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Zen is the way to inner knowledge, understanding the self and the nature of everything. It’s pure awareness.

It is when you realize that things are perfect just the way they are. It is when you start to feel joy and contentment in doing the same old things you’ve always been doing, with no changes in your outer world but a change in the mindset and perspective.

It’s a lifestyle dedicated to mindfulness, simplifying and appreciation. And once you give it a try and become a little more zen, you will see everything as you’ve never seen it before.
You’ll find purpose, meaning, pleasure and understanding.

I think everyone can benefit from being a little more zen-like.

In the list below I’ve summarized the general points of this philosophy together with Minimalism. I did it simply because the two ways of living connect on so many levels and when combined, form something even more beautiful, practical and simple.

I used the alphabet as a model to help me think of more of what zen represents. And I believe that if you do, stop doing and change the way you do certain things, you can find the peaceful and contented state of mind you’ve always been searching for and thus live simply and happily, to eliminate stress, effort and complexity once and for all.

All Things Zen


Appreciate what you have.
Awaken is the state you’re trying to reach.
Avoid distractions.
Accept the world as it is.
Adapt easily.


Be yourself.
Beware of your own desires, fears and doubts.
Become a better person.
Break free from everything that’s holding you back.


Cook simply.
Consume less.
Cut down on all processed foods.
Cultivate your energy.
Calm down.
Care for every being on the planet.
Consciously live each day.
Choose less.
Concentrate on the essential.
Connect with nature.


Do good.
Draw lessons.
Devote your time to meaningful activities.
Decide deliberately.
Discover your potential.
Delete the negative version of yourself in your mind.
Don’t compare yourself to others.


Express compassion.
Eat clean.
Enjoy life.
Experience every moment.
Embrace insecurity.
Empty your mind.
Expect nothing.
Easy is how everything should be.
Eliminate the unnecessary.


Free yourself from the burden of past.
Fear is an illusion.
Forget what is not important.
Find your passion.


Grow spiritually.
Go with the flow.
Give up all excuses.
Go vegetarian.


Help those in need.
Happiness comes from within.


Inner peace.
Ignore the inessential.
It’s okay not to know everything.


Judge no one.


Keep relationships simple.
Kill your desires and fake needs.


Let go.
Love yourself.
Liberate yourself from negative emotions.
Listen more.
Leave behind the things that only waste your time.


Move on.
Manifest plainness.
Make peace with yourself.


Need less and you will want less.
No blame, guilt, reasoning or argument.
Notice your thoughts and reactions and be aware of them.
Now is the right time for everything.


Organize your time.
Omit needless things.


Pause every now and then.
Present is where you need to be.
Pay attention to what you do, think and say.


Quality over quantity.
Quit being in a rush.


Reduce selfishness.
Reclaim your time.
Rely on no other person but yourself.
Rid yourself of excess stuff.
Rethink your purpose.
Remind yourself daily of what you have.
Resist temptations.
Realize where you are and where you’re going.
Reflect on your life.


Slow down.
Stay present to your thoughts.
Savor your food.
Strengthen your will.
See the beauty in little things.
Share what you have.
Spend time contemplating.


Trust your instincts.
Take time.
Turn off the autopilot and live consciously.
Take responsibility for your actions.


Use your mind.
Understand silence.


Value the people you have in your life.


Worries are pointless.
Wisdom comes from self-realization.
What you think, you become.


X-ray vision for the good and the beauty around you.


You are the only one you need to impress, conquer and make peace with.


Zen is everywhere and in everything.

I’d love to hear your suggestions. What can you add to the list? What else is Zen for you?

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.


As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

How to Win The 9-to-5 Battle by Staying Healthy at Work

It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.