Best of Let’s Reach Success in 2015

best of in 2015

I published around 220 personal development articles on the blog this year.

There are some guest posts in between, some sponsored posts, occasional updates on new books I’ve published, and podcast episodes (as of the end of November).

But most of that content consists of long, informative and passionate articles. So in terms of that, it was a productive and successful year.

Here are the top 3 ones for each month:

January

  1. What You Need to Know About Change and Developing Habits
  2. How to Feel Good About Yourself
  3. The Journey of The Individual and Why Perspective is Everything

February (published a book on Letting Go)

  1. How to Fill The Void Inside and Live a Life Full of Purpose
  2. A Great Morning Routine to Get Things Done in The Early Hours
  3. How to Find The Meaning of Life and Reach a State of Peace

March

  1. I Want to Change My Life: Where Do I Start
  2. The Philosophy of Winning and Losing (And Why It’s Better to Be a Loser)
  3. Beating Fear of Failure The Zen Way

April (published a book on Mental Habits)

  1. Zen Morning: Finding Peace in The Early Hours of The Day
  2. The Real Face of Discipline: What Is It and How to Get It
  3. How to Become a Progress Fanatic

May

  1. The Passion Test: Have You Found Your True Calling
  2. If You Feel Life Your Happiness is Slipping Away, Read This
  3. Life Skills: Why You Need to Choose Just 3 and Master Them

June

  1. The Real Measure of Intelligence (And Who Ends Up Being a Winner in The End)
  2. How to Add 2 More Hours of Productive Work to Your Day
  3. Defining What You Don’t Want in Life and The Path to The Ideal Lifestyle

July

  1. How to Have More Time: 12 Questions to Help You Double Your Productivity
  2. The Sacrifices on The Way to Success: Why Are They Necessary
  3. What to Do in The Face of Hopelessness:7 Ways to Free Yourself from It

August (published a book on Morning Pages)

  1. Writing in The Morning: How 750 Words a Day Can Change Your Life
  2. What The Nomadic Lifestyle is All About: How to Become Location Independent
  3. The Law of Expectation and Defining The Ideal Lifestyle

September (published a book on Morning routines)

  1. Here’s How We Die Every Single Day (And What to Do About It)
  2. How to Write and Publish a Self-Help Book in Less Than 30 Days
  3. The Right Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day to Exceed in Life

October

  1. How to Be a Strategist in Daily Life
  2. Why You Should Stop Trying to Reach Balance (And What to Do Instead)
  3. 5 Powerful Spiritual Development Techniques to Adopt Today for a Better Life

November (created the Let’s Reach Success Podcast)

  1. How to Turn Dreams into Goals: A 10-Step Process for Killer Results
  2. Get Up Early to Do These 5 Things and Your Life Will Change Forever
  3. Why You Should Always Have Side Projects

December (published a book on Productivity)

  1. 10 Things to do Differently This Year to Get Closer to Your Goals
  2. 5 Steps to Becoming a Lifestyle Designer
  3. The Dirty Little Secret About Discipline No One Wants You to Know

 

And here’s the best of Let’s Reach Success for 2014. I write evergreen content and you can find inspiration and practical advice in every piece, regardless of the date it was published.

So which one do you like? And what topics do you want me to write more about in 2016?

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Meditation Mentality: Why Meditation Helps Heal

Meditation Mentality: Why Meditation Helps Heal

Meditating has been a form of healing and self-care for thousands of years.

Every culture has indulged in meditation in some way, although the best-known approach stems from India and is an integral part of yoga. Yoga, meaning union or to yolk, is actually one of three Vedic paths to nirvana (or escaping the cycle of re-incarnation).

Yoga, as it’s well known in the west, is usually asana, or postures. These asanas were designed so that ancient yogis could sit in seated meditation for hours (after all, you don’t want your legs cramping up while you’re trying to meditate).

However, meditating for hours is rarely recommended. Instead, practicing mindful awareness while limiting distractions for up to 30 minutes is best. Otherwise, it’s nearly guaranteed that most westerners will get distracted.

Why does meditation heal and how can we bring it into reasonable daily practice?

Meditation is the practice of looking inward and acknowledging thoughts as they approach (they will) and sending them away.

Some light distractions, such as counting mala beads, can help. Others prefer candle gazing.

There are countless tools to meditation, and one of the most common is pranayama (breath control) which can also be common in western yoga classes.

Pranayama also comes in a wide variety. One of the most simple is three-part breathing where you practice equal parts inhale, holding, and exhaling. All of these tools are designed to increase the odds of a successful meditation practice. Remember: the goal of meditation isn’t a blank mind. That’s rarely possible, especially for prolonged periods of time. The goal is to lessen stimulation and look inward.

Meditation can help lower blood pressure because it’s a calming practice. Since high blood pressure is related to heart disease, the top killer of women in the US, that’s reason enough alone to add it into your daily rituals. Also, bear in mind that meditation doesn’t need to last 30 minutes – even one minute of mindfulness (preferably in a seated position so you don’t slip into a nap) can be beneficial.

Many addicts say meditation was a key part of their recovery.

It can help redirect the mind as is known as a means of easing cravings and dangerous habits. It takes regular practice of any habit, good or bad, for it to form (some say 30 days or another arbitrary number, but it can vary by weeks based on the person).

When pursuing refuge recovery, meditation can be a powerful tool for coping and taking control of one’s life.

Meditation is a stress relief tool, which is critical as many westerners are highly stressed and working around the clock. This can lead to breakouts, anxiety and depression, and a host of mental and physical conditions.

Most people can’t “check out” of modern society, but implementing some ancient tools of self-care can be a great option. Find out what meditation can do for you, and keep in mind you may need to try a few strategies before finding the right fit.