9 Steps to Turn off the Autopilot and Start Living Your Dreams

Attractive couple together on meadowEDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest post by Alex Fayle of SomedaySyndrome.com.

When you go to sleep each night, do you nod off content with what you have accomplished? Are you even aware what you did, or are your days full of just getting by?

If the latter, you are likely living on autopilot, letting the world decide your actions for you. When you live on autopilot, you don’t make active choices and you follow through on expectations without ever stopping and thinking about what really matters to you and what would make you go to sleep at night fulfilled by the actions of the day.

To turn off the autopilot you need to start making choices and that starts with deciding what you really want out of life. While that might sound like a daunting task, if you take it step by step you can not only figure out your dreams, but achieve them too.

Here are nine ways to figure out your dreams, turn off the autopilot and start living the life you really want. [Read more...]

12 Ways To Get Your Motivational Groove Back

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Ever have those days where you’re sitting on the couch with the TV remote in your hand going over the same tired channels again and again while you’re thinking, “Okay, I really need to get motivated!”? Has your life fallen into an endless routine of sameness where one day blurs into the next? Do you think about how just a few years ago, you were motivated, energized and very active but you don’t know how to get it back? [Read more...]

Living Your Passions: My Video Interview With Jun Loayza At Viralogy.com

I had the privilege to talk blogging, business and proactive living with Jun Loayza the other day on his blog Viralogy.com.  Enjoy! :-)

By the way, I’ve found Viralogy to be one of the best blogs for young entrepreneurs to learn from those who have ‘been there – done that’.  If you haven’t checked it out yet I would highly recommend it!

Eric

Business, Blogging And Becoming A Dad

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The last few weeks have been a little less than insane as I’ve been bombarded with all kinds of different life experiences and seeming to only have 23 hours a day to do it all.  I’ve enjoyed the steady flow of traffic from zenhabits as I’ve been promoting my different online ventures with Leo’s awesome blog.  I’ve been trying to maintain a level of quality with my blog posts that has kept me from just taking a quick break and tapping out an average message.  This has kept my post count quite low, but I think it’s worth it to keep my homepage packed with, as Leo calls them, ‘High Impact Posts’.  And finally, Liz birthed us a little baby boy on Tuesday, the 19th of this month.  That event shook things up well beyond normal and just past insane! [Read more...]

6 Ways To Keep Simple From Getting Complex

simplicity_profile_shotEDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest post from Leo Babauta, author of Top 25 blog Zen Habits and best-selling book, The Power of Less.

When Apple designed the beautifully simple iPod, with its minimalist interface, they must have faced a conundrum: How do you keep things simple when there are always other important features you want to add, new buttons that add so much more functionality?

In the software world, this is known as “feature creep” — new features are added and added until things are no longer simple, but complex.

In the world of simplicity, things are never as simple as they seem. Things tend to grow more complex over time — simplicity takes hard work to maintain.

How does Apple keep its minimalist interface if it wants to keep adding new features? How does the designer of a simple WordPress theme keep things simple if he wants to add new features for his users?

How do you declutter a room and keep it from getting cluttered again? How do you simplify your work routine — and keep it simple? [Read more...]

Is People Pleasing Keeping You From Pleasing The Right People?

pulling_hair_outThere’s absolutely nothing wrong with pleasing people, including ourselves.  If we’re willing to make sacrifices for the sake of another, who are we to say that’s wrong?  But the fact is, people pleasing isn’t about pleasing others, but fending off our fear of rejection.  Those of us who would consider themselves people pleasers are generally individuals who feel the need to be accepted by the world around them.  And not just a general acceptance, but that of each person they come in contact with.  And to maintain this madness, we seek to please with abandon. [Read more...]

When You Speak, Do People Listen?: Acquiring Audible Authority In A Noise Polluted Society

do_people_hear_youWho do you listen to?  I don’t mean who do you hear noise from, as we often can’t help but take in audible chatter, but I want you to think about who you actually hear.  Are there people in your life, whether it be family, friends or even those in the media, that when they open their mouth, you make sure that your ears are pealed and your mind is focused on their delivery?  What is it about these individuals that command your attention?  How is it that amongst the white noise of our over zealous society,  you are drawn to their words? [Read more...]

How To Be Successful

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How do you categorize something with the title ‘How To Be Successful’?  Do you file it under ‘Goals’?  I mean, success is all about accomplishment, right?  Or maybe you should put it under ‘Health’.  Good health, to many, is a number one priority in life.  What about ‘Relationships’?  Doesn’t a strong relationship make for a better life?

As we set out to define how to be successful and touch on what I believe makes for a successful human being, we have to keep in mind that success is truly in the eye of the beholder.  So it’s not about a specific prize, a ‘holy grail’ if you will, but the ability to successfully pursue those things in your life that bring you the greatest purpose and satisfaction. [Read more...]

How To Deal With Negative Feedback

dealing_with_negative_feedbackAs human beings, we are affected by the feedback we receive from those around us.  Whether good, bad or neutral, the words we hear and the tone in which they are seasoned, can have a powerful impact on how we feel about ourselves and how we see the world around us.  From the time we first take notice of this double edge we call the tongue, we are keenly aware of its sting as well as its ability to uplift the somber soul.

Feeling the sting of a verbal attack

I recently received an email from one of my websites that was anything but positive in nature.  I was basically told, by a total stranger that had just laid eyes on my site for the very first time, that I was a worthless piece of @#$%.  This person seemed to go to great lengths to tare me down as quickly and effectively as possible.  I had been having quite a tough week and this was just one more stone that had met its intended target. [Read more...]

The Very Best Motivational And Personal Productivity Quotes On The Planet

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This is meant to be an exhaustive list of the very best motivational and personal productivity quotes in existence.  Over time, as it builds in size, my hope this that will be a great recourse for those who need a motivational boost and/or some fresh insight into the challenges of personal productivity.  So to reach this status as the very best motivational and personal productivity quotes around, I need YOU to help in the process.  I would like for you to share with us what you believe to the the very best motivational and personal productivity quotes.  The ones that have really made a positive impact on your life. [Read more...]