100+ Motivational Quotes About Life

By Arnold / November 3, 2018

Life is existence.

It’s about being and growing over time.

While it’s sometimes difficult to know our purpose or the meaning of life, we must thrive and move forward.

And what better way to move forward than to learn from those who have lived and shared their words of wisdom.

Here are the best motivational quotes about life to inspire and motivate you…


“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”

– Steve Martin



“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.””

– Unknown



“A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.”

– Joyce A. Myers



"It is always the simple that produces the marvelous"

– Amelia Barr



“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.””

– John Kenneth Galbraith



"Our ideals are our better selves."

- Amos Bronson Alcott



“An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.””

– Thomas Fuller



“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.””

– David Brinkley



“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.””

– Stephen Covey



“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.”

– Andre Gide



“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”


– Theodore Roosevelt



“Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.”


– Alan Cohen



"Whoever is happy will make others happy too."


- Anne Frank



“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.”


– Mark Victor Hansen



“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”


– Norman Vincent Peale



“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”


– Joshua J. Marine



“Change your thoughts and you change your world.””


– Norman Vincent Peale



"Be Faithful to that which exists within yourself."


- Andre Gibe



“Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.””


– Eddie Rickenbacker



“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”


– Rabindranath Tagore



“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”


– Charles Schulz



Enthusiasm moves the world.


- Arthur Balfour



“Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems.”


– Paul J. Meyer



“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”


– Robert Louis Stevenson



“Give light and people will find the way.”


– Ella Baker



“Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.”


– Henry Ward Beecher



“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”


– Carl Jung



“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”


– Greg Anderson



"Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel."


- Augustus Hare



“Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.”


– William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues



“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”


– Marcus Aurelius



“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.”


– Democritus



“I know what I have to do, and I’m going to do whatever it takes. If I do it, I’ll come out a winner, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else does.””


– Florence Griffith Joyner



“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.””


– Charles R. Swindoll



“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”


– George S. Patton



“I intend to live forever. So far, so good.”


– Steven Wright



"Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell."


– Bill Copeland



“If you are hurt, whether in mind or body, don’t nurse your bruises. Get up and light-heartedly, courageously, good temperedly get ready for the next encounter. This is the only way to take life – this is also ‘playing’ the game!””


– Emily Post



“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.”


– Lao Tzu



“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”


– William Arthur Ward



“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”


– Dalai Lama



“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.””


– Albert Camu



“If you start to think the problem is ‘out there,’ stop yourself. That thought is the problem.”


– Stephen Covey



“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”


– Deepak Chopra



“It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.””


– Arnold Toynbee



“It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.”


– Harry Emerson Fosdick



"Give light and people will find the way"


- Ella Baker



“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.”


– Amelia Barr



“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”


– Mary Anne Roadacher-Hershey



“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.””


– Hal Borland



"Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes."


- Benjamin Disraell



“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”


– Aristotle Onassis



“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.”


– David Allen



“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.””


– Michael Jordan



“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.””


– Maria Robinson



"Happinness resides not in possessions, and not in gold happiness dwells in the soul."


- Democritus



“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.””


– Calvin Coolidge



"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."


- Edith Wharton



“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”


– Audrey Hepburn



“Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.”


– Pope Paul VI



“Reflect upon you present blessings, of which every man has many–not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”


– Charles Dickens



“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.””


– Lance Armstrong



“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”


– Swami Sivananda



“Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.”


– Benjamin Disraeli



“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.””


– Swami Vivekenanda



“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.””


– Albert Schweitzer



“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.””


– John Maxwell



“Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.””


– William Arthur Ward



“The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer… He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.”


– Robert L. Schwartz



“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.””


– Warren G. Bennis



“The great successful men of the world have used their imagination. They think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building – steadily building.””


– Robert Collier



“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than growing with them.”


– Bernard M. Baruch



“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.””


– Vince Lombardi



“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.””


– Pearl Bucki



“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.””



– John Buchan



"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."



- George S. Patton



“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”



– Benjamin Mays



“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.”



– Richard Bach



“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”



– Edith Wharton



“The truth is on the march and nothing will stop it.”



– Emile Zola



“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”


– Buddha



“True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”


– Helen Keller



“Think with your whole body.”


– Taisen Deshimaru



“Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.”


– Augustus Hare



“We can have peace if we let go of wanting to change the past and wanting to control the future.”


– Lester Levinson



“We must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist.””


– Vince McConnell



“We convince by our presence.”


– Walt Whitman



“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”


​– Ronald Reagan



“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.””


​– Thomas J. Watson



“Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.””


​– Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield



“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”


​– Robert H. Schuller



“With self-discipline most anything is possible.”


​– Theodore Roosevelt



“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”


​– Jack London



“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”


​– Nido Qubein



“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.””


​– Lyndon Johnson



“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.””


​– Lyndon Johnson



Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.


​- St. Jerome


105 Inspirational Movies Based on a True Story

By Arnold / November 3, 2018

After a long difficult day, sometimes an inspirational movie is the best medicine.

The story is strongest, however, when based on true events and figures. After all, life offers the most soul-moving drama, motivation and even comedy. Real life provides a narrative to which we can truly relate. Watching inspirational movies—especially when you know they are based on actual events—reawakens that part of your imagination that drives your own personal projects, hopes and life story.

Whether the characters overcome wars and social movements or build themselves up from scratch, these 101 inspirational films will help you launch into the next day with energy and enthusiasm.

Explore these famous inspirational movies when you need a pick-me-up, or choose one simply for an encouraging night in:

Inspirational Movies Based on War, Military, and Politics

Countless movies have been made over the years depicting the heroic and complex history of famous battles, leaders, and political movements. The 2014 film The Monuments Men, for example, follows the true story of an unconventional team of soldiers given the task of retrieving famous works of art stolen by the Nazis. Frost/Nixon speaks of the power of journalism through the story of an exclusive interview between Richard Nixon and David Frost three years after the Watergate scandal.

The full list includes:

Inspirational Biographies of Historical Figures

For those biopic lovers, these movies follow the epic ups and downs of figures throughout distant and recent history. The Miracle Worker, based on the play by William Gibson, tells of the unique and groundbreaking relationship between Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan at the turn of the 20th century. More recently, Rebel in the Rye tells the tale of J.D. Salinger and his struggles both before and after writing his widely celebrated novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

Here is a list of inspirational movies based on real people:

Inspirational Movies About Social Revolution

Widely topical in our time, this selection of powerful movies about social movements depict the ongoing struggle for civil rights, political uprisings and fighting for one’s belief. These range from the iconic The Laramie Project, which follows the Tectonic Theatre through Laramie Wyoming after the murder Matthew Shepherd. The powerful Selma, directed by Ava DuVerney, beautifully tells of the iconic march from Selma to Montgomery that lead to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Inspirational Movies Based on Sporting Events and Physical Feats

The iconic music from Rudy comes to mind when considering the most memorable inspirational sports moments. This 1993 sports classic is loosely based on the story of motivational speaker Rudy Ruettiger. More recently, the story of Money Ball is based on the acclaimed book by Michael Lewis. Brad Pitt plays the Oakland A’s general manager in this tale of a long-time flawed system and the power of economics in the success of a team. Off the field come little-known stories like from the 2013 movie Tracks. Based on Robyn Davidson’s memoir of the same name, Tracks tells her harrowing tale of walking across 1,700 miles of the West Australia’s desert in the 1970s. Other examples include:

Inspirational Movies Based on Science and Technology

The past century has proven how quickly technology can change our world. Understanding the movements and struggles behind these changes helps us appreciate what we have today. Movies are also a way to speak up for prominent minds, forgotten by history due to prejudice.

The recently acclaimed Hidden Figures shines a light on a forgotten story of a team of African-American women prominent in the NASA launching of John Glenn. The Theory of Everything shows a struggle against time and nature itself. From the perspective Stephen Hawking, played by Eddie Redmayne, the award-winning movie provided a glimpse into his groundbreaking findings despite a neurologically degenerative disease.

Inspirational Movies About the Power of the Human Spirit

Whether building a business after a life of struggle or reuniting with family through impossible odds, these movies tell of shockingly beautiful or heartbreaking struggles. Lean on Me is a not-to-be-missed story of a failing school in Paterson, NJ, in the late 1980s. Played by Morgan Freeman, a passionate yet often-infuriating principle instills new hope in the students and surrounding community. More recently, Tom Hanks stepped in to play Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in the movie Sully. The film tells of the 2009 successful landing of a major aircraft on the Hudson River and the surprisingly arduous legal struggle that follows despite his heroic accomplishment.

From changing the world to getting through life’s onerous challenges, these characters and stories inspire and enlighten. Keeping these narratives alive puts life in perspective, whether we’re facing relatively smaller or much larger issues in our day-to-day.

Inspirational movies are an excellent place to turn when seeking empowerment and encouragement from the figures of the past.


What is the meaning of inspiration to you?

By Arnold / November 3, 2018

Definition of Inspiration

Now, if you Google “definition of inspiration”, some dictionary sites will give you something like this:

Definition of inspiration:

  • “The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially something creative.” Source: Oxforddictionaries.com
  • “A feeling of enthusiasm you get from someone or something, which gives you new and creative ideas.” Source: Collinsdictionary.com
  • “An inspiring or animating action or influence.” Source: Dictionary.com
  • “A divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.” Source: Merriam-Webster.com
  • “The excitement of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.” Source: Thefreedictionary.com

Here at inspire.bisontanks.com, we define inspiration as follows:

We are all inspired by different thing and in different ways.  Yet, inspiration is all around you and can appear at a moment’s notice.

For example:

  • You may see a young man helping an elderly woman with her groceries and get inspired to help others.
  • You may see your good friend order Mexican food in spanish and get inspired to learn a new language.
  • You may read an inspirational quote and get inspired to finish your work/school project.

The trick is to learn how to tap into this inspiration that’s constantly around you all the time…

How to Discover Inspiration

Now, to help you discover your inspiration, we’ve broken things down into these five easy-to-follow steps:

Step 1. Observe your surroundings

In order to become inspired, you need to observe your surroundings.  As we mentioned before, opportunities to become inspired are happening all the time, you just need to be aware of them.  So instead of texting with your friend on the phone or checking Facebook, try observing your surroundings.  Look around, watch what other people are doing, and get involved.

Step 2. Tap into your emotions

You’ll also need to tap into your emotions on how you feel when you see things happening. If something makes you feel good, motivated, and inspired, then do it.

Step 3. Take action

The moment you feel inspired, take action immediately. Don’t wait a minute, day, or week to get started.  If you feel inspired to learn something, sign up for a class right away.  If you feel inspired to do something, send an email to someone who can help you get started.

Step 4. Start small

If you’re just starting to tap into your inspiration, start small.  Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Eisenstein didn’t change the world in a day.  They made small changes and slowly built on it.

Step 5. Keep it up

Inspiration looks and feels a little different for everyone.  It’s that when that inner flame kicks in and you feel that passion and motivation to do something.  And if you start doing something and that flame burns out, don’t worry, just keep trying and revisit that initial thought and feeling when you were first inspired.

To help you boost your inspiration, check out these  Positive Inspirational Life Quotes and 100+ Motivational Quotes About Life.

And leave a comment on what the meaning of inspiration means to you below to help inspire others…

How To Find Motivation For Running

By Arnold / November 3, 2018

Life in our busy modern society can be tough. Not only is there immense pressure on us to look good, we’re also supposed to get more and more done all the time. We’re expected to fulfil all our work obligations, go to social events, eat clean, take care of our families, keep our bodies healthy, and exercise regularly.

When it comes to regular exercise, finding a gym and a program that is both close to your work or home life, and affordable, can sometimes be tough.

Fortunately, there’s a form of exercise that has been around a lot longer than we have been lifting weights, cycling, playing football, or drinking protein shakes. It’s been intimately tied to our lives since early hominids started walking on two feet: running.

Running is a great way to exercise for a number of reasons. It’s perfect for cardio, it’s a great social exercise, it’s free, and all you need to get started is a pair of running shoes, shorts and a t-shirt.

However, there is one area of running that isn’t always easy, and that is motivation.

So in this article, I’m going to explore how to find the motivation for running.

For beginners, running can be very challenging. Unless you’re preparing for a race, the goal you have in mind may not be very clear, and unlike other sports where the objective is to win, you don’t have an immediate motivation pushing you through the pain.

Just start

Most people don’t know this, but half the battle when it comes to running is simply getting out of the house. Before we even get out and run, we put up mental barriers telling ourselves how hard it’s going to be, or remembering how hard it was last time we went for a run. All that truly is, is your present state of low energy trying to justify its existence. The reality is that when you get out and start running, your muscles quickly warm up, you get some adrenaline in your system and you start to see things in a whole new light. If you’re wondering why you can’t find the motivation to run, simply ignore what your mind is saying, and go out and run for 2 minutes. You’ll find the answer to half the question the second you’re out the door!

Have a goal in mind

As I said before, running without a goal is tough. Because we don’t see immediate physical results from running in the same way we do with other forms of training, we may need to create a goal to help us get going. It can be as simple as running a 5km race with a friend, or maybe even a half marathon that you can sign up for in plenty of time. Either way, it’s great to set a goal, whether or not you complete it – because the end in and of itself can be the spark that helps you create change.

Use a running app

Once you’ve set a goal, a running app is a great addition to your plan. There are dozens to choose from and they can help you track your progress every day, so you can see the improvement your making and become even more motivated to keep running. MapMyRun, RunKeeper, and the Nike+ Running app are all great ways to watch your running progress evolve.

Be consistent

The key to any habit is consistency. If you want to find motivation for running, you have to find momentum. You can do this by planning your life around your run, and making it a priority to run at the same time every session. If you’re struggling to know when to run, the best way to form a new habit is to stick it to an old one. So if you always get your morning coffee at 8 am, you could run to the cafe and walk back.

Reward yourself

It’s very easy to underestimate the power of the good old-fashioned carrot-and-stick style motivation. By giving yourself a reward after every run, you’re conditioning your body and mind to want to seek that reward again in the future. However, it’s important to make sure the reward is conducive to the act of running. For example, using a hot shower as a reward is much more effective than eating an entire takeaway pizza. A hot shower soothes and relaxes the muscles, preparing you for the next run, whereas pizza may leave you feeling sluggish, depleting your energy and reinforcing bad habits. Keep that in mind when choosing a reward to give yourself!

Find a group

Social accountability is one of the most effective motivators there is. Finding motivation to do anything is far harder when you need to go it alone. If you can find a local runners group or even just a friend, it will make your runs far easier and encourage you to stick with it. A simple google or facebook search should bring up a list of running groups in your area. However, if that fails, you could always put out a facebook status looking for a running partner.

Get yourself a running playlist

There have been dozens of studies that have looked at the effect that music has on running performance and the results have been overwhelmingly positive. This one study for example that came out of the journal of the Strength and Conditioning found that listening to music both before and during a 5km run improved performance and accelerated recovery. Beyond the science of it, running to your favorite tunes helps to keep you motivated and gives you a lift when you are feeling tired.

Eat the right foods

If you want to run regularly, you need to eat the right foods at the right times. Though carb-heavy meals may be a great way to recover after a long run, if you eat lots of carbs before running, it’s going to leave you sluggish and unmotivated. Make sure you’re drinking lots of water and that your diet is packed with nutritious fruits and vegetables. Remember that you don’t have to eat foods that you hate just because someone calls it a superfood. Make sure you’re eating healthy options that you actually enjoy, so the process of leading a healthy lifestyle becomes a joy and not a chore.

Ultimately, running is the perfect exercise for your body and mind. Finding motivation for running is largely about getting the right conditions in place and gaining some momentum. Remember the first rule, start now, and as you begin to implement the other behaviors, you’ll see everything else will fall into place.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Arnold / November 3, 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer has become the second leading cancer to cause death in women. Nearly 1 in 8 women will develop an invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. This type of cancer has a great 5 year survival rate but progresses extremely quickly. This makes early detection a detrimental tool in the fight against breast cancer. Finding this cancer early on and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment as soon as possible, are the most important strategies to prevent deaths. Now more than ever, it is clear that this is something women need to be aware of and educated on from an early stage.

How Can You Be Prepared?

The first step of early detection is being aware of the warning signs. Most often, when breast cancer is first detected, it is because of symptoms the woman discovers herself. To be able to detect these signs, women need to be aware of what their breasts should normally look and feel like. Having a basis for what is normal for your body and what is out of the ordinary is extremely important. One of the most important tips to be able to accomplish this is to check your breasts the same time each month, especially in the few days following your period. At this time of the month, your hormones have leveled out and your breasts are at the most normal state – the perfect time for a breast exam! Lastly, and arguably the most important thing to remember is that, a lump is not the only sign of breast cancer. Contact your doctor if you notice any unusual swelling, dimpling, redness, scaliness, or a lump in the armpit area.

While completing self-checks is an important and necessary first step in fighting breast cancer, it is not the most effective. Getting regular screening tests is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early. The American Cancer Society has screening guidelines for women which outline how you should be checked at each age. Women should be getting mammograms either yearly or every other year for about 15 years after they reach 40 years old. Women should also speak with their doctor for more specific advice on what would be the best plan for their own circumstances. If you are not in those higher risk years, your detection needs will vary. However, your doctor very well could believe that you need more frequent checks. Be as communicative as possible, it is so important!

Technologies Making Early Detection Possible

With the world becoming more technologically advanced, it makes sense to use this to our advantage. Many organizations see this need for early detection among young woman, and are tailoring ways to make it as easy as possible. Here are some breast cancer health tech advancements to look into…

A Phone Application

Keep A Breast foundation has created a Check Yourself! App strictly to keep you on schedule with your monthly self examinations. The app comes with instructions on how to go through each step of the process. There is also an option to set a monthly notification to remind you that you need to to Check Yourself! There are plenty of other tools to use throughout the app, including important information on breast health.

Portable Testing

EVA is a non-invasive, wearable technology that detects abnormalities in the thermal patterns of the breast. The findings can potentially indicate early signs of breast cancer. All you need to do is simply wear the EVA and open up the app! The results will come through, and if something was detected that is abnormal, they will provide you with a plan of action. This certainly can not replace the accuracy of a mammogram but it is a reliable way to keep track of your personal breast health.

Genetic Testing

With this BRCA genetic test, you have the advantage of staying right in your own home from beginning to end. All you have to do is buy the test online, provide a saliva sample, and mail it back! You are then able to review your results online and speak with a board-certified genetic counselor to take a further look into your results. As a bonus, you now have access to these results to potentially give to future a health care provider, so they are better able to position your prevention or treatment plan.

Preventive Measures You Can Take

The Mayo Clinic touches on measures you can take to try and prevent contracting breast cancer. A lot of these lifestyle changes are things we should be making a habit anyway! For example, limiting your alcohol consumption, controlling your weight, and not smoking are things you could work towards. However, the tips more specific to breast cancer would be breastfeeding for as long as possible after having a child, avoiding your exposure to radiation and environmental pollution, and trying to limit your hormonal intake and therapy. None of these actions will completely eliminate your risk, however, it will definitely reduce
your chances. Speak to your doctor on what they believe would be best for your body type.

What Can You Do to Help the Cause?

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, there are many different ways to give back to a community that is in need of as many volunteers as possible. You can show your support by  investing in companies that support the research for the cure, local charity events, or by simply educating others about the cause. The donations and volunteer services over the years have made an enormous impact, and we are only getting closer and closer to discovering the cure. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has raised more than $750 million since their start in 1993. That number is a massive contribution to the funds to support the materials and personnel throughout all aspects of cancer research.

Here are some places you could invest your time and money to support breast cancer awareness…

True & Co.

True&Co. is a company who feels very passionate about this cause. The have created a long-time partnership with Keep A Breast foundation. They offer a collection of pink lingerie and donate 25% of the proceeds directly back to the organization. Another cool aspect to the True & Co. company is that they make soft and enjoyable bras that mastectomy patients are in need of. A 20+ year survivor has even stated that their bras changed her life, post surgery.

Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure has become a staple in the breast cancer volunteer space. They have events spanning the United States and even making a massive global movement this year in nine different countries. With a series of 5k races, they extend their warm welcome to anybody and everybody. With everyone having the same goal in mind, the sense of community you feel is reason enough to attend!

Educational Displays in Local Buildings

Investing your time is both extremely important and uplifting. Reach out to your local library or grocery store and set up an information desk to educate your community. A lot of the information can be found on the internet however, not everybody has access to that. Sharing facts through word of mouth is so important. For instance, did you know that men can be diagnosed with breast cancer too? And not all lumps are cancerous. The older you get, you are more at risk, so the more you know – the better!

As much detection, education, and prevention you go through each month and year, nothing feels worse than hearing news of a loved one’s breast cancer diagnosis. The most important thing to remember is to never give up. It may be a tough road ahead, but with a community like this, you are certainly not alone.

9 Conversational Hacks to Make People Like You

By Arnold / November 2, 2018

Some people love small talk and other people hate it. If you’re an introvert, chances are you’re not a big fan.

While it’s not because you dislike people, that may be the message you’re sending. People who love small talk often don’t understand others who don’t.

Thankfully there are some handy conversational hacks that can help you steer clear of awkward silences and build instant rapport with anyone you meet.

1. Try being honest.

Try being honest.

The tips above are ideal if you are talking to a potential employer, a co-worker, a landlord, a neighbor, or someone else that you strategically need to like you so you can get by without stress or drama.

But what about random strangers, people who have the potential to become friends? You can get stranded in small-talk land forever if you never take a chance.

Friendship is always built on a deeper level. Our friends are the people we are comfortable with on a level we would never be with our acquaintances.

So if you don’t need someone to like the façade you present to the world, but you think someone might like the real you, take a chance! After all, these are “nothing to lose” situations.

Give an honest response to a question—or ask a question you would usually avoid. Say something unusual you wouldn’t usually say in a small talk setting. You might be surprised at the results.

You could find yourself with something far better than a new acquaintance. You might end up with a new friend!

2. Give someone a compliment.

Questions are great, especially if you personally have nothing to say. A question is a great way of showing interest, and can help guide someone else into talking about themselves or telling you a story. Questions also tend to be great non-judgmental alternatives to opinionated responses.

If someone says something you find offensive, instead of starting an argument, ask them why they feel the way they do. They will probably welcome the opportunity to explain, and you might even learn something.

3. Provide limited but specific details.

There is nothing worse than being stuck in the “How are you?” loop. You know, someone asks, “How are you?” You say, “Good, how are you?” They say, “Good.” Then you both stare at each other awkwardly.

At that point, the conversation is usually already on its way downhill, if not over completely. Those kinds of interactions waste peoples’ time, including yours.

Dare to provide a specific response. Do not focus on general overarching good or bad things—focus on something specific, relatable, and finite. You could for example say, “Good. Last weekend I went out for a hike and had a really great time, how about you?” This makes you seem like less of a cipher, and may provide a conversational topic.

The other person may want to talk about hiking, and then you can escape the “How are you?” loop and potentially move onto a more meaningful interaction.

4. Be positive about other people.

If you talk about other people, watch what you say. You don’t necessarily need to be overly positive, and you don’t want to come across as naïve, but looking for the good and commenting intelligently on it is much wiser than commenting on the bad you see. Why? There are a couple of reasons, both which relate to transference.

Firstly, when you complain about others, the person listening may assume they are going to be the next to lose your respect, and that you are likely to judge them negatively as well. Secondly, they may associate your complaints with you, and project your complaints right back at you.

This is a notorious issue during job interviews. It is exactly why you should never bad-mouth a former employer, no matter what happened.

5. If you zone out, repeat the last few words the other person said, but as a question.

Say for example you have zoned out while someone is giving you their take on the U.S. economy. All you catch is “…. have no idea what they’re doing.” You may not be sure who they are talking about or what it is in reference to, but you can sympathetically say, “No idea what they’re doing?”

The other person will assume you simply want more information on their theory. You have a chance to catch up while sounding like you have been listening. This also works great if you are listening, but don’t agree or are not interested in what the other person is saying.

Incidentally, hostage negotiators use this technique with great results. If it works under that kind of duress, imagine what it can do for you in a normal conversation!

6. Mirror behavior.

This one works great, but only if you do it to a certain degree. Past that, the result is unsettling and off-putting. Building rapport really is about mirroring and making it seem like a coincidence.

If someone is quiet and reserved, be quiet and reserved back. If they are effusive and enthusiastic, imitate their attitude. If they have a certain pattern of speech you can recognize, use a similar pattern.

If you do a good job with just enough divergences that you still are coming across as authentic, they will believe that you simply naturally are on a wavelength and have similar personalities.

7. Ask lots of questions.

Questions are great, especially if you personally have nothing to say. A question is a great way of showing interest, and can help guide someone else into talking about themselves or telling you a story. Questions also tend to be great non-judgmental alternatives to opinionated responses.

If someone says something you find offensive, instead of starting an argument, ask them why they feel the way they do. They will probably welcome the opportunity to explain, and you might even learn something.

8. Everyone has at least one book in them. Ask about it.

As the old adage goes, everyone has at least one good book in them. Maybe we can append that to, “Everyone thinks they have at least one good book in them.” Either way, people love to talk about themselves, and that’s backed by science.

Neuroscientists have discovered that self-disclosure rewards the pleasure centers of the brain just like food or money. Given an opportunity, most people will tell you a story or two. See if you can figure out what it is they most want to talk about, and let them talk about it. Since you’ll be rewarding their pleasure centers, they will feel inclined to like you.

9. Say "no" gently—or say "yes, but...."

When someone's asking you to do something you just don't want to—or don't have the time—there are ways to say "no" that are polite and respectful and won't burn any bridges. OnlineOrganizing.com offers 20 "scripts" for turning down a request, from "I'm in the middle of several projects right now" to "I'm not the right person for that job." (I've found that suggesting someone else or offering a tip on the best way to proceed also helps a whole lot.) Master of attention-firewalling Merlin Mann says you can partially commit by qualifying your "yes" with specific boundaries around what you'll do (that also imply what you won't).

Productivity: The Definitive Guide

By Arnold / November 2, 2018

Productivity—like sleep, sex, and exercise—directly relates to our happiness. (And like the above, we can’t get enough.)

We all want to be productive—but are we?

We “leverage” productivity apps to try to empty our inbox, automate workflows, and get more things done. And yet the work towers up around us, blocking our mental corridors until we barely see the way out.

Why? Why do we feel unproductive? And why do days fly by—without any real results?

The problem is this: We’ve become reactive to others demands, instead of proactive with our long-term goals.

In other words, we’ve become busybodies doing busywork.

In this guide, you’ll discover simple, proven strategies to boost your productivity by: focusing on what matters, developing rock-solid routines, and getting it done.

You’ll wake up every day, refreshed, and ready to tackle the day. And best of all, you’ll get more done—in less time—than ever before.

Productivity: The Ultimate Guide to Help You Identify What Needs to Be Done—And Bang It Out In Record Time

Chapter 1:
Productivity fundamentals: the 5 things you must do to boost your productivity

In this chapter, you’ll discover the fundamentals of productivity—and how to set a rock-solid productive base.

Whether you’re just getting started or looking to boost your productivity, this chapter’s got you covered.

We’re talking about sleep, exercise, diet—the things that set you up for a healthy, balanced, productive life.

Warning: you may be tempted to skip this chapter because they “seem obvious.” As you’ll soon see, doing the obvious can be much more difficult—and rewarding—than you realize. Don’t skip this step!

Key takeaways:

  • Exercise (even a little) boosts productivity.
  • Wake up early. If you have trouble going to bed earlier, take magnesium supplements.
  • Only one person in 40 functions well on less than 7–8 hours of sleep. You’re probably not one of them.

Scientific study: Researchers at University and Karolinska Institute discovered that exercise boosts productivity.

They separated workplaces into three groups: the first group spent 2.5 hours of their work week exercising; the second group spent the 2.5 hours however they liked, and the third group maintained their usual work hours.

Results: All three groups were able to maintain or increase their output. The group who exercised also reported a greater sense of productivity, and were sick less often.

Chapter 2:
The big picture: How to develop laser-focus so you can lead a more meaningful life

Focus is your most critical skill for productivity. When entering your flow-state, your mind calm, alert, and confident; you work better (and faster) than attempting to multi-task.

In this chapter, you’ll learn to zoom out, take in the bird’s eye view, then zoom in on your biggest opportunity with laser-like precision.

Key takeaways:

  • Put your big goals where you’ll see them throughout the day.
  • Think deeply; act boldly.
  • Take brief breaks to maintain your focus.

Scientific study: University of Illinois psychology professor Alejandro Lleras conducted a study to see if a short break improved focus.Subjects did a repetitive computerized task for one hour. One group was given four digits before performing the task, and told to respond if they saw the number appear during the task.

Results: Subjects without the break saw a significant decline in performance; those with the break saw no drop in their performance over time.

Chapter 3:
How to set up rock-solid routines that guarantee success

Now that you’ve identified your long-term goals, you need routines (or “rituals”) to help get you there.

But don’t worry: routines needn’t take up much of your time. (In fact, they shouldn’t take up more than a few hours of your day. But these will be your most productive hours of the day.)

In this chapter, you’ll learn how the most productive people on the planet leverage their daily routines to produce insane results working just a few hours a day.

Key takeaways:

  • Set up—and stick to—a daily routine.
  • Use emotional (positive and negative) triggers. Example: use the same place to work, listen to the same music, etc.
  • Use ultradian rhythms; work no more than 90 minutes at a time.
  • Show up to work—even if you don’t feel like it.
  • Action trumps intention; habit beats willpower.
  • Do what matters most, first. Your willpower decreases throughout the day.
  • Routines decrease decisions—which increase productivity.

Scientific study: Research led by Kathleen D. Vohs of the University of Minnesota wanted to see if decision-making depleted self-control.In four studies, subjects made choices among consumer goods or college course options, while the other group merely thought about them (i.e. they didn’t make any decisions).

Results: Subjects who had to make a choice showed less physical stamina, reduced persistence in the face of failure, more procrastination, and less quality and quantity of arithmetic calculations.

Chapter 4:
How to get rid of distractions that drain your productivity, create anxiety, and attack your self-esteem

The average person consumes up to 15.5 hours of media per day. That’s a lot of distraction.

This chapter reveals simple—but often overlooked—things you can do today to block distractions. Not only will you accomplish your goals faster than you ever thought possible, you’ll also experience a sense of relief and Zen-like calm with your extra headspace.

Key takeaways:

  • Turn off to turn on. The most productive thing you’ll ever do is turn everything off. That’s when the magic happens.
  • Be more conscious—and less compulsive. Everything you do—or don’t do—should be a conscious decision that attacks your long-term goals.
  • Say no—frequently. Saying no is perhaps the greatest productive tactic ever created. Try “I don’t” instead of “I can’t” to boost assertiveness.
  • Alternate doing creative work with “mindless” work. Doing so gives your brain a break.
  • Distractions distract—even if you ignore them. Even the presence of distractions—for example, having a Gmail tab open—slows your productivity.

Scientific study: A research team lead by Erik Altmann wanted to see if short-term interruptions—lasting as little as 2.8 seconds—affected performance.Subjects completed tasks on a computer. While they worked, an interruption appeared on their screen—and researchers logged how many errors subjects made when returning to the task.

Results: Interruptions averaging 2.8 seconds doubled the number of errors; interruptions averaging 4.4 seconds tripled them.

Chapter 5: Mindfulness: how to achieve a Zen-like calm to get more done—and find enlightenment along the way

Productivity is both strategic and tactical. You must think deeply, then act boldly and consistently.

Mindfulness is the glue between strategy and tactics. It helps you focus on the big picture and do your best work without distraction.

This chapter contains everything you need to know about mindfulness. You’ll discover meditation practices to calm your mind, focus longer, and effortlessly boost your productivity.

Key takeaways:

  • Meditation works. Try it.
  • Let your mind wander—but not too far. Imagine your mind is a balloon; your focus, the string. Let the balloon float, but keep a loose grip on the string to remain focused. There’s a huge difference between creative wandering—and just spacing out.
  • Leverage downtime to get more done. Enjoy the time away from the phone; use it to reflect on your purpose in life.
  • Work on fun, creative projects that have nothing to do with your long-term goals. Do them because you enjoy them. The benefit is that you’re building other creative muscles, which may work across disciplines in strange and exciting ways.

Scientific study: Researchers at the University of Washington and University of Arizona measured the effects of meditation on stress. Subjects were given eight weeks of training in mindfulness meditation, then given a stressful multitasking test both before and after training. Another group received training in body relaxation techniques. The third group received no training at all.

Results: Subjects who received meditation training reported lower levels of stressand showed better memory for the tasks they had performed; they also switched tasks less often and remained focused on tasks longer.

Chapter 6: Staying accountable (or, how to crush your inner slacker—forever)

Actions are eloquent; intentions, inarticulate.

This chapter reveals how to keep yourself accountable, so you continue to deliver high-quality work, every time, on time.

Some of these strategies may be familiar to you, others not—but they’re all invaluable to achieving long-term success.

Key takeaways:

  • Make your progress visible. Often the most important work takes more than 50 hours, which makes it difficult to see your progress. That’s why people check email so much; it feels good to reach “inbox zero” even though you’re neglecting what really matters.
  • Separate the “Creator” and the “Editor.” Hemingway said to write drunk; edit sober. Treat life the same: during your initial process (post, painting, or project) go wild and crazy. Then revisit it to make it better.
  • Leverage the Zeigarnik effect (see “scientific study” below). Humans have a natural tendency to finish what start. (Or at least, we want to finish what we start, if not for those damn distractions!)

Scientific study: The Zeigarnik Effect—named after Soviet psychologist and psychiatrist Bluma Zeigarnik—is the tendency to remember things we haven’t completed—but forgetting them once complete.

Results: Zeigarnik first noticed the effect when she noticed waiters could remember complex orders with ease—until after the food was delivered. Once delivered, the waiters completely forgot about them, and could not recall them later. (Source: Zeigarnik 1927: Das Behalten erledigter und unerledigter Handlungen. Psychologische Forschung 9, 1-85.)

Chapter 7: How to boost your business’s productivity using proven frameworks for success

Warning: if your team is individually productive, your business ain’t getting shit done.

It seems paradoxical: how can you have a business where everyone is working at maximum productivity—and still get nothing done?

Here’s why: most companies don’t apply the Theory of Constraints, which says you must focus on the main constraint—also called the bottleneck—and nothing else.

Words to live by: Focusing on the bottleneck isn’t the most important thing—it’s the only thing.

In this chapter, you’ll learn how to apply the Theory of Constraints–and other proven business productivity frameworks—to build efficiencies into your business or workplace.

Key takeaways:

  • Define “done” before you start. This is taken from Scrum, and it’s super important—otherwise, you’ll think something is done, but it isn’t.
  • Work-in-progress kills productivity. Minimize work-in-progress as much as possible; finish the job at hand now, before conflicting projects can delay it further.
  • Ship something, every day.
  • Constraints are sexy. A blank canvas is the hardest to paint. By setting constraints, you focus on what you can realistically get done, instead of falling into the “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” mentality, where you come up with wildly creative—but nearly impossible to implement—ideas.

Scientific study: Sociometric Solutions anonymously tracked Bank of America call center employees for three months.Based on the data, they recommended that employees take breaks together, instead of individually.

Results: Because employees now had a chance to blow off steam and share tips, productivity increased 15–20%, reported stress levels dropped 19%, and turnover decreased from 40% to 12%—all from one simple change.

Chapter 8: Productivity case studies to help you understand what’s possible—and what’s at stake

These case studies demonstrate how people are boosting productivity, crushing procrastination, and blocking distractions with ease.

This chapter will inspire you to boost your productivity—and provide a pick-me-up when things don’t go according to plan.

Chapter 9: Out-of-the-box productivity strategies to turbocharge your results

We’re heading into strange territory. From procrastination to writing naked, these tactics aren’t for the feint of heart.

But if you’re looking for something different, and aren’t afraid to experiment, this chapter is for you.

Key takeaways:

  • Using Parkinson’s law, put off items until the last minute; the time pressure forces you to focus, and get stuff done super quick.
  • Try something impossible. Start something that is 100% guaranteed to fail—and keep working on it. Doing so shocks your brain and makes normal challenges seem easy by comparison.

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10x Life: How to Pinpoint and prioritize your goals

How to map out your dreams, turn your life into a game, and gain a crystal-clear vision of what you want in life


“As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.”

—Toni Morrison, American Novelist, and Professor

Let me be frank: this article will be the most fun you could have with your underpants on.

You’ll discover:

  • The EXACT questions that reveal your true desires.
  • A simple process to map out your entire life, including your dreams, goals, and bottlenecks.
  • A free tool you can use right away to keep yourself accountable.

Ready to roll? Then let’s start with…

Why you MUST write down your goals

Fifteen years ago, I’d (barely) graduated from college, and went to Yosemite for the summer to work as a cook—and to figure out what the hell to do with my life.

You see, I’d “invested” four glorious, debaucherous years in college and had no idea what to do next. Sure, I had an idea about what I wanted to do, but that didn’t fit in with the whole “Purpose in Life” thing.

Oddly, though, the answer was waiting for me. Filed away. In my dad’s closet.

Here’s what happened: After my summer gig in Yosemite, I returned home, and my dad asked me to help him move.

And if there’s one universal truism, it’s this: When you have a massive hangover, someone will ask you to help them move. I have no idea why, but it’s true.

So, naturally, I woke up that morning with a hangover the size of Texas. A temple-throbbing, gut-wrenching, oh-I-wish-the-lord-would-take-me-now hangover.

I didn’t want to help him move. But I’m a good son (even if I’m a crappy mover). So there I was, helping my dad move piles of storage boxes into his new apartment.

While shuffling through stuff in his closet, I saw it: the box that contained all my worldly possessions. After school, I had sold, burned, or thrown away everything I owned except for a few choice items; I dumped these items, haphazardly, into a medium-sized cardboard box, sealed it shut, and promptly forgot all about it for the past four months.

In that box was the usual memorabilia: postcards from friends, newspaper clippings, essays I’d written, etc.

But one item stood out: a single sheet of paper, featuring a drawing with three long, spindly trees.

The trees were labeled: personalfinancial, and travel. Each tree had several branches, and each branch listed something I wanted to do, like, “Hike in Nepal,” “Become a cook,” and “Live in Yosemite.”

Here’s the astonishing thing: I wrote that list four years ago, and—even though I’d completely forgotten about it—I’d done nearly everything on that list.

In the words of Keanu Reeves: Whoa.

So what the hell happened? How did I—a guy who can barely remember where he put his underpants—manage to retain this information, and act on it, over several years? What sort of devilry was at work here?

The answer is obvious.

By writing down my goals, I:

  • consciously defined what I wanted to do, and
  • sub-consciously acted in accordance with them.

You see, it’s all about…

The science behind goal setting

Here are two scientifically proven reasons to set your goals.

First, setting goals increases motivation. A 1967 study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that having a specific goal—rather than just being told to “try your best”—increases your motivation. (Next time you see a parent tell their kid to try their best, you can snicker quietly to yourself—because that kid ain’t gonna do shit.)

Second, setting goals increases achievement by up to 30%. You are more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down. Sounds crazy, right? A team of researchers thought so, too. So they asked struggling students to complete an online goal-setting program. As reported in the American Psychological Association: after a four-month period, students in the goal-setting program enjoyed an average 30% increase in academic performance over the control group.

Key point: write your goals down. If you don’t, both your motivation and achievement will deflate into a limp-wristed sissy pants. 

Answer these 10 questions to discover EXACTLY what you want in life

OK, time to get real. An unaimed arrow never misses its target—but an unaimed life misses every time.

So let’s take aim first

The following ten questions will reveal exactly what you want from life:

  1. What do I want to do?
  2. What do I want to be?
  3. What do I want to see?
  4. Where do I want to go?
  5. What do I want to have?
  6. Who do I want to spend more time with?
  7. What would be the most fun thing to do?
  8. What activity do I want to stop doing?
  9. What is missing in my life?
  10. What’s stopping me from achieving everything in this list?

(Note: I’ve also included these—along with boatloads of other bonuses—at www.10xtoday.com/life-resources.)

Answer the above questions as honestly as you can. Dream your dream, not someone else’s. Go absolutely buck-wild, and write down as many ideas as you can. And most importantly, make your goals BIG, BOLD, and BALLSY.

Need a little help? Here are my answers:

  1. What do I want to do? (Hike the Appalachian Trail, run a 50-mile ultramarathon, learn to surf, etc.)
  2. What do I want to be? (Kind, smart, loving, helpful, respected, etc.)
  3. What do I want to see? (Sunset over the Sahara, a dolphin in the wild, two monkeys playing pool, etc.)
  4. Where do I want to go? (Tibet, Antarctica, space, etc.)
  5. What do I want to have? ($100K in monthly passive income, a bestselling book on Amazon, my own restaurant, etc.)
  6. Who do I want to spend more time with? (Parents, Jim Rogers, Fabio, etc.)
  7. What would be the most fun thing to do? (Take a hot air balloon to the upper atmosphere, run with the bulls in Pamplona, ski naked, etc.)
  8. What activity do I want to stop doing? (Answering emails, wallowing in self-doubt, giving in to others’ demands when I know I shouldn’t, etc.)
  9. What is missing in my life? (Time with friends, my own cats, a super-sweet 30-inch computer monitor with standing desk, etc.)
  10. What’s stopping me from achieving everything in this list? (Note: be specific. Say “$1,337 to buy a plane ticket to Spain” instead of, “money.”)

Now, let’s discuss…

How to eally win at the game of life

Did you ever play the board game “The Game of Life”? (It’s also known as simply “Life.”) The game simulates a person’s journey through life, from college to retirement, with jobs, marriage, and children along the way.

Let me tell you: I. Hate. That. Game.

Here’s why: according to the rules, “winners”—and I slather that term with sarcasm—would cruise through life, buy a car, get married, have two kids, and retire.

And the “losers”? They ended up childless philosophers.

Now, as someone who (i) studied philosophy in college, and (ii) doesn’t want kids, this doesn’t seem like a game I’d dig.

Don’t get me wrong. I hate most philosophers. I like (some) kids. I’m not attached to either label, for good or evil, and frankly, neither should you.

But what drives me to drink—among a litany of other reasons—is the notion of one-life-fits-all. As if there’s one great cosmic roadmap that works for everyone. Which—in the words of Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park—is “one big pile of shit.

Look, if you want to be a big-time corporate executive, good for you.

If you want to make minimum wage doing something you enjoy, good for you.

If you want 17 children, and to spend the next few years cleaning up spit, excrement, and chicken fingers—good for you.

If you want to read my book 10x Life and leave a glowing on Amazon—good for me 🙂

You see, happiness is a simple equation: Knowing what you want + Doing what you want = Happy

And that’s what cheeses me off so much about “The Game of Life.” The end result is ludicrously out of touch with what we really want.

But games are fun, right?

So here’s what I propose: together, you and I’ll create our Board Game of Life, right now. And the best part is, we can decide what a winner really looks like.

Creating your “Board Game of Life” with Trello

Remember those ten questions? Did you answer them?

I hope so—because we’re gonna put them into your personal Board Game of Life.

To do this, we’ll use a free online tool called Trello.

***Note: Get the following Trello screenshots, board templates, and bonus video walk-throughs at www.10xtoday.com/life-resources.***

I’ve already created a template board for you, which you can find at www.10xtoday.com/life-resources.

Here’s what it looks like:

Trello: Board Game of Life

Trello: Board Game of Life

Here’s what you need to do next:

  • Create a free Trello account (if you don’t have one already).
  • Access the board I’ve created for you.
  • In Trello, click the “Show Menu” link in the top right.
  • Select “Copy Board.”

Click here to watch a video on how to set up Trello and your board.

And that’s it! You’re in business, partner.

The fun begins

Now it’s time to splatter this board with your hopes, dreams, and desires. (I told you this was gonna be fun.)

Starting in the second column, answer each question, listing off everything—and yes, I do mean everything—that comes to mind. This is brainstorming, baby. Go crazy. Have fun.

Each column could have between 3–10 cards (Trello’s term, not mine), each representing something you want to do.

Here’s what mine looks like:

As you can see, you can add images, too. Do this. The visual makes it more “real” to you—and therefore, it’ll stick in your subconscious longer.

Now go through each column, and add at least three cards to each column.

BTW: Notice anything about the pictures?

Quick psychological tip: select pictures seen from the first-person point of view.

For example, in the column on the right, you’ll see I chose a picture of a hand holding money (instead of some random dude flashing greenbacks at the camera). This helps me envision myself in that role, which makes the image much more compelling.

If it was a picture of someone else, it would feel like they were showing me their money (and not mine).

Now, you might be thinking: “C’mon, Adam, does this really matter?

Yes, it matters. A lot. And here’s why: when you use pictures from your point of view, you’re stapling that image right into your thought-skull. You’re inside that experience. And once you’re inside, you’re waaaay more likely to keep going.

Salespeople call this “the puppy-dog close.”

Here’s how it works: Picture you’re at the pound, looking at dogs. You’re unsure if you reallywant one, and are about to leave, when the helpful volunteer lets you hold a puppy.

There you are, holding this puppy, scratching its golden, floppy ears—as it swats playfully at you, with its too-big puppy paws—and the volunteer says…

You know what? We’re about to close in a couple of minutes. How about you take the dog home for the evening and bring him back in the morning if you don’t want him?

“Well…” you think. “He is awfully cute, and nobody’s gonna adopt him tonight; what the hell, let’s do it.”

You know what happens next. You fall in love with the puppy, adopt him, and the shelter has one less mongrel to worry about.

It’s a win/win, right? Of course it is; that’s why the puppy-dog close works. Once a salesperson gets you using their product or service, you’re much more likely to buy it. That’s why companies offer free samples, free trials, and, yes—advertisements that use images from your point of view. It gets you inside the product or service, without even using it.

 Long story short: use pictures shot from your point of view. Like all the best advertising, it’s subtle—and extremely effective. 

Your board game is ready; now it’s time to play

You got the board set up? Great job! Now let’s start prioritizing your dreams.

Here’s how:

To prioritize your goals, go through each column and arrange each card in order of priority, with the highest priority at the top, the second-highest beneath that, etc. (To move a card, click and drag it.)

If you struggle with prioritizing two goals, ask yourself the following questions:

  • “Will this goal have a lasting impact on my life?”; and
  • “How long will it take me to achieve this goal?”

For example, in the “Where do I want to go” column I listed JapanAntarctica, and space. Obviously, they’ll all have a lasting impact on my life—though I suspect space would be the most impactful. Bu since going to space will take more time, money, and effort, I put Japan in the top spot.

Same goes for the “What do I want to have” column. I put “A bestselling book on Amazon” ahead of “$100,000 in passive monthly income” because it will have a great impact, and will take less time to achieve than increasing my income to $100k per month.

And who knows? That book may be the one you’re reading now.

Bottom line: don’t sweat the details. You can always rearrange your goals later; for now, we’re going to paint with broad strokes so we don’t waste time over-analyzing.

The endgame

OK, two more quick steps and we’re done.

  1. Take the top 2 cards from each column and move them to the first column, called “Top priorities in my life.”
  2. Prioritize those cards like you did for the other columns, putting the highest priority card at the top.

Here’s my final board:

Trello: Board Game of Life with Priorities


Trello: Board Game of Life with Priorities

As you can see, writing a book earned the top spot, followed by writing a bestselling book.

So that’s what I’m working on right now.

Quick note: you might think those cards are awfully similar (and you’d be right). However, “writing a book” is entirely on me, while “having a bestselling book on Amazon” is external.

Sure, I can work my ass off writing the best book possible—and spend months promoting the book—but at the end of the day, something beyond my control could prevent this book hitting the bestseller list. (God forbid Tim Ferriss launches a book at the same time.)

So once I finish this book, I’ll move this card to the “Done” column. If it’s a bestseller, I’ll move that card to “Done”, too. If not, I’ll create a new card for another book and try again.

But Adam, where is this mysterious ‘Done’ column?” you may ask.

Fear not. We’ll cover that—and how to create a bulletproof system to achieve your biggest goals—in my book 10x Life.

How often should you update your Board Game of Life?

Your Board Game of Life is meant to inspire you, so you may want to start each day by looking at it. Alternatively, you could print it out and place it on your wall at home. Or in the shower. Wherever.

But don’t worry: you only need to update this every six months. The best way to do this is to set a reminder in your calendar six months down the road.

Click the links below for instructions on how to set reminders for each tool:

Summ​ary

In this article, you learned how to create your own Board Game of Life.

You learned the best way to do this is using Trello (though you can use Post-It notes if you prefer), and that you should add pictures from the first-person point of view to further inspire you.

You also learned to prioritize your goals based on two factors: (i) how it will impact your life, and (ii) how long it will take to complete.

What you need to do next:

Answer the following 10 questions to reveal exactly what you want in life:

  1. What do I want to do?
  2. What do I want to be?
  3. What do I want to see?
  4. Where do I want to go?
  5. What do I want to have?
  6. Who do I want to spend more time with?
  7. What would be the most fun thing to do?
  8. What activity do I want to stop doing?
  9. What is missing in my life?
  10. What’s stopping me from achieving everything in this list?

Then,

  • Create a Trello account (or use a pen and paper).
  • Use the Trello template created here: 10xtoday.com/life-resources.
  • Answer the questions as honestly as you can.
  • Add pictures to each card.
  • In each column, list each card by priority, starting from the top down.
  • Move the top two cards from each column into the first column.
  • Prioritize the cards in the first column, with the highest priority card at the top.
  • Create a reminder in your calendar to review your Board Game in six months to ensure your goals are still relevant.

8 Easy Productivity Hacks to Make More of Your Day

By Arnold / November 2, 2018

My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.” ― Francine Jay

Productivity isn’t about how much work you get done.  It’s about working on what matters most and doing it in the most efficient manner possible.

For example: You could be the best email writer in the world, cranking out 100 emails per day!  But if no one reads them, what’s the point?

To become more productive, you need to:

“Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” Leo Babauta

Here are 8 concrete, easy-to-implement productivity hacks which can help you to be more productive, at work and at home.

1. Avoid unnecessary tasks.

Successful people are not only great at handling important tasks, they are also great at knowing which tasks to avoid. Sometimes you have to do unnecessary things in the course of your work day, but oftentimes you can get out of them.

How? Don’t be afraid to walk up to your boss and explain why a task is unnecessary if you know for certain that it is. Don’t phrase it as a complaint. Just explain an alternate approach which would be faster, more efficient, and more cost-effective.

If you present a solution instead of a problem, you will not come across as lazy—you will come across as a smart expert who wants to save the company time and money. You will be more productive as an individual worker, and you will be helping your organization to do the same. That will make you a superstar!

Remember, stop procrastinating! These are all easy productivity hacks which you can work into your daily routine without having to make major, overwhelming adjustments. And, the payoff is immediate. You will be able to take pride in getting more done throughout the day, and your boss will be thrilled with all of your hard work. When you get home, you can use these same productivity hacks to enjoy more free time!

2. Batch process your work.

Every time you change gears while switching from one assignment or topic during the day to another, there is an adjustment period. You have to remind yourself of all the little details of the job and refresh your knowledge of the subject or area of expertise. This process takes time, and it can make you feel disorganized and discombobulated.

That is why batch processing is awesome! Spend as little time as possible switching gears by switching gears as seldom as you need to. Do not jump back and forth between lots of little jobs. Dedicate large, seamless chunks of your day to handling specific tasks or projects. Only switch to a new task when you are done with the previous task for the entire day. You will get so much more done, and you will reduce the amount of time each day you spend feeling out of touch.

You can start batching with just a few things at a time, productivity hacks may be implemented in steps; I recommend starting with email, which I spoke about earlier, phone calls, and extensive writing tasks!

3. Figure out what you need to do tomorrow today.

An unknown author once said, “I always write ‘Wake Up’ on my To-Do-List so I can at least accomplish one thing a day.” Don’t be this guy!

You know what will really slow you down? Waking up tomorrow morning and sitting down to work, only to waste half an hour trying to figure out the day’s to-do list, where to start, and what you need to actually make progress.

Take a few minutes at the end of your workday to plan tomorrow. You won’t feel like it, because you want to be done, but five or ten minutes today can easily save you thirty minutes tomorrow morning. And you will get off to a good, productive start.

Many people do their best work first thing in the morning, while their minds are clear of distractions after a good night’s sleep. You can get a ton of work out of the way, and you feel like you have it together. Your mood is nice and centered. That means those thirty minutes you save in the morning could actually turn into an hour or two over the course of the day!

4. Know when your energy and focus peak, and take advantage.

Most of us have a daily window where we are at our sharpest. That window can vary from day to day, but if you average it out, there is probably a particular set of hours where you are likely to do your best work (which may or may not be the morning!). Identify yours, and if you have the power to shift your schedule around, try to use your window of energy effectively; you could always try these energy supplements.

Should you use it for your toughest task? Maybe, maybe not. Sometimes it is the best time to handle a challenging project. Other times, it is a great time to get all the easy stuff out of the way so you can really focus on the hard stuff. Decide the best version of this productivity hack that works best for your personality and the way you work.

Productivity Hack For Remote Workers: Other than considering your daily window of time you’re most productive, consider location as well. Ask yourself first thing in the morning where you think you’ll work the most effectively that day, where it be home in your pajamas, at your favorite local coffee shop, or somewhere new. Atmosphere can really make a difference!

5. Do not do something wrong the first time on someone else’s account.

If you receive unclear instructions for an assignment, what do you do? You may think that you should be a go-getter and tackle it as best you can, and you may worry you will sound foolish or slow if you stop to ask questions.

Being a go-getter wasted quite a bit of my time at my last job. I found myself doing tasks over and over; this not only cost me but also my employer. Get to know the way your employers work and how they hand out instruction vs. what they expect. You may be surprised how well a simple meeting explaining the cost of incomplete instructions and wasted time can be; the dollars will do all of the talking!

It is not your fault when someone gives you poor instructions! In fact, it is their fault if you fall behind because of them. Do not worry about looking foolish. Nothing is worse than doing a job twice because you didn’t know what you were supposed to be doing.

Request clarification and wait. You will ultimately waste less time and money, and spare yourself and your boss or client headaches. Sometimes productivity hacks simply take an evaluation of instructions and if the job is ready to be completed.

6. Ignore your inbox as long as possible.

It might sound bizarre, but think about it. Your inbox is full of distractions. When you should be focusing on your work, you will instead be drafting responses in your head, thinking about how many emails there are and how long it will take to answer them, and worrying about everybody else’s priorities and problems. Save the inbox until the middle or end of the day if at all possible.

According to some experts, checking your email too often is a huge factor that can contribute to decreased productivity. Check out this recent article for several email productivity hacks you can choose from that work for your current employment situation.

7. Mind your mood.

Your mood has a huge impact on your productivity. When you are calm and collected, it is easy to focus and get through your workday and get plenty done along the way. When you are distracted by anxiety, confusion, anger, or depression, it can take twice as long to accomplish anything.

Do what you can to level out your mood when you wake up. Listen to a song that motivates you on the way to work. Eat a good breakfast. If you need to, ignore your inbox and just take care of routine tasks in the early part of your day. Routines help us feel grounded and relaxed. These simple things all make for great productivity hacks!

Mood and productivity intertwine so much so that there’s an app for it! Download moo-Q, an iPhone application that assesses your mood and brainpower on the go. You’ll be asked to take a survey multiple times a day asking about your current mood and then take a series of short memory-based numeric activities. This app will really help represent what mood you’re most productive in, so that you can make the most of each day; quite the modern-day technological productivity hack!

8. WAKE UP EARLIER

I’m willing to bet that you only give yourself the bare minimum when it comes to time in the morning. You hit the alarm clock (bonus points if you snoozed a few times), jump out of bed groggily, and rush through your morning routine before bolting out the door, granola bar between your teeth. If that describes your morning, then you could definitely benefit from waking up a smidge earlier.

I know you’re saying that there’s no way you will do that, but hear me out. I was a late riser my whole life, but now that I’m getting up a few hours earlier, I feel more relaxed and productive every day. That’s because your morning routine affects the tone for your whole day! If you want to check out some ways to brighten up your mornings, catch my post about it here.

8 Tricks To Rid Creative Block & Unleash Your Creativity

By Arnold / November 2, 2018

Creativity is the use of the imagination or original ideas. Block is when movement forward is difficult or impossible.

So when you have creative block, you’re unable to imagine or construct original ideas, prohibiting you from growing and moving forward in life.

Even the most creative minds, struggle with creative block.

But don’t worry…

We’ve got you covered. Use these 7 tricks to rid your creative block once and for all…

1. Rest

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“Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing.” — Austin Kleon

Creativity requires an open mind, but also one that’s sharp enough to pinpoint the good ideas before they fly by. Working too hard for too long saps energy and can leave you uninspired, killing your curious mind.

It’s not necessary to sleep — although naps are great — simply lying down can boost creativity, as can meditation. So, schedule short breaks throughout your day while you’re working; you’ll come back to your work with a revitalized mind!

It’s A Right-Brainers World

Dan Pink explains in his book, A Whole New Mind, that creativity is among the most important skills there are for the conceptual age we’re living in. As technology improves, more jobs will be taken over by machines, which will leave us doing the tasks in which tech is still behind — those activities that make us uniquely human.

Creativity is within all of us, all we need is use a few tricks to rid creative block in order to unleash it!

Does your job require much creativity? Would you like to be more creative in other aspects of your life?

1. Rest

“Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing.” — Austin Kleon

Creativity requires an open mind, but also one that’s sharp enough to pinpoint the good ideas before they fly by. Working too hard for too long saps energy and can leave you uninspired, killing your curious mind.

It’s not necessary to sleep — although naps are great — simply lying down can boost creativity, as can meditation. So, schedule short breaks throughout your day while you’re working; you’ll come back to your work with a revitalized mind!

It’s A Right-Brainers World

Dan Pink explains in his book, A Whole New Mind, that creativity is among the most important skills there are for the conceptual age we’re living in. As technology improves, more jobs will be taken over by machines, which will leave us doing the tasks in which tech is still behind — those activities that make us uniquely human.

Creativity is within all of us, all we need is use a few tricks to rid creative block in order to unleash it!

Does your job require much creativity? Would you like to be more creative in other aspects of your life?

2. Distract Yourself

Scientists have recently discovered a network of brain regions that are active when we daydream. This default mode network lights up when our mind wanders away from the world around us and turns inward, and it’s been associated with creativity.

What’s interesting is that rather than doing nothing at all, the best way to promote this style of creative daydreaming is to do menial tasks that ask little of your attention. Try going for a walk, washing the dishes, taking a shower. These are all activities in which anecdotal “a-ha” moments have come from.

3. Exercise

Hitting the gym doesn’t only boost your health, it also helps to power your divergent mind. In fact, it’s been suggested for quite some time that simply going for a walk can rid creative block and unleash one’s creativity.

Now, we’ve got research to prove it.

Lorenza Colzato found that people who exercised four times a week showed greater creative ability than more sedentary individuals. So whenever you’re experiencing creative block, try pumping some blood through the body to jumpstart your creative mind!

4. Music

Music has an incredible ability to build immersive experiences in our minds and elicit our imagination, this special function serves as a powerful gateway to creativity.

The trick to music is not only to play something you enjoy, but to also take note of what style it’s in. Ambient music gives a boost to creative output while lyrics can be unwelcome distractions, and when it comes to tasks that involve learning, no music might be best.

Although listening to music while working may be pretty common for you and the rest of the world, the trick is to know how to find the right music to fuel the fire for the work your in the process of.

5. Constraint

“Creativity comes from constraint.” — Biz Stone

It seems counterintuitive, but one great way to get rid of your creative block is to place restrictions on the method or materials. In the same way a blank page can stifle us, so can the idea of infinite possibilities. It seems one of the best ways over this choice paralysis is to set constraints.

Think about it: making even very simple decisions can be quite the task for most people, and with infinite possibilities comes, what may seem like a lifetime of, creative block. Restrictions will take away some of the choices available to you so that you’re no longer being slowed down by the paralysis of choice.

Creative Block Trick: To employ the trick of constraint on your next project, try these tricks. Focus on smaller tasks of your much larger goal, single task for prioritization, give yourself strict deadlines, and use brainstorming techniques.

6. Draw

Whether you’re creative talent consists of drawing or not, in a similar vein, drawing the problem using images and colors as opposed to words is another great way to reconstruct and reinterpret it.

Have you ever been caught in class or at work doodling on a notepad? New research suggests that simply scribbling on a piece of paper sparks information retention and creativity. Massive corporations like Dell and Disney are actually eager for employees to start doodling on the job, so much so that they’re hiring consultants to help them!

Interested to learn more about how doodling can rid your creative block? Check out the book, The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown to realize the power of doodling!

7. Metaphor

Trying to take statistical or factual information in order to make it fit into a completely different context requires a deep understanding of the material — how all the parts work together, along with the limits and inappropriate comparisons.

This can help spark creativity by allowing us to explore the limits of our understanding, pushing us beyond the simple recital of what we know.

Creative Block Trick: Metaphorical thinking is very powerful and can spark memorable understanding and creativity. Close your eyes and think of the commonly used metaphor ‘time is money.’ As a creative, this simple metaphor should evoke vivid images and allow you to see things from a new perspective. Go ahead and try this trick with the current project your working on!

8. Don't be afraid to step away

Completely open briefs can be the worst for causing creative block. Try to distance yourself from the project; take a break and come back to it with a clear head.

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