“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment.” -Maya Angelou “The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is to break complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then start on the first one.” -Mark Twain As a human being in the 21st century, chances are you have a career to build, a family to care for, a household to manage, bills & taxes to pay, and a burning desire to improve every area of your life. Sometimes you have so much going on, you feel like your head might explode. And you’re not alone. The feeling of overwhelm is spreading like a disease throughout modern culture… and rightfully so. Our limited human attention spans are in a constant tug-of-war with countless demands, distractions, and desires… and they’re increasing exponentially with each passing year. The modern world’s incessant need for “more, better, faster” creates a sense of urgency and inadequacy, and leaves us feeling that our happiness, contentment and desired state of being are perpetually “just around the corner” -- always the next goal away, just out of reach. Even as the highly conscious, ultra-intentional Lifebook Members we are… We all face challenges in life that threaten to sweep us off our feet. Enter emotional overwhelm… that paralyzing cocktail of stress, worry, helplessness and disempowerment that tries to convince you of your inability to cope with the circumstances and challenges of life. Overwhelm overrides our ability to see things clearly and take conscious action, by making our problems appear bigger and closer than they actually are. But here’s a truly life-changing secret… Overwhelm is less about what’s going on outside of you, and more about what’s going on inside of you.

You forgot to set your alarm. As you slowly wake up on your own, you see that the sun is already shining brightly and it’s much later than you anticipated. Panic sets in as you realize you’re late for everything. You throw on your cleanest outfit, brush your teeth and rush out the door un-showered, hungry and stressed. While this may be a downright miserable way for anyone to start their day, it’s all too familiar to many of us. We’ve all experienced the difference between an unintentional morning of stress and chaos, and an intentional morning of tranquility and efficiency. Your morning routine has the power to set the mood for your entire day. Studies show that people who start their mornings calm and happy finish the day in the same upbeat, energized state… whereas people who begin their day in a bad mood end their day feeling the same, or worse. Furthermore, those who have elevated moods demonstrate high productivity, while those who experience low moods demonstrate low productivity. The bottom line? If you want to feel happier, more energized, more successful, and more fulfilled, you absolutely must create a morning ritual that nourishes you.

Written by Leo Babauta of ZenHabits Living a life of simplicity can be a beautiful thing. But simplifying itself can seem like an overwhelming process. So I recommend simplicity in your simplifying. Instead of trying to simplify your whole life, tossing out all your clutter and paring your...

After talking with Jon and Missy about our top three goals at our Lifebook Ultimate weekend, we determined one of them was Home Environment. Jon recently encouraged us to start thinking about our Family Room and to start designing it based on how we want to spend our time as a family. We have done a lot of thinking and planning in these areas, which has been awesome, but it has also spurred on some additional transformation in the last week or two – in our game cupboard, music closet and home office (which also is a chiropractic room), craft closet, linen closet and toss-all room. I wanted to record my experience this morning because it was so powerful. I have been getting up early and working on getting rid of anything in these rooms that does not move me toward my life vision. I ask myself, “Does this bring joy to my life? Do I love it? Do I need it? Do I use it?”

"We all have an obligation as citizens of this earth to leave the world a healthier, cleaner, and better place for our children and future generations.” -Blythe Danner “When we recognize the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection; love is born. -Nhat Hanh Knowing that we’re doing our best to become better people on a daily basis is one of the truest definitions of success, and one of the most important things we can do to create happiness and fulfillment in our lives. But what about the bigger picture? Part of our calling to become better human beings entails devoting ourselves to causes that are bigger than us… to committing greater acts of love, care and devotion for our beautiful planet, and all of its inhabitants. Here are 17 documentary films that will turn your focus toward the impact you have on the world, and help you become an even better global citizen.

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live without the countless luxuries we enjoy everyday?

What are some of the items or products that truly make your life better, and contribute to your happiness and wellbeing?

We asked Lifebook VIPS to share some of their most treasured possessions, and here’s what they came up with…

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My Vitamix!
Before my Vitamix I had no idea just how smooth a smoothie could be. Now I can’t imagine how I’d get all of my nutrients and raw foods everyday without it. Jessi Kohlhagen Things-2
My Bose In-Ear Head Phones.
The quality of music they provide is wonderful. Music makes my heart happy and to have them makes it sound like I am listening to the music being played right in front of me. Jessica Dziurkowski