A positive mental attitude is absolutely necessary to ensure your success. You can make the seemingly impossible – possible by developing a positive mindset. Reap the benefits enjoyed by all successful people. Feeling great means we can all produce and flourish at full capacity. Without energy and vitality it’s very easy to lose motivation. Here’s how to fix that and operate at your full potential…
1. Can Lack Of Sleep Cause You To Be Overly Emotional?
Absolutely. If you’re feeling overly emotional, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can prevent you from thinking clearly and keeping your emotions on an even keel. Studies show that excessive sleepiness can hurt work performance, wreak havoc on relationships, and lead to mood problems like anger and depression.
Sleep Deprivation Symptoms
Difficulty Concentrating and Impaired Performance
Memory and Thinking Problems
Disorientation, Hallucinations, and Paranoia
Disruption of Sleep Cycle
2. A Sense Of Humour
Albert Einstein attributed his brilliant mind to having a child-like sense of humour. Indeed, a number of studies have found an association between humour and intelligence.
Researchers in Austria recently discovered that funny people, particularly those who enjoy dark humour, have higher IQs than their less funny peers. They argue that it takes both cognitive and emotional ability to process and produce humour. Their analysis shows that funny people have higher verbal and non-verbal intelligence, and they score lower in mood disturbance and aggressiveness.
Find humor in bad situations. Allow yourself to experience humour in even the darkest or most trying situations. Remind yourself that this situation will probably make for a good story later and try to crack a joke about it. Turn failures into lessons.
You aren’t perfect. You’re going to make mistakes and experience failure in multiple contexts, at multiple jobs and with multiple people. Instead of focusing on how you failed, think about what you’re going to do next time, turn your failure into a lesson.
A sense of humour is an important part of coping with setbacks and adversity. If we’re blessed with a humorous outlook we’re better able to see the ridiculous side of whatever it is we are upset about, making it easier to avoid being swamped by distress.
3. Distorted Thinking
Why can’t I get a break?
My life really sucks.
This will never work.
Who am I kidding anyway?
This type of thinking reflects a lack of confidence in yourself and a failure to trust in the process of life. As a result, your enjoyment andappreciation of all the good stuff that life has to offer gets distorted, leaving you in a victimised state and ultimately, an unhappy existence.
Remember, thoughts don’t just happen. They are something we create and therefore we are able to direct them. When something upsetting happens, it’s your thoughts about the situation that will either minimize or magnify the effect it will have on you.
Transform that negative self-talk into positive self-talk.
Negative self-talk can creep up easily and is often hard to notice. You might think I’m so bad at this or I shouldn’t have tried that.
But these thoughts turn into internalised feelings and might cement your perception of yourself. When you catch yourself doing this, stop and replace those negative messages with positive ones.
For example, I’m so bad at this becomes, once I get more practice, I’ll be way better at this. I shouldn’t have tried becomes That didn’t work out as planned—maybe next time.
Drop your distortions. There are negative things in the world.
We all have cognitive thinking distortions that can alter our perceptions of reality, sometimes causing the negatives to appear fun-house-mirror large. A few common distortions include mind reading, when you assume you know what others think (someone asks you to lunch, for example, and you assume it’s because he feels sorry for you); fortune telling, when you predict the future negatively and then react as if that prediction is imminent (you assume an upcoming company meeting means you’re being let go and begin bad-mouthing your boss and ignoring work); or all or nothing thinking, in which everything is all or nothing (Everyone thinks I am a loser or no one can be trusted).
Recognise what your distortions are and see whether you can view circumstances through a clearer, more helpful lens.
4. Start Your Day With Positivity
How you start the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Have you ever woken up late, panicked, and then felt like nothing good happened the rest of the day?
This is likely because you started out the day with a negative emotion and a pessimistic view that carried into every other event you experienced. Instead of letting this dominate you, start your day with positive affirmations. Talk to yourself in the mirror, even if you feel silly, with statements like, “Today will be a good day” or “I’m going to be awesome today.” You’ll be amazed how much your day improves.
Almost invariably, you’re going to encounter obstacles throughout the day—there’s no such thing as a perfect day. When you encounter challenges, focus on the benefits, no matter how slight or unimportant they seem. For example, if you get stuck in traffic, think about how you now have time to listen to the rest of your favourite podcast. If the store is out of the food you want to prepare, think about the thrill of trying something new.
5. Foods to Enhance Your Mood
Eating the foods that follow may be a simple way to boost your spirits, as each is known to have a positive impact on mood.
If you’re one of these individuals who gets a nice mood boost whenever you sink your teeth into a bar of pure, unadulterated chocolate, it is not happenstance.
There’s actually a chemical reason called anandamide, a neurotransmitter produced in the brain that temporarily blocks feelings of pain and depression. It’s a derivative of the Sanskrit word “bliss,” and one of the great things about chocolate is that it not only produces this compound, it also contains other chemicals that prolongs the “feel-good” aspects of anandamide. Chocolate has even been referred to as “the new anti-anxiety drug.”
A high-quality source of protein – like organic eggs, a piece of Gouda cheese or a handful of almonds – helps to keep your blood sugar levels steady for enhanced energy and mood.
Bananas contain dopamine, a natural reward chemical that boosts your mood. They’re also rich in B vitamins, including vitamin B6, which help to soothe your nervous system, and magnesium, another nutrient associated with positive mood.
Coffee affects a number of neurotransmitters related to mood control, so drinking a morning cup could have an effect on your general sense of wellbeing. Research has also shown that coffee triggers a mechanism in your brain that releases BDNF, which activates your brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, thereby improving your brain health. Interestingly enough, research also suggests that low BDNF levels may play a significant role in depression, and that increasing neurogenesis has an antidepressant effect!
Curcumin, the pigment that gives the spice turmeric its yellow-orange color, is thought to be the primary component responsible for many of its medicinal effects. Among them, curcumin has neuroprotective properties and may enhance mood and possibly help with depression.
Anthocyanins are the pigments that give berries like blueberries and blackberries their deep colour. These antioxidants aid your brain in the production of dopamine, a chemical that is critical to coordination, memory function and your mood.
Animal-Based Omega 3 Fats
Found in salmon or supplement form, such as krill oil, the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA play a role in your emotional well-being. One study showed a dramatic 20 percent reduction in anxiety among medical students taking omega-3, while past research has shown omega-3 fats work just as well as anti-depressants in preventing the signs of depression, but without any of the side effects.
Mood-Busting Foods to Avoid
Just as foods can uplift your mood, they can also quickly bring it down. Here are the top three foods that can trigger a poor mood.
Sugar can lead to fluctuations in blood sugar, which can bring on mood swings, but its role in poor mood actually goes much deeper than that. Entire books have been written on this topic, such as William Duffy’s book, Sugar Blues. There are at least three potential mechanisms through which refined sugar intake could exert a toxic effect on your mood and mental health:
Sugar (particularly fructose) and grains contribute to insulin and leptin resistance and impaired signaling, which play a significant role in your mental health
Sugar suppresses activity of BDNF, which promotes the health of your brain neurons. BDNF levels are critically low in both depression and schizophrenia, which animal models suggest might actually be causative
Sugar consumption also triggers a cascade of chemical reactions in your body that promote chronic inflammation. In the long term, inflammation disrupts the normal functioning of your immune system, which is linked to a greater risk of depression
Gluten, a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley, may negatively impact mood and brain health. In fact, a number of studies indicate that wheat can have a detrimental effect on mood, promoting depression and even more serious mental health problems such as schizophrenia. One mechanism that can help explain the mysterious connection between wheat and mental health problems is the fact that wheat inhibits production of serotonin.
Neurotransmitters like serotonin can be found not just in your brain, but also in your gut. In fact, the greatest concentration of serotonin, which is involved in mood control, depression and aggression, is found in your intestines, not your brain. Wheat in particular has also been implicated in psychiatric problems, from depression to schizophrenia, due to an array of brain-disruptive opioid peptides, and wheat germ lectin (WGA), which preliminary research indicates has neurotoxic activity.
The list of potentially mood-busting ingredients in processed foods is a long one. Aside from sugar and gluten, they may also contain trans fats, artificial colours, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial sweeteners and other synthetic ingredients linked to irritability and poor mood.
Nourishing Your Gut Health
Your gut can boost your mood and protect your mental health.Toxicity in your gut can flow throughout your body and into your brain, where it can cause symptoms of poor mood, autism, ADHD, depression, schizophrenia and a whole host of other mental and behavioral disorders. With this in mind, it should be crystal clear that nourishing your gut flora is extremely important to support a positive mood. To do so, I recommend the following strategies:
Avoid sugar and processed, refined foods in your diet. There is simply no question that eliminating refined sugars is the most powerful intervention the average person can make to improve their gut flora.
Eat traditionally fermented, unpasteurised foods.Fermented foods are the best route to optimal digestive health, as long as you eat the traditionally made, unpasteurised versions. Ideally, you want to eat a variety of fermented foods to maximise the variety of bacteria you’re consuming. Healthy choices include:
Lassi (an Indian yoghurt drink, traditionally enjoyed before dinner)
Fermented milk, such as kefir
Natto (fermented soy)
You can also go for various fiber-rich foods like green vegetables and psyllium. Shoot for around 50 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed.
Take a high-quality probiotic supplement. Although I’m not a major proponent of taking many supplements (as I believe the majority of your nutrients need to come from food), probiotics is an exception if you don’t eat fermented foods on a regular basis. Research has shown that certain probiotics may help alleviate anxiety by modulating the vagal pathways within the gut-brain, affecting GABA levels, and lowering the stress-induced hormone corticosterone.
To sum up, foods have an immense impact on both your body and your brain, and eating whole foods is the best way to support your mental and physical health. Whether you need a quick pick-me-up or you’ve been struggling with poor mood for a while, the best place to start to turn your mood around is likely not in your medicine cabinet but right in your pantry or refrigerator.
6. Look For The Hidden Good
Why a positive mental attitude is indispensable to your success… It is not what happens to you that counts. It is how you react to what happens to you—especially when there are unexpected problems.
Here are three things you can do to assure that your attitude is the very best it can be, no matter what the circumstance:
Focus On The Future
Whatever challenges you face, focus on the future rather than on the past. Instead of worrying about who did what and who is to blame, focus on where you want to be and what you want to do. Get a clear mental image of your ideal successful future, and then take whatever action you can to begin moving in that direction. Get your mind, your thoughts and your mental images on the future.
Think About The Solution
Whenever you’re faced with a difficulty, focus on the solution rather than on the problem. Think and talk about the ideal solution to the obstacle or setback, rather than wasting time rehashing and reflecting on the problem. Solutions are inherently positive, whereas problems are inherently negative.
Take some time to write out every detail of the problem, and then take the most logical next step to solve it. The instant that you begin thinking in terms of solutions, you become a positive and constructive human being.
What Was The Lesson Learned?
Assume that whatever situation you are facing at the moment is exactly the right situation you need to ultimately be successful. This situation has been sent to you to help you learn something, to help you become better, to help you expand and grow.
So seek for the valuable lesson in every adversity. Make a list of every idea or insight you can gain from every setback or difficulty.
A positive mental attitude is indispensable to your success. You can be as positive as you want to be if you will simply think about the future and look for the good. If you do what other successful people do, if you use your mind to exert mental control over the situation, you will be positive and cheerful most of the time. And you will reap the benefits enjoyed by all successful people.
7. Goals Are What Take Us Forward In Life. They Are The Oxygen To Our Dreams.
They are the first steps to every journey we take and are also our last. It’s very important that you realise the significance and importance of goal-setting and apply this knowledge in your life.
Begin with the end in mind. – Stephen Covey
Why Is It Important To Set Your Goals?
Goals Give You Motivation
Goals Help You Overcome Procrastination
Goals Keep You Locked In And Undistracted
Goals Give You Focus
Goals Allow You To Measure Progress
Top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields all set goals. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organise your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life.
Why is it important to write your goals down?
Writing Down Goals Substantially Increases The Odds Of Achieving Them. Most people drive through life without bothering to write down their goals. Very few people have specific and measurable goals, and even fewer have written these goals down…
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Ever sat at the computer, fingers on the keyboard, ready to write the next blog post, but have no idea what to write about? It happens to the best of us. That blank screen call feel very daunting.
But today I have some good news. If you’ve struggled to come up with blog post topics, there’s a lot of ways to brainstorm.
You only need to know where to look and how to prompt your brain on those less than creative days. That’s where this list of ideas come in.
Whether you’re writing for fun or building your online business, these 9 ideas will easily inspire a years worth of blog post topics.
Stay tuned… You’re going to love this if you’ve ever suffered from Writer’s block.
Okay, so here we go:
How to Never Run Out of Blog Post or even Podcast Ideas Again…
What’s the hardest part about creating high-quality content? Coming up with ideas of course.
Once you’ve established yourself as a quality writer, it can be hard to maintain the kind of idea consistency you need. Without that consistency, it’s impossible to create quality content day after day, week after week. It seems like the pros never run out of ideas, but how do they come up with ideas consistently? They use a system.
Inexperienced writers rely on their brains and their own abilities to create content. Sometimes that works, but eventually, you run out of ideas of what to write. Another mistake inexperienced bloggers make is focusing on the topics and ideas that they want to write about. The thing is, most readers come to your site with very specific interests and problems they’re looking to solve.
If you’re not solving your reader’s problem, there’s no reason (in their mind) for them to stick around. The best writers keep their minds filled with ideas that their readers care about. They rely on their systems to give them a never-ending stream of ideas, which gives them the tools and resources they need to create compelling blog posts.
Let’s take a look at how this idea system works.
Strategy:Figure out what your readers want
What are the problems your readers are struggling with?
What topics are they most interested in getting help with?
I rarely run out of topics for my blog you’re reading right now. I mostly have more ideas than I have the time to write. My blog is mostly about addressing problems for business owners.
Content marketing is hard work. Anyone who thinks it isn’t, probably hasn’t done it. If your primary role is actually creating the content, then I can say with a high degree of confidence that your toughest job is coming up with enough good ideas. If you’re an avid blogger, and your experience is anything like mine, once you’ve got a good idea, the content just flows. But there’s the rub: once you’ve got the idea!
Over the years I’ve developed some techniques that keep me chock full of ideas. Now I have a constant and ever-growing list of blog post topics, so when that deadline is looming, it’s just a matter of picking an appropriate one and getting down to work.
Let’s first look at a few types of posts that always do well:
A LIST POST
“List” content works, in large part due to the attention-grabbing power of the headline. Quite clickable these below examples aren’t they?
Question:Are you skilled in carrying out a particular task? Or, is there a task you want to learn (that others would likely want to know how to do too?). Turn it into a step-by-step tutorial using video, photos or screen casts.
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A BEST-OF POST
Suggestion: Perfect for when you’re short on time or trying to prepare posts before heading off on holiday, a best-of post highlights your top five, 10, 15 (up to you!) posts for the month or year. It also makes a great starting page for new readers who want to see what’s been popular on your site without trawling through your archives.
Subject matter experts, on the other hand, are always seeking out the most credible ultimate guides for their areas of expertise.
By far, training yourself to be what I call “content savvy” is the most important skill you can master as a content creator. This means developing the ability to see content everywhere. Whenever I’m reading something, watching a video, listening to a podcast, or attending a seminar, I am always watching and listening for content ideas. It occurred to me that this was where many of my blog post ideas came from: I’d see a topic idea in someone else’s post that might not occur to anyone else. When you’re viewing a piece of content, look for opportunities:
Question all the things. Questioning what you’re consuming is a good thing in general. It can keep you from being tricked or fooled, and help you to learn. But it also can stimulate many new content ideas.
As you read, ask why is that so?
How does the author know?
What’s being left out here?
Write down those questions and then explore them to develop new content.
Activate your question radar: Not only your own questions, but the questions of others, can be great content idea sources. Often I’ll see in the comments under a post some questions from other readers that either go unanswered or are incorrectly or inadequately answered. If I know the answer (or can research to find it out), instead of just answering the comment on the post, I’ll jot it down as something I should write about myself. In most cases, if one person has a question, many have it, and you could end up writing the authoritative piece that all those people are referred to.
Blog Post Ideas Strategy #2: Quora Questions
Quorais an amazing Q&A site that features questions with answers containing facts, opinions and humorous stories that are voted on by Quora members.
Here’s how you find blog content on Quora:
Go to Quora.
Type your topic into the search bar. Quora will populate the list with common topics. Quora search will suggest several topics available based on your search.
The results page will list popular questions and open (unanswered) questions. These unanswered questions are a golden opportunity to identify topics to blog about. It’s likely that others out there have the same question. Use unanswered questions on Quora as a starting point for your blog content.
Take your answer and transform that same content into a blog post.
Pinterest is an incredible source of inspiration. Not only is it a fantastic discovery tool, but Pinterest also shows me what my target audience is searching for and pinning. This helps me:
Discover blog post ideas
Create content my audience actually wants
Find keywords for my blog posts to help with SEO on Pinterest
Let me show you what I mean. My target audience are bloggers/aspiring bloggers and intrepreneurs running/starting online businesses So, let’s go to Pinterest and start broad. I type the word “blog” in the search field. The first place I look for blog post ideas is in the search suggestions box. Pinterest is showing me that my target audience is searching for blog post ideas,
For more ideas, I just hit enter and start by searching for “blog.”Pinterest populates that top bar with words and phrases that people are searching for related to “blog”. I see one of the most popular searches is “for beginners.” This means there are a lot of new bloggers looking to learn about blogging. If there are more suggested keywords, you can click the right arrow to scroll through more topics.
The other great thing about using this approach to find blog post ideas is you’re learning what keywords your audience is searching for. Use the keyword in your blog post, your image titles, your pin description, and your board description to boost your Pinterest SEO rankings. This means when people search for that keyword, your blog post has a higher chance of being at the top of the search results.
If you have a Pinterest Business Account you’ll have access to Pinterest Analytics. It’s free to setup or convert your existing Pinterest Account to a Business Account. I go into my Pinterest Analytics and look at which pins are getting the most saves and clicks. You’re able to see this information based off of all of the pins you save – not just the pins from your own blog. This tells me what’s resonating with my audience.
All of this digging is helping me get to know my target audience and what they’re interested in learning and reading about. This gives me ideas that I can use to create content, sharing my unique perspective and point of view. Give these techniques a try with your niche!
Blog Post Ideas Strategy #4: Comment on Popular Blogs
The most popular blogs in your specific areas of expertise probably get hundreds of comments per post. Because of the volume, the authors don’t have time to respond directly to all of these comments and questions. This is a golden opportunity for you.
First, reply directly in the comment thread and provide a helpful response to the commenter’s question. Second, take the question from the comment and your answer and create a blog post with that content. If you continue to answer questions on these industry blogs, you’ll begin to be recognised as a subject-matter expert. Plus, you’ll have a blog filled with great content for your readers!
Blog Post Ideas Strategy #5: Using Amazon Look Inside
Amazon Look Inside is a great way to come up with lots of blog post ideas if you know how to use it. This strategy is incredibly simple and easy to use. Let’s say you’re running an AdWords company. You’re looking for topics to cover but you’re not sure what to write. Here’s how you use Amazon Look Inside to instantly create a list of ideas.
First, head over to Amazon.com. Enter your search query in the search box. For this example, we’ll start with AdWords as our search query. Focusing on titles with a good ratio of positive to negative reviews means you’re more likely to find books with the right kind of information.
Then, we’ll click on the book cover to preview the book.
Finally, scroll through the table of contents, grabbing as many of the ideas that you think will correlate with your own content.
These examples give us a lot of information to work with:
Old-school AdWords methods that no longer work
How to survive Google search updates
How to make Google pick up the keywords you want
How to find keywords that will send traffic to your site
How to find traffic-generating keywords for easy rankings
How to stay ahead of Google’s search updates
Scroll through the rest of the table of contents and you’ll see there will be numerous ideas… You can repeat this process with any topic or idea over and over.
All you have to do is find a book that’s relevant, look at the topics covered in the table of contents, write them down, and get to work. Just create a unique angle to the ideas or topics covered and you’ll be able to create helpful blog posts your readers want.
You’ll want to approach these ideas with your own fresh perspective. Reading the book increases the likelihood of accidental plagiarism. If you haven’t read the book, there’s no way you can plagiarise.
Here’s why this strategy is so effective. It leverages work that has already been done. The authors on Amazon have already completed the research to identify the ideas, objections, frequently-asked questions, and topics readers want to know about.
Blog Post Ideas Strategy#6: Check out what people are saying on social media.
Twitter, Facebook, and other social media channels are a goldmine of information. Do a search of your target topics and see what people are saying about their problems, needs and wants. From there, turn those into blog post ideas.
Blog Post Ideas Strategy #7: Research Google autosuggest results.
Open a new tab in your web browser and do a Google search of topics you are interested in writing about. When you do, Google will autosuggest keyword phrases people are already searching for. These are perfect for modifying into blog post titles.
For example, let’s say you are an Internet marketing company who is interested in generating more blog post ideas. When you type “How to do AdWords” into Google, the autosuggest results will populate as you’re typing.
You could write a post called “The Beginner’s Guide to AdWords for small business” or use the direct phrase for a piece about “How to do AdWords.” By using what people are actually typing into Google, you will increase your chances of ranking in the search results.
Blog Post Ideas Strategy #8: The Competition
You should have a list of your competition on social media, so check out their blogs and social accounts and see what they’ve been posting. You can track them down in less than five minutes.
If you want to get in-depth, you can cross-reference their topics with yours. Are there any popular topics they’ve coveredthat you’ve missed on your own blog?
You can use a tool like Buzzsumoto find and sort a competitor’s posts in terms of popularity (calculated by how many social media shares each post achieved.) What about posts you feel you could cover more in-depth? Remember, the idea here isn’t necessarily to copy or one-up your competition, but rather to take inspiration from what they’ve done.
BuzzSumo is an important tool that you can use for your content marketing and SEO campaigns. The ability to quickly identify what content is working well in an industry and who the major influencers are. This is a very helpful tool
Blog Post Ideas Strategy #9: Find questions on Twitter
Twitter is an idea magnet. Is it possible to generate ideas on demand with Twitter? Absolutely — if you focus your attention on the right tools. When it comes to creating ideas, Twitter’s secret weapon is based on one thing. Hashtags. Here’s how you find ideas on Twitter.
Head over to RiteTag.com and search for hashtags. Next, enter a broad keyword that describes what you do, like marketing, tech, finance, or accounting. You’re not looking for specific long-tail keywords, you’re looking for broad keywords that describe your industry, product, or service. Make sure the “All” tab is checked. RiteTag displays a list of keywords and the data that goes along with both. Next, head over to Twitter.com and add your keywords into the search box.
Bonus Hack: The News (and trending topics)
Next, check out the news feeds and trending topics. If you already have a list of go-to sources, you can start browsing in less than a minute. If you don’t, you’ll need to make a one-time investment; create lists on social media, or by using a content discovery app like Feedly to organise sources of industry news, national and international news, and any sources of content that could provide valuable inspiration to your content creation process.
Then, work your way through the topics and see what’s new…
So, tell me… have you tried any of these ideas yet?
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