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September, 2017

  • 22 September

    Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns That Hide Your True Self

    I was recently sent a copy of Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns That Hide Your True Self, in exchange for telling my readers about it. While this isn’t the sort of book I normally read, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t the sort of book you could very well enjoy. That’s...

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  • 22 September

    The Art Of Self-Motivation

    You're reading The Art Of Self-Motivation, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

    Do you want to get more work done in less time? Are you experiencing a productivity lull? It happens to the best of us. We feel disheartened due to the lack of motivation to do something and are overwhelmed by negativity. Our levels of motivation are often unpredictable. It’s not that easy to remain motivated all the time many situations can discourage us along the way. But how can you maintain your drive, especially during times of need? Well, it's in your own hands. With self-motivation, you can keep moving forward by fighting every obstacle. Here are a few ways in which you can self-motivate yourself.

    Believe In Yourself And Your Abilities

    Insecurities can be your worst enemy. Lack of self-confidence is a motivation killer. Stop underestimating your potential by comparing yourself with others. Channel your focus on your strengths and abilities instead of shortcomings. Give your confidence levels a big boost by being aware of and celebrating your strengths and achievements. Start by reminding yourself how far you have come with your abilities. And keep in mind, if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. Take advantage of all your traits and showcase them when needed. Every small battle you overcome counts as it becomes a motivator on its own.

    Boost Yourself Up With A Positive Attitude

    You need to fire yourself up with a positive attitude. Staying motivated can indeed be a struggle, but dwelling in negativity can only drag you down further. Be friendly and let that upbeat attitude shield you from anyone who tries to pull you down. Surround yourself with activities and people who brighten your day. It will fill your heart and mind with positive thoughts and emotions. Focus on the good aspects in every situation, and you will find happiness no matter what. If you are feeling dull or low, do things that make you happy or read motivational quotes and success stories. Everyone has failures, but all you need to do is overcome them and dare to dream.

    Challenge Yourself And Develop Your Skills

    Don’t settle. Keep pushing yourself and strive for accomplishment. Invest time in building your skills and work on self-improvement. You can probably do a lot more, but you are stopping yourself from taking risks. Challenge yourself and go beyond the limits of the ordinary. Unless you keep learning and stay curious, you will not be able to broaden your horizons. Focus on managing your time and set some time aside every day to develop your skills. Nobody is born perfect. We all make mistakes, but only by learning from our mistakes can we grow. The world is full of opportunities, and only when you explore it, you will feel fully motivated and truly alive.

    Set Your Goals And Get Direction

    To keep your motivation levels high, the first thing to do is to identify your goals, without which it can be hard to keep the fire burning. When your mind is focused on a certain goal, your brain sets out to make a plan to achieve it. A direction can give you a glimpse of where you are headed. Break down the main goal into small measurable ones that you can aim at on a day-to-day basis. Once you have a clearer vision of where you are headed, every action you take is guided by the goal. Keep track of every achievement, and your motivation levels will only keep rising higher and higher.

    Self-motivation is not a daily challenge but a constant state of mind. The trick is to be positive and remain persistent towards your goals. Never stop chasing after your aspirations and believe in yourself. To be motivated and productive, you need to be relaxed and happy. Master the art of self-motivation with these concrete tips, and you'll be ready to face any challenge life may throw at you.



    Nisha is passionate about writing and loves to share her thoughts with the world. She has written many articles on yoga, fitness, wellness, remedies, and beauty. She keeps herself updated by going through interesting blogs every day. This fuels her passion and motivates her to write appealing and engaging articles. She is a regular contributor to
    StyleCraze.com and a few other websites.

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    Photo credit: Andy Beales

    You've read The Art Of Self-Motivation, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you've enjoyed this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

  • 21 September

    How Not To Give Up When Your Head Tells You to Quit

    Most people have to work hard in order to live their dreams. However, all we see and celebrate is their success because the hard work is usually not done in public. So, when you are struggling in the shadows, wondering why success is not coming fast enough, it’s easy to want to quit. Don’t. The […]

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  • 20 September

    SIDE HUSTLE: From Idea to Income in 27 Days (The Book Is Out!)

    Side-Hustle-Book-Chris-Guillebeau-launch-image Hey everyone, the SIDE HUSTLE book is out!

    Buy it now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks| Your local bookstore

    Support your local bookstore

    Join me on my 100-city tour.

  • 20 September

    Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson (Book Review)

    Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God As a book fanatic, I am completely in love with being in the middle of a great book. I carry the book with me everywhere I go – it gets a tour of each room of our house and it knows the flowers in the flower beds...

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  • 20 September

    Why Travel Mirrors Life – A Rebuke Of Instagram Perfectionism

    You're reading Why Travel Mirrors Life – A Rebuke Of Instagram Perfectionism, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

    Backpacking and traveling are predominantly arduous, uncomfortable, and anxiety-inducing. When we see those picture perfect Instagram posts of people traveling the world they represent 1% of the story, willfully glossing over the other 99% (such as the fact that blood, sweat and tears were shed to get to the top of that mountain summit – all in the pursuit of a dopamine hit from the proceeding Instagram likes). The chaos of finding yourself in an alien culture, where you’ve been stripped of all familiarity, is at the time nothing other than a test of survival.

    So why then is traveling so rewarding?

    Because when we travel we submit ourselves to the accompanying s**t in order to experience those fleeting moments of bliss – the moments that we recall when nostalgically reminiscing about our travels. Nobody arrives home from traveling to share their stories of being ripped off by a local taxi driver or how they got so lost in a place that they started crying.

    Life is exactly the same.

    What gives our life meaning is our suffering, and what manifests from that suffering. For example when we graduate from university our pride and joy isn’t derived from the fact that we now have a new piece of paper that we did not have beforehand. Instead we celebrate all the hours spent frantically studying late at night, our challenging progress in terms of self-development and maturity, or those lifelong friends we made by placing ourselves in new social environments when we would much rather have stayed at home.

    Take parenthood. 99% of being a parent involves doing thankless and repetitive tasks that nobody in their right mind would voluntarily agree to. Yet why is it that parenthood has been proven to be one of the most fulfilling pursuits in life? Because that 1% - seeing your offspring grow up – is so rewarding that the sacrifices which contributed to the end result was worth it.

    What should you take from this post?

    Embrace life’s difficulties. Don’t feel bad for not feeling happy all the time. Reframe your attitude to all those annoying micro tasks that need to be done on a daily basis because they are ultimately contributing to your desired end goals. Your sense of fulfillment and happiness should be viewed from an overview perspective rather than a fleeting snapshot in the here and now. Nobody wants to go to the bank to fill out endless admin forms, but perhaps that act is bringing you 0.001% closer to the person who are aiming to become.

    Every single person on this planet is battling inner demons, in one form or another. Empathy and compassion of this fact will go a long way to contributing to your success and well-being. The next time you see that "i have my life together" post on Instagram, take heart from the reality that what you are seeing is a surface reflection of the proverbial iceberg.

    Keep seeking.


    Brian Cronin is the writer behind The Ithaca Diaries – a personal development blog documenting one man’s search for meaning, answers, and a pursuit of the good life. https://www.facebook.com/theithacadiaries/

    You've read Why Travel Mirrors Life – A Rebuke Of Instagram Perfectionism, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you've enjoyed this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

  • 19 September

    Working From Home: Is it Worth it?

    We’ve all fantasized about trading in our demanding office hours, gossiping coworkers, and overbearing bosses for a work from home gig. But, how do we get past the anxieties that come with the transition? Nip those fears in the bud and get ready to pursue the career of your dreams with some of the information […]

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  • 18 September

    Inspirational Book Review: The Essential Guide to Prayer by Dutch Sheets

    The Essential Guide to Prayer by Dutch SheetsI read as often as fat cats think about eating. During the winter, I really give them a run for their money. My favorite books to read, understandably, cover my favorite subjects: God, the Golden Age of Hollywood, cooking, cats, birds, angels, American history, Ancient Egypt, writing, baseball,...

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  • 18 September

    5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Motivation

    You're reading 5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Motivation, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

    Visualize yourself in two different scenarios. The first scenario is not having motivation for a task at all. The second one is being totally motivated for the same task. Is there a difference in how you feel while taking action? In which scenario are you doing the task faster? What’s about the quality of your performance? Is it better in scenario one or two? Are you having fun in one of those scenarios? In which scenario are you procrastinating? Are you more satisfied in scenario one or two? Thinking long term, in which of these scenarios do you achieve your ultimate outcome?

    By answering these questions it becomes obvious that being highly motivated has many benefits.

    Wouldn’t it be great to have lots of motivation for everything and get all the benefits for it?

    Then, let’s discover 5 ways to get easily motivated.

    Draw a colorful picture in your mind

    Think of a task or an action you can’t motivate yourself to do. Create a mental picture how you will take action. Now colorize the picture with bright and vivid colors. Bring the image closer to you and make it shiny. Take the static image and make it alive. The picture is now more like a small movie. You are moving and taking action. Imagine yourself smiling and having fun while doing the task. Finally, bring it even closer and make it brighter.

    Brightly colorful, and vivid pictures have a positive impact on human psychology. They motivate you automatically.

    Don’t let your brain create the pictures for you. Be the director and create your own movies. You are in charge!

    Create a compelling purpose

    If you can’t motivate yourself, then obviously that action does not drive you.

    Why do you want or need to do the task in the first place? What is the reason?

    Often times we see just the actions we should take, but we don’t remind ourselves why we want to do them. What is the purpose behind our effort?

    The purpose is the emotional juice you can create to motivate yourself. The why affects your feelings tremendously in a positive direction.

    In general, tasks do not motivate us, reasons do.

    E.g.: Would it be more compelling if you focus on the energy and fitness you will gain or the weight you will lose when going out for a run instead of focusing on the task of “running”?

    Now, get your positive emotions going! WHY do you WANT to do what you don’t like to do?

    Turn the music on

    Can you imagine yourself lying on your bed, being extremely sad, but listening to happy music? Or the opposite, being totally happy and turning on a quite sad song?

    We have very powerful triggers in our environment that can subconsciously change how we feel. Music is one of those triggers. It influences our emotions massively.

    Now, if motivation is hard to find, then crank up your favourite tunes and change your feelings about the task.

    Envision your success in advance

    If you knew that you would succeed with your business idea, would you take the effort to build your own business? Would you be motivated to do whatever it took to achieve your outcome? I bet you would.

    Now, we can’t know for sure if our endeavors will work out. What remains is uncertainty. Our brain is afraid of uncertainty and our motivation drifts away.

    What can we do about it?

    We can create success in advance. Visualize yourself succeeding by making a picture in your head. See yourself, and act, as if you have already achieved your goal. This builds faith within yourself and has an empowering effect on you motivation.

    Add fun to the action

    Can you make a task that you usually don’t enjoy more interesting? Sure! Just brainstorm some things that motivate you. Would it be possible to add these things to your actions?

    E.g.: You might love reading books. How would your motivation to do the household chores increase, if you listen to one of your favorite books, in form of an audiobook? Can you imagine that you could have much more fun? Or you could score points by throwing laundry into the washer, like you’re playing basketball.

    Make your tasks fun!

    Skyrocket your motivation

    Which of these techniques will get your motivation running? Try the technique that sounds most promising to you. Combine different approaches and experience being highly motivated!


    Aileen Schuering is a passionate blogger, who loves to share her self-improvement journeys. She is the founder of Potential Lane, a blog that focuses on mindset, performance, and personal growth.

    Photo Credit: frank mckenna

    You've read 5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Motivation, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you've enjoyed this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

  • 17 September

    How To Overcome Obstacles: 5 Ways On How To Be A Conquerer

    To stress you out beyond your normal limits with extreme mental and physical challenges to make you worthy of serving with the world’s most elite fighting force. This is the simple principle of the US Navy SEALS. But, don’t confuse simple with easy. In order to be one the greatest warriors on the planet, you […]

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