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Simplicity And Our Mental Habits

Simplicity And Our Mental Habits

Simplifying life isn’t about following certain steps but is in the entire mindset of the person. Our mental habits are what creates the initial complexity, which needs to be eventually simplified.

We need to look at the root cause, and it is desire. The tendency of the mind to want more and more (to be happy), and yet want less at the same time (to be at peace). The resulting conflict and polarity are what creates the problem.

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Committing to Possibility: Create Daily Structure

After you've identified and committed to your possibility, it’s important to bring structure into your daily schedule.
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  • Assign blocks for your meaningful tasks in your schedule
  • Consider taking accountability buddies to make sure you stick to your plan
  • Schedule daily sessions where you write for an hour
  • Schedule video calls every day with your accountability buddies, where you do 2 hours of focused work on the call together
  • Think of a consequence for not doing your commitment.
Committing to Possibility: Train Your Action Muscle

Connecting to possibility and creating a daily structure are important steps , but then you have to actually put it into action. This step is crucial.

Take on the hard tasks, in small chunks. Check things off your list, while feeling the meaning and possibility you’re creating.

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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.
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  • Self-compassion.
  • Avoiding the usual excuses for quitting.
  • Avoiding self-pity or self-concern when things get hard.
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  • 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.