The Never-Ending Self-Development Journey

We all strive to be the best versions of ourselves. But, have you ever stopped to consider why? Why do we feel the need to constantly better ourselves, even when we’ve come a long way? As it turns out, self-development is a never-ending task – and here’s why.

The Human Brain Is Adaptive

First and foremost, we must realize that our brains are designed to continuously adapt and learn. This means that while we may hit certain milestones in our personal growth, we can never truly “arrive” at our destination. In fact, the moment we stop learning is the moment the brain stops growing. Therefore, it’s important for us to keep challenging ourselves by learning new things and pushing our boundaries – both mentally and emotionally.

Life Is Constantly Changing

In addition to this, life itself is always changing. Even if you remain in one place for your entire life – which is unlikely – your circumstances will still change from day to day. You may find yourself facing new obstacles or opportunities every single day; yet, these challenges will allow you to grow as a person if you are willing to take them on headfirst. And if you fail? That’s okay too – failure is simply part of the process!

Self Development Is an Investment in Yourself

Finally, self-development should be viewed as an investment in yourself rather than a chore or obligation. Looking at self-development as an investment can help motivate you because it encourages you to think about how your efforts today will benefit you tomorrow; plus, it can also help erase any feelings of regret or stagnation that may arise when you feel like progress has stalled out. So don’t forget – investing in yourself now could pay off with major dividends later down the road!


Overall, self-development is not something that should be taken lightly. It requires dedication and hard work; however, those who make the commitment will reap many rewards along the way. Self-development is ultimately a never-ending journey – but one that’s well worth taking! If you’re ready to start exploring new avenues of personal growth today, now’s your chance! Don’t wait another minute – start investing in yourself today.

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15 tips to stay motivated and focused on your weight/diet goals throughout the year

​By Tonny Wandella

Gone are the days when losing weight was the most backbreaking task of all. Now, all you need to do is pluck out all the distractions and negative vibes surrounding yourself.
For a victorious long term weight loss plan, you need to stay motivated by making some healthy changes in your life. Following new trends can be hard at first, but soon you will get fond of these orderly habits. Give yourself some time to adapt and slowly take a step forward and follow these productive routine practices step by step:

1.    Keep your mind positive;
2.    Once you’ve decided to move forward towards a productive lifestyle, you need to disregard your sedentary lifestyle;
3.    Find a diet plan that suits your daily life routine and is easy-to-follow. So you won’t face trouble maintaining it for longer time intervals. It is preferred to get in touch with a certified dietitian to get a custom-built diet plan;
4.    Take baby steps. Set small goals at first; once you start moving towards your desired routine, nothing can stop you from achieving your goals!;
5.    Unfollow those skinny Instagram models that mislead you and make you feel any inferior;
6.    Make a food journal. Try out all the delicious and healthy recipes you always wanted to cook, eat, and note it down to for future use;
7.    Don’t weigh yourself daily. If you feel healthy and fit, then the weight scale can say whatever it likes. Sometimes, you may be losing fat but gaining muscle simultaneously, which can keep the numbers on the scale persistent;
8.    Wear a skinny dress and photograph your progress monthly. That way, you can keep an eye on your development without getting demotivated;

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5 Ways to Become Unstoppable In Life

By Tonny Wandella

Many people are excellent at what they do. Some are even considered exceptional. Only a few people though, are truly unstoppable.

Unstoppable people compete against no one but themselves. You rarely know what they’ll do; all you know is that you’ll have to react. They make you compete with them, even though they don’t compete with you.

Are you unstoppable? You will be on your way by the end of this post.

1. Be honest with yourself.
Even though 70% of employees despise their employment and only one in every three Americans claims to be happy. Relentless and determined people remove everything they despise from their lives. Have the self-esteem and self-assurance to live your life on your terms. Change anything that isn’t working in your life. Immediately.

2. Never let go of the reins.
In tiny doses, most people can tolerate pressure. When they’re left to their own devices, though, they let go of the tension and relax. You are not one of them. You never let yourself off the hook. Instead, you keep increasing the pressure. It’s what keeps you awake and engaged at all times.

3. Never stop learning new things.
Ordinary people want to be entertained. Extraordinary people aspire to learn and educate themselves. If you want a brighter future, you’ll have to fail a lot. If you fail frequently, your brain is learning, altering and reshaping.

You’ll be amazed at how much you’ve learned and done when you look back on your progress every 90 days and measure THE GAIN instead of The GAP. When you look back, you’ll be astounded at where you were and who you were. And what a long way you’ve come. This will give you more confidence to take bigger leaps in the future.

4. Success isn’t enough; it merely adds to the stress.
For the most part, getting “successful” is sufficient. They eventually cease concentrating on the future and become satisfied with a particular “status” they’ve achieved. It turned out that the status was what they wanted.

When you’re relentless, however, achievement just adds to the pressure to accomplish more. You’re immediately focused on your next task after accomplishing a goal. You’re more interested in ongoing growth than a status, which always necessitates a detachment from your previous status and identity.

5. Don’t get crushed by success
The majority of people are incapable of handling success, power, or status. It obliterates them. It makes them sluggish. They cease doing the things that got them there once they obtain what they desire. The outside noise gets unbearable.

No external noise, on the other hand, can drive you harder than your internal pressure. It’s not about this accomplishment, but about the ones that come after it. There is no end in sight. When you’re done, that is.

When you’re unstoppable, you’ll get anything you want. You already own all of the knowledge you require. All you have to do now is believe in yourself and take action.

Are you unstoppable?

Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude No Matter What

“I’ve come too far to let anybody stop me no matter the situation. I don’t care if they bring in more talent, or try to convince everyone that their way is right. I’m doing this because I want to do it my way. ” ~Kenneth “K-Dot” Womack

Even if you enjoy your career, there will be moments when things go wrong. An irate customer, a support issue, or a sense of productivity deficit may slow you down.

While it’s easy to go into a funk as a result of a single poor encounter, it’s just as easy to shift your emphasis to the — ideally many — positive ones. In this article, we’ll discuss what a positive attitude seems like, how to create and maintain one, and the finest quotes to help you maintain a happy view at work and in life. Here are a few pointers on how to keep a positive attitude in life:

1. Remember Why You Started

The road to success is not easy, and there will always be people who try to knock you down or make it seem like they are better than you. Don’t let their words get to you because the only thing that matters is why did you start?

2. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

Just because you are on top today doesn’t mean that tomorrow is any guarantee. Make sure to enjoy every little moment and never take what you have for granted.

3. Keep Your Head Up High

Although failure is an option, it’s not one you should welcome. You are your boss and the only person you need to please is yourself. If people don’t like what you create then they can always be deleted from your life.

4. Never Let the Haters Get You Down

As long as you are happy with who you are then it shouldn’t matter if there are ten million people who love you or ten billion who hate you. The ones who love you are the only ones that matter and do not ever forget it.

What are The Benefits of Having a Good Attitude?

You can deal with stress and unpleasant situations in a far healthier way if you have got a positive mental attitude. For example, you may view stress as a means to a better aim rather than something physically deplorable and harmful. Other advantages include setting concrete objectives based on dreams, forming and sustaining more good relationships, and providing a much-needed boost to your immune system.

Maintain a Positive Attitude at Work to Make Your Life Easier

You may set yourself on a route to a positive, refreshing outlook on life now that you have all the tools, techniques, and mantras you need. And maybe, just maybe, this may help you be happier at work, helping you to be more effective and confront failures head-on.

3 Ways to Deal With Hardships in Life

By Tonny Wandella

We’ve all had our share of difficulties. It could be the loss of someone we care about or being abused and having no one to turn to for help.

Many events in life come at us unexpectedly and are difficult to manage. Many of us simply suffer in silence, refusing to let anyone in. Even as we do so, we are aware that this is not the best response.

Regardless of the difficulties, you may experience, standing back up and pushing on is the most important thing you can do when faced with adversity.

This is a compilation of four things I’ve attempted in my own life to assist me to believe in a better future and overcoming adversity.

Detach Yourself From The Situation

When you’re at the center of a heated dispute or office politics, it’s difficult to make sensible decisions, and you won’t be able to do so if you’re stuck in the heart of a fire.

While it’s true that fleeing from your troubles won’t help, it doesn’t mean you have to immerse yourself so fully in a problem that you lose the ability to balance the benefits and drawbacks of your options.

That happens more often than we’d want to admit, that’s why it’s critical to remove yourself from a crisis long enough to critically think without the presence of others.

This is beneficial since you now have time to think things through, and in situations like this, a lot of consideration is required.

Accept The Outcome And Rise Again, Only This Time Stronger

Finally, it’s time to accept the reality of what has occurred. Whether the outcomes of your actions were beneficial or not, it’s time to embrace them and then get back on your feet.

Now, you’ve gained a new lesson to add to your life story, so the next time someone tries to tear you down, it won’t be as easy since you’ll be strong and committed to keeping going.

Life will move on, time never stops, and it is up to you to make the best decision possible about how to move on.

Don’t get caught up in “what could have been” or “what if” scenarios; things have happened, and it’s time to accept that you might just have another battle scar, but you’ve acquired a whole lot more character.

Consider The Negative Aspects Of Your Life

This may appear to be a negative notion, but it has a purpose: you may feel unhappy while thinking about past misfortunes, but the point of reflecting on them is to demonstrate to yourself that you have overcome them.

We often fear that a difficult moment would break us, but then when you consider how many times you’ve overcome what you believed was the worst tragedy of your life, it just indicates that you’ve become stronger.

Allow those achievements to serve as a springboard for you to see through the obstacles in your path.

Are You Ready To Overcome Your Obstacles?

Are you attempting to better yourself to become a thought leader in your industry?

When you have several responsibilities and obligations to manage, it can be difficult and often overwhelming. The great news is that you CAN achieve your objective and become the person you desire!

Be patient with yourself and believe you have it within you to rise and conquer anything that stands in your way.

Be Kind to Yourself: How to Overcome Constant Distractions in Your Life

By Tonny Wandella

It’s one thing to live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with distractions. But it’s another to be unable to put up any kind of defence against them. Constant distractions make it hard for us to focus and stay on task and can lead to feelings of anxiety. If this sounds like you, don’t worry – you’re not alone! In this blog post, I’ll share some tips that will help you overcome constant distractions so that you can take care of what matters: yourself.

It is a common misconception that our generation has it easy. We have all these new technologies and distractions at our fingertips, but this can also make life difficult for us. Constant distractions from the internet, social media, video games, television – they are everywhere! In this blog post, we will explore some of the main causes of constant distraction in your life and how to overcome them.

How Do We Overcome These Constant Distractions?

So, how do we overcome these constant distractions? The first step is to put down what you’re doing and become aware of them. Once you’ve identified the distractions, it’s time to put a plan in place to deal with them. This can be hard, but it’s necessary if you want to focus on the task at hand. Here is what you can do to minimize the noise:

Put yourself in a state of a distraction-free mode

To stay productive, it’s important to establish a distraction-free work environment. One way of doing this is by creating a quiet space for yourself at home or in your office so you don’t have any external distractions that can pull focus away from what needs attention most urgently. Try utilising website blocker software if you find yourself continuously going to video or retail websites.
Work on developing behaviours that communicate to yourself and others that you are free of distractions. Your office door should be shut. If you work in an open workplace, you might find it beneficial to relocate to a more private area.

Take on more difficult tasks

Complex activities need more of our working memory and attention, leaving us with less mental resources to seek out the next interesting distraction. When our talents are tested, we are more prone to reach a state of total job immersion. When our talents much surpass the needs of our task, such as when we do monotonous data input for long hours, we become bored.

Keep an eye on your thoughts

This entails being aware of your thoughts and noticing when your mind begins to wander. This helps you to control what you think about and divert your thoughts if you make a mistake. You consciously put the brakes on this distraction rather than allowing yourself to continue strolling over to social media to read your newsfeed.

Final Thoughts

Controlling your stress will allow you to restore your attention and more easily combat distractions. To lessen the body’s stress reaction, you must discover strategies to quiet your mind and relax your body. Make certain you get adequate rest. Find techniques to control your anxiety by doing breathing exercises.

12 Steps To Conquering Happiness

Your past cannot be changed.

Opinions do not define you.

Smiles are contagious.

Things always get better with time.

Judgements are a confession of character.

Happiness is found within, not without.

Believe in karma, what goes around, comes around.

Kindness is free.

Overthinking leads to sadness, move on.

Positive thoughts create positive things.

You only fail if you quit, keep going, one step at a time.

Everyone’s journey is different, only you can choose your path.

Miyamoto Musashi – Way of the Warrior

Post by Mark Weeks

‘There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger,
richer, quicker or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists.
​Seek nothing outside of yourself.’
~ Miyamoto Musashi, 1584-1645

​A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy.

One of the greatest lessons in life is that others have already trodden the narrow pathway to conquering their own lives. In fact their fortitude, mind-set and resilience leaves our comfy 21st Century lives look embarrassingly soft in comparison.

Your task then is to simply search for those who inspire you and then determine if their principles and systems can be applied, moulded and refined within your life. Sounds simple, right? And if it were that simple why are there still so many disillusioned and frustrated people out there searching for the ‘holy grail’ of happiness? The answer in three words… lack of discipline.

​That’s all it is. The need to discipline your mind, body & spirit. Without it you will simply drown in the endless drivel and distractions of life and the media’s ceaseless desire to entertain us and extract our hard earned money. I know I sound a little sceptical, but as I’ve mentioned before, when you reach the ripe old age of fifty you see the same cycles of life repeating themselves, and I’m hell bent on preventing you making the same mistakes I had made.

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To illustrate my point, the 21 Principles of Miyamoto Musashi, the Buddhist and Japanese master swordsman, written on his deathbed in 1645 are still as relevant today. Especially if you wish to become the conqueror of your world.1. Accept everything just the way it is.

​2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.

3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.

4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.

5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.

6. Do not regret what you have done.

7. Never be jealous.

8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.

9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.

10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.

11. In all things have no preferences.

12. Be indifferent to where you live.

13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.

14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.

​15. Do not act following customary beliefs.

16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.

17. Do not fear death.

18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.

19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.

20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.

21. Never stray from the Way.

​~ Miyamoto Musashi 
“If you do not control the enemy, the enemy will control you”

― Miyamoto MusashiA Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy​“Both in fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. Even when your spirit is calm do not let your body relax, and when your body is relaxed do not let your spirit slacken. Do not let your spirit be influenced by your body, or your body be influenced by your spirit. Be neither insufficiently spirited nor over spirited. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit.”HIS TEACHINGS:

Musashi spent many years studying Buddhism and swordsmanship. He was an accomplished artist, sculptor, and calligrapher. Records also show that he had architectural skills. Also, he seems to have had a rather straightforward approach to combat, with no additional frills or aesthetic considerations. This was probably due to his real-life combat experience; although in his later life, Musashi followed the more artistic side of bushidō. He made various Zen brush paintings, calligraphy, and sculpted wood and metal. Even in The Book of Five Rings he emphasizes that samurai should understand other professions as well. It should be understood that Musashi’s writings were very ambiguous, and translating them into English makes them even more so; that is why so many different translations of The Book of Five Rings can be found. To gain further insight into Musashi’s principles and personality, one could read his other works, such as Dokkodo and Hyoho Shiji ni Kajo.

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Are you finally ready to set sail?

Julius Caesar - I came. I saw...

How many times are you going to hear your inner voice guiding you in the direction you should be taking, yet you continue to ignore or procrastinate making the actual effort to start anything? Only finding months later your ideas have taken shape through someone else’s effort, and even more frustrating the idea has become a success. These people are now looked upon with much recognition, but you know you had the thoughts first. Poor old you, if only you had taken action or voiced an opinion.

So how can you tell if the next tide is the right tide for you to set sail? There is only one solution, learn to listen to the person who knows you best… YOU.

And the only way this can be achieved is through silent contemplation, there is no other way.

With a little effort and patience your true inner voice will guide you in the right direction every time. That’s right every time. Can you imagine how successful your life would be if you made the right choices at the right time, simply by listening to yourself, instead of being led by others and doing what they want you to do.

So how do you know if you’re listening to the right inner voice? It’s true we all have many voices rattling around our minds on occasions. Often these are internalised voices from our past, people who have tried to help us or did their best to put us down; intentionally or unintentionally.

Yet these voices dominate our minds along with the daily media clutter; but that’s another story!

Some of these voices become part of our self-image and help form our values. Some of these voices are helpful, yet some remain negative, critical and over demanding. And if you ‘believe’ these negative voices and follow their direction they will rob you of reaching your true potential and deny you of so much pleasure. This is perhaps one of the greatest tragedies of life.

Your task in conquering your own mind is to distinguish the critic within, which must be silenced at all cost, and the guide within which must be cultivated. Though you must always remain vigilant that your guide isn’t away with the fairies and leading you out on a full tide without a contingency plan and life raft.

Being able to listen and understand your inner voice, I believe, is the most important thing you will ever learn to do. Though it will take time, discipline and courage to achieve.

(Oops! Forgot to mention that part, always read the small print!)

As I stated at the beginning you are the only one who knows yourself best.

Your inner genius awaits, just listen and go with the flow.

#URConqueror is the self-development channel of Azuni World and created by Mark Weeks. Our mission in life is to help educate and motivate people to lead lives of true self-leadership.

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The Law of GOYA

It was legendary sales trainer Tommy Hopkins who first talked about The Law of GOYA, which simply stands for ‘Get Off Your Ass’.

Which of course is pretty self-explanatory, and in times of lethargy over the past fifteen years of my self-development obsession I’ve reminded myself more than once to take some form of action no matter how small on a daily basis. And though I’ve sometimes let myself down, I’ve always returned to pursue my passion of self-development and helping others to realise their true potential.

As a conqueror of your own mind you too will have to return to the fray on a daily basis, there are no shortcuts in achieving control of your life. Nothing can be achieved without self-responsibility, discipline and mindfulness to your daily thoughts.

Just find something, every single day that brings you one step closer to your goal and reward yourself for your valiant efforts, no matter how insignificant they may seem.

I’ve recently found this short piece by Wilhelm Reich hidden away on my laptop and feel the timing is right to share it with you. Please take a minute to read it and reflect on your own accountability. Without action we are destined to be lead by those who manipulate our thoughts. Without action there is no hope. All you have to do is shoulder the barest fraction of responsibility and the world could be a very different place, just go GOYA and make it your very own Universal Law!

Listen, Little Man! by Wilhelm Reich

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“It is the fate of great achievements, born from a way of life that sets truth before security, to be gobbled up by you and excreted in the form of shit. For centuries great, brave, lonely men have been telling you what to do. Time and again you have corrupted, diminished and demolished their teachings; time and again you have been captivated by their weakest points, taken not the great truth, but some trifling error as your guiding principle.

This, little man, is what you have done with Christianity, with the doctrine of sovereign people, with socialism, with everything you touch. Why, you ask, do you do this? I don’t believe you really want an answer. When you hear the truth you’ll cry bloody murder, or commit it. … You had your choice between soaring to superhuman heights with Nietzsche and sinking into subhuman depths with Hitler. You shouted Heil! Heil! and chose the subhuman. You had the choice between Lenin’s truly democratic constitution and Stalin’s dictatorship. You chose Stalin’s dictatorship.

You had your choice between Freud’s elucidation of the sexual core of your psychic disorders and his theory of cultural adaptation. You dropped the theory of sexuality and chose his theory of cultural adaptation, which left you hanging in mid-air.

You had your choice between Jesus and his majestic simplicity and Paul with his celibacy for priests and life-long compulsory marriage for yourself. You chose the celibacy and compulsory marriage and forgot the simplicity of Jesus’ mother, who bore her child for love and love alone. You had your choice between Marx’s insight into the productivity of your living labor power, which alone creates the value of commodities and the idea of the state.

You forgot the living energy of your labor and chose the idea of the state. In the French Revolution, you had your choice between the cruel Robespierre and the great Danton. You chose cruelty and sent greatness and goodness to the guillotine.

In Germany you had your choice between Goring and Himmler on the one hand and Liebknecht, Landau, and Muhsam on the other. You made Himmler your police chief and murdered your great friends. You had your choice between Julius Streicher and Walter Rathenau. You murdered Rathenau. You had your choice between Lodge and Wilson. You murdered Wilson.

You had your choice between the cruel Inquisition and Galileo’s truth. You tortured and humiliated the great Galileo, from whose inventions you are still benefiting, and now, in the twentieth century, you have brought the methods of the Inquisition to a new flowering. …

Every one of your acts of smallness and meanness throws light on the boundless wretchedness of the human animal. ‘Why so tragic?’ you ask. ‘Do you feel responsible for all evil?’ With remarks like that you condemn yourself. If, little man among millions, you were to shoulder the barest fraction of your responsibility, the world would be a very different place. Your great friends wouldn’t perish, struck down by your smallness.”

~ Wilhelm Reich, Listen, Little Man!

Make today the day your small ripples turn into waves, after all #URConqueror of your destiny.

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