Meditation ~ from depression to love.

I had always been too impatient to try meditation. Sitting around contorted, not doing anything? Not my idea of fun. Until a few years ago, something changed my mind.

I was at a point in my life where things were going downhill in every way – especially emotionally. Being a voracious reader, I had tried everything that I could get my mitts on, including the Tony Robbins course etc. but nothing really worked. They chipped away very slowly, but I was on a fast decline, rapidly spiralling into a deep depression.

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If you had your own personal oracle which you could ask any question and get an accurate answer with concrete plans, would you use it? Of course you would! Well, are you using it? You do have an oracle, and it is called your intuition.

Intuitive inspiration is what has guided countless successful people to the realization of their goals. Inventors and artists such as Thomas Edison and Leonardo Da Vinci developed techniques to call upon their genius minds to create completely new ideas and turn them into reality.

While we might not all be geniuses like them, we each possess within us the key to what Napoleon Hill called Infinite Intelligence, the source of all ideas, the universal mind, or quantum field.

Where to Begin

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Are there things you’d like to get done around the house, office, or yard if you only had the time? I learnt a simple technique to de-clutter the mind that spurred me to get things done and even inspired me to take more action in my life outside these areas.

I first heard of this technique from Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books. He calls this exercise the “Irritations list.” Very simple idea that has two very powerful consequences.

But first, here’s what’s involved in the technique: [continue reading…]

You’re probably familiar with the concept of the Vision Board, especially if you’ve seen “The Secret” DVD or follow teachers like Jack Canfield and John Assaraf. If not, a VB is a collage of photos, magazine clippings of images pinned to a cork-board, that represents what you want to be, do and have. Perhaps you are already using one to remind yourself of the goals and dreams you are aiming for.

I’ve had a few boards over the last couple of years, and needed to update them often. I’ve quickly gotten what was pinned on the board, or achieved what the picture represented.

Here’s a super-quick tip to enhance the effectiveness of your VB ten-fold: [continue reading…]

Or, How I Built my Passion into my Business

[Update September 3rd, 2019: A lot has changed online since I originally published this article. It’s a fascinating insight into the history of the web, and my relationship to it. I’m grateful for the lessons I learned, and some of the foundational ones are still valid today! Though I no longer recommend SBI.]

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Want to know the most effective self improvement advice that lies at the heart of all success?

Here it is, and it’s the biggie. I’m going to give you the real secret to personal growth right up front. No mumbo jumbo, no products to buy, just the facts ma’am.

Focus on what you want. Keep your mind off what you don’t want.

Sounds simple. That’s because it issimple. But here’s why it’s important: 99% of people focus on what they don’t want, or on what they want to avoid, and this focusing is done unconsciously.

Why is it important to focus on what you want?
What’s wrong with just letting my mind wander like it usually does?

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The time is Now to learn how to meditate. The following is a very simple technique that you can use to rapidly expand your awareness and get in touch with your own inner peace, happiness and outer success.

It’s only one of many techniques, but it’s easy, takes very little time, and is thoroughly enjoyable. [continue reading…]

The subject of positive affirmations came up a lot when I started studying personal development back in my late teens. An affirmation is a sentence stated in the present tense, about an attribute you would like to possess, a habit you’d like to adopt, or an experience you’d like to have. In order for it to be effective, you must visualize, inject emotion into the recitation, and feel the feelings of actually having that which you’re after.

So, I decided to give it a go. For over a year and a half, I spent 20 minutes a day reciting what I called my “mandate,” a beautifully written collection of my favorite positive affirmations that stated how happy and successful I was. Some mornings I felt pretty good: I began to stand up straighter and my voice became more confident.

But as time went on, the passion for it faded. Instead, the words lost their power, as I recited the meaningless string of words by rote. With every word I spoke, I felt the falseness of it. After all, I wasn’t happy and I certainly wasn’t successful. In truth, I was depressed and frustrated. I was kidding myself! Positive affirmations had failed.

So why is it that some people (mainly those who profit from the self-help books we buy) report such success from positive affirmations, while the rest of us talk the talk but fail to walk the affirmation walk? The answer is [continue reading…]