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You're reading 10 Tricks To Break Down Dilemmas and Make Better Decisions, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

      There is an old saying that hindsight is twenty-twenty. It is easy to look at decisions people make and talk about how good it was or how the decision could have been better. It is much harder to know before someone makes the decision whether it is the right one or not. People who make good decisions on a consistent basis are the ones that succeed in life and business. The people that make poor decisions are the ones that are always trying to fix the problems they created. Most people would rather be the ones that make good decisions. There are a few tricks that can help a person accomplish this. It is possible to learn how to make better choices. Tackling a Problem
  • Trick 1–The first trick a person can use to make better decisions is consider how they look at the problems or dilemmas that they face. Many people try to take on a problem in its entirety. They want to solve all the issues surrounding the problem at one time. They make a decision that they think will fix everything, but it ends up failing because they overlook parts of the problem.
Instead of taking on a decision by looking at...

You're reading How Stress Damages Your Health, plus Ways to Build Up Your Resilience, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

"The human capacity for burden is like bamboo - far more flexible than you'd ever believe at first glance." - Jodi Picoult

The life I live often results in hearing things like "I could never do [that]" or "I don't know how you [do it]." My response is typically a laugh followed by something like, "I don't know how I do it either."

As my focus for my blog and business have become clearer, I've been thinking a lot about relaying to my readers how I actually did it. How do I cope with being a stay-at-home mom even though I have a college education? How do I manage moving frequently and the burden it places on my family? How do I prioritize my life to avoid neglecting one area? How am I able to find time for myself when there are always a million things to do?

How, how, how.

Firstly, I'm human just like you and I do what I think many people do: try one thing and if that fails, try something else. There isn't a handbook for navigating through life's inevitable stresses (like how there isn't a master bible on how to parent). We sort of just have to stumble our...

You're reading Self-Assessing Your Degree of Mindfulness, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Mindfulness is a wonderful practice for everyone to participate in. Anyone can practice mindfulness during waking hours, regardless of surroundings. Sitting in silence for five minutes on a daily basis has been shown to have significant effects on lowering the stress hormone cortisol. The process can relieve stress, relax the body, and eliminate anxiety. Although extremely useful in treating addiction, the everyday practice of mindfulness can be beneficial to anyone and everyone.

Examples of Mindfulness in Your Daily Life

Mindfulness practice is the art of being present in your thoughts and working to control them. The intent is to become fully present in your life, regardless of your surroundings or activities. This can be accomplished by becoming fully aware of thought processes and suspension of judgment.

One example of mindfulness is meditation. While the thought of meditation may be horrifying to some, it’s just the process of being alone and aware of your thoughts. It doesn’t require a teacher or an obscure yoga pose. Simply sitting alone and relaxing, you can slowly become aware of your thoughts. If your mind wanders, you can bring it back to another appropriate thought.

Another example of mindfulness in everyday life is simply being present. As you’re washing dishes, don’t think about tomorrow’s to-do list. Instead,...

You're reading 5 Sanskrit Mantras to Get You Through Any Challenge, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Summary: Discover five amazing Sanskrit mantras for invoking happiness, peace, prosperity, love, and divine and know how to recharge from within just like that!

Caught in a thorny moment and it’s wearing you out? Yoga would certainly ask to look within for power rather than searching for external stimuli. And, a profound way to harness inner strength is through mantra meditation. The ancient language of Sanskrit in which mantras are embedded has a vibratory quality so deep that the resonance even from their mental utterance can strike in the yawning pits of one’s subconscious, igniting will power and positive intentions. This quality in the Mantra Meditation technique is maximized through repetitive patterns to cut out distractions and cultivate mindfulness.

Traditionally, Mantra Meditation has been sought through utterances in the sonorous medium of Sanskrit language. However, there is no bar to meditate upon something of your linguistic choosing as long as the sounding strikes a chord with you.

Start with these simple Sanskrit incantations for invoking happiness, peace, prosperity, love, and divine—

 Chant Om Paraanandaaya Namaha for Happiness

Uttering this heartening mantra will remind you how your natural state is of joy. Before so many conflicting thoughts, judgments,...

You're reading 3 Awesome Things Financial Freedom Gives You, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

What do you think of when you see the words “financial freedom”? A positive cashflow where you’re free from living paycheck to paycheck? Taking unpaid time off from work, knowing you’ve already have your expenses covered? A year’s worth of cash reserves in case you decide to walk away from your job? Maybe it’s something more mundane like going out with friends once a week.

Whatever it is, when you dig deep down and really look at your reasons for wanting financial freedom, you’ll discover it was not about the money. It never is.

Rather, it’s about what having the money represents.

Walk Away From Abusive Relationships

When you have financial freedom, you realize you don’t have to take other people’s bad attitudes anymore, be they familial, intimate, friendly, or work-related.

Let’s say a coworker accuses you of not setting your priorities right and not doing your job, even though you were never asked to do whatever he’s accusing you of failing to do.

With financial freedom, you can just want away from that conversation when he starts to get verbally abusive. Who cares what he thinks? Who cares what your manager thinks? The thing is having a cash reserve builds up your self-esteem and self-image.

Whereas before you might have sat there...

You're reading Gratitude is the Most Powerful Way to Live Your Best Life: My Personal Journey, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

The Yellow Brick Road is Paved with Gratitude

Do you want a life you're proud of? One where your dreams come true?

Of course you do! Even I want that for you.

It isn't easy. There's no quick fix. You have to invest time, thought, and intention in every day. The good news? The path to the life you are craving only takes ten minutes a day, is fun, and simple.

The answer is a gratitude practice.

Yes, it really is that plain. By habitually showing appreciation for the people and experiences in your life, you can manifest the life you're here to live.

Building the Yellow Brick Road

You might be surprised to know there is an abundance of scientific evidence proving the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of gratitude. In fact, Berkley has an entire institute that regularly shares these benefits.

Here are some fun facts about the effects of practicing gratitude:

  1. Healthy Heart, Lower Blood Pressure (it simply feels good)
  2. Better Quality of Sleep (we can all use more of this)
  3. Feelings of Greater Generosity (everyone wins here)
  4. Stronger Immune System (so you can care for all your sick friends and family)
  5. The Experience of More Joy and Pleasure (who wouldn't love this?)
  6. Stronger Personal Relationships (adding to the...

You're reading 4 Easy But Effective Habits To Help Get You Unstuck, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Do you feel like you are reaching a fraction of your potential in life? Or maybe you feel stuck and don’t know what to change to make a difference. I was right there for years. Every day I felt like I was only scratching the surface of my potential but didn’t know how to change it.

Life had gotten stale and I felt like quicksand was pulling me down. I was tired of my job, the people I hung out with, and felt like I was settling for mediocrity.  Finally, I’d had enough. I knew there was more out there in the world other than working a 9-5, living for weekends, partying, and watching endless amounts of TV. Just before my 30th I left the cushy corporate job and decided I was no longer going to settle for anything ever again.

That was almost a year ago. Today is a very different story as I’ve changed almost everything in my life by immersing myself in personal development content.

If you want more out of life check out these four strategies and start changing your life today.

Create a Morning Routine

You're reading Why You Need A Morning Routine Even If You’re Not A Morning Person, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

You know there has to be a better way to start your mornings, but as fast as this thought comes to mind it leaves the moment you step outside. A morning routine can actually make you more productive and give you more free time to do the things you love. Here’s a blueprint from the book “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod that you can use to create a morning routine that’s unique to you and your needs. Once you adopt this habit, your life will never be the same. Creating Systems For Success Currently, you’re accustomed to waking up 30 minutes — 1 hour before starting work. Whether you’re working on your own business or for someone else, you’re currently only giving yourself enough time to prepare for work. To create a morning ritual you’ll have to start waking up 1 hour earlier. It won’t be easy but by starting small you’ll increase your chances of succeeding. Start by going to bed 30 minutes earlier than what you’re currently accustomed to. You may feel tempted to watch Netflix longer or finish some work, but you’ll need this energy to wake up earlier the next morning. Build hype for the next day. What goals will...

You're reading 4 Principles to Maximize Your Performance and Wellbeing, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Despite having all the modern comforts, very few of us can lead a productive and healthy life. No, I am not talking about just controlling your weight. Though weight loss is an essential aspect of your health, the benefits of leading a healthier lifestyle stretch well beyond physical appearance. Together physical, mental, and social fitness will boost your productivity.

The sedentary lifestyle which involves spending hours pinned to a desk, eating comfort food, working late hours, and watching TV for hours before going to bed is primarily responsible for negative impacts on your performance and wellbeing. To maximize your performance and wellbeing, you will need to replace this sedentary lifestyle with a salubrious one.

The following four principles will help you in this regard.

1.Trade Your Screen Time for Physical Activity

Too much sedentary screen time and too little physical activity can increase the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even the chances of a stroke. It also adversely affects your sleep cycle, resulting in lower concentration and performance levels at work and home.

Unfortunately, the more time you spend in front of the screen, the more tired you feel due to lack of sleep. You are too tired to get enough physical...

You're reading 4 Business Lessons from Mother Nature to Accelerate Your Growth, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Albert Einstein once said, "Just look deep into mother nature, and then you will understand things better." I couldn't agree more with this quote, as I have myself learned many things while spending time in the lap of mother nature.

Once it was raining heavily, and I saw a beautiful bird huddled up, head down, and water stream dripping down his head; a depressing posture you might say. But there was no sad look in the bird's eyes and as soon as the rain stopped; he was singing a beautiful melody as if nothing has happened, and it taught me a very important life lesson. You can't control and choose every situation that life brings to you, but you can definitely choose your attitude towards it.

Thus, I started spending more time in the presence of mother nature, which also helped me improve ways to run my business. That's why I would like to share four business lessons that I learned from mother nature that can accelerate your growth.

Here are Four business lessons to accelerate your growth:
1. Evolve or die

You're reading World Top 5 Wellness Retreat destinations for Body and Mind, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Wake up and enjoy a rich and healthy breakfast in bed. Open the window and the view is amazing. You aware with aesthetic treatments and several hours of massage to free yourself from the stress and tension. In addition, spend time meditating in a splendid Buddhist temple. Get a result to clear mind to continue with your daily life full of positive energy.

No, it is not just a dream, to find moments of peace and relaxation may seem a challenge for many because the hours demanded by the traffic, the workload and daily obligations fill our schedules of commitments. It is for this reason that make a stop on the way and find a space to recover is very relevant.

The trips do not have to be always a space to explore and fill your agenda of 10.000 other things to do. Can be an oasis to take you to live the best experience of relaxation and reinvention

There is a wide range in the world, which includes spa hotels, meditation centers and hotels all inclusive, among many other spaces that offer services related to the health and well-being. How do you find the most convenient option for you?

1. Aruba

The Caribbean Sea is home to...

You're reading How To Get Sh*t Done – Book Review, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Here’s something we could all use in this New Year – How To Get Shit DONE! I stumbled upon this book recently, and to my surprise, it had a huge impact on me. Erin Falconer, the author of the book, states that we are not doing what’s exactly needed to achieve success. As we all know, life isn’t easy; it’s as complicated as can be. But Erin says that this complexity is necessary for us to perform to the best of our abilities. You need to create a crystal clear plan and stop underestimating your self-worth to get work done better, faster, and in a smarter way.

The book discusses the power of being before the power of doing to achieve your goals. The journey begins with the Power of POP. “What’s that,” you ask? Well, simply put, it is Personality, Opportunity, and Productivity. What women want is a huge mystery – we are lost trying to prove our worth to others and are often sidetracked from our paths. What we need is a personality fix. We often wonder how others reap more benefits from work when we put in more hours of efforts. It’s a mindset that has dug its way into our minds, and...

You're reading 5 Effective Ways to Overcome Chronic Substance Abuse, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

When you are deeply addicted to drugs or alcohol, you pretty well know how the craving and yearning for getting intoxicated overpower your senses. At some point in time, you want to give up your addiction, break the shackles and get back to life, but to no avail. This is what the chronic nature of substance abuse does to you; it just takes a turn for the worse – a condition called “relapse”. In simple words, the term relapse refers to a person stopping the use of drugs or alcohol for a period of time and then starting to use again.

On the face of it, conquering substance abuse seems difficult and challenging, but it is certainly not impossible. With the right kind of treatment, support and direction, you can defeat addiction along with self-help and determination. If you have already tried and failed to overcome substance abuse, don’t think there’s no way out. However, the road to recovery is not that easy either; but with a sheer willpower and a strong resolve you are bound to succeed.

Here are some powerful ways to overcome chronic substance abuse:

  1. Understand your cravings

Being aware of your craving and knowing how to manage it is a constructive way to stay on...

You're reading 9 Tips on How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking for Introverts, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Most people are afraid of public speaking, but when you’re shy or introverted giving a speech or presentation can seem even more daunting. Here are some tips on how to conquer public speaking fear and give a great speech, whether you are an introvert or not.

Know your audience

Understanding your audience is one of the single most important factors to successful public speaking. You wouldn’t give the same speech to a group of school teachers as you would to a group of their students. So ask yourself, who is my audience and what do they want, or need, to hear? The answer to this question will help you decide what to include in your speech and how you present it. Introverts are generally very aware of the needs of others – use this natural ability to tune into the needs of your audience and share with them your unique perspective on the topic.

Clearly structure your speech

Like any good story, make sure your speech has a clear beginning, middle and an end. Structure is your friend when it comes to public speaking. It helps you to organize your thoughts and stay on...

You're reading Learn a Language Online and on Your Own, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

First the bad news.  I'm not going to tell you learning a language is easy, it isn't.  Anyone who tells you otherwise is probably selling you something .  You may be able to "speak" a language in a few months, but if you want to reach a level where you can read, work, live and study in the language, it's going to take longer.  For most languages, the time to become truly fluent is five months to a year of dedicated study.  For English speakers, check out the Foreign Service Institute's guide if you're curious about where your language falls.

Hopefully, you didn't stop reading, because there is a lot of good news.  Can you think of a more useful skill that virtually anyone can acquire in six months?  I did it, and I'm not being falsely modest about my abilities, either.  I was awful at French in high school, I mean really really bad.  No blaming the class either, the teacher was great.  Everyone else in that school learned French, just not me.  Despite this, I later decided to learn Spanish for my career and spent six months in Guatemala.  It was intense, but after six...

You're reading Too Stressed to Sleep? Here’s How to Relax, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

This fast-paced modern world often keeps the mind whirling long after it should be asleep. Finding a balance between work, family, and other obligations bring stress that can keep you awake late into the night. But, there are yoga and meditation techniques you can use to release stress and bring the mind to a state of calmness.

Yoga and Meditation Relieve Stress

Yoga and meditation have been proven to decrease inflammation, reduce blood pressure, and improve moods. Both use breath and body together to focus on muscle groups that may be holding tension. As your mind focuses on your body, it is more likely to put those things that are causing stress in the background where they have less power over you.

Stress causes muscles to tighten and shorten often resulting in painful knots. Yoga and meditation let you slow your busy life down and target your problem areas, which often include the neck, shoulders, or back. Start by creating a relaxation routine before you go to bed. Try a few different techniques and poses until you find a sequence works for you.

Meditation for Better Sleep

There are many types of meditation, some of the most successful sleep-promoting techniques include:

You're reading 3 Easy Tips For Massive Personal Growth, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

If you’re like most people, you probably have a few aspects of your life that you’d like to improve. When you think of all the changes you want to make, you might feel a bit overwhelmed. Maybe you want to start exercising regularly, eat healthier food, develop better relationships, and improve your financial situation. Thinking about all of these goals can be quite daunting! Each improvement on its own would be a big change and require a lot of effort, so how can you possibly improve them all at the same time? Fortunately, you don’t have to. You only need one small improvement to start building the momentum required to make massive changes in your life.

1) Personal growth is compounding

When you’re solving a jigsaw puzzle, how do you solve it? Do you try getting all the pieces in place at the same time? Of course not! You start with one piece at a time, and each one makes adding the next piece a little easier until you complete the puzzle. You need to think of your own personal growth in the same way. Each small change builds on the last and makes the next change even easier. The...

You're reading 6 Scientifically Proven Ways to Improve Your Memory, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Remember those days when your brain is too lazy and you keep forgetting a few things every now and then. Are you tired of studying the same chapter over and over again every day but nothing retains in your brain the next day? Don’t you like to change this? Don’t worry! Read this article and you will find 6 ways that are scientifically backed up on how to improve memory power.

  1. Rehearse your brain for at least 40 seconds.

Rehearsing your brain can help you remember things much better. A study was carried out in a few people, where 26 youtube clips have been played. For most of these videos, the people spent 40 to more than 40 seconds going over the events of the video. They were tested 2 weeks later and the videos that were not rehearsed were almost forgotten by them but they remembered most of the events that they spent 40 seconds rehearsing one.

  1. More vegetables a day could help you improve memory

A study found out that people who eat about 2.8 servings of vegetables a day showed a small decrease in the cognitive function with advancing age. This study was carried among 3718 participants with an age of 65...

You're reading The Smartphone Effect (And Why We’re All Addicted), originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Most of us know the tug of a new SMS message or a notification from Facebook which comes with the ever-present smartphone.  But most of us don’t know – until it’s taken away – how powerful that tug really is.  I recently left my phone in the Athens airport: for at least a few weeks, I went to sleep without a phone beside me.

I was surprised by how potently I felt the difference.  The itch to check just one more app became defunct.  There were only two choices once in bed – read, or drift off to sleep.  No frittering away an hour in the morning or before bed.   Usually the resolution to read before bed – which I genuinely love – gives way to watching Husky videos.  Even after putting the phone down, smartphones haunt sleep, exciting the brain and sending an explosion of stimuli.

Smartphones and the Brain

Checking your smartphone releases an onslaught of neurotransmitters called dopamine.  Dopamine is responsible for desire – not pleasure or reward.  The result?  The powerful urge to check your phone, without ever feeling satisfied by it.

In 1953, James Olds and Peter...

You're reading Fake It ‘til You Make It – 5 Reasons Why Confidence is Key, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

We all know that confidence is a good quality to have. Let’s get this straight, I mean confidence, not arrogance, those are two very different things. Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘But I’m not a confident person.’ That’s fine – you don’t have to be... Fake it.

Many successful people got to where they are through being confident. Whether they are naturally confident or had to fake it doesn’t really matter, the outcome is still the same.

Did you know that when Beyoncé is performing she has an alter ego? She calls herself Sasha fierce and becomes an entirely different person. Sasha Fierce oozes confidence – but it’s all pretend, and there’s nothing wrong with that. As long as you believe it, others will too.

These are just 5 of the reasons why confidence is key in your day to day life, but the benefits are never-ending.

#1 Confidence leads to success

Do you want to know why confident people are more successful? That’s because they try in the first place. They 'Never let the fear of striking out keep them from playing the game' This doesn’t mean to say that these people aren’t scared or doubt their choices, they could just be faking...