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Seeking inspiration In Hidden Places

Seeking inspiration In Hidden Places

We all hope to find inspiration, whether it be at work, home, or outdoors. Inspiration keeps us moving. It is the icing on the cake on our birthday; the gift of being able to live one more year, and have loved ones arriving at our doorstep.

It is the driving force fueling our dreams and desires. Inspiration lies everywhere. However, it can sometimes be overshadowed by our moods or attempts to search for it.

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    1. Start going to new places

    Go to new places. Once you start going to new places, you’ll find so many sites to inspire you.

    There are loads of these kinds of sites, but we tend to overlook them. Start taking the chance and heading out. You will be utterly surprised when you do. We all hope to achieve inspiration. So, why not start going out of your comfort zone and expanding your horizon and mind?

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      2. Start talking to more people

      Talk to more people. It will make you feel better, improve your social skills, and give you inspiration. There is so much to learn from people. You never know who will inspire you. It could be a celebrity, or a person just like you. The important thing is that a good conversation brings people together and can ignite inspiration.

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        3. Always believe that inspiration lies everywhere

        If you believe, then anything can and will happen. Inspiration will follow you.

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        Just have faith and you will come across it.

        Make your belief and conviction so strong that you step right into its path! It will make you stronger in all aspects of your life. We all want that, don’t we? Just be yourself; trust your instincts. It will be alright. Inspiration is indeed there. It is just a matter of time before you stumble across it.

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          4. Keep your eyes open

          Always have your eyes open because you never know where inspiration might be hiding. If you close your eyes, how will you see it? After all, inspiration is a wondrous thing. It is hard to come by, but nevertheless, very much present in life.

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          But, remember, once you are aware of the presence of inspiration, hold on to it. You don’t want it to escape your grasp. Keep it for future use… it will be wonderful to see what you are able to make of that pool of inspiration. Just don’t close your eyes to the possibility of finding inspiration in surprising places, whatever you do!

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            5. Listen to the voice of your heart

            Always listen to your heart because it never betrays you. When your heart says that a particular moment or object or experience is filled with inspiration, believe it. I know this to be true because I have rejected this feeling a million times, believing my heart to be naive or weak. But I was wrong.

            If I had heard my heart properly and listened to it, I would be in a better place right now. But, I have learned one important thing from my experience: to seize the feeling of inspiration right when it appears! So, make sure you don’t make the same mistake that I did.

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            6. Never Give up

            Never give up on finding inspiration. You never know where you will find it! If you feel that life is bleak, and there is nothing really inspiring about it, then think otherwise. Yes, we won’t always be fully motivated to seek inspiration, but it is there nonetheless.

            7. Make The Most Of Your Life

            Whenever you do things, or wherever you go, go with all your heart! Your life is a beautiful thing. Make the most of it by finding inspiration wherever you can. It can do wonders for your happiness and how you engage with the world around you. It truly can!

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            Last Updated on September 20, 2018

            8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

            8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

            You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

            Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

            When you train your brain, you will:

            • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
            • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
            • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

            So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

            1. Work your memory

            Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

            When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

            If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

            The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

            Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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            Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

            What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

            For example, say you just met someone new:

            “Hi, my name is George”

            Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

            Got it? Good.

            2. Do something different repeatedly

            By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

            Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

            It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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            And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

            But how does this apply to your life right now?

            Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

            Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

            Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

            So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

            You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

            That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

            3. Learn something new

            It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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            For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

            Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

            You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

            4. Follow a brain training program

            The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

            5. Work your body

            You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

            Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

            Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

            Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

            6. Spend time with your loved ones

            If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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            If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

            I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

            7. Avoid crossword puzzles

            Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

            Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

            Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

            8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

            Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

            When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

            So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

            The bottom line

            Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

            Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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