10 Life Changing Quotes That Helped Me Create A Meaningful Life

Meaning isn’t something you stumble upon. It’s something you consciously build into your life. Its foundation rests on your experiences, beliefs, and core values. The people you love, the things you cherish, and what you’re willing to sacrifice make up who you are. Each of us needs to reconstitute meaning in our lives. We need to believe in something. Fight for something. We’re all told life’s short and to make the most of it, yet few do anything about it. Are you living a purposeful life or are you going through the motions? All the ingredients of a meaningful life are in front of you. Only you can put them into the unique pattern that will define that meaning.  Carefully …

How Fitness Supercharges Your ProductivityPick the Brain

You may be tempted to see this article as just another productivity tip; it’s actually more than that. When I applied the knowledge I’ll be sharing in this article; I found myself working more productively and more focused. However, I also noticed that if the knowledge we’ll share here is not well balanced, you will find out that you’re enjoying increased productivity in a sector of your life, and a shortfall in another area of your life. Figure out the category of productivity you need assistance with so that you can enjoy a well-rounded life. Physically Fit I never loved running while growing up, but I was a lover of sports and some exercises that don’t involve running—having a mindset …

8 Traits of an Effective Business Leader

If you’d like to learn how to be an effective leader so you can influence and inspire others, sign up for the free 90-Day Master Class hosted by the founder of Addicted2Success.com, Joel Brown. If you’re leading a business, there’s no question about whether you’re a leader or not. You are a leader. The only question is what kind of leader are you? Some people think that inspirational leaders just happen—they’re a product of personality, circumstance, and talent. While some may take to leadership more easily than others, anyone can develop themselves into an inspirational leader through intentional and thoughtful work on themselves. Your business’s success or failure relies upon you as its leader, so it is well worth doing …

How to Set Milestones to Progress Towards Your Goal

When you define milestones for yourself, you build a ladder to your goals. The more rungs you add, the easier the climb. Taking those steps can be challenging. But for those who haven’t done it before, the tougher challenge actually comes first: carving out the steps. What do appropriate milestones look like, and how are they placed? Let’s start with a definition. What Are Milestones? According to Merriam-Webster, “milestone” has two definitions. The first is literal: a rock used as a milepost. The second, “a significant point in development,” is what most people refer to when they talk about making progress toward a goal. “A significant point” is what you make of it—if you’re learning to cook, making eggs over …

3 Reasons Open-Mindedness is a Key to Self-GrowthPick the Brain

Lately, more so than usual, social media has been flooded with opinions. Because people are being more vocal about their beliefs, others grow more hostile defending their own in response. Rational discussions are too commonly few and far between. I’ve noticed both through observation and experience that too many hostile disagreements stem from closed-mindedness from both parties.  from just persistently not listening.  So, why is open-mindedness an extremely vital part of self-growth?  It changes your approach to conversations.  I’ve seen way too many people approach debates (I’d honestly hardly call these conversations debates; they’re more like verbal thrashings) with, “If you ______, direct message me & I’ll tell you why you’re wrong.” This dehumanizes the person on the other side …

2 Ways to limit distraction and actually get work donePick the Brain

Opportunities to learn are all around you. From every misstep you take, to every negative encounter or hard day at work, lessons abound. Each moment of friction carries with it something to be gained. Take my life at this moment, for instance. I work from home. And, normally, it’s a pretty great setup. I sit at a neat desk located next to a large window. The window overlooks a lush, green canyon and when it’s open a warm breeze blows throughout my home. I play music on my white Sonos speaker to stay in the zone, focused on writing. I’m productive. A balance Life has recently changed though (for the better). My wife and I had our first child some …

10 Small Changes That Will Significantly Improve Your Life

The principle of compounding interest isn’t only effective in finance.  Big achievements are often the result of small changes.  Here are 10 small changes to incorporate into your life.  1.  “Don’t Enter the Debate Too Early.”  Those are the words of Nelson Mandela regarding his leadership.  Listening first and speaking last lets you see the different perspectives on an issue and to give a better response.  People also feel that their ideas and opinions matter.  And a sense of contribution means that people are more invested in accomplishing the goal.  2.  Immediate and Unambiguous Feedback Everyone encounters obstacles in trying to reach a goal.  Rather than being thrown off course, you need to adjust and roll with the punches.  And the best way to adjust is getting immediate and direct feedback, either …

16 Everyday Habits to Boost Your Creativity

In 20 years, perhaps 80 million US jobs could be automated. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are millions of jobs that are safe. What type of jobs? Futurist Martin Ford says jobs that require “genuine creativity.” It’s the future of the job market. It’s been the tool to advance the world for centuries. And it’ll be AI-proof for centuries to come. Reading this, do you think “yes, I have creativity in spades!” Or are you a little nervous? Are you one to say “oh, i’m not that creative.” “I’m a salesman, not an artist.” “I’m an HR associate, not a novelist.”  “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein Creativity isn’t a black-and-white, “you have …

How To Complete Goals Quickly And Effectively

They say that half the battle of completing goals is setting the goals themselves. But the other half of this battle is finding the motivation to work towards that goal despite the circumstances. And not many people are very good in the second half of that battle. In most cases, people end up giving up or failing, and it’s sad to see that after people put effort into achieving their goals. So, for the people who are struggling, my suggestion is to consider some of the strategies listed below to help with completing goals. Furthermore, understand why you continue to struggle to complete goals in the first place. Why Do People Struggle With Completing Goals? While there are many reasons …

How to Support Family Members During Times of Crisis

When someone you love is feeling overwhelmed and anxious, it can be hard to know how to help. During times of crisis, it’s important that you’re on hand to provide love, care, and reassurance. In some cases, we may prefer to avoid that person in fear of doing or saying the wrong thing, however, this will make the situation worse. No matter what your loved one is going through, here are some useful tips on how you can best support them. Keep Communication Lines Open If your loved one is going through a stressful period, it’s important that communication lines stay open. Letting them know that you’re thinking about them and are there whenever they need you can be a …

How to Cure Depression (Professional Advice from a Therapist)

Did you know that most people on anti-depressants are depressed again a year later? And between 2005 and 2015, the number of people living with depression worldwide increased by a staggering 18.4%. Even though people are taking more antidepressants than ever, depression is still increasing. It’s paradoxical to think that the estimated 264 million people in the world living with depression are actually together in feeling alone and hopeless. What the pharmaceutical companies seem to make consumers think is that antidepressants cure a chemical imbalance in their brains. But if that were true, why aren’t we seeing depression disappear? That’s not to say antidepressants don’t reduce the impact of symptoms and act as a bridge to effectively address the underlying problems, …

How to Overcome Dental Anxiety

If you have a fear of going to the dentist then you’re not alone. It’s estimated that one in six adults has a fear of visiting the dentist. This figure reduces to one in ten for children. The truth is that the figures don’t matter, if you’re anxious about the dentist then you’re going to miss out on the basic treatment you may need to look after your teeth and preserve them for life. That’s why you need to overcome your anxiety.   It is worth noting that consistently elevated anxiety levels have been linked with a variety of age-related diseases.  It’s another good reason to overcome your dental anxiety. Choose The Right Dentist There is probably more than one dentist in your town …

How to Keep a Sense of Normalcy During Quarantine

This quarantine has us all on edge. While it may have been nice to have a short break from reality, at this point, we’re all desperate to achieve some sense of normalcy again. But we must face the reality that we can only control so much.  The virus is still very much alive, and the risk of contracting the virus remains. So, if you want to keep a sense of normalcy during quarantine, focus on remaining safe while creating a routine.  Here are some tips to help. Get on a schedule The boredom can become maddening if you’re spending all of your days at home without much to do. Instead of succumbing to food and alcohol binges, get on a …

One Simple Way to Appreciate What You Have and Be Happier

We have all experienced rejection at some point. It can hurt and can take years to heal from. As human beings, we innately want to be loved and accepted. A sense of belonging to a community is one of our fundamental ingredients for survival, so a fear of rejection has naturally grown into our psyche. Receiving rejection today is certainly not what it used to be. With technology, we are somehow more connected than ever yet more socially isolated as well.  In the split-second instant we post on social media, we’re unconsciously broadcasting our desire to be seen and to connect. But when that Instagram selfie or Facebook post doesn’t receive the number of likes or comments we thought it …

3 Ways to Finally Commit to the Career Change You’ve Been Dreaming About

How many times have you said you were going to leave the job that makes you miserable, burned out and empty only to give up after hitting a roadblock or rough patch? We’ve all done this, started out with the best of intentions but we quit trying and end up right where we started or worse.  We end up feeling defeated and telling ourselves we’re a failure. Or we justify staying where we are because we question whether the change is worth it. We rationalize that we have a good-paying job, it’s stable, there’s financial security, it’s a good company, it’s an impressive place to work, etc. Why does this happen? Why is it so difficult to stick with a …

Use this Time to Look Inward as a Way to Manifest Creativity

Many of us are finally settling into a place of acceptance about our new reality. One way to use your time while staying at home, sheltering-in-place, or under quarantine is to look inward and explore your emotions. Emotions define us, direct our actions, and express where we are in our spiritual evolution. Emotions affect our energy and make us human.  The longer you’re socially isolated the more you’re forced to examine and question and react differently to views and conventions you’ve always held dear. Beliefs you once identified with and which gave you a sense of yourself are stripped away. This is not always easy. In fact, it can feel quite painful. We’re all going through these unprecedented times together, …