4 Things Successful People Do Before They Start Their Day

meditate for a successful start in the day

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“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius

Every morning carries a huge potential for success… if you start it right! So let’s take a look at the morning routines of some of the most successful people in the world.

1) Ask powerful questions. In 2005, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave away his secret to starting an excellent day. He kept asking himself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?” Whenever his answer was ‘no’ for several days in a row, he knew he had to make a change.

 2) Practice gratitude. Life coach Tony Robbins spends each morning in a state of gratitude, thinking of three things that he is grateful for, including seemingly trivial things such as the feeling of wind on your face.

3) Exercise. President Obama chooses to exercise first thing in the morning before having breakfast and reading the newspaper. Early workouts are certainly among the most popular activities successful people incorporate in their days.

4) Meditate. Best-selling author Tim Ferriss makes sure to meditate 5-10 minutes every morning before he gets his day started. It gives him a clean slate and acts as what he calls a “reset-button”.

1) Morning Routines of the Most Successful People
2) Barak Obama’s Daily Routine
3) Tony Robbins’ Morning Ritual
4) A Day in the Life of Tim Ferriss

Clear Your Mind, Focus, And Live the Life You So Desperately Want

clear your mind and focus on what you really want in life

Focus. Just like a camera lens, you need to focus on what’s important in your life. Distractions are everywhere, around each and every corner. Especially in this digital age where the Internet is a steady companion.

Ads and commercials fight for your attention every single day – don’t let them win! You don’t need to buy a new smartphone, what you have is just fine. You don’t need a new car, the old one still takes you from A to B.

In this flood of information and constant battle for your attention, it is no wonder you get lost. You wander off in one direction, only to be pulled back into another, in the meantime totally losing sight of your destination.

That’s why I say, every day you need to take at least a couple of minutes to be absolutely present with yourself. No Distractions, i.e. no phone, tablet, laptop, TV, whatever, just you. When your mind is clear it is much easier to focus. Just like a camera can focus much more effectively on a single object than a couple of hundreds.

Kill the noise, stop the chaos, and simply focus.

What has been bugging you lately? Is that subtle but ever-present feeling of discontent still there? Is it worse in the morning right after waking up? Then maybe it’s time for some big life changes, such as ditching your dead-end job. I keep bringing this up in my posts since it seems to be an extremely common problem in this world. People are stuck in jobs they dislike or even hate. No wonder books like The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss are so hugely popular.

Don’t be a depressed slave for the rest of your short life, be it to your own mind or to other people. Take a deep breath, focus, and then do what is necessary to free yourself physically and mentally so you can finally be at peace and be happy.

For me, it first meant leaving my home country, then later quitting my job and rethinking a lot of things that the mainstream media and school system had instilled in me.

And after all these years, I know I’m still not at peace, I still struggle, get sidetracked, lose motivation, etc. After all, I’m just human.

But whatever life brings, I don’t give up. I calm my mind, refocus, and start a new attempt at mastering life on this planet.

I can do it, and so can you. Our lives may be very different, but our basic needs and wishes are the same.

It takes a lot of courage to face life. I wish you all the best and sincerely hope that you succeed and find happiness on the way.

It’s OK to Treat Yourself to Something Nice

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Do you ever catch yourself feeling bad for indulging in something you think you shouldn’t be doing, be it eating certain foods, buying expensive clothes, or going to the movies?

I think as long as it doesn’t turn into harmful and/or obsessive behaviour, there is nothing wrong with treating yourself to nice things. You deserve to have a variety of joyful experiences.

Just because someone says you need to save money or you need to eat perfectly healthy all the time, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and do stuff that some people consider unnecessary.

Most people work their butts off, often keeping a job they dislike, just to make ends meet. While I would encourage anyone in that situation to take the leap and free themselves from those shackles, not everyone can actually do it.

Whether you’re rich or poor or somewhere in the middle, you need to live a little and enjoy life. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Reward yourself once in a while, because you deserve it!

For some people this means sipping a pricey Starbucks coffee, for others it means taking a trip to the mall, or spending a weekend away from everything. Whatever that special treat is for you, indulge in it!

You’re not getting any younger, and you never know what tomorrow brings. Why wait until you’re old and retired before you have some fun? There’s no guarantee you’ll still be alive and healthy by then.

Don’t listen to the voices in your head that are trying to make you feel guilty. Life is meant to be lived; it is meant to be EXPERIENCED.

Now let’s go have some fun! :-)

Stop Asking Why, Just Do It!

brainstorming list for achieving life of your dreams

You’ve landed on this site because you’re not happy with your life at the current moment. There is something wrong. Maybe you already know what it is, maybe you’re still trying to figure things out.

It doesn’t really matter why you feel so depressed. If you ask yourself ‘why’-questions, you get answers that don’t do anything for you. Why am I so sad? Why is my life so shitty?

Maybe it’s because you were abused as a child. Maybe it’s because you’re poor. There could be tons of reasons. None of them matter though.

All you need to know is how to change your life for the better. You need strategies to come out of the slump. Don’t waste your time contemplating about the cause for your sadness. You might never be able to find out what exactly triggered your depression. And that’s OK.

Focus on the solution. Focus on TAKING ACTION. That’s what will bring you happiness.

There’s nothing worse than feeling stuck and hopeless. Anybody would get depressed in such a situation. So don’t think you’re special in that way, because you’re not. You’re just a human being like everyone else.

After reading this snippet, you need to do yourself a favour and stop sulking. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit down to draft your action plan.

What are you gonna do today, tomorrow, this week, month, year to achieve the life of your dreams?

This might mean some big scary changes such as quitting your awful job, ending a toxic relationship, or changing your diet to real food that actually nourishes you.

Write down everything that comes to mind, and then take massive action. It will take a lot of willpower, and you will certainly have to step out of your comfort zone.

But anything worthwhile takes effort. Remember that. Good luck on your journey!

Embrace Your Sweat

biking to fight off depression

Cyclists are less likely to be depressed

It’s time to get sweaty! “Improved physical health, life satisfaction, cognitive functioning, and psychological well-being” will be yours if you decide to move your butt.

Whether you take medications for depression/anxiety or not (let’s hope not), you can greatly benefit from a little exercise. Start off with walking in the park or biking to the grocery store. Take it easy at first and then slowly build up your stamina. Do it for 15–30 min a day (the longer the better).

Exercise is not only great for getting you in shape; it’s also a cheap solution to lifting your mood. It’s important to exercise on a regular basis to reap all the benefits. 5 days a week would be close to ideal, but of course it highly depends on the individual how much exercise is needed.

Exercise for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety
Exercise and Depression

Could Parasites Be Making You Depressed?

parasite cleanse with pineapples

Parasites hate pineapple

Just for a second, imagine having parasites in your body. That’s quite an awful thought, right? It’s what nightmares are made of – and yet, it might not be as far from the truth as you think.

According to Dr. Oz, “1 out of 3 Americans is infected with an intestinal parasite at any given time.” That’s a lot of people!

And it doesn’t matter whether you travel to exotic countries or not; you can get parasites from undercooked meats, dirty fruits and vegetables, or even from walking barefoot and doing gardening. So, unfortunately, being a vegetarian or vegan does not protect you from a parasitic infection. Anybody can get it.

How do you know if you have a parasite? If one in every three Americans has one… that one could be YOU, right?

I’ll give you a short list of some common symptoms:

1) Abdominal pain, cramping
2) Unexplained, sudden weight loss or gain
3) Feelings of fatigue, depression, apathy
4) Unexplained diarrhea, gas, constipation, etc.
5) Skin irritations, eczema, etc.
6) Vitamin deficiencies despite healthy diet

Do any of these problems sound familiar? If so, it may be time for a parasite cleanse! Yay, what fun!

Since I always focus on natural remedies, I won’t go into any synthetic chemical-laden solutions to the parasite problem. Instead, I want to highlight some effective treatments that are quite inexpensive and natural.

Here we go:

1) Herbs. There are a variety of herbs that work great against parasites, such as wormwood, black walnut, and cloves. It’s best to use a blend of several herbs in order to kill the different stages of parasites (eggs, larvae, adult worms).

2) Pineapple and Papaya. They contain the enzymes bromelain and papain, which digest protein, helping your body rid itself of parasites.

3) Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth. Mostly consisting of silica, DE does not only make your hair and skin look great, but it also helps eliminate intestinal worms and parasites.

4) Raw Pumpkin Seeds. They are nutritious, taste good, and also kill parasites!

5) Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar (with the “mother”). It helps restore your pH balance and eliminates parasites.

6) Raw Garlic. Another parasite killer! (Also good for keeping vampires at bay)

Whether you think you have parasites or not, it makes sense to do a parasite cleanse twice a year, especially if you feel like your health is not as good as it should be. But be aware: if you do have some kind of parasitic infection, you may go through some uncomfortable detox symptoms. However, you will feel like a new person once the critters have been completely eliminated from your body.

Happy Cleansing!


Parasites: Could They Be Making You Sick?
10 Signs You May Have A Parasite
Say Goodbye to Parasites
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Health Benefits for Humans
The Anti-Parasite Diet: Foods That Make Parasites Run for Cover

Can Eating Good Bacteria Make You Less Prone to Depression?

probiotics to prevent depression

Nowadays, we know that the gut-brain connection is a real thing. This means there are basically two brains in your body – one in your head and one in your stomach – which interact with each other.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that a randomized controlled trial conducted by the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition in the Netherlands revealed that eating probiotics (beneficial bacteria) daily for 4 weeks reduces feelings of depression.

The probiotic supplement used in this study contained several different strains of bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, Lactococcus, and Bifidobacterium. It is not clear, however, whether just one strain in particular was responsible for lifting the participants’ mood or if a different combination of strains has the same effects.

If you have ever taken antibiotics or have been exposed to chlorinated/fluoridated water (known to harm gut bacteria), it would be a good idea to consume probiotics, be it in form of a supplement or foods such as yogurt, kefir, and fermented vegetables.

Are Probiotics the New Prozac?
Can Probiotics Improve Your Mood?
New Evidence Shows Probiotics Could Help Fight Depression

Stop Trying to Be Perfect

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Every time you try to reach perfection, you will be disappointed. Perfection is an illusion. An unattainable goal. Even nature, as extraordinarily beautiful and magical as it is, isn’t perfect.

Why do we even bother? What is wrong with having a few flaws? Doesn’t that make us more interesting?

I have never met a person or animal that was flawless. There is always a little something that makes them unique. It might be a scar, a short leg, a stutter… you name it.

I say, “Embrace your imperfections!” Because, if you’re like me, there will be many. Be proud of your shortcomings. They make you who you are.

How Do Famous People Deal with Depression?

spirituality to overcome depression

What do Jim Carrey, Stephen Hawking and J.K. Rowling have in common? Apart from being wealthy, they all used to suffer from depression.

One might think that famous and rich people are automatically happy, enjoying the good life. But they are no different from everyday people when it comes to depression. In fact, they are often more susceptible to depression due to high levels of stress.

Some reach for the bottle, and others take pills, but the ones I’m interested in go the natural route.

Let’s look at Jim Carrey for example. Famous for playing silly movie characters, this comedian always appeared to be quite happy and carefree. But what the public didn’t know was that Carrey had been depressed ever since his teenage years. Behind the funny face, he was a very sad man.

In interviews he openly spoke about his bouts of depression and how he dealt with them. After taking Prozac for a long time, he realized that drugging himself was not going to be a long-term solution.

So how did Carrey overcome depression? According to him, spirituality played an important role along with avoiding any kinds of drugs (including even stimulants such as coffee) and eating a healthy diet.

His message is simple: “It all comes down to the same thing. You’re in a loving place or you’re in an unloving place.” He consciously chooses to foster positive thoughts on a daily basis, and it seems to be working well for him.

Feeling Suicidal? Drink Coffee!


coffee helps suicidal depressed people

So you feel really depressed right now and want to take your life? Have some coffee first! It might just save you.

It reads like a joke, but it’s actually true. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found out that drinking 2-4 cups of coffee a day (equal to 400 mg of caffeine/day) reduces the risk of suicide by about 50%.

Apparently, caffeine helps to stimulate the central nervous system, while at the same time acting as a mild antidepressant.

This makes me wonder whether Starbucks customers are generally happier than the non-coffee drinking population…

– Drinking Coffee May Reduce Risk of Suicide in Adults