Steps to Success: 4 Secrets You Probably Don’t Know

Dr. Antwala Robinson Emotional Well-being, Entrepreneur, Success, Uncategorized, Well-being, Workplace Wellbeing

NOTE: Don’t forget to grab your free PDF of “Steps to Success: Developing Mental Toughness” at the end of this post.

Today, it seems like there is a secret recipe for success that only a few are privy to. The truth is there is no secret recipe or special course you can take or even one particular piece of advice you should follow. Getting to the top of the ladder of success does not mean that you have to be the brightest or the stronger or the most knowledgeable. Getting there means you need to have the strength of character to stand strong in the face of adversity and keep climbing. Being successful is all about being mentally tough.

 

Mental toughness is about being determined and having grit. It’s about having a can-do attitude about life and business. It is a willingness to pursue your aspirations and to adapt quickly to change.

You might ask, “How do I gain this mental toughness?”Read More

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4 Reasons Why Most People Fail At Losing Weight (And How You Can Succeed)

Dr. Antwala Robinson Courage, Emotional Well-being, Happiness, Health, Motivation, Weight Loss, Womens Health

 

The average person gains about 11 pounds every time they diet instead of losing weight. What many people lose is muscle and fat, but what they gain is just fat. Muscles burn about seven times the calories that fat burns. This means that the fat gained slows down the body’s metabolism!

Sadly, most diets encourage you to starve, further slowing your metabolism and leading to an indirect weight gain!

Here is a list of four common reasons why most diets fail and how you can successfully avoid them:

1. Calorie Consumption Is The Main Focus

A lot of diets will have you concentrate on calculating the number of calories that you are consuming and burning. This never takes into consideration the fact that all calories have a different effect on the body.

Refined processed carbohydrates from foods like flour, white rice, and sweets, causes a spike in glucose (sugar) levels in the body – insulin is then released and glucose is used immediately or stored for later use. The problem is that for most people later never comes because they keep piling on more carbohydrates, which in turns gets stored as visceral fat (belly fat).

So, even after consuming a large meal, your body still thinks that you are starving. When your body thinks you are starving, there are two immediate reactions:

  1. Increase in hunger levels
  2. Immediate slowdown of metabolism

Also, burning more calories than you consume is an impossible task unless you starve yourself or exercise non-stop throughout the day.

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6 Happiness Secrets Revealed

Dr. Antwala Robinson Emotional Well-being, Happiness, Positive Psychology, Uncategorized, Well-being, Womens Health

As we transitioned from the late 90s to the early 2000s, the definition of happiness and of success has changed from the earlier linear prospects that it used to be. A good, stable career that pays money, a good home with the white picket fence and the 2.0 Mini Van, and the retirement fund that would keep us all going till the end – this staple American Dream has changed to become more personal, more individualized and self-oriented.

So here are six happiness secrets that have taken the world by storm and will soon be the new normal:

  1. Self-Care – Requiring a diametric shift in perspective, today, the idea of self-care is fast gaining momentum. The concept behind it is that to be happy, you need to take care of yourself, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. This can’t be confused with selfishness; that’s prioritizing only your happiness over others. Self-care is when you take care of yourself first so that you enable yourself to look after others better. If that means having to let go of a toxic friend who brings you down constantly, then don’t hesitate! Being financially independent also gives you a sense of autonomy over yourself – it’s about loving you in all forms, so don’t think that makes you selfish!

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7 Signs You’re In A Toxic Workplace

Dr. Antwala Robinson Emotional Well-being, Happiness, Health, Well-being, Workplace Wellbeing

We spend most of our days working at our jobs, whether it is a 9 to 5 desk job or something that involves moving around. Our jobs give us purpose and allow us to earn money to not only put food on the table but also live in relative comfort and happiness. So why is it that most people feel stressed out, burned out, and utterly miserable when it comes to their workplace?

Here are seven signs that your workplace is toxic:

Unrealistic Expectations – when your employer sets deadlines that are impossible to meet or a target that is too hard for just one person to achieve, that’s definitely a toxic setup that will burn you out. A situation where you’re set to fail from the get-go because the workload is too much for a single person to handle is one you should consider getting out of immediately. The problem gets compounded by the lack of employee protest; if you’re threatened with losing your job for raising your voice, that’s definitely a toxic space to be in!Read More

8 Tips to Help You Reset Your Brain – and Your Body

Dr. Antwala Robinson Emotional Well-being, Happiness, Health, Positive Psychology, Sleep, Well-being 1 Comment

Your schedule is hectic, you go from work to home and take your job with you, all the way into the bedroom. Every day is ruled by schedules, meetings, and sales pitches; your brain is foggy and constantly tired. You find it hard to think critically, solve problems, or even pay much attention to things; it feels like you’re walking around in a daze and when you do try to relax, you find it hard – sound familiar?

This is because your brain has become conditioned to do these things over a period of time and it’s a physiological phenomenon. As you continue this stress filled routine, neural pathways in your brain fix themselves and your mind conditions itself to working in this manner. This ability of the brain is called neuroplasticity; it can be defined as the brain’s ability to organize and then reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout your life. In simple terms, the neurons in your brain adjust to compensate for your thoughts and activities.Read More