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Focus on the Journey, Not the Endgame, with These 5 Tips

Focus on the Journey, Not the Endgame, with These 5 Tips

Regardless of your background, all of us find ourselves too absorbed in day-to-day stresses. When the responsibilities of life weigh on you too heavily, however, it can be easy to obsess over where we’re going. Too much concern with our goals over our reality can be tiring and make you lose perspective. Learning to enjoy life’s journey is a critical part of being content and happy. To focus on enjoying your journey more, and every day stress less, these five life approaches are indispensable.

1. Live in the Present.

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    The most important thing you can do to start enjoying the journey more is to live in the present. While lessons from our past are important to learn from, focusing too much of our time there is draining. Similarly, focusing too much time on the future is also tiring, since no one can control the time ahead. To make your life more meaningful, practice absorbing each moment as it comes. Let yourself feel peaceful and content with what you have right now. All things are temporary in life, so taking time to appreciate your gifts is critical. Freeing yourself from from future or past anxieties is empowering and comforting, and will help you focus on the present.

    2. Enrich your life.

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      A key ingredient to focusing on the journey is ensuring your journey is rich with experiences. Take time to pursue a passion or become more active in your community. An easy way to accomplish this is to look around for free events, local nature spots, shows or classes. Don’t forget that many free online resources are out there, making many subjects more accessible than ever before.

      3. Stay positive.

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        Perhaps the simplest way to better enjoy your journey through life is to focus on the positive. Try to accentuate the things that are going well for you in order to keep a healthy perspective on life. We all have concerns and stresses, but appreciating what you do have will help you feel less like you’re missing out. Should counting your blessings not be enough, you can always be a force for good as well. Try volunteering for those in need or donating to charity.

        4. Unplug.

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          Another helpful way to focus on your journey over your accomplishments is to unplug every now and again. Nothing puts work stress in perspective quite like turning off your computer and phone for a weekend, and just being. Though it’s a good thing to have goals and dreams, taking a real break from the work week can help you focus on what life truly means; plus, it lets you spend quality time with those who mean the most to you.

          5. Relax.

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            Relaxing is a healthy habit; however taking time to be calm can also help you to live in the present. Switching gears after a busy day for breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga can be helpful in letting you focus on the journey. Practicing being calm and in tune with yourself helps to separate what’s important from what isn’t in life. Not only that, letting yourself feel tranquil and content makes you appreciate the present more, and worry less about things you can’t control.

            Featured photo credit: Panos Photographia via flickr.com

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            Last Updated on March 5, 2021

            Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

            Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

            I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty brilliant ideas while chattering to myself; more importantly, I produce better works. For example, right now, as I am typing, I am constantly mumbling to myself. Do you talk to yourself? Don’t get embarrassed admitting it because science has discovered that those who talk to themselves are actually geniuses… and not crazy!

            Research Background

            Psychologist-researcher Gary Lupyan conducted an experiment where 20 volunteers were shown objects, in a supermarket, and were asked to remember them. Half of them were told to repeat the objects, for example, banana, and the other half remained silent. In the end, the result shown that self-directed speech aided people to find the objects faster, by 50 to 100 milliseconds, compared to the silent ones.

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            “I’ll often mutter to myself when searching for something in the refrigerator or the supermarket shelves,” said Gary Lupyan.

            This personal experience actually made him conduct this experiment. Lupyan, together with another psychologist, Daniel Swigley, came up with the outcomes that those to talk to oneself are geniuses. Here are the reasons:

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            It stimulates your memory

            When you are talking to yourself, your sensory mechanism gets activated. It gets easier on your memory since you can visualize the word, and you can act accordingly.[1]

            It helps stay focused

            When you are saying it loud, you stay focused on your task,[2] and it helps you recognise that stuff immediately. Of course, this only helps if you know what the object you are searching looks like. For example, a banana is yellow in colour, and you know how a banana looks like. So when you are saying it loud, your brain immediately pictures the image on your mind. But if you don’t know what banana looks like, then there is no effect of saying it loud.

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            It helps you clarify your thoughts

            Every one of us tends to have various types of thoughts. Most make sense, while the others don’t. Suppose you are furious at someone and you feel like killing that person. Now for this issue you won’t run to a therapist, will you? No, what you do is lock yourself in a room and mutter to yourself. You are letting go off the anger by talking to yourself, the pros and cons of killing that person, and eventually you calm down. This is a silly thought that you have and are unable to share it with any other person. Psychologist Linda Sapadin said,[3]

            “It helps you clarify your thoughts, tend to what’s important and firm up any decisions you are contemplating.”

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