Motivation for laziness

The Best Way to Change the World is to Change Yourself

Your weakness can be your strength. It’s not easy to accept that nor is it easy to see in the moment of struggles. Your misfortunes and weakness’ build character and build a new height of strength — a new level of you. Pain is temporary. Like most things in life. You can get through it by pushing your limits every day to become the most resilient human being you can be.

Focus on where you are and what’s important to you. Yes, life isn’t guaranteed to you and you never know if you will make it to tomorrow, but it is also important to realize that things don’t get built overnight. Life is a repeated events of new seasons, new days, new experiences, new feelings, new beginnings and a new day to accomplish your biggest dream. So, enjoy the journey because each day is a different day to get closer to changing the world. And remember, winning is a process. Continue reading “The Best Way to Change the World is to Change Yourself”

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Is Opposite of Happiness Boredom?

Content is to discontent.

Love is the opposite side of the coin to hate.

Compassion is the opposite of indifference.

But is happiness really the opposite of sadness?

In my view, no. I think the thing that really makes a soul unhappy is boredom. Boredom of doing the same thing everyday, which brings to mind the quote “Insanity is doing the same thing everyday and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

I am writing this post with some insight from this past weekend. As some of you may know, I got my wisdom teeth out this past weekend. I really could not do anything all weekend. I was bed ridden all weekend including Monday. All I did was watch T.V., eat ice cream and hang out with my boyfriend. I know it might sound somewhat relaxing and nice — but it wasn’t.

“You never want to regret life due to laziness.”

It allowed me to be lazy. I woke up Tuesday morning not having motivation to do anything and all I wanted to do was stay in my bed and watch makeup tutorials all day and probably eat more ice cream.

I was bored all weekend. And I really couldn’t do anything about it due to my circumstance. I wasn’t taking my life by the horns. I was unlively. I was bored and had no motivation to do anything with my life…. Really, I was comfortable. 

Interesting fact I found out recently is that the word boredom wasn’t really used often until the 18th century. No one really knows for sure, but it may be due to the fact that around this time is when real entertainment started to begin and modern novels were becoming big. People started comparing their happiness to the adventure, romance and glamour they could experience through entertainment.

The insight that this brought in today’s world is; politicians need to be entertaining in order to have an audience, we listen to our headphones to entertain us from our commute, and we watch T.V. to alleviate our boredom. But why?

Boredom = Unhappiness.

Politicians need to keep us entertained to keep up with us easily getting bored. We get bored of doing one thing so quickly. You may even have gotten bored reading this at this point. Comment below if you lasted this long!

It’s easier for us to get bored more than ever now. We have so many “entertaining” devices nowadays. We have Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, video games… the list goes on. These keep us entertained for some time, but it’s like a stimulant – it expires at some point.

We try to stay “happy” by using these stimulants — but for how long and at what cost? I just don’t really believe these entertainment resources are our answers. I think improving ourselves each day and doing things outside of what we normally do is what will alleviate boredom.

What I am trying to say is last weekend I was very unmotivated. I was bored and yet I had no motivation to do anything. I never want to feel like that again. It’s easy to not do anything, to go through life without any aspiration or beliefs. And it is so easy to just sit around eat ice cream and lay around watching T.V. all day. What is not easy is to go after the things you want. To have the courage to know what you want and to go full speed trying to reach your goals. It’s not easy trying to figure out your process or trying to figure out what you really want and your purpose, but each day that you try is another step forward.

Wake Up With a Purpose:

One way to make sure your life is inspiring and full of purpose is to have something you want to wake up for. For me, that is the gym. By going to the gym, I find my inner and outer strength. I get to push all of my limits that my head is so easily trying to convince me I can’t. I have a sick obsession of trying to prove my head wrong.

Find out what is your motivator to wake up each day with a purpose. That could be reading, learning something new, painting, taking pictures, meditating — whatever it is that you enjoy doing, do that.

It’s not easy to wake up and go push yourself out of your limits, but it will always be worth it. We’re not meant to be lazy and uninspiring living creatures. We are meant to inspire and create. I truly and strongly believe we all have a purpose, although, you will never know your purpose if you lay around doing nothing.

You are human, yes you will be attacked and be a victim of boredom, but never stay there for too long. In fact, never stay at one state of mind for too long, unless that is happiness.

En۰dur۰ance (noun): the power to withstand pain or hardship; the ability or strength to continue despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions.

Thank you for reading.

Until next time,

Ozzy

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How to be a hustler & Stop Doing What is Easy

Stop Doing What is Easy And Take Control Of Your Life

Over the years, I always wanted the moment to come where things weren’t as hard and I didn’t have as many problems.

I wanted to reach my full “happiness” like everybody else does.

Now I have realized, I was looking at life the wrong way.

I changed my perspective and now I understand that happiness isn’t just one moment in the future and life doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger.

I also realized I have greatness in me as does every other individual on this planet. It is how you choose to use your greatness that will yield the best results.

To create a new life for yourself requires patience, persistence and being resilient.

It’s never going to be easier.

Achievements and failures go hand in hand. Failing is just part of the process; a process that I think can be quite appreciated. One day you will look back and appreciate it so much more for the lessons it has taught you and the person it has allowed you to be.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” – Steve Jobs

But it’s not all bad because I truly believe the life that is waiting for us is just as exciting as well as the moment we have now. This is why they say to enjoy the process because the process is what makes up your life. The process is what becomes your life. Follow that heart of yours and never give up because of a little bump along the road.

Being fearless is actually exhilarating. Believing in yourself is part of self-compassion and knowing you are worth so much more is exciting.

As a finance graduate, my mind tends to see my process as an investment process.

Such as, when you initially invest in a company and have to make improvements on it in order to yield higher returns, but you can get caught up wanting for the end results to happen. It is easy to start being impatient, but you have to wait it out. In the process, you can’t get discouraged when things don’t go the right way.

Small wins….

The end results are waiting for you as long as you do something each day to get one step closer. Michael Phelps didn’t have an overnight win. It was with the help of small wins everyday that got him where he is today. He pushed through his comfort zone, had the mind over matter attitude and celebrated his small wins.

It is crucial that each time you have a small win that you celebrate that win. This trains your brain into thinking it is doing something good, and that it wants you to do it again. And small accomplishments over time yield bigger results.

Keep doing things everyday, small or big, to achieve in becoming a better version of yourself.

You are an amazing person now, and can become even more astonishing each day you keep trying and you keep hustling your way into your dreams and goals.

Don’t forget, we are all waiting on you!

Grow each day….

If you cannot grow each day, you cannot become your best self that is possible for you. If you cannot be your best self, then you are belittling yourself of what is possible for you. You still have time. Never give up on yourself and your future. Don’t ever settle for a basic life. I truly believe we were born into this life with a purpose and we were born to succeed. Take inventory of yourself every day, write it down — what can you do differently? Find time to better yourself every day. I want you to leave this earth with a positive impact. I want you to know that because you were born, we are all blessed with your gifts.

I challenge all of you to keep fighting to find your purpose on this planet.

Something that is challenging, stimulating, fulfilling and inspiring.

I also challenge you to figure out your why. This will help you figure out your purpose. Your why should have your passion embedded in it. Your why should make you want it so bad that you HAVE to have it. It should make you emotional because if you don’t have or do this one thing, then you will forever feel incomplete.

This life truly is so beautiful and one of the best advice’s I have ever gotten is that we owe it to the other 95% who are less unfortunate than us living in the U.S. to become massively successful in order to be in power to help.

Now go take that walk like the champion I know you are. All things are possible and you are so loved.

As always, tweet or reach out on Instagram if you have taken your small step in finding out your why or purpose.

xx, Ozzy

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paul Coelho

How to be a hustler & Stop Doing What is Easy

How to Stop Doing What is Easy

Over the years, I always wanted the moment to come where things weren’t as hard and I didn’t have as many problems. I wanted to reach my full “happiness” like everybody else does. Now I have realized, I was looking at life the wrong way. I changed my perspective and now I understand that happiness isn’t just one moment in the future and life doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger.

I also realized I have greatness in me as does every other individual on this planet. It is how you choose to use your greatness that will yield the best results.

To create a new life for yourself requires patience, persistence and being resilient. It’s never going to be easier. Achievements and failures go hand in hand. But it’s not all bad, because I truly believe the life that is waiting for us is exciting as well as the moment we have now. Being fearless is actually exhilarating. Believing in yourself is part of self-compassion and knowing you are worth so much more is exciting. You cannot help others until you help yourself and you cannot love others until you love yourself. Keep doing things everyday, small or big, to achieve in becoming a better version of yourself. You are an amazing person now, and can become even more astonishing each day you keep trying and you keep hustling your way into your dreams and goals. Don’t forget, we are all waiting on you!

As a finance major graduate, my mind tends to see my process as an investment process. Such as, when you initially invest in a company and have to make improvements on it in order to yield higher returns, you can get caught up wanting for the end results to happen. It is easy to start being impatient, but you have to wait it out. In the process you can’t get discouraged when things don’t go the right way. The end results are waiting for you as long as you do something each day to get one step closer. Michael Phelps didn’t have an overnight win. It was with the help of small wins everyday that got him where he is today. He pushed through his comfort zone, had the mind over matter attitude and celebrated his small wins. It is crucial that each time you have a small win that you celebrate that win. This trains your brain into thinking it is doing something good, and that it wants you to do it again. And small accomplishments over time yield bigger results.

If you cannot grow each day, you cannot become your best self that is possible for you. If you cannot be your best self, then you are belittling yourself of what is possible for you. You still have time. Never give up on yourself and your future. Don’t ever settle for a basic life. I truly believe we were born into this life with a purpose and we were born to succeed. Take inventory of yourself every day, write it down — what can you do differently? Find time to better yourself every day. I want you to leave this earth with a positive impact. I want you to know that because you were born, we are all blessed with your gifts.

I challenge all of you to keep fighting to find your purpose on this planet. Something that is challenging, stimulating, fulfilling and inspiring. I also challenge you to figure out your why. This will help you figure out your purpose. Your why should have your passion embedded in it. Your why should make you want it so bad that you HAVE to have it. It should make you emotional because if you don’t have or do this one thing, then you will forever feel incomplete.

This life truly is so beautiful and one of the best advice’s I have ever gotten is that we owe it to the other 95% who are less unfortunate than us living in the U.S. to become massively successful in order to be in power to help.

Now go take that walk like the champion I know you are. All things are possible and you are so loved.

 

As always, tweet or reach out on Instagram if you have taken your small step in finding out your why or purpose.

Thanks for reading and see you next time!

XoXo

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“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paul Coelho

Self Love Meditation Practice & Benefits of Meditation

Self-care Series #2


“Take Control of Your Mind and Meditate”

Do you constantly forget to take care of yourself? I know it can be hard when you have a busy schedule or have children to take care of. I think sometimes being too busy is a sign that you don’t have enough self-love for yourself, and if you can’t love yourself, how can you truly love others with all of your heart? I want you to start treating yourself like the most intriguing and most amazing human being that you are. You, out of anyone, deserve your uttermost affection and love. Once you have all the love you can give to yourself, watch and see how that love multiplies onto others.

For this week’s self-care series, we are talking about meditation. Meditation is a way to connect with your most inner and truthful self. The part of you that actually cares and loves you. It is your center. The part of you that is always there when you need a moment. The most magical thing about meditation is that you can reap the benefits even with only a one minute practice. Moreover, a multitude of studies have suggested that mindfulness is a near-miracle cure for everything from anxiety and depression to heart disease.

Meditation and mindfulness go hand-in-hand. It’s crucial to stay mindful throughout the day, but it is just as important, maybe more, to take time away from everything and to center yourself with a 5, 10 or 20 minute meditation. I started with 10 minutes in the beginning. I used an app called HeadSpace, which was really good and gave me a good idea of how it all works.

I want you to know, just like anything else in this life, you need patience with meditation. You won’t be great your first time, and that is perfectly okay. You’ll still feel the difference and it may take you a while into building it into a habitual everyday routine. I also don’t want you to feel constrained to having to do it every morning, or blaming your bad days because you didn’t meditate that day. It shouldn’t feel like a punishment, but rather a more peaceful moment to yourself.

In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch of each moment and have become totally unconnected to this world in so many ways. It’s become so easy to not even look at the people you see most, like your parents, in the face and not even notice their features — like their eye color or the face expressions they make. We are in auto-pilot mode more so than ever. Technology has our heads down looking at our phones all day or staring blankly at screens, which tend to take us away from our precious time of enjoying each moment as a beautiful miracle. Mindfulness along with meditation is one of the key ways to have more peace on this earth and it is truly life changing – I can attest to that.

Meditation IS NOT about:

  • Fixing you
  • Escaping reality
  • Stopping negative thoughts
  • Being part of a religion

Rather, meditation is a way to:

  • Reduce everyday stress of life
  • Train and rewire your brain
  • Strengthening neural connections
  • Connect better with others
  • Reduce the chattering voices in your head
  • Focus on your mind
  • Understand your pain/yourself
  • Bring calmness to your everyday
  • Combat whatever your day may bring
  • Increase your concentration skills

There’s a growing research showing that when you train your brain to be more mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain. We’re constantly on autopilot everyday and our brains wonder/not pay attention around 40% of the time. That is a big chunk of our time that is being wasted.

Self Love Meditation Practice:

So this week I challenge you to meditate with me for 10 minutes or more! I am aiming for 20 minutes, which is something I’ve never done. No pressure to do the maximum amount. Like I’ve said, meditation takes time to get better and to understand. I am going to set my timer to 20 minutes and listen to this background music, while I focus on my body, breathing, and surrounding noises.

The way I start is, I gently sit upright on a chair, sofa or bed. Then I softly close my eyes and start to focus on my breathing. Now the breathing part isn’t the whole idea of meditation, it is just a good place to focus and find your inner core, due to the movement and the gentleness of it. While I am centering my mind and focus on my breathing, I will start to focus on any outside noise. Maybe there are some birds chirping, or the noise of the cars passing by. If any other thoughts come to mind, which naturally, they will, I will gently let them pass and refocus on breathing and my practice. Next, I will scan my body starting from my toes and scan my whole body, being aware of any sensations, such as warmness, any tingles or sharpness. I will do this until I reach my head. I will then go to a place where I find happiness and am able to relax. This place is somewhere with a lot of sunshine for me, personally — could be different for everyone. There, I will look at myself (so at this point, there are two of me), and give myself some type of a loving gesture. It could be a hug, or a saying, or whatever feels right at the moment. Once, I am content and have experienced everything in my “happy” place, I will go back to the practice of scanning my body. Once I’ve gone through feeling any sensations from my head to toes, I will move to noticing any outside noise, and when I feel ready, I can finally open my eyes. This meditation, I usually only do for 10 minutes, but it will be interesting to extend it and also to do it with the background music.

You can either do the meditation I suggested above, which is for self love, or you can download apps like; Headspace, Simple Habit, Insight Timer, Stop Breath and Think or My Headspace.

Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer anything you’re unsure of! And let me know if you try this meditation practice with the hashtag #MemoallureSelfCareChallange!

Thank you for reading and see you next week for series #3 🙂

XoXo, Ozzy

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“And if I asked you to list all of the things that you love, how long would it take for you to name yourself?”

Life is too short

How to Take Action for Success

One of the best ways to start your day, or to start off your week in a good note is to listen to some of the best motivational speeches from the most inspiring, successful speakers.

I have incorporated these into my daily routine for many years now and I truly believe it has trained my brain into always pushing myself out of my comfort zone, to always go after what I believe in/ want, to never make excuses for my own actions and to never blame my circumstances for my misfortunes.

I think we all need daily reminders to take chances, that it is okay to make mistakes and to always get back up when things have not gone the way you want them to be. It is discouraging to not be where you want to be, but never stay at that state of mind, always keep moving forward and most importantly ENJOY the process. Nobody can guarantee your success or your path, only you have the power.

Success can have so many different meanings for so many different people. I think that’s the beauty of it – we all have different things to offer to this world. Don’t worry about the competition or what others are doing – you and the person next to you didn’t come on this earth to accomplish the same things. You have a different gift than the person next to you.

You are truly a miracle and have so much to offer. If that doesn’t encourage you, then think of it scientifically; your DNA is the most unique out of billions out there! You are extraordinary and are meant to be here. You have something to give back to this world, and if you don’t take action today, then who knows what we all miss out on and could have gotten from your gifts. Your potential is so much greater than you think. What’s the prize? I think human beings are naturally driven and meant for success. We are not meant to lay around and do nothing, we are meant to take action and create opportunities.

Your future self is counting on you and I am rooting for you!

Some of my favorite speakers are Jim Rohn, Les Brown, Zig Ziglar, Wayne Dyer and Tony Robbins.

If you haven’t watched Tony Robbins’ movie “I am Not Your Guru” on Netflix, I would highly suggest that you consider it. It is amazing and puts into perspective of how so many people struggle with so many different things and that you should always be grateful. Warning: keep tissues handy.

Thank you for reading!  Here’s another video, if you are feeling up to it

xx, Ozzy

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“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

How to Unwind, Recharge and Increase Productivity

Living the “American Dream” usually means you live a busy, on the go lifestyle.

You tend to eat your breakfast on the go or out,  and work more hours than most European countries. You are always running around doing things and trying to stay productive.

It is important to realize that as a self-care routine, we must break this habit and recharge from time to time. Your iPhone or Laptop won’t work unless you recharge it and you certainly are no different.

Most of us are living a 9-5 (or more) type of job and rarely take any breaks in between. While it is crucial to take action of your life and keep going after what you want, it is also important to take regular breaks and unwind. You need balance in all parts of your life to live out your best self. It takes time to figure out the right balance for your own individual need, but if you keep taking small steps each day you will get there.

Taking regular breaks and getting present of the moment can help us:

  • Think more clearly
  • Clear our minds
  • Feel happier and more at peace
  • Be more productive and have more energy
  • Keep your blood flowing by taking a walk

It has been proven that human bodies were not meant to sit for eight hours straight and breaking your day by taking multiple breaks can increase your productivity. This doesn’t only apply to desk jobs, you could implement this with whatever type of work you need to accomplish.

So how do you take breaks?

17 Minute break:

There’s a study that suggests we take a 17 minute break after working 52 minutes. Seems like a lot of time off, but in reality this helps you crunch and use your time working more diligently. The break helps you refocus and recharge. You could take a walk outside, do little exercises at work, talk to coworkers on non-work related stuff, or if you do have to look at the computer perhaps you could look at funny pictures of animals – which has been proven with research that it increases your productivity.

Exercise:

One of the most effective ways to take a break is to take an exercise class or go to the gym during your lunch break. This, not only breaks up your day, but it allows you to be somewhat active for those of us working a 9-5 style type of job. It allows you to think clearly as you’ve taken some time off to yourself and to feel refreshed.

As much as you want to accomplish your goals and hustle, a human body cannot function working 100% every hour of the day. Think of concentration as a muscle and how you would treat each muscle going to the gym. You cannot work the same muscle for an extended amount of time and need to take breaks in between training each day. If 17 minutes is not feasible with your work, consider taking 5-10 min breaks to see the effects.

Stop looking at your phone:

Another interesting thing to note is that most of us check our phones first thing in the morning, then listen to music on our phones/ look at our phones on our commute to work, then we get to work and stare at a screen for 8+ hours, then head come with our phones on our hand then look at our laptop or watch Netflix and do it all over again the next day. To break this vicious cycle, I think it is important to be more mindful and take short breaks everyday. Look around you and your surroundings, talk to strangers, look at the clouds more often, journal, meditate, and most importantly take care of yourself more often.

This weekend take a moment to take care of you.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

xoxo, Ozzy

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Sources:
Gifford, Julia. “The Rule of 52 and 17: It’s Random, But It Ups Your Productivity.” Free Career Advice. The Muse, 31 July 2014. Web. 19 May 2017.

5 Best Self-Help Books Of All Time

If you haven’t taken the leap into the self-help world, then allow me to introduce you to the world that reaps more benefits than a 4-year college degree….

Okay, that is not to say a Bachelor’s degree or any other degree isn’t helpful, I think school teaches us things conceptually, but none of that matters without putting your knowledge into action. Also, learning about the nitty-gritty details of facts and concepts aren’t always what you need to excel and succeed in your career or life goals. Doesn’t mean education isn’t important, I am so grateful for my Bachelor’s degree – it’s something no one can take away from me.

What I’m trying to say is some of the most successful people didn’t even receive a college degree. To name a few: Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple), Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin brands), Dave Thomas (Wendy’s CEO), Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft), and Henry Ford (Ford Motors). The reason they are/were successful is because they were persistent, made quick decisions, knew what they wanted, and failed their way into success. Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualities yet, this is where the self-help comes into place!

Top 5 Books to Help You Grow And Achieve Your Best Self:

  1.   Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This one I kept seeing mentioned in places and kept reading about it, but I didn’t want to make the leap because I thought it would be all about money. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get rich because sometimes that’s when you can offer the most to others. I mainly thought this book would be superficial and didn’t think it would be helpful. This book is so much more than that. This is the book they were referring to when they said “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. This book is pure gold. It pushes you into a mindset of thinking your way into success and into realization that nothing is impossible. It’s all in your head and your happiness sometimes is on the other side of fear. It gives you so many concepts you can put into action for your life. It teaches you how to go after what you want, to never doubt yourself and to decide. It has the concept of law of attraction embedded in it, which is very interesting and worth learning more about. I read this one last year and plan on reading it again this year and maybe once a year (it’s that good!).

  1. The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business by Charles Duhigg

This one is interesting in that it teaches you why we do some of the things we do embedded in our habits. If you are looking to kick away a bad habit, this book is for you. It also teaches you how companies convince consumers of buying their products by utilizing people’s habit patterns. I have found it super interesting and an eye opener for how our brains work. If you were ever wondering why you go into Target with the intention of only buying one thing, but end up with several items, then read this book to understand why. It shows you how Target gets its consumers to spend more by strategically keeping track of habits. I think this book is also great because it will keep you mindful of your habits and make it easier to be in the moment. Habits are a strange part of life, but in a way really cool if you can use them to your advantage. I highly suggest you give this book a chance. I will probably read it again soon.

  1. Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

This book is a miracle, like the title states. Hal Elrod also has a podcast, if you want to get started there: “Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod.” This book teaches you 5 important routines you can incorporate every day with a series of steps called S.A.V.E.R.S. It urges and encourages you to wake up one hour before you usually would. It pushes you out of your comfort zone of saying “I’m not a morning person.” Sometimes, your situation might not allow you to wake up early and he says you can also incorporate the routine at night. In my experience and opinion, it has worked the best for me when I do it first thing in the morning. The first S in S.A.V.E.R.S. is silence. Hal says to sit in silence for at least 5 minutes the first thing in the morning. You can either use meditation apps such as headspace, or you can just sit there focusing on your breathing. Trust me, I know it’s not easy at first, but this is the most crucial one out of all 5. The A is for affirmations. To start off, if you are at first uncomfortable with this, you can write it down instead of saying it. But ideally, you would do an affirmation routine for 5 minutes staring at yourself in the morning and saying positive things about yourself (even if you don’t believe it), such as “I am good enough, I am smart enough, I am beautiful, etc.”. I tend to say the things that I need the most at that moment in my life. If this is uncomfortable for you, you can also listen to something from YouTube and repeat after them. V is for visualization. For 5 minutes, Hal wants you to visualize either your goals, your aspirations or whatever you might need in your life at that moment. E is for exercise. He wants you to exercise for 20 minutes first thing in the morning. I think even with a busy schedule, 20 minutes can be do-able. He then has you read for 20 minutes which is the R in S.A.V.E.R.S. Lastly, he wants you to reflect by writing for 5 minutes. It could be about anything. It’s a way to dump all your thoughts into paper – this is the S in S.A.V.E.R.S. He calls it scribe. I think S.A.V.E.R.S. is a good way to get organized with your morning and you will feel so accomplished after you have completed it, all before 8 a.m.!

4. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, PH.D.

This one took me a little longer to read because I thought it would be the same concepts as “Think and Grow Rich”, but it was very different in many ways. This one gives you more concepts and exercises that you can do on your own. It also makes you question the things you do from your daily habits. It changes your thinking; whether that is thinking small or thinking negatively, it allows you to change your perspective on a lot of subjects. It allows you to be on a goal-setting mindset and allows you to achieve your small wins, daily. This one was a little “lighter” read than “Think and Grow Rich” as it wasn’t as intense, but I would still highly suggest you read “Think and Grow Rich” first.

5. Hustle by Jesse Warren Trelow

In my experience, I have found it helpful to read books to keep me in a particular mindset. This one is a short and easy read. It teaches you that anything is possible with determination, focus and drive. The author, Jesse, wrote this book in 7 days to prove that point. Don’t let that discourage into thinking this book is nothing but great, it is truly amazing. It gives you, once again, great concepts to embed into your daily routine. It has many useful resources that you can use including a fast 20 minute workout you can do in the mornings. This book is also only $0.99 on Amazon, which is insane because it’s a gem!

Some pretty cool hustlers to date: Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Gates, Charles Darwin, Elon Musk, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, John Lee Dumas, Sigmund Freud, Tim Ferris, Tom Brady, Tony Robbins, Tom Hanks….. & maybe you’re next on the list!

Thanks for reading.

xx, Ozzy

“Someone’s opinion of you does not

have to become your reality.” – Les Brown

 

The 5 Best Self-Help Books of All Time

If you haven’t taken the leap into the self-help world, then allow me to introduce you to the world that reaps more benefits than a 4-year college degree….

Okay, that is not to say a Bachelor’s degree or any other degree isn’t helpful, I think school teaches us things conceptually, but none of that matters without putting your knowledge into action. Also, learning about the nitty-gritty details of facts and concepts aren’t always what you need to excel and succeed in your career or life goals. Doesn’t mean education isn’t important, I am so grateful for my Bachelor’s degree – it’s something no one can take away from me.

What I’m trying to say is some of the most successful people didn’t even receive a college degree. To name a few: Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple), Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin brands), Dave Thomas (Wendy’s CEO), Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft), and Henry Ford (Ford Motors). The reason they are/were successful is because they were persistent, made quick decisions, knew what they wanted, and failed their way into success. Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualities yet, this is where the self-help comes into place!

Top 5 Books to Help You Grow And Achieve Your Best Self:

  1.   Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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This one I kept seeing mentioned in places and kept reading about it, but I didn’t want to make the leap because I thought it would be all about money. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get rich because sometimes that’s when you can offer the most to others. I mainly thought this book would be superficial and didn’t think it would be helpful. This book is so much more than that. This is the book they were referring to when they said “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. This book is pure gold. It pushes you into a mindset of thinking your way into success and into realization that nothing is impossible. It’s all in your head and your happiness sometimes is on the other side of fear. It gives you so many concepts you can put into action for your life. It teaches you how to go after what you want, to never doubt yourself and to decide. It has the concept of law of attraction embedded in it, which is very interesting and worth learning more about. I read this one last year and plan on reading it again this year and maybe once a year (it’s that good!).

  1. The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business by Charles Duhigg

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This one is interesting in that it teaches you why we do some of the things we do embedded in our habits. If you are looking to kick away a bad habit, this book is for you. It also teaches you how companies convince consumers of buying their products by utilizing people’s habit patterns. I have found it super interesting and an eye opener for how our brains work. If you were ever wondering why you go into Target with the intention of only buying one thing, but end up with several items, then read this book to understand why. It shows you how Target gets its consumers to spend more by strategically keeping track of habits. I think this book is also great because it will keep you mindful of your habits and make it easier to be in the moment. Habits are a strange part of life, but in a way really cool if you can use them to your advantage. I highly suggest you give this book a chance. I will probably read it again soon.

  1. Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

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This book is a miracle, like the title states. Hal Elrod also has a podcast, if you want to get started there: “Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod.” This book teaches you 5 important routines you can incorporate every day with a series of steps called S.A.V.E.R.S. It urges and encourages you to wake up one hour before you usually would. It pushes you out of your comfort zone of saying “I’m not a morning person.” Sometimes, your situation might not allow you to wake up early and he says you can also incorporate the routine at night. In my experience and opinion, it has worked the best for me when I do it first thing in the morning. The first S in S.A.V.E.R.S. is silence. Hal says to sit in silence for at least 5 minutes the first thing in the morning. You can either use meditation apps such as headspace, or you can just sit there focusing on your breathing. Trust me, I know it’s not easy at first, but this is the most crucial one out of all 5. The A is for affirmations. To start off, if you are at first uncomfortable with this, you can write it down instead of saying it. But ideally, you would do an affirmation routine for 5 minutes staring at yourself in the morning and saying positive things about yourself (even if you don’t believe it), such as “I am good enough, I am smart enough, I am beautiful, etc.”. I tend to say the things that I need the most at that moment in my life. If this is uncomfortable for you, you can also listen to something from YouTube and repeat after them. V is for visualization. For 5 minutes, Hal wants you to visualize either your goals, your aspirations or whatever you might need in your life at that moment. E is for exercise. He wants you to exercise for 20 minutes first thing in the morning. I think even with a busy schedule, 20 minutes can be do-able. He then has you read for 20 minutes which is the R in S.A.V.E.R.S. Lastly, he wants you to reflect by writing for 5 minutes. It could be about anything. It’s a way to dump all your thoughts into paper – this is the S in S.A.V.E.R.S. He calls it scribe. I think S.A.V.E.R.S. is a good way to get organized with your morning and you will feel so accomplished after you have completed it, all before 8 a.m.!

4. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, PH.D.

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This one took me a little longer to read because I thought it would be the same concepts as “Think and Grow Rich”, but it was very different in many ways. This one gives you more concepts and exercises that you can do on your own. It also makes you question the things you do from your daily habits. It changes your thinking; whether that is thinking small or thinking negatively, it allows you to change your perspective on a lot of subjects. It allows you to be on a goal-setting mindset and allows you to achieve your small wins, daily. This one was a little “lighter” read than “Think and Grow Rich” as it wasn’t as intense, but I would still highly suggest you read “Think and Grow Rich” first.

5. Hustle by Jesse Warren Trelow

In my experience, I have found it helpful to read books to keep me in a particular mindset. This one is a short and easy read. It teaches you that anything is possible with determination, focus and drive. The author, Jesse, wrote this book in 7 days to prove that point. Don’t let that discourage into thinking this book is nothing but great, it is truly amazing. It gives you, once again, great concepts to embed into your daily routine. It has many useful resources that you can use including a fast 20 minute workout you can do in the mornings. This book is also only $0.99 on Amazon, which is insane because it’s a gem!

Some pretty cool hustlers to date: Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Gates, Charles Darwin, Elon Musk, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, John Lee Dumas, Sigmund Freud, Tim Ferris, Tom Brady, Tony Robbins, Tom Hanks….. & maybe you’re next on the list!

Thanks for reading.

xx, Ozzy

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“Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.” – Les Brown