How Yoga Empowers Successful Thinking and Why Try This Practice 30

How Yoga Empowers Successful Thinking

The following article is a guest post.

The Dalai Lama once said, “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”

But where does that positive vision come from?

For many, it takes effort, daily reflection, outside encouragement, and the ability to find confidence and worth in yourself. If you want to be successful, you have to think successfully.

That is where the practice of yoga comes into play.

What is Yoga?

Yoga practice and yogic philosophy date back thousands of years to India, and most notably to the guru Patanjali who authored Yoga Sutra.

This guidebook on yogic philosophy and classical (or ‘raja’) yoga tackled the challenges and lessons of being human by sharing words of wisdom and lessons in spiritual collaboration of mind and body.

Mastering the mind, emotions, and acute self-awareness permeates through the practice of yoga and lends itself to not only physical health benefits, but mental ones too, which drive personal growth and inevitably, success.

While millennia old, yoga practice didn’t make its way into popularity in western culture until the past few decades. From spiritual ashrams to bright-lit studios with juice bars, yoga continues to evolve all over the world.

In fact, a 2016 study by Yoga Alliance revealed that almost 40 million people in the U.S. have tried or regularly practice yoga, including older adults, men, and more popularly, women.

The foundational principles of yoga include kindness, positivity, self-actualization, and a deep understanding and abidance of universal truths. Where successful thinking breeds confidence and empathy, the yogic tradition fosters an environment and practice that embraces both and motivates personal growth.

Yoga Improves Posture.

Standing tall and proud doesn’t come naturally, especially in a digital world full of slumping and slouching all day working on computers, staring down at smartphones, and watching TV.

Yoga plays an important role in guiding good posture habits by helping lengthen the spine, stretch key back, neck, and shoulder muscles, and open the chest with deep breathing.

Better posture means standing taller and feeling healthier and more confident.

Yoga Stretches Muscles.

Stiff, tense muscles translate into back pain, headaches, and general stress which can leave you feeling worn out, fatigued, and simply not your best self.

A flexible, well-oiled body that comes with routine yoga practice feels energized and pain-free and forms a breeding ground for successful thinking and proactive actions.

Yoga Strengthens Bones, Muscles & Lungs.

Want to feel more successful in your day to day living? Success is in part a reflection of your own sense of strength and wellness.

If you feel weak and worn out, your brain will have to grasp harder and harder for a sense of esteem and well being. Yoga

practice is a cardiorespiratory and strength training activity that gently and gradually helps build open bone and muscle mass as well as strengthen and boost lung capacity.

Yoga Boosts Mental Clarity.

Whether it’s the deep breathing or the meditation components, the mindfulness-cultivating practice of yoga is a huge boost to mental clarity, concentration, and self-awareness.

Reaching success in your life whether it’s at work, at home, or with a group or team requires reflection and the ability to engage in thoughtless focus (clearing your mind).

How Can I Get Started With Yoga?

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Getting started with yoga may seem like a daunting, pretzel-bending venture, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Yoga practice varies by degree of difficulty, level of motion and activity, and even temperature.

For example, gentle or restorative yoga involves gradual stretching and simple poses held for several seconds at a time while vinyasa practice incorporates more dynamic movement and dance-like poses.

Beginners, both young and old, can look for gentle, beginner’s, or senior yoga classes at nearby gyms, yoga studios, YMCA’s, or senior centers. Online tools like YogaFinder.com make it easy to search and find classes based on your location and level of difficulty.

Want to try yoga from the comfort of your own home instead? From online videos with chair yoga poses for seniors to more advanced yogic meditation techniques, digital yoga tutorials and streamed guided instruction makes it easy to practice yoga wherever you are. DoYogaWithMe.com and Youtube.com offer free, easy access to yoga instructional videos for varying degrees of difficulty.

What Else Should I Know About Trying Yoga?

Just like with any new activity, avoiding injury and honing technique is important.

In-person instruction from a well-recommended and experienced yoga teacher may benefit the more novice type of practitioner, though trying yoga on your own at home might be more accessible for you.

Either way, experts recommend never stretching or doing yoga poses through pain, and when possible, using a yoga mat.

Wear loose or flexible clothing which will allow for full range of motion, drink lots of water, and remember to settle into the mindful meditation of yoga, trying to leave your stress and worries at the door.

Yoga can play an important role in maintaining good health, but is most beneficial when practiced regularly.

Reaching success at work, with your hobbies, and even with your family, partner and friends can definitely take a cue from yoga practice which promotes self-discipline to drive your commitment and determination, self-actualization to gain perspective about your place in the world, and self-care to understand how caring for mind and body helps you live a better life and be able to care for others.

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.