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Five Ways To Stay Positive

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Five Ways To Stay Positive

Staying positive during this era of information can seem impossible with all of the hatred and negativity that is being taught to the masses. Having a perception that gives off good vibes and vibrant energy, can be the defining moment that changes your life irrevocably. Accentuating all of the positive elements in your life is easy, once you know what to look for. These tips are meant to alter your perception into finding an equilibrium that aids your productivity. Having negative thoughts determines your future. Why not turn the frown upside down and make a serious change today?

1. Tell Yourself How Precious Life Is

Whatever your circumstances may be, there’s always something to be thankful for. Even during your worst days there’s something positive that happens during that particular day. And diverting your focus to that one variable can cause you to remain positive under duress. Life isn’t really without problems. Finding solutions are part of the test and must be respected. Remind yourself how wonderful it is to be alive, and see the beauty that surrounds you.

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Telling yourself that great things will happen after an unfortunate situation has occurred is a sign of leadership. You are in the driver’s seat of your own life and get to choose the destination. Don’t let a temporary moment ruin your overall wellness.

2. Alleviate Stress Factors

Finding things you love to do can take your mind off of what is stressful. Everybody needs to experience stress from time to time, but don’t let it bring you down. If you are consciously aware of what makes you happy, put some time aside and focus on that particular activity, to take your mind off of what’s bothering you.

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This will give you a sense of clarity and rejuvenate the soul. Recharging the spirit is important, by taking time out for doing something that relaxes you. Stress can cause numerous health problems. Changing your mentality can either ameliorate or exacerbate the situation.

3. Love Yourself

Living how you move, what you do, how you talk, and how you look is a direct link to spreading positive energy into the world. This is easier said than done, but if you don’t like something about yourself then try your best to change it. Listen openly to criticism from genuine people, take their advice, and use it as a tool to improve yourself.

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Be mindful of every action you make, because one wrong move can breakdown a solidified core of stability. Becoming a ball of bright, shimmering energy is all about loving efficiency and effectiveness, which starts from digging deep within yourself. Let the world come to you, and never put on a show for the world.

4. Seek The Truth

Everybody will have an opinion about who you are and what you do. Tuning those opinions out are very important. They won’t change who you are, and nine times out of ten–a persons perception of who you are is fabricated. Nobody is liked by everyone, and let’s face it: life would be excruciatingly dull and boring if you were. Be honest and value integrity. Don’t believe everything you hear, and when doing research make sure it’s done in different stages.

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Finding the truth through these thick layers of deception isn’t easy. But with the right motivation to do so, you will be on the correct path. Everyone is ignorant to something, but don’t be proud of your ignorance. Strive to learn more about the world, and you discover more about yourself.

5. Eliminate Routines

Good habits are things you do everyday, but change up the order from time to time. Scheduling your day mechanically can be a nuisance. Switch up the pace from time to time. This will open up the flood gates to free thinking. Analyzing events and reflecting on new scenarios is a great way to combat the mediocrity of a routine. Embrace change and enjoy the beautiful nature, which is the essence of life.

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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