HOW TO SHOOT UP PRODUCTIVITY

You want to increase your productivity? Live by the following ideas and see how your productivity level shoots up!

Fall in love with your work and have a deep passion on what you are doing. This is the secret of successful entrepreneurs. Once you develop this attitude towards your work, you will never settle for anything less than perfection in its accomplishment. Productivity is not an accident. It does not happen overnight nor is it genetic.

 

Productivity does not fall down from the skies nor can it be had by wishful thinking. Rather, productivity is the outcome of deep dedication and firm commitment to excel by careful planning and undivided attention to a definite goal.

 

 

Take an immediate action. Avoid procrastinating. Do not allow self-doubts and unfounded fears of the unknown paralyze you from acting. If you do, the possibility of abandoning your plans is great. As soon as you have a set your goal, act on it at once despite the lack of a perfect scheme yet. You can fine tune your plan of action as you go along. Thinking immediately of the details at this stage may just delay or stall the achievement of your goal.

 

Multi-tasking is never productive. The idea that the more you accomplish in a short period of time by doing everything all at once is a myth. Doing this often results to jobs that are mediocre or full of errors. Correcting or even throwing them away later is a waste of time, money, and effort. Split your major task into smaller sections. Concentrate on one small section at time and complete it satisfactorily.

 

Saying NO is your biggest defence against distractions. Do not let unnecessary disruptions divert your attention from the task on hand. These may come in form of visitors dropping by your office for chats, urges to check your emails or social media accounts often, and social phone calls. Set a definite schedule in a day for these activities.

 

Be flexible. All rules are meant to be broken, even the above rules on productivity. Do not stick stubbornly to them if it means sacrificing your peace of mind. If there is something that comes up that may not be related to your task but keep gnawing at the back of your head, attend to it first and get rid of it as soon as possible. Anyway, it will be counter-productive to keep on working while something is stealing your full concentration.

These are just 6 easy to remember tips so there is no reason for you not to shoot up your productivity level.

 

HOW TO USE INERTIA TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY

In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton states in his first law of motion that:” an object will continue moving at its current velocity until some force causes its speed or direction to change”. He calls this principle “inertia” which is synonymous to “momentum”.

You may ask: What does this natural law of physics got to do with you or your business? A lot — – It can help you achieve your goal fast or stop it at the start. You may have probably noticed that after being idle for quite some time, it becomes very difficult to jump up and run. That is the effect of negative momentum or inertia at rest. However, if you have been running for some distance, it is a breeze to run up the stairs 2 steps at a time without losing your speed. This is because of the positive momentum or inertia in motion which you have built up by your running.

This principle of inertia or momentum can also be applied in running your business because this has a significant effect on your productivity. This article will show you how to eliminate negative momentum in your work and its adverse implications on the progress of your business. It will also give you tips how you can reverse your negative momentum and replace it with a positive momentum to jump start your progress.

Below are tips on how momentum can boost your productivity.

Get rid of your past. Nursing old guilt over past mistakes will only paralyze you from taking actions. They could have caused you to lose your confidence in yourself — a victim of negative momentum. The sooner you free yourself of this unproductive mindset and replace it with a positive momentum, the better for you and your business. Do not cry over spilt milk. The past cannot be undone. Start living in the present. Take inventory of what is left, pick up the pieces, and move on.

Work yourself up slowly. Having been in a state of negative momentum or inertia at rest for a time, you have to shake off the state of lethargy gradually. Set your goal but instead of abruptly starting with a sprint which may cause you too much stress, divide your plan of actions for reaching your goal into small doable sections. Work on each section one at a time. The successes you achieve with these small, easily achievable sections will help you recover your self-confidence. As a result, you will gradually gain your momentum in moving towards your goal.

Give yourself incentives. Each time you achieve one success, reward yourself to validate for your effort. This will boost your self-confidence and motivate you to successfully attain more goals. List down all your mini-accomplishments at the end of the day to reinforce your productivity and speed up your momentum more.

Make your attainments a habit. By constant repetition of your attainments, you will soon form these into a habit. Soon, this habit accelerates your working momentum so instead of walking towards your goal, you will find yourself running towards it with ease.

Be proud of your achievements. This will boost your morale higher and cause you to be more productive. You will get so used to giving your work a little more push each time. This will strengthen you to work a little harder every time the situation or your task requires it.

Do not miss those important breaks. They are necessary to avoid physical and mental burnouts. Once you have attained that ideal momentum, temper your enthusiasm—too much of anything can be counter-productive, too. It may adversely affect your productivity in the short-term. Just sustain enough drive of achieving so as not to slip back to another episode of negative momentum.

Get ready, get set, GO!

FREEDOM : BEWARE OF THESE THOUGHTS

The mind is a very powerful tool that can dictate what we are or what we can become. It has the capability to change us consciously or subconsciously. We are very often warned to be careful what we wish for because they can become a reality for us.

Having said this, the following thoughts should be discarded from our mind. They spell disaster to our personal or professional lives:

 

1. “I think this is good enough.” Once you get too complacent, then you stop to move on. You lose the motivation to improve yourself or the situation you are in, however mediocre it may be. Regardless of what or where you are now, there is always room for improvement if you wish to. But too much contentment may get you stuck in your life and become too lazy to persevere to grow further. Remember that in life, you cannot just stand still. You either move forward with the life’s ever flowing stream or be carried back by the under current.

 

2. “Why do the hard stuff when doing the easy ones is more convenient?” Unfortunately, often it is the hard stuff that benefits you most. A regular guy capable only of doing the regular tasks seldom move ahead in his personal or professional life. If you are satisfied to remain just another Tom, Dick, or Harry, you can never hope to be an Einstein or a Bill Gates. Always seeking the path of least resistance will prevent you from flexing your physical or mental muscles to be able to overcome life’s challenges to success.

 

3. “Please, spare me the details.” Refusing or being too lazy to learn the details of any project results in the less satisfactory performance of the task. Asking is the end of ignorance. Always ask questions on things unclear to you so you can meet the job’s requirement. Volunteer your suggestions or expertise for faster completion of the task with higher level of competence.

 

4. “I do not think I can do it.” If you always think you are not competent enough, not smart enough, not old enough, etc. before you even try, then you will never be qualified for anything. In most cases, these are just lame excuses to cover up laziness. If you do not believe in yourself, no one will. Your lack of self-confidence will show in your mannerisms, the way you talk, your body posture, and these will adversely affect your personal and professional advancement.

 

5. “No way this can work.” If you think this way even before you start the task, it really will not work. Anything you think and wish for always will have a way of coming a reality, believe it or not.

 

6. “I’m no good.” A bad experience will not make you a bad person for life. Carrying this heavy load of guilt will just make your life miserable unnecessarily. An unpleasant mistake or wrong-doing in the past cannot be undone but it can serve as a lesson in the future. Mistakes will benefit us because they make us humble and help us keep our feet planted firmly on the ground. They make you feel a real human with all your faults and good points. Try to apologize sincerely to those you may harmed and move on.

 

7. “Do you think they like me?” It is not possible to please anyone—in fact, you should not if it will mean going against what you stand for or can cause you undue misery or inconvenience. Try to be genuinely caring and pleasant to be around with but be yourself at all times. If people seem not to like you despite your effort to like them, then, that is their problem. Never give in to others’ emotional blackmail.

 

8. “Now is not the right time yet.” The “right time” is a myth and “tomorrow” will is always a day ahead— they will never come. This is just a reason for procrastination which is the biggest hindrance to the attainment of your goal. It is now or NEVER.

9. “I wish I were…” You will never be someone else, no matter how hard you try. Be contented with what nature has given you. You may and should improve on what you are to some degree but wishing you are what you cannot be will just lead to disappointments and frustrations. These will eventually result to your loss of self-identity and self-pride.

 

10. “No one loves me.” Your parents and siblings do, and so are many others, but you may too engulfed with selfishness and self-pity that you ignore them. Instead of sulking and withdrawing from the world, why not show love to others first? It could be that you do not love yourself so you feel no one loves you. What you yourself do not have, you cannot give. Also, you cannot change others but you can change yourself. Try having a sunny disposition towards others and other people’s love will shine back at you. Try to be always positive and be amazed to discover how beautiful life is!

HOW TO ORGANIZE YOURSELF

Many of us dream of living in a perfectly organized world, but like the proverbial Shangrila, we believe it simply does not exist. We long for a less chaotic existence where everything is in order. Our problem is that we often associate orderliness to being “control freak” so we do not dare to try and rearrange our lives lest we be branded as such.

The sooner we discard this misconception, the better for us (and for the world in general). Let us consider these benefits of being orderly and organized in our life:

1. We can live a virtually stress-free existence. We can avoid being in a perpetually “catch-up” state of mind that causes to raise our stress level a hundred fold.

2. We are able to work less and accomplish more,

3. We minimize our daily frustrations. We save a lot of time which we otherwise waste looking for misplaced things or retrieving objects we lose because everything then will be where they are supposed to be.

By being organized, we appreciate the worth of a very valuable gift we have —Time. Orderliness makes us attain what we set out to do, both in our personal and professional lives.

If we crave for an orderly and neatly organized life, and free from stress as well, here are some of the steps we can make:

• Define what you really want to be. Once you have pictured in your mind the ideal image of yourself, rearrange your mindset towards its realization with your mannerism, the way you carry yourself, your manner of speaking, the clothes you wear, etc. Imitate how actors try to internalize the parts they play until they become characters themselves. As you think, so you become. This will make easier for you to achieve your goal and be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment.

• Learn to say “NO”. Refuse to give in to societal pressure. Decline with confidence any offer that may go against your principle or is a deterrent to the attainment of your goal.

• Exercise self-control. Before jumping into the bandwagon of current fad, think twice and analyze if the change will really benefit you or if you can live without it. This applies to the temptation or habit on grabbing anything on “sale”. By doing so, you avoid unnecessary expenditure and strengthen you from resorting to instant gratification to compensate for personal setbacks that you experience.

• Avoid inordinate wish for perfection. This attitude only results in many frustrations that will adversely affect your self-worth unnecessarily. Although being satisfied with mediocre performance should be avoided, having done your best will suffice until you master in doing the task in time.

• Be specific in labeling or filing. Writing “miscellaneous” on boxes or files will just result to time wastage when retrieving things. You have to open every box or ransack the entire file when you try to look for specific items later. Keep a neat and clear catalogues of things.

• Do not let emotion blur your decision. We are not referring here of heartbreaking events where qualified arbitrators are needed but simple day-to-day situations like cleaning your file or your warehouse. Discard things that have been collecting dust for years and occupying lots of space. As a rule of thumb, 5 years is the maximum storage time for “important” documents. Longer than period renders the files obsolete. The same is true with household items. Items you are not able to use for more than year have less possibility of being used at all.

• Do not allow things to pile up. Lack of time to do things is a lame excuse for laziness. Instead of allowing documents or papers to pile up and clutter your work place, develop the habit or place a system where things are put in their proper places at the end of each day. A cluttered desk reflects the cluttered mind of the person using it. This habit saves you a lot of time retrieving things when you need them. Also, a well organized work place is conducive to efficient and effective performance.

• Avoid the “for the future” habit. Do not buy and accumulate things until you really need them NOW. Taking care and storing items you do not really need now (or possibly NEVER) is just a waste of money and storage space—not to mention the clutter they make. • Simplify. A single checking account, one bank account, one credit card, one e-mail address will usually be enough. Consolidation and simplicity is the key to a worry-less and stress-free living..

• Plan ahead. Daily living with a specific plan in mind saves a lot of time and money (since time is money). Planning helps in the easier and faster attainment of goals. A daily “to-do” list will prevent you from being overwhelmed by tasks since you can break them down into smaller and more doable segments. Having completed each small segment will add to your sense of accomplishment at the end of each day. This is a very good morale booster.

• Be decisive. Procrastination is the biggest stumbling block to the attainment of your goal. It is also a great time-waster on the road to progress. Once you have carefully deliberated on an action, act on it NOW or never.

• Choose quality over quantity. Better settle for a few possessions that you really need and enjoy rather than having a mountain of things that just clutter your life. The same applies with your work. Perform and complete a few important tasks with excellent results instead of working on many tasks with mediocre outcome. Working on the above suggestions is a big step towards your dream of a stress-free and orderly life.

On How To Boost Your Business

It is every entrepreneur’s goal to improve his business. He is aware that in the business world, he cannot afford to be static for it may spell disaster for him. Either he moves forward or he is left behind. This may be a daunting task, especially for someone new in the business. However, it need not be so if he considers these guides on how to go about boosting it:

Be innovative. In this very competitive world of business, try to find ways to be an inch taller than most. Dare to be a degree different from the rest. It is not necessary to come up with earth- shaking innovations in order to be noticed in the market — just a little imagination often does the trick.

Take the case of the hamburger business. Despite the mushrooming of many hamburger outlets in town, some still manage to prosper while many close shop within a few weeks of their existence. The secrets of the successful ones are their ability find ways to be different from the rest. They may come out with better presentation, or offer better and faster service, or more affordable price, or a slightly unique taste, or maybe with just “catchier” names. Try to think outside the box — do not be afraid to venture out of the ordinary.

Examine your operations procedure. It is not easy to part with old habits of running a business but you have to adapt with the times. If some of the procedures you use are not as effective anymore, consider trying new ways of doing things. For example, if you still to go to the bank to transact business, you may opt to do e-banking instead that is safer and convenient. This way, you save both effort and travel time. You may also search the internet for free or inexpensive software to perform some office work faster and more effectively. Let modern technology work for you.

To save on overhead expenditures, you may consider outsourcing some tasks which are routine and time-consuming such as data entry, payroll management, communiqués, etc. These jobs can be handled by qualified virtual assistants more efficiently and at lower cost to you. Highly specialized and expensive tasks such as legal or consultancy duties can also be outsourced on a contractual basis rather than employing in-house staff. For hiring contract workers, you may consult some outsourcing companies like Mr. Outsource who can offer you their advice and services.

Consider strong relationships as among the pillars of your business. No man stands alone and succeeds, especially in business. Relationships are the heartbeat of any endeavours. Keep the old reliable ones and try to build new ones, be they your business associates, co-workers, or customers. Exert extra effort in knowing about them, not just superficially. Always show sincerity in dealing with them. Demonstrate real concern for their improvement and success by sharing your learning experiences or giving advice whenever asked to do so. These relationships can propel you faster in achieving your goals.

Do not be overly cautious. All journeys worth taking carry some degree of risks, business ventures included. However, do not let these risks deter you from taking actions, especially if you think they are necessary for the improvement of your business or the faster attainment of your goal. Use your existing knowledge, skill, and to some extent—your strong gut feel. Research relevant information and seek the advice of qualified people. Based on these, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of your decision and ACT! Do not allow too much procrastination paralyze you from doing what you must do.

Strive for excellence. Quality and not quantity should be your benchmark in all your accomplishments. Attend to one phase of your business at a time. Make sure you complete first this aspect of your business with a result that meets the standard you set before tackling another one. Do not settle for mediocre results just for the sake of accomplishing things. Excellence must be the image your business should project if it will stand out in a very competitive market.

Be patient. Time and hard work are your allies to success. Avoid the temptations of “easy money” and instant success — they do not last long. The harvests are sweeter and more rewarding when they are the fruits of dedication and honest labour. They also add to your self- worth and give you the strength to overcome more challenges in the future.

Remember that almost nothing is impossible if we put our heart and mind to it. They may need a longer time to accomplish but with some patience, they are achievable.

 

HOW TO TRIUMPH OVER YOUR FAILURES

 

If you are a leading a normal life, you must be getting a fair share of failures like most of us. These setbacks may be inevitable but they should not deter you from attaining your goals and dreams. If viewed in the right perspective, they may even propel you towards your success. First of all, failures can make you a better persons because they keep you humble with your feet firmly planted on the ground. They make you stronger and more resilient in meeting life’s vicissitudes. Failures, once you are able to overcome them successfully, provide you with a sense of pride, boosts your self-worth, and the accomplishment of your goals somehow tastes sweeter. But how do you succeed in overcoming them? Here some guides on how to triumph over failures:

 

Have a mature outlook in life. It is said that maturity only comes when we stop blaming others and making excuses and start making changes in our life. Take responsibility for your failures and the mistakes that cause them. You cannot correct something which you do not consider wrong. Admit and own up your failures, then you can start doing something to amend them. Study what caused you to commit the mistake, learn from it, and try to avoid it the next time it happens. By doing this, you empower yourself and gives you the strength to move forward.

 

Choose your company carefully. Be with right company of people whom you can look up to for inspiration. Position yourself with similarly-minded people who will influence you by their examples and proper motivations in life. When you intermingle with those who are too fun-loving, irresponsible, and weak-willed, you will soon be leading a life not far different from theirs’. As is commonly said: “birds of a feather flock together”.

 

Do it here and now! Procrastination and ambivalent attitude are great deterrents to the achievement of success. They can erode your motivation and determination to conquer your failures. Do not be tempted to wait for the “perfect moment” to act — it will never come! Waiting for the right time is a lame excuse to mask your fear of failure or to justify laziness. In taking action, it is prudent to exercise caution but do not let excessive fear paralyze you from doing what you think is right. Remember, there is no mistake that is so damaging that it cannot be corrected later. It is far better to have tried and failed, than not having tried at all. Do not be forever haunted by the thought of “what if you succeeded had you done it?”

 

Always try to take the noble road. Avoid being pressured into doing what others expect of you even if it means sacrificing your own happiness and principles in life. However, do your best to conduct your life in a righteous manner in your personal as well as professional lives. Cling with the proper business ethics such as treating others fairly, competing in a healthy and above-board manner, building meaningful relationships, being honest with yourself and others, and using your success to pay it forward by helping others along the way. Regardless how much setbacks you may experience in your personal life and in your business, you can feel self-pride that you have done so in your best potential and in an appropriate way.

 

Share your blessings. Whatever you learned or gained from your failures, share them with those who are struggling with similar setbacks. Volunteer to help others to avoid the same mistakes. You can do this by hosting seminars or workshops for new entrepreneurs in your community and share your learning experiences with them. A great way to shift your focus from your own problems and be frustrated by them is to think of helping others with their problems. Teaching others is the best way to teach yourself.

 

A shift in mindset is necessary to overcome failures. Oftentimes, these are only more in the mind — what the mind thinks becomes the reality. When setbacks come, do not panic. Sit back and analyze them, move on, and forge ahead using the wisdom you have gained through your past experiences.

MAKE MORE MONEY FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Congratulations! At last, after several attempts to put up your own business, you have finally made it. You have a respectable list of regular customers and slowly, you are reaping the fruit of your labour. Now you think it is time for you to lay back and rest on your laurels? Not so fast, my friend.

In this life, but especially in the world of business, nothing stands still—either you are propelled forward, or you are carried backward in the ever flowing current of progress. You should strive to make your business stay afloat or it sinks.

Now that your business is starting to bring in some money, to remain complacent at this stage may spell disaster unless you can attract more income flowing in. Do not fall into the common myth that to grow your business, you must have plenty of money.

Did you know that making more money does not necessarily mean spending more money? The following pointers will help you how:

Two heads (or more) are better than one.

This saying applies in running a business as well. However, remember, too, that “too many cooks spoil the broth” so be selective in getting a mentor. Make sure that your guru practices what he teaches. This can be gleaned from the result of his own productivity. A bankrupted businessman will not be a believable teacher on “how to be a successful entrepreneur”. Get mentors who are successful businessmen themselves. You may find them among your friends, or associates in the internet, or authors like Erlend Bakke, author of the book “Never Work Again”. Never get tired of seeking knowledge from those who have done what you hope to achieve.

Analyze your business strategies. Study which are bringing in results and which ones are just time and money wasters. Try to think outside the four walls that box you in — go over or under them to find new solutions or strategies. Do not be too over cautious. Experiment and take calculated risks. Get out of your comfort zone. Be a creative problem solver.

Plan your work and work your plan. Have a goal and come up with a detailed plan on how to attain it. Draw a plan of actions, set deadlines, assign qualified assistants, etc. However, always make some rooms for adjustments and modifications when necessary. Be open to suggestions from reliable mentors or associates. Be flexible when certain circumstances require you to be so. By being adaptable, you may be able to attain your goal and prevent burning out.

Be patient. As the saying goes: “Good things await those who wait”. Rome was not built in a day, and so is success. Anticipate some rough spots and obstacles along the way but do not be cowed by them. Consider them as guide posts on the road towards your goal. Patience and perseverance are important tools in the achievement of success.

 

Take good care of money and money will take good care of you. Spend prudently. Be aware of the cash flow without sacrificing quality of your product or service. Consider outsourcing some tasks which can be done at less cost and more efficiently by virtual assistants. You may contact companies who can offer their advice and services for your requirements in this aspect, like Mr. Outsource.

Develop the right mindset. Condition your mind to success. The mind is a very powerful tool to help you achieve what you set out to achieve. Always find the motivation to succeed. Whenever you face some self-doubt regarding your capability, look back at your previous accomplishments like the fact you are able to put up your own business now. In short, never stop believing in yourself.

HOW TO EFFECTIVELY CLEAR OUR LIFE OF NEGATIVITY

Often what we think of negativity in others, we consider as “reality” in ourselves. Others may be negative but we are just being “realistic” — and believe it! We then consider not acting on our dreams as but just being “practical in life”.

On the other hand, we look at those who try to pursue their dreams as “not in touch with reality”, naive dreamers with fake smiles pasted on their faces.

However, does being “realistic” mean things go wrong and we just have to accept this the truth in life? If this is how we perceive “reality”, then we have unconsciously programmed our mind to be negative persons. Little wonder then that we attract people who vibrate with negative emotions. We go on our daily lives feeling miserable all the time and endlessly complaining about everything (“terrible weather, lousy economy, horrible traffic, etc”).

Even in our choice of entertainment that is supposed to cheer us up are filled with negativity (we enjoy watching news about crimes and disasters; we religiously follow up gossips on the lives of dysfunctional celebrities, etc).

In conversation, we focus our stories on how badly we are treated by others. We savour playing the victim’s role in our personal and professional relationships. In short, we blame others for what we are. We cannot understand why being “realistic” makes us feel miserable.

If this is the situation we are in, then negativity has been unconsciously ingrained into our psyche.

However, let us not lose heart. Not all is lost if we act and SOON to avoid negativity from completely ruining lives. Let us consider the following steps we can take to clear negativity in our lives:

1. Let us contemplate on the words of the Dalai Lama: “When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.”

2. Replace our negative thoughts with positive ones. Shifting our consciousness on “what is possible” instead of “what is not possible”, or “ what can go right” in place of “what can go wrong”. This may take constant practice and heart-felt dedication in our part but it is well-worth the effort we will exert because it will bring happiness, peace of mind, and contentment in our lives. While on the process of cleansing our minds of negativity, we must always take care we do not fall back into our old dismal ways. When we realize this happening, we should immediately change our tune.

3. Lastly, let us use LOVE to clear and bring more light into our lives. Change our mind-set; we should always imagine and emphasize the positive instead of getting absorbed by negative feelings; let us try to forget all past conditioning and think instinctively from our inner soul instead of from our old “reality”. Let us create a new happy reality in our thoughts and show it to the world around us.

4. When we have realized that the future is not inevitable but that we have full control of our own destiny, then we can begin to consciously design our life the way we want it—happy, successful, and peaceful!

It is never too late to erase negativity in our lives and turn it to something positive. Let us make the change NOW and enjoy the benefits it will do to ourselves and to the world around us!

THE POWER OF OPTIMISM

Our success or failure has little to do with our condition in life; rather, it is more about our attitude, our faith, our courage, and our choices!

Most of us who fail put the blame on our situation but winners rise above this. Sometimes, we only look within the 4 walls that box us in, but winners look for ways under, over, around, or through the walls that box in their lives.

The natural law of inertia states that: “a body at rest will remain at rest until an outside force pushes it to move. On the other hand, a body in motion remains in motion at the same speed and direction it is going until an outside force acts upon it either to change its speed or direction or cause it to stop”.

This natural law applies to our life pattern as well.

People who are successful tend to remain successful, and those who are happy continue to be so. People who achieve their goals continue reaching their goals. Those who win the respect of others go on life being respected.

However, there is a difference on how the law of inertia acts on inanimate objects and how it works in our life. In physics, outside force causes the change, but in our lives, the change comes from within us. As William James says, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a person can alter his life by altering his attitude of mind.” William James is known as the “Father of American Psychology” in the 19th century.

What William James refers to then as “attitude of the mind” is now called by modern life coaches as mindset.

What we think is what we become eventually and this is a very hopeful and optimistic thought. It means we have the power within us to accomplish virtually any worthwhile goal we set for ourselves.

This principle in life can be applied in every phase of our lives. If we strongly believe in it (and why shouldn’t we?), then we all have the ability to change the course of our lives. We can all live the life we have always dreamed of. Only our own minds set the limit as to what we can achieve in life.

Is this not wonderful? Then we can truly say with William Ernest Henley in his poem “Invictus”: “We are the masters of our fate; We are the captains of our souls”.

HOW DO WE EMPOWER OURSELVES

As early as the 19th century, self empowerment was already a well-known subject as evidenced by the poem of William Ernest Henley, “Invictus”, as he wrote the famous line: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul”.

This proves that even in the early conservative Victorian Age in England, people had already longed to freely control their lives. 200 years since then, many of us still fail to attain this freedom. Our past failures in attaining of our goals make us feel powerless. This feeling of helplessness adversely affects our professional and personal lives.

 

 

However, we can have a positive outlook and enable us to succeed in our lives if we learn how to empower ourselves. The following suggestions can help us feel more in control of our destiny:

 

• Let us not look at our past failures as sure indications of our future. Everything in this life changes and we are the ones who control what direction our lives will take. Past failures do not mean they will be our lot in the future, unless we choose them to be. Rather, they are lessons we must learn from and guide us on how to avoid them to improve ourselves. Failures and disappointments are parts of normal living so instead of denying their existence, we should turn them into our advantages that will strengthen and prepare us to handle problems we will meet along the way. Let us empower ourselves by taking control of our past to succeed in the future.

• Let us keep a positive perspective of things. Let us not exaggerate the bad things that happen to us and ignore the blessing we receive. We should change our perspective in looking things in a more positive light. For example, if you burned your toast at breakfast this morning, could it be worse than burning your house instead? Or if are caught in a traffic jam, isn’t that a blessing compared to scoring in a car accident instead? Let us not focus too much on the few prayers that are seemed unanswered but count instead the hundreds of blessings we get without our asking for them. Empower ourselves by being aware and grateful for every positive things that come our way, big and small.

• Let us lead healthy lives. Avoid anything that may endanger our health such as unhealthy food, too much intoxicating drinks, nicotine, and other harmful substances and pollutants. Let us strive to stay fit. Make sure we get plenty of rest and fresh air. We should exercise moderately. Keep our body hydrated. We should not miss meals, especially breakfast which is considered by health experts to be the most important meal of the day. Let us avoid any excesses in our lives. Let us minimize all stress and learn how to relieve them either by physical activities or mentally means like reading good books, listening to soothing music, or through meditation. Remember that a sound mind that affects our thinking and rules all our actions resides in a healthy body. Let us empower ourselves by being as physically and mentally healthy as possible.

• Let us count of blessings instead of woes. When everything seems to go wrong, let us stop for a moment and focus on the good things that happen to us and around us like the gift of life. Appreciate the fact that we are given another day, another opportunity to improve ourselves. Many of us lament and question God why only bad things happen us. Maybe because we think of God only when we are in trouble so He allows more troubles to come our way so we will think of Him more often. How about if we try the other way around? Let us think of Him and be grateful when we receive His blessings. Maybe, He will then send us more blessings so we will think of Him more often. Empower ourselves by recognizing and appreciating the blessings and positive in our lives.

• Let us expect something great. Selective memory is a psychological phenomenon when we only remember what we want to remember. In most cases, this is the body’s defence mechanism to protect us from the affect of a traumatic experience in our life. In a similar manner, we can manipulate our thinking to focus mostly on the positive things. Let us expect something great will happen so we will be in the excited mode and look out for its coming in everything that happens Isn’t that a exhilarating mode to be in instead of being in a gloomy and foreboding mode? Let us empower ourselves by keeping a positive attitude and an optimistic point of view.

 

In short, in is just a case of mind over matter. Adjust our mindset so we will feel more empowered to take on the world and attain our goals.