117 STASHED IDEAS
Having pinpointed your strengths through the RBS exercise offers a door to a better understanding of handling your weaknesses and allows us to gain the confidence we need to address them.
Lastly, you can use your strengths to better shape the positions you choose to play -- both now and in the next phases of your career.
This exercise focuses on the positive attributes of the person that reaps impressive results. This helps people develop a sense of their "personal best" and a chance to leverage their talents. It involves a great deal of commitment and follow-through as RBS is armed with a constructive, systematic process for gathering and analyzing data about your best self.
People remember criticism but being aware of their faults does not translate into bettering their performance.
Corrective feedback has its place but people respond to praise because the former makes them defensive and therefore more unlikely to change while the latter produces confidence and the desire to perform better.
“Difficult undertakings have always started with what is easy. And great undertakings have always started with what is small. Therefore the sage never strives for the great, And thereby the great is achieved."
“The best rulers are those whose existence is merely known by the people. The next best are those who are loved and praised. The next are those who are feared. And the next are those who are despised."
Lao Tzu has said: "He who is contented is rich."
Taoism is not against desire but against the type of unhealthy desire driven by materialism and the accumulation of more and more wealth to appear successful than others. One can strive for goals and ambitions within one’s limits and avoid any destruction.
"To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease."
Doing nothing, non-action or not forcefully acting is one of Lao-Tzu’s well-known teachings. We mistakenly think this is akin to being lazy, and doing absolutely nothing. What Lao-Tzu means is that we should not do anything that is not in accordance with Tao. It means swimming with the tide, and not against it.
If a river has to cross a mountain, it goes around it, rather than blowing the mountain in pieces to carve out a path. There are always comfortable and natural ways of doing things that don’t disrupt anything else.
According to Taoism, one must admit that there is a lot left to be known, and not try to dictate everything to others. One must give freedom to society to find its own rhythm and natural balance.
The people in power often commit this mistake and only think of increasing their power, profit and influence. Instead, they must work to do good for everyone.
“The Way of Heaven is to benefit others and not to injure. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete."
“There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is no greater disaster than greed. He who is contented with contentment is always contented."
Taoism observes that even the largest tree grows from a tiny shoot. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Patience is key to accomplish even the most insurmountable task, while taking steps in the right direction.
Zero or the empty space has tremendous value in Taoism. Emptiness or Non-being is eternal, unknowable and intangible. Tao is also non-being, the hidden qualities and beauty of all living things.
Humans need to balance being with non-being, going after the deep, holistic qualities, as the superficial is not valuable after a short while.
Science is only one of the many ways by which knowledge is attained, and truth is explored and discovered. The totality of being human includes other ways of exploring and knowing reality, which are beyond descriptions and explanations. One of those ways is the pursuit of self-realization.
Spirituality or spiritual practices are often confused for religion but are an entirely different phenomenon having a scientific core: self-inquiry.
Certain religions like Buddhism are scientific in nature and do not talk of any all-powerful deity or God.
They focus on inner transformation, teaching spiritual exploration, or endeavor, with practical experiments in knowing the self and looking at the world with a feeling of wonder and awe.
Being spiritual and sacred is incorrectly associated with religion, which may have rules, dogma, guidelines and other characteristics, something not part of the true essence of self-inquiry in one’s inner exploration and subsequent transformation.
"The truth within" means the things you believe or know to be true that have some measure of personal importance to you.
The truth within you has dictated who you have been, who you are, are who you will be. It has value because it keeps the spirit of discovery, adventure, optimism, and innovation alive. Knowing there are new truths for us to find motivates us to pursue them.
The truth within you has practical and philosophical value.
We often tell ourselves a story while ignoring the truth. Reasons we do this is:
However, telling ourselves a lie rarely pays off the way the truth does. Stories we tell ourselves often lead us to adopt beliefs like: "I'm not good enough;" "I always make a mess."
Human beings are natural storytellers. We are familiar with stories that have been passed from generation to generation, such as Romeo and Juliet, or Hansel and Gretel.
The most powerful stories are the ones we tell ourselves. The truth within us has the power to shape what we do and who we are, but it often gets buried beneath the stories we tell ourselves.
With all these, it is important to remember two things:
There are many symptoms to this cause but we must understand first what creative burnout is. It is the state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion around creative working.
More than many of us experience creative burnout from time to time. However, we must keep in mind that having a creative burnout does not mean we are lazy or that we do not care about our work. Be kind to yourself.
Prevention is better than cure, if you agree with this here are ways you can prevent future creative burnouts:
Removing yourself from the cycle is never impossible. Many people experience the same thing you do, so don't give up on yourself.
We often find ourselves stuck in limbo whenever we try to get back up to work. Herewith, it is important to let close friends and family know that you need their support and that you should also allow yourself to take a break from working to make space for self-reflection. After all, once you've navigated through your issues on perfectionism or external pressure, start with small projects or the basics and work from there on forward.
Remember that creative burnout is a temporary state of mind.