Tag Archives: Personal Development


Your Definition of Toughness Doesn’t Serve You

What comes to your mind when you hear the word toughness? The stereotypical guy who wears leather jackets, rides a motorcycle, eats meat, and drinks beer? If that’s so, you define the word tough as “prone to violence.” Needless to say, that definition won’t help you much in today’s society. If you think you’re tough, […]


A Simple Practice to Get Unstuck

We create our reality with the choices we make and the actions we take. Our choices and actions are determined by our thoughts and feelings. Most of our thoughts and feelings are repetitive. Our emotions are saved in our unconscious mind, which plays them over and over, day after day. Our emotions trigger the same […]


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, […]


The First Step to Productivity

Productivity is a popular but often misunderstood topic in business and personal development. Here’s a question for you before we start. What does productivity mean to you? How do you define it? Take a moment to reflect on this question and come up with an answer before you move on. The Definition of Productivity To […]


The Impact of Your Environment on Your Success

What comes to your mind when you think about success? For most of us, it’s working harder, longer, and smarter. Sure you can improve your results through hard and smart work, but that’s just one factor in the formula of success. There are others factors such as environment and identity. Creating the right environment will […]


Creating a Reward System to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough

Success in life comes after long stretches of plateaus and dips. If you want to achieve anything significant, you need to put a lot of effort into it without seeing any results for a long time. That doesn’t come naturally to us. Our default programming expects immediate results. When we don’t get any results for […]


Eliminate Bad Habits with a Simple Question

In the famous Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, toddlers were given a marshmallow. If they waited for fifteen minutes without eating the marshmallow, they would receive a second one. Some of them couldn’t make it to the end of the fifteen minutes without eating the treat. Some of them could. The success of the children in different […]


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 […]

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.