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“Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, so live today!"

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Keanu Reeves Quotes That Convey Powerful Messages

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Keanu Reeves
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, and energy flows, with some kind of internal, emotive, spiritual direction. It must have some effect somewhere.”
Keanu Reeves
“Every struggle in your life has shaped you into the person you are today. Be thankful for the hard times, they can only make you stronger.”
Keanu Reeves
“Try to be wrong every once in a while, it’ll do your ego good.”
Keanu Reeves
t;How do I confront aging? With a wonder and a terror. Yeah, I’ll say that. Wonder and terror”
Keanu Reeves
“Grief changes shape, but it never ends”
Carl Sagan
"For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love."

The infinite, quotable wisdom of Carl Sagan

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carl sagan
"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere."
  • Carl Sagan was a renowned American scientist who brought science to the masses with his talent as an orator.
  • His words had an impact on the way the American public viewed and supported the field of space exploration from the 1970s until his death in 1996.
  • He was an outspoken and curious astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and astrobiologist. He earned more than three degrees, was a Harvard lecturer and Cornell University professor, to name a few.

Carl Sagan is most notably remembered for his gift of translating scientific undertakings into the language of human emotion.

He is less often credited as one of the driving factors behind Voyager's Golden Record. In 1977, Sagan gathered a group of scientific and cultural advisors that built a collection of 115 images, natural sounds from Earth, a selection of music, and greetings recorded in 59 languages that travel through space to greet any life-forms that might come across the record's path.

Feelings of awe

Awe is the emotion we experience in the presence of something great or vast, and rich in information. When we experience awe, we're stunned by something and feel captivated by it. It is typically a positive experience.

Research shows that experiences of awe in nature can raise our feeling of connectedness to others. It can also give us a sense of spiritual fulfilment.

Why awesome natural beauty drops the jaw and lifts the spirit | Psyche Ideas

psyche.co

People who tend to experience awe are rated as more humble by their friends, display more generous behaviour, and are more supportive toward others.

Awe leads people to present a more balanced account of their own strengths and weaknesses. When we experience awe, we view ourselves as smaller and the world as larger. The self and its concerns are less prominent, and the world beyond more significant. We also see our smaller self as connected to the larger world.

When someone is asked to think or write about a spiritual experience, this act leads them to experience awe. Similarly, when experiences of awe are induced, people report more belief in the supernatural.

People who are more spiritually inclined tend to experience more awe and other self-transcendent emotions - accounting for why spirituality boosts wellbeing.

Some psychologists and philosophers suggest that studying the roles of awe and the small self can help us better understand spirituality. Psychologist William James suggests that we can experience union with something larger than ourselves and, in that union, find our greatest peace.

The suggestion is that those who are good at spirituality will be good at having experiences of awe, which will help them become better people.

  • Absorption. People who become more absorbed in their experiences are more likely to experience awe.
  • Following a set of instructions to focus one's attention on the details of a natural environment can promote absorption.
  • Mindfulness meditation involves focusing your attention on your current experience while resisting distractions.
  • Actively using imagination helps with absorption. Those high in absorption are more prone to use mental imagery.
The Relationship Between Goals And Burning Out

Effective goal-setting underlies the fundamental aspect of your motivation and keeps stressful situations at bay.

If you don’t set goals in positive, attainable ways, you may fall into a cycle of stress and negative emotions, hindering your decision-making, breeding a lack of creativity, and eventually making you feel mentally exhausted and burnt out.

The ultimate psychological guide to burnout recovery

psychologycompass.com

As losing resources is more likely to cause burnout than gaining resources is to mitigate it, dealing with the negative aspects is more beneficial than using positive “band-aid” fixes. You want to drive down uncertainty and inefficiency to ensure that you aren’t doing unnecessary tasks and minimize your emotional exhaustion. To do that:

  1. Create a chart and place your major goal at its top, followed by layers of very specific subgoals needed to attain the major goal.
  2. Find and fix the inefficiencies in your goal hierarchy.
  3. Determine the attainability of each goal.
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Impaired concentration/ forgetfulness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Increased illness
  • Physical symptoms
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Gastrointestinal pain
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal problems.

Emotional exhaustion colors our perception negatively, leading to disengagement and feelings of doubt/distrust. This cynicism demotivates and leads to burnout, as we focus on avoiding losses more than on approaching gains. Cynicism recovery happens by reframing the motivational system into one that is more approach driven (as opposed to avoidance driven), as it generates more excitement and less procrastination. To do that:

  1. Separate your list of goals into focused and avoidance focused goals.
  2. Reframe the avoidance-based goals into approach-focused goals.
  3. Some goals you can’t reframe, describe their solution in detail. Patient Using the format “IF {situation} THEN I will {behavior}. ”
  • Pessimism
  • Isolation
  • Lack of motivation
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Detachment
  • Feelings of meaninglessness.

Performing obligations makes you want to do desired activities to compensate, which often leads to failures in self-control and feelings of inadequacy. It’s important to not overwhelm yourself with obligations so you don’t lose control later and incur in inefficiency.

  1. Rank the tasks on your goal list based on your motivation toward them.
  2. Look at the balance between desirable and undesirable tasks.
  3. If there are more undesirable tasks, create a small list of desirable tasks, preferably related to your main goal, until you have roughly the same number of each.
  4. Change the order of the tasks so you have desirable and undesirable tasks alternating.
  • Lack of productivity
  • Declining performance
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Increased irritability.
The word "blockbuster" has wartime origins

The word first appeared in the pages of TIME. It was an article on the Allied bombing of key industrial targets in Italy. The bombs used were called blockbusters because of their ability to destroy an entire city block.

With time, the word entered the American lexicon as a metaphor for something shocking and explosive.

Why Hit Movies Are Called Blockbusters

time.com

In the pages of TIME, blockbuster was used to describe surprising news. In 1943, TIME used the word to describe a movie. The critics called the film adaptation of Mission to Moscow "as explosive as a blockbuster."

Not long after, the word started to refer specifically to movies that were commercially successful. The word became associated primarily with popular entertainment in general and with the big-budget, high-impact Hollywood hits.

Eventually, the idea of a blockbuster movie became associated with summer action movies, especially after Steven Spielberg's thriller, Jaws, released in the summer of 1975.

When Star Wars came out two years later, blockbuster became a synonym for the summer blockbuster genre.

Caring for your Future Self

Acting upon the reality of who you are now versus who you want to become is an important part of caring for your future self.

Consider these questions: Is who you are now the type of person you are happy with? Are you content with yourself and the environment that you're in? If not, then it's time to act upon who you want to be and make it into a reality.

Our brains aren't designed to see the future but we worry about what might happen to us in the future. Your present is what determines your future.

Future Self: How To Think Ahead And Love The Present

dansilvestre.com

We get preoccupied with things that make us busy in the present and often forget about our future selves. Here are some ways we can help remind ourselves:

  1. Create reminders to make your subconscious think about your future self.
  2. Plan your days and set those days towards achieving something you've always wanted.
  3. Set bigger goals and set a clear picture of what they are and how you want to achieve them.
  4. Associate your future with the present.
  • Visualizing what you want your future to look like allows your mind to create a clear picture of who you will be or can be.
  • Allow yourself to experience discomfort in the present because it will only prepare you for future adversities. Not only will you feel prepared but you will also be able to adapt to whatever situation is thrown at you.
  1. Work the hard tasks first - If you finish the easy tasks first there won't be any reason for you to push through your task list because it will seem even more difficult
  2. Place a buffer - Aim as high as you want but don't put too much pressure on yourself because it will lessen your motivation
  3. Minimize recurrent decisions - Prioritize making better decisions and worry less on things that are not important
  4. Practice delayed gratification
  5. Learn useful skills.
How to overcome burnout
  • Prioritise Nourishment.  Get quality rest, eat food that will fuel your body's recovery, exercise gently, get fresh air and also nourish your heart.
  • Acknowledge Your Part.  Face the real reasons you burned out.
  • Build Some Guide Rails.  Establish new boundaries. It's about knowing the difference between the things you’re willing to go the extra mile for when life demands it, and the things that mean enough to you for you to enforce your boundaries.

  • Don’t Do it Alone. You don't need to do everything yourself. It’s okay to seek support.

  • Give a Damn. Sometimes, being in a bad place can be the perfect opportunity to make some new choices.

How to Bounce Back From a Burnout Better Than Before

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Qui-Gon to Anakin
Always remember, your focus determines your reality.

The Magical Power of Focus : zen habits

zenhabits.net

  • If you wake up focused on what a wonderful gift your life is, you'll have a great day.
  • If we keep our attention focused on one job at a time, we'll enjoy it and find it very productive.
  • If we focus on being healthy and fit, we will become healthy and fit through exercise and good eating.
Buddha
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

The most important determinant of whether you'll achieve a goal or stay with a new habit is not self-discipline, nor rewards, nor willpower, nor motivation. It is focus.

Having multiple goals spreads out your focus and makes it less likely that you'll complete any of them. Maintain your attention on one goal at a time.

People find their greatest enjoyment when they're fully absorbed in a mindful challenge, known as "flow".

How to get into flow:

  • Find work that you're passionate about.
  • Clear away distractions and focus entirely on the task.
Focus on the Positive

Be aware of your negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. For example, instead of quitting your exercise routine, think about how great you feel. 

Focus on the good parts of your life. Be thankful for what you have.

Mark Coleman
"One of the reasons we love the seaside is that so many things invite us into the present moment: the sound of waves crashing on the shore, the flight of sea gulls, the moist, salty air and the feel of sand between our toes."

How to Be Mindful at the Beach

nytimes.com

How To Be Mindful At The Beach
  • Open up all of your senses: hearing, seeing, smelling, taste and touch.
  • Rest on the sand and relax your body of any physical tension.
  • Sit near the water. With your eyes closed, listen to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore.
  • Take a walk with your feet in the water. Feel the various textures of the sand as the waves soak into it.
  • Each time you inhale, smell the salty, fragrant air.
  • Take time to contemplate the horizon and take in the vastness of the seascape.
The Psychology Of Revenge

Revenge is the desire to retaliate to someone who has injured us or made us suffer, either physically or mentally.

Studies revealed that the feeling of revenge is extremely rewarding to the brain. The region of the brain called ‘caudate nucleus’ is stimulated when the victim imagines taking revenge to punish the other person.

The Psychology of Revenge: Why It's Secretly Rewarding

scienceofpeople.com

While movies portray that being able to successfully take revenge will make one feel better, and find some closure, the long term effects of avenging oneself are completely opposite.

The cycle of retaliation continues after seeking revenge, and the pain of the original offence is re-opened, with the emotional wounds aggravated.

Attaining the heights of success by continued discipline and hustle is the best form of revenge, as it makes the original wrongdoer irrelevant and puny in front of one’s enormous stature.

One must set goals and work hard towards them, attaining growth, power and fame.

Frank Sinatra
“The best revenge is massive success.”

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