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21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

We’re all trying on some level to look better, feel great, live longer, and generally radiate health. Yet most of us find ourselves foot-dragging at the prospect of a major overhaul to our comfortable routines. What to do? Look for hacks! Hacks are shortcuts that make getting to our destination a bit less overwhelming.

Here’s a collection of 21 simple health hacks anyone can do with minimal effort, time and cost. Start with the one that appeals to you most, and aim to make it a habit before moving on. Soon you’ll be “hack stacking” and experiencing big breakthroughs in your health and well-being without feeling like you sacrificed anything at all.

1. Take a cold shower.

Sure, hot showers feel luxurious and will warm you up on a wintry day, but what else do they offer? Um, nothing. It’s cold showers that have an impressive array of benefits. And you need nothing other than a hefty dose of willpower to take advantage of them. One cold shower a day (lukewarm water won’t cut it) will improve circulation, increase metabolism, tighten pores, boost immunity and alertness, and speed recovery from a tough workout. To ease your way in, alternate between hot and cold water, a technique known as the “Scottish Shower.” Or switch over to cold water for the last couple of minutes, just like in the James Bond movies.

21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

    2. Try intermittent fasting.

    You already fast to some degree without thinking about it (“break-fast,” anyone?), but 8 hours is probably your norm, less if you’re a late-night snacker. Longer bouts of fasting have been shown to help the body remove toxins, shed pounds, even slow aging. Can’t bear the idea of 24 hours without food? Try the 16:8 technique, a more civilized approach to fasting that involves eating normally until, say, 7 p.m. and then fasting (coffee, tea, and water are fine) until 11 a.m. the next day. Choose any 16-hour period. If you’re trying to lose weight, avoid overeating when your fasting period ends; just resume your normal meals. Yes, you’ll be hungry at first, but adjusting won’t take long.

    21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

      3. Eat without distractions.

      For most of us, mealtime is spent multi-tasking: We mindlessly munch on chips while scanning Facebook or inhale a plate of pasta while watching Netflix. Mindful eating is the opposite. It’s the practice of paying full attention to the eating experience: recognizing your hunger and fullness cues, noticing your emotions, observing the aromas, flavors, and textures of the foods. When you eat mindfully, you naturally slow down, eat less, and enjoy improved digestion. The first step toward becoming a mindful eater is to remove distractions, so close your laptop, put away your phone, shut off the TV, and turn your full attention to the food in front of you.

      21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

        4. Breathe into your belly.

        You’d be forgiven for thinking that breathing is something you already have the hang of. Yet most of us take shallow breaths, inhaling just as much oxygen as we need to stay alive. Breathing deeply into your belly — “diaphragmatic breathing” — for just 5 to 10 minutes a day can lower blood pressure, slow the aging process, and improve mental focus and sleep quality. Lie on your back, close your eyes, think good thoughts, and send big, deep breaths to your belly. To enhance focus, place a moderately heavy object, like a kettlebell or encyclopedia, on your belly, and notice it rise and fall with each breath.

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        21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

          5. Brush your teeth with coconut oil.

          Coconut oil has become popular for its seemingly endless list of uses (coffee creamer! deodorant! sunscreen!). One of the lesser known uses is as a toothpaste, either straight up or mixed with baking soda. Coconut oil boasts both antibacterial and whitening properties while being free from the chemicals, foaming agents, and artificial flavors found in most commercial toothpastes. If you live in a hot climate, keep your coconut oil in the fridge so it stays solid, and if you don’t want clogged drains, avoid spitting it down the drain.

          21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

            6. Eat dark chocolate.

            It’s no longer wishful thinking: Study after study has proven that a daily dose of about 1.6 oz of dark chocolate is good for your heart, brain, and overall health. But before you rush out to buy a 3-pound bag of Hershey’s assorted miniatures, let’s be clear on the type of chocolate the science is talking about. It’s the cacao that packs the healthy punch, not the sugar, milk, and cream typically mixed in. Choose brands with cacao content of at least 70%. Even better, make it yourself with raw organic cacao powder, coconut oil, and maple syrup.

            21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

              7. Don’t sit still.

              Do you sit at a desk or stand at a counter all day pretty much frozen in position? If so, you’re probably feeling chronic stiffness, even pain, in your lower back, neck, shoulders, or feet. Your body is designed for movement and can be manipulated into countless positions, so no wonder it complains when you park it for hours. Aim to rotate through different body positions every 20 minutes: Stand up straight, stand on one leg, sit on a chair, sit on the floor with your legs crossed and then straight or to one side, sit on your knees, sit on your feet, stand up and stretch. If your job doesn’t allow for that much flexibility, fidget as much as possible while seated, and save the creative positions for home, when you’d normally sit on the couch or in a chair at the kitchen table. Yes, you can even eat while sitting on the floor!

              21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                8. Look into the distance.

                When you look near (like you are right now), the ciliary muscles in your eyes contract and stay that way. Eventually those muscles tire, triggering eyestrain and headaches. When you look into the distance, however, the ciliary muscles relax. This is because we evolved as hunters and gatherers; our eye muscles are most relaxed when we use our distance vision. So, for every 20 minutes you’re glued to a computer, phone, book, or TV, make a habit of taking a 20-second break to look as far into the distance as you can.

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                21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                  9. Enforce a “no-tech” rule.

                  With the exception of toddlers and folks living off the grid, most of us struggle with some degree of technology dependence. We’re hardwired to respond to our devices peeping at us, but often the reward is short-lived — and not even rewarding. It never feels great to interrupt a conversation with a friend to read a reminder text from your dentist. Plus, our digital dependence contributes to stress, depression, and sleep deprivation. For a couple hours each day, put your devices out of sight and earshot, and play a board game, read a real book, cook something, go out for coffee, walk in the park, or (gasp!) have a conversation with someone you live with. You might be surprised at how relaxing and freeing it feels to be untethered from technology.

                  21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                    10. Drink coffee.

                    Coffee has fallen in and out of favor among health experts for decades, but recent scientific evidence has tipped the scale in its favor. The consensus now is that coffee is good for you — great news for the 82% of Americans who drink it every day. Still, let’s be sure we’re all envisioning the same beverage: black coffee. Forget the milk, whip, caramel sauce, and sugar. To reap health benefits, such as a decreased risk of cancer, improved mental focus, and possible protection from Alzheimer’s disease, drink 3 to 5 cups of black coffee daily.

                    21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                      11. Scrub with sea salt.

                      About 96.5% of the world’s water is salt water, containing roughly the same concentration of minerals and nutrients as the water in our own bodies. So, it’s no wonder sea salt is a natural ally to balance, protect, and restore the body and skin. One of the major differences between sea salt and ordinary salt is the mineral content. Sea salt is rich with magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium; minerals vital to our skin’s health and function. If you’ve ever returned from an ocean vacation with clearer, more radiant skin, you can credit sea salt. Mix a good quality fine sea salt (no sharp edges!) with a light oil or a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil, and start scrubbing.

                      21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                        12. Have a mindful moment.

                        Mindfulness meditation is all the rage, so you probably know all about its many benefits. But if you really don’t enjoy meditating or can’t seem to practice consistently, take a daily mindful moment instead. Pick an activity so mundane that your mind typically wanders while doing it: brushing your teeth, walking to the bus, washing the dishes, blow-drying your hair, taking a shower. As you go through the motions, stay in the moment by using your senses — notice the soap bubbles glistening on the dishes, the hum of the blow dryer, the sensation of your feet making contact with the ground. When you catch yourself thinking about your boss or your lunch plans, gently bring yourself back to the task at hand.

                        21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                          13. Learn something new.

                          The connections between the nerve cells in our brains (neurons) are capable of multiplying and growing stronger as we age, but only if we keep challenging them with new information. So aspire to learn something new — maybe set a goal that frightens you a bit, like learning how to write in Japanese or program in Ruby — and chip away at it each day. There’s no end to online learning options, so start building that muscle in your head!

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                          21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                            14. Take a walking break every hour.

                            If you arrive at your desk at 8 a.m. and hardly get up until 5 p.m., you’re not only being unproductive, you’re also compromising your physical and mental health. The human brain isn’t great at focusing for extended periods, and the human body wasn’t designed to sit all day, so why not parlay those two facts into a killer hack for health and productivity? The most productive people work with intense focus for 52 minutes and then break completely for 17 minutes, according to research from the Draugiem Group. Using those 17 minutes to take a walk will not only counteract the stresses of sitting (or standing) but will also increase blood flow to the brain, leading to creative thinking and problem solving. It’s a win-win!

                            21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                              15. Ditch the high heels.

                              Ladies, there’s no arguing that high heels look pretty great, and for most of us, an evening dress just doesn’t work without them. But unless you’re an A-list celebrity, evening wear is probably a rarity. If you wear high heels as part of your standard daily attire, consider the damage they’re inflicting on your feet, knees, and back, and ask yourself if it’s worth it. Then consider the many benefits of flat shoes: You can take a brisk walk around the block, walk to your favorite lunch spot 10 blocks away, or get off the bus a few stops early and walk to work. You can alternate sitting and standing throughout the day, and maybe best of all, flat shoes with a neutral sole can replicate the many benefits of walking barefoot.

                              21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                                16. Stop eating before you get full.

                                Even if we don’t regularly eat ourselves into a Thanksgiving-like food coma, many of us do often eat to the point of discomfort and regret. The human stomach is mighty stretchy! Problem is, overeating leads to weight gain and digestive problems. Want to finish a meal feeling light and energetic instead? As you begin each meal, pause to assess how physically hungry you are on a scale from 0 (ravenous) to 10 (overstuffed) and aim to put down your utensils when you’ve reached a 7. At that point, make a gesture to signify you’re finished: Cover your plate with a napkin, nudge your plate forward, cross your silverware over your plate, or simply declare out loud, “I’m satisfied”.

                                21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                                  17. Have yourself a hearty laugh.

                                  Absolutely no scientist can dispute the incredible health benefits of laughter. From boosting your immune system and lowering stress to reducing pain and preventing heart disease, laughter is considered by many health professionals to be one of nature’s best medicines for both mental and physical health. How to laugh when you’re just not feeling the funny? Play with a dog, watch stand-up comedy, indulge in a couple of viral toddler videos. Or, attend a laughter yoga class; studies show laughing in groups beats laughing alone, helping turn “forced laughter” into real laughter.

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                                    18. Eat or drink something fermented.

                                    Thanks to processing and preservatives, our modern Western diet is sorely deficient in natural sources of probiotics. Probiotics are live “good” bacteria that keep your digestive system healthy and your body functioning optimally by helping food move through the gut. Fermented foods — such as miso, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, soy sauce, kombucha, ginger beer, or anything pickled — are probiotic powerhouses you can find almost anywhere.

                                    21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                                      19. Do a 10-minute HIIT workout.

                                      The ‘80s aerobics craze gave us grapevines and high-knee jogs, but it may also shoulder blame for a common misconception: that unless you’re going to work out for 60 consecutive minutes, you shouldn’t bother snapping on your headband. Enter High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which, in a well-planned 10 minutes, can blow that one-hour step class out of the water. As long as you get your heart rate into the right zones, you can get a super effective workout every day. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a 10-minute bodyweight workout you can do today.

                                      21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                                        20. Do 10 minutes of stretching and self-massage.

                                        If you spend most of your day parked at a desk or behind the wheel of a car, you’re headed for aches and stiffness — or maybe you’re already there. Chronic sitting is an express ticket to chronic pain. But you can head off backache, tension headaches, and overall stiffness with a quick daily routine of self-massage and stretching. No, “self-massage” doesn’t mean kneading your own muscles (no fun!); it means rolling around on a foam roller, a lacrosse ball, or a couple of tennis balls taped together (aka a “peanut tool”). These inexpensive tools boost blood circulation and smooth out tight spots in your muscles and connective tissues, bringing pain relief and better posture.

                                        21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

                                          21. Drink lemon water.

                                          If you’ve ever sipped hot lemon water when you’re down with a cold and your throat feels like it’s stuffed with a Brillo pad, you know its soothing powers. Otherwise, you probably don’t give lemon water a second thought. But there’s a surprising body of evidence that supports drinking a glass of lukewarm water mixed with the juice of half a lemon on a daily basis, ideally right after you wake up. Lemons have all sorts of wonderful vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that can boost energy, reduce inflammation, improve your immune system, clear up your skin, and aid in digestion. The only downside: the acid in the lemon juice can erode tooth enamel. So make sure you dilute it well with lukewarm water.

                                          21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Everyday

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                                            Last Updated on April 6, 2020

                                            How To Be Successful In Life: 13 Life-Changing Tips

                                            How To Be Successful In Life: 13 Life-Changing Tips

                                            What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                                            To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                                            All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                                            There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                                            With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                                            What follows is a list of 13 of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these tips are essential:

                                            1. Think Big

                                              From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                                              “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                                              There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                                              Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                                              Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                                              Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                                              Instead be ambitious.

                                              2. Find What You Love to Do and Do It

                                                From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                                                “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                                                This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                                                Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                                                If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                                                Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                                                Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                                                Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                                                3. Learn How to Balance Life

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                                                  From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                                  “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                                                  All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                                  If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                                  However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                                  If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                                  In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                                  To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                                                  4. Do Not Be Afraid of Failure

                                                    From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                                    “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                                    There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                                    Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                                    His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                                    He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                                    Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                                    Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                                    If you find it difficult to fight your fear of failure, here’s a guide for you: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It Step-By-Step)

                                                    5. Have an Unwavering Resolution to Succeed

                                                      From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                                      “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                                      This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                                      It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

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                                                      If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

                                                      Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                                      6. Be a Person of Action

                                                        From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                                        “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                                        Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                                        Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                                        When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                                        You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                                        All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                                        Applying this to you?

                                                        Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                                        7. Cultivate Positive Relationships

                                                          From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                                          The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                                          The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                                          People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                                          This is key to good leadership.

                                                          It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                                          But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                                          What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                                          As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

                                                          8. Don’t Be Afraid of Introducing New Ideas

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                                                            From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                                            “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                                            It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                                            Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                                            If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                                            9. Believe in Your Capacity to Succeed

                                                              From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                                              “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                                              Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                                              It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                                              Keep dreaming!

                                                              10. Always Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude

                                                                From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                                                “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                                                Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                                                Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                                                If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                                                However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                                                11. Don’t Let Discouragement Stop You from Pressing On

                                                                  From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                                                  “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                                  It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

                                                                  When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

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                                                                  Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                                  If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                                  This is How Self Doubt Keeps You Stuck and How to Overcome It

                                                                  12. Be Willing to Work Hard

                                                                    From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                                    “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                                    You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                                    Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                                    True success comes from work.

                                                                    You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                                                    Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                                    13. Be Brave Enough to Follow Your Intuition

                                                                      From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                                      “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                                      In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                                      If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                                      It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                                      Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                                      Final Thoughts

                                                                      What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                                                      Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this: How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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