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The importance of being clear on your why

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So many people want to lose weight and are trying to lose weight, you may have tried it more than once and probably you´ve failed. It´s not completely your fault, there are some things you need to consider so that you are able to achieve your goal and maintain your results.

If you´re struggling with your weight and if you´ve followed weight loss program and failed do not blame yourself, there are so many things going on in life that lead you to this point. If you have mental problems like depression, anxiety, if you´re stressed because your teacher and classmates make fun of you, you don´t feel safe and comfortable, your boss and coworkers do not value your work, you´re going through a hard time, etc. all this takes your hormones and systems out of balance and this not only makes it harder for you to lose weight, but it even blocks your results and cause weight gain. If you use food to cope with all the negativity of life whether it´s situations or people you probably eat unhealthy foods loaded with chemicals and ingredients that make you feel good and create addiction this is why you can´t stop eating them. All this creates a negative cycle that will be hard to avoid, and this is why you need a strong reason why you want to change.

You first need to make the decision and commitment to do what you need to do to lose weight and keep it off, the moment you start taking the right actions your mind will fight back because it wants to stay in that comfortable place but if you let your mind, if you let all your thoughts and excuses win then you´ll stay where you are in the best situation but with time everything will get worse, you´ll never be able to follow a good weight loss program that helps you fix all your health problems including hormones and metabolism which are key to make your weight loss journey enjoyable and you´ll keep gaining weight.

There are 2 reasons why most people want to lose weight, one is because of insecurities they don´t like the way they look and feel, they don´t have confidence, they feel like a burden to their family and friends, people make fun of them and the other one is because of health issues whether they got diagnosed with a diseases or they´re in the limit of something going really wrong and they need to lose weight before something really bad happens or someone they loved and care about got diagnosed with some disease or passed away and this was their wake up call.

Losing weight is simple, but not easy. You´ll need to make some sacrifices and put in the hard work every day, this does not means you´ll be eating plain rice, broccoli and chicken every day and you don´t need to spend hours exercising but you still need to put the effort in. This is when your why comes into place. Do you want to have a family? Do you want to get married? Do you want to see your children grow and graduate? Do you want to spend time with all your family and friends? With the people you love and care about? Do you want to help those around you?

What is it that really moves you emotionally? Your goal and the reason why you want to achieve your goal needs to be a lot more stronger and need to moves you emotionally in a positive way so that when you´re going through the hard moments, when you want to give up on your workout you can bring those images to your mind and they give you the motivation you need to keep working hard.

Sometimes it´s not only about you, when it comes to health you need to be selfish and take some time to work on yourself, but the positive impact and benefit is not only for you, you´ll be able to inspire the ones close to you and you´ll be there ready to help.

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Can you work on different goals at the same time?

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Have you ever tried to lose weight and gain muscle at the same time? Or to lose weight and get stronger? In most cases working on 2 or more goals at the same time is not possible, especially if you want to see results fast.

When someone is starting their fitness journey it´s possible to lose fat while gaining some muscle especially if they have a lot of fat to lose. When someone starts exercising especially lifting weights it´s really easy to gain muscle, you may have heard of this as the “newby gains”, this is why someone who is skinny or don´t have too much fat lose may get better results if they focus on gaining muscle first while staying at the same body fat and then lose fat.

As people get more advanced in the gym, the more time they have training it get´s harder to gain muscle and it gets harder to work on 2 different goals at the same time especially if they´re opposing.

There are some strategies you can use on your programs that will lead to improvements in different areas, for example if you focus on strength on getting stronger on compound and bodyweight exercises speed and power increases without you working on exercises or activities to improve speed or power in particular.

Lifting weights it doesn´t matter if it´s for strength or hypertrophy will increase your heart rate if done correctly which is another reason to prioritize resistance training over cadio exercise.

If you´re starting your fitness journey you will get results it doesn´t matter what you do and you will improve in different areas at the same time, when you first start lifting weights it´s easy to gain muscle mass while losing body fat all this with low volume and frequency so when you´re starting, the goal is to find out the what´s the less you can do and get results because as you get more advanced you´ll need to increase volume, frequency and start using different techniques and finding ways to keep getting results.

Regarding cardio the same applies, if you focus on HIIT so many aspects of your health and performance improve, if you focus on steady state cardio in almost all cases your endurance improves but you may plateau if you´re not progressing on the exercise, with steady state cardio it gets harder to increase the challenge, you need to increase the time of the session or the intensity and the return is not as huge as with HIIT. HIIT take a lot less time to complete and there are different options to keep the workout challenging, with just a couple of minutes of HIIT per week your performance improves and your health also improves.

If you´re starting your fitness journey use the first months and year wisely because that´s when you can get amazing results on different fitness goals, but you´ll get to a point where this is not possible, when you get to this point you need to find strategies that help you improve on other areas without focusing on them, one of them is working on strength as we mentioned before.

Always concentrate on one single goal at a time and leave the rest as an added bonus, always set a goal and figure out what´s the best strategy that will give you the best results, that will move you toward your goal faster, some times those strategies or activities require a lot more work and effort but if you think about investment and progress or results then it´s better to invest time and effort to work hard on the activities and strategies that are going to give you the best results than to waste time and effort doing stuff that won´t move you forward fast enough or maybe the progress is really small.

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Motivation

The journey will be challenging

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How many times have you set a goal, started working on it and the moment it gets challenging you gave up? If you do want to accomplish your goals you need to go through all the challenges otherwise you´ll never accomplish anything of great value.

We´re all goal oriented and if you don´t choose and set your goals someone else will do it for you. Most people don´t set goals the way they should and they let life happen to them so they end up working for a company that has goals that are not aligned with what they want and every time they find an obstacle their mindset is more towards failure because they´re not really motivated to work even harder on a project or a goal that doesn´t motivates them.

The best goals are the ones that challenge you, you need to find ways to grow physically, mentally and emotionally, to become better, to improve every day and be the best version you can be every day. That´s what challenges help you accomplish and the reason why you set goals is to make it easier for you to be able to get pass those challenges by focusing and working on something you actually love, something that´s interesting to you so that every time you´re face with a challenge you are more motivated to work and do anything you need to do to overcome that challenge or obstacle because you know it will get you closer to what you really want to accomplish or achieve.

A challenge means that you are getting closer to your goal and the reason why you see a particular situation as a challenge is because it represents something new to you and that means there is something you need to do differently, you may need to learn a new skill, you may need to work a little harder or longer, you may need to adjust your plan or you can give up thinking it´s so hard and it´s impossible for you.

Challenges are there to help you grow, when you set a goal it means you need to become someone else, there´s something you need to learn and adjust in your life in order to accomplish that goal, you can´t be the same person. There´s always something you need to learn or improve and the moment you learn a new skill and you keep getting better you are changing, that new knowledge is making you who you need to be to accomplish that specific goal.

Even life is challenging, every time you encounter yourself in a new situation it´s a challenge and your perspective is what determines your result. When you start college or your first job, every time you start a new job, when you change home or school all those represents challenge. If someone you care about is going through a hard situation financially or health related that´s also a challenge.

Life is full of challenging moments and most of us when we find ourselves in one of this challenging moments we get paralyzed, we want to be and feel comfortable, we´re looking for easy paths and hacks but the reality is that if you want to live a life you are proud you´re going to be faced with so many challenges. A boring life leads to procrastination even when you feel secure, you can have a secure job, a secure pay check but we´re not designed to live a life of security and comfort, we´re designed to live a life of adventures and challenges those adventures and challenges will make you grow physically, emotionally and mentally and that´s what we need, we need to be strong enough to go through life because it can be difficult sometimes. And this difficulties and all challenges can seem bigger when you´re working for someone else´s goals and to make it even worse at the end you´ll regret because you didn´t live the life you know you could just because you preferred that safety and comfort.

So, life is challenging anyway, make sure you´re working for the goals and what you want to accomplish and make sure the challenges you need to go through are the ones that get you closer to your goals, to what you want. Don´t let life be boring, take charge and set a goal that gets you out of your comfort zone and start living as you´re supposed to live. Know that you can accomplish those big goals and overcome any obstacle if you have the motivation and that motivation comes from something you do want to achieve.

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Motivation

How to set goals and achieve them

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So many people talk about the importance of setting goals, but why is it that we all have goals and we all dream with living a certain way and still most of us do not accomplish most of our goals and dreams?

We all have dreams, we all dream with that amazing life we would want to live but most of us don´t really think it should be possible, what if we take those dreams of how we would like to live and write them on a piece of paper with dates of when we want to accomplish a certain project or by when we want to buy that new car or house, and we create a plan of action and then start working on it every single day?

There´s not a big science on setting goals, it´s all about creating the discipline to take action every single day, to know what you need to do knowing that every day you are closer to accomplishing your goal if you work on it. If you want 100% results you need to give 100%.

The most important step on setting goals is to be really clear on what you want, you can achieve or accomplish whatever you set your mind to, the reason why you need to be really clear on what you want is that you give clear instructions to your brain on what to look for and when your brain knows exactly what to look for you´ll start getting ideas and seeing options that you´ve never seen before, this is because with a clear idea your brain is focused on looking for everything that can help you accomplish that goal and it shows you every idea, or options that are out there.

Those ideas an options were there before but you didn´t see them because your brain was looking for other stuff that seemed to be more relevant to you and if you weren´t clear on what you want then you´ll get all this different ideas and options that may not be related.

All of us are able to focus on one target as long as we´re clear on what we want, if we´re not clear then we don´t know what to look for or what to work for. When you set a goal you have a clear image of what you want to accomplish, then you take that big goal and break it down into smaller goals, if you have a big goal you want to accomplish in one year take that big goal and break it down into smaller goals you need to accomplish in one month and one week. Once you have those small goals you need to accomplish per week you can break them down into small activities you need to do every day.

Set big goals, goals that make you feel afraid and that take you out of your comfort zone, but be really clear on what you want and then just take that big goal and break it down, you don´t need to know exactly what you need to do, you don´t need to know where to start, the moment you set a clear goal your brain will start giving you answers and ideas, you can look for someone who´s already done what you want to accomplish and find out what she or he did, learn from people who have already achieve your goal and you´ll keep coming up with ideas until you know what you need to do.

An important point to mention is that you may not have the same opportunities, possibilities or equipment that the people you´re learning from had, you may have more options and opportunities or you may have less, you need to figure out ways to be effective and efficient with what you have. If you don´t have all the skills you need figure out which skill is going to give you the best results and get you farther and learn that one first, if you don´t have all the tools or equipment find out the one that is more useful, the one that will help you get more done and get that. Find ways to do the best possible with what you have right now.

Any goal you want to achieve comes with some sacrifice, even for the smaller goals, you need to push yourself, the reason you break your big goal into smaller ones is to make sure that you are pushing yourself and challenging yourself to reach a goal that you know you can accomplish if you work on it, if you do what you need to do every day. If you set a goal that´s to big and you don´t give yourself enough time or you´re not prepared for big goals then you´re setting yourself for failure and that failure will hold you back and probably you´ll stop working on your goal thinking you don´t deserve it. It´s not that you don´t deserve it, it´s just that you set a huge goal and you didn´t give enough time to yourself.

When you set smaller goals and you reach them you get a sense of accomplishment, your confidence increases and every time this happens you get mentally and physically stronger for bigger goals, as you continue you get momentum until you reach your bigger goal.

Let us know by leaving a comment below and on Twitter which goal do you want to reach and what you need to do every day to get closer to it.

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Focus on what you can control

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Every single day we go through so many different situations, some of them good and some bad, we do have control over some of them so we can change the outcome by taking action and doing something different and we don´t have control over others, but we can still make that situation worse or maintain it as it is by the way we respond.

There are some situations that we can control, for most of us this situations we do have control over are small but crucial they can make a huge difference on our days and life, some examples are exercise, diet, quality of sleep, our emotions, what we read and listen to, who we spend time with, what we do on our spare time, our values, how hard we work, our perspective in any situation. These small things can change our life completely once we realize we have control over them and start taking that control back.

We have control over what we eat, if we decide to eat healthy foods we can start doing it now, we don´t need external sources to make that happen, when we go to the gym we are in control of our workout and how hard we exercise, we can have total control of the quality of our sleep we only need to develop a sleep routine to make sure the amount of sleep we get is the best possible. We have control over what we read and listen to, we can read news and spend a lot of time on social media or we can read a book and listen to podcasts, we can spend time with people we love and care about and want to see us succeed or we can spend time with people who don´t support us.

For most of us in most cases it´s really hard to make sure that any situation or project is going to end the way we want, we can do our best and think about all the outcomes positive and negative to be prepared but there´s always something outside of our control, the bigger the project or situation the possibilities of something going wrong increases and there are more things outside of our control.

In the situations where everything is outside of our control, there´s still something we do have control over, how we respond. If we are stuck in traffic, if our flight was delayed, if the package was delayed, if it´s raining, etc; this are situations outside of our control it doesn´t matter if we shout or scream to the flight attendant or to the girl or guy next to us, it doesn´t matter how much we pray, the situation won´t change and all those negative reactions will only make the situation worse. What we can do here is respond in the best way possible, we do not have control over the situation and everything that´s happening, but we do have control over our emotions and the way we respond.

Do not let something outside of you, something external whether it´s a person or situation control your thoughts, emotions and actions. When we let someone or something outside control us we are only reacting and in most cases this reactions only make the situation worse.

Being able to control how we respond on situations outside of our control is hard, in a way we know there´s nothing we can do to improve the situation, we know that yelling to someone will not make the flight leave on time, we know that we can pray and hope for the rain to stop but it won´t stop the rain, but still most of us can´t control our emotions at those moments.

The first step is to identify each situation, knowing which ones are outside of your control and which ones are within your control, when you know which situations are within your control think about what you need to do and take action, for the situations outside of your control you can still control how you respond so in this case what you need to do is stop, take a step back to calm and relax. We all know that in some situations it´s better to do nothing, to just sit there and wait until that situation is over in a calm way but most of us are not able to do this so by taking a step back and taking the time to consciously calm yourself you are able to let that situation end without making it worse.

Whether we have control over the situations or not there´s always something we can do, if we have control then we need to take action, if we don´t have control we can still control our emotions and respond in a way that can keep that situation neutral instead of reacting and making the situation worse.

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How your mindset keeps pulling you back

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It´s disappointing and frustrating when you work so hard on your diet and exercise and you did everything as best as possible to lose weight, but when you get on the scale you find out you didn´t make the progress you were expecting. You feel confused and you start questioning yourself, what could you have done better? Where can you improve?

The reason you need to set big goals and divide it into smaller goals is to be able to measure your progress and adjust along the way, when you get on the scale and you find out you didn´t get the results you were expecting you are able to adjust the program or strategy, for this you need to question yourself, take a hard look and be honest with yourself. Maybe you didn´t give your all on the exercise part, you only did half or you didn´t push yourself enough, maybe you made a wrong choice with food in one meal and you felt guilty you started blaming yourself and that one wrong choice became a whole meal of over eating. This happens to all of us when we´re working towards a goal, this is normal but have you ever stopped for a moment and ask yourself why you keep sabotaging yourself over and over?

In most cases your mindset is the one pulling you back, if you´re not mentally strong ad if you don´t have the right thoughts, beliefs and the right image of yourself in your mind you will keep making mistakes and the wrong choices over and over. Yes, it´s true that we all make mistakes and we all make the wrong choices every now and then, what makes the difference is how you respond. If you are able to realize and accept that you make a wrong choice, that you ate something you were not supposed to or you over eat and you don´t feel guilty, you don´t blame yourself instead you accept it, and move on then you are in the right track. You have the right mindset to accept that you made a mistake and move on, it´s not a big deal just move one and focus on the next meal.

If you make a wrong choice but you blame yourself, you feel guilty and that leads you to over eating, binge eating and what could have been just a wrong mistake becomes a wrong meal, probably a whole day of binge eating and over eating unhealthy foods and probably a whole week. This is a huge problem this is why you need to work on developing the right strong mindset.

In most cases it´s not only about will power, it´s about having a strong reason why you´re working on improving your health and losing weight, being able to bring up the reason why you´re improving your life in your mind when things the tough and hold it. Being able to create a mental image in your mind of how you want to look is part of developing that strong mindset that will make it easier for you to do what you need to do, to stay on track, to make the right decisions and to finally achieve your goal.

Your internal dialogue, your self-talk and self-image play a huge role on whether you accomplish your goal or not. It may be true that you have a hard and painful past but that doesn´t mean you´re not able or capable or that you don´t deserve to live a better life. If you are seeing yourself as fat, obese or overweight then you´ll making it harder on yourself. If you say to yourself that it´s so hard to follow that diet or to go for a walk, that you´re not capable, that you don´t deserve or that you´ll never lose weight then chances are you won´t achieve your goal. And to make everything worse if you say all those negative statements out loud then the negative impact is bigger.

Here are some steps you can take today to start developing the strong mindset:

1.- Set a big goal.- Think as big as you can, if you have a lot of weight to lose it will be hard for you to think you can look as a superhero or bodybuilder or an athlete but if that´s your ultimate goal set that goal, write on a piece of paper. Once you have that goal divide it into smaller goals that you can accomplish every month.

2.- Create an image of yourself in your mind of how you want to look once you´ve achieved your goal. Make that image as clear as possible and add as much detail as you can. Every morning right when you wake up bring that image to your mind and visualize it for 10 minutes.

3.- Stop all negative thoughts and negative self-talk.- Every time you get yourself thinking negatively, excuses or reasons why you can´t accomplish your goal change that thought for a positive one. Start practicing positive self-talk tell to yourself the many reasons why you can accomplish your goal and why you will do it.

Your mindset plays a huge role on achieving any goal and being successful, this is why we´re going to go deeper and help you develop the right mindset so that you can go through any challenge. Follow the 3 steps for a couple of weeks and let us know how you feel and if something has changed in your day to day by leaving a comment down below and on Twitter.

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The truth about sustainable weight loss

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Weight loss is actually a simple goal, so many people lose weight and I´m sure you´ve done it before more than once and you´ve lost some weight. The problem is sustaining the results, losing that weight once and for all that´s the challenge.

There are many different weight loss programs, fitness experts and gurus and magic powders and pills that will help you lose weight, but that´s exactly what they´ll do help you lose weight as fast as possible without considering the negative impact to your health on the long run and without considering what happens next. What happens once you achieve your desired weight? In most cases you don´t know what to do, you stop the program and all of a sudden you start gaining all the weight back.

The truth about sustainable weight loss is that you can´t think about it just as weight loss, you need to think about as improving your health, losing weight and maintaining optimal health and a healthy weight considering muscle mass and body fat. And for this you need to develop healthy habits. So the secret to sustainable weight loss is to find a diet that works for you, one that is simple and flexible so that you can stick to it for long periods of time, actually the rest of your life 😊, it needs to give you the freedom you need to enjoy the meals you want every now and then by making better choices and giving your body the nutrients t needs. And you also need to find a physical activity you enjoy doing so that you can do it consistently, you don´t need to go to the gym 2 hours or more because if you hate it you won´t stick to it for long periods of time so find a sport or type of exercise you enjoy and that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life too 😊. You don´t need to stick to just one activity or exercise, make a list of the sports or exercise you enjoy doing and keep switching them.

We need to mention that if you´re struggling with your weight then your body is not working properly and when you follow the most commercial and traditional programs or the advice of fitness experts and gurus they will only put you on a low calorie diet with very limited food options that you actually don´t like and tones of cardio, on the long run this does more harm to your body.

We need to focus on fixing the root of the problem which is your hormones and systems, if your body is not working properly you won´t lose weight and all those weight loss programs will do more damage, this is why when you stop the program it is so hard and almost impossible to maintain the results and it´s why most people end up gaining all the way back in a couple of years.

So, in short sustainable weight loss is all about developing healthy habits, these healthy habits include physical activity every day for at least 30 to 45 minutes and eating healthy foods that give the right nutrients to your body. Developing new habits is difficult, it takes time, patience and effort to undo a negative bad habit and replace it with a new one. To develop new habits that´s what you actually do, you take the bad habit you want to get rid of and replace it with a new healthy habit. We´ll be talking about how you can develop new habits and share with you the steps you need to follow in a future post.

The quality and quantity of sleep and stress also plays a huge impact on your weight. If you don´t get enough high quality sleep it will be harder for you to make the right choices with food and you´ll feel a lot more tired so you´ll likely skip your exercise and chronic stress increases cortisol which also leads to many problems. Lack or poor quality of sleep and chronic stress get all your hormones out of sync and this makes it impossible for you to lose weight. This is why we included a section for each to help you improve the quality of your sleep and help you reduce stress and make it easier for you to achieve your goal.

Since obesity and overweight keeps increasing and so many people like you are struggling with their weight, their life and trying to find ways to improve and achieve their goals let us know what´s your biggest problem, and if you´ve tried to lose weight before what was your biggest struggle, the diet? Exercise? Leave your comment down below and on Twitter.

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Pain and failure are the secret to growth and strength

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If you don´t fail you´ll never grow, if you don´t go through the pain you´ll never grow either. The only way to grow and get stronger physically, mentally, emotionally is through pain and failure.

Every new level you reach requires a new you, one that is willing to learn, to sacrifice, to struggle, to go through periods of pain acquire the skills you need to make it through all the challenges that will take you to your next step.

Learning and growing never stops, the moment you stop learning, the moment you stop accepting challenges, the moment you stop failing, the moment you avoid the pain is the moment you´ll start going backwards.

First, understanding that failure is part of life and you need it is crucial. If you avoid failure then you won´t live to your capacity, from small failures to big ones there are lessons to learn in all of them. There´s nothing to learn from winnings, all the lessons come from the failures and those failures are needed in order to succeed.

All the most successful people from politics, to sports, to business they all have failed many times and most of them have mentioned several times that they succeed or win because they´ve failed many times and we remember their success and not their failures.

Perspective plays an important role here, if you ask yourself what can you learn from this? And try to find all the mistakes and all the lessons (without judging yourself) then you´ll be able to take that failure as a lesson and a way to improve. This mentality makes you stronger, if you are strong enough mentally to go through all the challenges and failing over and over, learning from those failures, improving and progressing then success will come to you.

Life can be painful, it most be. There´s a huge difference between good pain, bad pain and suffering which we will talk about on future posts. On this post we´re going to be talking about positive pain. Pain is what triggers grow, when you go to the gym or exercise you know you´ll be going through a time of pain and this triggers your muscle to grow, to get stronger. This applies to all areas of life, pain is a trigger to grow, the important part here is: are you willing to go through the pain so that you can achieve a certain goal?

Most people give up the moment they start feeling the pain, when they are exercising the moment they start feeling a slight amount of pain they stop even when they can get 3, 4 or more reps, they don´t want to feel uncomfortable. This happen not only when they are exercising, also at school, at home, when they need to stay out of their comfort zone and go through a tedious, boring, overwhelming and tired process of learning they give up when things start to get tough. Part of grow if having the strength of mind to go through the pain by visualizing your goal.       

We all have an amazing potential to achieve great things in life but that is only possible if you are willing to make some sacrifices, to step out of your comfort zone and accept challenges, to go through the pain and fail over and over taking them as lessons, keep practicing and getting better every single day.

For most of us developing a strong mindset is the hardest part, a strong mindset is the one that helps us go through the pain and failure but if we are not strong enough mentally then we will give up.

Pain and failure can also be a motivation to keep working and work even harder on your goal or project, it can give you more reasons why you´re doing what you are doing or they can be the trigger to start working on something positive that can be beneficial not only to you but to others by helping and sharing.

For some of us experiencing pain is the beginning of a new life, one that gives us focus and take us on our life path, it helps us find our purpose and when combined with our passions or what we love doing then it can completely takes us to the most incredible life.

When you are going through some difficult times, when you are going through pain or failure stay as optimistic as possible, it may be hard for you to be positive if there are too many things going wrong but by being optimistic and seeing a brighter future you are able to make mental shift and respond in a better way.

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Focus on progress

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How many times have you started a project and you were obsessed with getting every detail perfect? I´ve done this too but, focusing on perfection only creates anxiety and slow our productivity and progress.

From what I´ve seen progress leads to happiness, perfection leads to anxiety. As tony Robbins says, “Progress equals happiness”. Just think about how you feel when you realize you are making progress in a project or whatever you are doing? You feel accomplished, your self-confidence increases, and you feel happy.

This may be true or false for you but in most cases, perfection get us stuck in some little detail and stop our results while progress let us keep going and improving along the way.

When we focus on progress our goal is to make the best, we can with what we got at that time, and this includes time, skills, knowledge, resources, equipment. And you are committed to improving every single day, being better every day, learning something knew or improving skills.

Our ultimate goal is to keep learning, keep growing and keep improving, the moment we stop making progress we start losing that feeling of achievement and if we let this feeling run our days and life for a long period of time it can lead to mental problems.

When you focus on perfection and if you get obsessed with it you can develop a negative mindset, wanting perfection on every single detail on everything you do is really hard to achieve, more often than you not you won´t be satisfied with the results, it will take you a long time, hard work and effort until you feel are satisfied and think the result is perfect. If you are not satisfied with the result you can get to a point where you don´t feel worthy or capable which leads to a negative and limiting mindset.

Progress on the other hand focuses on doing the best you can with what you know and what you have at that moment knowing that you can always improve, knowing that you can get better every single day by learning new skills or improving the ones you already know and also by getting more or better equipment or tools when you can. It´s about making sure you did your best and you give your all and feeling satisfied with your result. Realizing it was the best you could do but, tomorrow you can do better.

Some steps you can take today to start focusing on progress and stop chasing perfection are:

1.- Realize and accept that chasing perfection is almost impossible, you won´t feel satisfied and it will leave you feeling bad

2.- Think about doing the best you can with what you have

3.- Always keep in mind that you can improve every single day, learn new skills or improve the ones you already know

4.- Take does new or improved skills and apply them to help you get better results every day

5.- Focus on how you feel when you see you are making progress.

When you are aware of your feelings, your emotions is easier to make a change, most of us do not want to feel bad about ourselves, we want to feel uplifting emotions and happiness is one of them, the feeling of accomplishment is another one that makes us feel worthy and capable, when you focus on progress and see it make sure that you are aware of your feelings and enjoy them, this keeps you in the right track wanting more so you stay on that progress search.

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Motivation

Be more positive! How you can do it!

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We´ve heard so many times that we need to be more positive, that positivity will improves our life, if we think positively we will attract good stuff but if you´ve been trying this for some time you may be thinking that it actually doesn´t work, being positive doesn´t improve your life. The problem is we can´t be positive in just some situations, we can´t just practice positivity a couple of minutes a day, it needs to be something we practice every single moment of our day, it needs to be a lifestyle.

Positivity doesn´t mean being positive every now and then we need to practice it every day until it becomes part of us.

Positivity has many benefits for our life and health like being more productive, reducing stress, improves relationships, helps us increase confidence, increase our chances of success, when we practice positivity on a daily basis we live more happier and we enjoy more every moment.

Everything is energy including our thoughts and emotions this is why when something bad happens to us, we keep thinking about that situation and we feel anxious, angry, frustrated and more negative situations keep happening to us, we just keep attracting negativity to our lives.

When something great happens to us we feel excited and we´re happy and more positive things happen, we keep attracting positive situations to our lives.

When we´re born we´re full of positivity we don´t have any worries, stress, anger but as we grow older life gets in the way and this means that we get bombarded with negative information from the news, to Tv shows, we compare ourselves with pictures and posts full of filters on social media, we get stressed out by the rules of society and trying to fit in, we may be bullied or make fun of, etc; all this negative information gets inside of us and we become negative persons we starts thinking negatively about ourselves, we spend most of our entire day entertaining negative thoughts and in negative self-talk and this is how we live. Surrounded by negativity all around us and being negative inside.

Negativity carries a very low vibration or frequency and positivity carries a high vibration or frequency, the moment we start being positive we raise our vibration or energy and if we are able to maintain this high frequency and vibrations long enough it just take some time until positive situations start happening to us, all of a sudden life starts to be better.

What we need to do is eliminate all the negativity inside of us, we need to realize that we will be bombarded with negativity every single day, but we can´t let that negativity get inside of us. To do this we need to practice positivity but not just once or twice a day, we need to do it every single moment of our day and every single day until it becomes part of us. If we practice positive thinking in the morning when we wake up or before going to bed it´s so little that it won´t help us get rid of all the negativity inside of us, the only way to get rid of all the negativity inside us that is running our thoughts and life we need to think positive the entire day and make it a lifestyle.   

Here are some steps you can start doing today to add positivity to your life:

1. Practice gratitude.- Gratitude is one of the highest emotions that can change our mood and state quickly, every morning right after you wake up and every night right before you fall asleep think about 3 to 5 things that you are grateful for and try to maintain that gratitude state for the rest of the day.

2. Think of the positive outcome in any situation.- Our brain loves to focus on the negative side of things and it will come with all the negative outcomes. It doesn´t matter what you´re doing today or what situation you are in focus on the positive outcome.

The hardest part of making positivity a lifestyle is that in the beginning it takes conscious effort, we´re so use to watching, hearing and sharing negative information and we let that negativity enter our brain that we need to be aware every single moment of what we let into our life. We need to be conscious and start focusing and finding the positive outcomes and results in all situations, it´s about creating a positive life for yourself and this includes not letting any negativity into your mind and looking for the positive in everything and everyone around you.

It takes time to see results because of all the negativity we need to get rid of, but this is one of the best practices we can do to improve our life.

Positivity not only helps us live a happier life and keeps us healthy, it also improves our brain and our ability to stay focus, get things done and increase our chances of success, the reason why is because positivity opens our mind to more opportunities, when we think that something is possible or we´re thinking on the positive outcomes on any situation we´re giving directions to our brain to find ways in which we can get the results we want contrary to negative thoughts. Positivity makes us more creative and we can find different solutions to get a desired outcome.

Positivity is contagious have you met someone who is positive, happy and is always having fun? we all get amazed by their attitude and positivity that we want to spend more time around them, positivity attracts people to us but we don´t need anyone to be happy, we need to start by having fun alone being positive alone and then we can share that same attitude with the people around us.

Start today, be more positive at everything you do and wherever you are and let us know on our Twitter or Facebook account if you´ve seen any difference in your life.

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Pam