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Why Short Term Fixes Are A Waste Of Time

Why Short Term Fixes Are A Waste Of Time

Any quick fix, that encourages you to bury your head in the sand and ignore the main problem will always come back to haunt you.

How can you address the issue if you’re not fixing the root cause? There are plenty of events in our lives that see this exact situation occur. Many people are looking for instant gratification, an overnight solution and a relief from lives problems without having to do anything.

Lets take a look at some of those situations below. Quick Fixes With Lasting Consequences :

Get Rich Quick Schemes

Money simply doesn’t work in this way. It takes years and years of hard-work and dedication to establish a secure money generating platform that will make you rich and support you in future years.

If someone is promising huge profits overnight then ignore them. The only time overnight money is possible is when you jump on a trend before everyone else, or have foundations already in place to take advantage of an opportunity when it arises.

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Facial Reconstructing

This includes braces, occasionally plastic surgery and Botox. Your face is determined by facial posture, oral posture, head posture and lifestyle/habits. If you have braces put on, but your diet consists of soft foods, your mouth posture isn’t correct and you tend to let your mouth hang open often, then the problems will resurface once the braces are off, your teeth will gradually go back to being crooked.

It’s like putting makeup on a terrible skin. The makeup is a temporary fix but a terrible diet and lifestyle is causing the terrible skin in the first place so it’ll remain afterwards.

Liposuction

This is such a popular quick fix. This is for those people who are too weak to diet and exercise. They get the liposuction, lose the fat and feel as though they’ve achieved. Yet they abuse this situation because it took such little work, go back to their old lifestyle and pile it back on again.

Starving Yourself

People trying to get in shape sometimes opt for the starving themselves strategy as a quick fix. But this simply changes the body to have a lower metabolism and other complications. Once they get bored of their drastic diet they go back to their previous lifestyle and their weight increases more than ever. Their body adapted to deal with small amounts of food, went into panic mode and jumped at the chance to store fat once it became available again.

Steroids

This is popular among men who want to add muscle but can’t seem to get the formula right. In the short term they get the results they require and quickly. Overtime however, they begin to develop injuries, side effects and health risks.

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The trade-off between having muscles and being healthy simply isn’t worth it. Instead keep learning about fitness, keep testing and stick with it. Eventually you’ll get there with your health intact.

Hair Transplants

Just look at footballer Wayne Rooney if you need evidence for this one. Wayne lost all of his hair, had a transplant and thought everything was fixed. However anyone can clearly see that he’s loosing it again.

Why is this happening? Because the reason he was losing his hair in the first place is still apparent, it hasn’t been addressed but rather covered up.

The Doctors tell Wayne that he’ll need regular top-ups in order to maintain his new hair, but in reality they’re just putting newspaper on-top of newspaper to cover up spilled milk.

Energy Drinks

This is how so many people get their kick in the mornings. It works just like coffee. Your body gets a huge sugar and caffeine boost and thus energy boost when you didn’t actually have any energy.

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We’ve already said everything that should concern you. You’re getting energy that you don’t have! This is dangerous. Once the effects of the drink wear off you’ll be even more tired than before and have probably caused some level of damage to your body.

If you’re running on fake energy, then eventually your body is going to crash. It’s tired for a reason, either your lifestyle isn’t great, your diet is poor or you simply need to sleep. Perhaps it’s all three. Whatever it is, do it naturally, forget the energy boosts.

Short term loans

You need money for this weekend but you don’t have it. What do you do? Well most people take out a short term loan or borrow money from a friend. But this is a very short lived advantage. You’re going to pay this money back next week/month and be in the same boat again. For a lot of people this ends up becoming a lifestyle, they spend at the beginning of the month, struggle at the end, then borrow money to get them through.

If you want to get out of this situation, then you need to start sacrificing or cutting back on your current spending in which ever way possible. Sometimes life asks you to take 10 steps backwards before it lets you move forward once again.

Conclusion

Chopping the head off the weed won’t get rid of the problem, it’ll just grow back later on. Stop burying your head in the sand and start addressing the true problems in your life.

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If you’re low on energy, then there’s a reason why.

If you’re continuously broke then you’re not living right.

If you keep crash dieting but seem to gain more weight afterwards then it’s time to put the real work in.

Find the root cause, stop being lazy, the results will come.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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