Health & Fitness Digest - June 3

Health & Fitness Digest - June 3

In this edition of the digest:

  • Harvard study: 27min of meditation/day triggers changes in gray matter in the brain.
  • High "choline-containing foods" may help you lose weight.
  • Fish can reverse brain damage caused by fruit sugar.
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How to build a resilient and anti-fragile mindset

How to build a resilient and anti-fragile mindset

This is one of the hardest blogs I've written to-date.

We all experience "loss" in different shapes or forms. Whether it's money, health, or worse, it's "part of life".

One of the main reasons I'm a big fan of Stoic philosophy is because it had taught me how to develop the mental strength to persevere through times of loss (and I've experience many in my life).

Here are my thoughts on developing a strong mindset to help you cope with adversity.

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5 steps to become SELFISH on EMAILS (and why you should)

5 steps to become SELFISH on EMAILS (and why you should)

Most people get overwhelmed by the volume of emails they see in their inbox in the morning, and by the time they address them all, half the day (and their productivity) is gone.

Here is an alternative approach to dealing with emails that allows you to regain your sanity, boost your productivity, and keep stress levels low.

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10 life & career lessons I learned from racing Ironman - Part 2

10 life & career lessons I learned from racing Ironman - Part 2

Little did I know that my adventure into Ironman Triathlon would lead to a number of "life lessons and principles", which I apply (and teach) in every aspect of my life: career, relationships, personal development, and much more.

 

This is my story into this magnificent sport and the "life lessons" I learned along the way.

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10 life & career lessons I learned from racing Ironman - Part 1

10 life & career lessons I learned from racing Ironman - Part 1

Little did I know that my adventure into Ironman Triathlon would lead to a number of "life lessons and principles", which I apply (and teach) in every aspect of my life: career, relationships, personal development, and much more.

 

This is my story into this magnificent sport and the "life lessons" I learned along the way.

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The "lose-lose" game of Entrepreneurs & Banks in the UAE

The "lose-lose" game of Entrepreneurs & Banks in the UAE

Small businesses and banks in the UAE are in a crisis since the beginning of 2015.

Banks accuse entrepreneurs of running away, leaving behind unpaid debts.

Entrepreneurs retort that banks are being unreasonable and are choking their businesses to death.

I believe that the problem is much more fundamental that just "intentions": there is a serious flaw in the structure of the relationship between banks and small business owners, and this needs to be addressed asap if we are to get out of this crisis.

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Fears and Desires

There are 2 types of people:

Those whose DESIRES are bigger than their FEARS.

Those whose FEARS are bigger than their DESIRES, paralyzing them.

Your state of mind determines where you belong.

I see so many extremely talented people paralyzed and unable to achieve even 50% of their potential.

Some are potential entrepreneurs with amazing ideas, some are junior or mid-level executives at large companies and they have the potential to step out of others' shadows and carve their own path. One thing stops them: FEAR.

And as much as I love old Chinese movies, "facing your fears" isn't exactly a practical solution.

Sure, it may work for certain superficial fears (heights, spiders, monsters under the bed), but you can't just "decide to face your fear of failure".

The only weapon against FEAR is DESIRE.

The only thing more powerful than your FEARS are your DREAMS.

When you make your dream bigger than your fear: you write it down, describe in minute detail, imagine yourself "living that dream", visualizing it every day, several times a day: you're FEEDING your dreams instead of your fears.

You're making your dreams and desires so big, your hunger for them so strong, that fear just shrinks in comparison, and you won't even think about it twice.

You'll just jump in with both feet and make things happen, make your dream happen, make your DESIRES a REALITY.

 

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The most important list every high performer should write today

The most important list every high performer should write today

“Now what?” is a question that haunts every single high performing individual I’ve ever met or read about. 

You put your heart and soul into achieving something, and once you do, there is general feeling of emptiness – a void has been left where that challenge was. 

You feel restless, anxious, irritable, and sometimes depressed. 

Don’t let this happen to you. There is something you can do about it.

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What I keep in my wallet + the most inspiring story I've read in a long time

What I keep in my wallet + the most inspiring story I've read in a long time

There is only one piece of paper in my wallet and it’s been there for years. I turn to it whenever I need to get myself out of a mental slump. Read this post to find out what’s on it.

Also, I recently came across this amazingly inspiring story. We need more people like that in the world. Read more about it in this post.

 

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My favorite iPhone feature! Wish I had discovered it sooner!

My favorite iPhone feature! Wish I had discovered it sooner!

As many of you know, I’m a stickler for finding ways to maximize my productivity and reduce the amount of time wasted on trivial things. 

I use a wide variety of productivity tools to do so, but I just stumbled on a built-in feature on the iPhone, which I believe to be a very powerful productivity tool. 

Read on to find out what it is and how to use it!

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If you work with people, you need to be aware of this

If you work with people, you need to be aware of this

Employee frustrations arising from their boss’ behavior are common problems.
 
Yet many of those employees are team leaders themselves, and while they may be right in criticizing the management style of their boss, chances are that they’re not the ideal team leaders either.
 
I’ve observed CEOs and executives throughout my career, and have come to realize that there are 3 clear types of “team leaders” at any level.
 
Do you know which type you are and what to do about it? Read on to learn more.

 

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The reason you can’t lose weight despite diet and exercise

The reason you can’t lose weight despite diet and exercise

Many are surprised when they see someone struggling to lose weight despite working out hard and eating “healthy”.

However, it’s much more widespread than you think. In fact, “eating too much and not working out enough” is often NOT the reason for people who are unable to lose weight.

 I went through this a few years ago, struggling to lose weight despite burning thousands of calories every week and eating a “healthy” diet.

 So, if it’s not that, then what is it?

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Dreams and regrets

Dreams and regrets

Every year on 31st December, millions of us look back at our year looking for something we accomplished and which makes us proud. 

Often times, we realize that it’s been “just another year”, with the usual ups and downs, the occasional challenge or small achievement, but nothing really substantial, nothing that makes us feel that we’ve grown as a human being. 

It’s time to change all of that.

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My 5 rules to responding to attacks

My 5 rules to responding to attacks

Today’s wide presence of social media and ease of communication makes it so much easier for people, jealous of your success, to launch attacks. 

You may have lost weight, found the love of your life, or launched a thriving business: there will be people who will admire you and others who will attack you. 

Should you care? Should you respond?

 Here are my 5 rules for dealing with such attacks.

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My interview with Entrepreneur Magazine

My interview with Entrepreneur Magazine

 

I was interviewed by talented Entrepreneur writer Shoug Al-Nafisi on a variety of topics I consider to be the cornerstone of High Performance, including:

  • Bouncing back from set-backs in your personal and professional lives.
  • The illusion of “time management”
  • My top tips for entrepreneurs living the “fast life”
  • The importance of having a “support network” 
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