Is Your Mind in the Right Place?

Photo by Caleb Jones

Setting up goals allows us to measure progress and gives us a direction. But taking I want to over I need to won’t cut it. Our desire needs to be strong enough to make us get out of bed every morning, with a smile on our face, knowing that we’re going to make progress. Even in the cold, foggy mornings. Even when we can come up with every excuse to not make progress.

Stop. Is checking social media really that important? Online shopping, playing video games, watching Netflix. There are an infinite amount of distractions and excuses, but only you can create your own environment to succeed. Only you can pause, take a step back, and understand that what’s immediately in front of you does not serve you. Clear your field of vision. See where you’re going and make sure you get there. If you don’t do it, no one else will.

What You’re Telling Yourself Will Always Hit Home

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Are you looking around you for a strong support? Inspiration. Motivation. Discipline. A plan? Regardless of who you’re meeting and what you are told, you are the one filtering the information. When we choose to think that someone gives us positive feedback because they’re being nice, we neutralize a powerful source that can fuel our self-confidence and help us sky-rocket through doubts, all the way into action.

There is zero value in putting ourselves down, and yet it happens. Our primitive mind wishes to keep us safe when it perceives danger that is not real – public speaking, starting a conversation, asking someone out etc. Tuning into the messages of growth over the messages that are belittling is a personal choice. As someone once said, growth begins at the edge of our comfort zone. We have the power to surpass our limits and that begins with what we think and how we convey it.

Does Fear Really Keep Us Safe?

Photo by Marina Vitale

We rely on our instincts without processing most of the times that we are doing so. This may be when crossing the street, choosing to avoid people or phone someone on our way home because we are feeling unsafe. There are occasions when we are getting mixed signals and despite everything being in place, anxiety creeps in and takes over.

In the animal kingdom, when predators smell fear they are more enticed to chase up their pray. What makes us think that humans are not the same? Showing confidence in our bodies not only gives us a sense of security, but it gives us power over people who are looking to take advantage of the vulnerable.

Fear works to a certain degree, when the reactions it generates do work in our favor, in the moment. But when we are projecting over the future and we choose fear over the light we can build ourselves towards, we are letting ourselves down. It may sometimes depend on a sharper walk, therapy sessions, martial arts or meditation. Whatever it is, taking action means taking control.

Ethical Decisions in Challenging TImes

Photo by Samuel Austin

We are sometimes faced with decisions that can impact not only our wellbeing, but the wellbeing of the people around us. We might be making just as many decisions as before, but now we are dragged into the now and forced to project over the infinite of possibilities.

Responsible decision making is one side of the story, whilst worry is the hidden part that doesn’t serve anyone. For days now I am forcing myself to cultivate positive practices of visualization and affirmations. We generate thoughts that feed into a greater narrative, we might as well make them representative of our wants, rather than our fears.

An ethical decision might be not to give into fear. Looking after a loved one. Inspiring people to find humanity in chaos. We have great power within that transcends from the immaterial world into the physical world. Lets make the immaterial a copy of the reality that we envision and increase our chances for our physical world to transform into what we imagined.

‘You Won’t Be the Same Person One Year from Now’

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That’s what I was told when I started a new job. And it’s true, I wasn’t the same person one year from then. Was it due to the role? Maybe 10%, yes. But being in that place as part of my journey played a great part in what I wanted to outgrow – my limited beliefs, the power that I allow people to have on me and daring to want more and ask for it.

We hear of people traveling who are hoping that the experience will change them. Instead, they take their biases, views and assumption everywhere they go. A luggage costing them their own development. A place or a story can only touch us if we allow it. We tend to count more on other people’s views and discount the learning from simple things – people watching or observing different cultures.

What I’ve learnt is that growing is important, but the direction of growth adds more value to our life and to what we have to offer. Knowing that you won’t be the same person one year from now, tell me, what direction are you planning on growing in?

Taking Chances

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It is not all that risky. Missing out on opportunities because of how we might feel as a result of them is what it sounds like: a missed opportunity. Opportunities are not only to succeed are fail, they’re opportunities to learn.

Have you ever wanted to do something badly and then concluded that you don’t have enough time to perfect it? And by time, I don’t mean a full day, but years of progress. Except that when we are harsh on ourselves we think in the now. We see that we couldn’t finish a puzzle in a day or learn a language in a week and we assume that this is it – the more we try, the more we set ourselves up to failure.

Wrong. The more we try, the higher the chances of success. Take a chance and persist. Don’t stop until you reach the outcome you wanted. Let time, failure and effort work in your favor.