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The Five Steps To Becoming a Digital Nomad
  1. Reduce and eliminate expenses that will be left behind when you set our to travel, they will only get in your way.
  2. Develop skills to work as a digital nomad. It doesn't necessarily have to be a blog but any skill that you can work remotely with is fine.
  3. Decide on a destination. Do your due diligence and look into the place's safety, security, and quality of life.
  4. Set goals, create a plan, and always have a backup plan.
  5. Join a digital nomad community.

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This mentality drove most of us into a state of compliance and complacency where we are then unable to remove ourselves from our obligations to our 9-5s.

Nomads interpret freedom as the ability to be able to see the world, having no boundaries and borders to abide by while being able to live and work from anywhere we choose to please.

Not many people know about making passive income but it's crucial to have this financial tool - this is the income we receive automatically every single month like clockwork.

Most of the destinations that are attractive to digital nomads are those places that offer an inexpensive lifestyle that has a low cost-of-living and overhead expenses.

  • We become more open to people and learn lots of skills such as being more social, adapting to the environment, and ever nonverbal communication.
  • You will meet good people on the road. Distance and time cannot break the bonds you form.
  • There is no such thing as a mistake because every choice you make are always half chances just life everybody else's.
Mindfulness In A Rap Song

Eminem is known for controversies, chart-topping hits and being in the tabloids for a variety of reasons. Even people who hate rap music know the artist.

His iconic hit ‘Lose yourself’ has mindfulness lessons built into it, apart from being a celebrated motivational track for more than a decade, as acknowledged recently at the 2020 Academy Awards.

The lyrics of Eminem’s iconic track ‘Lose Yourself’ begin with paying attention to how one is feeling, without judging.

It is also imbibed in the lyrics to understand that inner turmoil exists silently inside, even though the outward physical composure appears normal. By embracing the inner turmoil we move to ‘full-catastrophe living’.

At any given moment, the inner voices of hope, anxiety, regret and expectations are always there. According to Eminem’s simple but profound lyrics in his song ‘Lose Yourself’, our past embarrassment and future worries are tangled up in our heads.

We are one tiny ego in a vast and abundant universe and don’t matter as much as we think we do.

Losing ‘yourself’ isn’t about getting lost, as the initial impression of someone listening to the Eminem song. It is about losing the mental voice that keeps telling us that we should do this or that, or we suck. Lose Yourself does not mean losing yourself, but means losing your self, that is your ego.

Mindfulness is misunderstood as an escape from reality to somewhere else. The rap song is providing the biggest message about mindfulness, to be in the present moment fully.

Fear-setting is a tool to help us overcome the fear of making difficult decisions.

Fear setting is an operating system for thriving in high-stress environments. It is a way to make a checklist of all the bad things that could happen, so you become less afraid of taking action.

Organizing a Fear-Setting Template: The 3 Pages

Page 1. Make three lists with the following headings:

  • Define - what are the worst things that could happen?
  • Prevent - How do I prevent each from happening?
  • Repair - If the worst happens, how can I fix it?

Page 2. Make a list of the possible benefits if you are successful or partly successful.

Page 3. Make three lists of the costs of your inaction. If you avoid doing this, what might you miss out on? (6 months - 1 year - 3 years).

“Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.”
Believing that long shots are feasible

When we set goals, we are not that great at assessing our own ability to achieve them.

Because whether or not a goal is truly attainable can only be known when we start working on it.

Although setting goals is an important tool for self-motivation, but we tend to be overconfident beings, especially when a goal is linked to our self-esteem (we want to feel good about ourselves when it comes to achievements and aspirations).
So when we assess our own capabilities at taking on goals, we tend to be excessively optimistic.

  • The persistent pursuit of unattainable goals can lead to higher achievements: focusing on smaller accomplishments can bolster positive feelings, motivating us to take on more goals in the same category. As long as we know that unattainable goals are not really about the destination, but the journey, they can be quite healthy.
  • But unattainable goals often end in failures and how people react to failure varies greatly.
  • Another potential mental trap following failure is the “false hope syndrome.” In this case, we tend to (mis)attribute the failure to reasons other than the fact that the goal was unattainable to start with.
  • Don’t negate your progress as there is power in small wins.
  • Don’t dwell on the failure: Reflect on your journey to achieving your goal.
  • Think about related benefits: While you may not have achieved your goal fully, not all is lost.
  • Ask for an objective analysis: We need to understand why we really failed.
  • Take a third-person perspective, to help you reset your expectations.
Gratitude raises our happiness

We don't have to feel grateful in order to give thanks. Acting grateful can make you grateful.

For many people, gratitude is difficult because life feels difficult. But we don't have to be a slave to our feelings or circumstance. We can actively choose to practice gratitude, and in doing that, our happiness will increase.

Studies consistently show that the people practicing gratitude enjoy significantly greater life satisfaction than those who don't.

One explanation is that acting happy, regardless of feelings, encourages the brain into processing positive emotions. Gratitude stimulates the hypothalamus (a part that regulates stress), and the ventral tegmental area (a part that produces the sensation of pleasure.)

  • Start with interior gratitude - giving thanks privately. Then move to exterior gratitude, which focuses on public expression.
  • Regularly express gratitude in letters to loved ones and colleagues, thanking them for what they do.
  • Be grateful for the little things you experience, the smell of fall in the air, a song that brings back good memories.
Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things —

For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;

For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;

Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plough;

And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

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