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The Worst Offender In Your Lack Of Focus

Lack of self-efficacy, that is your confidence (or belief) in navigating a challenging situation and shooting down potential obstacles is a fundamental reason for the inability to focus.

  • Coined in 1977 by psychologist Albert Bandura, self-efficacy is different from confidence, as it relates to a particular task or topic.
  • High self-efficacy results in less stress and depression and almost guarantees your personal accomplishment.
  • A low self-efficacy results in procrastination, failure and blame games.

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Self-efficacy: A psychological trick to ‘hack’ your focus and motivation

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Procrastination, motivation and focus relate to our emotions and internal feelings. Fear and uncertainty play a big role in these emotional issues. Low self-efficacy lowers our guard towards the internal distractions and one is easily stressed out.

A high self-efficacy insulates us from the emotional problems that affect our focus negatively.

  1. Mastery experiences: Convince yourself about your capability by completing small but difficult tasks using deliberate practice.
  2. Vicarious experiences: Observe and be with people doing the tasks you want to do successfully. Find mentors and guides that push you towards your success.
  3. Social persuasion: Create opportunities for review and feedback in an earlier stage of the project, ensuring it is sincere.
  4. Our emotional state: Remove stressful thoughts and focus on being effective and positive by changing your inner voice.

How to hack your self-efficacy to provide you with the desired confidence, in spite of the inevitable obstacles:

  1. Break your goal into smaller tasks.
  2. Track your progress using any tracker app.
  3. Set up steps to get feedback at an early stage.
  4. Ask questions, request for help and guidance.
  5. Keep your stress and doubts aside for a while.
  6. Celebrate your wins, however small and reflect on what has worked.
Reframe or divert

The first step in approaching a negative situation with an optimistic outlook is to accept what you can’t change.

Once you’ve done that, you have 2 options: reframe ( look for an opportunity instead of ruminating on the loss ) or divert (shift your focus to something else).

How to Be a More Positive Person, According to Experts | Time

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Savor the good

Noticing and savoring the pleasant moments and thinking, "Wow, this is really great "can strengthen positive emotions.

In general, we tend to dwell on the negative side and not notice the positive things we experience.

Set reminders

Write yourself a message on a sticky note and attach it to your computer screen at work (an inspirational quote, a reminder to smile, etc).

Small reminders like these help keep positivity front and center in your life.

Do something nice for someone else

One of the fastest, most effective ways to feel happier is to show someone kindness.

In a 2017 study by Oxford University, researchers found that performing acts of kindness for just seven days had a measurable, positive effect on well-being and positive social emotion.

Phone a friend

Most optimists have strong, supportive relationships. The comfort of knowing you don’t have to do everything by yourself contributes to long-term happiness.

You don’t have to have a lot of them, but you have to have around you people you trust and trust you back. 

Say thanks

Thinking about what you’re grateful for can instantly improve your mood.

It works because our interpretation of events influences our emotions more than the events themselves.

Mahatma Gandhi
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

21 of the World's Most Powerful Quotes Updated For Today

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Albert Einstein
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
George Bernard Shaw
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
Michel De Montaigne
“He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.”
Mother Teresa
“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.”
Stephen Covey
“Love is a verb. Love — the feeling — is a fruit of love, the verb.”
Confucius
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
Mary Engelbreit
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
“In seeking happiness for others, you will find it in yourself.”
Reinhold Niebuhr
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Bill Keane
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
Viktor Frankl
“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”
“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap. If you want happiness for a day — go fishing. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a life time — help someone else.”
Helen Keller
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”
Stephen Covey
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
Sigmund Freud
“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.”
Joshua J. Marine
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
“The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is if we change. The only way we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we are exposed is if we throw ourselves into the open.”
Henry van Dyke
“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
Corazon Aquino
“I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.”
Satellites and Financial Transactions

Contactless payments would never have been possible if we didn't have satellites. Literally, all of our financial transactions rely on satellites' locations and timing services for security purposes as well.

If the satellite's timing isn't in sync with the others, it is possible for money to be lost in the transaction.

Six ways satellites make the world a better place

theconversation.com

Overhead, we have about 3000 satellites that assist us in monitoring natural disasters such as forest fires and tropical storms.

The data that we've gathered from these satellites allow us to study the behavior and predict its patterns to further support our response teams and relief efforts.

Many countries have already approved of sharing satellite data regarding this matter, and the coordinated global use of satellites amounts to almost 700 possibilities.

There is no country or entity that is able to claim a region of space, not even a superpower country.

Satellites provide data to activists, journalists, and even investigators in order to pursue saving as many lives as possible.

Due to the help of satellites, communities are able to speak up for what they believe in and are then able to tackle issues such as illegal deforestation, government fabrications, and even the prosecution of war criminals.

A fun feature of satellites includes high-resolution imagery.

Through this technique, we are able to identify ships that do not submit signals of their locations by differentiating the locations of the ones that do, thus preventing ourselves from piracy.

High-resolution imagery is also useful for spotting whether a colony of animals is slowly dying or not. Scientists are able to count and identify the animals through high-resolution imagery. Although it is still far from being able to track an individual animal.

It is extremely useful for conservationists because it can help them protect endangered animal species from either being poached or encroached on by people.

The existence of extra-terrestrials is dependent on what we believe in. Satellites are able to see anything even outside our solar system.

Mark Manson
“Life is essentially an endless series of problems—the solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next. Don’t hope for a life without problems. Hope for a life full of good problems.”

How to Be Content in Life: Three Paradoxes | Mark Manson

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Life as a Paradox

Life is full of paradoxes, and anything and everything that we hope for or desire only leads to more anxiety and stress, creating new problems for us.

We can be content. But it's not simple. To understand why we seem to be constantly dissatisfied with ourselves and the world, we must understand some basic psychological principles.

Psychological Thermostats

Our behavior, contentment, desires, expectations, and body clocks are set differently, and this may lead to conflicts and problems with others.