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Use Time Intentionally

Once we realize that every moment is a gift, we will not waste it but use it intentionally, for something important and meaningful.

It is important that we set some clear priorities and create space for them. 

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Time is Limited Yet Abundant

Most of us conflict with time. Time is a paradox and is both limited and abundant at the same time. We can do great things with time, provided we know how to use this invisible resource.

Use Time Intentionally

Once we realize that every moment is a gift, we will not waste it but use it intentionally, for something important and meaningful.

It is important that we set some clear priorities and create space for them. 

Contemplating Death

This exercise makes us value our limited time and sheds away the unnecessary activities from our day. 

We start living a vivid life, and slow down, becoming fully present in the moment, savoring time like a limited edition treat before it vanishes.

The Auto-Pilot Mode

Getting in an auto-pilot mode with your daily life makes everything move fast, and life becomes too much of a routine. We think we are busy and don't have time but that's not true. We do have the time if the work is our priority, provided we know what is important to do.

Most of our time is spent doing what we have decided to spend it on, so we have to choose our priorities wisely.

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You fail to decide what you want out of life, and in turn you fail to define your goals.

If you don’t know what you want, how can you do something every day which propels you in the right direction? 

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  • We tend to shrink and hide in our comfort zones.
  • We lose the trust of our friends and family.
  • We see that people don't trust us and feel guilty.
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Ignite your committed self:

  • Observe and realize that your commitment levels need to be corrected.
  • Check your true desire to commit, if it feels right, and if you have space and energy to uphold and sustain the commitment.
  • See if you can bet something substantial to uphold this commitment.
  • Take action and create a winning environment around you.
  • Start with a relatively small commitment.
  • Do whatever it takes to never break a promise to yourself again.
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This is when you and your partner continue to blame each other for past mistakes made in the relationship instead of solving the current problem.

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Dropping “Hints”

It shows that you two are not comfortable communicating openly and clearly with one another. 

State your feelings and desires openly. And make it clear that the other person is not necessarily responsible or obligated to them but that you’d love to have their support.

Holding the Relationship Hostage

For example, if someone feels like you’ve been cold to them, instead of saying, “I feel like you’re being cold sometimes,” they will say, “I can’t date someone who is cold to me." 

It’s crucial for both people in a relationship to know that negative thoughts and feelings can be communicated safely to one another without it threatening the relationship itself. 

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  • Do the things that hurt you less
  • Push yourself into discomfort a little bit, so you can g...
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  • Appreciating life: We have a short time on Earth, and the life we have is a gift. When we procrastinate and give in to endless distraction, and don’t make the most of our time, we are not fully appreciating the gift we have.
Small Actions

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It can seem overwhelming to start big, intimidating projects. Instead, start with easy actions, things so small you can’t say no.

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The "One Thing"

We all have that 'One Thing' on our task list that is the most important thing on the list, that would be the most meaningful and yet we’re not doing it.

It's so meaningful and import...

Create a space

Put aside all the messages, social media, distractions, smaller tasks, organizing and tidying. 

Instead, have a small space (even just 10-15 minutes) for this important task, and nothing else.

Meditate on meaning & feelings

For just a minute, mindfully drop into your body and feel your fear, resistance, frustration, overwhelm. Let yourself feel it fully.

Then let yourself feel the love you feel for those who you’ll be serving by doing this task.  

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The Ritual Of Gratitude

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The Painful Days

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One chooses to be grateful, focusing on the little miracles of life, no matter what the circumstances.

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Experiment with imperfection

Sometimes, the one right answer isn’t coming. So you just have to start with moving in imperfection.

Because sometimes trying is more important than waiting for perfection.

“Focused” and “Diffused” Modes

When learning, there are times in which you are focused and times in which you allow your mind to wander. Both modes are valuable to allow your brain to learn something.

Take regular break...

Chunking
This is the idea of breaking what you want to learn into concepts. 

The goal is to learn each concept in a way that they each become like a well-known puzzle piece. 

In order to master a concept, you not only need to know it but also to know how it fits into the bigger picture.

Beware of Illusions of Competence
There are many ways in which we can make ourselves feel like we have “learned” a concept.

Instead of highlighting or underlining, rather take brief notes that summarize keys concepts.

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“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.”
Joseph Campbell
The Elements of Ritual
  • Create your environment, because it will affect your practice.
  • As you start, set an intention for the ritual.
  • Bring presence and full appreciation to the act.
  • Rituals can be a space for contemplating what’s important to you.
  • Close in gratitude for whatever you just did.
Rituals to Consider
  • Start your day with intention, gratitude and reflection.
  • Email & messages: Transform them into a ritual of connecting to others, of carefully considering issues, of crafting language.
  • Exercise: Bring it to be an act of love for your body, an act of connection to your environment, an act of full presence.
  • Meditation: Make it a simple ritual of full appreciation for the moment.
  • Sleep: Make it a time when you reflect on your day, prepare for your time of rest, slow down and appreciate your life.