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How to Truly Love Your Job

Do you put in long hours every day, struggling to succeed in your career or business?

Are you stressed out and overwhelmed by a lack of results equal to your efforts?

Do you wish you could truly love your job so that you could focus more on producing quality than quantity?

It’s no secret that people who enjoy what they do for a living do it better, do it with gusto, and just plain do it more than people who are only trying to “get by.”

Successful people find their niche in the world and produce consistent results with an invigorating passion that drives them through 12 to 18 hour work days without exhaustion or feelings of overwhelm.

If anything, the very act of working on what they enjoy gives them even more energy to keep doing it!

While others burn out and crack under pressure…

…forcing themselves through their days with little to show for their efforts…

…Successful people take home not just the financial fruits of their labor, but a deep satisfaction in the results of their work itself.

Work becomes an ongoing journey of self-actualization instead of a means to an end.

Money becomes the icing on the cake instead of the primary goal.

Unfortunately, work is becoming more of a prison for the Average Joe than a form of self-expression.

Work is something he forces himself to do in order to keep up with the mortgage payments and put food on the table.

He pumps himself up every morning with stimulants like caffeine and nicotine to force his mind and body to perform mundane tasks that don’t engage his imagination or true talents.

After the daily grind, all he wants to do is relax and unwind with beer and comfort foods.

He ends his day by numbing that nagging feeling that he isn’t achieving his true potential. He finds solace by distracting himself with the fantasy realities portrayed in his favorite television shows, or escaping into video games or other forms of mind-rotting entertainment.

I’m sure you can guess the ultimate end to this sad story. Heart disease, cancer, or any number of diseases brought on by the combination of stress and a poor diet…

An early end to a life never fully lived.

Luckily, nobody’s story has to end that way. There is a way out, and it’s as simple as making a decision.

Decide that you will begin to live your life, more and more each day, doing what you enjoy.

Use that decision as your compass for every other decision you make from this moment on, and a world of opportunities you may never have even imagined will open itself up to you.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re stuck in a dead-end job, or if you’re already doing what you enjoy but can’t seem to make ends meet by doing it.

All that matters is that you decide.

And then put every ounce of energy inside of you behind that decision.

Yes, I am describing the Law of Attraction. And it really works, but it isn’t the magical hocus-pocus nonsense you might have been led to believe.

How it really happens is like this:

  • You choose exactly what you want in your life.
  • Write it down and get as clear as with yourself as you can about it.
  • Engage all of your senses as you write.
  • Describe sights and sounds and smells.
  • Make it so crystal clear in your mind that you feel as if you’re already there.

The purpose of visualization exercises like this is to communicate the goal you desire to your subconscious mind.

Your subconscious controls your automatic beliefs, habits and actions.

So whatever goal you set for it this way, it will seek out during every waking and sleeping moment of your life.

It will focus in on opportunities you would have never noticed before…

… And it will lead you effortlessly to exactly where you want to be.

But you need to be clear with yourself about your desired destination.

Clear your mind, give it some thought, and then decide.

And if you ever feel you need a jump-start to rally your subconscious mind behind your conscious desires, you can check out our library of subliminal CDs and discover just how quickly you can change your career, and your life, with the right tools.

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Improve Your Reading Speed in as Little as 2 Minutes a Day

Who has time to read these days?

We tend to be incredibly busy, moving from one responsibility to the next, and it can be hard to find a spare moment to curl up with a book.

Trimming your activities to a more manageable commitment can help, but what if there simply isn’t any way to make more time?

Well, there’s another solution…

Learn to read faster, so you can cover more material during the short window of time available to you.

Does it take you weeks or months to finish a book? Many of us are slow readers, but fear not! You can begin improving your reading speed in as little as two minutes a day.

To read faster, you need to do two things: Increase the number of words you see in each glance, and decrease the number of times you go back to re-read material.

Increasing the number of words you see in each glance requires you to minimize saccadic movements. These are little jumps that your eyes make when you’re reading.

When you scan a line, your eyes don’t simply move across the line at an even pace. Instead, they look at a few words at a time. To increase your reading speed, your eyes need to see a few more words at a time. Where you might have made eight jumps to get across a line before, you can train yourself to make only four jumps, or three.

Practice using peripheral vision to take bigger “bites” out of lines of text, and you’ll find that in only a few minutes, you’ll start to move much more quickly through your reading.

However, blazing through words won’t do you much good unless you can actually absorb the meaning of what you’re reading. Comprehension simply takes practice. Concentrate on getting through the material quickly and “seeing” every word as you do. Then, go back and read the same material again if you didn’t understand it.

Over time, you’ll begin to comprehend on the first read-through, and you’ll be able to maintain your reading speed.

It doesn’t take long to start getting faster. If you don’t have much time to read, you owe it to yourself to do it as efficiently as possible, and using the techniques above every day will help you get started reading faster now.

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How to Stick to Your New Diet

A diet is one of the hardest resolutions to keep. After a day or two, we start to slip. We go ahead and take that extra cookie or we cheat a little when we go out to eat, and soon we lose steam and fall back into the same behaviors we had when we started the diet. Well, not quite back where we started… Failing at a diet means more than just not losing weight.

We fail and then we feel guilty.

We fail and then we eat even more.

We fail, and we fail, and we fail until failure becomes a habit.

It’s very easy to get stuck in this cycle of initiative and failure, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You can escape the cycle and start seeing results immediately… Although they might not look quite like you expect.

Let’s make sure the cycle is clear:

  1. You feel bad about yourself.
  2. You think you’ll feel better if you lost some weight.
  3. You resolve to start dieting.
  4. You begin your diet.
  5. You fail at the diet before you see results.
  6. You feel even worse about yourself.

Looks pretty dire, right? Well, take heart. It’s possible to interrupt the cycle and change your trajectory. Before you know it, you’ll start shedding pounds and feeling better about yourself simultaneously. Best of all, you’ll keep making progress long-term.

We’re going to take aim right between steps four and five in the cycle listed above. We’re going to interrupt the cycle right after you begin and right before you fail for the first time. The way we’re going to do it is by changing the definitions of failure and success.

When we set up a diet plan, it is usually pretty strict, and it starts off with a bang. Starting tonight, salad for dinner every day and no more desserts, ever, unless I’m at a wedding. Well, sure, it’s no wonder we fail! We set the bar too high, and then we’re disappointed when we fall.

So we’re going to set the bar very, very low, and we’re going to tailor our plan precisely to our capabilities. We’re going to guarantee success by making success very easy to attain. If today is Day One of our diet, we’re going to put the bathroom scale in the closet today. That’s it. If you can put the scale in the closet, you’ve been successful. Tomorrow, take a whole wheat bun from the buffet table instead of a white bun, and that’ll be your success for tomorrow. The next day, have a serving of vegetables at lunch. The next day, a little less salt on your mashed potatoes.

Now hang on just a minute, you might be saying. How am I going to lose 20 pounds by putting the scale in the closet and eating a whole wheat bun?

Well, you won’t lose weight on Day 1, and you won’t lose weight on Day 2. You might lose a little bit by the end of the first Week, but that’s really not what’s important at the beginning.

Your goal is to lose weight, but in order to do so effectively, what you really need to do is change your mind. How can you change your eating habits if your understanding of food doesn’t change?

How can you expect to keep that weight off when your diet ends, if you haven’t changed your attitude toward food?

Avoiding failure at the beginning of the diet is important, because it effectively bypasses step 5 of the cycle, where you fail and fall off the wagon. By focusing on small successes, you can keep gaining momentum day after day after day, and before you know it, you’ll start to see automatic, effortless, healthy eating habits that can be sustained long-term.

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How to Overcome Social Phobia and Meet New People

When you walk into a room, does it sometimes feel like everyone is staring at you? Does the thought of starting a conversation with a stranger make your heart pound and your palms sweat? Do you avoid social interactions and find it difficult to make friends?

You’re not alone, and there’s hope.

You can learn to overcome social anxiety and meet new people in the process.

You can become that assertive and commanding presence you admire so much.

The problem stems from a lack of self-confidence. When you walk into a crowded room, you feel like there is a spotlight shining directly on you, and it’s not a good feeling. It’s not like you’re on stage, starring in a Broadway show. It’s more like you’ve been caught doing something embarrassing. You think maybe it’s silly, but you still feel incredibly self-conscious.

There are two ways to address the problem. You can approach it cognitively (to think about it differently), or behaviorally (to change how you act).

I recommend combining the two.

To change the way you think, you need to understand that feeling self-conscious is perfectly normal. Everyone has felt self-conscious at one time or another. Every single person in the room has felt what you’re feeling, so they’ll understand if you’re a little nervous.

Another key cognitive element is acceptance of imperfection. You don’t look perfect and you don’t act perfect. You’re not the nicest person in the world, and you’re not the smartest. There are good things about you and things you’d like to change, but in the end you’re just you, and nobody can expect anything different. You can’t expect anything different from yourself. If you can accept that you’re just as perfect as everyone else (and just as flawed), you’ll immediately feel more confident.

Changing the way you think is tough, but changing the way you act can be a real challenge, especially if you’re shy or you have social anxiety. People put on their best faces in social situations, so what you tend to see in public are peoples’ shiny exteriors. You feel pressured to conform to these standards and hide your quirks, and the gap between what shows and what’s real is called anxiety.

To approach the problem behaviorally, you have to start acting like yourself. Do you tell bad jokes? Are you socially awkward? Are you a terrible dancer or a compulsive giggler? Instead of being miserable and assuming nobody will like you if you let your facade slip, start revealing your true self and then you’ll actually know who likes you (the real you!) and who doesn’t.

Have you spent any time with people who don’t hide their flaws? They’re easier to be around, because you don’t feel any pressure to be perfect in their presence. In essence, that’s what self-confidence is all about. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about accepting your flaws and letting them show.

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Attitude of Gratitude: 1 Simple Trick for a Happier Life

Happy people are more successful in their personal and professional lives than unhappy people. Feeling happy improves your immune system and increases your energy levels so that you can live life to the fullest without getting bogged down by illness and unfortunate events.

Happiness makes you more optimistic and motivates you to achieve new heights in every area of your life.

So if you ever think for one moment that you have to be successful to be happy, you’re using a backwards approach to success that will leave you spinning your wheels…

Not to worry! Here’s one simple trick you can use every morning to maintain a healthy, positive attitude of thankfulness.

When you first wake up, before you do anything else, say to yourself “Today I am grateful that …” And then fill in the blank with anything you feel even remotely happy about.

It doesn’t matter if you’re at the lowest point of your entire life and everything that could possibly go wrong has gone wrong. No matter how bad things seem, the fact that you’re still alive means there’s something that can make you feel thankful.

Maybe you’ve lost your job but you still have your health. Maybe you’ve fallen ill but you have a supportive family. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one but you have caring friends. Pick any one thing you can feel grateful for and then write it down. Keep a notepad and pen by your bed so that you can write down this one thing right away, every single morning.

That’s all there is to it!

Now maybe you’re thinking that this simple little exercise won’t do much good. It’s too easy, or too silly to make any difference.

On the contrary. I guarantee that if you start tomorrow morning and do it every morning it will change the entire direction of your life for the better. And the effects are cumulative. The more you do it, the more it works, the better things become in your life, and the more you feel like doing it.

Here’s why…

You know how when you’re driving and you look at something off the road for longer than a quick glance, and you begin to automatically drift in that direction without realizing that you are turning at all? The same thing happens mentally and emotionally on the road of life. If you find yourself focusing too long on the obstacles in your path instead of focusing on the road ahead, your subconscious mind will begin to subtly shift your thoughts, feelings, and actions in ways that move you more towards the obstacles and away from your goals.

On the other hand, if you focus on feelings of gratitude for what you already have, your subconscious move you to think, feel and behave in ways that will create even more success and positive events in your life.

When you spend the first few moments of every morning thinking about just one thing that makes you feel grateful, you will begin to feel happier in general. The happier you feel, the more outgoing and energetic you will be. You’ll make more friends and improve your existing relationships by making others happier. You’ll make better decisions, take better care of yourself, and become more successful in everything you do.