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Step by Step: 5 Strategies to Help You Inspire and Develop Self-Discipline

 

We can set as many goals for ourselves as we want, but without self-discipline, our efforts will be fruitless. If you’ve found yourself in an unfavorable cycle recently of setting goals, making excuses not to reach them, and then feeling guilty when you don’t, the problem may not be that your goals are simply unreachable. It could just be that you lack self-discipline—for now. 

What is self-discipline, and why is it important for reaching goals? 

Self-discipline is the ability to control one’s behavior and feelings in the face of obstacles or temptations. So, for example, every time you go to the gym when you really, really don’t feel like it is you exercising self-discipline. 

This characteristic is essential for goal-setting and life because it allows you to remain in control despite the mental and physical barriers that may stand in your way. It’s okay to be honest with yourself if your level of self-discipline isn’t where you’d like it to be. 

Taking it step-by-step is the best way to develop this skill set over time, so here are five strategies you can use to inspire self-discipline and get on the right track towards your goals! 

1. Display your goals where you can see them. 

You’ll need some motivation to inspire you to stay disciplined, so a good place to start is visualizing your goals. Make a vision board, put your dreams on post-it notes, or whatever works best for you, but make sure they’re placed somewhere you can see them every day as a reminder to keep going. 

2. Push yourself outside the box more often. 

Reaching for new heights will be uncomfortable, but when you practice stepping outside of your comfort zone daily, you can learn to build more trust with yourself. Here are some examples below, but do what feels like a challenge to you: 

  • Go to the gym alone. 
  • Wake up earlier. 
  • Introduce yourself to someone interesting. 
  • Speak up more often in meetings or discussions. 

3. Set small goals. 

If you have a goal that feels overwhelming, break it down into smaller, attainable milestones. For example, do you want to stop eating out so much? Then try challenging yourself to not eat out during the week first and then work yourself up to the larger goal. 

4. Find accountability. 

There’s nothing like having someone else to encourage you and keep you on track. So ask a friend or someone close to take on the role of an accountability partner so that way you have a commitment to uphold for yourself and someone else. 

5. Remove the roadblocks. 

If you know that certain triggers or habits keep you away from your goals, then remove what you can control. Roadblocks could be going out with friends every weekend, having your phone on during work hours, or anything that keeps you distracted from doing what you know you need to do.

 

Remember, self-discipline is a skill that we can sharpen over a lifetime, so take it one step at a time, and you’ll be surprised to see how far you go! 

 

Unlocking Mental Wealth

 

Changing Your Perception Towards Money

 

Want to know the reason for the perceived differences between the rich and every other person? It’s really not hard to guess. I know many times the emphasis is on their investments, the amount they earn, their ability to draw up a financial plan and stick to it. But oftentimes, we neglect that it all begins and ends with their money mindset.

The mind is where the goldmine is. Ultimately, your life and mind (our finances inclusive) will always be products of our most dominant thought. Each and every day, what we believe about money and its uses will invariably lead us to a door— a door that brings us into the reality of our beliefs.

Unfortunately, like many other things, the topic of money and its entire essence is greatly misunderstood. The result is that most end up never amassing wealth, or they route it wrongly, to their own detriment. Ready to let go of financial misconceptions and embrace abundance? We’ll be showing you in the next few minutes.

Money & The Mind

The way you mentally approach money will go a long way in determining its flow in your direction. If you’ve been conditioned to sustain a negative money mindset, you probably will never have a healthy money relationship, consequently causing you to never aquire enough wealth in your lifetime.

As Rich Single Momma’s, Samantha Gregory, said, “Changing your mindset will move you from scarcity and poverty thinking to abundance and prosperity thinking. Money will no longer be a villain in your life but will become a tool to enhance your life. You will no longer see it as something that always leaves but as something that always comes back to you!”

Let’s discuss three important mind tricks you want to sustain towards money in order to be wealthy. Here we go:

#1. Money Is A Tool that Is Available To All

Do you want to move from scarcity to abundance? Then you best believe this right here! This is one of those basic, but essential mindsets people of great wealth have.

It is important you understand that money is a tool for achieving a goal and not the goal itself. It remains a means to an end. There’s no competition in its acquisition. You also don’t need to cut corners to make it. It’s infinitely available and able to go round. 

As with other things, what you believe about money will produce the results you have. Beyond money being a tool, though, the game changer for you is knowing that this tool is available to all and accessible by all. Say this out loud to yourself, “I have enough money.” Why is it important to believe this with your life?

The reason is simple. What you believe in will ultimately drive your actions and inactions, and your actions will invariably determine your results. A mindset of abundance will cause you to search out opportunities rather than focus on lack and excuses that keep you from being wealthy.

 “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

Of course, money isn’t going to magically appear from the sky once you believe this, but it’ll help you act from a place of abundance rather than lack. This is how the rich get richer. They make the big moves other people aren’t interested in making.

Unless you bring yourself to the point of believing that wealth flows to you freely and as easily as the wealthy, you’ll never be able to take those bold steps that are necessary to pave the way for you, and you’ll forever keep seeing yourself scrambling at the end of the food chain.

#2. Focus On The Prosperity, Not The Debt

We all know that whatever you give attention (which is energy) grows. Would you love to see your money grow? Then you want to focus on the right things.

Borrowing a story from the Bible, when Jacob wanted to raise speckled sheep, he placed a spotted pole before them so that whenever they mated and looked at the poles their offspring came out looking like it.

When it comes to attracting wealth, you want to learn to focus right. Don’t let yourself get stuck in the world of debts and bills. While it is important to aim at living a debt-free life, it shouldn’t absolve your focus such that you’re in a continuous rat race trying to pay bills, and you forget to appreciate the good things of life.

This is a trap most people fall into. They focus their finances on settling debts and paying off bills and never make any worthwhile investments or income-generating money moves. As a result, whatever they gather is trampled under the foot of bills and devoured by the birds of debts.

 

 

Focus on debts, and you’ll never have enough of them. Focus on prosperity, and you’ll watch your finances grow by leaps and bounds. Remember the law of attraction; whatever you focus your thoughts on, you attract.

It will help you a great deal if you can shift your mind from “gathering to scatter” to “gathering to store up.”

#3. Do Not Attach Emotions to Money

Emotional investors always bear the backlash of the market. Emotional spenders aren’t any different. They keep getting themselves looped in a vicious cycle of debt and losses.

How else do we say this? Money is simply a tool. You do not want to attach excess emotions to the way it is gotten and the way it is spent. Here’s why. Attaching emotions to money can generate stress. When we become overly emotionally attached to money, we give it the power to dictate our moods, our daily disposition, and sometimes, even our desire to keep doing life.

While this may be a hard saying, it is in no sense less true. If you get to the point where money has become the basis of your self-esteem and where it’s responsible for your emotions, for example, what would you do when it’s gone? It’s a very unsafe place to be.

 

Conclusion

Amassing wealth is first mental before it is material. You want to start your journey by building your mind and forming a “wealthy” mindset. Of course, in the process of forming new ones, the old will have to go down. When you have developed your mind to a credible level, the rest begins to fall into place. See you at the top!

Shame on You! And how to get it off.

 

It’s a well-acknowledged fact that each one of us, at least once, has done something that made them feel like curling up in a ball, pulling a blanket over their head, and hiding from the rest of the world, perhaps forever.

While sometimes shame could be due to a one-time incident or situation, there are some people who carry this sense of remorse with them throughout their life. Also, in some cases, some people feel this shame for no clear reason other than perhaps being ashamed of themselves.

Shame Among Others

Shame, at its core, wouldn’t exist without the fear of ruining your carefully cultivated image in front of others. Ironically, this shame could also be the thing that’s stopping you from having healthy and meaningful relationships in your life.

The connection you have with yourself is possibly the most important relationship you will ever have. Our interactions with ourselves serve as a model for our interactions with others and ever so subtly, sets the tone for how all our relationships will look like.

The presence of shame can affect your relationship with yourself and affect the intimacy present in our relationships. This is because our communication style, limits, and ability to be open with others are all influenced by our self-esteem and how much of ourselves we’re willing to put out there.

It’s not easy to let go of that sense of shame and stand on solid ground filled with pride about who you are, but here are some ways you can gradually begin healing, forgiving yourself, and ridding your soul of that shame forever.

How to Forgive Yourself?

1. Learn to Have Self-Compassion

Self-compassion doesn’t necessarily mean letting yourself off the hook for every wrong you’ve done. When you’re having a bad day, fail, or notice something you don’t like in yourself, self-compassion is being able to remember who you are through those dark moments.

Compassion comes from understanding the intentions and reasons behind an action, and who could better understand you than yourself?  Self-compassion entails reminding yourself that you are a human being who makes mistakes and is not expected to be fault-free anyway!

2. Honor Your Personal Needs

This one is extremely important for people-pleasers. It happens too often that you find yourself in a situation and place that you never wanted to be in the first place, but you did it anyway for someone else.

It’s important to honor your needs and subsequently set boundaries, in both big things, and small. This doesn’t mean never stepping out of your comfort zone, but that sense of awareness of what you really want, what you’re doing, and who are you doing it for will make sure you stop and check when it comes to the big things as well.

3. Create a Self-Care Routine

You don’t have to be a skincare enthusiast or gym rat to set some time for self-care. In its origin, self-care is a time for you to give your soul and body what they need and what will leave them feeling better and taken care of. The easiest way to start is to find one small step that you can implement into your routine consistently. For some, this is shedding some weight off at the gym, and for others, it’s reading a book in bed. There’s no rule to what self-care looks like as long as it leaves you feeling physically – and mentally – better. 

 

Conclusion

The next time you feel like curling up into a ball and burying your head, remember to rid yourself of shame, you have to take care of yourself and stop worrying about the image that you’ve created. You are not responsible for the image others have created of you in their minds, but you are responsible for getting out of your own way. 

 

10 Ways To Naturally Improve Your Immune System

 

With the world-events that have been taking place since 2020, people are now more health conscious than ever. One could have thought that the attention would have turned towards our natural immune systems. Instead, the pharmaceutical industry was highlighted and our innate way to protect and heal ourselves was pushed into the shadows. Years later, our natural immune system is still of great importance. Here are ten different ways to naturally improve your own body’s defense mechanism. 

 

 

1. Keep stress levels down 

Considering we live in such a fast-paced society, sometimes it can be difficult to relax. Information shows that human beings’ stress levels have increased due to technology and social media networks. The main neurotransmitter that is responsible for the fight-or-flight/fight-or-freeze response is cortisol. Contrary to popular belief, all stress is not bad. In some cases, where there are low doses of cortisol, it can be good for productivity, focus, and motivation. On the other hand, when there is an overload of it, the body and mind think they are in danger, therefore, using more of the body’s energy to protect itself and maintain hyperawareness. This overexertion of one’s life force takes the energy from the immune system and begins to deplete it over time. With this in mind, it is important for people to maintain healthy stress levels in order to prevent dis-eases and dis-orders by finding ways to relax. 

2. Meditate

Numerous studies show the many benefits of meditation. To demystify this ancient practice, it is simply when one focuses on the present moment and lets thoughts come and go. It is a way for people to connect with the Most High through listening and being open to whatever divine message is specifically for you. Meditation is known to help people clear their mind, have less thoughts throughout the day, reduce inflammation, increase focus, groundedness, and improve natural immunity. According to a Harvard health blog, regular meditation is more helpful than vacation! 

3. Breathwork

*inhale* 

Hold 

*exhale* 

Our breath is our life force and is the most powerful part of our being. It is our very existence. Doing one breathwork practice a day actually boosts the immune system. Since this ancient healing method is directly tied to the nervous system, it has the ability to calm anxiety or provide natural energy. Some of the most common breathing techniques, like the breath of fire and Wim Hof method are known to reduce pain, stimulate the brain, and give one maximum energy. Others on the other hand, like triangle and square breathing are tranquilizing and stress-relieving. Additionally, this practice can also decrease blood pressure and cortisol levels while improving blood flow and the autonomic response to physical and mental stress.  Either way, since breathwork is free and always accessible to you, It is a great way to keep a healthy and balanced immune system. 

 

 

4. Yoga 

This is both a physical and mental practice that anyone of any skill level can do. Yoga offers many natural benefits. Some of them include providing a greater range of motion, flexibility, groundedness, and can even manage depression, stiffness, and soreness. Additionally, it can help lower stress and promote better sleep, according to The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Another well-known advantage of yoga is increasing immunity. This is partially due to oxygen cleansing the lungs and the other parts of the respiratory system while stimulating the lymphatic system at the same time.

5. Weekly exercise 

As quarantine happened, countless people all across the world had to adjust their schedule and lifestyle. Sometimes this resulted in less activity. On the other hand, there were people who saw that time as an opportunity to go harder and push themselves to reach their fitness goals. Studies show that people who exercise every week can boost their immune system, which could lead to longer life. In fact, one study published in 2021 states, “There is substantial evidence that exercise and physical activity can reduce incidence and improve outcomes in cancer patients.” If someone is not comfortable going out in public to work out, they can find ways to move at home. A few options can include dancing, calaesthetics or even running in place!

6. Laugh More!

Did you know that laughing can boost your immune system? One of the main parts of immunity is the lymphatic system, which is located between your skin and muscles. It is responsible for cleansing and revitalizing your organs. The lymph nodes throughout your body are stations where the white blood cells are produced. When someone laughs from their gut, the diaphragmatic breathing speeds up the flow of the lymphatic fluid. This means that it increases the amount of lymphocytes circulating in your blood for better immunity toward every dis-ease, including cancer. 

7. Be in nature! 

When you were younger, you probably spent more time outside. Due to the pressures of adulthood and the recent world events, most people in developed countries will find themselves spending almost their entire day indoors. According to a survey done in 2018 by a window manufacturing company, 25% of Americans will spend 90% (21 hours) a day inside. The best way to counteract this is of course get up and go out! Being outside helps increase immunity because the elements of Mother nature heal us. We are reminded of our oneness with all there is. Scientifically speaking, being around plants can help us generate white blood cells to fight off ailments. Going outside is free aromatherapy and can also stimulate creativity!

 

 

8. Add herbs to your life

Natural practices, like herbalism, are on the rise again. Herbs have obviously been around since the beginning of time. Many civilizations, such as the Indigeniuos “Black” Native Americans, Mayans, Incas, Chinese and Africans all used herbs to heal. These gifts from God have been utilized for medicine and spirituality. Adding herbs to your life, like chamomile, lavender and catnip (from the mint family) can reduce stress while peppermint, eucalyptus and mullein can help the digestive and respiratory systems. CBD, the naturally-occurring chemical compound in more potent herbs like hemp and cannabis, have been used in ancient medicine to boost the immune system as well. There are many books available that can teach you about herbs. Since it has been a sacred tradition for many bloodlines across the earth, it is important for one to study deeper into how they can help the human body, mind and even spirit if one feels called. Who knows? Perhaps you can be the one in your family and community to become a certified herbalist and create new-old traditions. 

 9. Regulated Diet 

Famous health specialists, like Dr. Sebi, was a big advocate for the alkaline diet.  In fact, he was taken to court and was granted the right to say he healed people through the alkaline diet alone. Although this can be quite controversial, it is important to do your own research and find a diet that is right for your body. There are so many people becoming health conscious to the point there’s numerous diets to choose from. Including being vegan, vegetarian, paleo, pescatarian, meat eaters and more.  Whether you are someone who might want to get all their nutrients from plants, including your protein or want to stick with eating animal products, there’s options for everyone! Either way, it is essential to get the vital nutrients your body needs by consuming foods that can be a part of a regulated and balanced diet. 

10. Get Enough Sleep 

Contrary to popular belief every body does not need eight hours of sleep. The amount of sleep will actually vary from person to person. This is because so many factors come into play, such as DNA, health history, age, weight, diet, body-type and even what is happening astrologically. For instance, if a woman is on her first day of her menstrual (moon) cycle, her body might be calling her to have deeper and longer rest. Considering it is all subjective, one must find out how much is right for them. Once they discover that, and get enough sleep consistently, their immune system will improve since sleep restores, repairs and heals our cells. 

 

 

Conclusion 

Above all, it is possible to heal yourself through natural ways. When it comes down to health, it really depends on one keeping their stress levels down. When we look at scientific research, it shows that 95% of dis-eases and dis-orders are stress-related (The Healing Code by and Dr. Alex Loyd and Dr. Ben Johnson). Almost all dis-eases start from the mind! Whatever you are dealing with, have faith that you can be healed and maintain optimal health. Use these tips to have a richer and fuller life and share it with your loved ones so all of you can thrive!

Step by Step: 5 Strategies to Help You Inspire and Develop Self-Discipline

 

We can set as many goals for ourselves as we want, but without self-discipline, our efforts will be fruitless. If you’ve found yourself in an unfavorable cycle recently of setting goals, making excuses not to reach them, and then feeling guilty when you don’t, the problem may not be that your goals are simply unreachable. It could just be that you lack self-discipline—for now. 

What is self-discipline, and why is it important for reaching goals? 

Self-discipline is the ability to control one’s behavior and feelings in the face of obstacles or temptations. So, for example, every time you go to the gym when you really, really don’t feel like it is you exercising self-discipline. 

This characteristic is essential for goal-setting and life because it allows you to remain in control despite the mental and physical barriers that may stand in your way. It’s okay to be honest with yourself if your level of self-discipline isn’t where you’d like it to be. 

Taking it step-by-step is the best way to develop this skill set over time, so here are five strategies you can use to inspire self-discipline and get on the right track towards your goals! 

1. Display your goals where you can see them. 

You’ll need some motivation to inspire you to stay disciplined, so a good place to start is visualizing your goals. Make a vision board, put your dreams on post-it notes, or whatever works best for you, but make sure they’re placed somewhere you can see them every day as a reminder to keep going. 

2. Push yourself outside the box more often. 

Reaching for new heights will be uncomfortable, but when you practice stepping outside of your comfort zone daily, you can learn to build more trust with yourself. Here are some examples below, but do what feels like a challenge to you: 

  • Go to the gym alone. 
  • Wake up earlier. 
  • Introduce yourself to someone interesting. 
  • Speak up more often in meetings or discussions. 

3. Set small goals. 

If you have a goal that feels overwhelming, break it down into smaller, attainable milestones. For example, do you want to stop eating out so much? Then try challenging yourself to not eat out during the week first and then work yourself up to the larger goal. 

4. Find accountability. 

There’s nothing like having someone else to encourage you and keep you on track. So ask a friend or someone close to take on the role of an accountability partner so that way you have a commitment to uphold for yourself and someone else. 

5. Remove the roadblocks. 

If you know that certain triggers or habits keep you away from your goals, then remove what you can control. Roadblocks could be going out with friends every weekend, having your phone on during work hours, or anything that keeps you distracted from doing what you know you need to do.

 

Remember, self-discipline is a skill that we can sharpen over a lifetime, so take it one step at a time, and you’ll be surprised to see how far you go! 

 

Unlocking Mental Wealth

 

Changing Your Perception Towards Money

 

Want to know the reason for the perceived differences between the rich and every other person? It’s really not hard to guess. I know many times the emphasis is on their investments, the amount they earn, their ability to draw up a financial plan and stick to it. But oftentimes, we neglect that it all begins and ends with their money mindset.

The mind is where the goldmine is. Ultimately, your life and mind (our finances inclusive) will always be products of our most dominant thought. Each and every day, what we believe about money and its uses will invariably lead us to a door— a door that brings us into the reality of our beliefs.

Unfortunately, like many other things, the topic of money and its entire essence is greatly misunderstood. The result is that most end up never amassing wealth, or they route it wrongly, to their own detriment. Ready to let go of financial misconceptions and embrace abundance? We’ll be showing you in the next few minutes.

Money & The Mind

The way you mentally approach money will go a long way in determining its flow in your direction. If you’ve been conditioned to sustain a negative money mindset, you probably will never have a healthy money relationship, consequently causing you to never aquire enough wealth in your lifetime.

As Rich Single Momma’s, Samantha Gregory, said, “Changing your mindset will move you from scarcity and poverty thinking to abundance and prosperity thinking. Money will no longer be a villain in your life but will become a tool to enhance your life. You will no longer see it as something that always leaves but as something that always comes back to you!”

Let’s discuss three important mind tricks you want to sustain towards money in order to be wealthy. Here we go:

#1. Money Is A Tool that Is Available To All

Do you want to move from scarcity to abundance? Then you best believe this right here! This is one of those basic, but essential mindsets people of great wealth have.

It is important you understand that money is a tool for achieving a goal and not the goal itself. It remains a means to an end. There’s no competition in its acquisition. You also don’t need to cut corners to make it. It’s infinitely available and able to go round. 

As with other things, what you believe about money will produce the results you have. Beyond money being a tool, though, the game changer for you is knowing that this tool is available to all and accessible by all. Say this out loud to yourself, “I have enough money.” Why is it important to believe this with your life?

The reason is simple. What you believe in will ultimately drive your actions and inactions, and your actions will invariably determine your results. A mindset of abundance will cause you to search out opportunities rather than focus on lack and excuses that keep you from being wealthy.

 “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

Of course, money isn’t going to magically appear from the sky once you believe this, but it’ll help you act from a place of abundance rather than lack. This is how the rich get richer. They make the big moves other people aren’t interested in making.

Unless you bring yourself to the point of believing that wealth flows to you freely and as easily as the wealthy, you’ll never be able to take those bold steps that are necessary to pave the way for you, and you’ll forever keep seeing yourself scrambling at the end of the food chain.

#2. Focus On The Prosperity, Not The Debt

We all know that whatever you give attention (which is energy) grows. Would you love to see your money grow? Then you want to focus on the right things.

Borrowing a story from the Bible, when Jacob wanted to raise speckled sheep, he placed a spotted pole before them so that whenever they mated and looked at the poles their offspring came out looking like it.

When it comes to attracting wealth, you want to learn to focus right. Don’t let yourself get stuck in the world of debts and bills. While it is important to aim at living a debt-free life, it shouldn’t absolve your focus such that you’re in a continuous rat race trying to pay bills, and you forget to appreciate the good things of life.

This is a trap most people fall into. They focus their finances on settling debts and paying off bills and never make any worthwhile investments or income-generating money moves. As a result, whatever they gather is trampled under the foot of bills and devoured by the birds of debts.

 

 

Focus on debts, and you’ll never have enough of them. Focus on prosperity, and you’ll watch your finances grow by leaps and bounds. Remember the law of attraction; whatever you focus your thoughts on, you attract.

It will help you a great deal if you can shift your mind from “gathering to scatter” to “gathering to store up.”

#3. Do Not Attach Emotions to Money

Emotional investors always bear the backlash of the market. Emotional spenders aren’t any different. They keep getting themselves looped in a vicious cycle of debt and losses.

How else do we say this? Money is simply a tool. You do not want to attach excess emotions to the way it is gotten and the way it is spent. Here’s why. Attaching emotions to money can generate stress. When we become overly emotionally attached to money, we give it the power to dictate our moods, our daily disposition, and sometimes, even our desire to keep doing life.

While this may be a hard saying, it is in no sense less true. If you get to the point where money has become the basis of your self-esteem and where it’s responsible for your emotions, for example, what would you do when it’s gone? It’s a very unsafe place to be.

 

Conclusion

Amassing wealth is first mental before it is material. You want to start your journey by building your mind and forming a “wealthy” mindset. Of course, in the process of forming new ones, the old will have to go down. When you have developed your mind to a credible level, the rest begins to fall into place. See you at the top!

Shame on You! And how to get it off.

 

It’s a well-acknowledged fact that each one of us, at least once, has done something that made them feel like curling up in a ball, pulling a blanket over their head, and hiding from the rest of the world, perhaps forever.

While sometimes shame could be due to a one-time incident or situation, there are some people who carry this sense of remorse with them throughout their life. Also, in some cases, some people feel this shame for no clear reason other than perhaps being ashamed of themselves.

Shame Among Others

Shame, at its core, wouldn’t exist without the fear of ruining your carefully cultivated image in front of others. Ironically, this shame could also be the thing that’s stopping you from having healthy and meaningful relationships in your life.

The connection you have with yourself is possibly the most important relationship you will ever have. Our interactions with ourselves serve as a model for our interactions with others and ever so subtly, sets the tone for how all our relationships will look like.

The presence of shame can affect your relationship with yourself and affect the intimacy present in our relationships. This is because our communication style, limits, and ability to be open with others are all influenced by our self-esteem and how much of ourselves we’re willing to put out there.

It’s not easy to let go of that sense of shame and stand on solid ground filled with pride about who you are, but here are some ways you can gradually begin healing, forgiving yourself, and ridding your soul of that shame forever.

How to Forgive Yourself?

1. Learn to Have Self-Compassion

Self-compassion doesn’t necessarily mean letting yourself off the hook for every wrong you’ve done. When you’re having a bad day, fail, or notice something you don’t like in yourself, self-compassion is being able to remember who you are through those dark moments.

Compassion comes from understanding the intentions and reasons behind an action, and who could better understand you than yourself?  Self-compassion entails reminding yourself that you are a human being who makes mistakes and is not expected to be fault-free anyway!

2. Honor Your Personal Needs

This one is extremely important for people-pleasers. It happens too often that you find yourself in a situation and place that you never wanted to be in the first place, but you did it anyway for someone else.

It’s important to honor your needs and subsequently set boundaries, in both big things, and small. This doesn’t mean never stepping out of your comfort zone, but that sense of awareness of what you really want, what you’re doing, and who are you doing it for will make sure you stop and check when it comes to the big things as well.

3. Create a Self-Care Routine

You don’t have to be a skincare enthusiast or gym rat to set some time for self-care. In its origin, self-care is a time for you to give your soul and body what they need and what will leave them feeling better and taken care of. The easiest way to start is to find one small step that you can implement into your routine consistently. For some, this is shedding some weight off at the gym, and for others, it’s reading a book in bed. There’s no rule to what self-care looks like as long as it leaves you feeling physically – and mentally – better. 

 

Conclusion

The next time you feel like curling up into a ball and burying your head, remember to rid yourself of shame, you have to take care of yourself and stop worrying about the image that you’ve created. You are not responsible for the image others have created of you in their minds, but you are responsible for getting out of your own way. 

 

10 Ways To Naturally Improve Your Immune System

 

With the world-events that have been taking place since 2020, people are now more health conscious than ever. One could have thought that the attention would have turned towards our natural immune systems. Instead, the pharmaceutical industry was highlighted and our innate way to protect and heal ourselves was pushed into the shadows. Years later, our natural immune system is still of great importance. Here are ten different ways to naturally improve your own body’s defense mechanism. 

 

 

1. Keep stress levels down 

Considering we live in such a fast-paced society, sometimes it can be difficult to relax. Information shows that human beings’ stress levels have increased due to technology and social media networks. The main neurotransmitter that is responsible for the fight-or-flight/fight-or-freeze response is cortisol. Contrary to popular belief, all stress is not bad. In some cases, where there are low doses of cortisol, it can be good for productivity, focus, and motivation. On the other hand, when there is an overload of it, the body and mind think they are in danger, therefore, using more of the body’s energy to protect itself and maintain hyperawareness. This overexertion of one’s life force takes the energy from the immune system and begins to deplete it over time. With this in mind, it is important for people to maintain healthy stress levels in order to prevent dis-eases and dis-orders by finding ways to relax. 

2. Meditate

Numerous studies show the many benefits of meditation. To demystify this ancient practice, it is simply when one focuses on the present moment and lets thoughts come and go. It is a way for people to connect with the Most High through listening and being open to whatever divine message is specifically for you. Meditation is known to help people clear their mind, have less thoughts throughout the day, reduce inflammation, increase focus, groundedness, and improve natural immunity. According to a Harvard health blog, regular meditation is more helpful than vacation! 

3. Breathwork

*inhale* 

Hold 

*exhale* 

Our breath is our life force and is the most powerful part of our being. It is our very existence. Doing one breathwork practice a day actually boosts the immune system. Since this ancient healing method is directly tied to the nervous system, it has the ability to calm anxiety or provide natural energy. Some of the most common breathing techniques, like the breath of fire and Wim Hof method are known to reduce pain, stimulate the brain, and give one maximum energy. Others on the other hand, like triangle and square breathing are tranquilizing and stress-relieving. Additionally, this practice can also decrease blood pressure and cortisol levels while improving blood flow and the autonomic response to physical and mental stress.  Either way, since breathwork is free and always accessible to you, It is a great way to keep a healthy and balanced immune system. 

 

 

4. Yoga 

This is both a physical and mental practice that anyone of any skill level can do. Yoga offers many natural benefits. Some of them include providing a greater range of motion, flexibility, groundedness, and can even manage depression, stiffness, and soreness. Additionally, it can help lower stress and promote better sleep, according to The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Another well-known advantage of yoga is increasing immunity. This is partially due to oxygen cleansing the lungs and the other parts of the respiratory system while stimulating the lymphatic system at the same time.

5. Weekly exercise 

As quarantine happened, countless people all across the world had to adjust their schedule and lifestyle. Sometimes this resulted in less activity. On the other hand, there were people who saw that time as an opportunity to go harder and push themselves to reach their fitness goals. Studies show that people who exercise every week can boost their immune system, which could lead to longer life. In fact, one study published in 2021 states, “There is substantial evidence that exercise and physical activity can reduce incidence and improve outcomes in cancer patients.” If someone is not comfortable going out in public to work out, they can find ways to move at home. A few options can include dancing, calaesthetics or even running in place!

6. Laugh More!

Did you know that laughing can boost your immune system? One of the main parts of immunity is the lymphatic system, which is located between your skin and muscles. It is responsible for cleansing and revitalizing your organs. The lymph nodes throughout your body are stations where the white blood cells are produced. When someone laughs from their gut, the diaphragmatic breathing speeds up the flow of the lymphatic fluid. This means that it increases the amount of lymphocytes circulating in your blood for better immunity toward every dis-ease, including cancer. 

7. Be in nature! 

When you were younger, you probably spent more time outside. Due to the pressures of adulthood and the recent world events, most people in developed countries will find themselves spending almost their entire day indoors. According to a survey done in 2018 by a window manufacturing company, 25% of Americans will spend 90% (21 hours) a day inside. The best way to counteract this is of course get up and go out! Being outside helps increase immunity because the elements of Mother nature heal us. We are reminded of our oneness with all there is. Scientifically speaking, being around plants can help us generate white blood cells to fight off ailments. Going outside is free aromatherapy and can also stimulate creativity!

 

 

8. Add herbs to your life

Natural practices, like herbalism, are on the rise again. Herbs have obviously been around since the beginning of time. Many civilizations, such as the Indigeniuos “Black” Native Americans, Mayans, Incas, Chinese and Africans all used herbs to heal. These gifts from God have been utilized for medicine and spirituality. Adding herbs to your life, like chamomile, lavender and catnip (from the mint family) can reduce stress while peppermint, eucalyptus and mullein can help the digestive and respiratory systems. CBD, the naturally-occurring chemical compound in more potent herbs like hemp and cannabis, have been used in ancient medicine to boost the immune system as well. There are many books available that can teach you about herbs. Since it has been a sacred tradition for many bloodlines across the earth, it is important for one to study deeper into how they can help the human body, mind and even spirit if one feels called. Who knows? Perhaps you can be the one in your family and community to become a certified herbalist and create new-old traditions. 

 9. Regulated Diet 

Famous health specialists, like Dr. Sebi, was a big advocate for the alkaline diet.  In fact, he was taken to court and was granted the right to say he healed people through the alkaline diet alone. Although this can be quite controversial, it is important to do your own research and find a diet that is right for your body. There are so many people becoming health conscious to the point there’s numerous diets to choose from. Including being vegan, vegetarian, paleo, pescatarian, meat eaters and more.  Whether you are someone who might want to get all their nutrients from plants, including your protein or want to stick with eating animal products, there’s options for everyone! Either way, it is essential to get the vital nutrients your body needs by consuming foods that can be a part of a regulated and balanced diet. 

10. Get Enough Sleep 

Contrary to popular belief every body does not need eight hours of sleep. The amount of sleep will actually vary from person to person. This is because so many factors come into play, such as DNA, health history, age, weight, diet, body-type and even what is happening astrologically. For instance, if a woman is on her first day of her menstrual (moon) cycle, her body might be calling her to have deeper and longer rest. Considering it is all subjective, one must find out how much is right for them. Once they discover that, and get enough sleep consistently, their immune system will improve since sleep restores, repairs and heals our cells. 

 

 

Conclusion 

Above all, it is possible to heal yourself through natural ways. When it comes down to health, it really depends on one keeping their stress levels down. When we look at scientific research, it shows that 95% of dis-eases and dis-orders are stress-related (The Healing Code by and Dr. Alex Loyd and Dr. Ben Johnson). Almost all dis-eases start from the mind! Whatever you are dealing with, have faith that you can be healed and maintain optimal health. Use these tips to have a richer and fuller life and share it with your loved ones so all of you can thrive!

Step by Step: 5 Strategies to Help You Inspire and Develop Self-Discipline

 

We can set as many goals for ourselves as we want, but without self-discipline, our efforts will be fruitless. If you’ve found yourself in an unfavorable cycle recently of setting goals, making excuses not to reach them, and then feeling guilty when you don’t, the problem may not be that your goals are simply unreachable. It could just be that you lack self-discipline—for now. 

What is self-discipline, and why is it important for reaching goals? 

Self-discipline is the ability to control one’s behavior and feelings in the face of obstacles or temptations. So, for example, every time you go to the gym when you really, really don’t feel like it is you exercising self-discipline. 

This characteristic is essential for goal-setting and life because it allows you to remain in control despite the mental and physical barriers that may stand in your way. It’s okay to be honest with yourself if your level of self-discipline isn’t where you’d like it to be. 

Taking it step-by-step is the best way to develop this skill set over time, so here are five strategies you can use to inspire self-discipline and get on the right track towards your goals! 

1. Display your goals where you can see them. 

You’ll need some motivation to inspire you to stay disciplined, so a good place to start is visualizing your goals. Make a vision board, put your dreams on post-it notes, or whatever works best for you, but make sure they’re placed somewhere you can see them every day as a reminder to keep going. 

2. Push yourself outside the box more often. 

Reaching for new heights will be uncomfortable, but when you practice stepping outside of your comfort zone daily, you can learn to build more trust with yourself. Here are some examples below, but do what feels like a challenge to you: 

  • Go to the gym alone. 
  • Wake up earlier. 
  • Introduce yourself to someone interesting. 
  • Speak up more often in meetings or discussions. 

3. Set small goals. 

If you have a goal that feels overwhelming, break it down into smaller, attainable milestones. For example, do you want to stop eating out so much? Then try challenging yourself to not eat out during the week first and then work yourself up to the larger goal. 

4. Find accountability. 

There’s nothing like having someone else to encourage you and keep you on track. So ask a friend or someone close to take on the role of an accountability partner so that way you have a commitment to uphold for yourself and someone else. 

5. Remove the roadblocks. 

If you know that certain triggers or habits keep you away from your goals, then remove what you can control. Roadblocks could be going out with friends every weekend, having your phone on during work hours, or anything that keeps you distracted from doing what you know you need to do.

 

Remember, self-discipline is a skill that we can sharpen over a lifetime, so take it one step at a time, and you’ll be surprised to see how far you go! 

 

Unlocking Mental Wealth

 

Changing Your Perception Towards Money

 

Want to know the reason for the perceived differences between the rich and every other person? It’s really not hard to guess. I know many times the emphasis is on their investments, the amount they earn, their ability to draw up a financial plan and stick to it. But oftentimes, we neglect that it all begins and ends with their money mindset.

The mind is where the goldmine is. Ultimately, your life and mind (our finances inclusive) will always be products of our most dominant thought. Each and every day, what we believe about money and its uses will invariably lead us to a door— a door that brings us into the reality of our beliefs.

Unfortunately, like many other things, the topic of money and its entire essence is greatly misunderstood. The result is that most end up never amassing wealth, or they route it wrongly, to their own detriment. Ready to let go of financial misconceptions and embrace abundance? We’ll be showing you in the next few minutes.

Money & The Mind

The way you mentally approach money will go a long way in determining its flow in your direction. If you’ve been conditioned to sustain a negative money mindset, you probably will never have a healthy money relationship, consequently causing you to never aquire enough wealth in your lifetime.

As Rich Single Momma’s, Samantha Gregory, said, “Changing your mindset will move you from scarcity and poverty thinking to abundance and prosperity thinking. Money will no longer be a villain in your life but will become a tool to enhance your life. You will no longer see it as something that always leaves but as something that always comes back to you!”

Let’s discuss three important mind tricks you want to sustain towards money in order to be wealthy. Here we go:

#1. Money Is A Tool that Is Available To All

Do you want to move from scarcity to abundance? Then you best believe this right here! This is one of those basic, but essential mindsets people of great wealth have.

It is important you understand that money is a tool for achieving a goal and not the goal itself. It remains a means to an end. There’s no competition in its acquisition. You also don’t need to cut corners to make it. It’s infinitely available and able to go round. 

As with other things, what you believe about money will produce the results you have. Beyond money being a tool, though, the game changer for you is knowing that this tool is available to all and accessible by all. Say this out loud to yourself, “I have enough money.” Why is it important to believe this with your life?

The reason is simple. What you believe in will ultimately drive your actions and inactions, and your actions will invariably determine your results. A mindset of abundance will cause you to search out opportunities rather than focus on lack and excuses that keep you from being wealthy.

 “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

Of course, money isn’t going to magically appear from the sky once you believe this, but it’ll help you act from a place of abundance rather than lack. This is how the rich get richer. They make the big moves other people aren’t interested in making.

Unless you bring yourself to the point of believing that wealth flows to you freely and as easily as the wealthy, you’ll never be able to take those bold steps that are necessary to pave the way for you, and you’ll forever keep seeing yourself scrambling at the end of the food chain.

#2. Focus On The Prosperity, Not The Debt

We all know that whatever you give attention (which is energy) grows. Would you love to see your money grow? Then you want to focus on the right things.

Borrowing a story from the Bible, when Jacob wanted to raise speckled sheep, he placed a spotted pole before them so that whenever they mated and looked at the poles their offspring came out looking like it.

When it comes to attracting wealth, you want to learn to focus right. Don’t let yourself get stuck in the world of debts and bills. While it is important to aim at living a debt-free life, it shouldn’t absolve your focus such that you’re in a continuous rat race trying to pay bills, and you forget to appreciate the good things of life.

This is a trap most people fall into. They focus their finances on settling debts and paying off bills and never make any worthwhile investments or income-generating money moves. As a result, whatever they gather is trampled under the foot of bills and devoured by the birds of debts.

 

 

Focus on debts, and you’ll never have enough of them. Focus on prosperity, and you’ll watch your finances grow by leaps and bounds. Remember the law of attraction; whatever you focus your thoughts on, you attract.

It will help you a great deal if you can shift your mind from “gathering to scatter” to “gathering to store up.”

#3. Do Not Attach Emotions to Money

Emotional investors always bear the backlash of the market. Emotional spenders aren’t any different. They keep getting themselves looped in a vicious cycle of debt and losses.

How else do we say this? Money is simply a tool. You do not want to attach excess emotions to the way it is gotten and the way it is spent. Here’s why. Attaching emotions to money can generate stress. When we become overly emotionally attached to money, we give it the power to dictate our moods, our daily disposition, and sometimes, even our desire to keep doing life.

While this may be a hard saying, it is in no sense less true. If you get to the point where money has become the basis of your self-esteem and where it’s responsible for your emotions, for example, what would you do when it’s gone? It’s a very unsafe place to be.

 

Conclusion

Amassing wealth is first mental before it is material. You want to start your journey by building your mind and forming a “wealthy” mindset. Of course, in the process of forming new ones, the old will have to go down. When you have developed your mind to a credible level, the rest begins to fall into place. See you at the top!

Shame on You! And how to get it off.

 

It’s a well-acknowledged fact that each one of us, at least once, has done something that made them feel like curling up in a ball, pulling a blanket over their head, and hiding from the rest of the world, perhaps forever.

While sometimes shame could be due to a one-time incident or situation, there are some people who carry this sense of remorse with them throughout their life. Also, in some cases, some people feel this shame for no clear reason other than perhaps being ashamed of themselves.

Shame Among Others

Shame, at its core, wouldn’t exist without the fear of ruining your carefully cultivated image in front of others. Ironically, this shame could also be the thing that’s stopping you from having healthy and meaningful relationships in your life.

The connection you have with yourself is possibly the most important relationship you will ever have. Our interactions with ourselves serve as a model for our interactions with others and ever so subtly, sets the tone for how all our relationships will look like.

The presence of shame can affect your relationship with yourself and affect the intimacy present in our relationships. This is because our communication style, limits, and ability to be open with others are all influenced by our self-esteem and how much of ourselves we’re willing to put out there.

It’s not easy to let go of that sense of shame and stand on solid ground filled with pride about who you are, but here are some ways you can gradually begin healing, forgiving yourself, and ridding your soul of that shame forever.

How to Forgive Yourself?

1. Learn to Have Self-Compassion

Self-compassion doesn’t necessarily mean letting yourself off the hook for every wrong you’ve done. When you’re having a bad day, fail, or notice something you don’t like in yourself, self-compassion is being able to remember who you are through those dark moments.

Compassion comes from understanding the intentions and reasons behind an action, and who could better understand you than yourself?  Self-compassion entails reminding yourself that you are a human being who makes mistakes and is not expected to be fault-free anyway!

2. Honor Your Personal Needs

This one is extremely important for people-pleasers. It happens too often that you find yourself in a situation and place that you never wanted to be in the first place, but you did it anyway for someone else.

It’s important to honor your needs and subsequently set boundaries, in both big things, and small. This doesn’t mean never stepping out of your comfort zone, but that sense of awareness of what you really want, what you’re doing, and who are you doing it for will make sure you stop and check when it comes to the big things as well.

3. Create a Self-Care Routine

You don’t have to be a skincare enthusiast or gym rat to set some time for self-care. In its origin, self-care is a time for you to give your soul and body what they need and what will leave them feeling better and taken care of. The easiest way to start is to find one small step that you can implement into your routine consistently. For some, this is shedding some weight off at the gym, and for others, it’s reading a book in bed. There’s no rule to what self-care looks like as long as it leaves you feeling physically – and mentally – better. 

 

Conclusion

The next time you feel like curling up into a ball and burying your head, remember to rid yourself of shame, you have to take care of yourself and stop worrying about the image that you’ve created. You are not responsible for the image others have created of you in their minds, but you are responsible for getting out of your own way. 

 

10 Ways To Naturally Improve Your Immune System

 

With the world-events that have been taking place since 2020, people are now more health conscious than ever. One could have thought that the attention would have turned towards our natural immune systems. Instead, the pharmaceutical industry was highlighted and our innate way to protect and heal ourselves was pushed into the shadows. Years later, our natural immune system is still of great importance. Here are ten different ways to naturally improve your own body’s defense mechanism. 

 

 

1. Keep stress levels down 

Considering we live in such a fast-paced society, sometimes it can be difficult to relax. Information shows that human beings’ stress levels have increased due to technology and social media networks. The main neurotransmitter that is responsible for the fight-or-flight/fight-or-freeze response is cortisol. Contrary to popular belief, all stress is not bad. In some cases, where there are low doses of cortisol, it can be good for productivity, focus, and motivation. On the other hand, when there is an overload of it, the body and mind think they are in danger, therefore, using more of the body’s energy to protect itself and maintain hyperawareness. This overexertion of one’s life force takes the energy from the immune system and begins to deplete it over time. With this in mind, it is important for people to maintain healthy stress levels in order to prevent dis-eases and dis-orders by finding ways to relax. 

2. Meditate

Numerous studies show the many benefits of meditation. To demystify this ancient practice, it is simply when one focuses on the present moment and lets thoughts come and go. It is a way for people to connect with the Most High through listening and being open to whatever divine message is specifically for you. Meditation is known to help people clear their mind, have less thoughts throughout the day, reduce inflammation, increase focus, groundedness, and improve natural immunity. According to a Harvard health blog, regular meditation is more helpful than vacation! 

3. Breathwork

*inhale* 

Hold 

*exhale* 

Our breath is our life force and is the most powerful part of our being. It is our very existence. Doing one breathwork practice a day actually boosts the immune system. Since this ancient healing method is directly tied to the nervous system, it has the ability to calm anxiety or provide natural energy. Some of the most common breathing techniques, like the breath of fire and Wim Hof method are known to reduce pain, stimulate the brain, and give one maximum energy. Others on the other hand, like triangle and square breathing are tranquilizing and stress-relieving. Additionally, this practice can also decrease blood pressure and cortisol levels while improving blood flow and the autonomic response to physical and mental stress.  Either way, since breathwork is free and always accessible to you, It is a great way to keep a healthy and balanced immune system. 

 

 

4. Yoga 

This is both a physical and mental practice that anyone of any skill level can do. Yoga offers many natural benefits. Some of them include providing a greater range of motion, flexibility, groundedness, and can even manage depression, stiffness, and soreness. Additionally, it can help lower stress and promote better sleep, according to The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Another well-known advantage of yoga is increasing immunity. This is partially due to oxygen cleansing the lungs and the other parts of the respiratory system while stimulating the lymphatic system at the same time.

5. Weekly exercise 

As quarantine happened, countless people all across the world had to adjust their schedule and lifestyle. Sometimes this resulted in less activity. On the other hand, there were people who saw that time as an opportunity to go harder and push themselves to reach their fitness goals. Studies show that people who exercise every week can boost their immune system, which could lead to longer life. In fact, one study published in 2021 states, “There is substantial evidence that exercise and physical activity can reduce incidence and improve outcomes in cancer patients.” If someone is not comfortable going out in public to work out, they can find ways to move at home. A few options can include dancing, calaesthetics or even running in place!

6. Laugh More!

Did you know that laughing can boost your immune system? One of the main parts of immunity is the lymphatic system, which is located between your skin and muscles. It is responsible for cleansing and revitalizing your organs. The lymph nodes throughout your body are stations where the white blood cells are produced. When someone laughs from their gut, the diaphragmatic breathing speeds up the flow of the lymphatic fluid. This means that it increases the amount of lymphocytes circulating in your blood for better immunity toward every dis-ease, including cancer. 

7. Be in nature! 

When you were younger, you probably spent more time outside. Due to the pressures of adulthood and the recent world events, most people in developed countries will find themselves spending almost their entire day indoors. According to a survey done in 2018 by a window manufacturing company, 25% of Americans will spend 90% (21 hours) a day inside. The best way to counteract this is of course get up and go out! Being outside helps increase immunity because the elements of Mother nature heal us. We are reminded of our oneness with all there is. Scientifically speaking, being around plants can help us generate white blood cells to fight off ailments. Going outside is free aromatherapy and can also stimulate creativity!

 

 

8. Add herbs to your life

Natural practices, like herbalism, are on the rise again. Herbs have obviously been around since the beginning of time. Many civilizations, such as the Indigeniuos “Black” Native Americans, Mayans, Incas, Chinese and Africans all used herbs to heal. These gifts from God have been utilized for medicine and spirituality. Adding herbs to your life, like chamomile, lavender and catnip (from the mint family) can reduce stress while peppermint, eucalyptus and mullein can help the digestive and respiratory systems. CBD, the naturally-occurring chemical compound in more potent herbs like hemp and cannabis, have been used in ancient medicine to boost the immune system as well. There are many books available that can teach you about herbs. Since it has been a sacred tradition for many bloodlines across the earth, it is important for one to study deeper into how they can help the human body, mind and even spirit if one feels called. Who knows? Perhaps you can be the one in your family and community to become a certified herbalist and create new-old traditions. 

 9. Regulated Diet 

Famous health specialists, like Dr. Sebi, was a big advocate for the alkaline diet.  In fact, he was taken to court and was granted the right to say he healed people through the alkaline diet alone. Although this can be quite controversial, it is important to do your own research and find a diet that is right for your body. There are so many people becoming health conscious to the point there’s numerous diets to choose from. Including being vegan, vegetarian, paleo, pescatarian, meat eaters and more.  Whether you are someone who might want to get all their nutrients from plants, including your protein or want to stick with eating animal products, there’s options for everyone! Either way, it is essential to get the vital nutrients your body needs by consuming foods that can be a part of a regulated and balanced diet. 

10. Get Enough Sleep 

Contrary to popular belief every body does not need eight hours of sleep. The amount of sleep will actually vary from person to person. This is because so many factors come into play, such as DNA, health history, age, weight, diet, body-type and even what is happening astrologically. For instance, if a woman is on her first day of her menstrual (moon) cycle, her body might be calling her to have deeper and longer rest. Considering it is all subjective, one must find out how much is right for them. Once they discover that, and get enough sleep consistently, their immune system will improve since sleep restores, repairs and heals our cells. 

 

 

Conclusion 

Above all, it is possible to heal yourself through natural ways. When it comes down to health, it really depends on one keeping their stress levels down. When we look at scientific research, it shows that 95% of dis-eases and dis-orders are stress-related (The Healing Code by and Dr. Alex Loyd and Dr. Ben Johnson). Almost all dis-eases start from the mind! Whatever you are dealing with, have faith that you can be healed and maintain optimal health. Use these tips to have a richer and fuller life and share it with your loved ones so all of you can thrive!

Step by Step: 5 Strategies to Help You Inspire and Develop Self-Discipline

 

We can set as many goals for ourselves as we want, but without self-discipline, our efforts will be fruitless. If you’ve found yourself in an unfavorable cycle recently of setting goals, making excuses not to reach them, and then feeling guilty when you don’t, the problem may not be that your goals are simply unreachable. It could just be that you lack self-discipline—for now. 

What is self-discipline, and why is it important for reaching goals? 

Self-discipline is the ability to control one’s behavior and feelings in the face of obstacles or temptations. So, for example, every time you go to the gym when you really, really don’t feel like it is you exercising self-discipline. 

This characteristic is essential for goal-setting and life because it allows you to remain in control despite the mental and physical barriers that may stand in your way. It’s okay to be honest with yourself if your level of self-discipline isn’t where you’d like it to be. 

Taking it step-by-step is the best way to develop this skill set over time, so here are five strategies you can use to inspire self-discipline and get on the right track towards your goals! 

1. Display your goals where you can see them. 

You’ll need some motivation to inspire you to stay disciplined, so a good place to start is visualizing your goals. Make a vision board, put your dreams on post-it notes, or whatever works best for you, but make sure they’re placed somewhere you can see them every day as a reminder to keep going. 

2. Push yourself outside the box more often. 

Reaching for new heights will be uncomfortable, but when you practice stepping outside of your comfort zone daily, you can learn to build more trust with yourself. Here are some examples below, but do what feels like a challenge to you: 

  • Go to the gym alone. 
  • Wake up earlier. 
  • Introduce yourself to someone interesting. 
  • Speak up more often in meetings or discussions. 

3. Set small goals. 

If you have a goal that feels overwhelming, break it down into smaller, attainable milestones. For example, do you want to stop eating out so much? Then try challenging yourself to not eat out during the week first and then work yourself up to the larger goal. 

4. Find accountability. 

There’s nothing like having someone else to encourage you and keep you on track. So ask a friend or someone close to take on the role of an accountability partner so that way you have a commitment to uphold for yourself and someone else. 

5. Remove the roadblocks. 

If you know that certain triggers or habits keep you away from your goals, then remove what you can control. Roadblocks could be going out with friends every weekend, having your phone on during work hours, or anything that keeps you distracted from doing what you know you need to do.

 

Remember, self-discipline is a skill that we can sharpen over a lifetime, so take it one step at a time, and you’ll be surprised to see how far you go! 

 

Unlocking Mental Wealth

 

Changing Your Perception Towards Money

 

Want to know the reason for the perceived differences between the rich and every other person? It’s really not hard to guess. I know many times the emphasis is on their investments, the amount they earn, their ability to draw up a financial plan and stick to it. But oftentimes, we neglect that it all begins and ends with their money mindset.

The mind is where the goldmine is. Ultimately, your life and mind (our finances inclusive) will always be products of our most dominant thought. Each and every day, what we believe about money and its uses will invariably lead us to a door— a door that brings us into the reality of our beliefs.

Unfortunately, like many other things, the topic of money and its entire essence is greatly misunderstood. The result is that most end up never amassing wealth, or they route it wrongly, to their own detriment. Ready to let go of financial misconceptions and embrace abundance? We’ll be showing you in the next few minutes.

Money & The Mind

The way you mentally approach money will go a long way in determining its flow in your direction. If you’ve been conditioned to sustain a negative money mindset, you probably will never have a healthy money relationship, consequently causing you to never aquire enough wealth in your lifetime.

As Rich Single Momma’s, Samantha Gregory, said, “Changing your mindset will move you from scarcity and poverty thinking to abundance and prosperity thinking. Money will no longer be a villain in your life but will become a tool to enhance your life. You will no longer see it as something that always leaves but as something that always comes back to you!”

Let’s discuss three important mind tricks you want to sustain towards money in order to be wealthy. Here we go:

#1. Money Is A Tool that Is Available To All

Do you want to move from scarcity to abundance? Then you best believe this right here! This is one of those basic, but essential mindsets people of great wealth have.

It is important you understand that money is a tool for achieving a goal and not the goal itself. It remains a means to an end. There’s no competition in its acquisition. You also don’t need to cut corners to make it. It’s infinitely available and able to go round. 

As with other things, what you believe about money will produce the results you have. Beyond money being a tool, though, the game changer for you is knowing that this tool is available to all and accessible by all. Say this out loud to yourself, “I have enough money.” Why is it important to believe this with your life?

The reason is simple. What you believe in will ultimately drive your actions and inactions, and your actions will invariably determine your results. A mindset of abundance will cause you to search out opportunities rather than focus on lack and excuses that keep you from being wealthy.

 “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

Of course, money isn’t going to magically appear from the sky once you believe this, but it’ll help you act from a place of abundance rather than lack. This is how the rich get richer. They make the big moves other people aren’t interested in making.

Unless you bring yourself to the point of believing that wealth flows to you freely and as easily as the wealthy, you’ll never be able to take those bold steps that are necessary to pave the way for you, and you’ll forever keep seeing yourself scrambling at the end of the food chain.

#2. Focus On The Prosperity, Not The Debt

We all know that whatever you give attention (which is energy) grows. Would you love to see your money grow? Then you want to focus on the right things.

Borrowing a story from the Bible, when Jacob wanted to raise speckled sheep, he placed a spotted pole before them so that whenever they mated and looked at the poles their offspring came out looking like it.

When it comes to attracting wealth, you want to learn to focus right. Don’t let yourself get stuck in the world of debts and bills. While it is important to aim at living a debt-free life, it shouldn’t absolve your focus such that you’re in a continuous rat race trying to pay bills, and you forget to appreciate the good things of life.

This is a trap most people fall into. They focus their finances on settling debts and paying off bills and never make any worthwhile investments or income-generating money moves. As a result, whatever they gather is trampled under the foot of bills and devoured by the birds of debts.

 

 

Focus on debts, and you’ll never have enough of them. Focus on prosperity, and you’ll watch your finances grow by leaps and bounds. Remember the law of attraction; whatever you focus your thoughts on, you attract.

It will help you a great deal if you can shift your mind from “gathering to scatter” to “gathering to store up.”

#3. Do Not Attach Emotions to Money

Emotional investors always bear the backlash of the market. Emotional spenders aren’t any different. They keep getting themselves looped in a vicious cycle of debt and losses.

How else do we say this? Money is simply a tool. You do not want to attach excess emotions to the way it is gotten and the way it is spent. Here’s why. Attaching emotions to money can generate stress. When we become overly emotionally attached to money, we give it the power to dictate our moods, our daily disposition, and sometimes, even our desire to keep doing life.

While this may be a hard saying, it is in no sense less true. If you get to the point where money has become the basis of your self-esteem and where it’s responsible for your emotions, for example, what would you do when it’s gone? It’s a very unsafe place to be.

 

Conclusion

Amassing wealth is first mental before it is material. You want to start your journey by building your mind and forming a “wealthy” mindset. Of course, in the process of forming new ones, the old will have to go down. When you have developed your mind to a credible level, the rest begins to fall into place. See you at the top!

Shame on You! And how to get it off.

 

It’s a well-acknowledged fact that each one of us, at least once, has done something that made them feel like curling up in a ball, pulling a blanket over their head, and hiding from the rest of the world, perhaps forever.

While sometimes shame could be due to a one-time incident or situation, there are some people who carry this sense of remorse with them throughout their life. Also, in some cases, some people feel this shame for no clear reason other than perhaps being ashamed of themselves.

Shame Among Others

Shame, at its core, wouldn’t exist without the fear of ruining your carefully cultivated image in front of others. Ironically, this shame could also be the thing that’s stopping you from having healthy and meaningful relationships in your life.

The connection you have with yourself is possibly the most important relationship you will ever have. Our interactions with ourselves serve as a model for our interactions with others and ever so subtly, sets the tone for how all our relationships will look like.

The presence of shame can affect your relationship with yourself and affect the intimacy present in our relationships. This is because our communication style, limits, and ability to be open with others are all influenced by our self-esteem and how much of ourselves we’re willing to put out there.

It’s not easy to let go of that sense of shame and stand on solid ground filled with pride about who you are, but here are some ways you can gradually begin healing, forgiving yourself, and ridding your soul of that shame forever.

How to Forgive Yourself?

1. Learn to Have Self-Compassion

Self-compassion doesn’t necessarily mean letting yourself off the hook for every wrong you’ve done. When you’re having a bad day, fail, or notice something you don’t like in yourself, self-compassion is being able to remember who you are through those dark moments.

Compassion comes from understanding the intentions and reasons behind an action, and who could better understand you than yourself?  Self-compassion entails reminding yourself that you are a human being who makes mistakes and is not expected to be fault-free anyway!

2. Honor Your Personal Needs

This one is extremely important for people-pleasers. It happens too often that you find yourself in a situation and place that you never wanted to be in the first place, but you did it anyway for someone else.

It’s important to honor your needs and subsequently set boundaries, in both big things, and small. This doesn’t mean never stepping out of your comfort zone, but that sense of awareness of what you really want, what you’re doing, and who are you doing it for will make sure you stop and check when it comes to the big things as well.

3. Create a Self-Care Routine

You don’t have to be a skincare enthusiast or gym rat to set some time for self-care. In its origin, self-care is a time for you to give your soul and body what they need and what will leave them feeling better and taken care of. The easiest way to start is to find one small step that you can implement into your routine consistently. For some, this is shedding some weight off at the gym, and for others, it’s reading a book in bed. There’s no rule to what self-care looks like as long as it leaves you feeling physically – and mentally – better. 

 

Conclusion

The next time you feel like curling up into a ball and burying your head, remember to rid yourself of shame, you have to take care of yourself and stop worrying about the image that you’ve created. You are not responsible for the image others have created of you in their minds, but you are responsible for getting out of your own way. 

 

10 Ways To Naturally Improve Your Immune System

 

With the world-events that have been taking place since 2020, people are now more health conscious than ever. One could have thought that the attention would have turned towards our natural immune systems. Instead, the pharmaceutical industry was highlighted and our innate way to protect and heal ourselves was pushed into the shadows. Years later, our natural immune system is still of great importance. Here are ten different ways to naturally improve your own body’s defense mechanism. 

 

 

1. Keep stress levels down 

Considering we live in such a fast-paced society, sometimes it can be difficult to relax. Information shows that human beings’ stress levels have increased due to technology and social media networks. The main neurotransmitter that is responsible for the fight-or-flight/fight-or-freeze response is cortisol. Contrary to popular belief, all stress is not bad. In some cases, where there are low doses of cortisol, it can be good for productivity, focus, and motivation. On the other hand, when there is an overload of it, the body and mind think they are in danger, therefore, using more of the body’s energy to protect itself and maintain hyperawareness. This overexertion of one’s life force takes the energy from the immune system and begins to deplete it over time. With this in mind, it is important for people to maintain healthy stress levels in order to prevent dis-eases and dis-orders by finding ways to relax. 

2. Meditate

Numerous studies show the many benefits of meditation. To demystify this ancient practice, it is simply when one focuses on the present moment and lets thoughts come and go. It is a way for people to connect with the Most High through listening and being open to whatever divine message is specifically for you. Meditation is known to help people clear their mind, have less thoughts throughout the day, reduce inflammation, increase focus, groundedness, and improve natural immunity. According to a Harvard health blog, regular meditation is more helpful than vacation! 

3. Breathwork

*inhale* 

Hold 

*exhale* 

Our breath is our life force and is the most powerful part of our being. It is our very existence. Doing one breathwork practice a day actually boosts the immune system. Since this ancient healing method is directly tied to the nervous system, it has the ability to calm anxiety or provide natural energy. Some of the most common breathing techniques, like the breath of fire and Wim Hof method are known to reduce pain, stimulate the brain, and give one maximum energy. Others on the other hand, like triangle and square breathing are tranquilizing and stress-relieving. Additionally, this practice can also decrease blood pressure and cortisol levels while improving blood flow and the autonomic response to physical and mental stress.  Either way, since breathwork is free and always accessible to you, It is a great way to keep a healthy and balanced immune system. 

 

 

4. Yoga 

This is both a physical and mental practice that anyone of any skill level can do. Yoga offers many natural benefits. Some of them include providing a greater range of motion, flexibility, groundedness, and can even manage depression, stiffness, and soreness. Additionally, it can help lower stress and promote better sleep, according to The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Another well-known advantage of yoga is increasing immunity. This is partially due to oxygen cleansing the lungs and the other parts of the respiratory system while stimulating the lymphatic system at the same time.

5. Weekly exercise 

As quarantine happened, countless people all across the world had to adjust their schedule and lifestyle. Sometimes this resulted in less activity. On the other hand, there were people who saw that time as an opportunity to go harder and push themselves to reach their fitness goals. Studies show that people who exercise every week can boost their immune system, which could lead to longer life. In fact, one study published in 2021 states, “There is substantial evidence that exercise and physical activity can reduce incidence and improve outcomes in cancer patients.” If someone is not comfortable going out in public to work out, they can find ways to move at home. A few options can include dancing, calaesthetics or even running in place!

6. Laugh More!

Did you know that laughing can boost your immune system? One of the main parts of immunity is the lymphatic system, which is located between your skin and muscles. It is responsible for cleansing and revitalizing your organs. The lymph nodes throughout your body are stations where the white blood cells are produced. When someone laughs from their gut, the diaphragmatic breathing speeds up the flow of the lymphatic fluid. This means that it increases the amount of lymphocytes circulating in your blood for better immunity toward every dis-ease, including cancer. 

7. Be in nature! 

When you were younger, you probably spent more time outside. Due to the pressures of adulthood and the recent world events, most people in developed countries will find themselves spending almost their entire day indoors. According to a survey done in 2018 by a window manufacturing company, 25% of Americans will spend 90% (21 hours) a day inside. The best way to counteract this is of course get up and go out! Being outside helps increase immunity because the elements of Mother nature heal us. We are reminded of our oneness with all there is. Scientifically speaking, being around plants can help us generate white blood cells to fight off ailments. Going outside is free aromatherapy and can also stimulate creativity!

 

 

8. Add herbs to your life

Natural practices, like herbalism, are on the rise again. Herbs have obviously been around since the beginning of time. Many civilizations, such as the Indigeniuos “Black” Native Americans, Mayans, Incas, Chinese and Africans all used herbs to heal. These gifts from God have been utilized for medicine and spirituality. Adding herbs to your life, like chamomile, lavender and catnip (from the mint family) can reduce stress while peppermint, eucalyptus and mullein can help the digestive and respiratory systems. CBD, the naturally-occurring chemical compound in more potent herbs like hemp and cannabis, have been used in ancient medicine to boost the immune system as well. There are many books available that can teach you about herbs. Since it has been a sacred tradition for many bloodlines across the earth, it is important for one to study deeper into how they can help the human body, mind and even spirit if one feels called. Who knows? Perhaps you can be the one in your family and community to become a certified herbalist and create new-old traditions. 

 9. Regulated Diet 

Famous health specialists, like Dr. Sebi, was a big advocate for the alkaline diet.  In fact, he was taken to court and was granted the right to say he healed people through the alkaline diet alone. Although this can be quite controversial, it is important to do your own research and find a diet that is right for your body. There are so many people becoming health conscious to the point there’s numerous diets to choose from. Including being vegan, vegetarian, paleo, pescatarian, meat eaters and more.  Whether you are someone who might want to get all their nutrients from plants, including your protein or want to stick with eating animal products, there’s options for everyone! Either way, it is essential to get the vital nutrients your body needs by consuming foods that can be a part of a regulated and balanced diet. 

10. Get Enough Sleep 

Contrary to popular belief every body does not need eight hours of sleep. The amount of sleep will actually vary from person to person. This is because so many factors come into play, such as DNA, health history, age, weight, diet, body-type and even what is happening astrologically. For instance, if a woman is on her first day of her menstrual (moon) cycle, her body might be calling her to have deeper and longer rest. Considering it is all subjective, one must find out how much is right for them. Once they discover that, and get enough sleep consistently, their immune system will improve since sleep restores, repairs and heals our cells. 

 

 

Conclusion 

Above all, it is possible to heal yourself through natural ways. When it comes down to health, it really depends on one keeping their stress levels down. When we look at scientific research, it shows that 95% of dis-eases and dis-orders are stress-related (The Healing Code by and Dr. Alex Loyd and Dr. Ben Johnson). Almost all dis-eases start from the mind! Whatever you are dealing with, have faith that you can be healed and maintain optimal health. Use these tips to have a richer and fuller life and share it with your loved ones so all of you can thrive!