Tag Archives: Mindfulness


Why You’re Stuck and How to Get Unstuck

In an interview on Impact Theory, Joe Dispenza explains the link between the thoughts in our mind and emotions in our body. There’s a positive feedback loop between our thoughts and emotions. Our thoughts trigger emotions in our body, and our emotions cause thoughts in our mind. For example, when you think a sad thought, […]


Three Life Lessons I Learned from My Cardio Workouts

I do a light-moderate cardio workout three days a week, even though I hate it. Running or biking at the same tempo for 25 minutes bores the hell out of me. That’s one of the reasons I do it because it increases my mental toughness. Many people associate lifting heavy weights in the gym with […]


Dealing with Difficult People

We are all a bunch of programs. These programs are transferred from generation to generation through genes and culture. Some of these programs are very basic. On a deep level, we all want to survive and reproduce. A lot of our behaviors stem from those two basic instincts. We share those instincts with other animals. […]


Realize Your Potential and Accomplish Extraordinary Feats

We, humans, have extraordinary potentials but use only a tiny fraction of our potential. Do you wonder why? Because we are not focused. We are distracted by millions of irrelevant things. If we have to realize our potential and accomplish extraordinary feats, we need to focus our attention single-mindedly on our vision. How are we […]


The Bug That’s Trying to Mate with a Beer Bottle

This post isn’t my attempt to dethrone Franz Kafka from his position in the royal family of literature. It’s about a species of beetles from Australia, and the similarities of our behavior with them. The males of this species are attracted to a particular beer bottle and try to mate with it. These beer bottles […]


An Effective Method to Eliminate Bad Habits

  Let me share with you three facts, and then explain how we can use them to eliminate bad habits. Our minds work with associations. Emotions have a higher impact on our behavior than thoughts. Negative emotions have a higher impact than positive emotions. An Example: Quitting Smoking I used to be a smoker. It […]


This Is Why You’re a Failure

Make an honest assessment of your life. Do you consider yourself a success or a failure? If you consider yourself a success, great. If you consider yourself a failure, keep on reading. You’ll find out why you’re a failure and how to eliminate those reasons from your life. Before we continue, take a moment to […]


The Simple Formula of Progress

Today’s wisdom comes from two people from different walks of life. One is an American billionaire investor, and the other one is a Buddhist nun. We all experience psychological pain from time to time. I’m not talking about mental disorders like a major depression but the discomfort that happens as a result of unmet desires, […]


What I Learned from an Airplane Flight That Took Six Hours Longer Than Planned

Last Saturday, I returned back from vacation. What started with a 40-minute delay ended up in a perfect storm, literally. My three-hour flight ended up as a nine-hour journey between three airports, which was a great lesson to practice what I preach in my blog posts. Lately, I’m writing more and more about personality traits. […]


An Unexpected Shortcut to Mental Toughness

What would satisfy you the most? Buy the luxury sports car that you want? Move to the five-bedroom home of your dreams? Start a relationship with the partner that you yearn for? Maybe, your desires are subtler. Being respected by others. Being admired by them. Being approved. Turning heads around when you’re in public. Or […]

Burak Bilgin

Software developer with a Ph.D. and 15 years of experience. I write daily on personal development and life lessons. Sign up to my email newsletter to receive a weekly roundup of my latest posts.