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The demands on our time continue to increase, but our capacities remain mostly fixed. In an attempt to get on top of everything, we'll generate more tasks.
The upside is that you don't have to feel guilty for failing to do it all, since doing it all is impossible. A good solution is to consciously choose what to neglect, in favour of what matters most.
Major personal decisions should be made not by asking if it will make you happy, but if this choice will enlarge or diminish you.
We are not good at predicting what will make us happy - it makes us concentrate on our narrow preferences for security and control. Focusing on enlargement questions draws out a more in-depth, intuitive response. You tend to know whether choosing to do something may bring short-term comfort that would prevent growth.
You may already know it won't kill you to endure the mild discomfort of starting a difficult conversation with a colleague or asking someone out. You know that it's possible to let that feeling rise and fade while doing the action anyway.
The rewards come so swiftly that this becomes a more appealing way to live.
Much of our troubles arise from trying to control what is not in our control - such as the future. We want to know that things will work out later on. But we never can.
It's liberating to understand that no amount of worry will ever change this truth. A plan is only a statement of intent, not a guarantee that the future will obey your plan. This means not living each day, bracing yourself to see if things will work out as you desired.
It is useful to remember that everyone is just winging it all the time. The lesson to be drawn is not that this will throw us in utter chaos, but that you, unconfident, self-conscious, potentially have as much to contribute to your field as anyone else.
You can improvise as you go, just like everyone else.
Spending your life helping others is a life well spent. While this is generally true, it gets tangled up with issues of guilt and self-esteem.
If you think you should be helping more, you are probably better of doing something you're passionate about. That way, you kindle a fire that others can benefit from.
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Stop the conscious searching of your passion and just live passionately.
Trying to find a passion is often a fruitless exercise, though it is heavily advised in many books and articles...
Living passionately means living in the now, in the present moment.
It means not being distracted on your phone, but being engaged in what you love doing. It means interacting with others deeply and fully, giving all your attention and focus.
An example of being holistically passionate in your life is the habit of constantly learning, absorbing as much as you can.