Successful Living 101: How to Lead a More Productive, Positive Life 62

Why 15 Minutes of Daily Meditation May Be All You Need

The following article is a guest post.

It’s safe to say that many if not most people want to lead profoundly successful lives.

Whether success is defined in terms of things like economic growth, the development of mutually productive relationships, or positively contributing to the creation of sustainable communities, there are strategies that can be implemented to increase the likelihood that you can realize your dream of success.

Here are some of them:

1. Set Your Intent For The Day When You Wake Up.

One of the reasons that people don’t optimize their level of success is because they maintain a disorganized, “go with the flow” mentality.

Note that this mentality doesn’t refer to retaining an open-minded approach to life. Rather, it involves having no plan at all.

If this is your approach to life, note that you’re setting yourself up for other people and various external forces to dictate the shape and scope of your existence. If you’d rather use your own mind and will to determine what your daily life will be like, it’s time to start setting your intent for your day when you wake up.

Setting your intent can involve anything from a ten minute meditation to the creation of a to do list which outlines the three activities you must complete in order to genuinely, accurately state that your day was successful.

Another strategy you might implement to set your intent for the day is creating SMART goals. Note that your goal is SMART when it is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Specific.

2. Pursue Vocational Progress.

The typical American work week can include anywhere from 40-80 hours. In recognizing that people spend roughly one third of their lives on the job, it’s immensely important to ensure that this realm is one through which you’re experiencing profound, ongoing growth. As such, individuals who are interested in cultivating a life of success and progress should start thinking about what they can do to move forward in their career.

One of the best ways to pursue vocational progress is by engaging in ongoing educational courses. These courses will provide you with the knowledge, experiences, and skills that qualify you to take on more assignments while also increasing your likelihood of attaining promotions.

Your personal growth will transpire when these things happen as you learn to think and act in new ways while positively contributing to the development of your company.

3. Get Into Exercise.


Unfortunately, we live in a world where sedentary living is a norm.

Individuals might be sedentary due to the type of job they have, lack of will power, fear of exercising in front of others, or bodily limitations. But none of these realities should function as an excuse not to work out.

Rather, people need to figure out which strategies and lifestyle changes they can implement to make exercise an integral element of their life. Taking this step will ensure that they can attain life-giving benefits like greater cardiovascular health, more energy, mental clarity, body confidence, boosted immunity, and much more.

One form of exercise that you may want to consider engaging in for the purpose of attaining the aforementioned health benefits is yoga. Note that there are many health experts who can provide you with guidance and information regarding how to use this exercise modality as a medium through which to look good and feel great. One of them is Ilchi Lee. Note that Ilchi Lee Yoga books and other materials are available through mediums such as Amazon.


If you’re ready to lead the most productive, positive life possible, note that success won’t just happen. Rather, you’ll need to operate in a strategic way to overcome the cultural norms of mediocrity and stagnation. Use some or all of the three strategies outlined above to start your journey into success optimization immediately!

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The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success 4

The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success

In today’s world, most jobs are demanding both physically and mentally. Competition is not always based on the best resume, education, or experience. Having the upper hand in your profession is most likely linked to your ability to think quickly, act appropriately, and carry out difficult duties with the utmost quality.

You need to be able to bring something new, different, and maybe even better to the table. So, how can you get the edge? How can you maximize your professional potential and output?

Believe it or not, the answer to that question might be found outside the workplace. It may be what you do when you are not at work that makes the difference in your work. What is it? EXERCISE, that’s what!

Replace Some Screen Time or Other Time Wasters.

Everyone needs to take a break from the workday. Television, gaming, social media, and video-viewing are what we often go to for this.

Try replacing some of your downtime with exercise, or trying exercising while you are in front of the screen. Exercising instead of sitting will not only help relieve some stress from your day but also help release some built up tension so you can actually rest better at night, helping you be better prepared for the next work day.

Exercising a few hours before bedtime elevates your body temperature. When your body temperature returns to normal, your brain and body are ready to sleep.

Exercise Sharpens Your Thinking.

It is a fact that as we age, our cognitive abilities decline.

While researchers may not have found the cure for dementia-related disorders, they do know that exercise helps delay onset or slow down its progression. Exercising during the years of 25 – 45 can boost the brain chemicals that prevent shrinking of the brain. It has also been shown to create new brain cells and increase proteins found in the brain that help keep thinking skills sharp.

Exercise Reduces Sick Time.

Exercise improves general health functioning and helps build your immunity to illnesses.

It has also been shown to increase our ability to think and work under stress, rather than giving in to the stress and being more susceptible to illness.

This keeps you reporting to work on a regular basis, and taking less sick days. The more you are at work, the more productive you are, and the more your employer values you.

Working Out Increases Your Stamina.

Long work days can leave you drained and listless. If you know you are facing long meetings, strenuous work sessions, or overtime for increased production demands, you can prepare to meet these challenges head-on.

As you exercise, over time your stamina will be able to withstand longer and more strenuous workouts. It also translates into helping you stay sharp during those long, arduous workdays.

Yes, How You Look Does Count.

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While it may never be mentioned, your appearance is noticed by employers, co-workers, interviewers, etc. You do not necessarily need to look like a buff bodybuilder, but having a svelte, strong appearance is a benefit.

Other’s first perception of you is of great importance. Think about interviewing prospective employees. Honestly consider the impact of their first impression on their employment outlook. Healthy looking is definitely a check in the “yes” column.

Energy levels are also higher when you are exercising regularly, and your energy is part of how you are perceived overall. When you start to feel better about yourself, you begin to present a more positive image to your coworkers.

It Boosts Your Confidence.

When you have conquered a goal in your exercise plan, like being able to run an entire mile instead of having to stop and walk some, you know you have accomplished something. You are on your way to bigger and better goals.

There may have been times along the way that you felt like that milestone would never come, but here it is. You feel proud and motivated to keep working toward your next goal. You see the fruits of your labor. You are energized and begin to feel better about yourself overall.

You begin to feel a sense of accomplishment that does not leave when you exit the gym doors. You carry that as a boost in your confidence as you go into work.

Bring the Habits of Exercise to Work.

What else do you learn through exercise? Goal setting, resilience, perseverance, learning new things, taking chances, organizing and managing your time, just to name a few. These are great skills to boost your performance at work, too.

You begin to realize that you can take what you have learned through setting up and sticking with an exercise plan to the workplace. You can use all these skills in your career. As you do, you will become more confident and thus, more effective in your daily tasks.

All of these are learned by starting, committing to, and following through with a fitness plan, and can become more of a life plan.

If you are looking for a job, being physically fit might not get you the job, but it will definitely help your chances. Your first impression is incredibly important, so do not brush off exercise and fitness lightly.

Exercise has so many benefits like sharpening thinking, building stamina, increasing energy, reducing negative effects of stress, building immunity, and boosting self-confidence. This can really help you in your professional success.

The benefits extend beyond your exercise time.

They stay with you day in and day out. If you are not currently exercising regularly, just start today, doing something small. Some sit-ups in front of the television, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, cleaning up your diet, or increasing your walking pace as you move around the office are good ways to get started. You will feel the benefits, even with these small steps.