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30 excuses stopping you from living your best life (and 30 solutions to overcome them)

“I attribute my success to this: — I never gave or took an excuse.” — Florence Nightingale<p>Studies show that failure is among the most common reasons …

Motivation

If You Want To Master Your Life, Learn To Organize Your Feelings

People who are controlled by their emotions typically have something in common: they tend to only do what feels most comfortable. In other words, their emotions are organized into “feels good” and “feels bad,” not “feels good” or “does good.”<p>Processing trauma doesn’t feel good but it does good. …

Self-help

Why Deeply Intelligent People Don't Try to Think Themselves Out of Unhappiness

It's time to re-think your approach to happiness.<p>Even the smartest and most successful people are unhappy. Take one of my clients, I'll call him George, for example.<p>George is a key player in a large tech firm. He's not only a driven team leader always aiming to improve performance, he's also …

Happiness

Chances Are, Your Day Has No Hope if You Don't Do This After Waking Up

The way you choose to begin your day can have a big impact on your physical and mental well-being.<p>It's true--not all of us start out identifying as <i>a morning person</i>. Whereas some of our peers function as early risers, the rest of us hit the snooze button until the very last minute. We wake up in a …

Time Management

34 Things You Need to Give Up to Be Successful

When you have five minutes of down time, how do you spend that time?<p>1. Wasting five minutes.<p>When you have five minutes of down time, how do you spend that time? Most people use it as an excuse to rest or laze.<p>By lazing for five five-minute breaks each day, we waste 25 minutes daily. That's 9,125 …

Motivation

If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the intended time.<p>Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course <i>90 percent</i> of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct …

Self-improvement

How to Finally Start Living on Your Own Terms

Start by cutting out the caffeine.<p>1. Stop consuming caffeine.<p>Although people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is they don't. Actually, we've become so dependent on caffeine that we use it to simply get back to our status-quo. When we're off it, we underperform and become …

Self-improvement

The How When And Why Of Quitting Your Job To Start A Business

Becoming your own boss, taking control of your own destiny and never having to work for someone again is a dream that most people have at some stage of their career. To turn that dream into reality and succeed as an employee-turned-entrepreneur you need a clear idea of what your business will be, a …

Three simple, daily practices for living a happy life

As Annie Dillard writes in her book <i>The Writing Life</i>, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”<p>There's no short-cut to a happy …

How to Make Better To-Do Lists

Use these four simple strategies to make better lists and get more done.<p>It's the most basic time-management tool out there. So, why are most of us doing it wrong?<p>Lists are the most basic time-management tool we have. We all (obsessively) use them. They're supposed to help us prioritize our work and …

Time Management

5-minute morning routines that can make your whole day better

If you feel a twinge of jealousy each time you read about another successful person who wakes up at 4 a.m. to meditate, jog, read a novel, and eat …

Cleveland Clinic

These are the top 5 books you must read to be successful

I post about a lot of books. Most people don’t have the time to read them all, so here are a few of my must-reads.<p><b>1.</b> <i>Influence</i><p>What is it?<p>Most consider …

Self-improvement

8 Important Business Skills You Can't Learn in School

These traits can be caught, but not taught.<p>2 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Business school and formal education can be great for some people. But, whether you dropped out of high school or graduated from Harvard Business School, there are some things you just …

Entrepreneurship

What NOT to Do When You're Trying to Get a Mortgage

While buying a home is one of the most exciting and rewarding things you'll do in your life, it can also undoubtedly be one of the most stressful. …

How to set up a budget you'll actually keep in just 4 weeks

There are few of us out there who would attempt to build a house without following a blueprint.<p>And for good reason: One poorly placed beam, and your home could come crashing down.<p>Yet when it comes to our finances, so many of us choose to forgo that all-important money blueprint: a budget.<p>A 2013 …

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Elon Musk's No. 1 Rule for Staying Insanely Successful

The best leaders use purpose as a business and life enhancer.<p>Elon Musk is one of the most purposeful leaders on the planet. He understands that success doesn't happen overnight. At times, you might privately think you can't go on. You must persist. As the best leaders know, what you must commit to …

insanely

Why is everyone crazy for #bujo? What you need to know about 'bullet journaling'

Do you BuJo?<p>There are plenty of apps to keep track of your tasks, events and schedule, but sometimes writing it all down on paper is still best to make sure what's important doesn't get lost in the shuffle.<p>If you're scratching your head at the term "BuJo," do not panic, the answer is here, or …

Bullet Journaling: Your Solution for Daily Disorganization

Ryder Carroll is a bike-sharing, glasses-wearing product designer from Brooklyn, N.Y. Early in March, we met in a crowded coffee shop. No one …

My First Month Bullet Journaling

If you've been reading here for any length of time, you know about my obsession with lists and goals. I've used many different planners over the …

Productivity in Mind: How Ryder Carroll Designed Bullet Journal

Track the past, organize the present, and prepare for the future.Sound like a familiar challenge?Ryder Carroll, a New York-based designer, set out to …

The best time of day to do everything, from exercising to interviewing for a job

What happened?<p>Maybe it's not a question of <i>what</i> you did, but of <i>when</i> you did it.<p>As in, you drank coffee before you needed it and ended up crashing later, or you spent the whole morning answering emails so you had no energy left to work on the really important stuff in the afternoon.<p>To help make sure …

Six Things You Should Know About How Your Brain Learns

Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know …

12 Pieces of Buddhist Wisdom That Will Transform Your Life

Buddhaimonia.Get a FREE PDF Workbook of 12 Pieces of Buddhist Wisdom When I was little, my grandma had this little green Buddha statue. It wasn’t a …