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The 5 Books of Success

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
Joseph Addison

If you want to learn about life or about people, if you want to become wiser, to open your mind or to train you mind, reading is the best way to spend your time.

Sometimes books have the power to inspire and help us find the way to shift our life, and I believe that they have the potential to help us achieve success.
Reading is the ideal hobby for avid and curious life learners, and I find that books about personal growth, psychology and life, can teach a lot, and sometimes they can add more to our life than an expensive presential course.

So, I want to share with you the books that changed me and forced me to rethink my attitude towards life, and that I consider extremely inspiring:

1. Tony Robbins – Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!
2. Dale Carnegie –  How to Win Friends & Influence People
3. Stephen Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
4. Wayne Dyer – Your Erroneous Zones: Step-by-Step Advice for Escaping the Trap of Negative Thinking and Taking Control of Your Life
5. David Allen – Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Enjoy the 5 books and let me know what you think.
Feel free to share your opinion in the comments.

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9 Things you Should Do Every Day

There are some habits that can significantly improve the quality of our lives.
In particular, today I want to share with you the 9 things that I find incredibly helpful for our challenging days.

1. Read

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
Joseph Addison

It’s important to “feed” our mind with books, it keeps our brain fit and young, and it prevents dementia.
Also, it makes us wiser!

2. Exercise

We already talked a lot about the benefits of exercise.
Being a form of preventing diseases, it improves our brain performance, and keeps our body healthy.
So, it benefits both mind and body, which are strictly related.

3. Meditate

Regular meditation is one of the best habits you could ever develop.
As exercise, it’s extremely good both for your body and for your mind.
Plus, research showed that meditation develops some parts of our brain and strengthens the connections between neurons, in the long run.

4. Eat every 3 hours

This is very important, it gives us the right energy to perform appropriately all our tasks throughout the day, and helps accelerate our metabolism.

5. Eat one apple

Eating one apple a day is a rule. It’s a very healthy habit and it helps preventing diseases and to boost your brain performance.

6. Take a walk

Did you know that Steve Jobs used to walk every day for 1 or 2 hours?
Not only is it good to control your weight and tone your legs, but it benefits your mental performance and your mood.

7. Spend time on a hobby

Hobbies are a good tool to reduce stress and a good way to invest time in ourselves.
It’s important to spend time on something we really like to do, and I believe that not having hobbies in our life may affect our happiness.

8. Listen to music

Listening to music has the power to instantly change our mood.
This is why we should use it every day to add more energy and passion to what we do.

9. Drink green tea

This is obviously a very healthy habit.
Green tea contains B vitamins, magnesium, potassium and other antioxidants.
Also, it seems that it has a very positive impact on some kinds of cancer, even though it has not been demonstrated that green tea prevents so far.

You don’t need to do all these things every single day, but you should make sure to include all of them in your week and to spend some time on 3 or 4 of them every day.
However, some of these habits, such as eating every 3 hours, meditation and eating one apple a day, should be included in your daily plan.

Also, there are some habits that you can alternate, for example you can take a walk one day and exercise the other.

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How to Plan your Day: 5 Steps

A goal properly set is halfway reached.
Zig Ziglar

1. Plan your day the night before with a to-do list
The energy that we have early in the morning is precious and we should use it only for important tasks.
Plus, the advantage of planning your day in advance is that it helps saving your time and energy.
This way you will start your day with a list of tasks ready to be followed, without wasting time and energy on the daily planning.

2. Review the plan in the morning.
Reviewing the plan in the morning, while having breakfast for example, is the second step, because you need to have clear in your mind which are the tasks that you are going to perform throughout the day.
Plus, it’s a very good way to fix the to-do list in your mind.

3. Put the hardest things first.
It’s better to perform the hardest tasks in the morning when you have more energies, and leaving easier and lighter activities for the rest of the day.
Starting with more challenging activities will help you feel satisfied and motivated during the rest of the day.
This way, you will feel juiced and you will be productive.

4. Always balance productivity and self-improvement. 
This step is crucial for your daily planning.
It’s important to give priority to productivity, without leaving self-improvement aside.
This means that you should dedicate 80% to what you do every day to achieve your life goals – that is working or studying – and 20% to your self-improvement – reading self-development books, learning a new language or attending personal growth seminars.

5. Always include exercise.
Regular physical activity is vital to your day and to your health, because it boosts your energy and delivers oxygen to your tissues and your brain, preventing many kinds of diseases and helping control your weight.
So the advantages are both short and long-term, and 30-40 minutes a day are sufficient to get all the benefits you need.

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How to be Successful: 3 Things you Need to Know

“Why do some people succeed, whereas others fail or give up?”
I think I’ve heard this question somewhere already, and you?
Maybe this is because we all share something in common, and this is the desire of being successful and important. But not many people are able to turn their dreams into reality.
The good news is that success can be achieved, even though it does not come easy.

To reach high levels of success, you must start to develop theimage habits of highly successful people.
Success requires constant hard work, an excellent time management, resilience and motivation – and these are common traits of efficient people, who managed to have a successful life.

There are some steps you need to follow, in order to develop the outstanding person you want to become and to feel satisfied and proud of who you are.

1. Write every day a to-do list and stick to it
First of all you should increase your self-esteem by taking action. You have to fill your days being as productive as you can, in order to achieve your goals.
A very useful tool that can help you organise your day is the to-do list.
It’s also very important that every day you cross all the items off your list.
If you can make this your daily goal, you will achieve a lot in the long run.
Plus, taking action will make you feel more confident, since it will show you what you are capable of.

2. Think big!
Second, remember to think big.
This is, you have to set big and realistic goals if you want to improve yourself and your life. You have to raise your standards, this is the only way to create success.
This said, don’t be too afraid of failure.
If you are too afraid of what the risks might be, you will stay forever in your comfort zone, and you won’t be able to raise your standards.
Plus, you won’t learn that much, and you won’t see any progress.

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” Henry Ford

3. Do what others don’t like to do
Last but not least, I would like to share with you the most important secret of successful people.
According to Albert E.N. Gray, the common denominator of success – the secret of success of every person who has ever been successful – lies in the fact that the person formed the habit of doing things that others don’t like to do.

In other words, these people Gray refers to, one day decided to eliminate laziness and procrastination from their lives.
They started taking action, they created success investing in their competencies and managing their time, to achieve their long-term goals.
If you can do this – and believe me, you can – you will be able to dramatically change your life.

You have to train yourself to be constant and to never give up, to focus on your goals and on your desire of becoming successful, even though you will face difficult moments.
In those moments you will have to focus again on your goals and on how much you desire success; you will have to train your resilience, and you will become stronger in order to achieve more and more in your life.

I hope this post will help you to find the right motivation every day.
Have a nice day, and don’t forget your to-do list!

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