5 Thoughts and Ideas on My Mind This Week 141

thoughts and ideas on my mind

This type of posts is inspired by Tim Ferriss’ 5-Bullet Friday. That’s an email he sends to subscribers every Friday with a list of the things he enjoyed and did during the week (an article he read, a useful purchase he made, something interesting he watched and so on). I like it a lot and find it inspiring and helpful. And considering that I’m reading, thinking about and trying to improve different things every week, I decided to do the same.
It’s published on Sunday. You can read all similar posts here.

Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

I’ve been fascinated by that for a long time now.

I love the passion one can see in the eyes of people like Elon Musk, Zuck, Jack Dorsey, Tim Ferriss and every other startup founder or purpose-oriented and creative CEO of a top company.

And reading about the things that inspire them and motivate them to take action and analyzing their behaviors and daily rituals, really helps me do something about my life too.
There’s a lot we can learn from people like these.

And if we’re stuck in life, or don’t really believe we can reach greatness in some field or area of life, checking out their story and what they did differently is worth it.

I’m also writing about that more now and you’ll see posts on such topics on the blog more often. I cover the life lessons we can learn from those top entrepreneurs, what made them who they are today, how their mornings and evenings look like, and much more.

I’m a big believer in the fact that if others can do it, me and you can do it too.
And proven techniques of those who’ve already achieved what you’re after in life can help a lot.

Waking Up Early

It seems to be a recurring theme when I read about and listen to interviews of some of the most famous, productive, passionate and successful people of today.

My latest podcast episode is about that. This post went pretty viral in StumbleUpon too.

I’ve been reading and writing about morning routines for a long time now, and will keep doing it.
But if there’s one thing all people I look up to have in common, it’s getting up early. And – more importantly – doing it because they want to, not because they have to.

Having a purpose also gives you a reason to wake up and get to work right away. And to enjoy every minute of it.

Superfoods

I’ve always struggled with taking control of my eating habits. And still do.

But I’m often thinking about the quality of the food we eat as a more crucial factor than quantity, time of eating, etc.

I believe anyone can live a better, healthier lifestyle by choosing super foods over the rest.

If we think about it for a while, we already know what these foods are. Although there are some we don’t usually hear about in daily life and it’s worth checking them out.

But writing down a list of the most important ones and looking at it before every meal, can improve the quality of your life in the long-term.
If you can’t think of more than 10 now, here’s a list of 52.

I’ll be working on making them a permanent part of my life and will slowly let them replace anything else I tend to eat that’s not very healthy.

Study your successes, you’ll learn more.

I do believe in the power of being able to accept your failures, think about what doesn’t work and try something else next time, and learning from your mistakes.

But most often we tend to overthink the things we did wrong and let that prevent us from succeeding.

So it’s worth analyzing your successes. We all have them, even little wins in daily life can be considered a success. And we should take that, analyze why it happened, and try to replicate it.

You can’t escape your comfort zone, you can just replace it with a better alternative.

I wrote a post about that, which I’ll publish soon actually.

You all know how your comfort zone looks like, and know that it’s best to break free from it, whether you’re doing something to make that happen or not.

But truth is, once we do that we just find something else that gives us comfort. And create a new comfort zone.

If you’ve always stayed at one place, for instance, and finally managed to get out there and travel to another place for a month or so, you then feel such freedom that you want to do it again. And if there’s nothing holding you back, you can even travel the world, move to another place, or become location independent and start working remotely.

In this case, traveling becomes your comfort zone. You can’t stay at one place anymore.

And that’s not bad, of course. It means you’ve done something different, are currently doing what you love, unleashing your potential and enjoying life more. But you start feeling comfortable again. And if you don’t stop doing it every now and then, you become weak (just like you were when you lived a life without traveling and even the thought of it scared you).

So what’s the solution?

First, be aware of that. Know when you’re leaving one comfort zone and entering another. Self-analysis is a powerful tool at every step of your journey.
Second, do something new, different, scary and uncomfortable whenever you have the chance.

And if all that makes you wonder why bother escaping your current comfort zone at all, I’ll answer it this way: it’s all about personal and spiritual growth and learning.
And we learn and grow by challenging ourselves, trying new things and putting ourselves in uncomfortable situations.

So what do you think (about any of the 5 things I just discussed)? What have you been thinking about and what inspired you this week?

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Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women’s Health 12

Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women's Health

If you’re confused about what food are good for you today, but bad for you tomorrow, you’re not alone.

Take fat, for example. One day, all fats are bad. Then we’re told we need healthy fats. Another day, the perception of what’s considered ‘healthy’ fat is under scrutiny. Here’s the skinny on saturated fat.

The Truth About Saturated Fat

Just a few decades ago, fat was the enemy, especially saturated fat as found in butter and other animal-based food products. They’re the kind of fats that solidify at room temperature, which is due to their atomic makeup; the carbon cells are completely covered, or saturated, by the hydrogen cells.

Foods that contain saturated fats include:

– Red meat
– Eggs
– Cheese and other dairy products
– Poultry
– Pork
– Palm and coconut oil

Saturated fat was thought to cause high cholesterol and ailments like heart disease. However, new research has shown that a diet that includes saturated fat and reduces carbohydrates actually has the opposite effect, especially in women over the age of 50. This has led to the rise of low carb and paleo diets.

The benefits of saturated fat has been studied by researchers, dietitians and journalists like Nina Teicholz, whose book, The Big Fat Surprise, summarizes nine years of research on the subject of saturated fat and women’s health.

The conclusions reached by many who’ve viewed the data are that there is no conclusive evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease or obesity when eaten as part of a balanced diet. In fact, over the period between the first recommendations by the American Heart Association demonizing fat in 1961 and now, heart disease, obesity and related conditions have increased.

How Did Saturated Fat Become the Enemy?

The big turning point came after the release of the so-called “Seven Countries” study conducted by Ancel Keys. This research – and false conclusions – looked at diets around the world. Keys determined that the seven countries with the highest rate of heart disease also consumed the highest amounts of saturated fat.

What the study overlooked, and what turned out to be the real cause of adverse health effects, was that people in these countries also ate the highest amounts of processed carbohydrates and sugar. The problem was that Keys went in with a hypothesis about the correlation between fat consumption and heart disease, and rejected any findings that didn’t support his theories.

What’s it All Mean?

We’re not suggesting that fat doesn’t raise cholesterol, which is a contributing factor in heart disease. However, certain kinds of cholesterol are beneficial, even necessary, to good health.

Adding modest amounts of saturated fat and reducing sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption increases the HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol. The trick is to choose the right kinds of saturated fats, not deprivation.

Food With Beneficial Saturated Fat

The right levels of saturated fat in your diet allows you to enjoy eating again. Food tastes better and is more filling, which means less temptation to binge and less over-eating. Choose saturated fat from healthier foods like coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, and grass-fed beef over grain-fed.

If you’ve been depriving yourself and avoiding ‘real’ foods like red meat, cheese and butter, this is good news. The best diet for anyone is one that uses moderation without necessarily excluding entire food groups.