5 Easy Exercises We Can Do From Home

Life can get busy, and oftentimes we find ourselves busy going to work, school or just living our daily lives. This can make eating healthy challenging not mention going to a gym to exercise. With my busy schedule I found it difficult to go to the gym on a consistent basis. Therefore when I’m at home for an extending period of time I like to exercise. These can be done anywhere, anytime to help us get in shape. Here are seven exercises anyone can do at home.

  1. Chair dips:

Where there’s a chair, there’s a way!  Chair dips are great for strengthening your triceps and can be done just about anywhere.  Like other exercises, there are varying techniques that can either increase or decrease resistance.

  1. Lunges:

Because you’re using your own body weight, lunges both strengthen your lower body and increase overall flexibility.  Lunges can be done anywhere: You can lunge when you walk to the kitchen; you can lunge to the driveway as you get the paper in the morning, and you can even lunge when you walk from your desk to the water cooler at work.

  1. Hip Raise:

Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Place your arms out to your sides at a 45-degree angle, your palms facing up. Now try to make your tummy as skinny as possible and hold it that way—this gives you a tight core—while breathing normally.

  1. Side Plank:

Lie on your right side with your knees straight. Prop your upper body on your right elbow and forearm, which should be directly below your right shoulder. Place your left hand on your left hip.

  1. Burpees:

The most high-intensity exercise on this list, burpees are often referred to as the cornerstone to any workout because they are guaranteed to produce results.  This aerobic exercise helps strengthen your entire body by utilizing almost every muscle group. There are many different ways to perform a burpee, but the easiest one is quite possibly the best. As with every other exercise, proper form is a must.

 

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Staying Positive In A Negative World

If you haven’t noticed that we live in a negative world, you just haven’t been paying attention. Whether it’s social media, news outlets, movies or just mainstream society there are countless number of negative images displayed in the world today. These negative influences have been especially evident during the past couple of years with the emergence of various news stories that have portrayed a negative narrative. These stories have created many debates, discussions and in some cases violence such as the apparent police brutality cases that have spread over many news stations over the past couple of years. Not to mention the presidential campaign that has brought up many negative and tasteless messages.  Then if you add in things like sickness, the loss of a job, or marriage problems, and you can easily see where over time the pressures of the world have caused some of us to lose our positive outlooks and steal the love and joy from our life.

It is very easy to let all these negative influence’s get us down and have us in a state of self-pity but it is imperative for us to stay positive despite the negativity that surrounds us. It is our decision to stay positive. It is our decision to live in peace, not in frustration with the way things are going. We make hundreds to thousands of decisions every day. Such as, when to wake up, what to wear, what to eat, what to work on and what to put off for another day, what to watch, read or listen to. We can’t get away from making choices. The world around us may be negative  we may hear it daily  where its gas prices rising, economy getting worse , real estate sales down ,food prices rising, which political candidate will become the next president and on and on it goes. In light of all the things that may be going on around us being positive is a crucial component to having a successful and happy life. This was one of my main purposes of starting this website to be a positive outlet for anyone reading my post to show the world that there still is some positivity left in this world.

Here are a few techniques that can be used to maintain a positive outlook when the world seems so incredibly negative:

  1. Control The Negative People In Your Life:

This is very essential to having a positive outlook because if you surround self with what I like to call “Negative Nancy’s”. It can bring you down and have your mind fill with negative thoughts. Make sure the people you surround yourself with are people who bring out the absolute best in you, not people who drag you down.

  1. Pray / Meditate:

This is a key component to staying positive its gives you another outlet to relive some of the daily stress. A simple two-phrase prayer can sometimes lift all the negativity off your shoulders.

  1. Laugh:

To simply laugh sometimes does the body well like medicine because laughter causes you to stay in present moment and enjoy it.

  1. Disconnect:

Sometimes it’s good to get away from friends, family, social media, TV and our cell phone and shut down and just give our mind a break.

Lastly there is nothing left to do but take action and begin improving your life and the people around you. If people live good lives, the allure of living in a negative way is suddenly gone. And remember, everyone does better when everyone does better. Comment below if you live your life with a positive outlook or is it a struggle to do so. Also if you liked this post don’t forget to like and please share!

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“There’s no elevator to success you have to take the stairs” 

Most of us desire success in one form or another. Some just daydream about it, while some work day and night to make it happen. We live in a society where having money and materialistic things define success. This ideology usually comes from the media, TV and movies portrayal of success to the mass audience. These images can sometimes alter the way we look at success.

However, success can be defined in many different ways some may see it as being able to spend their time free time enjoying the simple things in life. Others may see success in the acquisition of knowledge, growth and understanding.  For me “success” means being able to wake up every day with a smile on my face doing the things that I love i.e. writing and being a positive outlet for as many people as I can. I go into more detail about success in my latest podcast “How Do You Define Success”?

How do you define success? Comment below.

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Love is Blind?

“Love is blind… we all have been played once”

This quote was written by a great philosopher that stated that love is blinding, because it’s hard to see clearly when you’re in love. Many times love is seen as a powerful pleasure or deep pain depending on what side we fall on can change our perception of love.  Love can give us the feeling that even money cannot buy or cause us pain that can seem never ending.  No matter our age or experience love is always a topic that we all are still trying understand and figure out.

‘Love is Blind’

Majority of the time when someone says love is blind they usually mean when we are in midst of deep love and think everything our partner does is right. Many times we tend to be blinded to the behavior or negative traits that differ from our idealized image of the person we are involved with. We often love the idealized object rather than the real one. Are we then blind when we fall in love and when we maintain it?

Clear Eyes

In a large number of cases we tend to fall in love with our ideal version of our partner. Instead of what they really are because often we tend to be in love with idea of being in love. This can cause us not to have clear eyes when it comes to the validity of our relationship. Therefore these illusions are in fact a major part in our view of love.

The complex nature of love and the fact that lovers are often unwilling to face reality, self-deception and mistakes are likely to occur. Have you ever been blinded by love unrelenting light? Comment below & if you liked this post please share!

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Networking + Share Your Blog

I just want to take this time to thank everyone who reads, subscribers and shares my site. I appreciate all the support and encouragement.I would love to read everyone’s blog, but I don’t always get a chance to read and follow everyone’s blog.

So today I want to offer a networking opportunity and a chance for all bloggers no matter what niche or experience a chance to gain more traffic. Anyone who wants to gain free traffic can participate. All you have to is comment your blog below & I will follow every blog and actually read your content. So if you’re interested just comment your blog’s URL below. Also If you could share and re-blog this post so we can reach as many bloggers as possible!

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5 Tips to Stay Inspired When Times Get Tough

We all have been through rough patches in our life where we needed some inspiration to get through the day. Rather it was stress on our jobs or going through a crossroad in our lives. We all have been though times were we felt like giving up. Here are five tips to stay inspired when times get tough.

  1. Positive Self-Talk:

This can be difficult especially when times are tough and it seems like nothing is going right. Staying positive is important so we do not fall into the trap of “negative thinking”. Even when we are going through staying positive can make this rough patch a little easier.

  1. Read inspirational Quotes & Articles:

This is a great way to help change our thoughts and mindset when we’re experiencing tough times.  Most aficionado’s recommend reading at least 3 quotes when wake up in the morning and three before we go to sleep.

  1. Meditate:

Sometimes we all just need a mental break. We get so caught up in the challenges of life and we don’t allow ourselves to “take a deep breathe”. Meditation can be very simple all we have to do is go into a quiet and comfortable space, relax our mind, close our eyes and take a deep breath.  Then think positive thought and reflect on all the great things we have going on in our lives.

  1. Make a Plan:

This might seem cliché but having a plan to overcome tough times is vital to getting out of this rut. When we take the time to plan it allow us to think of the “bigger picture” from beginning to end. We can start this process by writing out our to-do list the night before and identify the three most important things that you must accomplish the next day and start with those first.

  1. Appreciate Where You Are Now:

Learn to live in a state of appreciation and gratitude. Acknowledging the value within the struggle or the point we are at now. When we are worrying and dreading our situation we can sometime get overwhelming. Then we should stop and dwell on them for a while. Remember the happiness and joy. Bring the feelings into the present moment.

Final Thoughts

In the end regardless of what we go through it is imperative we keep a positive mindset and focus that whatever it is won’t last always. I always refer to a quote that states “We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future”. This is a great reminder that no matter what we can overcome anything.

 

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Surround Yourself With People: Who Want To See You Win

People have a huge impact on our lives we interact with people on a daily basis. Whether we’re around our family, friends, co-workers or just people we see at the grocery store. People have an impact on our lives combined with the images we see in the media. Who we spend our time with and what messages we allow to enter our minds is vital to taping into our predestined success.

Everyone we spend our time with doesn’t have our best interest at heart. Some people can be very judgmental or give off negative energy. Which can cause us to develop negative thoughts that can turn into limiting beliefs that derail us from our goals. A wise woman once told me “You should think about the people you’re spending time with the same way you think about what you eat and how you’re exercising.”

Benefits of Surrounding Yourself with Positive People

A positive person is not always someone who does, agrees or even thinks the same way you do. Positivity is something most of us can determine by the energy a person displays. Many times, we confuse the difference between someone who agrees with everything we say or do and someone who can be a positive influence. Just because someone disagrees doesn’t mean that they don’t add value to our lives. For example, me and one of my good friends have totally different opinions on just about everything, but we’re still striving for the same goal which is greatness in whatever we do. The key is to surround ourselves with people who are striving and working towards an end goal. Some of the smartest, talented and innovative people I know we have literally nothing in common other than the goal of being successful. However, I have learned so much from just aligning myself around them and soaking up all the information they have.

Surrounding ourselves with great and positive people is one of the first steps in determining our future. If you ask anyone who’ve ever made any major changes in their lives many of them would say “Once I started to surround myself with positivity and let, go of negativity my whole life changed”.  Letting go of negative people is easier said than done, many times we don’t realize how these relationships can affect us.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately who we’re destined to become has a lot to do with who we continually associate with. If you ever wondered what your life might look like in 5 years. All you have to do is look at your friends and people you associate with.  If your friends are going places, have a spirit of excellence, kind, generous, courteous, then those qualities are going to rub off on you. I encourage everyone reading this to write down the qualities of the people you spend the most time with. Would you call them positive people? Happy? Now think of how they interact and affect you do they make you feel like you have what it takes to reach your goals? Comment below & if you liked this post please share, like and re-post!

 

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No Time Like The Present

Often times we get bogged down in life with all the pressures of paying bills, stress at our jobs or just life obstacles. We forget to enjoy and embrace the present time and the current stage we’re currently in. During this past holiday season, I’ve heard people say things like “Why am I not happy what am I doing wrong?” In an age of abundance, this question still resonates today for many of us aren’t happy for various of reasons. Maybe we don’t like our current job or career path regardless of what it may be we all have the ability to do anything we put our minds to.

Time is of the Essence

 No matter what stage we are in our life there is one thing that always stands true for any situation we cannot go back in time, nor can we take time from our future. A wise man once told me that we have two options in life one to achieve anything we want in life if we put our mind to it, and two we’re all going to die one day so we have to take advantage of the days we have on this earth. There is no time like the present to follow your dreams, start a business, try a new workout routine, travel the world, spend time with your love ones. The possibilities are endless when we focus on the present and let the past mistakes, mishaps or failures go.

Positive Energy

As humans, we have the tendency to look at what we don’t have or what we’re not good at. Instead of focusing our energy towards what we can do well and all the blessings that have been given to us. Many times, we tend to dwell on things we cannot change or are not willing to do the necessary steps to change. This usually causes us to think that we’re not good enough, because we fill our minds with negative thoughts that can interfere with our predestined success. Adopting the mindset of the cup half full instead of half empty can determine whether or not we will ever reach our goals.

Final Thoughts

In the end, there is no time like the present embrace the current stage in your life. Stop worrying about all the things you did or didn’t do in the past. Stop worrying about all the things you need to accomplish enjoy this moment. Enjoy the people in your life that make you smile and bring you joy!

 “Learn, embrace and love your past but don’t dwell on things you cannot change. Learn to live in the present and love every moment of it”

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Turning Dreams Into Reality

We all know that having a dream or goal for our life is the easy part but turning that dream into a reality is easier said than done. There will always be obstacles and inconveniences along the way that can potential hold you back.  These setbacks can easily convince anyone that they are not moving in the right direction and are simply making a mistake following their dream.  Contrary to popular belief there is no “secret” to realizing and achieving your dreams. It’s not a magic formula that you can get that magically works and the next thing you know your dreams become a reality. It takes more than a few ideas, hopes and little to no effort to go from a just a dream to reality. It’s important to clearly state and write down your dreams or goals this is a vital step. Then create a plan and hold your self accountable for deadlines you have given yourself.

Visualizing Your Dreams

There are many articles, blogs and motivational videos that discus the inherent power of our thoughts can manifest into our deepest desires.  Simply put visualizing means having a vivid and compelling image in your mind about the objects of your desire. This is an important step to making our dreams a reality, because if we don’t believe in ourselves and speak, think and believe it no one else will. I always quote a mentor of mind he always says “Our thoughts become reality”.  Simply said, our mind naturally manifests things into existence if we truly believe in them.  Visualization is one of the best ways to make your dreams come to fruition.

 

No excuses

It is easy to make excuses i.e. I don’t have enough time, resources, connections, money etc. etc. There are numerous excuses one can make for themselves ,but if you really want to make your dreams a reality not just thoughts and hopes in your head.  You cannot make excuses because we all have them I used to make excuses all the time “I’m too young, I don’t have enough money, I don’t come from a background of people who follow their dreams, I don’t have enough time”.  All the excuses I made I was focused on what I didn’t have and not what I did have.  Which are hard work and the dedication to make anything possible even past my wildest dreams.  So for those who sit around making excuses about how they can’t reach their dream or goal. I want you to ask yourself a question is your excuse really worth going through a life time of regret wishing you would have followed your dream?

Process over Outcome

When you trust the plan choosing process over outcome is easy.  If you are preoccupy with the outcome then the failures can be painful and lead to the feeling of being inadequate and incompetent. This can lead to discouragement and eventually giving up on your dream. However focusing on the process allows you to view setbacks or failures as opportune to learn and improve.  It may sound cliché but it is true failure can become our biggest teachers. I remember when I first started writing there were countless number of people would say I could never be a writer and my dreams were silly and my writing style was filled with misspellings, grammar mistake’s  and grammatical errors. Those negative comments just fueled my work ethic and made me work harder than I ever did before to improve my skills and to prove them wrong.

Do you have a dream? Does your imagination run riot at the thought reaching your dreams? Do you fantasize about how your life would be if you make your dreams a reality? Often people avoid following a specific dream because it will takes years to achieve what they want. I want to encourage anybody reading this follow their dreams and passions. Whatever your vision, there’s no time like the present to put your big ideas into action. Comment below what your dream is & if you like this post please share!

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Never Give Up: Goals & Dreams

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Maybe a singer? A professional athlete? A ballerina? Whether or not you still have those childhood dreams is irrelevant. Today is a new day and you probably have different interest, goals, aspirations and dreams for your life. Now the only question is are you working towards it or have you given up all hope on your dreams with the burdens of daily life pulling you down.

With all the negative messages we receive in today’s society either from the media, articles, social media outlets and maybe even people we have a personal relationship with. Adopting the “never give up” attitude can be better said than done. Those who succeed in achieving their dreams always have one common characteristic. They never give up. This isn’t an attitude that they develop toward the end; it’s a mindset that they establish from the beginning and nurture throughout the process. I want to encourage and inspire anyone reading this article to take a step back and look at your life. And ask yourself are you really satisfied with your life. Are you following your inner passion that you know deep down in your heart you are destined to do. Well today I want to share seven ways to never give up on your goals and dreams.

  1. Adopt a No Excuses Mantra:

Your mind can come up with endless excuses as to why you should give up on a goal. This is especially true of goals that involve giving up a substance that you have become addicted to physically. This will also help you to put an end to all the internal debates, questions, and arguments by simply saying to yourself, “No excuses!”

  1. Don’t Let Setbacks & Difficulties Derail You:

Obstacles are the tests that will make you feel worthy and proud once you reach your goal. The true value and reward in accomplishing a goal is in the challenges you overcome during the journey. The point here is that setbacks and difficulties are your opportunities to become a person who is truly worthy of the success that you seek. Character building is a key component to the “never give up” mindset.

  1. Stay Focused on What You Want:

Dismiss thoughts of failure and uncertainty and stay focused on the vision of what you want to accomplish. Spend some time imagining in detail what it will be like to achieve your desired outcome. This follows a quote a wise person told me before “our thoughts become things”. Simply said if you believe you can achieve it. This might sound cliché but it really works if it is put into action.

  1. Proving The Doubters Wrong:

Don’t give the naysayers the satisfaction of seeing you give up on your dreams! There’s nothing wrong with wanting to prove them wrong. It’s quite common to have dream-killers infiltrate your life. It might be colleagues or business acquaintances or even (sadly) family and friends. They are negative influences who sow seeds of doubt.

  1. Trust that You Will Find a Way:

Everyone wants to see the entire route and pitfalls before they begin their journey. Trouble is that the ideal route to your goal doesn’t exist. This is because no one has ever traveled the unique path that you require.

  1. Ineptitude Comes Before Skillfulness:

Skills are developed. We are not born with them. Think back to the first time you drove a car or used a computer and compare it to the skills you have today. Don’t allow yourself to give up simply because you haven’t gotten through the stage yet Ineptitude.

  1. There is No Perfect Time:

If you are thinking about giving up on a goal until the conditions in your life are just right, chances are you’ll be waiting a long time. There is no perfect time to do something. It’s one of the secrets of success to know this. Looking for the perfect time is just an excuse to procrastinate.

Motivation follows action, not the other way around. Once you get started, your motivation will begin to build. Then it will become easy to adopt the never give up attitude. This is especially true during the early stages a particular goal or dream. What are your biggest obstacles that you encounter while pursing your dreams or goals? Comment below and if you like this post, please share!

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