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How a Five-Minute Silence Can Counteract the Invasion of Technology to Your Brain

How a Five-Minute Silence Can Counteract the Invasion of Technology to Your Brain

Do you feel stressed?

Can’t get away from technology scraping for every second of your attention?

Today, it seems like everyone is tied to their smartphone, laptop, and almost anything else with a screen. Recent research discovered that in an average week, users check their phone more than 1,500 times to do various tasks from emails and playing games to posting on social media.

Technology has invaded every waking second of our lives. It’s too much.

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How do we remove ourselves from the tech world without going insane? The truth is we don’t need to do anything drastic; we just need a short period of peace and quiet.

Is that too much to ask?

It can feel that way, especially when we drop all the technology we’re using, and we still can’t get away from it. Our friends are constantly telling us to look at this photo or check out this snap.

As a result, we feel more irritable than usual, depressed, annoyed when around people, increasingly fatigued, and hit more creative roadblocks. The first step of taking action to fix a problem is recognizing there is a problem. So if this is you, then a moment of solitude can do wonders to help alleviate these stresses.

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It’s important to find balance in our lives. Moments of solitude give us just that along with some other benefits. According to a research study in 2006, taking time out even once a day to have a brief period of solitude has significant effects on increasing well-being and relieving stress.

We take for granted the benefits of using a short amount of time for only ourselves. Making a little room in our schedules to get away from everything can make an incredible difference in lives. Solitude allows your unconscious to take apart problems and find answers. Moreover, it can give you a substantial boost in energy and creativity.

So, where do you start?

With only five minutes of silence, you can counteract the invasion of technology in your life.

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You may be wondering what five minutes can do for you. After all, it’s only five minutes. Even so, the truth is many of us can’t remember the last time we took five minutes of silence to reflect for an extended period. This may be weeks, months, or for some of us workaholics, even years.

And all of us can find five minutes of silence in our day. It’s an easy start and an amazing addition to our daily lives.

Thomas Merton once said, “Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.”

The best way to find a moment of solitude is to make it part of your daily routine. If finding solitude is not a habit, then committing to it will be much harder. It’s easy to put off a five-minute task to the point where you might just forget about it.

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So, set aside five minutes — preferably the same time every day — to find peace and quiet. Maybe there are already times in your day when you are alone to relax, or times you can easily take more advantage of such as a lunch break. And I’m sure if you think of the amount of things you do in a day; there are one or two of which you can replace with a quick moment of solitude.

Some simple steps for finding solitude include getting into a relaxing position. For many of us, that means sitting down. Make sure the area you’re in is far from noise and other distractions. Now, focus on your breathing. Don’t overthink anything, just relax.

And with only five minutes of silence, you’ll feel happier, get a creative boost, and have more focus.

Ready for a new you?

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Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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