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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 July 8, 2020

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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