You Have Dreams. Now is the Time To Go for It!

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Do it. That thing you always wanted to do. Get started. Now. This is the time to finally do it.

If you don't do it now, you may never do it. Ever. "Someday" isn't a day of the week. If it's going to happen, you NEED to start today. 

If you want to write, write. Be a writer. You can't be a writer unless you write (duh). It's simply common sense. You can do it. 

Let go. Let the words flow. You can silence the nay-saying voices that say otherwise. 

If they tell you that you can't, I'm telling you that you can. You have everything inside of you to create a masterpiece. The hardest thing sometimes is getting started. 

Let your heart out. Let your voice sing. Write about what YOU want. This is your space to be selfish. It could be about YOU, YOUR ideas, YOUR beliefs, or anything entirely different. (Pretty much whatever you feel like.) Tell me your vision of the world and what it could be. 

Put the pen to paper. Don't worry about typos or editing (for now), that can all be taken care of later.

Tell me and I'll listen. Write it out and the whole world will listen. 

This is what you've wanted to do for a while. The urge is inside waiting to erupt.

I you don't want to write, produce your passion. If you want to be a teacher, don't wait. If you want to start a business, start planning today. Be bold and go for it.

The best gift you can give the world is being the you that you deeply dare of being.

Roderick Conwi writes at about lifestyle development. To get helpful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

NN's Best Notes of 2014

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Hello friends!

As 2014 comes to a close, I’d like to share with you the best notes of the year. All of these notes came straight from my heart and others found these to be very valuable. My goal has always been to provide insights that help people in their daily lives (and even more so in 2015!).

Until then, here are the notes that people found the most insightful, interesting, and valuable:

5 Career Tips I wish I Knew at 21
This is my way of sharing with you the best career advice I’ve learned over the years.

7 Strategies to Raise Happy Kids
As a parent of young kids, I always wondered how to raise my kids to be happy. So I did some research and here is what I found. (Those of you who are parents or planning to be parents will find this insightful.)

5 Reasons Why Laughter is Good for You
As an adult, I sometimes take things too seriously. This is my way of reminding myself and others like me that it’s okay to laugh; it’s good for you. :)

27 Life Lessons I’ve Learned Up Until Now
From my birth to now, I’ve had plenty of valuable life experiences. This note shares with you the lessons I’ve gained (sometimes the hard way) up until now.

8 Great Habits for Both Work and Life
At first, these habits may seem common sense, but you’ll be surprised how many people don’t practice them consistently. These habits were part of a business training that benefited myself and others. They will benefit you too.

103 Quotes for Everyday Motivation
I like quotes and so do a lot of people I know. As a gift to you, here is an e-book packed with motivational quotes.

Fear Can’t Be Eliminated; It Must Be Managed. Here’s How to Do it.
Fear keeps a lot of people I know from living the life they dream of. It’s always a factor, but it can be minimized. Here’s how you can keep fear to a minimum.

How to Thrive in the 21st Century Workforce

This is not about software or coding, it’s about the skills we all need in the ever-changing economy. Practicing these skills will keep you competitive in our evolving workforce.

How to Combat Procrastination in 6 Simple Steps
Procrastination is a demon I’ve faced since 6th grade. It has been a hurdle for me to overcome. Here’s the best way I’ve found to combat procrastination.

Tired? This is Why Rest is Imperatively Important

Hard work is important, so is rest. There are so many benefits; it’s good to remind yourself to take a break.

Happy New Year! Cheers to a GREAT Year!


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To Be or Not To Be, This List is Arguably More Important than To-Do Lists

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To-Do Lists are pretty much everywhere you look nowadays. People have them for work, home, and other tasks that they need to get done (I wouldn't be surprised if some people out there have a "list of lists).

If you took a look at the Apple App Store, there are an overwhelming amount of productivity/To-Do List apps (3,180 at the time of this posting). There is definitely a demand for people to organize their tasks and responsibilities.

While it's good that we as a society are mindful of what we do (and need/want to do), it's more important to be mindful of who we are.

As crazy as it sounds, it makes sense for us to create "To-Be Lists."

Here's why.

"To be" is an intended state of being.It's the characteristic you choose to embody and practice. For example, if you intend "to be helpful," and commit to being helpful, then you inevitably do helpful things. Helpful people can't help but do things that are helpful. They think and act out of helpfulness because they are being helpful.

That's why focusing on being is more important than focusing on the doing.

Here's my example:

Knowing that I'm going to have a busy day filled with paperwork and deadlines, here's my To-Be List:

      To-Be List
  • Be Efficient
  • Be Courageous
  • Be Patient

Throughout the day, I need to be efficient with both my time and my effort. Being efficient increases my productivity and makes me more effective. Along with that, I need to be courageous to tackle the challenges and obstacles that I face on a daily basis, especially when they are overwhelming. On top of that, I need patience in my life to balance everything out. I need to be patient when dealing with people who are being difficult or when I want progress to happen, but I know sometimes it won't happen instantly. Patience helps me stay calm and be focused in the moment I'm in.

Being mindful of who you are being helps you be the best version of you. Plus, it propels you towards the person you deeply wish to be.

Roderick Conwi writes at about lifestyle development. To get helpful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

The Simple (Sometimes Easy) Way of Getting What You Want

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Not too long ago, a former supervisor of mine (Hi Brock!) shared with me one of the most powerful pieces of advice he'd ever been given. His adviser in college told him, "If you want a cookie, you have to ask for the cookie."

The concept behind that is simple: if you want something, you are more likely to get it if you ask.

Sometimes you'll get it; sometimes you won't, but you'll never know until you ask.

Not asking keeps your wants, dreams, and desires hidden inside. Who knows, the person you've been wanting to ask something might have a "yes" already waiting for you (and wondering why you haven't asked yet).

At work, asking helps clarify to your colleagues what your expectations are. If you want a promotion, ask your boss if there are any positions open. That way you know if there are any and your boss knows that you're looking to grow. Your boss isn't a mind reader. If you want a raise, make it clearly communicated by asking for one. If you want to have some days off for yourself, by all means, ask. It may seem intimidating at times, but how else is your boss going to know that you want/need time off.

In relationships, asking creates communication and clarity between partners. If you want to go on a date, resolve an issue, or just talk, it helps to ask. At the very least, asking gets the ball rolling.

If you're not in a relationship, asking is a powerful practice to help you get in one (if that's what you want; there's nothing wrong with being single). If there's someone you're interested, ask her/him to go on a date/hang out/get coffee/grab lunch/get dinner/watch a movie/etc. Any of those is enough to give you a good start.

I know that asking takes courage. You risk being told, "No," which many people associate with disappointment and failure. Many times asking requires you to go through the nervousness and fear.

I can tell you from my personal experiences that it is definitely challenging to muster up the courage to ask. There are times when it is hard and plenty of times when it seems much harder. There will be times you'll be told, "No," and it brings down your mood. How I get over it is to just keep on going. By practicing, I get better at keeping up my momentum whenever people tell me, "No," when I ask. Practicing is empowering.

Even if you think you have a long shot of getting a "Yes" from people, you might be surprised. The last time I went to go get sushi, I asked for a discount before I paid the bill and I got it. (I was surprised myself.) I just asked, not knowing whether or not I'd get it, but it worked. The same thing happened when I went to buy a ham last week. Asking takes a little courage, but it definitely helps develop character.

In everyday life, the act of asking opens limitless possibilities. Asking opens doors. It starts conversations. This simple act will help you if you practice it consistently.

Is there something lingering inside that you've been wanting to ask someone? Go for it!

After all, you will never know until you ask.

Roderick Conwi writes at about lifestyle development. To get helpful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.