12 Steps to Overcome Spiritual Depression (or the Dark Night of the Soul)

Does life suddenly feel meaningless and empty? Do you feel hopeless about the future? Are you low on energy, and don’t feel like doing anything? Then you may be in what many refer to as the dark night of the soul, which is a period where everything feels hopeless and meaningless. I’ve gone through something similar. In this article, you’ll discover how I got through that time, and how I managed to turn it into a positive experience. What I…

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When You Feel Like Nothing is Happening

There are times when I feel like nothing is happening. I don’t feel inspired to do much. I don’t feel like writing. I don’t have ideas for books. I don’t know what to do, or what’s coming. Sometimes it even feels like my life is falling apart. However, deep down, I know that something is building up. It always is. Just because I feel like nothing is happening doesn’t make it so. Life is constantly changing. There is always something bubbling beneath the seemingly…

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Why Life Doesn’t Turn Out the Way You Want

“It is the great north wind that made the vikings.” – Scandinavian Proverb Have you noticed that your life doesn’t always turn out the way you want? In fact, more often than not, you don’t get what you want. Or.. You don’t get what you think you want. This is a good thing. It’s life nudging you in the right direction. It’s life showing you where you need to grow, and what you need to release, to become the person…

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A Guide to Dealing with the Dark Side of Personal Growth

If you meditate, or do any kind of effective personal growth work, you may eventually run into some sticky territory. Namely, you’ll have to face the darkness within you. Personal development is not just about positivity and utopia. Eventually, if you’re doing the work, you will have to embrace the things you’ve been avoiding. It is only by traveling through this “darkness” that you find peace and equanimity. I’ve written about going through depression and my own dark night of the…

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When You’re Afraid of Putting Yourself Out There

Have you ever avoided taking action because you were afraid of putting yourself out there? The tension between wanting to hide and wanting to succeed is a feeling I know all too well. But I also know that if I want to do work I love, I have to go out there and actually do something. I can’t let other people, or my fears, control my life. Yes, you may face negativity when you start a business, write, or whatever it is…

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Forget Finding Your Passion and Purpose (Read This If You’re Stuck)

Trouble finding your passion or purpose? Stuck? Or just plain confused? If so, you need to stop trying to find the perfect passion or purpose. If you’ve been trying, and you’re stuck, it’s time to try something else. It’s time to discover what works for you. What Am I Talking About? I wrote a book called Find Your Passion: 25 Questions You Must Ask Yourself. Am I now saying that what I wrote is useless? No. For many, answering the questions in…

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A Systematic Way to Stop Worrying

Do you let worry stop you from pursuing your dreams? Worry held me back for a long time. Deep down, I wanted to follow my heart, my interests, but I was held back by the thoughts dancing in my head. It was like an unstoppable virus. But eventually I found the antidote. I found the answer. In this piece, I share what I’ve discovered. Let’s start by making sure we’re on the same page. What is Worry? Worry is a…

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When You Feel Like You Have No Direction in Life

Do you feel lost? No purpose? No passion? No idea where to go? This may surprise you, but here’s what I’ve discovered: You don’t need to have a direction, purpose, or passion, to fully enjoy life. You can dance in uncertainty and let life live itself through you. These are not just empty words. I know uncertainty, fear, and worry. I know confusion. I’ve been in the deepest darkness, and I’ve found my way to the light. So let’s dive into…

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5 Steps to Handling Life When Things Get Rough

Do you secretly ache for something more? Do you celebrate the miracle that is your life or are you constantly running, frustrated by the never-ending to-do list at home and at work? When life is not going our way, it can be hard to look on the bright side. And what about the people who tell you “It’s all good” when your life is in a state of overwhelm, collapse, or just plain sucks. What’s good about it? The key is to realize…

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3 Deceptively Simple Ways to Overcome Your Fears

What are you scared of? Oh, don’t shake your head and say, “Nothing!” We are all scared of something – it could be fear of something real like mice and cockroaches or fear of the possibility of something going wrong – like feeling humiliated while addressing a crowd.  In this article, you will be taken through a three step process of understanding why you are scared of something, what to do about it and finally how to overcome it. 1. It’s…

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How to Choose Between Two Passions or Business Ideas

Do you have a tough time making a choice? Worried that you’ll make the wrong one? You’re not alone. This is common and to be expected. That said, it doesn’t have to be the norm. You don’t have to drive yourself insane over the choices in your life. For the longest time, I had trouble making decisions. I wasn’t sure how to move forward. Time and time again, I ended up drowning myself with information. I searched for certainty, but never seemed…

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Want to win at life? Start doing this right now!

You want to motivate your child to do well in his/her 12th standard exams. How do you think you should do it? Should you tell your child how difficult life will be without a good education, or how great things can be with a good education? Many parents (and bosses and teachers and people in general), tend to take the first approach, but here is research that says that the first method might actually be more effective. Did you just…

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5 Ways To Beat Procrastination Like A Boss

I have so much to do! I have emails to answer, lectures to prepare, and clients’ problems to solve and on top of all this a big presentation at work! You know what the worst part is? People assume I am magically immune to procrastination, just because I am a psychologist. But hey, I’m still a person and at times I get overwhelmed, or plain bored with all the work I need to do. But the difference between me and…

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The Introvert’s Guide To Public Speaking

So, there’s this project at work you’ve been working really hard on. Your boss loves the idea and everything is going great until s/he tells you to present the idea to the whole team tomorrow. You’ve created the slides and proofread them twice, but every time you think of the presentation, your head feels light and you get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. What are you afraid of? That you’re a quiet, reserved person and not…

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A Psychologist Reveals How Your Mind Tricks You Every Day

I was once asked if I liked what I wrote. I said I have different phases, I like my writing in some phases and don’t like my writing in some phases. Huh? Let me explain. I’m working on this children’s book, a series of short stories for children. In the beginning, as I was writing the first few stories, I was mentally rehearsing my Booker Award Speech, and I was all like, “Wow, this is going to be SO great!”…

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5 Beliefs That Make High Performance Individuals Achieve More Than the Rest

Image Credit: Twenty20.com Many people believe that high performance people such as Michael Jordan, Elon Musk and Michael Phelps are just blessed with superior genetics. But that simply is not true. The fact is, these individuals have beliefs that they picked up somewhere in their lives that made them the high performance individuals that they are. A high performer has the ability to achieve much more success and growth than an “ordinary” person. They are individuals who tend to become…

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