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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Consuming Knowledge Versus Creative Production

Culture is “the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon man’s capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations”

~ Webster’s Dictionary

Consumption is a potent silent killer. In all its forms, it slowly reels us in and lights us up, but it never satisfies. It’s the addiction that can fuel your day and fill you with fleeting motivation, skipping from one stimulus to the next until you burn out.

The question is, when do we stop consuming and start producing?

The trouble is, we consume in order to produce; therefore consumption turns into procrastination.

Seemingly difficult, a change in our mind’s eye creates a world of thriving opportunity.

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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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Are You Motivated or Determined? GTD and Find Your Passion

“A failure establishes only this: that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.”

~ John Christian Bovee

Do you struggle to motivate yourself, to find the energy and devote the effort to daily tasks in life and work? Or can’t figure out how to motivate people around you from co-workers to clients, friends and family?

It’s not easy to do and deeply embedded in sociology and psychology. The first step is understanding how motivation and determination differ, where they intersect and how you can use them to your advantage in finding your passion.

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This Mind Shift Changed My Life

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

~ Peter F. Drucker

Superstitious Superiority

As an audacious nonconformist, I spent my youth with a false sense of freedom and superiority. I saw people suffering because they couldn’t see past the heinous system controlling their lives, and sat back making commentary.

Then I grew up and found myself dodging the lassos that society used to wrangle the rest. It was getting exhausting and seemed one would catch me sooner than later and I’d be forced to give in and join the conformist party seeking acceptance and validation.

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9 Minutes To Enlightened Living (Not Meditation)

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

~ Socrates

9 Minutes of action, 24 hours total, a world enlightened.

It only takes 9 minutes and brings a boatload of clarity. Get ready to see the world in new light. It’s like swimming through life in an ocean bare eyed and then putting goggles on. I’ve made it a habit to run through this periodically and every time it gets better and better. The more you put into it the more you get out. Grab your goggles and dive in!

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