How To Free Yourself From Mental Slavery

By Mark Weeks

By Mark weeks

Napoleon Bonaparte once wrote, ‘The human race is governed by its imagination.’ I’m pretty confident in stating, he believed the majority of people possessed poor imaginations. And, for many people today their imaginations are still not good government. The ‘imagination’ quickly becomes a dictator, and an unnecessary instrument for their own failings.

By not using your imagination positively and creatively you run the risk of being enslaved by it. Imagination has a tendency to run out of control, more often than not culminating in poor self-image and lack of confidence.

The good news is, it’s easy to take control of your imagination if you focus on it. It’s a scientific fact that the brain and nervous system cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is vividly imagined.

The first step in freeing yourself from mental slavery, and the most important, is to imagine the outcome you want and not what you don’t want. Why? Your brain tells you what to do in the future based on its knowledge in the past. And, the only way to see the future is through the power of your imagination.

You have to have the courage to break the cycle. None of us know everything, so why should the past be a reflection of your tomorrow?

Too often, people don’t exercise the control they have and allow their imaginations to destroy their potential – because they picture situations in the past where they have failed. They’re simply not using the power of visualisation to their advantage. Instead of bringing the past into the present you must practice bringing the future into the present.

That last sentence needs to be repeated – I think one of us needs to make it into a meme too😊

Instead of bringing the past into the present you must practice bringing the future into the present.

I like this short exercise I came across years ago …

Think of a car. Your mind will quite naturally see a car quickly, but it will probably be a hazy picture. If you were asked to describe the car properly you will refocus, because you’re giving clearer instructions. Most likely you will describe your own car. That’s the way most of us tend to respond in life; from our own experiences of the past.

Our minds get by on the minimum of effort, after all, they have a lot to contend with throughout the day!

But, if you desire a car, and have set your heart upon obtaining it, you must see the type of car you want down to the last detail.

At the next opportunity go into a show room, sit in the car of your dreams, take in the smell of the leather interior and feel the steering wheel. Own the picture in your mind, ‘This car is mine!’ If possible, go for a test drive. You might be surprised that you notice more of your cars on the road, once your subconscious mind is truly activated.

Try using this approach to the things you desire – but, be careful what you wish for:)

You may have come across the science known as NLP – Neuro-Linguistic Programming, first developed by scientists Richard Bandler and John Grinder. It’s a powerful methodology on visualisation, and I urge you to either re-visit or learn the techniques and utilise them over time.

What you feed your mind is critical to your success and happiness. And, the place to get the ball rolling and building momentum is through visualising a better tomorrow. The German writer Goethe said it best, ‘Before you can do something, you must become something.’ It’s as simple as that. You must be and act, before you become.

Allow yourself time every day to visualise, imagine and concentrate on what you want in life. Life is far from perfect, but trying to work some type of visualisation into your routine is a must. I tend to do better early in the mornings before I start my work day.

I also find time for a longer meditation on Sundays, which I incorporate into my weight training sessions. However life is working out for you at this moment in time do your future self a big favour and believe in a better day tomorrow. Five minutes a day now will reap a brighter future.

In my Amazon best seller – Soul of a Dream Catcher, set in worn torn Italy in 1948, Peter urges Emiliana to stimulate her imagination. Here’s a couple of lines you might relate to …

‘So, what would you do? Come on Emiliana, let your imagination go.’

‘Hmmm … you know I’m no good at this sort of thing. That’s why I leave the dreaming to you.’

‘Please try, everything ever achieved starts with a dream.’

‘I can’t, I just feel silly,’ she pleaded.

Peters voice strained a little, ‘If you can’t even imagine a different life how will you ever get one?’ Feeling tired from her continual lack of imagination he added, ‘If you keep on doing the same thing every day of your life, you’ll keep getting the same thing, over and over again.’

‘Okay, okay don’t go on, I get it,’ she said angrily, though refusing to admit she did not get ‘it’. ‘I don’t want to end up like my mother … there, I’ve said it. I don’t want to end up sad and lonely, being a slave to the whims of others. I … I want to prove to her life goes on outside of this bloody village.’

Peter finally got the reaction he was looking for and prodded further with sadistic delight. ‘Maybe your mother is happy. Have you ever asked her?’ He tormented.

Take away lesson: Only you can free you from mental slavery.

You might enjoy some of our latest posts on conqueror.blog or azuni.blog too.

If you need a little help with some direction in your life, get in touch for an initial free chat/email – mark@urconqueror.co.uk

Thanks for letting me into your corner of the Universe.

Keep conquering yourself,

Mark:)

P.S. You might like this post on anxiety from our Conqueror Blog

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How Little Improvements in Life Matter

By Wandella Tonny

Daily progress is the strategy of making small, consistent improvements every day in order to achieve significant long-term results. While many people think of kaizen as a one-week event, it has far more impact when the entire workforce participates in daily continuous improvement.

Every day, small changes and improvements have a significant impact on performance. Make a goal for yourself, and encourage others to do the same. It does not need to be large. A daily improvement of less than 0.5 percent gets you over 8% better at the end of the month, and over a year, you’ll be 250 percent better.

How can You make minor gains on a daily basis?

Begin slowly and gradually increase your weight. Avoid getting impatient and starting to push forward and take bigger leaps. Slowly, steadily, and consistently move forward. Simply strive to improve on the previous day’s performance. The punchline is as follows: If you improve one percent every day for a year, you’ll be 37 times better by the end.

There are several instances of big and minor acts that have the potential to generate change in our lives if we just practiced them more consistently. Workouts are never missed. Performing basic business tasks on a daily basis, not just when you have time. More frequently apologizing Every week, write Thank You notes.

Progress is frequently hidden behind mundane solutions and underutilized insights. You do not require any other information. You don’t require a better strategy. All you have to do is do more of what is currently working.

We frequently assess our performance by looking ahead. We set objectives. We set goals for ourselves and set benchmarks for our progress. In essence, we attempt to forecast the future to some extent. There is an alternative, which I believe is more useful: measure backwards rather than forwards. When you measure backward, you’re making decisions based on how it has already occurred rather than what you want to occur.

Start Today

All you have to do to anticipate where you’ll wind up in life is follow the curve of modest gains or losses and watch how your everyday decisions compound 10 to 20 years down the road. Do you spend less each month than you earn? Do you go to the gym at least once a week? Are you reading a book every day and learning anything new? These are the small battles that will designate your future self.

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3 Endurance-Building Techniques Approved by Trainers

By Tonny Wandella

Endurance is something to attained through discipline and hard work. This is to say a few individuals have the natural gift of endurance, other like us we need to work for it. Lets dive in.

Avoid food prophets who aren’t genuine.

However, not all foods are made equal, and some of those offering tantalizing benefits to your stamina may not be what they seem. There are claims that energy drinks can help you perform better, but evidence shows they have very little therapeutic value. Probiotic pills, which are typically advertised as being able to increase stamina, were likewise found to have no effect.

Experiment with new things.

Running and weightlifting are obvious stamina-building exercises, but you can also benefit from doing some less traditional exercises. Yoga, for example, may improve endurance levels significantly – yet another reason to venture out from your dull daily run.

Take care of your mental wellness.

Stamina isn’t simply about physical strength; your mental attitude plays a role as well. A stress management workshop that included the teaching of stamina-increasing strategies was found to have a good effect on both participants’ stamina and stress levels in one study, while preliminary research has tentatively linked pleasant emotions in elite athletes to peak performance. Meditation improved participants’ levels of exhaustion, as well as emotions of tranquility and attention, according to a study on yoga’s impact on stamina.

What would you improve if you had to pick only one aspect of fitness to work on? You’re probably thinking about working on your strength, endurance, or agility, which are all worthwhile objectives to pursue.

However, there is one underappreciated fitness factor: stamina, which integrates numerous fitness components into one. Consider working on your stamina if you want to get the most bang for your exercise budget.

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Three behaviors to cultivate in order to master long-term thinking

By Tonny Wandella

Short-term thinkers are preoccupied with the present and have minor considerations for the future. They decide and act because of their decisions. Long-term thinkers are continually planning for the future. Regardless of the timeline, the important thing is that individuals examine the repercussions, advantages, and other factors while deciding.

On your path to becoming a long-term thinker, cultivate three mental habits in particular. Here are some habits you need to cultivate to be a long-term thinker.

Independence

Long-term thinking is fundamentally about remaining true to yourself as well as your vision. There’s a lot of pressure in our society to please people in the short term: saying yes to one more obligation because you don’t want to disappoint them, or taking the “wonderful job” that everyone else admires but leaves you feeling dead on the inside.

When you operate with the long term in mind, it can take a long time for your efforts to pay off — and if you’re searching for external validation, the wait can be excruciating. Instead, we require an internal compass that says, “I’m willing to lay my bet regardless of what people think, and I’m willing to do the work,” if we want to become courageous long-term thinkers.

Curiosity

 Some people are satisfied to follow the path that has been carved out for them by others, without questioning or considering alternatives. However, for most of us, a life of coloring between the lines can leave us feeling empty — especially if our passions don’t neatly correspond with what society values. We may not understand the precise and ideal path for us (who does at first? ), but curiosity is a quality that can bring us there. By paying close attention to how we spend our leisure time and figuring out who and what fascinates us, we may learn more about what motivates us — and, eventually, where we can begin to contribute.

Resilience

By definition, trying something new, something different, is an experiment. You have no idea if it will work or not, and it frequently does not. Too many of us cower in the face of rejection or failure, figuring that the editor who rejected us was the ultimate arbiter of taste, or even that the institution that rejected us knew exactly what they were doing. That, however, is just not the case. Chance, luck, and individual preferences all play a big part in how things turn out. If 100 individuals reject your work, you’ve received a strong message. But one, two, or ten? You haven’t even started yet.

Because nothing works out the first time, or in the manner you imagined it, being a long-term thinker necessitates a foundation of resilience.

The Bottom Line

Long-term thinking implies that you are at ease visualizing and actively working toward the future. You’ll have a better ability than others to see, hear, and feel the future as if it were already here. I hope this article has ignited the long-term thinking mentality in you.

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.

Conclusion
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?

5 Useful Tips for Improving Your Mental Focus

By Tonny Wandella.

Staying focused can be difficult when you’re surrounded by continual distractions.

Learning new things, completing goals, and working efficiently all depend on your ability to focus and channel mental effort.

These days with tech at our fingertips 24/7, it requires herculean effort on your behalf to combat the overwhelming desire to check your phone every few minutes.

Here are some psychological strategies and tricks I’ve find useful for developing laser-like mental focus and concentration.

Limit Your Concentration

While multitasking may appear to be a fantastic method to get a lot done in a short amount of time, it appears people aren’t very good at it.

Juggling numerous things at once reduces productivity and makes it far more difficult to focus on the details that matter.

Consider your focus to be a spotlight. You can see things well if you direct that spotlight on a specific area. But, if you try to disperse that amount of light across a vast dark canyon, you’d only see shadowy outlines.

Practice Mindfulness

Right now, mindfulness is a hot topic, and for good reason. Even though mindfulness meditation has been practised for millennia, its many health advantages are only now beginning to be recognised.

Take Short Breaks

Have you ever tried to concentrate on a single task for an extended period? Your focus begins to deteriorate after a while, and it becomes increasingly difficult to commit your mental resources to the work. Not only that, but your whole performance decreases as a result of it.

Traditional psychological theories say that this is due to a depletion of attentional resources, while some experts feel it has more to do with the brain’s proclivity to overlook sources of persistent stimuli.

So, the next time you’re working on a long-term project, such as filing your taxes or prepping for a test, remember to take planned mental breaks.

Even if it’s only for a few moments, divert your attention away from your current task. These brief periods of rest will allow you to keep your ability to focus sharp and your productivity strong when you need it most.

Keep Practicing

Of course its not possible to improve your mental attention in a single day. Even professional athletes are constantly fine-tuning their abilities to improve their attention spans.

Start recognising the influence being distracted has on your life. If you’re having trouble achieving your objectives and find yourself being distracted by minor issues, it’s time to start valuing your time more highly.

Eliminating Distractions

While it may seem self-evident, people frequently underestimate the number of distractions they have around them.

Such invasions could be in the shape of a loud radio in the background or an annoying co-worker who stops by your desk to chat all the time.

It’s not always as simple as it sounds to eliminate these sources of distraction. While it may be as simple as turning off the television or radio, dealing with an interrupting co-worker, spouse, child, or roommate may be far more difficult:)

Setting aside a specified time and place and requesting to be left alone for that period is one technique to deal with this.

Another option is to find a quiet spot where you know you’ll be able to work uninterrupted. A quiet coffee shop, the library, or a private area in your home could all be suitable options.

Finally, ensure you are well-rested before the activity and utilise positive ideas and imagery to combat anxiety and concerns are two more tactics you might want to try to minimise or eliminate internal distractions.

In conclusion, be vigilant of your time, focus on one thing to completion and ask others not to disturb you when you have important tasks to complete. Take planned breaks and when your mind wanders consciously return your attention back to the activity at hand.

With constant practice and awareness you’ll be a force to be reckoned with. Though many people will find you a little strange for not being as distracted as them:)

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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.

Fundamental Kaizen Principles

By Tonny Wandella

Kaizen is a Japanese phrase that signifies “positive change.” It refers to an organization’s complete hierarchy’s constant improvement of all functions. The guiding principle of Kaizen is straightforward: routines can always be improved, especially if you are performing satisfactorily at the present. Furthermore, all issues are viewed as chances to improve. Creating a Kaizen-driven culture is, of course, easier than it sounds. Fortunately, several simple but effective ideas can influence how members of a team think. Adopting these concepts ensures that progress will be made. Here are a few Kaizen principles to guide you in 2022:

Don’t try to solve problems with money.

Some improvements will undoubtedly necessitate financial resources, but investing money or recruiting people should never be the fundamental line of defence. Before grabbing the wallet, the most effective teams employ imagination, innovation, as well as experimentation to achieve improvements. Cash-strapped businesses are even more compelled to embrace Kaizen.

Whenever people’s insights are the driving force behind change, people are more inspired to see it through. As a result, no sum of cash will be able to eradicate the cultural pollutants of disconnection and distrust.

Make data-driven judgments.

When executing a change, one of the most significant considerations you can make is how the outcomes will be measured. What criteria can be used to assess the current state of affairs? What amount of change signifies a significant improvement? What method will be used to track such findings over time? And those are the questions that will determine whether or not you are successful. Using facts to drive your actions will help you overcome reluctance to change, reduce preconceptions, and de-personalize status quo critique.

Take pleasure in the struggle. It strengthens you.

When you go to the gym to increase strength, you utilise increasing amounts of tension in the sense of weight versus your muscles. Your body adapts to meet the task as it becomes tougher. When your company confronts difficulties, the same is true. Continuous improvement necessitates the acquisition of ever-increasing wisdom. Your team’s expertise, experience, awareness, and insight improves with each new challenge. As a result, the most significant chance for growth in adversity. Wisdom is not something that people are born with. They have earned it.

Success will be determined by what you plus your team approach your company’s difficulties. Embracing these Kaizen concepts is the first step towards a brighter future. Keep improving.

Three Tips to Help Your Child Foster A Growth Mindset

By Tonny Wandella

School stress is in overdrive, but if you and your children keep a positive attitude, you as well as your child will be able to get through it worry-free! If your child has difficulty learning, assist in moulding him or her into an improved version of themselves by examining their thinking or mindset, so they may succeed both in and out of the classroom.

Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset

You must assist your child in developing a “growth mentality” for them to achieve and thrive. It’s when an individual perceives that through determination and hard work, they can overcome difficult problems.  They face their challenges full-on, try to learn, and therefore do not fear failure. When a youngster with such a growth mindset struggles with a mathematics problem, for example, they learn from mistakes and continue trying till they get it correctly.

A “fixed mindset,” on the other hand, is when a person thinks that their character, intelligence, and talents are unchangeable. When someone with a closed mind makes an error, they frequently perceive it as a failure rather than a chance to learn. For example, a child who is having difficulty with a math problem may become irritated and give up since they do not believe they are intelligent enough to do it correctly.

The Importance of a Growth Mindset When It Comes to Learning

A growth mindset is critical to a child’s development since it enables them to learn to cope with difficult events and apply that information to future scenarios. Pupils with a growth mentality outperform others with a fixed mindset because they are more willing to learn and develop their skills.

Helping Your Child Develop a Growth Mindset

Encourage an optimistic outlook on problems:

When something gets in the way of a child with a fixed mindset, they tend to give up. Your child will grow and understand they can accomplish anything if they put their minds to it if you have a more optimistic attitude on the problem.

Allow your youngster to reflect on a difficult situation for some time:

They can learn from mistakes and create ideas to better next time by analyzing how they handled the challenge they had and overcame previously.

Teach your youngster to compete against themselves:

Having the perspective that we are competing against ourselves is the only way to achieve personal accomplishment. Every day, we should strive to be the best versions of ourselves than the day before.

Your youngster will have the necessary tools in any situation if you assist them to shift from a fixed perspective to a growth mindset.

The mindsets of students and how they view their skills have an impact on their potential to achieve. Regrettably, many teachers have misinterpreted the concept of development mindset and introduced a fake growth mentality accidentally. As a parent, you may also help your children develop a growth mindset, which will benefit them in the long term.

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