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“There is no magic to awesome outcomes.  Whether we’re looking to build a great career, a great relationship, great health, or a great life, it’s all about consistent action over time.  It’s about coming back after things blow up, over and over and over.  Because they will, and we’ll need a way to reclaim our daily routine.” ~ Jonathan Fields, How To Live A Good Life

3 Steps to Better Self Discipline [VIDEO]

3 Steps to Better Self-Discipline

What we’re lacking in the world isn’t sources of motivation—it’s self-discipline. Motivation is fickle and requires constant attention. Discipline is reliable and becomes a way in which you lead your life. Follow these 3 steps to improve your self-discipline and keep moving forward!

3 Steps to Leading a More Disciplined Life.

3 Steps to Leading a More Disciplined Life.

Motivation can be powerful for short term spurts of high intensity productivity.  Discipline, however, is the key to long term success.

Motivation is fickle and requires constant attention.  Discipline is reliable and becomes a way in which you lead your life.

What we’re lacking in the world isn’t sources of motivation—it’s self-discipline.

Type in “motivational video” into Google and you’ll get upwards of 13,000,000 results!  And I’ll be the first to admit that most of the videos are incredibly motivational!

The problem is that motivation wanes fairly quickly and it is weak when challenged.

All it takes to throw off a persons motivation is a slight loss in sleep; a hungry tummy; an endless social media timeline; a phone call; a comfy bed…  We’ve all been there.

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“The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing.” ~ Michael E. Gerber

12 Minimalist Quotes from Everything That Remains by The Minimalists

The Minimalists

The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.  Everything That Remains is a book about reprioritizing your materialistic desires with experiential desires.  It’s about spending less money at the mall and about spending more time with friends; about wasting less money on fancy cars and designer clothes and investing more money into trips to new places and people you hold dear; about focusing on ways that you can enrich your life rather than ways you can become rich.

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3 Simple Steps to Making Lifestyle Changes That Last.

3 Simple Steps to Making Lifestyle Changes That Last.

Sticking to a new diet or exercise regime is one of the biggest challenges people in our society face today.

One of the fundamental reasons why, I believe, is because most people commit to the change with the wrong time frame in mind.

In fact, I believe most people disregard the true timeframe that we should be committing to for any lifestyle change in general.

Let’s get this straight.

Temporary changes lead to temporary results.

Lifestyle changes lead to life-long results.

The fad diets you’ve tried?  Temporary changes.

The incredibly intense workout regimes that only lasted a few weeks?  Temporary changes.

The underlying principles for many of the fad diets and exercise regimes are sound and make sense but so many of them are incredibly unsustainable and aren’t made to last (for a lifetime).

Yo-yoing up and down and up and down through fad diets and hard workouts is frustrating.

Constant and never ending improvement is motivating.

How do we get there?

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So, You Want To Make A Real Difference In The World? Well, Before You Make A Donation, Consider the Impact of Food Choice.

So, You Want To Make A Real Difference In The World? Well, Before You Make A Donation, Consider the Impact of Food Choice.

If you’ve ever seen War Horse, I Am Legend, or Life of Pi – you’ll know what I’m talking about.

As the credits roll at the end of a movie like the ones listed above, you let out a heavy breath of relief as you read the following:

“No animals were harmed in the making of this movie.”

…Or maybe I just have an incredibly soft spot for animals.

When I see the horse gallop to its death, the faithful dog die defending its owner, or any other kind of animal abuse or death in general, my heart melts and I can’t help but feel connected to these animals.

This is what the title, “Vegan” means to me:

“No animals were harmed in the making of this product.”

It states that no animals were subject to a life of slavery, mutilation, or slaughter.

That no animals were beaten, abused, raped, or drugged, and that no animals were torn from their babies, or killed prematurely – for the sake of food that tastes good.

“Of course, if we really open our eyes, these are fellow sentient, feeling beings that we’re eating. And they’re not happy or peaceful: they’re suffering, in mass factories of hormone injections, daily beatings, lives of living hell, and murder.” ~ Leo Babauta, A Call for Compassion for the Defenseless

I don’t want to come on too hard here, but this is the reality of the meat and dairy industry and it’s causing an immense amount of problems. Continue reading

“When things get tough or uncomfortable, we tell ourselves: it’s OK to quit, it doesn’t matter, we’ll do it next time, we’re not disciplined enough, we suck at this, we can’t do it, it’s too hard, it would be nice to take a break, life is too short to struggle, we deserve a reward, just this once won’t matter, we’re going to fail, it’s better to fail quietly, we just don’t feel like it right now, let’s not think about this, hey a squirrel!  So what can we do if our story is working against us?  Change the damn story. Create a song to sing about yourself at the epic hero of your dreams. Sing this song daily, and be proud of it. Go after the dream, fight the forces of distraction and dullness and self-doubt, rise up to be your best self. You are the writer of your story, the composer of your song, and every moment is a chance to rewrite it, a new draft ready to be crafted into something better.” ~ Leo Babauta, Blog

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