5 Mindfulness Habits of the Happiest People!

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“… I’ve noticed that the happiest people are happy, not because they don’t have issues, fears, or false stories, but because they are able to live without attaching to those things.”

They can stay focused on what they want to create because they see and detach from the things that would otherwise hold them back.

Mindfulness is not an effort to eliminate fear or block out all the shadows in your life. It’s a state of being that makes it OK to be happy, to love yourself, and to achieve success despite those fears and shadows.

Here are five powerful tools and habits that you can adopt in your life that will bring you more mindfulness and the freedom and possibility that mindfulness provides.

1. Meditate.

I started meditating when I began the path out of my depression, and it continues to be one of the most important (if not the most important) habits I keep. I knew all the health benefits of meditation, which are very real, yet what I didn’t realize is how much meditation would help me connect to myself on a deeper level. I know who I am, what I want, and the thoughts and stories that hold me back.

If you don’t have a meditation practice, consider starting one. You don’t need to become a monk overnight. Start small. Even just a few minutes a day can have a profound impact on centering you into the moment. If you need some help, mobile apps like Headspace and Calm can help make the learning process easy and sustainable.

2. Be present.

So much of mindfulness is feeling grounded in the present moment. If you’re like me, you spend a great deal of energy thinking or worrying about tomorrow or judging yourself for the past. All we have is today, and more specifically, the present moment.

Happy and mindful people are able to maintain an awareness of the present moment, no matter what they’re doing–and you can too. Be fully present in your meetings, be mindful of the food you’re eating and the act of nourishing your body during a meal, and feel the power of your body while exercising. These simple opportunities for awareness will help you stay present in every moment.

3. Be aware of how you feel.

One new tool I’ve learned is to pay attention to my emotions and how I’m feeling in any given moment. This is especially helpful when I don’t feel good. If I notice myself feeling angry or agitated, I “check-in” to my body and feel what’s showing up on a physical level.

For example, instead of succumbing to anger and expressing myself in a toxic manner, this process allows me to feel the anger, identify why it exists, and to accept that it’s OK for me to feel anger. Then I have the option to give myself space to stay in the anger or to take an action that solves or alleviates the anger.

4. Keep a journal.

The process of journaling helps you stay aware of what’s happening in your life and how you feel. It helps you get things off your chest, detach from their energy, and see things from a bigger picture.

Journaling can take whatever shape feels best to you. I write down three things I’m grateful for before I go to bed and I also journal as needed if something comes up that I need to process. Other folks journal first thing in the morning, or as a mid-day reflection tool.

5. Reduce social-media exposure.

It’s ironic that a tool meant to increase connection feels as if it’s leading to an increase in disconnection between us and other people, and between us and ourselves. For many of us, it feels like social media creates a human experience that is designed around the instant gratification of external validation and approval. It can also be a waste of time.

Happy people maintain a healthy relationship to social media. They take time away from their phone in order to reconnect to themselves (meditation), enjoy real human connection, or do the things that make them happy. I have seen a discernible difference in how I feel after I committed to spending less time on social media.

Final word

Notice how each of these tools are easy, fast, and free. The only thing keeping you from the mindfulness you want is simply making the choice to take action. Even starting with just one of these tools or habits will lead to results. I know because I’ve done them. If you can replace one 10-minute social-media binge with a meditation, you’ll quickly see results and enjoy the benefits. Give it a try.


Full article here: Inc.

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When You’re Feeling Unmotivated, Remind Yourself to Be Grateful!

Seeking motivation is part of every entrepreneur’s journey. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Peter Voogd talks about getting in the zone and concentrating on your most important tasks during this integral “flow” time.

When Voogd is struggling to find motivation, he will look specifically for the reasons that make him excited to finish a project. These reasons must be dynamic and compelling, and thus stoke his motivation. These reasons act as a guide for Voogd to continue pursuing his goals — not his everyday circumstances or dips in energy.

Moreover, the ability to be grateful can be very powerful. If you have gone through a period of struggle, put yourself back in those shoes when you felt things might never get better. In this way, reaching out to those who are struggling, you can work to build others up and remind yourself to be grateful.


 

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How to Be Positive (Willpower Not Required)

When you’re struggling to find a positive thought, Entrepreneur Network partner Ben Angel challenges you to look deeper than just your attitude.

You can listen to all the motivational speeches you like, but if your body is in a state of nutritional deficiency, you don’t have the energy you need for your neurons to do the required psychological work to hold a positive outlook.


Full article here: Entrepreneur


What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Marvel Master Stan Lee!

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Marvel Master Stan Lee

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You might not be familiar with the late, great Stan Lee, but you’ve no doubt heard of Spider-Man, the Hulk or Wolverine.

In fact, many of Lee’s characters are household names worldwide.The patriarch of Marvel Comics, who died Nov. 12, 2018, inspired generations of kids and adults alike, whether they were comic book fans or fans of Lee’s characters on the big screen.

To this day, the Marvel Universe continues to play a huge role in the entertainment industry. In fact, Marvel’s creations have only gotten more popular in recent years.

I count myself as a part of that fandom: I spent my teenage years poring over the panels of both Marvel and DC Comics, and while my attempts to create my own comics creations yielded only a diagnosis of painful carpal tunnel syndrome, the time I spent immersed in the medium still paid off in big ways.

Giving meaning to the masses

In a drastic departure from the lofty demigods inhabiting the universe of DC Comics, Lee made sure that his magic stemmed from the creation of characters who felt approachable and real.

Spider-Man, for instance, was a nerdy teenage photographer whose own ego ended up resulting in the death of his beloved uncle. And the X-Men were inspired by the struggles of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X to achieve equal civil rights. Yet Lee still managed to make the topic relatable even to kids.

Lee’s characters succeeded because they achieved relevancy with readers, but he himself still faced significant challenges during his career. Specifically, he had difficulty being taken seriously in an industry that hadn’t yet earned the respect of other writers, and he admitted that in the early days he was embarrassed to be “just a comic-book writer.”

In addition, Lee and his co-creators lacked some of the business savvy necessary to navigate decisions regarding the rights, ownership and financial stake in the meteoric rise of the characters they invented.

Still, despite these obstacles, Lee achieved financial success and turned what many considered to be glorified children’s books into an art form — significant feats that hold important lessons for all kinds of modern entrepreneurs. Here are several quotes attributed to Lee that outline those lessons:

1. “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Frankly, this adage is probably one of the most important bits of wisdom available, right up there with the Golden Rule. As you move up the ladder in life and gain increasing influence, it’s important to look out for those around you.

For example, a designer who is promoted to creative director suddenly has more power, but he or she also has an increased responsibility to both the company and his/her subordinates.

Caring about the people around you is a mark of good leadership. CEOs in large corporations have enormous demands on their time, but the best of the best remember that their employees make the machine move. With Howard Schultz at the helm of Starbucks, the company prioritized extremely competitive benefits even for part-time employees, including tuition reimbursement and 401(k) plans that partially match employees’ contributions.

The lesson: When you live up to the great responsibilities you have as a business owner and leader, you’ll start to acquire the great power Lee talks about. It’s an equation that feeds itself.

2. “The greatest superpower is luck.”

Lee in no way downplayed the importance of hard work, but he tried to remind himself and others that it took more than a strong work ethic and talent to get ahead. Luck plays a huge role in success, but it’s easy for entrepreneurs to forget this lesson and wonder why they haven’t made it to the top.

With a net worth of almost $70 billion at just 33, Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. While it would be easy for him to tout his own abilities as the special sauce that got him to where he is, he admits that there’s been a lot more to the story. “You don’t get to be successful like this just by being hard-working or having a good idea,” Zuckerberg has said. “You have to get lucky in today’s society in order for that to happen.”

Unless entrepreneurs recognize this fact, they run the risk of burning out and giving up too early.

3. “I just hoped the books would sell and I’d keep my job.”

It’s easy for passionate entrepreneurs to get caught up in The Dream. Whether they want to create an international powerhouse or take on Google, their goals mean little if they can’t build a product that people like enough to buy.

Lee recognized that his primary goal was to create an enjoyable product that was good enough to keep him employed and moving along. If you build a worthwhile product that resonates with your audience, you’ll achieve success over time.

Apple is a great example of a company that creates worthwhile products. The user-friendly interfaces on its devices early on demonstrated creative brilliance and immediately captivated an audience. While several key features have been adopted by many companies since, Apple made history by being the first, and it remains the largest tech company in the world by revenue.

In the same way he created so many compelling characters, Lee never took a passive approach to crafting his own brand. Even though other writers and artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko were just as responsible for many of the Marvel creations, Lee’s ability to push his own narrative was the reason he was so often considered the deity of the Marvel Universe.

And while this talent was a frequent target of criticism, it was an ability shared by many of the titans of technology, like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk. As we entrepreneurs struggle to pursue our dreams, we’d be wise to remember that, in large part, we are the authors of our own destinies and the superheroes of our own stories. Excelsior!


 

Q Manning is CEO of Rocksauce Studios, which crafts custom mobile apps for all platforms.

Full article here: Entrepreneur