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How The Matrix Will Help Make 2012 Your Best Year Yet

How The Matrix Will Help Make 2012 Your Best Year Yet
The Matrix
    The Matrix Code by Carlos Carreño

    I’m sure most of you have seen one or all, of “The Matrix” movies, the sci-fi action movie trilogy set in the future. I’m a huge fan, what I love about the movies is that each time I watch them I delve deeper into the philosophy behind the action.

    While watching it again recently, I had some thoughts about how The Matrix is represented in our own day to day lives and how maybe we could reduce its presence in 2012 and use some of its ideas to make our lives happier and more meaningful.

    In the movie, The Matrix is described as a computer generated dream world built to keep humans under control in order to use them as a source of energy somewhat akin to a battery cell. Those who are part of the matrix are unaware of its existence, they are happy in their ignorance that what they believe to be real is reality.

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    Then there are those who have escaped from the Matrix, their reality is not so sweet but it represents Truth as opposed to the superficiality of the dream world.

    What does this imagery say about our own lives? Are you a battery cell? Is your life spent pursuing the goals of others? Do you like to ignore the things you know need to change in your life or have you accepted the truth and the responsibly that comes with that knowledge?

    Coming to the end of another year is the time to take stock of our lives. To think about the past year and whether it has been a good one, and what parts can be improved upon. Is it time for change, for advancement, for improvement? Are you leading a life of your choice?

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    Achievement List

    Start by looking at the achievements of the past year. They may be work-related or personal achievements. Maybe a sporting achievement or a habit you managed to break. Make a list of all the achievements from the past year. Far too often we achieve great things but we don’t’ give them enough acknowledgement. We tend to move on and focus on the next goal or objective.

    Now is the time to sit and acknowledge the good things, to celebrate and feel good.

    Looking Forward

    After looking at your past achievements, now take a look forward, what still needs to change? Do you still need to make changes and adapt things to make the coming year happier and more successful?

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    Often people tell me they don’t know what they want from life and therefore don’t know what goals to set. If this is the case let us use The Matrix to give us some ideas where to start.

    1. Is your life spent fueling an engine that you don’t want to be part of?
    2. Are your daily actions meaningful, are they contributing to a positive bigger picture?
    3. Are there contributions you think you could offer to make the world a better place?

    Take some time to think about those questions and then look towards another great lesson to be learned from the Matrix both for our personal productivity and our general success. This comes from one of the ideas throughout the first movie that the main character Neo may be “The One” — the one is who is not going to do things the way they are always done, the enlightened one, or the awakened one.

    So maybe it is time to wake up — and wake up what needs to change.

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    Doing things differently

    Einstein once said:

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

    If you want to make changes in your life you need to change the way you are currently doing things. So many people whine and moan about their unhappy lives, how circumstance has dealt them a raw deal. If you are unhappy with the hand you were given go out and get a different set of cards and deal yourself a new hand, make changes, step outside your comfort zone only by doing things differently will your reap the results that you desire

    A new year is time for change, but now is the time to plan that change, to think about the commitments you are going to make for yourself and for your world.

    It’s time to wake up and embrace the truth in order to make 2012 one of the best yet.

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    Ciara Conlon

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    5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

    5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

    In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

    Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut only to get back into another one.

    How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

    • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
    • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
    • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
    • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
    • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
    • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

    When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnancy in life, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help.

    Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

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    1. Realize You’re Not Alone

    Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths.

    Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

    2. Find What Inspires You

    Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation.

    What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

    On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem.

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    If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

    3. Give Yourself a Break

    When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

    Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave.

    Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future.

    These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

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    4. Shake up Your Routines

    Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

    Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’re 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

    When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

    5. Start with a Small Step

    Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

    Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward.

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    Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years.

    On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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