Only you can change YOU.

If you think you are beaten, you probably are
If you think you dare not, you probably won’t
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t
it’s almost certain to be true.

If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost
For out of the world we find
Success begins with in you
It’s YOUR state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are
You’ve got to think higher to rise
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win such a prize.

Life’s battle don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.

You are conqueror of your world.

Don’t Say You Never Had A Chance

Today’s short post comes courtesy of The Napoleon Hill Foundation on developing a Positive Mental Attitude.If you don’t know what you want, don’t say you never had a chance.

The people who complain the loudest about never having an opportunity in life are usually the ones who always have a ready excuse for their failures. Nothing is ever their fault; they are victims of their heritage, their environment, insufficient education, or any number of other factors that they perceive as placing them at a disadvantage.

If you look hard enough, you can always find reasons for not attempting something or not sticking with the job to the end.

Successful people, though, are not excuse-makers. They take responsibility for their actions, they set goals, and they assume responsibility for their achievement. Where others see despair, they see hope.

​They approach every situation with enthusiasm, confident in the knowledge that nothing is impossible for those who have a Positive Mental Attitude.

Napoleon Hill

Rise of the Conqueror – Change will come (With audio version)

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Onwards and upwards. Your journey has just begun.

Do not hurry. Breathe in life, breathe in the day. Slow and gentle. Change will come soon enough of its own accord.

All around you is energy, everything, even the most solid of objects emanate energy. You are energy too. Use energy wisely.

Appreciate the pain in your life and appreciate the sorrow from your eternal spring. Life will soon change and you will soar once more.

Refine and improve the quality of your thoughts. As a conqueror you have little to fear from the world.

A poor man though always suffers from lack. This attitude only serves to awaken endless desires, be they of the flesh, money or power. Being inflamed with desire will inevitably wear out his mind, body and spirit and will succumb to a sleep walking death in the middle of his life. The whole world will appear pitted against him and make for a sorrowful existence.

The world is always changing. Everything is in a state of flux. Like a flowing river, you will never step in the same place twice.

The river of yesterday is not the same river today.

Everyone grows older. Everyone decays. It is life. Accept it. Go with the flow. Just breathe.

Understand and embrace the essence of change, of life and all it endeavours to do to destroy the equilibrium in you.

We hold onto things in an effort to find happiness and comfort. It is wrongful.

We cling with all our might to hold onto things that are past their time. Let go. You cannot control everything.

Love and let go. Don’t let others own your happiness. Adapt and overcome. Be you.

We don’t have control over life, people or time.

From today, embrace change. It is not painful, only resistance to change is.

Change is no longer our enemy but our teacher.

Now, rise and face your day.

You are conqueror of your life.

Conqueror Within (With audio version)

Listen to audio.

Life does not get better by chance.

You can meditate day and night until your brain is as numb as your arse!

You can listen to the best advices and ancient wisdom, yet it will not improve your life.

There are no shortcuts from just wishing. You must work work work. Take action and gain momentum, no matter how miniscule it appears. Keep moving forward.

To achieve these results, you must ignite the sleeping conqueror within you.

How? You may ask.

Through self-motivation. Millions have trod their own path to fulfilment before you. They were no better or worse than you. All they did was believe and took action. You can too.

You only need to begin your journey into your inner self, the part of us that wants to achieve will soon follow the new lead you give it.

It has been anxiously waiting for your instruction. All it needs is encouragement and it will show the way.

The sleeping conqueror within you will seek the light, it never fails.

We must fuel its needs each and every day. Talking to your sleeping conqueror will become as natural as breathing.

It will rise, keep believing in this innate power. It will conquer self-limiting belief, fear and slay the dragons of doubt.

The conqueror within you has untold powers, waiting to be released. It has waited too long without instruction.

For, you are stronger than you appear to be, the strength of the world rests inside of you.

Let the conqueror loose!

Now rise and face your day.

You are conqueror of your life.

Rise of the Conqueror – Know Yourself

Your only purpose on this earth is to be you, and only you.

Never compare yourself with another, for you are the only YOU that has ever been created. Your tribe may appear similar, but they have not trodden your path, nor have you trod theirs.

The trials and tribulations you have endured are forging you for greatness, as everyone returns to their own truth – and yours is awaiting.

Keep reaching further, but do not rush, be mindful of the path and memories you are creating. Let such memories become the ammunition to fuel your dreams with hope.

Know your strengths, craft them well and display them with care. For time will come soon enough to wield them with purpose.

But, of greater importance, know your chief weakness with equal ferocity. No one lives without some counterweight to his greatest gift. This chief weakness can over turn your strengths in a blink of an eye. Leaving you a shadow of your former self. This weakness must be culled before it assumes tyranny. It must be destroyed; it must be conquered. Overpower your chief weakness and the rest will fall in line.

To be master of yourself, you must rise above yourself. You are conqueror of your life.

You are stronger than you appear to be, the strength of the world rests inside of you.

Now rise and become the conqueror of your life!

Rise of the Conqueror Part II

Today I wish to share with you the Buddha’s teachings on desire.
Human desires are endless. It is like the thirst of a man who drinks salt water: he gets no satisfaction and his thirst is only increased.
So it is with a man who seeks to gratify his desires; he only gains increased dissatisfaction and his woes are multiplied.
The gratification of desires never satisfies; it always leaves behind unrest and irritation that can never be allayed, and then, if the gratification of his desires is thwarted, it will often drive him ‘insane’!


To satisfy their desires, people will struggle and fight with each other, king against king, vassal against vassal, parent against child, brother against brother, sister against sister, friend against friend; they will fight and even kill each other to satisfy their desires.
People often ruin their lives in the attempt to satisfy desires. They will steal and cheat and commit adultery, and then, being caught, will suffer from the disgrace of it and its punishment.
They will sin with their own bodies and words, sin with their own minds, knowing perfectly well that the gratification will ultimately bring unhappiness and suffering, so imperious is desire. And then, the various sufferings in the following world, and the agonies of falling into it, follow.

Top 12 Foods High in Energy to Keep You Going Through the Day

Daisy Whitbread BSc (Hons) MSc DipION is a fully qualified nutritionist also trained in nutritional therapy. After her undergraduate degree in Anatomy and Physiology, she studied a Masters degree in Nutrition at King’s College, London, one of the leading nutrition departments in the United Kingdom. She then studied Nutritional Therapy for three years at The Institute of Optimum Nutrition, London. Her areas of specialism include weight management, meal planning, and improving energy levels.

One of the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and maintain a healthy weight is to eat food that sustains your energy levels throughout the day. The following list gives you 12 common foods that have been chosen for their ability to provide the body with energy.

Some of the foods provide slow-releasing energy from healthy carbohydrates, which are the body’s main energy source. Others contain a range of important vitamins and minerals involved in cellular energy production processes in the body.

Good quality protein sources are also included, as these are needed for maintaining body tissues, including muscle.

1Oatmeal
A bowl of oatmeal with blueberries

Oatmeal is one of the best sources of slow-releasing energy from low GI complex carbohydrates, to keep you going all morning. Also a great source of B-vitamins, which are needed to convert food into energy.
Nutrition Facts for Cooked Oatmeal.

2Spinach
Spinach

Spinach is high in iron, magnesium, and potassium. Iron transports oxygen around the body, needed for energy production. Magnesium plays a vital role in energy production, and together with potassium, is important for nerve and muscle function.
Nutrition Facts for Spinach.

3Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are a fantastic source of complex carbohydrates, along with iron, magnesium, and vitamin C. Vitamin C is needed for transporting fats into the cells of the body for energy production.
Nutrition Facts for Baked Sweet Potatoes.

4Eggs
Eggs

Eggs are a complete protein, (containing all the essential amino acids), B-vitamins, healthy fats, and some vitamin D. They also provide choline, the precursor for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which activates skeletal muscle.
Nutrition Facts for Hard Boiled Eggs.

5Fruit
Half an apricot

Fruits provide natural sugars, which are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream for an instant pick me up (but without the ‘sugar crash’ you get after eating refined sugars). Fruits are also high in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Nutrition Facts for Apricots.

6Green Tea
A glass of green tea

Green tea contains some caffeine for an energy boost, but without the ‘jittery’ side effects of stronger caffeine drinks, such as coffee. Furthermore, green tea may also help lower cholesterol.
Nutrition Facts for Green Tea.

7Nuts
Almonds

Nuts are energy dense due to their high content of healthy fats. They are also high in vitamins and minerals. Soaking nuts in water overnight ‘activates’ them (starts the germination or sprouting process) increasing the nutrient value even more and making them easier to digest.
Nutrition Facts for Almonds.

8Soybeans
Green Soybeans (Edamame)

Soybeans are high in protein, B-vitamins, copper, and phosphorous. Copper and phosphorous are involved in converting food into energy and releasing it into cells so it’s available for use by the body.
Nutrition Facts for Edamame.

9Fish
Salmon Fillets

Fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel are an excellent source of complete protein, B vitamins, essential fats, and vitamin D. A lack of vitamin D can cause low energy, muscle fatigue, and low mood.
Nutrition Facts for Wild Atlantic Salmon (Cooked).

10Seeds (Squash and Pumpkin Seeds)
Squash and Pumpkin Seeds

Seeds are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats and minerals involved in energy production – including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. Zinc is needed for the production of hormones in the body that affect energy and mood. It is also important for muscle recovery after exercise.
Nutrition Facts for Roasted Squash And Pumpkin Seeds (Unsalted).

11Natural Yogurt
Bowl of Yogurt with Raspberries

Yogurt contains live bacteria with many health benefits including regulating the immune system, improving digestion (so that more energy-giving nutrients are absorbed) and possibly even improving mood.
Nutrition Facts for Plain Yogurt.

12Water
A glass of water

Dehydration is one of the fastest ways to feel your physical and mental energy levels drop. Even mild dehydration of 1-2% can affect mood, energy levels, and ability to concentrate. Drink 8 glasses per day to keep your energy levels up.
Nutrition Facts for Tap Water.

source: https://www.myfooddata.com

Don’t Say You Never Had A Chance

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Today’s short post comes courtesy of The Napoleon Hill Foundation on developing a Positive Mental Attitude.If you don’t know what you want, don’t say you never had a chance.

The people who complain the loudest about never having an opportunity in life are usually the ones who always have a ready excuse for their failures. Nothing is ever their fault; they are victims of their heritage, their environment, insufficient education, or any number of other factors that they perceive as placing them at a disadvantage.

If you look hard enough, you can always find reasons for not attempting something or not sticking with the job to the end.

Successful people, though, are not excuse-makers. They take responsibility for their actions, they set goals, and they assume responsibility for their achievement. Where others see despair, they see hope.

​They approach every situation with enthusiasm, confident in the knowledge that nothing is impossible for those who have a Positive Mental Attitude.

Napoleon Hill

Voluntary Discomfort

Stoicism is a way of life that helps to endure hardship and enjoy life. It proposes that we should use reason to align ourselves with the flow of life. The Stoics call this ‘living in accordance with Nature’. In Ancient Greece and Rome, its followers ranged from slaves to emperors and from athletes to business men.

Stoics use a variety of exercises to attain inner peace and happiness. One of these is to consciously practice voluntary discomfort. This means: putting ourselves in situations that we don’t particularly like, in order to grow beyond them. In this article, let’s take a look at what the practice of voluntary discomfort entails.

The first question that pops up in everybody’s mind when talking about voluntary discomfort is: why? Why would any sane person willingly put himself in a situation that is uncomfortable? How does discomfort contribute to inner peace and happiness? Is the opposite not true: to be peaceful and happiness, don’t you need comfort?

Don’t worry: there is a good reason for doing this. Essentially, voluntary discomfort allows you to cling less to external circumstances and rely on your own strengths instead. It strengthens our mind to endure hardship, whenever this may befall us. Exposing ourselves to hardships in untroubled times prepares us for more difficult times ahead. It’s training for the mind. I like to see voluntary discomfort as a trade between feeling a little bit worse right now to be stronger in the future.

Now that the value of voluntary discomfort is clear, let’s take a look at what it is. We can separate two types of voluntary discomfort: physical discomfort and emotional discomfort.

Physical discomfort puts our body in an uncomfortable state, and includes activities like cold showers, fasting, under-dressing for the weather, and many more. This is the most common practice of voluntary discomfort among Stoics, and the easiest of the two types. Moreover, there are many gradations in this practice, so everyone can find the gradation that fits him or her best. For example, starting Stoics should not put themselves in physical danger by attempting to fast for a long period, or get seriously ill after walking around in shorts on a freezing winter day. However, a few minutes under a cold shower should be no problem to most (unless of course you have heart or other medical issues). The threshold to practice this kind of discomfort is therefore low, but the results can be big. Imagine what it feels like to stand under a cold shower without minding the cold at at all. That’s a great testimony of endurance.

Emotional discomfort induces us to experience negative emotions (passions) such as shame, anger or fear. A famous example in Stoic texts is that of Stoicism’s founder, Zeno, who was challenged to walk through Athens drenched in lentil soup. Diogenes the Cynic also was a master at emotional discomfort and is rumored to sleep on the streets, and urinate, defecate and masturbate in public – which, by the way, I don’t endorse because of other ethical arguments. Putting yourself in an situation of emotional distress allows you to experience that it is actually not the end of the world. If you are then later forced in a similarly distressing situation (public opposition, extreme poverty, etc.) you are better able to cope with it.

In short, physical and emotional discomfort both allow you to train your mind now for discomfort in the future. It is like a vaccine: by injecting yourself with a controlled dose of discomfort now, you are better resistant to future discomfort. This, in turn, contributes to inner peace and happiness over the long term.

Direct action: Start small. Next time you shower, end with a few minutes of cold water. You’ll see it’s not the end of the world.

source: https://stoicjourney.org

5 STEPS TO OVERCOME FEAR

Face your fear! an article worth reading by The tools book

Everyone experiences fear from time to time. You might be afraid to confront someone, borrow money to grow your business, or introduce yourself to someone you admire. We all have moments of fear, but very few of us see those moments as opportunities. 
 
Fear gives you the unique opportunity to develop a priceless inner force that expands your life. That force is courage. Here are the five necessary steps for converting fear into courage.
 
Step 1: Accept It
 
PHIL: Fear never goes away. It doesn’t matter how strong you feel or are—if you can lift 350 pounds, if you have 350 million dollars in the bank, if you can boss around your spouse—you are still going to be afraid. To a large degree what you accomplish in life, what you are capable of, is going to depend on how you deal with fear.
 
Step 2: Identify It
 
BARRY: To leverage fear into courage, you have to be honest with yourself every time you’re afraid. If you don’t admit your fears to yourself, you can’t leverage them into courage. Look for the points in your life where you’re afraid, and see them as opportunities to learn to deal with fear.
 
Step 3: Feel It
 
BARRY: The greatest mistake people make when dealing with fear is to try to think their way through it. They analyze what triggered it, or start “playing chess,” projecting out what might happen next, and how they’ll deal with it. This doesn’t diminish fear; it actually increases it because there’s no way to outsmart the universe. Instead of trying, do the counterintuitive thing with fear: let yourself feel it. Then you’ll be ready to move to the next step.
 
Step 4: Face It
 
BARRY: Have you ever had one of those dreams where a dark, scary figure is chasing you? If you run away, it always gets much more terrifying. If you turn around and face it, something good almost always happens. It’s the same with fears in your waking life. The Reversal of Desire tool literally reverses the desire to run away and gets you to face your fear and move through it.
 
Step 5: Practice It
 
PHIL: Try to think about confronting fear as a skill—something you can practice and get good at, like ping-pong, or knitting, or anything else. This will make your fear seem less dramatic, and you’ll feel more in control of it. You can also gain a lot of satisfaction in the process.

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