What Does It Take To Be Great?

by Sotir Ivanovski Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
I never really comprehended the reality of a professional athlete before. Like most, I'd sit in front of the T.V and marvel at the speed, stamina, and strength of an Olympian. Their physique, prowess, the ease with which they performed their chosen field inspired me. Like Gods, they pushed and stretched our definition of what was possible. I never thought otherwise. Until now. You see, I'm waking up. If they can achieve, why can't I? What am I capable of? What is my ceiling? Do ...
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Face To Face.

by Sotir Ivanovski Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
If we were to sum up the general anecdote of life, it would be to "know thy self." Don't believe me? Remember the time when you were screaming at the top of your lungs at your children, partner, family member? Lost control right? Or the time when the ground disappeared from under you as the realization of betrayal and deceit from your lover sank in? These events are not mistakes; they are opportunities to "know thyself." They are opportunities to see the unconscious patterns ...
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Be The Change!

by Sotir Ivanovski Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Home and Family
Have you ever heard someone say... "It's business.""It's work.""It's politics." I want to know, What does that even mean? For years these comments confused and perplexed me. Until I realised. We are a very excusing species. And we do it with everything. At home, at work, in careers, business, and especially in politics. The idea that we have to be a certain way. Ruthless, cunning, lie, work cultures. Why? It is both an excuse to act in a less than desirable way and a fad. Why ...
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Be Right...Or Be Happy?

by Sotir Ivanovski Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Home and Family
It’s easy to forget. I know. It happened to me. Blaming others for the pain, I felt inside. The world for not understanding. Anger toward friends and family. We can reason and justify just about anything in our life while conveniently excusing ourselves in the process. I did it for years. And it’s not that I consciously wanted to. In fact, I had no idea. Thoughts of injustice, unfairness, and lack of consideration continually firing in my mind, creating cocktails of chemicals in my body. Cocktails of pain, ...
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Why Values Are So Important!

by Sotir Ivanovski Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
Money, Money, Money, Money, Right! Well not exactly. Let me explain. Growing up, I was the youngest of four. Eight years younger than my brother and eleven to my sister.I beamed with pride and awe whenever we were all together. I'm not sure exactly why I just remember feeling excited. These early memories determined what was most important to me. Family, Connection, Human Well Being. To master your life, you need to get clear about what you want to dedicate your life to. And dedicating ...
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Reconnect

by Sotir Ivanovski Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Home and Family
We believe just about anything. Just put a "New Scientific Research" in front of it, and we're off running. We live in a time of Intellectual Reasoning. My recent holiday was nothing like I believed it would be. I had built up ideas and notions of how it would be, imagining the people, life to be something based on things I've heard from others, the internet and articles. But my experience was completely different. You see, the very nature of mind is to ...
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Change...It’s Coming

by Sotir Ivanovski Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Home and Family
Flying cars. Self-driving automobiles. Robots that learn, play music and write novels... If you didn’t know any better, you’d think I were talking about the next Steven Spielberg movie. But I'm not. I'm talking about Now. In our time. The winds of change are upon us, and they will sweep hard and fast. Like most technology, people will lap it up. The must-have I model robot assistant that can cook perfect pasta, make chocolate cakes, and shakes every single time. You’ll be whisked ...
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The New Version Of Success...

by Sotir Ivanovski Business, Self Improvement, Writing and Speaking
The word Success is probably one of the most widely used words in Business. Particularly in the Western World. It conjures images of financial and business achievement. Businessmen and Women wearing Armani suits carrying expensive looking suitcases brimming with what I imagine to be stacks of bundled hundred dollar notes. Deals, meetings, clever negotiations in large, fancy rooms behind closed antique doors. Power, Greed, Boardrooms, Affairs, Money... Growing up, I watched my fair share of television. I watched movies and series portraying Corporate America and the game ...
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The Art Of Creating...

by Sotir Ivanovski Recreation and Sports, Self Improvement, Home and Family
I thought I was creating. But now looking back, I know that I was only copying... My musical journey started when I was eleven. And from the beginning, I somehow believed that I needed to learn and play what was popular. With time, dedication and talent I managed to replicate tunes with the feel and expression to that of original pieces. I felt proud. My father beamed. And people danced away with complete enthusiasm and passion while I performed. I became arrogant. Musically speaking, I believed ...
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Hurting

by Sotir Ivanovski Relationships, Self Improvement, Home and Family
People, lying dead on the ground. Facebook feeds with photos of a bloodied killer. People maneuvering around bloodied bodies, checking pulses for life with one hand while filming with the other. Retribution. Gun Lobbyists. Politicians. Anger. Madness. Pain... Who is to blame? Where should we direct our anger? Should we empower Governments further? Install more CCTV cameras? As a collective species, we are sick. Not well. And it shows in our world. There is no excuse for violence and aggression, but blaming and surface level solutions aren't working. They haven't for a long, long time. We need ...
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Comfort...The New Disconnect.

by Sotir Ivanovski Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
My brother calls. He wants to chat. In the background, I hear pots clanging, tap water running. I struggle to understand what he is saying. Next, I hear the sound of a keyboard. He is on the computer. My concentration wavers. I call my sister. She is on her way to work. Through the phone, I can hear rushing as she paces to get to work. My nephew calls. It's a general "Hi, How are you?" call. As we talk, a chewing sound comes through the phone. He is eating. Words ...
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Core Beliefs...Your Power!

by Sotir Ivanovski Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
I want you to do an exercise with me. Set aside two hours of uninterrupted time. Switch off all phones, computers, tablets, television, radio, and anything else that may disturb your concentration. You'll need blank cards big enough so that you can see them from a distance. Now, write out all the beliefs you hold. One belief per card. Good, bad, ugly, dark, evil, everything! Beliefs you hold about yourself, your job, the world, your partner or spouse, your children, neighbours, organisations, money, the economy, ...
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Life Purpose or Well Being?

by Sotir Ivanovski Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
What do you think of when you think of Life Purpose? Happiness? Contentment? Satisfaction? Wealth? An end to a life long search? I certainly believed that. In fact, I even went to the level of believing that all my problems would be solved. I wanted it bad. So bad. I truly believed it was the missing piece in my life. The answer to my life problems. But. After a manic two-decade search, I came crashing down... And it took me a good year to recover. The western belief that ...
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Awaken...It's Time.

by Sotir Ivanovski Relationships, News and Society, Self Improvement
We are at the bottom of the world's value scale. Us. Human Beings. Somewhere down the ladder of values close to that of trash and vermin. Disposable. Invaluable. Replaceable. Disagree? Ok, let's take a look. Pick a topic. Any topic. Economics. Work. Child Slavery. Genocide. Sex Slavery. Wars. Mutilations. Homelessness. Starvation. Suppression of Women. Refugee Crisis. Human trafficking. Bombings. Shootings... Shall we continue? "Oh, but that's somewhere else!" "That's in the past." "It's the minority." Is it? I find it interesting how we distance ourselves from the true state of our world. The true state ...
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Philosophical Dreams...Are You Having One?

by Sotir Ivanovski Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Home and Family
My dreams were at best, philosophical... A hallucinated mental ideal of a life I wanted. I Dreamt, but could never get close to anything resembling it. Everything I learned about attaining goals I used as a tool to get myself out of where I was. Self-development courses, meditation techniques, energy healing, rewiring the mind. As time went by and my dreams got further away, I became philosophical. I became the person who knew everything but didn’t live it. I talked with complete conviction, passion, ...
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Understand Yourself...And Everything Changes!

by Sotir Ivanovski Business, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
We all want the “easy button” when it comes to life… We tend to think there’s a “trick” or “secret” to success. People constantly wonder... “How did they do it? What’s the secret?” I can’t tell you just how many times I asked these very questions along the course of my journey… It took me years and years of failure before it finally sank in, but once it did, things changed… During those years, I thought success would come as a result of something ...
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Life Doesn't Stop At The Train Station...

by Sotir Ivanovski Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
I’m on the train....It's packed full of people sardined together, sitting in complete silence. Heads down, looking at mobiles, I pads, and laptops. Scrolling through texts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… No one is talking...Silence. Only the occasional voice of the guard echoing through the carriage is heard as we approach the next station...."Next stop, Central..." Eyes carefully positioned so that no one looks at one another, and if by chance they did, they are quickly averted with a speed that would seriously contest the current ...
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Creating The Life We Love...Why Don't We Know?

by Sotir Ivanovski Home Based Business, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
For many years I was obsessed. Obsessed about Living a Life I loved. I read book after book on the topic. Studied people who did what they loved for a living. I observed their behaviours. Read their biographies. Followed them. I would get so excited when I learned something new. I would passionately share it with my family, friends, and colleagues as though I had discovered the "secret to life!" I wanted it so bad! So bad that I constantly talked about it, tugging ...
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One Body...One Life!

by Sotir Ivanovski Health and Fitness, Recreation and Sports, Self Improvement
Values?....What? What are you talking about?If you asked me what Values were a few years ago I would have shrugged my shoulders. There are a lot of things that we are constantly bombarded with in life... From the time we wake up, to the time we lay our head at night. Brush our teeth, coffee, shower, shave, breakfast, get dressed, prepare our lunch, check our emails, texts, Facebook, Instagram, twitter, watch the morning show, feed the dog/cat, tidy up, work, socialise, coffee, eat, ...
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