Where do you get your juice? Running a business can be a solitary venture with the primary focus on managing, problem solving, and planning. It’s easy to forget the very important step of refilling your internal coffers and allowing time and space for quiet reflection and rejuvenation. Listed below are a few websites that provide a quick inspirational message or self-help idea to set a positive tone for the day.
1. Zen Habits
Zen Habits, a site created by author Leo Babauta, is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter to focus on what’s important, creating something amazing, and finding happiness. It was named one of the Top 25 blogs by Time Magazine and has over a million readers. Mr. Babauta sends inspirational messages to your email inbox twice a week, free of charge, and has a treasure trove of useful archives to peruse.
DailyOm offers Inspirational messages that change regularly. If you arrow down to the bottom of the page, you can click on the “Inspirations” tab and see the last 10 or so recent inspirational messages. These writings are geared more towards personal inspiration than business, but they are well-written and definitely offer something to think about. And if you click on the “Manifesting and Money” tab, you will find inspirational messages focused on money and success that you can read for free. The site also offers online courses, such as the Art of Spiritual Business with Marc Allen, successful author and publisher, which you can take for a very reasonable fee with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
3. Huffington Post Community Kindness
If reading about good deeds and helping others inspires you, try the Huffington Post Community Kindness site. You will find an array of stories including one about a woman who created Food Pantry boxes, placed in front of churches or community centers, to share groceries and staples with those in need, another about a community that raised money to purchase a wheel-chair friendly van so two paralyzed brothers could travel together, and a video about a 9-year-old girl who took it upon herself to provide hand-made cloth bags filled with toiletries to homeless women in LA. It’s definitely a feel-good site and can inspire us to do even more to help our brothers and sisters.
Calm.com is designed to bring more calm, clarity and joy into our lives. And to help let go of stress and anxiety. Begin with the 7 days of mindfulness and move onto 21 days of calm. Daily segments are 10 to 14 minutes long and well worth the time investment. Both are free programs that only require your first name and email to participate. If you like what you hear, there are other free offerings or you can pay a $12.99 monthly fee (or the yearly plan at $59.99) and enjoy all the site has to offer.
5. Eckhart Tolle Weekly Present Moment Reminders
Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and author who was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of 29, a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. He is the author of two of my personal favorites – Power of Now and A New Earth. At his site, you can sign up for free weekly Present Moment Reminders – inspirational quotes to remind us that it is our resistance to life that creates most of our discomfort.