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  • 16 January

    7 Things Every Spiritual Person Seeking Purpose-Driven Success Requires

    You're reading 7 Things Every Spiritual Person Seeking Purpose-Driven Success Requires, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

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    We live in a world where it is normal to settle for a lot less than we are capable of.  And when you are the weird one that decides to set your mind on a vision so big you are too scared to say it out loud, then you definitely need these 7 things.

    1. Selective Hearing

    There will be those who feel the need to tell you what they think, even though you did not ask for it.  Choose not to hear them.  there is a story of Vincent van Gogh being asked how he could expect to create great art when he only had one ear and he simply said - "I cannot hear you”.  That may be the stance to take when people choose to tell you why they believe that your dream is too big and too crazy.

    2. A ready smile as you walk away

    And if they are particularly persistent (usually family and friends), then you must have a ready smile as you graciously take yourself out of the room.  I belong to a family who definitely feel the need to give me opinions when I do not want them and I used to get very annoyed about it but now, I simply smile, say something inane like ‘That is interesting’ and I change the topic or walk away.

    3. Intimate Connection to Source

    Marrying my husband was one of those things that my family and some friends frowned heavily upon and at the time, I was 21, feeling overwhelmed with all the chaos that seemed to arise when I announced the fact that my husband of 16 years and I intended to be married.  the only thing that kept me sane in that time, was my connection to Source and my desire to follow the intuitive nudges in my hear.

    I did almost break it off with him until I knew for sure what my higher power wanted because of every voice that was yelling in my head at the time, that was the only voice I cared about.

    And to this day, I depend on this voice before taking any action.  This is my guiding light and for any spiritual person determined to win, you must cultivate a spiritual practice that enables you know when you are being guided divinely to the right path for you.

    4. A Tough Mind

    Many may have opinions but the one that will have the most impact is yours.  If you have a big vision, then you can be sure that you will have a certain amount of self doubt and fear inside of you.  You must train your mind to stay focused on the vision.  You must practice shifting negative thoughts and limiting beliefs out of your mind if you are to win.

    If you struggle to remain positive about your chances of success, you must daily train your mind for success.  Write out that vision daily and keep it at the top of mind by rehearsing how you will feel when you finally reach your goals.  Refuse to accommodate or indulge doubts for long.  Catch them as soon as you can and replace them with something more edifying.

    5. Resilience & Tenacity

    There will be many setbacks.  I hate to say it quite so bluntly but there will be.  You will need to keep getting back up again and again and again.  The only way you will do this is by having a huge reason why.  Whenever I work with any of my clients, I check to see what their ‘why’ is because without a solid reason to do the tense work of building out a huge vision, they will not stay the course.  Everyone starts with optimism, the only ones who remain have tenacity and...

    6. Relentlessness

    I love this word!  One version of the dictionary defines it as 'showing or promising no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace’  Another one said 'Steady and persistent; unremitting:’.  It sounds harsh, unforgiving and in some ways, it is.

    Sometimes, being a spiritual person can seem weak.  It can seem as though you have to turn the other cheek and submit all the time.  And for some, that is exactly what it means to them.  But for those committed to designing a life they adore, you must be relentless.  You must keep pushing forward and yes, you must hustle ( a hated word in some spiritual circles).

    The great thing for you is that you have divine guidance to support you, if you will listen, trust and act.  BUT YOU MUST ACT!

    7. Tunnel Vision

    Needless to say, you need to focus.  There will be many distractions, many reasons to quit, many had days and many great days and you will finally realise that you are a lot more powerful than you ever imagined.

    Which of these 7 do you need to implement?

    Rosemary Nonny Knight teaches spiritual people how to intuitively and deliberately design a life of fulfilment, freedom and abundance in all areas.  Download her book, PRAY. AFFIRM. RECEIVE - How to get clear, stay clear and take action to get what you want out of life, for free at

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  • 16 January

    8 Instagram Trends In 2018 You Need To Know

    Instagram offers a wealth of possibilities when it comes to reaching your customers and effectively distributing your content. It is a convenient platform for brands since it’s where your audience already engage with other brands and users. As you look ahead to 2018 and begin planning your social media strategy, it is essential to monitor […]

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  • 14 January

    Erin’s Things: January 11

    You're reading Erin’s Things: January 11, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

    This week I've compiled a list of a couple out of the box excursions, threw in a little fashion and of course, mentioned a couple of must reads! What inspired you this week? Leave a comment below for all to enjoy!

    1. DIGITAL DETOX – CAMP GROUNDED. Put the device down! Living in the moment is about moving forward with our eyes wide open, not focused on an unpredictable future. We are so wired to our phones, social media, laptops, ipads, etc. If we can slow down and disconnect from this technological addiction, we could actually truly connect! Digital Detox – Camp Grounded is a tech free weekend getaway for adults! A lot of what one can do is to simply be prepared for temptation, repeat a mantra, turn off notifications and most importantly, find a way to infuse our real life with what you admire of your favorite apps. At Camp Grounded there are playshops, activities, meditation, yoga, hiking, making meals, stargazing- with like minded people who have completely ditched their devices. Now that is a dangerous yet extremely welcome proposition!


    1. SOMETHING TO FOOD ABOUT - What do Questlove and innovative chefs have in common? A desire to tap into and understand creativity. In his book, ‘Something To Food About’, drummer, producer, musical director and culinary entrepreneur, Questlove, takes us into the world of food through the eyes of some awesome chefs, and asks what it is about food that teaches them to see the world in a specific way. Food for thought, indeed.


    1. MONOGRAPHIE – Minimalist. Major. This French ready to wear label is the creation of Aude Casteja, founded in 2016. It reinvents the tailored shirt, which we know has been done over and over again yet somehow this label gets one excited about the possibilities once again. Life is in the details, this is what we are reminded of every time we wear or see someone wearing a Monographie piece. It is just as classic as it is original. Love it.


    1. LUZIA- CRIQUE DE SOLEIL – Viva Mexico! This latest Cirque Du Soleil show “Luzia – a Waking Dream Of Mexico” is so vibrant and passionate, a beautiful presentation for its 38th production since 1984 with 44 performers from 15 countries. As its name suggests Luzia is a combination of the Spanish words ‘Luz’ for light and ‘Lluvia’ for rain, everything from its ‘grand chapiteau’ (tent cover) that is designed in yellow and white to reflect the culture’s love of the solar system, the moon and space. Do not miss this one!


    1. HOW TO GET SHIT DONE - And last, but certainly not least, my new book, How To Get Sh*T Done: Why Women Need To Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything (Simon & Schuster) dropped last week!Women live in a state of constant guilt: that we’re not doing enough, that we’re not good enough, that we can’t keep up. If we’re not climbing the corporate ladder, building our side hustle, preparing home-cooked meals, tucking the kids in at night, meditating daily, and scheduling playdates, date nights, and girls’ nights every week, we feel like we’re not living our best lives. Yet traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list.Finally, in the first productivity book by a woman in a decade, I will show you how to do less—a lot less, but feel like you're getting a whole lot more of what counts accomplished!

    You've read Erin’s Things: January 11, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you've enjoyed this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

  • 14 January

    How to Find Inner Peace: 5 Beliefs You Must Drop Now

    Each one of us is fighting a battle no one is aware of. This is why finding inner peace is extremely important. But, is it as simple as it sounds? No. Not because it’s hell difficult but because of the beliefs, stories, perceptions, and philosophies we have adopted over the course of our lives. Dalai […]

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  • 12 January

    Join a Supportive Community and Create a New Source of Income

    Link: Side Hustle Society
    Short version: my new training program (the first I’ve made in 3 years!) is now available for registration. Join during the introductory launchone week only—before it closes for at least a month.

    -OFFER ENDS January 16, 2018-

  • 12 January

    10 Things to Avoid Before Going to Bed

    You're reading 10 Things to Avoid Before Going to Bed, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

    After working for the whole day, running from one place to another, handling boss and irritating colleagues, the only thing which can make your day is a good sleep. But good sleep doesn’t mean lying in bed for 9 hours and still feeling exhausted after waking up. A good sleep means that even after taking 6 hours of sleep, you should feel recharged again to work for the whole day.
    Although there are many things which you can do to get a good, relaxing and deep sleep there are also many habits which you should never follow before going to bed and in this blog post, we will be looking at those 10 things which you should always avoid before going to bed.

    1. Alcohol
    A small glass of wine before going to bed sounds like a fascinating idea and it surely will help you to fall asleep but if you are concerned about the quality of sleep and then you should never consume any type of alcohol before going to bed.

    2. Mobile Phone
    Many studies have shown that using a mobile phone, tablet, e-reader or even watching television before going to bed can disrupt your sleeping. So, if you want to experience a deep sleep, then you should always avoid any light-emitting device before going to bed.

    3. Caffeine
    Caffeine stays in our body for almost 10-12 hours and even a small cup of coffee contains at least 80 to 120 milligrams of caffeine. And you must be aware of the working of caffeine in our body and how the employees of late night shift consume it for staying awake. So avoid consuming any type of caffeine before going to bed.

    4. Chocolate
    If you are a sweet tooth then consuming chocolate after dinner as a dessert might sound like a very good idea but you should know that even chocolate contains a significant amount of caffeine and especially dark chocolate. So replace your idea of consuming dark chocolate with any other dessert which will not keep your eyes wide open even at midnight.

    5. Big Meal
    Devouring a big meal before going to bed can also disrupt your sleep. The reason behind this is after taking a big meal, your metabolism has to kick in and that can affect your sleep. It can also lead to gastroesophageal reflux diseases, weight gain, and other serious bad effects on your body.

    6. Lots of water
    Drinking water is very much necessary throughout the day but if you have completed the quota of your water consumption in a day, then there is no need to drink a jug full of water before going to sleep - it will result in unnecessary trips to the bathroom which obviously disrupt your sleep.

    7. Wrong food
    Including foods like a cheesecake in your everyday dessert sounds very delicious but you should know that, food products which are high in saturated fat and sugar are a major cause of disrupted sleep.

    8. Smoke
    Although smoking is injurious to your health, regardless of the time you consume it smoking just before going to bed can cause disruption in your sleeping habit as well. Many people think that smoking will help them relax but the nicotine content in products like cigarettes can make your insomnia worse.

    9. Exercise
    Just like drinking water, exercise is also very much necessary for keeping you in shape and good health but doing it just before bed allows your-feel good hormones to get active and thus it can also affect your sleep.

    10. Bath
    A nice warm bath can help your body to relax and then after sometime, you can get lost in your dreams of the deep sleep but if you are planning to go instantly to bed after taking bath then instead of feeling relaxed, it can keep you awake for late night as well.

    A good sleep is as necessary as food, air and water are for the body and brain. So, if you want to sleep properly throughout the night, without feeling exhausted for the whole day, then you should always avoid the above-mentioned things before going to bed.


    Saurabh Gupta is a technical content writer at Cloudwalks His area of expertise includes software, cloud computing, cybersecurity and life lessons.

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  • 12 January

    Stopping Steroids Abruptly: What You Need To Know About Steroid Withdrawal

    Edward Kendall from Mayo Clinic won the 1950 Nobel Prize for his research on the medical use of cortisone. This drug helped in simulating cortisol, an anti-inflammatory hormone released by the adrenal glands. That and many other steroids, such as prednisone and prednisolone, have since been proven useful in treating an array of conditions. They […]

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  • 10 January

    From the Experts: 6 Tips to Stay Motivated, Anytime, Anywhere.

    You're reading From the Experts: 6 Tips to Stay Motivated, Anytime, Anywhere., originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

    We all have our own moments of doubt, distress, and complete laziness. But what usually determines someone`s success or failure is your ability to stay motivated especially during their toughest times.  I`ve worked on this topic for years and below are some of the things you can do to stay motivated.

    1. Work Your Negative Thoughts Out
    Tony Robbins was right when he said the difference between you and success is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself. These limiting beliefs are keeping you in doubt and the only way to stay motivated is by exposing them to journaling and expressive writing. Studies have found that those who completed four weekly journaling sessions for eight weeks were less worried and more motivated, than those who didn`t.

    2. Remove Performance Barriers
    Tim Ferris has a simple learning technique that works like magic. Whenever you`re about to learn a skill or do something new, take some time to list all your reasons to quit.

    Your goal, after identifying these barriers, is to complete the first five sessions of whatever you want to practice. Why five? Because that`s what your brain needs to create wirings for new habits.

    3. Do Less of The Things That Aren`t Aligned With Your Goals
    Sales mogul, Grant Cardone once shared a story about someone who worked with him at McDonald`s. Unlike Cardone who was only there for the money, this guy was super pumped to go to work. Why?Because his goal was to learn everything about the business and open his own McDonald`s franchises. Soon Cardone was fired and that dude went on to achieve his dream.

    4. Create Necessity
    Brendan Bouchard once asked a client, an Olympic sprinter, who he thought was going to win the race. And the man replied, “I will get on the guy who gets down at the blocks, looks at the finish line and says ‘I`ve got to do this for my mom."

    This is the power of WHY. Whenever you lack motivation, ask yourself why, or for whom, do you want to reach that goal. If you keep digging, you`ll always find something worth working hard for.

    5. It`s like a bath
    “People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar
    You usually hear people saying, “I don`t feel motivated to chase my goals.” Well, maybe if you write them long enough you`ll eventually feel pumped to go after them.

    You must commit to writing your goals at least once a day, every day regardless of how good or bad you feel because, at the end of the day, the quality of your life will come down to what you`ve chosen to pay attention to. So you`d better pay attention to something worthy.

    When listing your goals, write down whatever makes you pumped. If “I`m making my first million before my 25th birthday” doesn`t motivate you, then think about listing all the things that you want to buy, or experience, when you make your first million. A trip to Italy, a courtside seat in a Lakers` game, spending X amount of dollars guilt-free…etc.

    Forget about what others tell you goals should be, as long as the ones you`ve chosen make you feel excited then you`re good to go.

    6. Get a Quick Jump on the Day

    It`s much easier to change feelings with action that to do it the other way around. Why? Because you have more control over actions than over feelings. As William James once said, "By regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling."
    If there`s one nugget I want to leave you with then let this be it: Productivity comes before motivation and not the other way around. This is why you must start the day with a bang regardless of whether you`re an early bird or a night owl.

    The quicker you start the day with a victory, the more motivated you`ll feel during the rest of it. So cut Facebook, meaningless texting or T.V., and focus all your efforts on getting something done.

    Any sort of productivity, no matter how small. Just remember that once the ball starts rolling you`ll feel motivated to get more done. An object in motion will stay in motion, so sayeth the law.

    Marwan Jamal is a fitness and health blogger at and a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym, and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.

    You've read From the Experts: 6 Tips to Stay Motivated, Anytime, Anywhere., originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you've enjoyed this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

  • 10 January

    Need A Productivity Boost? Here’s How Tea Can Help

    Tea is a popular drink all over the world for a lot of reasons. For one, it tastes good and it’s a good way to help you get more fluids. Plus, it’s available in several varieties. Apart from that, tea also comes with health benefits. It can even help you in boosting productivity and mental […]

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  • 8 January

    5 Surprisingly Small Habits Research Shows Will Make You Happier

    You're reading 5 Surprisingly Small Habits Research Shows Will Make You Happier, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

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    There are many ways to increase the 40% of your happiness that’s under your control. My research has shown that some methods involve quite a bit of time every day, and some methods don’t. I’m concentrating on the ones that don’t because I’m guessing that you’d adopt these quicker—and become happier quicker!

    1)  Good News: Only Once a Week Instead of Daily

    Researchers at Harvard Medical School explain that gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish their good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Positive psychology studies show that gratitude is strongly associated with happiness. Gratitude expert Professor Robert Emmons says, “Gratitude is a turning of the mind. It’s not what I don’t have, rather it’s what I have already.”

    Now many people suggest you write a list of list 5 things each day that make you grateful. The good news I have for you is that you don’t need to do this daily. Studies by Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky found that people who focused on gratitude daily benefitted less than those who did it once or twice a week. I recommend focusing on gratitude 1 day a week—finding 3 things each time. Be sure to vary the types of things you consider. Your brain isn’t bored when you bring in variety.

    2)  All 5 Senses

    Social psychologist Fred Bryant researches the art of savoring. When you mindfully concentrate on something—what you see, hear, touch, smell or taste—you increase your enjoyment of life.

    Start making it a habit to savor 1 thing a day. Any of the 5 senses can be used. You can truly experience that first bite of dinner, looking at a sunset, smelling a warm apple pie, hearing one of your favorite songs, hugging a loved one or even petting a dog. Pick different things each day to savor and build your happiness one small savory bit each day.

    3)  A New Habit to Handle Overthinking

    Studies show that people who overthink make cloudy judgments and their stress becomes elevated, but you can get a handle on this and stop a downward spiral. I’ll give you a choice of 2 simple habits you can use.

    You can put the situation you’re stewing about into perspective by considering, “Will this matter 5 years from now?” If it won’t matter, then you’ve given yourself a logical reason to stop overthinking. If it will matter, then decide how much time you’ll allow yourself to make a decision about how to handle it.

    When you catch yourself in unnecessary rumination—overthinking—you might like this simple technique to curtail it. Picture a red stop sign suddenly popping up in your mind. This is the technique people find most useful late at night when overthinking often occurs.

    4)  Take Advantage of the Habit Trigger

    Professor Lyubomirsky says “If you want to reap long-term emotional benefits from a happiness activity, you need to devote persistent effort.” I’ve been recommending the following very simple habit. Each morning as you pick up your toothbrush say silently to yourself, “Because I’ve made the decision to be happier, I’ll think of 1 positive thought right now.” When you’re beginning this new habit you may want to put a photo or a printed inspirational quote near your toothbrush to help prompt you.

    You’re performing what James Clear and Charles Duhigg call the Habit Loop: the trigger, the routine, and the reward. So in this case, the trigger is the act of picking up your toothbrush, the routine is brushing while thinking 1 positive thought, and of course the reward is a daily step toward a Happier You. And since this occurs in the morning, it’s a good start to your day.

    5)  Make Endings Important

    One of the top researchers in positive psychology, Professor Barbara Fredrickson, enjoys a simple habit that I love. Studies show that people remember the peak moment of an event and also the ending of an event. It could be a seminar, a party or even having coffee with a friend. Take advantage of the endings that people will remember. This turning point can create and carry heartfelt meaning. Fredrickson advises, “Good endings include an appreciative summary—an honest acknowledgment of the goodness that transpired prior to leave-taking.”

    So at this ending, I want to grace you with gratitude—making you happier as well as me. I appreciate that you took the time to read all 5 small habits that research shows will make you happier. As I leave you, I hope you’ll want to pass this article on to your friends, making them happier too!

    Nancy F. Clark is the author of The Positive Journal: 5 Minutes a Day Toward a Happier Life, and Director of Forbes WomensMedia.

    You've read 5 Surprisingly Small Habits Research Shows Will Make You Happier, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you've enjoyed this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.