life. Improving our health is not difficult, or for that matter even challenging, but it does require making small adjustments to our daily lives.

All the little things we do throughout the day may seem insignificant, but they add up to big changes. Here are twenty-one ways that you can start improving your health today and create a healthier, more pain-free you for tomorrow.

  1. Walk frequently. If your job has you sitting down all day, get up and walk around as often as you can without being fired. If you spend most of your day at a desk or driving in your car, form a morning, evening, or lunchtime routine of walking for at least twenty minutes.
  2. Take the stairs. Do you work on the second floor of a building? What about the eighth floor? Take the stairs, every single day. When I started my last job, taking the stairs to the eighth floor the first time had me gasping for air. Fast-forward one year and I was running those stairs and beating my elevator-riding co-workers to the office! Stairs are an excellent way to seamlessly add exercise to your day without even going near a gym.
  3. Drink water. You’ve heard it before, but this doesn’t get old. Water is magical. To stay healthy you need to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Try replacing unhealthy drinks with a glass of water when you’re feeling thirsty. Carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go so you never have an excuse to skip it!
  4. Eat breakfast. Yes, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Even if you’re not hungry, you should be trying to eat something. Don’t have any healthy food in the house? Eat anything! Breakfast is the one meal of the day where it’s better to eat unhealthy than not at all. However, a nice bowl of oatmeal with blueberries, raisins, and bananas would be ideal. Grab an apple or orange on the way to work for a mid-morning snack.
  5. Get some sun. The sun has all kinds of healing properties. Yes, it can cause skin cancer, but I’m not telling you to go outside naked and bake in the sun for eight hours. Just go outside and grab a few extra rays during your lunch break. Spend the weekend in the yard or hiking a forest trail.
  6. Stretch every day. Your muscles are like elastic bands. The less they’re stretched, the tighter and more ridged they become. Stretching causing your blood to flow and carry nutrients to various areas of your body. Think of the positions your body is normally in and stretch in the opposite direction. If you sit down a lot, stand up and stretch your hands overhead. When you get out of bed, spend at least two minutes stretching before you head to the shower. You don’t need a yoga routine. Just do whatever stretch feels good.
  7. Eat whole foods. This seems to go without saying, but it’s absolutely vital to our health. Whole foods are healthy. When we eat them, they make our body healthy. It’s really that simple. Whole foods are basically anything that hasn’t been processed or manufactured by a machine: Fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains. Try forming a habit of eating one apple every day. Keep a bag of nuts in the car and snack on those during the drive home.
  8. Be conscious of your posture. Everyone has a different posture, but there is a such thing as “proper posture”. Take a moment to evaluate your posture. Are you slouching over? Are you walking with your head down? Imagine someone tying a string to the top of your head and then pulling on it (no, you’re not being hanged). Do that with your posture: pull your shoulders back, push your chest out, stretch your neck up, and breathe. Try to be aware of your posture throughout the day and correct it once you recognize that it’s out of balance.
  9. Modify your eating habits. We all need to eat. By the time you’re an adult, eating has become a habit — it’s second nature. However, small adjustments to our daily eating habits can have huge long-term affects on our health. Do you normally eat a poptart for breakfast? Try cereal with fresh blueberries and bananas instead. Do you normally have coffee with two creams and four sugars? Try coffee with one cream and two sugars. Slowly move your eating habits in a direction that is healthier and before you know it, you’ll be eating and feeling a lot more healthy.
  10. Meditate. This doesn’t mean you need to become a monk and dedicate the rest of your life to a spiritual calling. Collect your thoughts. Spend a few minutes quieting your mind and bringing it back home. Take deep breaths and relax your entire body. You can try it in the morning (before stretching) or just before bed. Even during your lunch break is a good time. At my last job, there was a small quiet area with a patch of grass underneath a tree. I would spend a good ten to fifteen minutes there after lunch collecting my thoughts and meditating.
  11. Avoid feeling “stuffed”. The goal of eating shouldn’t be to feel stuffed. It’s an uncomfortable feeling and it’s detrimental to our health. If you normally feel stuffed after your meals, try eating slightly smaller portions. It’s OK to feel slightly hungry after a meal. You’re not going to die. Worst case, you’ll feel a little hungry between that meal and your next meal! Science has shown that there are many benefits to eating fewer calories, so try not to stuff yourself — you’re not about to experience a famine!
  12. Treat physical inconveniences as mini-workouts. If you have to move a heavy box to another room, pretend it’s a mini workout session. If you couldn’t find a close parking spot and have to walk further than usual, treat it as a mini cardio session. Many physical inconveniences can be treated as opportunities to improve our health. Instead of complaining, think about how it’s making you stronger and healthier!
  13. Get enough sleep. Our bodies need sleep to recharge and regenerate. If you’re skipping out on sleep, your body will naturally be more stressed than it needs to be. Stress causes aging and releases chemicals into your body that are harmful. Everyone has different sleep requirements, but you will know if you’re getting enough sleep. Go to bed a little earlier than usual if you need to. Try not drink caffeine at least five or six hours before bed. Also, eating a big meal or watching TV can prevent you from falling asleep. Regular exercise will also ensure that you fall asleep early!
  14. Walk barefoot. Your feet contain many nerves with pressure points linked to various parts of your body. Walking barefoot stimulates these and increases the blood flow throughout your body. If you normally spend all day in shoes, try walking barefoot. If possible, walk around at work with only your socks on (make sure you feet aren’t smelly). The next time you bring the trash outside, try going barefoot. Take your time though and be careful. Your feet may be extra sensitive from living a life of comfort in those shoes!
  15. Try something you’ve never done before. Our bodies and brains require stimulation to remain healthy. If you repeat the same routine every day, or do the same set of activities on the weekend, you’re severely limiting your growth. Join a martial arts class. Take a yoga class. Try trail running. Rent a mountain bike and discover the forest trails from a new perspective. Listen to a new genre of music. Read a different type of book. Explore that street you pass every day but have no idea where it leads.
  16. Move frequently. Objects in motion remain in motion. If you want to be healthy, you need to be in motion, whether that means physical motion or mental motion. Try to be as active as possible (again, mentally orphysically). Try not to sit in one spot for more than thirty minutes to an hour. Get up, walk around, stretch, squat, jump, whatever. Think of activity as life and inactivity as death in progress (once again, physically ormentally).
  17. Do something relaxing. Set aside time to relax as frequently as possible. This could mean anything: spending quality time with family, reading a book by the ocean, going for a weekend camping trip, or just siting outside enjoying the moment. You should make time to relax every day, but even an entire week’s worth of stress can be released in a few hours on the weekend by doing something that you find very relaxing.
  18. Breathe deeply. A deep breath provides ample oxygen to your body, calms your muscles, and releases stress. This is something you can do anywhere and at anytime. As you go throughout your day, try taking a deep breath whenever you feel even the slightest indication of stress. Battle the stress with air!
  19. Laugh often. Like deep breathing, laughter is an excellent stress-buster. Science has even shown that laughter has the potential to physically heal our bodies. It’s the purest expression of joy and happiness. Even if you have no one to laugh with, try laughing to yourself. It feels great!
  20. Watch children play. Spending time watching children play reminds us what it’s like to live without worry and stress; to live carefree and content with the moment. We all have an inner child who never dies and watching other children play makes our inner child come out from hiding. This helps us rediscover the joy and beauty of the moment.
  21. Think long-term. The reason we want to be healthy is so that we can enjoy life without discomfort and pain. If we think short-term, we won’t see the value in improving our health today. Ask yourself what the you of tomorrow, or next year, will think about the you of today. Will that person look back with pride and admiration for the effort you spent improving your health? The future starts with today.

There are lots of ways to improve our daily health, but just reading about them isn’t going to do much good. Choose any number of these steps, whether it’s just one or all twenty-one of them, and try to integrate them into your daily life.

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Learn To Be Selfish, Your Family Will Thank You For It

Learn To Be Selfish, Your Family Will Thank You For It
Learn To Be Selfish, Your Family Will Thank You For It

Enlightened selfishness is the basis of all inspired service to the world. It superficially appears like the most unusual paradox, but when examined reveals an essential truth:

“A man can only give his gift proportionate to how much he is open to receiving the gifts of the universe”

But it’s wrong to be selfish…..right?

One of the greatest misconceptions of modern society is that being selfish is always unfair to others. The road to sainthood is through the path of selfless service to others is what we are taught.

On one level, un-evolved selfishness can definitely upset the harmony in a family.

A man who spends whatever time he wants doing whatever he wants after work regardless of whether or not his clan members have their needs met is not a great leader. Often, wives in such cases are at their limit taking the slack for his laziness and lack of focus.

Be in the Right Category

But if you are reading this you are probably not one that fits into the above category, right?

The selfishness that is needed is one that helps build and maintain the personal momentum of focused inspiration to lead your clan in the face of whatever life hits you with. Assuming the role of clan leader is one of life’s most sacred and important roles so it requires your greatest attention.

Complexity Draws Out Your Best

The complexity of modern life requires a consistent level of optimal performance by any man who aims to lead his family inspiringly to reach its full potential, both individually and collectively.

Any great performer in the world, from any discipline, base their greatest on their preparation. Read about the lives of world leading musicians, sports stars, athletes, spiritual leaders and you will see that they developed their own unique routine that helped wring every last drop of inspiration from their depths. That is why they become known as the greats.

Your Highest Imaginable Example

To lead by your highest imaginable example takes unparalleled commitment to preparation.

You are preparing to play the roles of provider, teacher, spiritual counsellor, personal coach, psychologist, chef, healer, business man, time management expert etc. in your everyday life for your family.

It’s insane to think you can just be your inspirational best as a clan leader by just turning up!

Alignment with your Sacred Power

By preparation I am talking about alignment with your deepest spiritual power. A Zen Clan Leader structures his life completely around his alignment to source energy, God, Buddha nature, life force; whatever the wording your heart resonates with is unimportant.

The aim is to consciously prepare yourself to bring out your inspired best. To inspire one must be in-spirit.

Our greatest power to be of service to our family and humanity is harnessed when we are at our happiest. Indeed our happiness is our greatest gift to our family and the world.

Receive the Universe

To be at our happiest requires dedicated time to conscious receiving of our own deepest needs, the gifts of the universe so to speak: love, optimal health, abundance, joy, peace etc.

To receive these gifts fully, we must align our minds to allow the unhindered flow of them into our reality. If your life is packed with responsibilities for others and little or no time is left for you, this stops flow causing stagnation.

Full flow can only happen when dedicated time has been taken to prepare ourselves to receive. Meditation, yoga, spiritual teachings, relaxation time, prayer are examples of how we as humans use our time to feel inspired and loved.

Hit the Issue at the Root

It has all to do with our perceptions. From our birth until the present moment, we have all formed many beliefs consciously and unconsciously.

The regular presence of frustration, annoyance, stress, anger, boredom and the likes are signs that we have unconscious emotional crap cutting the natural flow of well-being that is ours to enjoy.

Mediocre men just accept persistent negative emotions as an unquestionable part of life; clan leaders absolutely do not.

Stride Towards Your Greatness

Your greatest gift that you can give your wife, children and the world at large is your happiest self. For your family, five minutes in your inspired presence is more enlivening than five hours with an everyday frustrated martyr.

Before you can serve your gift or offering to others you first must be in alignment with your inner values and life purpose. Give yourself the sacred time to structure your life in a way that inspires you letting you serve your best self to those in your world. Practice this enlightened selfishness, and then amaze the world into inspired action!

How to Spice Up Your Life

How to Spice Up Your Life
How to Spice Up Your Life

If our life is too predictable, it feels boring. If it’s too uncertain, it feels unsafe. How is your life? If you think of life as a continuum with ‘adventure’ at one end and ‘boredom’ at the other end, where would you place your life? Is it too predictable? Or too wild?To be happy we need to find a balance between comfort and adventure.

A quick way to find out is take a close look at one of your usual weekdays. Let’s say, you choose a Monday. Now jot down all the things you can reasonably expect to happen next Monday.

When you compile your list, make sure to include any regular TV programs, such as the the news, shows, and so on. I think you’ll find that this particular day of the week is quite predictable. And maybe most of your days show a predictable pattern. Which means that they are comfortable.

After all, human beings find comfort in what is predictable. But there is a fine line between comfort and boredom. If you keep on living our life within predictable patterns, nothing new will develop. In term of spirituality, you will falter on your spiritual path if you don’t embrace the unknown.

Adding spice to life makes you happier

It’s important to get out of our comfort zone. For some people, just a little may be enough. Personally, I thrive on challenges. Each challenge allows me to develop my life further. But I am not without fear. I too have a built-in reluctance to embark on challenges – and that keeps me safe. However, too much reluctance can make for a boring life. Let’s take a look at the stumbling blocks and how to overcome them:

1. The initial fear

“I can’t do it. It’s too difficult!” This is a natural response to every new challenge. How does one deal with such negative thoughts? My trick is to say first of all: “Yep. I’ll do it.” This is how you invite the adventure. (Tip: say “Yes” before your rational mind kicks in with, “Are you crazy?!”) For example, next time someone asks you, “We’re forming a fun football team. Do you want to join?” simply say, “Yes!” – even if you’ve never played before. Worry about it later!

2. Feeling overwhelmed

“It’s too big. I’ll never complete it.” This is a natural response to a challenge. It’s not a real challenge if it doesn’t feel too big. A good way to overcome this fear is to break down the challenge into manageable steps. For example, let’s say that you have decided to run a half-marathon in six months time. If you have never run before, this would seem impossible. However, to start out walking for 1 kilometre and jogging for 100 metres may feel possible. Make a plan of small steps towards your challenging goal.

3. The mid-way slump

“I’m not really enjoying this. I think I’ll flag it.” This is a natural phase in your undertaking. Expect it and you won’t be sidetracked. Every challenge starts out with reluctance, and then excitement. About mid-way there is a slump in motivation. Then there can be an upsurge in confidence as your skill level increases. Right before completion is another difficult phase.

4. Dropping out before the end

“I can’t finish it. It’s taking too much of my energy.” I saw a statistic that 90% of all people quit a project before finishing. That’s right: only 10% complete! I’m not really surprise because I know from experience how difficult it is to finish. Right now, for example, I’m in the last phase of completing my E-book. If I listened to my self-talk, I would put it aside and not complete it. The kind of thoughts my mind produces at this stage are: “I just can’t pull it off’”, “It’s too difficult”, “It’s not good enough”, “I haven’t got time”, and so on.

The way past this barrier is to be encouraging. Point out to yourself what you’ve done so far and that your close to the finish line: “Only a few steps to go now!” Map out a path to completion that seems manageable.

5. Celebrate the completion!

It’s important to stop and celebrate with others when you have completed your challenging project. Thank yourself for following through, despite all the difficulties. Enjoy your new-found skills. Each completed challenge will enrich our life and open new doors.

By Mary Jaksch