Accepting Growing Pains

  • Growing pains occur when the goals we set previously simply don’t reflect the higher level of consciousness we now have.
  • If we stubbornly keep our goals despite our change, growing pains results. We will feel incredibly unmotivated to work on our goals and will likely feel a whole host of negative emotions.
  • In these situations our focus stifles our ability to be flexible. We remain locked into our goals. By casting off these goals we can regain our flexibility. 

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Balancing Focus And Flexibility

Goal setting is an incredibly powerful tool for achieving results. However, goals can inadvertently lower our flexibility.

  • The first key to maintaining focus and flexibility is awareness
  • The second key to maintaining flexibility and focus is to accept growing pains.
  • The final key to maintaining flexibility and focus is to just do the best you can at the time.

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If we don’t stay aware of our life’s progression at the highest level, it is easy to lose either focus or flexibility. Progress doesn’t matter if it isn’t in the right direction.

  • Regular reviews are critical for improving awareness. 
  • Spend more time in reflective thought. By thinking about our own growth and other high-level issues more, we can increase our own awareness.

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Aiming for a perfect solution will likely delay the action we need to create any solution at all.

Just make the decision now. If you make a mistake, then quickly attempt to correct it.

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Two factors contribute to a lack of motivation.

  • Lack of drive. The object of our goals may just not be worthwhile.
  • Pain from progress. Something might be in the way of our progress. It may be fears, but most often, it is drudgery, effort or boredom.

The two factors can work separately. We may have a few problems but little drive and thus don't move ahead. Or our goal could be very desirous, but a proportionately large pain can hinder us from moving forward.

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Since time is a fixed quantity, everything you say yes to implies a no to something else and vice versa.

Saying yes subtly squeezes everything else, but rarely in ways we can easily perceive. When saying no, what is left over is enriched, but this additional space is often neglected.

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Flashcards can be a powerful learning tool, but they can also be a waste of time.

  • They are powerful because retrieval and spacing are key to memory. If you have a lot of information to memorise, flashcards will help you the best.
  • But flashcards can also waste your time. You may memorise something you don't need, or fail to memorise the important things. But most of all, flashcards can be a way to avoid doing the real thing.

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