The Powerful Reality of Routine

 

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails.”

~ Anon

Habits enter our life for an indefinite period of time, directing our actions and soothing the mind. Yet daily routines become history as new habits unfold into our daily rhythm.

Over the years I’ve become particularly, yet vaguely, aware of my routine habits – noticing saturation in one habit, whether dietary, physical or mental, and then realizing it had ceased, overtaken by the next enthrallment.

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Choice: Battling the Daily Dilemma for the Better

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
~ Aristotle

The Beauty and Beast of Choice

In everything we do, from yogurt to cars to pants, from university to profession to location – we have to make difficult choices.

While it’s nice to have options, it’s stressful, difficult, and often overwhelms, leading us to skip choice and accept default. We become passive, crippled by options.

Industrial growth and market economics built a worldview assuming that more choice equals more freedom and more happiness. As the more is better cliché continues to mingle its way through society, it’s becoming evident that more is not necessarily better and certainly does not make things easy.

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5 Tips to Unleashing Brilliantly Ignorant Levels of Well-being and Success

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”

~ Mark Twain

Technology mingled with an age of ideas spreads knowledge like wildfire. Those eager to learn, can. And fast.

But what does a culture of answers produce? And at what pace does a mind or a society advance when there is certainty in currently purported information?

Many truths of the past have evolved into grand falsehoods, where societies wholly believed in misled facts, later to discover their falsity. Are we putting too much faith in what we believe is known today?

It is ignorance, doubt and curiosity that leapfrog innovation and produce your brightest brilliance, which advance communities, societies and the world.

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What Kids and Vegetables Can Teach Us

“The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.” 

~ Deepak Chopra

It’s no secret not all kids like vegetables, or anyone for that matter, but when, where and why did vegetables get such a bad rap? Are they really distasteful, stigmatized or is it how they’re presented?

There are varied approaches parents use to coax their kids into eating healthy, but many of the strategies backfire.

Kids choose on emotions and intricate social relational evaluations. These remain the foundation of our decision-making into our adult lives, no matter the level of rational thought.

We’re all a bit childish in this way and we can learn about our minds, our habits and ourselves by examining kids and vegetables, we can even find strategies to forward our goals and approach life with thriving novelty.

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Kick-Starter Tips to Here-Now Living

“All there, totally immersed, fascinated and absorbed in the present, in the here-now, with the matter-in-hand.”

~ Abraham Maslow about creative people

Think about the last time you were so engaged in a task time was nowhere to be noticed, where whatever you were doing consumed your mind and warped time into a nonexistent externality.

Chances are, you were engaged in a form of creativity. These states of “flow” or “time-free tasks” aren’t random phenomenon we’ve come to love and seek ways of becoming Flow-State All Stars.

Although seemingly shifty, as the mind often is, a basic understanding of hemispherical brain function matched with raised consciousness will help you find more peace in the present, lose track of time and engage fully in life more frequently.

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4 Highly Effective Work Habits Learned From Fitness Routines

“Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe.”

~ Truman Capote

Do you have ambitious ideas that overwhelm your senses just thinking about their potential? Just get choked up like Capote over his book?

If so, that is something amazing and certainly worthy of gratitude and respect. But it can also drive you crazy. It’s a beautiful beast that brings you to life and then kills you if you can’t achieve it.

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We’re Hardwired For… Unhappiness?

“There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking, and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord”

~ Thomas Paine

Do you ever wonder why we have to make an effort to divert negative thoughts and comments? Why we often have to pause and think before seeing positively? It can seem tiresome to keep up with staying positive! What gives?

Unhappiness has one best friend: fear. We fear that we aren’t good enough, don’t have enough, aren’t safe and secure, aren’t worthy and so much more. This perpetual cycle of fear and doubt is tickled out of us society daily, as we increasingly feel like it’s all our fault. The good within the bad is that it’s not your fault; it’s natural. Continue reading