Self Improvement


Reflection and Re-designing

Because each step has been broken down, you’ll be able to easily identify any points of weakness. This is done by reassessing all nine steps on a regular basis.

The other gain around continuous reflection and re-design is the way it propels you through failure. For example, if you realise that you’ve missed your daily learning habit four days in a row, then break it into something smaller that’s more easily consumable. This stops you beating yourself up and stops you giving up.

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Visualize your process working

As Marian Wright Edelman stated;

You can’t be what you can’t see.”

Define your target for the month: visualise the specific skills and habits that will lead you towards that future.

Define the actions that will build those skills: visualise what it will look like within your day to day life and schedule.

Embed learning in your daily routine

You have to design all of your learning so it fits around your daily routine. Don’t try and create a new way of living your life.

Make a change and design habits so they fit around your lifestyle.

Think: You need to build a bridge from where you are to where you want to be in one month, one year, and ten years. You aren’t hopping on a plane and flying straight there. The bridge is built with the blocks of new information and habits, and held together with the mortar of your daily life.

Don‘t try to create more than 3 new habits at one time

Another common temptation is to bite off more than you can chew. Don't try to integrate multiple new habits.

A habit is the result of intentional and deliberate action performed repeatedly, with purpose, until it becomes a standard behaviour. Before you can create a habit, you have to retain it as a reminder in your short-term memory.

Developing too many habits at once will muddy your success rate. Focus on just three, master them, then start on the next set of habits to develop.

Get going and learn

Take action, get going, and learn. It isn’t enough to get excited and buy the books and courses when you’re motivated. It’s about the action. You have to do things every day.

Keeping it simple and having a plan for your vision will help make this happen.

Bill Gates

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

Design with simplicity

A more effective approach is to design with simplicity in mind.

For example, rather than deciding to read an entire book and implement what you’ve learnt from it, set yourself the simple goal of reading one article a week and really practicing its tenets deeply.

Take your learning in short bites. Focus on one thing at a time. Get it right, then move on to the next thing.

3. Make notifications less intrusive
  1. Sound: An audible notification is the most interruptive and should only be granted to essential or harmless apps – banking, work IM, file downloader, or calls.
  2. Sight: After sound, visual triggers are the next level of interruption. Allow notifications that matter the most while you are using your phone – ongoing chats in meetings, OTP from SMS, etc.
  3. Sayonara: The rest of the apps on your phone can kiss notification privileges goodbye. You can open them only when you need them.
1. Remove unused apps

The first step to managing distractions on your phone is to remove the apps you no longer need.

  • These apps take up storage space in your phone’s memory and bandwidth when they update themselves.
  • But worst of all, these zombie apps fill your device with visual clutter and distraction .
2. Replace screen time

Remove apps that seek your constant attention, like social media. Replace the screen time for those apps by browsing only through a laptop/desktop.

  • Apps like Audible for listening to books and Pocket for reading articles can stay.
  • Breaking news apps with blaring alerts that did nothing but stress me out had to go.
  • The body-mind complex is an imagination of the mind just like the bodies seen in a dream. All the activities done by the body are categorised as virtuous or sinful by the mind based on its conditioning.
  • The virtuous acts or sinful acts are supposed to result in joy or sorrow. When once we realise that we are not the doers, we cannot also experience the results of the acts.
  • Thus, as the results of the actions cannot bind us, the Infinite Reality, we are always free and ever liberated.

A seeker of liberation always clings with his intellect to some support like a mantra (a sacred syllable), Pooja (ritualistic worship), dhyana (meditation) etc., as his desire for liberation still remains even if all other desires have been eliminated.

  • Both love and hate are attributes of the mind. The mind never belongs to you. You are of the form of pure consciousness and you do not differentiate between objects.
  • When all objects look the same, you remain blissful and changeless as there cannot be different reactions. It is the mind which, because of its prior conditioning, hates some objects and loves some objects.
  • A liberated soul has neither attachment nor hatred towards worldly objects. He has no likes or dislikes.
  • He does not say “Do not bring this object to me. I dislike it thoroughly.” Nor does he say - “Please give me a little more of this object. I like it very much.”
  • He accepts whatever comes to him through fate and is not bothered if he does not get some object.
  • As he has no doership because of his disinterestedness, the merit or sin of the action does not affect him.

When you lead a group, the people in it have their own agendas. You have to maintain a chain of command where they don't feel left out by your influence. So, to counter this, create a sense of participation but don't fall into groupthink.

Most of the time your past weighs you down and bring misery. So, force yourself to react to the present. Wage a guerilla war on your mind, and allow no static lines of defense.

Never lose your presence of mind. It is vital for maintaining mental powers. Train your mind to be tougher by exposing it to adversity. Detach yourself from chaos.

You are your own worst enemy! You waste your time by dreaming about future. Instead, engage with present, and enter an unknown territory. Place yourself on "death ground", where your back is against the wall and you have to fight like hell to get out alive.

You cannot win, until you identify who your enemies are. Spot your enemies by sign and patterns. And when you find them, inwardly declare war. Enemies can give you with purpose and direction for growth.

3. Blocking Distractions

Our generation is the most distracted one to date. We have so many things to get distracted with that focusing on what’s important has become difficult and getting distracted has become easy.

Distraction includes everything from your phone to social media to any other habit of yours which gives you pleasure but is a waste of time.

Today, If one can learn to block distractions, he/she has already won 75% of the battle of becoming productive.

2. Planning the Day a Night Before

Planning your day a night before can relieve you of the stress of knowing what to do in the day.

Which further helps you to plan your day accordingly and get the most out of it.

This is the most important of all these three habits.

Waking up early in the morning has its own advantages with close to no disadvantages.

For those who find it a little too much, I wanna tell them that by waking up just 2–3 hours before others, you become 10 times more ‘dominating’ and 10 steps ‘ahead’ of all your peers.

This although seems a bit exaggerated but trust me once you do this for 10 days, you’ll get to experience it first hand.

Also, starting your day by meditating just for 10 minutes can act as the cherry on the cake.

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