How to Be Radically Authentic and Align With Your True Purpose

I’ve realized, over time, that authenticity is the first step to true spirituality.  Not only that but a key ingredient to true success in life. Why? Because we are only truly successful when we are doing something we LOVE, something we are truly aligned with. A truer purpose perhaps, and one that reflects your deepest passions and personality.

Yes, authenticity is being genuine, telling the truth and saying what you mean, but it also involves integrity in all areas of one’s life and the ability to be true to one’s REAL self.

What’s radical authenticity?

There are obvious situations in life where, in order to be honest and authentic requires a great deal of strength and courage in the midst of fear, especially when it involves the opinions of others.

So for me radical authenticity is actually stepping out of your comfort zone. It’s about standing for what you think, believe and feel, even when it’s inconvenient. Even when the thought of it gets you quaking with fear!

I don’t pretend that I’m there yet. Like most of us, I want to give in to my fears and take the easy route countless times in a day, to not speak the truth because you are afraid of what someone’s response might be or what they may think of you, say or do.

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” – Dalai Lama

The webs we weave

We ALL have wounds and distorted beliefs about our own selves. Authenticity is looking at ourselves with growing awareness & sorting through these ‘untruths’ that have held us back from being who we truly are.

When we take the time to strip this away, we get back in touch with the individual self we were ultimately created to be. Going there takes courage and perseverance and this is such a necessary step along the journey towards wholeness and true success.

The masks we wear

Once we start stripping back these layers – how we think we should behave, what everyone expects of us, what society expects of us – the masks we wear even to ourselves, then automatically we’ll start to see and feel who we really are.

We tend to define ourselves by these created parts of ourselves, the parts that are there to make us feel a bit more powerful and in control, or a bit more desirable, stronger, or whatever it is that we feel we’re missing within ourselves, so we hold onto them for dear life!

New Age circles talk about ‘finding your true self’, but I’ve found that if you go looking as if it’s something you need to ‘find’, all you’ll find is another type of mask.

Personally, I’ve found that as I’ve let go of some of the roles, the obligations, the pressures to be a certain way, the ways of being that make others more comfortable, or that feel safer and more acceptable somehow, that I automatically start to feel more of my real self.

“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” – W. Clement Stone

Are you a be-er or a do-er?

Particularly in the western world, we get so caught up in ‘doing’ and the myriad of roles we think we have to play. We’ve been taught that in order to be accepted and loved, we have to do things. So we don’t know how to just be. But in order to align to our true self and purpose, we actually have to learn how to let ourselves BE. Slow it down and create the space to be with yourself.

Aligning with true purpose

Asking ‘How well do I really know myself ?’ is a great question. We often assume that we do, but asking this with genuine curiosity can deliver surprising results. What are the reasons I’m doing what I’m currently doing with my time? Do I love what I’m doing? Does it make my heart sing? What would I be doing if I wasn’t afraid? What are my dearest values and what do I really believe in?

Purpose is a great word. It’s definition is actually the reason or meaning behind doing what we do, our intention behind it. So in order for something to be a TRUE purpose it needs to have meaning to us.

We need to really BELIEVE in it. And belief comes from the heart. If you are your authentic self you have no competition! I’m not all the way there yet, and I’m still a chronic ‘doer’, but feeling more and more of the real me feels wonderful, and requires a lot less energy!

I still occasionally ask myself the question: ‘How can I get more real & in truth with myself and move more towards living a life that is more in alignment with who I REALLY am?’ Are you prioritising your time with the things you really believe in and are aligned with?

What could you do today to get more into alignment with true purpose and make room for more of that in your life? Comment below!

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How to Take Control of Your Morning and Have Better Days

Mornings are important. If you want to go through the entire day and get things done, you need to start your morning with the right pace.

I believe there are days when you wake up late and everything just doesn’t seem to be “right”. You skip breakfast, get stuck in traffic, arrive late, and your boss looks at you in a stern way. You are hungry because you did not have breakfast, and there are piles of work waiting for you. It’s not difficult to imagine going through a hectic day just because you wrecked your morning.

Zig Ziglar once said, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” – and he is absolutely right. When you take care of your morning and set off for a great start, the rest of your day will take care of itself.

When you learn how to take control, you will have better days. Here are a few suggestions on what you can do to jumpstart a great and productive morning.

 

5 Ways To Take Control of Your Morning and Have Better Days

1.) Exercise and Move Your Body

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The best-selling book, “What Do The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” by Laura Vanderkam, states that one of the key activities most successful people do in the morning is exercise. In her book, she says that if successful people who are extremely busy make time to exercise, it must be something important to them. Hence, what’s YOUR excuse?

Many studies and research have proven that exercise is not only good for your health, but it also improves mood and boosts energy levels. When you move your body and sweat, you stretch your muscles, increase your heart rate, and oxygen intake. As a result, you will feel more energetic.

When you exercise, your brain produces hormones called endorphins. They interrupt the receptors in your brain that reduce perception of pain. They also trigger positive feelings in your body, making you feel happy and less stressful.

Make it a habit to exercise in the morning before you kick-start your day. You will have more energy and better focus afterwards.

 

2.) Nurture Your Body with Healthy Breakfast

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It’s true that most people are busy, especially those who live in big cities. However, this does not mean that you can skip your breakfast. Do you know the word “breakfast” actually means “break-the-fasting”?

Think about it: you have a good night’s sleep for seven or eight hours straight without taking any food. After you wake up, if you do not feed your body and continue to fast throughout the day, guess what will happen? You can feel tired, find it difficult to focus, and have the inability to accomplish work because you’re hungry.

So start your day strong by nourishing your body with nutrients. Breakfast primes your metabolism rate and defines the pace of your entire day. You can perform better when you’ve eaten a healthy meal. It can improve your mood, concentration, and your overall performance throughout the day.

Fruits, whole grains, and slow-release carbohydrates such as oatmeal, are great options. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, says that he has fruit salad and muesli for breakfast. Everyone wants to make the most of their mornings so it’s tempting to skip breakfast. But getting a nutritious and balanced meal is important to fuel your body and give you the right energy.

 

3.) Plan Your Day

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If you want to take control of your morning and live a better life, you must learn to plan. It is true that things may not always go your way, but having a plan is better than having no plan at all.

Clarity is power. When you know exactly what you need to do, you can jump into the task straight away without wasting time. Highly successful people understand that without a plan, they will simply react to whatever comes to them or requires their attention.

Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post, says that she uses her early mornings to set priorities for the day so she can handle things in a timely manner.

When you know what to do, you hold yourself accountable and on track. You understand priorities and know the most important thing that needs to get done. This helps a lot in making your entire day productive.

 

4.) Work on Your Most Important Task First

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For most people, mornings are moments when they have the highest willpower. That’s why this is the best time to tackle your most important work of the day.

Mark Twain once said, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” The frog here refers to your task. You have to get the most important task done first thing in the morning. After you’ve done that, the rest of your day will be easy.

This “Eat Your Frog” productivity technique is also mentioned by Brian Tracy in the book of the same title. Tracy writes in his book that there is no way you can eat all the tadpoles and frogs in the pond – but you can eat the biggest and ugliest one, and that will be enough (at least for the time being).

When you know that you have done the most important work, your confidence will soar and you can go through the day in a better mood. After all, you have done the essential tasks and have gotten the most out of your day.

 

5.) Wake Up Extremely Early

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One of the best ways to take control of your morning is to wake up really early. Highly successful people understand that time is an invaluable asset. Hence, they choose to wake up extremely early. Mornings are the most productive hours because there are hardly any distractions – and no one will disturb you at such an hour.

Oprah Winfrey says that she wakes up by 6 AM. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is up and in the gym by 4 AM. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wakes up at 4.30 AM. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, says that he usually wakes up around 3.45 AM to go through email, exercise, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

The thing is that when you get up early, you will have more time to prepare yourself for the day. Do remember that it is NOT how early you get up, but how you spend your morning that matters.

So make the most out of the early hours. When you start your morning in an awesome way, the rest of the day will follow.

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Life Lessons from “Happiness is a Choice You Make”

New York Times Reporter John Leland spent a year with six New Yorkers, most of them in their 90s, for a series of articles he wrote for the newspaper on aging. His new book, “Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old” presents the life-changing wisdom he discovered, advice which can be applied to living at any age.

At first, he found what he expected to find— the loss of health, of partners and friends, of mobility. But gradually, he saw beyond the elders’ declining health to find extraordinary resilience and satisfaction. “Each of the six was showing me ways to stop stewing in life’s problems,” Leland wrote. “But first they had to teach me to pay attention.”

When all the striving of mid-life falls away, what is left is a surprising amount of contentment. That’s good news, because as Leland writes, “Until recently relatively few people experienced this stage, and even fewer reached it in good health. But that has changed. More people are living past age eighty-five than at any time in human history (nearly six million in America, up from under a million in 1960), and they are living longer once they get there. Which means your parents are the vanguard your kids think they are.”

So, Leland asks, What do old people know that the rest of us don’t? In the second half of the book, he devotes a chapter to each of the six elders, outlining the realizations that developed in their time together.

The Lessons of Fred: “A graduate seminar in gratitude”

“The miracle of Fred was that with all his hardships, he always found reasons to feel fortunate,” Leland writes. Fred Jones was just grateful to wake up and live another day.  And he never dwelt on his problems. Fred had mastered living in the moment: “One day at a time, dear Lord, one day at a time,” he said. “I didn’t think no further than today. Then tomorrow, I’ll think of that day, and that’s it.”

The lessons of Ping: Acceptance

In her 90s, Ping Wong felt that her life is better now than when she was young. After years of earning below minimum wage, she retired at close to eighty with no savings. But then she lucked into public program that provided a subsidized apartment in New York City.  She lives on very little, but it doesn’t take much more than a daily game of Maj-jongg with a small circle of friends to keep her engaged and content. She doesn’t dwell on regrets.  “You can’t go back,” she said. “Let bygones by bygones.”

Leland found Ping’s lessons on acceptance some of the hardest to adapt to his own life.  Like so many of us, his days are filled with the activities necessary to make a living. What could he take away from Ping’s life and apply to his own?

The elders were less interested in material things and social contacts that weren’t meaningful to them. Leland cites a study where two-thirds of people over 75 agreed with the statement, “Today I have more delight in my inner world.”  These are happy revelations in a society obsessed with “anti-aging” — where people fear the prospect of losing their youth and do their best to fight getting old. 

Life isn’t about work.

“In my year with the elders, none spoke of their professional accomplishments— a surprise, given how much of our lives we spend either working or obsessing about work,” he writes. “This was even true of Jonah Mekas, who was still creating significant work.  The elders also never mentioned obstacles they had overcome. Somehow these things no longer seemed the measure of a life.”

What Leland learned improved his own relationship with his mother, Dorothy. He learned to enjoy the time he spent with her more, and to see her caregiving as less of a project or something to be fixed.

And it transformed the way he lives his own life.

As he noted in the Times, “No work I have ever done has brought me as much joy or hope, or changed my outlook on life as profoundly.”

Leland begins the book with a quote from David Bowie: “Aging is an extraordinary process whereby you become the person you always should have been.” This book brings together wisdom to inform the way you live now, and to carry forward for tomorrow should you be lucky enough yourself to become an elder.

Click here to read more on the book from The New York Times and buy the book on Amazon here.


Mary Robertson is Co-founder of the blog at www.thegoodlonglife.com, covering retirement, caregiving, travel, wellness and more. Follow @thegoodlonglife on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

Image courtesy of Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times/Redux.

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The one and only way to get accurate engagement data

tune in, listen to what people are saying.

Something is going on. It’s huge and it is impacting all of us.

All of the conventional ways of ‘listening’ to people aren’t working and the signs are clear.

In the last couple of years: Brexit, The Colombian referendum, US election, etc. all point o a fundamental flaw in how data is collected.

These upsets were so spectacular because they defied all of the conventional measurement, all of the normal way that we are supposed to be listening to sentiment.

The truth is that people lie. They don’t mean to lie, but it is what inevitably happens when people think they may be monitored, or where an honest answer might cause them embarrassment.

It is now well established that they lie to pollsters, they also lie on your engagement surveys. Your internal data collection is flawed in so many ways- and of course, your survey provider will never, ever tell you this.

The old way of doing things simply doesn’t work anymore. People have changed and the old Likert scale is no longer a very useful tool.

It is why we capture stories. Our buddy, Dave Snowden,  partners with us with a solution called Sensemaker; a narrative-based research methodology that enables the capture and analysis of a large quantity of stories in order to understand complex change.

It is a form of meta-analysis of qualitative data that bridges a gap between case studies and large-sample survey data. The approach offers a methodological breakthrough for recognizing patterns and trends in perceptions, behaviors, and relationships.

In other words, it gets to the truth by understanding stories, by listening, and not by ticking boxes.

Let’s talk about it if you want to know what’s really going on in your organization.

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14 Best Meditation Books For A Mindful Life

What if you could lower your blood pressure, give your immune system a much-needed boost, and reduce the stress you constantly feel, without taking medication? And what if you could lower your anxiety level, boost your self-confidence, and improve your focus and memory without going to a doctor or a series of doctors to identify […]

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14 Inspiring Marie Curie Quotes on Self-Improvement

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in two different categories — physics and chemistry — and the first woman to obtain a PhD degree from a French University. In a Victorian era where academic opportunities for women were very limited, Marie Curie actually studied in secret, as it was nearly […]

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What is a Tremor of Truth?

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My courage is faith—faith in the eternal resilience of me—that joy’ll come back, and hope and spontaneity. —F. Scott Fitzgerald

At this writing, I can bench press 150 pounds. It wasn’t easy. I put everything I had into it. My personal trainer kept saying, “Let me see your tremor of truth.” Raising an eyebrow at her, I grunted and trembled and sweated before reaching the goal, but I got there. She explained later that the phrase “tremor of truth” is used in physical fitness circles when we push ourselves to the max. Lifting weights, we grimace as a tremor of unease shoots through the body. Our arm muscles quiver during pushups. Our legs tremble with exhaustion running a marathon. The brain says we can’t do it, but just as grass grows through concrete, we persevere, discovering mental and physical reserves we didn’t know we had. And just before giving up, we push through the challenge.

So what does working out have to do with writing? Some literary agents say the number one key to writing success—even more important than good writing—is resilience, dogged determination in the face of disappointment. Tremor of truth builds muscles on the physical plane and a growth mindset on the psychological plane. Meteoric writing obstacles often seem too great, as if we’re pushing through relentless steel, a vein of encased ore: an impossible deadline, a heartbreaking rejection, impassible writer’s block, a lousy review, sounds of crickets at book signings, or the rumble of our own self-doubt. Sometimes the setbacks make it too hard to bounce back. The hole feels too deep, too dark, the disillusionment too wide and overwhelming.

Over time rejections and disappointments nibble away at us like torture from half a million cuts. It starts to feel as if we’re bleeding to death and can’t tolerate one more slash. Statistics say more of us have the stamina to continue to take safety risks after a car crash than to continue after a series of psychological defeats. After repeated failure, many writers throw in the towel to avoid more disappointment. Attempts to bring quick relief to the misery of defeat rob us of knowing what missed opportunities lay beyond the barrier. This impulsive reaction—scientists call it the what-the-hell effect—is a way out: permission to give up. Adding insult to injury, we seek comfort in the very thing we’re trying to conquer: writing failure.

Although growth as a writer is painful, it can be even more painful to remain tight in a secure little nest. Craft alone won’t carry us through the massive writing hurdles. When we’re knocked down in the writing arena, the heartbreak slams the wind out of us. Our faces marred by dust and sweat and blood, we push ourselves up on our scabby knees stagger to our feet, and summon the courage to try again. Just when we’re ready to give up, one more tremor unearths a second wind and a vein of resilience that we didn’t know we had. A sudden jolt sizzles through us, and we’re fueled with pit-bull determination. One extra push and we plough through the smackdown moments that had brought us to our knees, moving over the finish line.

You can build a growth mindset by waiting for your reserves to kick in and learning how much more you’re capable of. If you give up too soon, you’ll never know if you had it in you to pull it off. And that’s a tough unknown to live with. In the heat of the moment, ask if you’re pushing hard and far enough through the gray mist of uncertainty. Or do you need to amp up your efforts? And how far do you stretch before reaching your breaking point? Most of us can go farther than we think we can. The term “springback” refers to a process when metal returns to its original shape after undergoing compression and tension (stretching). We, too, have an elastic limit to which we can stretch to a certain point before returning to our original shape. Springback moments happen after failure, mistakes, or hopelessness over seemingly impossible odds, preventing us from giving up on our writing dreams, no matter how improbable they seem.

Here are ways your “tremor of truth” can mine the hidden reserves you didn’t know you had—golden opportunities to cultivate a growth mindset and push through veins of writing hardships:

1. Grow thick skin and expect writing rejections and setbacks. Commit yourself in advance to facing the many smackdowns you will encounter like all successful writers before you.
2. Ditch the desire for comfort and step into writing’s growth pains. Be willing to go to the edge of your emotional pain so you can be fully present with what lays beyond the barrier.
3. Cultivate creative sustainability. Think of yourself as an elastic band that bends and stretches to a certain point before you spring back higher than you fall.
4. Turn roadblocks into steppingstones. Pinpoint opportunity contained in difficulty. Make it a goal to use negative writing challenges—no matter how painful, frustrating, big or small—as lessons from which to learn. Ask, “What can I manage or overcome here?” or “How can I turn this matter around to my advantage?”
5. Refer to previous experience. Reflect on past writing obstacles you’ve overcome. Point to lessons learned and underscore ways you have grown stronger through writing’s hard knocks.
6. Take risks. Find that one place in your writing where you’ve been hiding, then stick your neck out from your comfort zone. Ask what edge you can go to in your writing. Seek out risky writing experiences that help you bloom instead of low-risk situations that keep you safe in a bud.
7. Identify self-doubts that have cramped your writing style or crippled you from growing fully as a writer. Harness them—instead of running from them—and channel them into useful writing so they don’t paralyze you.
8. Stay off the roller coaster. Manage the ups-and-downs of your writing practice by treating highs and lows equally. Celebrate the highs but don’t take them anymore seriously than the lows, and don’t take downturns anymore seriously than upswings.
9. Eschew the what-the-hell effect. This attitude only adds insult to injury. Face writing letdowns by taking the towel you want to throw in and use it to wipe the sweat off your face then hop back into your writing saddle.
10. Stop throwing the book at yourself and catch yourself when you fall. After a setback or discouraging situation, we bounce back to our writing quicker when we support ourselves with loving-kindness. Instead of kicking yourself when you’re down, be on your own side, wish yourself well, and be your best advocate as you progress on your writing journey.

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24 Best Habit Tracking Apps (2018 Updated)

Everyday our lives are governed by habit. These habits are the little routines and small ways of doing things. Most people are unaware or are only slightly aware that they’re doing them.

Some habits, like smoking, can have harmful effects on your health; others like procrastination can affect your work and career.

Therefore it’s important to take back control. This can be extremely hard, some habits after all are so ingrained that we do them without thinking. Luckily there are many habits tracking apps available especially designed to help you tackle your bad habits.

1. Momentum Habit Tracker

This app has a number of great features which makes it ideal for keeping track of habits and routines.

One of the most interesting features is that with Momentum, you can import your data into an Excel document, which allows for cross platform viewing of your progress. On top of this you’re able to set weekly targets and take notes allowing you to easily take control of your habits.

But unlike many apps on this list, Momentum is optimized exclusively for apple devices and as such, you won’t find it on Android which is unfortunate. However a benefit of this exclusivity is that your profile on Momentum can be easily integrated on the iCloud.

Download: iOS

2. Habitica

Habitica is extremely creative in its approach to tracking and maintaining good habits. It is inspired by RPG video games, each task you complete will level up your customized avatar giving you an extra incentive to stay motivated.

Its unique video game inspired design makes keeping track of your habits and goals fun.

The app isn’t limited to just habit tracking, but with it you can join your friends and complete quests and missions. It’s not just video game inspired, but is a game in itself.

But those who aren’t interested in video games may not prefer Habitica.

Download: iOS and Android

3. Productive Habit Tracker

Productive’s simple, but well designed interface makes keeping track of your habits simple. It is intuitively designed, with it, you’ll be able to starting planning in seconds.

Though it is simple in its design, it is full of great features, and best of all. The app keeps track of your successes, meaning you’ll be able to measure your continuing improvement and stay motivated.

Download: iOS

4. StickK

StickK was developed by behavioral economists at the prestigious Yale University. On signing up, you create a commitment contract with yourself and the app to reach your goals, you can even bet money on yourself.

For added motivation, you can assign a friend or family member to check your data to ensure you’re on your way to reaching your goals.

The unique commitment contract idea could be a brilliant way to stay motivated. This aspect is backed by great research, the app is based on the principles of Thaler’s nudge theory

On top of everything, the app has an eye catching and interesting layout.

Download: iOS and Android

5. Habitshare

Habitshare blends a social networking site with a habit tracker, allowing you to grow habits with friends.

The social options are well done and relatively uncommon, and unlike others with a social networking options, there is a messaging options allowing you to communicate with friends in real time. This allows you to motivate your friends, or be motivated by them, with it your goals become team efforts. You can also disable the social aspect and keep things private.

However, Habitshare doesn’t allow you to schedule tasks to be done on a monthly basis, which may be useful if you usually schedule monthly bill paying.

Download: iOS and Android

6. MindSet: The Good Habit App™

Mindset, has a warm, friendly layout that is easy to understand and use.

Though many apps have a journal system, Mindset brings it to the front and center which is useful if you know that there will be many things to remember.

Currently the app is only available to registered users of Mindset which is offered with membership to certain groups and organisations.

Download: iOS and Android

7. Streaks

This apple design award winner is built around encouraging you to maintain a 12 day streak of a good habit, as such it is a great way to stay motivated.

The interface is extremely customizible, as such, you can make it suit you and your tastes.What’s more it can be easily integrated with Health app, one of the most popular apps on the IOS. Used together, you’ll be able to develop healthy habits with ease. If you’re falling behind, the app will send you a reminder, and keep you on target.

Download: iOS

8. Habit List

Habit List is all about developing and maintaining a streak of beneficial habits.

It is great at tracking your habits over a long period of time, enabling you to easily make sense of your progress in a way that is easy to read and understand.

If you have a complicated schedule, or want to complete specific tasks on specific days, you can easily set a calendar of activities to complete, and view them accordingly.

Download: iOS

9. Balanced

Balanced is designed to help you keep track and measure your sleeping patterns, your exercise, and time you spend sitting, encouraging you to develop healthier habits.

Unlike many apps, Balanced is completely focused on healthy habits. It gets you to be concentrated on only three activities at a time so you won’t be overwhelmed.

Download: iOS and Android

10. Simple Habit Tracker

Don’t be fooled by its name, simple habit tracker is one of the more interesting habit trackers and is packed with interesting features.

If you’re looking for inspiration, the app comes with over 200 pre-designed habits to get you started. One of the most appealing things is the s beautifully designed and eye catching interface.

Download: iOS

11. Habitbull

Habit-bull is one of the most feature-rich habit tracker apps and it’s detailed recording system means you’ll be able to get detailed information about your progress.

If you’re aiming to increase your fitness, Habitbull can be integrated with GoogleFit.

If you’re worried about losing your data, don’t worry it can all be backed up on the cloud, meaning you’ll never need to worry about losing track of your data.

But anyone who’s looking for a more simple habit tracker may find this one complicated.

Download: iOS and Android

12. Strides Habit Tracker

Strides Habit Tracker is a good all rounder, with all you expect from a great habit tracker and more.

The app is quick and easy to use, so you’ll be able to start developing great habits right away. If you plan to complete a set number of tasks for a specific date, the app calculates if you’re on track to complete it on time, enabling you to tailor your habits around your goals.

Download: iOS

13. Coach.me

Coach.me comes with all you might expect from a quality habit tracking app, with the extra unique feature of being able to hire either a habit coach or even a leadership coach for extra costs.

The coach hiring feature, if you can afford it, has the potential of having a radical impact on your goals and productivity. There are two options, leadership coaching and habit coaching, so you’ll be able to get the training you need.

Download: iOSAndroidWeb Browser

14. 42 Goals

42 Goals is quite simple in its design, but comes with many of the features you’d expect. Unlike many similar apps, it is optimized mostly for web browsers. The website has an online community allowing you to share your progress with friends.

Currently it is neither on IOS or Android, but they are in development, so stay tuned!

Get started: 42goals.com

15. Habit – 21 day routine

Habit – 21 day routine is built around the principle that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, as such, it encourages you to maintain a new habit over 21 consecutive days.

The app’s layout is beautifully designed. The idea that it takes 21 days to form a new habit is supported by research, as such it is possible you’ll find it extremely beneficial.

The app limits you to one habit at a time, with extra costs attached to additional habits. And at the moment there seems to be no free version

Download: iOS

16. Chains.cc

Chains.cc is fairly unique in its approach, each time you stick to your habit, your chain grows, helping you stay motivated.

The app has a beautiful and intuitive interface. Most importantly, it can be used both online and off, allowing you to keep track of your habits wherever you are

This is not a free app but it is relatively inexpensive.

Download: iOS

17. Done

Done gives you the ability to track an activity multiple times a day, on top of this, the app is full of the features you’d expect from a great habit tracker.

With the app, you can easily track habits you want to build up, and ones you want to slowly eliminate. Unlike many other apps, it features a number of customization options making it suit your tastes.

The Premium version (paid) even allows you to export your habit data as a CSV file or on Dropbox.

Unless you upgrade to premium, you can only track 3 habits on the basic version.

Download: iOS

18. Good Habits

Good Habits offers many great ways to track the progress of your habits thanks to its smart design.

The app enables you to look at the precise data of your habits and chains. Enabling you to check your progress with ease (paid version).

It can be used with Apple Watch and the Today Widget for extra usability.

Unfortunately, there ultimately is not too much to set it apart from other apps. But if you like the way it looks, you might have a great time.

Download: iOS

19. Habitify

Habitify is bold in its design, and is both sleek and easy to use, and complicated and detailed.

Habitify allows you to keep focused boy showing you the habits and jobs needed to do sooner first, making it ideal for busy people. Detailed graphs and statistics show you all you need to know about your progress and your habits.

It can also be seamlessly synchronized across all you iOS devices.

It is relatively low on customization options, but if this isn’t a problem for you, you’ll find a lot to love

Download: iOS

20. Sessions

Sessions is a well designed app great for timing your activities and habits.

It is visually pleasing to look at thanks to its uncluttered interface. It allows you to set specific amounts of time to perform each activity, you’ll be able to carefully plan and structure your day and routine. You can also track your progress as you develop your habits and routines for maximum efficiency.

Download: iOS

21. Morning Routine Habit Planner

Morning Routine allows you to focus on one habit at a time, ensuring you stay focused.

It can be used in conjunction with Siri, for hands free use, a rare and useful feature.

The app includes inspiring advice from influential and successful people, which is a great motivator.

Download: iOS

22. Persistence

Persistence has many ways to make you stay motivated. The app tells you when you are on or off target for completing your goals enabling you to correct yourself and succeed.

Being able to quickly tell when you are off and on target is extremely useful, ensuring you’ll always know when are where to push yourself or relax. As well as this, there are numerous other options and ways to track your goals.

It also allows you to enter notes about your progress and habits to ensure you remember all you need.
It has a $1.99 price tag with no free version. But it’s still less than a cup of coffee!

Download: iOS

23. Rabbit, Habit Reminders

Rabbit is a way to set yourself regular reminders to help you maintain your good habits and routines. If you are looking for a simple way to set reminders, you’ll find a lot to like here.

However, it lacks many of the features common in other habit tracking apps, such as the ability to make notes and keep a log of your successes or failures making it difficult to tell how you are progressing.

Download: iOS

24. Way of Life

Way of Life advertises itself as the “ultimate habit building app” and you can see why. It comes laden with features to ensure you are in control of your habits and routines.

On first use, users are presented with an interactive tutorial, to ensure they quickly know how to understand and use all the key features, including: the ability to share your progress on your social media profiles, export your data as an Excel file or CSV file, archive your completed goals for a full record of your success.

Some may find the layout complicated, however this is mitigated thanks to the tutorial.

Download: iOS and Android

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Affirmations For Belief, Strength & Success! “I WILL BE GREAT”

Start your day with the power of affirmations. Strengthen your mind and maximise your results with this powerful way to gain self belief!

Affirmations For Belief, Strength & Success! “I WILL BE GREAT”

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I have limitless potential.
I have all I need inside me.
I have opportunity.
I have all the strength I need to succeed.
I have ALL the strength I NEED.

I have limitless potential.
I have all I need inside me.
I have opportunity.
I have all the strength I need to succeed.
I have ALL the strength I NEED.

I am grateful for all I have
I am grateful for my life
I am grateful for my health
I am grateful for my DESIRE
I am grateful I was born with fighting spirit
I am grateful for my strength!

I WILL USE MY STRENGTH
 EVERY DAY!
I WILL USE MY SPIRIT 
EVERY DAY!
I WILL GIVE MY ALL 
EVERY DAY!

I am determined!
I am willing to sacrifice!
I am willing to go the extra mile!
I WILL GO THE EXTRA MILE!
I WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES!

THERE IS NOTHING I CAN NOT HAVE!
NO ONE I CANT BECOME!
I HAVE NO LIMITS!

I WILL ACHIEVE WHATEVER I SET OUT TO ACHIEVE!
I WILL ACHIEVE MY GOAL!

I SEE MY GOAL CLEARLY.
I KNOW WHEN I WILL ACHIEVE MY GOAL.
I KNOW HOW TO GET THERE.
I WILL ACHIEVE MY GOAL!

I WILL BE GREAT
I HAVE SET THE DATE
I WILL NOT BE LATE
I WILL BE GREAT!!!

I have limitless potential.
I have all I need inside me.
I have opportunity.
I have all the strength I need to succeed.
I have ALL the strength I NEED.

I have limitless potential.
I have all I need inside me.
I have opportunity.
I have all the strength I need to succeed.
I have ALL the strength I NEED.

I have limitless potential.
I have all I need inside me.
I have opportunity.
I have all the strength I need to succeed.
I have ALL the strength I NEED.

I am determined!
I am willing to sacrifice!
I am willing to go the extra mile!

I WILL GO THE EXTRA MILE!

 I WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES!

THERE IS NOTHING I CAN NOT HAVE!
NO ONE I CANT BECOME!
I HAVE NO LIMITS!

I WILL ACHIEVE WHATEVER I SET OUT TO ACHIEVE!
I WILL ACHIEVE MY GOAL!

I WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES! 
I WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES!

I WILL BE GREAT.
I HAVE SET THE DATE.
I WILL NOT BE LATE.
I WILL BE GREAT!!!

I AM A WINNER
I AM A FIGHTER
I AM A BEAST
I AM A MACHINE
SUCCESS IS MINE!
 THERE IS NO DOUBT! 
IT IS MINE!

I CAN
I CAN!!!
I WILL
I WILL!!!

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