5 Tips to Unleashing Brilliantly Ignorant Levels of Well-being and Success

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”

~ Mark Twain

Technology mingled with an age of ideas spreads knowledge like wildfire. Those eager to learn, can. And fast.

But what does a culture of answers produce? And at what pace does a mind or a society advance when there is certainty in currently purported information?

Many truths of the past have evolved into grand falsehoods, where societies wholly believed in misled facts, later to discover their falsity. Are we putting too much faith in what we believe is known today?

It is ignorance, doubt and curiosity that leapfrog innovation and produce your brightest brilliance, which advance communities, societies and the world.

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What Kids and Vegetables Can Teach Us

“The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.” 

~ Deepak Chopra

It’s no secret not all kids like vegetables, or anyone for that matter, but when, where and why did vegetables get such a bad rap? Are they really distasteful, stigmatized or is it how they’re presented?

There are varied approaches parents use to coax their kids into eating healthy, but many of the strategies backfire.

Kids choose on emotions and intricate social relational evaluations. These remain the foundation of our decision-making into our adult lives, no matter the level of rational thought.

We’re all a bit childish in this way and we can learn about our minds, our habits and ourselves by examining kids and vegetables, we can even find strategies to forward our goals and approach life with thriving novelty.

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Waking Up Early: A (Sun) Shining New Approach To Success

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”

~ Ben Franklin

**Originaly published on elephant journal**

Do you you hate mornings or love them? Do you hit the snooze a few times, always rush through a routine and either scarf down breakfast or have coffee and call it good?

This scenario is more common than the rare breed that spritely wakes to the day, but those who’ve started setting their alarm clocks earlier find it to be one of the most productive, pleasant and successful habits.

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Are You Hurry Sick? The Paradox of Productivity

“What kind of rule is this? The more time saving machinery there is, the more pressed a person is for time.”

~ Sebastian de Grazia, Of Time, Work, and Leisure

There’s an app for almost everything and a tool for every job–in most cases, more than one.

Market economics and technology have exploded with an abundant diversity of ways to make our lives easier, more efficient and productive. Interestingly, the opposite is often true.

The more gadgets and tools that are created to make our lives more streamline, the more stress we experience and less time we seemingly have. There is always more to produce and more to consume.

The urgency created around time can extend to extreme habitual patterns of rushing without real external time pressures. Cardiac psychologist Diane Ulmer and Leonard Schwarzburd call this “hurry sickness.”

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How To Make Hard Decisions Easy

“With better awareness you can make better choices and when you make better choices, you will see better results.”

~ Robin Sharma

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

What to do with my life? This question can be a lifelong quandary itself. It includes so many intricacies and other questions it really becomes a wicked problem.

These daunting questions require dramatic decisions and riddle our lives with dilemma. We have opportunity, yet we suffer. No matter what we choose, there’s always a “what if?”

This feeling is natural, but it feels horrible. Knowing that we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t, many are struck by fear and suffer from analysis by paralysis.

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We’re Hardwired For… Unhappiness?

“There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking, and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord”

~ Thomas Paine

Do you ever wonder why we have to make an effort to divert negative thoughts and comments? Why we often have to pause and think before seeing positively? It can seem tiresome to keep up with staying positive! What gives?

Unhappiness has one best friend: fear. We fear that we aren’t good enough, don’t have enough, aren’t safe and secure, aren’t worthy and so much more. This perpetual cycle of fear and doubt is tickled out of us society daily, as we increasingly feel like it’s all our fault. The good within the bad is that it’s not your fault; it’s natural. Continue reading

Are You Motivated or Determined? GTD and Find Your Passion

“A failure establishes only this: that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.”

~ John Christian Bovee

Do you struggle to motivate yourself, to find the energy and devote the effort to daily tasks in life and work? Or can’t figure out how to motivate people around you from co-workers to clients, friends and family?

It’s not easy to do and deeply embedded in sociology and psychology. The first step is understanding how motivation and determination differ, where they intersect and how you can use them to your advantage in finding your passion.

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