222,994 (+ free giveaway)

I was doing some data crunching this weekend, and that’s the number that tallied.
That’s the number of people I’ve helped so far.  (Yay!)
However, it’s not an accurate number. 
For a couple of reasons…
  • Some of the data sources dried up a few months back so I don’t have the latest information on them – the challenge of relying on third-party data sources.
  • A lot of it is down to personal reasons – I forgot or stopped logging some of the data – mainly because I got bored.
  • Also, it only includes data from the last few years, rather than right from the time I started actively helping others. 
So the number above, 222,994, is a fairly conservative tally. 
It’s not quite there yet, but it’s more than 1/5th of the way to my first milestone – helping a million people. That’s progress. It’s a good, solid number. And it’s good to know where I stand – helps me know that I’m on the right track. But more than that, those numbers represent lives I’ve impacted positively, and that makes me really happy 🙂
This is also progress for me, personally. Even a few years ago I wouldn’t have considered making anything of the number. I would have been too focused on how much farther I have to go, rather than noting how far I’ve come. I most certainly would not have talked about it publicly. That’s one of the things I’ve learned over time, that it really is important to celebrate your progress, even the seemingly small ones. This though isn’t a small progress – positively impacting over 200,000 lives is by no scale a small feat, and I am very grateful for being able to do that. So it’s a double cause for celebration. On top of that, it’s Eid today!
Now, I have three takeaways for you, if you will…
  1. Track your numbers. It helps you know where you stand and how far you’ve come, plus how far you are from your goal. Knowing these are important for moving forward, for continuing to move towards your goals. Tracking your metrics can be the boost you need to keep going even if you start losing morale, or feel like throwing in the towel. They help you know whether what you’re doing is working or not, as well as what to do more (or less) of. 
  2. Celebrate your milestones and progress. Your achievements, even the small ones, are what ultimately add up to big things. And celebrating them reminds you that you’re doing something right, that you’re on the right track.
  3. Help people – however, and wherever, you can. We all have the capacity to help others, even if it is something as small as being kind to them with your words. There are always opportunities to help others, you just need to look. Helping others makes the world a better place. Do your bit, make a positive dent in the universe. 
As for my goal, I still have a long way to go to reach my moonshot – the goal of positively impacting a billion lives. So I will carry on, renew my efforts, and do what I can to help. My latest book is out, and my podcast is going strong, so those will help. And I have a few more things in the pipeline – if you’re subscribed to my blog, you’ll get a heads up about them. 
To mark the occasion, I have decided to give away a copy of one of my books, for free. I really do appreciate you, my readers. I hope this book will add some value to your life.
You can check it out in the link below (or, on Issuu).
Now before I end, I do have an ask for you – if you have any ideas or suggestions on how I can positively impact more people, let me know. Reach out. Connect. And more importantly, spread the word. Let’s make this world a better place together.  
PS. For those of you who are celebrating Eid today, Eid Mubarak. 
PPS. You can learn more about my Billion goal here

Mindset hack for success – Changing this one thing can be the difference between overcoming failures, and giving up

Mindset hack for success

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Do you know what the one thing is that everyone has in common? Rich and poor, old and young, tall short, pro novice… Everyone, no matter their current trajectory in life, no matter how successful or otherwise, no matter their race, religion, gender…
This is one common bond that binds everyone.
EVERYONE has this one thing in common.

What do you think that is?
Have a guess.

Ready for the answer? Here it is…
It’s failure.
Or rather, challenges, and/or setbacks, as I prefer to refer to them – those are more accurate descriptors. As a matter of fact, from here on I will mainly refer to failures as challenges and/or setbacks. The why will become clear a bit later, during the rest of today’s talk.

Challenges and setbacks are a normal part of life.
No matter who it is, no matter how successful they are, everyone experiences setbacks and challenges.
This is as true as the sun rising in the East, and as true as us needing Oxygen to survive.

Setbacks and challenges are universal experiences.
Everyone experiences them.
Some more than others.
Some bigger than the rest.

The degree and type may vary, but one thing that is certain is this – absolutely no one is exempt from experiencing challenges, and setbacks.
It doesn’t matter who they are.
So it should come as no surprise to know that one’s ability to deal with such “challenges” makes a big impact on the course of their lives.

How someone deals with challenges and setbacks determines how successful they are, or not.
That also has a big impact on how happy or unhappy the person is, since challenges and setbacks influence our happiness levels.
And this is usually what sets apart those at the top, and the rest.

Suffice to say, your ability to deal with challenges and setbacks plays a key role in your life.

So, how do you boost your ability to deal with challenges and setbacks?

The key to that is changing your mindset.
Yes, mindset again.
Like I mentioned before, the way you think impacts everything.

I’ve talked about mindset a fair amount over the last few weeks, and if you’ve followed them you know just how important mindset is to every facet of your life.
And you also know that changing it does not happen overnight. It takes perseverance and practice to change one’s mindset.

But when it comes to dealing with challenges, I have a mindset hack for you, something that can jump-start your ability to face them, and deal with them well.

Want to know what the mindset hack for success is?
Here it is: it is to change the language you use.

The way you think about something, anything really, is by and large dependent on the words and phrases you use to describe them.
As such, how you deal with a particular situation changes when you change the language you use to describe the situation.

Makes sense, right?
Don’t worry if it doesn’t, because I will expand on this.
Specifically when it comes to the word in question today – the word “failure”.

I am not exaggerating when I say that there is a hugely negative connotation attached to the word “failure”.
You know this yourself.

But here’s what you need to understand – words have power.
And just by making this one change, just by changing the language you use to describe a situation, can make a big difference to your ability to deal with the situation.
It can be the difference between dealing with a challenging situation or giving up.

Let me ask you something, which seems more possible to you – overcoming a challenging or difficult situation, or overcoming failure? They are both the same situation. Both of these phrases – “overcoming a challenging situation” and “overcoming a failure” can be used to describe the exact same scenario. But because of the negative meaning attached to the word failure, the second scenario seems much harder to deal with, and much harder to overcome, doesn’t it?
Which one hits harder, and feels worse: experiencing a “failure”, or experiencing a “setback”?

Everyone hates being a “failure”, but no one hates “overcoming challenges”.
If anything, the latter can actually inspire people to deal with a situation!

Just changing the words you use makes a huge impact on your ability to deal with a situation.
It can, in fact, completely transform your ability to overcome more or less anything!

Let’s face it, dealing with challenges and setbacks are a natural part of life.
They’re unavoidable.
You might not like it (no one does, really), but the sooner you accept this reality, the sooner you can start working on preparing yourself to deal with such situations.
And overcoming them.

With me so far?

Here is something I want you to realise – failures, or rather, challenges and setbacks, are hardly ever, if ever, the end.
They are only the end of you give up.
That is the only time they become conclusive.
But until that point, you give up, those situations are just momentary speed bumps, speed bumps that you need to get over to move on.

Until you decide to throw in the towel, you are still in the ring, and you still have a shot.
Understand that, and I mean really understand that, and you will not only significantly change how you deal with difficult situations in your life, you will also give your ability to overcome challenges and setbacks a massive boost.
If not completely transform them.

Everyone deals with challenges.
But those who face them head-on are the ones who move forward.
And changing the language you use to describe such situations can give your ability to overcome challenges a massive boost.

So be more mindful of the words you use to describe the situations in your life.
Especially the difficult ones.
Because there are no failures, only challenging situations and setbacks waiting to be overcome.


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Free Workbook – How to Think Better in 7 Days

The readers of my latest book, How to Think Better in 7 Days, were promised a workbook to help them implement what they learned in the book.

I am glad to announce that the workbook is ready.

And, it is available for free!

Get your copy here: 

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Free Workbook for How to Think Better in 7 Days

You can also download/view it on the following sites: 

Even though the workbook is designed as an accompaniment of the book, you can still benefit from it even if you do not have the book. 

So, try it out. 

Hope you find it useful.