Live Life Forward

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Live forward. No matter what, keep moving forward in life.

It's alright if you progress slowly, like I always say, slow progress is better than no progress. If you succeed at a faster rate than you expected, that's all the better. Keep going.

If you fail, fail forward. Pick yourself up and learn from your mistakes. Use every experience to go and grow forward. Every challenge is an opportunity for growth. Every "mistake" is a life lesson. Every difficult experience has the potential to make your character stronger if you let it.

I'm not saying forget the past. The past is important because that's where we come from and that's what we learn from. We need to embrace the past to move forward, not dwell in it.

With every thought, think forward. Use each decision you make to help your life move forward.

With every action, act forward. Every action has the potential to create progress.

As you live your life forward, you indirectly empower others around you.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the proud parent of two silly boys. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Calm in the Calamity


No matter how chaotic life can get, it's important to keep your calm. Panic leads to erratic decisions that usually lead to undesirable outcomes.

Panic comes from fear. Fear is something that you can't avoid, but it's not something that you should let control you. There will always be some threat hanging above you (and sometimes it'll be more serious), but if you're in a situation where you can't help but feel fear, being as calm as you can is the first step in getting through that fear. The next step is choosing to overcome your fear and take action to do so.

Being as calm as you can helps you make the best possible decisions. You consider as much information as you can before you make your decision. The calmer you are, the more you strategize clearly. Most people will tell you that it's wise to think before you act. That's why keeping calm is so important.

Keeping calm in spite of all the calamity gives you a competitive advantage. While others panic, you are strategically thinking ahead. Ironically, your calmness can be your source of strength.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the proud parent of two silly boys. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

A 10-Second Task To Improve Your (and possibly other people's) Day


Currently, I'm digging into Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss, who is considered the guru of lifestyle design. It's a book compiled of interviews he's done for his podcast, and has lots of tips and insights from people who are considered to be top performers in their respective field. From what I've read so far, I'm enjoying it.

In one of the sections entitled "Three Tips from a Google Pioneer," Chade-Meng "Meng" Tan talks about a single exercise he does during his public talks that uplifts the entire mood of the audience. It only takes about 10 seconds to do. He tells his audience to think of two people in their lives and wish for them to be happy. That's it. They don't have to say or do anything after that. This "practicing loving-kindness" is that simple.


When I first read this, I was pretty skeptical. It sounded too cheesy to work. I didn't place much value on it. Then, I found myself thinking of two people to wish happiness upon each day since I read it (usually either in the morning walking to my car or in the afternoon walking from it). One at a time, I just visualized a person in my life and thought to myself, "I wish (insert name of person) to be happy." Surprisingly, I was in a better mood. I don't remember how long it lasted (I wasn't counting), but it was impactful enough for me to remember it.

Try it yourself. You just need to think of someone and think to yourself "I wish for this person to be happy." You don't need to put any more time or effort beyond that. It can be done any place at any time. It may bring a little bit of extra happiness to your life and the lives of others.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the proud parent of two silly boys. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Why Attitude is Everything


With every aspect of life, your attitude is the factor that makes all the difference. Take it from me, your attitude influences if you're successful or not, what you're successful in, and how much success you achieve.

Having a positive attitude leads to positive things happening in your life. Think about it. If you have a positive attitude, you'll think positive things, say positive things, and your actions will reflect that. People will react to you positively and you will draw positive people towards you. Your positive attitude will attract positivity, it's that simple.

Having a "can do" attitude gets you farther than people who think that they can't. With that attitude, challenges are seen as opportunities for personal growth, not an overwhelming obstacle. People who have a "can do" attitude take on tasks with energy and finish them more efficiently. People like working with people with a "can do" attitude and avoid people who have a "can't do" attitude.

Attitude is what makes the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. With a growth mindset, your intelligence is fluid and grows with your effort. You can learn to do anything with the right practice. With a fixed mindset, your intelligence is stuck at the level you think it is, like a self-fulfilling prophecy. It's much better to go through life with a growth mindset.

If you're going to go through life, might as well live it with a good attitude; it'll make all the difference.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the proud parent of two silly boys. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Life is Short and Meant To Be Lived


Life is short. If you really think about it, a lifetime really isn't that long. I've been a live for a little over three decades, and I've seen and experienced so much, but there' also so much that I've yet to experience.

I have a lot on my bucket list, and it still continues to grow. Some of the things I want to see are the aurora borealis, swim in the Great Barrier Reef, try various beers in their country of origin, and have a Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia.

I don't know how much time I have in this world, but I need to make the most of what I've been given.

As I've gotten older, it's been easier to go through my days on autopilot, which is efficient to a certain extent, but living on mental autopilot is like living like a zombie. Your day goes by in a blur. Your day becomes routine to the point where it's not just boring, but unsatisfying. Some days I feel my life heading in that direction, but every time I do, I have to push myself to not let myself get in that rut. Getting into that rut is dangerous. As easy as it is to fall into the rut, it's much easier to stay there.

That's why spending time with family and friends are so important. That's why having hobbies is so important. That's why it's important to do things that not only bring you happiness, but also fulfill your soul.

I've seen so many people who've spent most of their lives wasting their potential. It's heartbreaking. They may have had dreams at some point, but now they've vanished. They're just doing what they're used to doing every day. They've accepted mediocre. That's no way to live.

Life is meant to be enjoyed. It's meant to be experienced with your full attention. Your days aren't meant to be wasted. So stop "killing time" and try to enjoy every moment, even if it seems dull (there's usually a life lesson hidden in those moments).

Life is short, and if you're lucky enough to still be alive, you have today and the days ahead to truly live it.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the proud parent of two silly boys. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

What Are You Doing To Make the World a Better Place?


This is a question I ask myself practically every day: "What am I doing to make this world a better place?" I'm a self-reflective guy and with the current sociopolitical climate, it's something I spend some time meditating about.

I am a person living in this world, one in billions, but one nevertheless. I know that I am in control of my life, in control of every aspect of it, and have the ability to influence what's around me. If I'm going to spend some time on this planet, I might as well do something good with it.

The way I see it is, I need to make this world a better place. If not, then what's the point of being here.

How am I influencing the world? How are my thoughts making the world better? Am I approaching every day with negative or positive thoughts? Am I doing things that look virtuous on the outside, but with selfish intentions of looking good? As I think throughout the day, am I focused on things that matter? AmI getting distracted by foolish things? Am I living with a growth mindset?

How are the words I speak making the world a better place? Are what I say, write, and/or post empower others by building bridges, or am I burning them?

How are my actions making the world a better place? Am I helping people by helping make their lives better? Am I spreading love (in any shape or form) or am I letting ignorance continue?

As strong as I am as an individual, we are stronger together. You and I may be strong, but collectively, we are much stronger together.

What are we doing to make this world a better place? By your words, actions, and interactions, how are you helping others? Like Muhammad Ali once said, "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth."

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the proud parent of two silly boys. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.