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The Power of Delay : zen habits

Thomas Paine

"The greatest remedy for anger is delay."

Thomas Paine

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When Other People Frustrate You

We want people to be less rude, to do certain things, to avoid doing certain things, and to change their lives, eventually feeling frustrated when we realize that we cannot control them and it is i...

Steps To Be Less Annoyed By Others
  1. Understand that you don’t control anyone and people can live however they want.
  2. See the good side of others and let go of the ideals that you have in your head.
  3. Understand that even they are coping with many things, and trying to do their best in their own struggle.
  4. Try to listen to them, empathize and make them feel accepted.
Disruption of Progress
Disruption of Progress

Whenever an outside force interrupts our progress - we skip gym for a day or two for example - it sends a message to our brains that we aren't good enough and ...

The Magic of a Fresh Start

A fresh start allows us to let go of what's happened in the past and just be present for ourselves at the moment. It allows us to learn from our failures and gives us the opportunity to do better, to be better, and to grow past the difficulties.

We are allowed to reinvent ourselves and what ever we may be facing. We can reinvent what we want our lives to be. We can always recommit, and remind ourselves why we are committed to this. This fresh start is available to us in every single moment.

The Habit Dip
The Habit Dip

While pursuing a new habit, or eradicating an old one, we often experience a dip in motivation, focus and energy. This is due to many factors, like loss of motivation due to any in...

The Learnings Of The Habit Dip

The habit dip and other dips in motivation teach us the following:

  • Facing our difficulties, and not avoiding them.
  • Self-encouragement.
  • Letting of the false beliefs and ideals that make us discouraged.
  • Dealing with frustration and fear.
  • Self-nourishment.
  • Self-compassion.
  • Avoiding the usual excuses for quitting.
  • Avoiding self-pity or self-concern when things get hard.
Tips For When You're Experiencing Habits Dips

Anyone who has overcome the habit dip (like a marathon runner) will testify that the feelings of discouragement and boredom are temporary. Like everything else, these temporary feelings are waypoints and not endpoints.

  • One has to come with a learning mindset, bringing genuine interest, encouragement and curiosity, letting go of the old beliefs and ideals.
  • One can bring mindfulness and awareness into each body sensation, and the minds many discouragements.
  • A continuous learning experience can make one embrace the difficult areas.