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9 Hidden Life Lessons In Star Wars That You Need To Know!

9 Hidden Life Lessons In Star Wars That You Need To Know!

“In a galaxy far, far, away…”

As the world anticipates the return of the Millennium Falcon and Han Solo, let’s reflect on the wisdom of the Jedi, The Force, and the Sith Lord himself, in order to glean nine lessons Star Wars teaches us about life.

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    1. Commit to the life you want to live – and live it!

    “Do or do not… there is no try.” – Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back

    We can spend our entire lives debating this and that, frozen in fear, fighting uncertainty. However, in life, nothing is certain. We can either waste precious time in limbo or make a decision and stick with it!

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      2. Surround yourself with people who are supportive and believe in you.

      “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” – Darth Vader in A New Hope

      There is absolutely no reason to waste your time and energy on people who bring you down. Rather, fill your life with the believers and doers, people who inspire you and bring positive energy to your life. Otherwise, you may resort to the dark side…

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        3. Don’t lie to yourself. We usually already know what the right thing to do is.

        “Already know you, that which you need.” – Yoda

        Listen to your heart, The Force, and your conscience. Listen to that Yoda voice you hear as you fall asleep or the nagging thoughts that simply won’t go away. Though the road ahead seems perilous, the solution is within.

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          4. Don’t let impossible odds hold you back.

          C-3PO: “Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.”

          “Never tell me the odds.” – Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back

          Even if an asteroid field is hurling towards you and your odds of success are 3,720 to 1, don’t let this daunting ratio prevent you from following your heart.

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            5. Often success stems from overcoming failures.

            “Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” – Obi- Wan Kenobi in A New Hope

            Success cannot flourish without hard work. It is found only through trial and error, profound dedication, and the ability to see setbacks as stepping stones towards later victory.

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              6. Don’t let fear guide your life.

              “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda in The Phantom Menace

              Fear cripples us from doing what needs to be done. It prevents us from becoming the people we’re meant to be. It isolates us from others and makes us scared of those we do not understand. Historically speaking, fear has fueled many wars, genocides, persecutions, and riots. Clearly, Yoda was onto something.

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                7. Humor goes a long way.

                (as garbage compactor closes in) “One thing’s for sure, we’re all gonna be a lot thinner.” – Han Solo in A New  Hope

                When things get tough, it’s natural to freak out. However, freaking out isn’t the most productive or efficient way to solve a problem. Humor lightens the mood and allows everyone time to regroup and reassess the situation. It also keeps spirits high, enabling people to do what needs to be done. Plus, girls dig a guy who can crack a joke every now and again.

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                  8. Our thoughts and actions impact our future.

                  “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace.

                  What we spend our days thinking about, and actively pursuing, directly affects our future (for better or worse). Considering this, we should invest our time and energy into the things and people we’re passionate about, and the dreams we have, rather than focusing on the negative or filling our lives with empty distractions.

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                    9. Sometimes we just need to let it go.

                    “Let go of your hate.” – Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi

                    There is no room for hate, fear, and regret in our lives. Often, we just need to let it go so that we may finally be free.

                    Featured photo credit: What’s Your Favorite Star Wars Poster?/ Ant-Man via flickr.com

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                    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                    13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                    13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                    For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                    “We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

                    “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

                    Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

                    You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

                    Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

                    1. Take a step back and evaluate

                    When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

                    1. What is the problem?
                    2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
                    3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
                    4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
                    5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

                    Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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                    2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

                    If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

                    At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

                    Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

                    3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

                    Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

                    4. Process your thoughts/emotions

                    Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

                    1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
                    2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
                    3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
                    4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

                    5. Acknowledge your thoughts

                    Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

                    By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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                    Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

                    6. Give yourself a break

                    If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

                    7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

                    A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

                    Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

                    After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

                    8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

                    As Helen Keller once said,

                    “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

                    Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

                    9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

                    In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

                    1. What’s the situation?
                    2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
                    3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
                    4. Take action on your next steps!

                    After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

                    10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

                    A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

                    Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

                    For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

                    11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

                    No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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                    12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

                    No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

                    13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

                    There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

                    After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

                    Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                    Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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