The Art of Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

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The Art of Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

Do you dread dealing with any type of obstacle? Most of us do. We want life to be easy, but it seems that obstacles continuously thwart our efforts and limit the quality of our lives. The good news is that obstacles create lessons that we grow from learning.

Obstacles can actually be a blessing! Obstacles are often the path to great success and achievement. The obstacle isn’t really a roadblock. It’s an opportunity.

If there is one characteristic found in all successful people, it’s the ability to persevere and overcome obstacles. Those that struggle with life invariably give up far too quickly.

Overcoming obstacles requires three things:

  1. It begins with the ability to perceive the situation accurately. This requires having a true understanding of how the world works. It’s important to be free of emotional distress and to maintain your composure. Excess emotion clouds perception and can inhibit your  action.
  2. Act intelligently. With accurate perception, you have the ability to take appropriate action. All of us take actions every day. Even lying on the couch and watching television is a course of action. However, few of us take intelligent action. Intelligent action consists of actions that are most likely to lead to success.
  3. Accept and persevere. Creating opportunities from obstacles requires will. When [divider] in a situation with multiple obstacles and little hope, do you continue or do you give up? The ability to accept the situation makes intelligent action easier. Lacking acceptance, you’ll face too much emotional struggle to perceive accurately or to act intelligently.

This report focuses on the details and enhancement of these three important traits. Enjoy!

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

– Lao Tzu

Active Perception

Perception is how we view and comprehend the events occurring around us. It also consists of the interpretation of what those events mean. Your perception can be a strength or a weakness. When you’re overly emotional and subjective, you create further challenges.

All of our thoughts are clouded by inaccurate perceptions of past experiences, false beliefs, and fear. Filtering out these mental obstacles requires skill. However, with practice, it’s possible to keep your emotions under control. With a clear mind, only the truth remains. When you see the truth, you’re starting from the perfect place.

Accuracy and delusional thinking are the opposite of each other. An accurate assessment of the situation and the ability to see the possibilities are the key.

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!”

– Bob Marley

Maintain Your Composure

Obstacles present themselves each day. We’re constantly presented with a choice either to maintain our emotional state or to become rattled. Whether it’s a traffic jam on the way to work, an employee that calls in sick, or a child that’s broken your front window, two possibilities exist. Which do you routinely choose?

Try these tips for maintaining your composure in the midst of chaos:

  1. Be defiant. On some level, composure is the result of defiance. It’s the refusal to be intimidated or to view a temporary result as a failure.
  2. Take responsibility. Something powerful happens when you choose to take responsibility for a situation: you have the power to change things. When you have power, you’ll feel less stress and worry.
  3. Stay present. In times of turmoil, keep your attention on your current task. Keep your mind in the present moment. Keep your mind on your work, rather than on the possible negative outcomes. To stay present when your mind tries to wander, focus on your breathing and your senses. Make a mental list of the things you see, hear, smell, and feel.
  • You can only think about one thing at a time. Use that fact to your advantage. Negative thoughts about the future lead to anxiety.
  1. Focus on solutions. Unsuccessful people are masters at concentrating on their challenges and making them more intimidating than they really are. Keep your thoughts on the solutions.
  • This requires practice. The more you practice, the more adept you’ll become at this skill.
  1. Realize that becoming upset limits your options. Fear and anxiety limit your ability to see all of your options. The most elegant, and often simple, solutions will elude you. You’re at your best when in a state of equanimity.

Chaos is one type of obstacle. Use chaos as an opportunity to build your emotional resistance. You can control your thoughts and emotional response in every situation. Focus on maintaining your composure throughout the day.

“Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.”

– Shunryu Suzuki

Objectivity

Objectivity is elusive. Objectivity is the ability to see the situation accurately, without the influence of emotion, prejudice, or bias. When you’re observing, you see what is actually there. When you’re perceiving, you’re seeing more than what is actually there.

We often create turmoil with the belief that a situation should be a particular way.

  • My boss is supposed to be supportive of me.
  • My ex-girlfriend should still be with me.
  • I should have more money than Bob.
  • I should have more free time.

Accept the situation and make up your mind to move forward.

Become more objective and see the truth with these techniques:

  • Avoid quick reactions. Have you ever noticed that deer run when frightened? It’s not a thoughtful process. A deer either freezes or runs. The instinct to flee is strong. In fact, it’s so strong that deer often flee from one problem only to be struck by a car.
  • Reacting quickly is the result of instinct. Your boss infuriates you, so you quit. Your spouse makes a mistake, and you verbally unload on them. But reacting quickly is rarely the best option.
  • Take a moment to assess the situation before choosing a course of action.
  1. Consider your sensitive spots. Which topics cause you to routinely overreact? Are you easily slighted? Are you impatient? Do you hold strong political beliefs that you defend vigorously?
  • When you’re in situations that result in strong emotions, you’re much less likely to be objective. Notice when you’re involved in one of these situations and tread carefully.
  1. Strip away your perceptions. Take the situation at face value. Suppose you’re waiting for your friend to arrive at the movie theater. Depending on your past experiences and your personality, you might conclude:
  • She had a car accident.
  • She’s stuck in traffic.
  • She doesn’t respect my time.
  • She’s late again. I’m really going to let her have it when she gets here.
  • However, you can’t know any of these things until you actually speak to her. Why upset yourself when there might not be a reason to be upset? All you know is that she’s late. More helpful questions might include:
    • Should I call her?
    • Should I wait for her or go inside and buy the popcorn?
    • Will there still be seats available if I wait much longer?
    • If I continue waiting, how long should I wait?
  1. Make a list of what you know regarding the situation. You might know that your company’s earnings are down this quarter. However, you might not know that you’re going to lose your job as a result.
  • Before making decisions, make a list of what you know for a fact.
  • Then make a list of logical conclusions.
  • Finally, note your thoughts that are unsupported and tainted by your emotions and negative thought patterns.
  1. De-personalize the situation. Imagine you were giving advice to a friend or a stranger. Objectivity is easier to find when you take your ego out of the equation. Obstacles and setbacks seem smaller when they’re occurring to someone else.

Few people can rightly consider themselves to be objective. We’re all victims of our past and our erroneous thinking. It takes tremendous effort to maintain objectivity. The ability to see the truth lays the groundwork for overcoming obstacles.

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

– Christopher Reeve

Control What You Can

Everything that happens in your life can be divided into two groups: Those things you can control and those you cannot. Worrying about things beyond your control is simply counterproductive. Focus on those things under your influence.

What can you control?

  1. Your decisions. At the end of the day, you make up your own mind. You decide what to eat, to whom you’ll speak, and the direction of your life. If you fail to make decisions, you’re deciding to let the world determine your fate.
  2. Your emotions. You can choose whether you’ll stay calm or become upset. Life is harder if you can’t control your emotions.
  3. Your attitude. Do you choose to be optimistic or pessimistic? Your attitude influences your thoughts and emotions – and ultimately your actions.
  4. Your perspective. Are you a failure stuck in an unwinnable situation? Or are you a winner in a tough, but manageable situation? Do you believe there are golden opportunities to be found in the midst of your challenges? Which perspective would be more likely to support you in your endeavors?
  5. Your creativity. Are you going to repeat the same patterns that have resulted in the current situation? Or are you taking full advantage of your ability to solve problems and create new, exciting results?

Make a list of everything in your life that’s disagreeable to you. Make note of all the things out of your control and decide not to let them intrude on your thoughts. Put your time and focus on the things within your sphere of control. Ignore those things you can’t influence.

“Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.”

– Joel Osteen

Intelligent Action

Most of us take action. However, do we choose the wisest action for the situation? Intelligent action can only result from accurate perception. It’s only through taking consistent, intelligent actions that obstacles are dismantled. Intelligent action often requires courage, because the most effective actions are rarely the easiest.

Get Started

Theodore Roosevelt said that we either wear out or rust out. Getting busy is important. You can’t think an obstacle away. You have to start somewhere, so get started. Often, the best solutions won’t present themselves until you make a few efforts.

You can only make progress if you’re doing something:

  1. Realize that getting started is often the hardest part. Whether it’s cleaning out the shed, doing your income taxes, or solving world hunger, nothing happens until you take action. In most cases, sooner is better than later.
  2. Keep moving. How many times have you started with great enthusiasm, only to quit after a short period? A little progress can be a dangerous thing. It’s easy to become excited after taking those first few steps, but overcoming obstacles requires ongoing effort.
  • Do something each day to move beyond your challenge. Once you have a small amount of momentum, avoid allowing it to slip away. Keep pressing.
  • Keep thinking while you’re moving. You can walk and chew gum at the same time. You can think and plan while you’re taking action.
  1. Increase your effort. It’s easy to be busy and get little accomplished. Look around your workplace. Most employees have the routine down to a science. Keep your head down, shuffle some papers, check email while no one is watching, and wait for 5 o’clock.
  • When did you last put your best effort into anything? We’re so used to operating at 10%, we’ve forgotten what 100%, or even 50%, feels like anymore.
  • Providing you’re taking intelligent action, an increase in effort will increase your results proportionately.
  1. Understand that the circumstances will never be perfect. There will always be some aspect of the current situation that’s less than ideal. The fact that you’re not 100% ready isn’t a viable excuse for failing to take action

Momentum is self-created. Get started so you can get finished.

“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.”

– Charles Stanley

It’s Intelligent Action if It’s Effective

Deal with reality. There’s no value in getting caught up in what should work. Intelligent action is effective action. If your action isn’t creating results, it’s not intelligent action. Preoccupy yourself with what’s working, not what should be working. Be practical.

These strategies will help you to determine what action is intelligent action and move forward accordingly:

  1. Measure your results. The best way to determine if an action is intelligent is to measure your results regularly. You might be on the-perfect-weight-loss diet according to experts, but if you’re gaining weight, it’s not an intelligent diet for you.
  • Would you follow a diet without weighing yourself? Avoid taking actions and ignoring the outcomes.
  1. Enhance your actions. Your first action might be effective, but is it as effective as it could be? It almost certainly isn’t. Continue testing and refining as you go along. Keep in mind that conditions change. Even if you were fortunate enough to find the perfect process, it won’t be perfect for long.
  • Seek regular improvement along the way. This is the only way to guarantee overcoming any obstacle.
  1. Be flexible. Focus on being pragmatic instead of clinging to a particular course of action. A straight line might be the shortest path, but sometimes it’s easier to go around the mountain than through it. Be committed to your objective, but flexible in your approach.
  • Hold to your principles and ideals, but be creative and flexible in the method you follow. Progress is more important than perfection.
  1. Look for clues. Has anyone else successfully overcome the same obstacle? How did they accomplish it? Examine your own past. We often repeat our mistakes. Imagine the change you’d experience in your life if you never made the same mistake twice. Look for clues that will enhance your approach.

Intelligent action is action that creates results. It’s that simple. No obstacle can stand up to persistent and intelligent action.

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.”

– Orison Swett Marden

Focus

Time, attention, money, and willpower are limited resources. Overcoming obstacles requires focusing your resources intelligently. Building focus is like building a muscle. It requires intention and effort to encourage growth.

Scattering your attention and resources limits your ability to overcome obstacles:

  1. Determine what success looks like. Focus is easier to maintain if you have a clear objective. You might need to find a better job in order to purchase the home of your dreams. But what does a better job really mean? If you know that it means:
  • A salary of $75,000+
  • No more than 50 hours per week
  • Within 10 miles of my home

Then you can direct your energy and resources wisely.

  1. Make a list of what you won’t do. The great investor, Warren Buffett, suggests the following exercise: Make a list of everything you really want to accomplish and put the list in order. Circle the top three items. His advice is to avoid everything else on the list as if your life depended on it.
  • Avoid all the distractions in life that don’t matter. Handle your current obstacle. There will be time in the future to accomplish other goals.
  1. Create list of accomplishments at the end of each day. Success can increase focus. A little progress can fuel your attention. Spend a few minutes at the end of each day listing your successes, no matter how small.
  2. Control your thoughts. Keep your thoughts on the actions that will bring about positive results.

Can anything impressive be accomplished without focus? Use your time and other resources to the best of your ability. Distractions may be enjoyable, but they won’t help you conquer your obstacles.

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

– Michael Jordan

Expect Failure

Be prepared for things not to work out. While there are many things we can control about ourselves, it’s not possible to control the rest of the world. Even with intelligent action, the results aren’t always positive in the short-term. Keep in mind that some obstacles can be too great to overcome. It wasn’t possible for Aristotle to walk on the moon.

  1. Failures can provide valuable information. Every failed attempt provides information that can be used to improve your approach or your objective. It has been said that the surest road to success is to fail quickly and often.
  2. Failures can result in new opportunities. A failure can provide the chance to learn something new or to perfect a skill. At the very least, failure is an opportunity to learn how to control your emotions.
  3. Understand that failure isn’t final. Abraham Lincoln had many failed business and political endeavors before finally becoming president.

Failure is a common outcome. No one can avoid it. How you deal with failure is under your control. While there will be a few obstacles that can’t be overcome, 99% of the obstacles we face on a daily basis don’t fall into that category.

Be the type of person that takes consistent, intelligent action. Give your best effort and be prepared to deal with failure.

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”

– Walt Disney

Determination and Perseverance

The ability to persevere is admired in all societies. Perseverance is also necessary to overcome obstacles. Some obstacles require a tremendous amount of time and effort to conquer. Without perseverance, you won’t last long enough to taste success.

If you have a habit of giving up too quickly, it will benefit you to increase your willpower and discipline.

“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

Build Your Willpower

Willpower is often in short supply, but easy to build. The easiest way to build willpower is to challenge it each day. Whenever you feel like stopping an activity, force yourself to continue for a few more minutes. Make two more phone calls or pay two more bills. Read five more pages. You’ll be surprised by how quickly your willpower grows.

  1. Use your willpower to accomplish smaller tasks successfully. If you want the capacity to stay strong in the midst of great obstacles, practice on smaller obstacles. Do what needs to be done in your everyday life.
  • Exercise regularly
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • File your taxes early
  1. Your will strengthens gradually over time. Big obstacles can be overwhelming. But if you’re good at controlling yourself and overcoming smaller obstacles, you’ll find that you can overcome big obstacles as well.
  2. Learn to like being uncomfortable. Asking out a beautiful woman, running 10 miles, making 100 cold calls, or moving across the country are uncomfortable activities. They also have the potential to change your life. Comfortable activities are unlikely to overcome a significant obstacle. Your success is limited by your willingness to deal with discomfort.
  • Get excited when you experience discomfort. Something wonderful might be about to happen!
  1. Stay focused on the result. Itâ’s easy to become overwhelmed if you focus on the obstacle. Spend some time visualizing how great it will be once that obstacle has been defeated. Allow yourself to feel good.
  2. Stay present. Staying grounded in the moment is helpful in multiple areas of your life. Writing a big report for your boss is simply sitting down and moving your hands. In many ways, that’s no different from sitting down and playing cards with your friends. Much of the grief you experience is the result of your thoughts. When you think:
  • This stinks.
  • I should’ve gone to medical school.
  • I’ll never get this done.
  • I hate writing reports.
  • You’re guaranteed to be miserable and struggle to finish. Simply take a deep breath and do what is necessary without emotional content.
  1. Give something up. A great way to build your willpower is to give up a bad habit. It might be smoking, eating sweets, or biting your nails. Take it one day at a time and resist your urges. It can be just as challenging to avoid an action as it is to take one.

Willpower is the ability to do something you don’t feel like doing. It’s a valuable commodity. With enough willpower, it’s easy to save money, stop procrastinating, and overcome obstacles. Time spent building your willpower is time well spent.

“I have a motto on my bedroom wall: ‘Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal.’ Giving up is not my style. I just want to do something that’s worthwhile.”

– Chris Burke

Recognize Your Mortality

Some argue that death renders everything irrelevant. After all, what’s the point in doing anything if you’re destined to become fertilizer for daffodils? However, the truth is that appreciating your mortality can create focus and lessen worry.

There are advantages to pondering your eventual demise:

  1. You’ll stop worrying about silly things. The fact that your football team lost the Super Bowl or the fact that your great idea failed become much less burdensome. Many of the obstacles in your life will also take on new meanings and seem less scary.
  2. You’ll focus your attention. Imagine you only had a month to live. You’d spend your remaining time wisely! We’re all dying a little each day. It’s just happening too slowly to breach our consciousness. Think about how quickly the last ten years have passed. How many more decades do you have left? Who knows?
  3. Make a list of the things you’d like to accomplish before you die. Now imagine that your assumed life expectancy is cut in half. What would still be on the list? Fewer things are important as you run out of time. Fewer obstacles are important, too.

Contemplating your death has the power to release worries, enhance focus, and increase the meaning your feel in your life. Remember that of the 7 billion people on Earth, very few will be alive in 100 years. None of them will be alive in 150 years. Are you really worried about a little obstacle?

“Fear can be good when you’re walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it’s not good when you have a goal and you’re fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had success has failed before.”

– Queen Latifah

Accept Everything

It is what it is. Is losing your job unpleasant? Perhaps. But is crying, pouting, getting angry, or throwing yourself off a bridge going to rectify the situation? No. There’s a tremendous power in fully accepting the current situation. It’s very liberating.

Accept your circumstances and grow you capacity to deal with obstacles:

  1. Acceptance isn’t the same as agreement. Many people refuse to accept the current situation because they believe that it’s equivalent to approval. Acceptance is about not fighting reality. You don’t have to approve of the fact that someone else took your dream job, but that’s reality. Failing to accept the truth only prolongs your pain.
  2. Acceptance allows you to work on the solution. While you’re emotionally tied up in the circumstances, you’re stuck. Let it go and begin working on the solution to the obstacle in your way.
  3. Let go of the need for justice and the need to be right. Would you rather be right or be happy? You can think of at least one person in your life that insists on being right 100% of the time. How happy are they? Remember that life is short. Move on.

Deal with the things under your control and accept the rest. Do you have a viable alternative?  Embrace every experience, even those you don’t enjoy. The sooner you accept the situation, the sooner you can move beyond it.

“Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.”

– Michael J. Fox

Obstacles are a common part of life. The most successful people are able to overcome bigger obstacles than those that struggle with life. Obstacles can be viewed as stepping stones to greater levels of success. Don’t avoid obstacles. Embrace them. Any obstacle can become the path to your success.

Obstacles are also the best learning opportunities. Obstacles stretch our ability to contain our emotions, build focus and acceptance, and develop new skills. Without obstacles, life would become stale and boring.

A calm soul makes trying times conquerable.

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As a business owner and a mom I find 2020 very challenging. But difficulties give me an opportunity to work on myself and focus on what’s really important in life. During trying times I concentrate on maintaining a calm soul. This approach helps me to conquer the challenges that face me.

I avoid being reactive to difficult situations that catch me off guard. While it is easy to allow confrontation to anger me, I choose to take the higher road.

I spend a lot of time on nurturing my mind and spirit. I train myself to keep calm and live in the now. 

When I encounter resistance, I take a deep breath and allow the brain chatter to pass before making any decisions. I ignore the stirrings of impatience and anger that pull at me.

I realize that giving in to negativity zaps my energy and makes the situation more complicated. My wisdom in handling trying times encourages me to act from a place of calm reasoning. When my soul is calm, I am able to think things through. With serenity, I can see the value in all my life experiences. Even obstacles become worthwhile and meaningful when seen in this light.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. What can I do to help me develop a consistently calm soul?

2. How often do I come up against situations that are difficult to control?

3. What help and resources are there to help me deal with those trying times?

16 Empowering Beliefs to Live By Today

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Your life is shaped by your thinking. Even obstacles have a value when you can see it. You can develop convictions that will help you to feel happier and achieve more, regardless of the circumstances.

Consider these empowering beliefs that you can start using today to transform your life through the power of positive thinking.

Empowering Beliefs to Make You Smile

1. I know my potential. I can achieve amazing results when I put your mind to it. I feel excited when I think about things that I am passionate about.

2. I am grateful for…  ( list three great things that have happen today and everyday) I am blessed.  

3. I learn from mistakes. They get me closer to what I really want. Rehearsing what just happen is a wrong thing to do as it keeps you stuck. After each such lesson I only focus on what I really want.

4. I find meaning in adversity. Tough times can be the most rewarding phase of your life. I know that we can emerge from any challenge with greater wisdom and courage. 

5. I embrace change. Accept that life is a series of changes. Focus on the present moment, and prepare yourself to adapt to whatever circumstances come your way.

6. I dream big and my wish list is constantly expanding. Setting demanding but attainable goals gives me adventures to look forward to each day.

7. I practice forgiveness. Lighten your load by clearing away any resentment you’re holding onto from the past. Set reasonable boundaries while you respond with compassion when others disappoint you. Pardon yourself too.

8. I give generously. Sharing your blessings makes you more powerful and joyful. Volunteer in your community and speak kindly to each person you meet today. Buy coffee for your co-workers or give your receptionist a flower.

Empowering Beliefs to Make You Strive

1. I take responsibility. You are in charge of your life. Hold yourself accountable for the outcomes you create. Celebrate the fact that you have the power to determine your own future.

2. I apply effort. Figure out your definition of success so you know what is worth working for. Give yourself credit when you’re making progress rather than comparing yourself to others.

3. I leverage my strengths. You have your own individual strengths that you can draw on. Figure out what you’re good at and what you want to do. Let that knowledge guide your choices.

4. I listen to feedback. Ask for feedback so you can enhance your performance and show others that you respect their point of view. You grow faster when you gather solid input that you can translate into action.

5. I ask for help. Expand your capabilities by building a sturdy support network. Carpool with other parents. Divide up household chores with your spouse and children.

6. I connect with others. Moral support counts too. Surround yourself with loving and encouraging family and friends. Participate actively in your faith community. Join a club with members who share your interest in solar power or badminton.

7. I recognize opportunities. Stay alert for promising openings. You may meet a new friend while you’re standing in line to buy your morning coffee.

8. I try new things. Be open to experimentation. Go kayaking one weekend instead of playing tennis. Bake your own bread or knit a scarf. You may discover hidden talents.

An upbeat attitude increases your happiness and productivity. Question your old assumptions so you can replace them with a new sense of certainty about yourself and your future. Adopt empowering beliefs that build up your confidence and prepare you for greater success.

Start today. You’ll be glad you did!

Breaking A Habit Of Living In The Future

Just last week you’d never consider the option of spending all of your free time at home. Our life was set on auto-pilot and all we had to do was to get up and go. Stress and anxiety was something that we got used to. Migraines, headaches and insomnia created discomfort but we accepted it as a part of life. All of the sudden, the fast-paced lifestyle become irrelevant and what we don’t have is not as important. We are finally here, in the present moment noticing things around us like never before.

While our routines and busy schedules have been turned upside down for a short while, we finally have the time to look in the mirror, spend time with ourselves and reevaluate what’s important in life.

Do I really need all of the clothes in my closet? Half of it has never been worn?

Do I need all of the skin care in my drawers? I don’t know what to do with most of those products which I spend lots of money on.

What’s in my fridge? Do I really have what it takes to keep me well nourished and healthy?

Here is one idea to begin grounding yourself.

Surrender To The Moment.

5 Best Vitamins For Healthy Skin

Inevitably, as we get older, so does our skin.  Often, however, the skin can look older than our actual age.  Years of sun exposure and pollution and sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on our skin.   Good anti-aging creams and peptide serums containing ingredients such as Vitamin A or E can minimize the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots.  But an extra snooze once a week can accelerate the skin healing process even further.

Anti-aging Diet:  A simple change in your diet can have a big impact on your skin and your health.  Foods that are rich in antioxidants such as colored fruits and green veggies fight the free radicals and prevent the cell damage.  Be sure to drink enough water in order to keep your body hydrated.

Anti-Aging Alternative treatment methods for hyperpigmentation.  There are some effective procedures that help to lighten the skin such as light therapy or IPL or laser. Clients with darker pigment in the skin are not able to benefits from these procedures due to potential side effects. However, there are tried-and-tested home remedies anyone can use to help the skin regain its youthful balance. One of those super easy home remedies that help to slough off the damaged skin is the application of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the affected areas followed by yogurt/banana mask.  Use this mask twice a week. This treatment mask will tend to make the skin more sensitive to sun so make sure to use sun screen 40 SPF or higher. Avoid the sun for at least 48 after the use of this mask. 

Nutritional compounds containing vitamins A, D, K, B, C and E are beneficial for your skin.  Vitamin E protect the skin from free radicals.  Selenium protects the human body of all kinds of cancer, including skin cancer.

Vitamins are important to the skin and vitamin deficiencies can have negative effect on the skin. Since vitamins C and E play such important roles in protecting your skin from the sun, deficiencies in either vitamin can increase the risk of skin damage and even cancer.

Your Gut Holds The Key To Your Well-Being

Perfect Health and Beauty Begin In Your Gut.

Antioxidant Rich Ginger For Glowing Skin

Thanks to Mother Nature and its perfect design our health and beauty can be course corrected on a daily basis.  I am Yolanda Russo, skin care expert and a life coach, who serves clients who come to our Facial Clinic because of their struggles with keeping their skin glowing and healthy.

You Can’t Look Good If You Don’t Feel Good.

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Before entering the facial room the client’s skin is assessed for signs of imbalance as we discuss the lifestyle and the home skin care routine as if relates to their FACE STORY. I created this term especially for my clients so that they understand that there is more to the skin than the surface. During the entire facial treatment, clients discover how the daily stress and the food choices influence their looks. For example, when the skin appears dull and lacks it glow while showing wrinkles prematurely can indicate too much stress in life among other things. But when the pores are stretched open with acne breakouts showing up on cheeks the poor diet choices may be a culprit. Clients are then referred to a nutritionist for advice and recommendation that can change the way they look and feel.

Are These Wrinkles?

According to Ben Fuck, the nutritionist and pharmacist there is a natural solution to reversing the signs of aging as well as other skin problems that include acne. The quick fix begins with the foods you put in the body. Processed foods, fried foods, and sugary drinks can wreak havoc on the gut health and show up on the skin as acne, rosacea, and skin sagging among other things. According to the Foods That Harm Foods That Heal by Reader’s Digest simple changes in the eating habits we can restore our good health and good looks.

If you would like to have a Consultation with Yolanda Russo, skin care expert at Speranzi Facial Spa and discover how your lifestyle affects your skin and what can you do to improve it naturally please call 973 228 7727 today!

Healing Properties Of Antioxidants

Skin care product created from the source is rich in minerals and antioxidants, not only that it does  wonders for our skin but also for the planet. Go natural now!

Many women want to look younger without going under the knife but what they may not know that health and beauty work in tandem. Just a decade ago our skin care contained a lot of synthetic products. Today we are much more savvy about the ingredients and we make better choices in selection of a cleanser or a moisturizer.

Unlike natural beauty products that are healthy for you, synthetic ingredients are taxing the body and at times can cause a dis-ease in the body. Imagine that hard work your body needs to go through to detoxify itself. That’s why drinking a lot of water and deep breathing is crucial in detoxification.  Synthetic ingredients found in products that are oil-free can block skin pores and it can contribute to acne. 

Natural skin care products, on the other hand, show a variety of oils and fats present in nature. When you are scouring the aisles of your respective local health or wellness store, you may be confronted with numerous choices.  Don’t look for oil free products as these contain the synthetic oils. They are stripped from the healthy oils to satisfy the consumer needs. What the consumer doesn’t know that avocado oil is healthy but Stearalkonium Chloride or Mineral Oil are synthetic oils that are added to Oil-Free skin care.

The very best all-natural beauty products contain plant extracts, which includes avocado oil and grapeseed oil. They are similar to what you are skin secretes naturally thus it will not turn your skin feel sticky or greasy looking. Another great ingredient to look for is resveratrol. Produced from grape skins, this ingredient has lots of antioxidant qualities and it is legally an effective anti-inflammatory agent. As a matter of fact, research has revealed that it can be helpful in protecting your facial skin from the harmful sun rays.

Green tea leaf is actually another popular ingredient discovered natural beneficial products. You’ll find this ingredient filled with of anti-oxidants that may possibly help you stay in the daylight for longer periods of time. Aloe Vera is an example of another such ingredient that is well popular for its moisturizing qualities. It soothes and promotes skin healing simultaneously. Finally, consider seaweed. Not exclusively can it be eaten when you prepared the motorcycle for winter your Japanese sushi roll, additionally it makes an awesome detoxifier used primarily in products for all those with oily skin.

If you’re still unsure about the effects what organic beauty products can have on your skin, you can start with peptide rich lip balm. Apply it to your skin as well as your lips and see the difference.  Go natural today and feel the positive effects these products bring to both your body and soul.

Yolanda Russo, skin care expert and esthetician at Speranzi Facial Spa is helping women of all ages to keep the skin young and healthy.

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