2 Tips to Use Your Willpower to Dig Yourself Out of Problems

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As a human being, you are destined to be troubled with problems for as long as you live. If you don’t have problems, you’re not living – so be grateful that you still get frustrated!

However, that doesn’t mean you must keep getting caught up in problems without being able to dig yourself out. You must develop the skill and capabilities to solve your problems and live a better life.

One of the key skills of problem solving is the power of freedom, also known as willpower.

Willpower is what defines you as a human being. Animals and other life forms don’t have willpower like you do. Willpower means you are free to choose what you want to think, say and act. From this freedom of choice, you can create many things in life that only humans can.

A simple Google search returns the definition of freedom as (among several):

“The power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.”

This means that you as a human have the power to determine your own life, regardless of how external necessities (or fate) are. You have the power to dig yourself out of the problem – the power to solve it and create a better condition for yourself.

Therefore, when you exercise your power of free will, you can create the outcome that you want. When you don’t use it and instead fall victim to “fate”, you will live a life of mediocrity, only wishing that one day you will get lucky and life will give you a winning lottery ticket.

How to exercise your willpower

The American Psychological Association helps to define willpower as:

“… the ability to resist short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.”

From this sentence, you can conclude that simply resisting short-term temptations is an actionable form of exercising willpower. When you can resist these temptations, you can stay on track and reach where you want to achieve. When you don’t resist (or you cave in), you often feel guilty about yourself and have to start from zero again.

Resisting temptations isn’t an easy task, but it is doable. Like many other tasks that are hard to do, you can start with a small commitment before moving on to the bigger ones.

I have an example from my personal life that illustrates the use of willpower. I am not a sporty person, and I don’t really like physical activities (if I can avoid them, I will). However, if I don’t do exercise, my body tends to fall sick easily so my day to day workflow is disturbed.

Therefore, exercising is an important thing to do, but how do I get the willpower to do it?

The answer is: start small. I did an online search and found a popular workout that only takes seven minutes to do. The workout is designed to train as many muscles as possible, so it’s a heavy workout even if it’s a short one. This way, I can get the exercise I need without spending too much time on it.

Since I know it will only take 7 minutes (a definite amount), I can generate the willpower to do it. This is one more tip if you have difficulty practicing willpower: have a definite amount. For me, it’s a seven minute routine, but for you it could be saving $50 every week to pay off your credit card debt.

Those are the two tips that I can share with you today.

Use them when you are trying to dig yourself out of a problem in your life. Remember, if you only fall victim to “fate”, then you are no better than an animal that only follows its instincts (and can’t create a better life). Use the power of choice, your willpower, to resist short-term temptations.

Start small and work towards a definite amount and you will reach your goal in time.

3 Ways to Listen to Your Intuition and Get the Answers You’re Looking For

Do you trust your intuition?

That is the question that Coach Freddie asks in his video. He shares his thoughts about Jack Canfield’s Success Principle #47: Inquire Within. Inquiring within means that you listen to your inner voice, your inner guidance when you are seeking the answer to a solution.

Inquiring within means you get in touch with your “unconscious database”. This database is the source of your hidden and natural genius. It’s important to get in touch with it because successful people do so. They develop their intuition to trust their gut feelings and follow their inner guidance.

Even one of the most intelligent persons on the planet acknowledge how important it is:

Intellect has little to do with the road to discovery
–Albert Einstein

At a certain time in your life, you need a leap in consciousness. This leap will make the solutions you’re looking for come to you, and you don’t know how or why. You simply “get” the answer with no logical or tangible process.

The answers you’re looking for can come to you intuitively in 3 ways:

  1. Visual. You can receive intuition through your visual sense by seeing things or imagining things. If you are a visual person, you can see the answer with detail.
  2. Auditory. You can receive intuition through your audio sense by hearing things, such as listening to a voice inside your head telling you the next step to take.
  3. Kinesthetic. You can receive intuition through your physical and emotional feeling. This includes getting a “hunch” or a physical sensation that tells you when something is wrong.

When you get in touch with your intuition and find the answer, it will be accompanied by a sensation of great clarity and feeling of passion and excitement. This is obvious because your mind has been caught up in thinking about the problem for too long. When you find the answer, you experience a release of blocked energy that feels as a rush of excitement.

How to practice listening to your intuition

In order to open your unconscious database, you must be in a relaxed mood. This helps to open up your “communication lines” so you can receive your intuition in either one of the three ways mentioned.

One way to bring yourself to a relaxed mood is by practicing meditation. Meditation often results in a feeling of quietness and stillness that is difficult to feel in your hectic daily life. A simple meditation session is enough to receive the messages you get from your intuition.

Here is a simple meditation exercise as told by Coach Freddie:

  1. Stop everything you are doing and just stop for one minute
  2. Take a deep breath and relax your body so you relax your mind
  3. Reflect on the question on your mind for one minute

Your mind will receive the question and come up with an answer, but not immediately. The answer can arrive some time later in the day when you least expect them (or even more than a day later). The most important thing is to keep in touch with your unconscious database, your intuition so you can get the answers that you are looking for.

Show Your Gratitude: 3 Simple Exercises that Will Make You More Productive

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How do you show your gratitude each day?

This is a question that T. Harv Eker asked on his Facebook page. Reading the responses, I notice that many people show their gratitude using the same ways. Before I share what they do, I think it’s important for you to understand why you should show your gratitude each day.

Showing your gratitude the very first thing in the morning sets a positive tone for your day. When you start the day by being grateful, you can be even more grateful throughout the day. This means you will have more energy and be more productive. When you are more productive, you can create more of the results that you want.

If you don’t practice showing gratitude, you will start losing energy little by little. Other people will begin to frustrate you, and you will react in a negative way. This is self-sabotaging behavior that prevents you from creating what you want.

Showing your gratitude is more than just a state of mind or a feeling that you feel. For the best results, you have to show your gratitude in an actionable way. It means you either say something or do something. These actions in return will give you more emotions of gratitude which will then fuel even more actions of showing your gratitude.

As you can see it’s a positive cycle which gives you more and more energy to be more productive.

3 most common ways to show your gratitude

Based on the comments the people wrote on the Facebook page, there are basically 3 ways most people show their gratitude:

1. Simply say “Thank you”

Say thank you for what you have in your life. Express your gratitude by actually saying out the words “thank you”. “Thank you for this blessing in my life”.

You voice it out with your voice. You don’t just think about it in your mind but you actually say it out “Thank you for this blessing in my life”. It could be:

  • Thank you for this health in my life
  • Thank you for this job that I’ve always wanted that I have
  • Thank you for a wonderful and loving family

Saying these things out loud will increase their existence in your life.

One specific exercise you can do this is by saying three things you are grateful for each night. You can do this while having dinner with your family. Each of you say three things that you are grateful for each day. You can also do it on your own by saying 3 things about today that you’re grateful for before sleep.

The benefit of doing this is you start the day by being grateful and sets a positive tone for the day. Then you end it by being grateful about what was good on that day so you also end it on a positive tone.

2. Help other people

This is a very actionable way to show your gratitude. You don’t have to do complicated things. You can do easy things or easy acts of kindness. You don’t have to take time out of your schedule. You can do it while you go along on your daily activities, such as:

  • Helping a blind man cross the street
  • Opening the door for an elderly lady
  • Giving someone a smile, someone you know from work or a stranger on the street

By helping other people, you receive energy in return which will keep your energy level positive.

3. Write a journal

Some people call this a gratitude journal. In this journal you can write the first exercise which is to write 3 things you are grateful for today. You can also write how you have helped other people today.

All these 3 exercises – saying thank you, helping other people and writing in a journal – will cement your habit of showing your gratitude each day. The benefit of doing this is that it will keep your mind in a positive tone so you are more productive and can create more of the results that you want.

Choose one of the three exercises above so you can start showing your gratitude today. Immediately you will feel more positive energy and you will be more excited to tackle on the day and finish what you set out to do in a successful manner.