8 Simple Tricks for Making Tough Decisions

8 Simple Tricks for Making Tough Decisions

Every day we make decisions. Some are trivial: what do I wear, which shirt should I buy, or what should I eat for lunch? However, others are far more critical in the grand-scheme of life.

When we face substantial decisions, they can feel incredibly daunting and evoke numerous negative emotions. Even though we make many big decisions in our lifetimes, somehow they don’t seem to get any easier to make. We can waste so much time and energy trying to make the “right” choice, and we sometimes even refuse to make a decision altogether. This list is meant to make your decision-making process a little simpler with some straightforward tricks to making those tough decisions.

Don’t rely on others

What do you do when you have a difficult decision to make? For most of us, a phone call to a friend or family member is a logical first step. We tend to search for guidance or some type of advice, but in reality, it is likely that we just want someone to confirm what we already know in our hearts. Many of us are bad at taking advice from others—even when it makes perfect sense.  We usually decide what we feel is best, not what anyone else feels is best for us.

The Incredibly Common Misconceptions That Quickly Ruin Motivation

The Incredibly Common Misconceptions That Quickly Ruin Motivation

For the past few months I’ve had a serious struggle with motivation. I left my 9-to-5 job in June to pursue my own business interests. Since then, I’ve had so many grand ideas for possible projects or businesses, yet nothing’s made significant progress thus far. You know why? A serious lack of motivation.

My biggest mistake with this whole thing was thinking that the motivation was going to come to ME. Nope – doesn’t work that way. YOU have to be the one to bring it into your life. It won’t appear out of thing air. I quickly learned that one.

I spent some time waiting for the motivation to come to me, not thinking that I was doing anything wrong myself. I waited and waited. Spoiler: it never came.

Once I realized the mistakes I was making in approaching my motivation (or lack thereof), I began to see a few common elements. While there were a few things that were definitely surprising, most of the motivation-killers I was dealing with were pretty common. And I know I’m not alone.

Every day, people are facing a lack of motivation in many areas of their lives, including fitness, business and relationships. Whether it be watching that cursors on the blank Word document blink as you’re trying to write a paper or hitting the snooze button and saying “I’ll exercise tomorrow” when you’re supposed to be getting up for a run, it’s everywhere.

Perhaps it’s become so commonplace that we believe that motivation has to come to us – not the other way around. But that’s far from the truth.

As I said before, you have to be the one to develop your own motivation deep within. No one is going to be able to do it for you. Search in yourself and see what’s missing – see what catapult your own motivation needs to get a small kick-start. Because your everyday actions are what’s hurting your ability to follow through.

You may think that this is a complicated problem. It’s not. It’s just easy to get tied up in the wrong school of thought. These are the incredibly common misconceptions that will quickly ruin your motivation today:

10 Habits That Hold You Back

10 Habits That Hold You Back

There are an endless amount of opportunities in life. The opportunities you chose to pursue are completely up to you. The only thing holding you back from success and greatness is yourself.

We do things everyday that are counterproductive to our future hopes and dreams. Identifying those bad habits and altering your behavior will give you the tools necessary for success.

Find 10 habits that hold you back below:

10 Reasons Why Rejection Isn’t Always Bad

10 Reasons Why Rejection Isn’t Always Bad

Though it’s tough to get people to agree on many things in this world, there is one thing we all hate – rejection. Admittedly or not, we’ve faced rejection many times throughout our lives. Being turned down by a potential employer, blown off by friends or given the cold shoulder by a possible love interest can be the absolute worst feeling in the world. Rejection often conjures up some of the darkest and most self-doubting feelings we have as human beings. You feel like you’ll never be what that other person wants you to be. You feel like you aren’t good enough.

We are oftentimes so focused on the negative aspects of rejection that we neglect to look at the good things it may yield in our lives. Yes, the essence of rejection means that you didn’t get something you wanted. But is it always a bad thing? Take a look back at your life five years ago. Think about any rejections you faced at that time. How did they make you feel? Did they lead you to where you are today?

Whether you realize it or not, the decisions you make today, by choice or by force, will influence your life down the road. That’s just the way life works. While rejection feels horrible when it is happening, it usually serves a greater purpose. That rejection can lead you down a path you wouldn’t have explored before or it can let you discover a new passion. It serves its purpose in the greater scheme of life. It brought you to where you are and guides you to where you are going. Check out these 10 reasons why rejection isn’t always a bad thing:

9 Reasons You’re Stuck in a Rut

9 Reasons You’re Stuck in a Rut

The notorious rut. We’ve all been there, some for longer than others. Life seems to be on the repeat button, day in and day out. You have a hard time forcing yourself out of the routine you’ve come to know – the life you’ve come to know. Somehow, you are still drawn back to the comfort and stability that the rut provides. You know it’s safe there.

Deep inside you know you are missing out on something and that you are capable of something bigger. You know you can do better. Still, you are completely unable to pull yourself out of this tiresome, uninteresting situation. Every day blends together. You have ideas for your future, but no tangible way to execute them into reality. What do you do?

You must first understand and accept that you are, in fact, living in a perpetual state of suspension – suspension between your past and future, what you have and what you want. While stuck in that state of suspension, you literally cannot move anywhere – backwards or forwards. You’re just stuck where you currently are. No progress. Nothing.

Once you really know that you are stuck in a rut, you can begin to take steps to rectify your situation. All it takes is a commitment to change for the future and little deviations from your routine and mindset each and every day. Not sure if you are stuck? Check out these 9 reasons you are currently stuck in a rut:

7 Things That Take Away Your Freedom

7 Things That Take Away Your Freedom

Freedom. We all want it, but how many of us actually are free? It’s somewhat of a subjective term because it means so many different things to so many different people. My idea of freedom probably isn’t the same as yours. And neither or us is right or wrong. We are only right or wrong for ourselves. But, there are a few things we unknowingly may do that quickly and silently take away the freedom we so badly want. Remember, this isn’t meant in a political sense, but, rather, a self-reflection of your everyday life.

Though we may not all enjoy the same level of personal freedom, everyone at some point in their life probably wants to be a little freer than they are now. This could be in either the personal or professional realm – maybe in a job, relationship or just an overall personal situation. You want the power – you want the right – to exercise your own free will over your life. That doesn’t sound like a completely outlandish idea, does it? Then why do so many of us give up the one thing that is so precious to us – our freedom.

There are little things that we do every day, some totally consciously and others not so much, that are slowly chipping away at that freedom we want so badly. You may not even realize that certain things you are doing right at this very moment are actually sabotaging your efforts. Stop that today. Begin to recognize the things in your life that are really taking away – not providing – your freedom. Once you identify those factors, you’ll be better equipped to combat them. Recognizing the issue is the first step. Check out these 7 things that take away your freedom:

4 Easy Ways to Show You Are Thankful

4 Easy Ways to Show You Are Thankful

Ah, thanksgiving. For the Americans among us, this week means over indulging yourself in some delicious food, kicking back with family and friends, and just plain old relaxing. While we are constantly reminded what the holiday is really about – remember, it’s in the name – many of us don’t use this time to reflect on what we are thankful for or even really express that we are thankful for anything in the first place. Why?

Perhaps it’s the overwhelming nature of the holiday season in general or preoccupation with the associated things that come along with that time of year – shopping, parties and presents. The holiday season is full of excitement infused with a bit of organized chaos. Don’t let that chaos drag you away from remembering what the season is really about – reflecting on your life and being thankful for what you do have.

We often think of showing gratitude as work, not part of our every day existence. Take the sentiment that is supposed to be felt during the holiday season and spread it throughout the year. Look at what you are thankful for in your life each and every day – not just for one day, week or a short period of time every year. Express thanks to those around you for all that they do. Such a simple thing can make a good relationship great and a great relationship even better.

Always be thankful for your life, your friends, your family, your health and your career. Even if it doesn’t seem that great to you, chances are it’s probably a whole lot better than some other people have. Be grateful for what you have, not upset over what you don’t. Things can always be worse. You frequently don’t realize what you have until it is gone. Appreciation of what you have and what you have achieved, regardless of how big or small that accomplishment is, truly puts life and the world into clearer perspective.

Tell people what you are thankful for this holiday season. Show others that you are appreciative of what they do. Express gratitude to the ones you care about. Check out these four easy ways you can show you are thankful: