Mindfulness is the practice of purposely bringing one’s attention to the present moment without judgment, a skill one develops through meditation or other training. The need to stay mindful and present can not be over-emphasized in our present age of always-on, tweet, sharing, and clicking world. We are busy doing nothing, running, chasing fame, the thrill and dopamine rush of vanity metrics such as likes, retweets, reshares, material things and we forget to stay in the moment, focus on the here and now. Mindfulness enables us to stay on the focused on what really matter.

Writing is a medium of human communication that involves the representation of a language with written symbols. Writing is a form of self-expression that can be used to express thought, ideas, musings, rants, entertain – you can either write what is worth reading or do what is worth writing about. Writers, write, bloggers blog and creatives create. The hardest part of any creative process like writing is starting: You do not need to be great to start but you have to start to be great.

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Self-Esteem is an individual’s subjective evaluation of your own worth. It is your overall opinion of yourself, how you feel about yourself, your abilities, and your limitations. Healthy self-esteem makes you feel good about yourself while low self-esteem leads to self-criticism, anxiety, and low self-confidence.

 Canadian–American psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden defined self-esteem in his book- The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem:

Self-esteem, fully realized, is the experience that we are appropriate to life and to the requirements of life. More specifically, self-esteem is:

1.   confidence in our ability to think, confidence in our ability to cope with the basic challenges of life; and

2.   confidence in our right to be successful and happy, the feeling of being worthy, deserving, entitled to assert our  needs and wants, achieve our values, and enjoy the fruits of our efforts.

Self-awareness is how individuals consciously know and understand their own character, feelings, motives, and desires. Self-awareness is the key to understanding yourself, your environment, and dealing with people around you. Know Thyself is one of the Delphic maxims and was the first of three maxims inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi .

Boundaries are limits and rules we set for things we are responsible for. We define who we are and who we are not. We can set boundaries for our time and energy, personal space, identity, possessions, culture, spirituality, ethics, values, marriage, thought process, etc. Our Boundaries or lack of boundaries are shaped by among other things our upbringing, caregivers, family dynamics, life experiences, personality type (Introvert or extrovert), life experiences, worldview, etc.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Mental Health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Multiple social, psychological, and biological factors determine the level of mental health of a person at any point of time. 

Endurance is the ability to withstand hardship or adversity without giving in. It is the measure of a person’s stamina or persistence. Endurance is from the late 15th-century French verb – endurer (To withstand, bear, endure). Life is a roller coaster ride of challenges with its twists and turns; The key is to endure the hard time and hope for a brighter future even when you are down. Embracing the tough times can be very hard, but endurance is the key to finishing the race of life.

As someone who has finished 10+ Marathons, having the end in mind, enduring the pain, and persevering is the key to finishing any race. We all start the year setting goals, resolutions, wishes, and aspirations; the key to achieving your goals by the end of the year requires perseverance, endurance, and trusting the process.

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Gratitude is a state of being thankful and grateful for what you have, a willingness to show appreciation for and return for a form of generosity. Gratitude is from the word “gratus” which means pleasing, thankful. One of the first things I try to do first thing in the morning is to fill a gratitude journal, stating the top 3-5 things am grateful for and I meditate about them. Giving gratitude, stating positive affirmations, and having a state of positive expectation for what you want from life.

Somedays are tougher than the other but giving gratitude daily is one of the keys to staying positive even in the trying times. A lot of our suffering and unhappiness stems from our focus on things we do not have and wanting our reality to always align with our expectations. The key to continuous joy is to give gratitude for what you have right now.

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 Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens in the early 3rd century BC. Stoicism teaches us to govern our lives from within, according to our own moral compass, rather than being pushed around by external forces and factors.

According to stoic teachings, as social beings, the path to eudaimonia (happiness, or blessedness) is found in accepting the moment as it presents itself, by not allowing oneself to be controlled by the desire for pleasure or by the fear of pain, by using one’s mind to understand the world and to do one’s part in nature’s plan, and by working together and treating others fairly and justly.

Self-Care is the conscious practice of taking care of yourself without the aid of medical professionals. It is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain. We could self-care in various ways, such as time management, financial self-care, setting healthy boundaries, emotional intelligence, taking a walk, reading a book, meditating, yoga, going to the gym, saying no, and walking away from toxic relationships, social media platforms, or people.

The World Health Organization defines Self-Care as:

Self-Care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure etc), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.) socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication.

Self-care is not the same thing as becoming selfish or being self-indulgent. It involves working on yourself, your mental health in order to have something to give. You can not give what you do not have, it is about recharging your internal battery and keeping yourself centered.

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Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. Intuition is a feeling we all have, but we fail to listen to it most of the time. It is the power of knowing; even though you do not know how and why you know, you know it. You can call it a hunch, gut feeling, sixth sense, inner knowing; no matter what you call it, we can all learn to trust our intuition/gut by listening to it more often. It is that voice that knows the answer before you even ask the question; it is that inner wisdom that guides and leads you to the right path. Your intuition is usually more important than your intellect because it knows best.

The late CEO of Apple Steve Jobs quipped in his 2008 Stanford University Commencement speech:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

We know our friends during adversity, and our friends know us during prosperity. No one leaves a problem-free life; life is a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, trials and tribulations, frowns and smiles, happiness and sadness, the yin and yang, crisis and opportunities. Adversity reveals a man to himself; although we don’t always want the tough times, it is the only way to grow; it might be through getting fired, losing a loved one, terminal illness diagnosis, divorce, failing an exam, etc.

The tough times in life have not come to stay but to help us build our character and learn the lesson the challenge has come to teach us. Do not let success get in to head and do not let failure get into your heart. This too shall pass, every wound shall heal and the sun would rise tomorrow.

We all have the same time, the poor or the rich, same 24 hours but what determines how successful we all become is the way we maximize our time. Productivity is how we efficiently use our time to maximize output. In his book, Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity, Author Charles Duhigg writes:

“Productivity is about recognizing choices that other people often overlook. It’s about making certain decisions in certain ways. The way we choose to see our own lives; the stories we tell ourselves, and the goals we push ourselves to spell out in detail; the culture we establish among teammates; the ways we frame our choices and manage the information in our lives. Productive people and companies force themselves to make choices most other people are content to ignore. Productivity emerges when people push themselves to think differently.”

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