J.K. Rowling, the English author who became famous with her Harry Potter book series, said:
This leads us to think about the importance of failing, because this means that you are daring to do something, and as much as a failure hurts, it’s an important part of life, it means you are living, that you are learning, that you are trying to do something, it means that you dare, you act, that you not only dream but that you do something about it.
Personally, I have failed many times and they haven’t necessarily been small failures, some have been big and have hurt more than even I realized at the time. I am talking about personal, professional, financial and even failures regarding my health, but all these failures have taught me something, from not repeating them...
Many times we complain that there’s not enough hours in a day to do everything we’d like to do or what’s on our To Do list. But there’s a little secret that will help you feel very good throughout the day and that will help you achieve much more than what you are accomplishing right now. This secret is, get up 30 minutes earlier.
Some of us have to set 5 or more alarms to be able to wake up and start doing our morning activities. This is a sign that we have to make some changes to our routine to better take advantage of our mornings and to be more productive.
For many people, the early hours of the day tend to be the most productive, or of high efficiency. It’s important to dedicate them to activities that will bring you greater benefits throughout the day. There are not that many interruptions, it is easier to concentrate, and they allow you to do things that once the day really gets going and the flood of urgent and...
Have you ever consciously done your to-do list, either in writing or in your head, and you realize that there are more things to do in a day that are humanly possible to get done? If you responded affirmatively, we understand, and would like you to know that we’ve gone through it ourselves, as a solution, we set only 3 mandatory goals per day. Yes, only 3.
These goals must have certain characteristics:
#1 They must be do-able; what does that mean? That at first glance, we don’t see any setbacks that will frustrate us or our goal: for example, if you need to do an outside activity, let’s say, plant a tree, but there is heavy rain in the forecast or it is raining already, well, that’s an activity that we will not be able to complete. Better look for activities that won’t be affected if external factors won’t cooperate.
#2 They must be aligned with your life goal; we have talked about this several times and it is vitally important, if the activities...
It’s probably happened to you, your goal is to do a project or to accomplish something you’ve always dreamed of, but after a while you feel stuck looking for perfection and you put it aside because you have to have everything done perfectly each step of the way. And if this happened to you, you probably stopped working on the project and it’s still not finished! What is better, to keep working on it even if it’s not perfect, or to have everything done to perfection before going on?
Some goals can be vague, or so large that we don’t know where to start. We may feel overwhelmed and feel like we don’t have the time or the resources to achieve them, or it may be that we are adopting someone else’s dreams and goals and that they are not what we really want, or that we are not willing to begin because we are afraid we will fail. But as human beings we are imperfect and that is what makes us unique.
Perfection should never be our...
In our courses and talks we have mentioned how important it is to have a vision, an objective, a dream, since these are one of the keys to achieve success. Human beings need a focus, something to work towards, a vision that excites us. It’s the perfect motivator. Without it, our lives seem not to make sense and we feel stuck.
However, as with everything, when taken to the extreme it could generate a stressful situation and therefore lead to a lack of focus. Concentrating only on the final objective can make your brain abandon the excitement of the current moment and forget to enjoy the process.
When the final objective turns into the main objective, a situation develops where we don’t feel happy with the place we currently find ourselves in, we want to reach that goal, whatever the cost; we don’t feel satisfied where we are right now, we want to be “there”. It is a reinforcement for our subconscious mind that we feel we are...
We all have different goals and objectives in life, many of them fill us with excitement and keep us motivated, and there are others we are not so enthusiastic about, but we know they are for our own good. Everything is quite easy at the beginning since we find ourselves motivated, but little by little you start having doubts and negative thoughts get into our head and we start getting off track and another month goes by without having finished what we had wanted to do so much. There are many reasons why we fail, but in almost all cases the reasons we have are really excuses.
The 4 main excuses we give for not achieving our goals are:
“I don’t know how”
“I don’t have money”
“I don’t have time”
You’re probably identifying with more than one of them right now, and can remember a time when you used each one of them. This is completely normal and it’s happened to most of...
Vacations were made to rest!, That’s the phrase we all tell ourselves the second our last day of work ends, just before we go on vacation, and we really meant it, until we get home and realize that our days off won’t be as restful as we thought, but guess what? We CAN plan how our vacation will be.
Many of us use our days off to catch up on the 8,000,000 things we have to do besides our jobs, and when that short period of time when we are off ends, we are more tired than before we went on “vacation”. In order to avoid that, we must be more productive and clearly note the difference between what you want to do, what you have to do, and what you are able to do.
#1 The reality: Make a list of everything that you have to do and everything that you want to do, writing down our to-do list will helps us visually realize the magnitude of what we intend to do and will help us make better decisions....
Current technology has brought us many benefits like access to information from almost anywhere in the world where we have access to the internet and from devices that fit in the palm of our hands. Another benefit that we have is the rapid communication with an unimaginable number of people around the world. This technological change impacts both people as well as companies, to be close to their loved ones or their clients.
Social networks are a very powerful tool to get closer to people that are far away and to be able to share messages on a scale that was deemed impossible just a short time ago. Many companies and personal brands take advantage of this technology every day to get closer to potential clients and to access audiences that were difficult to reach in the past. The main problem of social media is that most of us spend too much time looking at our friends and relatives that are far away and neglect the people that are near.
We must learn to use...
Teaching your children by example is the most effective way to teach. Children and youths maybe won’t remember what you told them, it is said that actions speak louder than words, they learn very well from the things we do, good or bad, and especially from those we do with consistency.
Setting a good example is one of the best tools a parent has to educate his children. Sigmund Freud bases part of his theory on the fact that childhood determines life as an adult. The first years of life are vital for the development of your child, therefore it is important that you know that, since the moment they’re born, children start learning. Do you know what the first learning technique is that they use? Observation. They look at each step you take, they imitate your actions and follow your movements.
Children are like sponges, they’re pure, they arrive in the world with the thirst to learn. They have a spotless heart which...
It’s a fact of life that in big cities and because of constant changes in our lives we have to constantly commute from one place to another, be it in a car, public transportation, planes, trains, or buses. The time we invest in moving from place to place either for business or pleasure is always getting longer and most people consider all that travel time as lost time and end up wasting it.
What can I do?
There are many ways to use all that time for our benefit, here we will talk about some of them and about some tips that will help us make the most of each minute.
An excellent use of the commute is to keep ourselves up to date with books that will support your development or that count as continuing education. Whether you prefer to hold a physical book or to listen to an audio book, either one will offer you an excellent opportunity to continue learning about subjects that interest you while you commute from place to place, the advantage of audio books is that you...