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How To Tap Into Your Passion

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Late to Bed,
Early to Rise,
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What gets you so excited you can’t wait to begin working on it today?

Think about it while you read the rest of this post.

A few decades ago, I got married. It was barely two weeks later that my wife and I had our first serious argument.

The reason?

I kept my computer turned on, working late into the night, while she wanted to sleep… and couldn’t stand the disturbance of a flickering monitor screen!

Many years later, we’re still married and occasionally argue about things. The most frequent cause remains the same…

I still work late into the night on my interests!

What makes it worth doing for so many years? Through many acrimonious fights? At much personal hardship?

In a word –

PASSION

I love writing. I love the thought of my words touching many lives. I love that the profit from my labors helps little children live.

Because I love this so much, I’m up early in the morning, eager to write and stay awake late into the night, grabbing every opportunity to write.

Passion won through and this article you’re reading came about!

Your passion may be different.

Indeed, it would be rare to find two people who share exactly the same passions. But the reality is that everyone is passionate about something.

You probably are already aware of the things you’re passionate about. Or maybe you haven’t yet discovered it. When you identify your passion and align it with whatever you’re doing, a magical synergy happens that will effortlessly carry you to rarefied heights.

  • Work becomes joyous and pleasurable.
  • Hours fly by, unnoticed.
  • Tiredness and fatigue take the backseat as you power your way to greater achievements.

Yes, working on something you have passion for can be very rewarding.

So how do you tap into this powerhouse of energy lying dormant inside you and harness it to your business and career?

It may happen quite by accident and you’re lucky if it does. However, you can also approach your “passion research” as a structured process. I’m going to share that method with you here.

How To Identify Your Real Passion?

Everybody – including YOU – has something they love. Something they know very well and enjoy doing. Something that’s a hobby or a favorite pursuit.

  • Maybe it’s a technical skill like computer programming.
  • Maybe it’s an emotional issue like raising children with special needs.
  • Maybe it’s a day-to-day activity like cooking or gardening.
  • Maybe it’s something esoteric and exotic like searching for signs of alien intelligence.
  • Or a hobby like traveling, knitting, racing or yachting.

Regardless of what, you are passionate about something.

The good news, as an online business owner and entrepreneur, is that you can build an information empire around any topic or issue that you enjoy and love, that you like reading, talking and writing about.

You don’t have to be an expert. You don’t even have to know much about your topic. You just have to be enthusiastic about it.

Once you identify such a topic, your passion conveys itself to your audience. It sucks them into your vortex, gets them involved, and converts them into your loyal fans. In time, this audience will evolve into a community with a spirit and ethos of its own – that revolves around your passion.

So, let’s begin the exploratory adventure of finding your real passions.

Ready? Great. Let’s go.

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Your Brain Dump Exercise

Before beginning, I want you to repeat this sentence out loud – three times:

“Everything that happened in my life is worth money.”

Now go on and say it out loud.

Three times.

Done?

Do you believe it?

Well, you soon will!

Make sure you will not be disturbed for a reasonable length of time (maybe 30 minutes, or an hour). Sit down with a few sheets of paper and a pencil or pen.

On the first sheet of paper, make a list of your most important experiences, memories and skills. Start from early childhood and follow the events of your life sequentially.

  • What have you done?
  • What successes and failures did you experience?
  • Which ones taught you valuable lessons?

Anything that made an impact on your life could potentially be the one which hides your true passion within it.

For example, let’s say you watched a film star smoking cigarettes, and it led you to take up smoking as a teenager, until today you’re a chain smoker with bad lungs.

Would that make you want to stop this happening to other kids? Would you care enough to tell adults who smoke in front of children to do things differently? Maybe. If you felt particularly strong emotions about your current health, you may even be passionate about this mission.

So make your list.

Add everything to it that you remember as significant life events. In school and college, or later at a job or career. In your family, your community, and in society. As a son or daughter, a sibling, a parent, a grand-parent.

To make it easier to bring these to memory, you can break down your past experience by decade. For each phase in your life, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What do you consider your best skills, talents and learning experiences?
  • What specific things did you learn and become expert at?
  • What were your greatest failures that you later learned to overcome?
  • What are the lessons that you now consider most precious?

These questions are designed to get your brain charged and to jump-start your thinking. As you pick up steam, you’ll find your list growing bigger, faster.

Take as long as you need to make your list. Then, when you’re finished, go through each item and ask yourself these 5 questions:

1. Does this topic interest and excite you?
2. Can you create useful content about this topic?
3. Do you know a lot about this topic?
4. Are you eager to share your knowledge and experience with others?
5. By sharing this, will you help many people?

At the end of this short, simple exercise, you’ll have a very short list – maybe only one thing remains on it. And it will be what you are passionate about!

It will be something you’ll wake up with the lark (early in the morning) for and that you’ll stay awake with the owl (late into the night) with… because you love doing it, reading, talking and writing about it, sharing it with the world.

When you find a way to tie that in with your business, you’ll enjoy everything you do along your entrepreneurial journey… for a long, long time to come.

But this doesn’t mean you can simply rush out and launch a business around your passion. There’s one more step to take before making that decision, and we’ll address it in another report soon.

What do you think about linking passion to your business and entrepreneur ventures? Share your thoughts and feedback about the “passion research” process in the comments below.

Oh, and I almost forgot. Download and read my ‘Passion Manifesto’ on ChangeThis.com – click here.

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How To Be The Expert

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Everyone wants to be an expert.

Nothing wrong with that.

The problem is that many want to become an expert overnight!

Now that may be possible in very narrowly defined niches, but even there the desirability of such ‘expertise’ is in question.

We all know and respect experts as having had long, immersive and intense knowledge and experience with a particular subject or skill. Indeed that’s the reason we look up to them.

Lately I’ve been noticing a flurry to create the impression of being an expert – by writing a book, by building a brand, by giving talks and presentations – which is hard to understand or explain.

True, the authority symbols of being a published author or keynote speaker or syndicated columnist are helpful in enhancing the expert status you attain – but on their own, these things don’t make you an expert.

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes before you can appear on your stage wearing ‘expert status’ as the crown on your head.

Let’s talk about it.

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5 Forces That Drive You To Succeed

The Drive To Succeed

“Every dream will be challenged!”

These powerful words from a mentor of mine have been burned in fire into my memory.

Rarely, a dream or goal comes true easily and effortlessly, without delays, problems or hurdles. More often, though, you have to overcome many obstacles and suffer some pain before achieving any meaningful target.

And the bigger your dreams, the tougher your challenge, the more ambitious your goals, the more likely it is that you will face difficulties on your way towards it.

When this happens, what will you do?

Will you just give up?

Or will you persist and struggle and succeed?

A lot of that depends upon your attitude and experience – how badly you want to succeed. Some of it depends upon your skills and network. And a tiny bit depends upon luck or chance.

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How To Focus Your Mind

How To Focus Your Mind

Simple Secrets To Stay Focused

You’re here because you want to learn how to focus your mind.

Minds, like worn out mirrors, can lose their focus. Have you ever conversed with a person who cannot concentrate on any particular topic of discussion for more than a minute? People whose minds are here and there, switching and shifting with time?

That person may be a beloved family member, a marriage partner, a darling friend… or maybe even yourself.

Inability to focus the mind is quite bothersome. It hampers your ability to listen and understand the feelings of others. It impairs your ability to follow instructions in the workplace. And it diminishes your ability to solve problems and leaves you struggling to finish important tasks.

Have you thought of how to focus your mind?

Has it bothered you that your hazy, cluttered, overdriven mind needs some salve to turn it back into the razor-sharp, laser focused machine it can be?

You need to slow things down, concentrate upon one thought at a time, focus better and improve your memory. With a focused mind, you will gain an advanced perspective of your life, think clearly and with lucidity, and become more creative and effective.

Here are some important tips on how to focus your mind.

If you have always relaxed your body, taking breaks from tedious duties and exercises, you should now practice the same with your mind.

The mind also gets weakened by incessant stress and continuous trains of thought. Whether it is continuous reading, office work, just typing, or any form of constant activity, you should take breaks and rest your mind.

Sit in a calm place and become consciously aware of your immediate state of mind. While it is impossible to bring all thought processes to a halt, you can slow things down, as you witness and study your thought patterns.

Trying desperately to stop thinking about something will only throw your mind into the state of becoming anxious about how to do this. Instead, just withdraw your active involvement in your thoughts. Step back from them and perceive your mind as becoming one blank canvas or a dark sky from which thoughts can get in and out without sticking.

Your brain will experience a perceptible reduction in stress, and you’ll notice a slowing down of your thoughts.

When withdrawing from your thoughts proves difficult, try counting your heart beat. Heart beat counting has been practiced even by great meditation experts as a way of discovering inner peace.

You must learn how to focus your mind on your own heart beats for a while, and resist any temptation to switch over to other activities. Some people concentrate better when they focus on objects such as the tip of a pen or the flame of a burning candle. Whatever object you use, make sure that your mind can remain fixed on it for long enough.

 


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Ensure that your focus is active.

Never allow your mind to pay only superficial attention to the immediate task. If it wanders off, repeat the task from the beginning. When you focus on an object or task for long without breaking concentration, your mind gets trained to remain still. This allows you to effectively finish obligatory tasks.

However, the mind will not remain still if your body keeps on moving. It is not uncommon for people to show lack of concentration during big events or when major issues are looming in their lives. In movie theaters and in classrooms, they keep moving their body, or wriggling on the seat, sniffing and sighing, moving their head or limbs restlessly. A tranquil body posture helps achieve a tranquil mental state.

As you learn how to focus your mind, make sure that you find a comfortable position from where your body can remain still for longer.

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Then, you can conveniently concentrate on the task, removing your attention from physical distractions. In a comfortable body position you will fidget less and find mental exertion easy.

But your mind will not concentrate easily if you subject it to boring tasks. Take up familiar and interesting hobbies, or find new hobbies that are challenging but motivating. If the chore is dull, concentrate on only the parts that are most exciting.

Opening your mind to new challenges is part of your progress in learning how to focus your mind.

Like your body, which benefits greatly from stamina, strength and flexibility training from physical routines, your mind also will need fresh challenges and departures from routine to become stronger and more focused.

Try to look at familiar objects creatively, from new angles. Read new magazines and listen to unconventional genres of music. Use these tips to learn how to focus your mind and to ignite the fire of your mind in every aspect of life with your improved memory and concentration.

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Focus Training

The Effective Way To Higher Productivity & Greater Focus

Wondering how you can improve your concentration with some focus training strategies?

Here are two very effective focus training techniques you can utilize to help you concentrate better. While there are many questions around how to focus your mind, the answer is often simple – train your mind correctly.

Just as your train your body for endurance so that you can run, climb, play or swim, the mind needs training to maintain focus as you engage in important mental activities.

You should be able to maintain undivided focus during an activity session. When your focus scatters due to tiredness, anxiety or panic, you will under-perform in your tasks.

So how to focus your mind?

It isn’t rocket science. There are simple strategies you could use to narrow your focus down to the task at hand. One is an approach of maintaining your focus all through the project, while the other is a focus drill you can practice while training or actually working on the important parts.

Focus Training Technique #1 : Pin-pointing your focus

To ensure a high success rate at any activity, you must master the trick of how to focus your mind. To maintain focus, you need to first be able to concentrate on one thing (or a narrow set of things) at any given time.

The focus training strategy called pin-pointing allows you to hone your focus even before you start working, and helps you maintain it all through your task. It is simple to learn and practice. All you have to do is quiet your mind before starting work.

All you need to do is follow these simple instructions:

  • Stand or sit with your shoulders thrown back.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Place your fingertips together. Let this touch be light.
  • Relax your body, especially your arm and dominant hand.
  • Take deep belly breaths, ideally three inhalations and exhalations.
  • Inhale through your nose.
  • Count slowly to five.
  • Exhale through your mouth. Take your time doing this, counting all the while to to 10.
  • You will feel a rush of relaxation. Absorb this relaxed feeling, let it seep through you.
  • Then shut everything else out and narrow your focus to your finger-tips.

As you concentrate, you are sure to feel thermal energy moving through your fingertips. This kind of deep connection between you and your sub-conscious will solve your problem on how to focus your mind.

Focus on this energy exchange for about two minutes and if your attention wanders, just redirect your mind back to your fingertips and your senses will once again become quiet as your focus narrows.

Then, open your eyes and start working. Following the above simple instruction will enable you master all the focus you need to get your work done.

 


Have You Read ‘Knife At A Gunfight’ Yet?

I’m enjoying improved focus and concentration, achieving far more than before – all through putting this powerful system to work. You can do it too.

If you want better concentration, this book will transform your life and make you more productive.

Click to Order from Amazon

After reading ‘Knife At A Gunfight’, you’ll enjoy:

  • lesser stress and frustration
  • fewer distractions and interruptions
  • greater achievement and accomplishment
  • higher profitability and better results
  • deeper satisfaction and greater fulfilment

Learn more and get your copy from here – click now

 

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Focus Training Technique #2 : The Focus Drill

This focus training strategy reveals how to fix your mind on a single aspect during your work. You could focus on your hand movements, or on the words you read or write. This means placing your undivided attention on the details of your hand placement or the position of the words.

The idea is to optimize your movements or actions while focusing your mind. Note how your body moves or how you feel as you work. You can also focus on other areas such as balance and feet movement but this should be done with care. You don’t want to scatter your mind and divide your focus by trying to fix it on too many things at once.

Focusing your mind is not as simple as it may sound. Your concentration may easily shift to other tasks. If this happens, do not fret. Simply regroup your forces, and focus again on what you were trying to before.

Be conscious of your thoughts and actions at all times. This conscious exercise will go a long way in enabling you control your mind and direct it where you want.

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As you continue with this focus training drill, you could change gears from one task to another. For instance, if in one session you were writing an article, you could concentrate on reading a report during the next session. As the length of time you are able to focus on a single task or project increases, your mental endurance grows.

Soon, this process of orienting and directing your focus to what you’re doing will become second nature. You will unconsciously know how to focus your mind even through the hardest chores and complex projects.

An amazing new guide about how to focus will reveal more focus training techniques. Download “How to Focus” and discover how to beat procrastination, improve concentration and get things done.

Read “How to Focus” and discover the secret to beat distraction!
 

How To Focus – Stop Procrastinating
& Get Things Done
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Condensed into this short, crisp, tightly written guide are little known secrets guaranteed to save you at least 3 hours every day!

 

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