Archive | July 2013

Surround yourself with the right people


I have written about this topic earlier, but due to changes taking place in my life, I came to recognize once again how important it is to surround yourself with the right people.

“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” (Jim Rohn)

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher!” (Oprah Winfrey)

What kind of people you spend most of your time with? Are they supporting you and your dreams, or are they pulling you back to the past where you no longer want to be? Are they motivating you or are they constantly questioning your desires?

I know it can be very hard to go against family members or good old ‘friends’, but if you want to be happy, you have to let go of some people. Sometimes it is the hardest thing in life to go in the opposite direction. To do the opposite of what your family or friends want you to do. You know what they expect you to do, but you know that it is not what you want. You want to live your dreams, but at the same time you don’t want to hurt them. It can be a real struggle.

I say, dare to follow your dreams! Eventually you are going to be happy, and sooner or later your family and old friends will be happy for you too! They will see you are thriving.

What is more important, once you open yourself up to meet people with similar interests and motivation to yours, then they are going to flow into your life. You just have to start somewhere. Take the first step towards your dreams. Just take the first step, and follow the next step. And so on.

You will meet positive and inspiring people. You will make new friends who are going to support you. You will surround yourself with the right people, and this will motivate you to live the life you want to live and to follow all your dreams!


Surround yourself with the right people!


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The “S” Factor or Finding the Keys to Success


What do you think the “S” factor is?

What is the key to success? Yes, I’ve been wondering what is the key to success. What makes people successful? What is their secret?

Is there something special in these people, like an “S” factor? There is no secret, but there are some factors necessary for success.

We can learn these from the already famous and successful, but by success, I don’t mean becoming a world famous actor, singer, football player, whatever – I mean success on a personal level that will allow you to live the life you want and be satisfied with your achievements.

However, we can all imagine we are entering a talent show where they are looking for the “S” factor. What is it? What do you need to improve in yourself in order to win the game?

I came up with a list. Here is my 7 keys to success:

1. Talent 

You need to be talented in something. Now don’t say you don’t have any talents! Everyone has. Maybe in school you were not considered as one of those talented students, but all that should not define you. Education often makes a mistake by not recognising or not encouraging certain talents. You should be aware of what talents you have, and be brave enough to show it to the world. It is never too late!

2. Passion

If you pursue your talents, then it is not difficult to be passionate about them. If you know you are good at something and you love doing it, then passion comes with it. Don’t let it slip out of your hands and deliberately stay true to your passions in life!

3. Hard work

Success is not for lazy people. The bad news is that hard work is inevitable. Whoever achieved something great, they have all put an immense effort in whatever they were doing. The average person usually sees only the shiny-glittery surface in successful people’s lives, but they don’t consider how much hard work there is in the background.

4. Motivation

If you do something you love, then this power should be sufficient to keep you motivated day by day. However, the hardships of life may discourage you at times from what you are doing, and that is when it is the most important to see the big picture and refocus your motivation.

5. Luck

The concept of luck is hard to grasp. They say ‘luck’ is when hard work meets opportunity. It means you have to put in some (or lots of) efforts first, then your ‘luck’ may find you.

6. Belief

If you have wholeheartedly followed all the above points in your pursuit of success, then I am sure you have belief in what you are doing. Belief is important when you are facing difficulties, and it is necessary when you don’t yet see the manifestation of your dreams. You have to believe it first to see it.

7. Persistence

Finally, you need to be persistent in making efforts while you are following your dreams. Even if you have worked hard with belief and passion, you might fail once, twice or several times on your way to success. Never let it discourage you!

The following encouraging poster will show you that even the biggest had failed, but they never gave up! You shouldn’t either!

The "S" Factor or Finding the Keys to Success



“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.” (Thomas Edison)


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Who is the real You?


Sometimes in life we get so used to certain emotions and behaviours that we identify ourselves with these patterns. Our life is made up of habits, no wonder we can easily get used to some behaviours that are not necessarily beneficial to us, to our real selves.

Everyone had, for example in their childhood, certain patterns that they used in order to cope with the world or to get attention from their parents. While some children choose to be naughty, others may be full of anxiety when it comes to getting attention. Teenagers often get involved in dangerous activities to show off their newly discovered self, but others may go through stages of depression.

I believe these coping mechanisms stay with us in our adulthood, and we use the same patterns when we are faced with a problem. We may become full of fears before we make an important decision. We may be nervous when we try something new. We may turn to heavy drinking when we have a relationship issue.

Whatever the problem, we often return to these familiar behaviours, but is it really our true self?

Is it any good or beneficial? Clearly, it is not! Afterall, who wants to sit at home with depression or full of fears? We are tempted to think that it is our real self, because these behaviours seem to be a very comfortable solution when we try to escape from a situation we don’t like.

As a kid, you don’t realise that fears are often not real, but as adults, we should be able to realise that fear means only a lack of love and trust that Life is supposed to be good for you.

Life is supposed to be good, therefore there is no room for fears, worrying or self-destructive habits in it.

Don’t identify yourself with your familiar patterns. It is not the real You!

Remember the times when you felt successful, when you felt happy, when you were thriving! That’s the real You! If you don’t feel happy right now, try to change your situation and aim to achieve happiness again while being grateful for all that you already have!



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What if problems were blessings in disguise?


What if we could look at our problems as gifts?

What if problems were not problems, but opportunities to grow?

What if we could think that problems were blessings in disguise?

What if we could think that each problem in our life has the potential to lead us to a better place and bring us more happiness?

What if we could be grateful that problems enable us to grow and become more?

What if we could face our problems as challenges? Like homework in school – you sit down at home and you do your homework. Similarly, you think of your “problem”, and try to make the best of it.

What if losing a job meant that you will be given better opportunities, so there is no need to cry, complain and keep yourself on a low vibrational level?

What if losing a lover meant that you will have a better one in the future?

What if we could change our perspective, forget all our fears and worries, and just trust the Universe/God that everything will work out fine for us?

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” Oscar Wilde


Declutter your home, improve your life!


Recently, I’ve been wondering how much our living environment affects our life, our happiness, our energy levels, our success, our health, etc. Well, it does! There is even a science that deals with this called feng shui! It is interesting stuff, however, I don’t want to go into details here, as I am not an expert; and I only want to share some very simple thoughts that are just common sense.

I always loved home decor and design, planning a perfect living environment. I know not everyone can afford to have the perfect house, but you can still make the best of what you have.

I also like those makeover TV shows where they help people revamp their homes. It is not only about bringing in a nice new design and a modern look, but also about getting rid of the old and probably a lot of clutter that doesn’t serve those people anymore. A makeover like this can really change people’s lives, as by themselves they might never had decluttered their house.

Now I am getting to my point, which is about keeping your environment tidy and clutter-free. It is more important than we think. If you have too much stuff all over the place in your house, it is taking the energy away from those things in your life that are really important. Simplicity is the key!

Why do you keep stuff you no longer use? It’s okay to keep things for a while just in case, but what about the stuff we do not use for 10/20/30 years?? Get rid of the clothes you are no longer wearing, get rid of the old gadgets that are no longer working, donate your old furniture you no longer want in your house.



Your environment is reflecting your inner reality and whatever problems you might be facing in life. Therefore, it is better to live in a clean, tidy and purposeful environment.

Let’s imagine an exercise when we visit the houses of some random people and we look at their living area. Take a few notes on how their home looks inside. Is it cluttered, is it tidy? Is it modern, is it minimalistic? Is it old school, is it fresh? As you answer these questions, you will probably find the same patterns in those people’s lives.

And now, you can look around in your own home to see what is serving you well and what needs to be changed. It might seem overwhelming to start a major decluttering, but you can do it step by step.  It is going to be worth it!

Be brave, get rid of the old and make space for the new!

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