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The 2 Steps to Embracing Sudden Realizations

The 2 Steps to Embracing Sudden Realizations

    Realizations (n): 1: an act of becoming fully aware of something. 2: the fulfillment or achievement of something desired or anticipated.

    How many times have you been hit by a sudden realization? An epiphany of some sort?

    It happens at random times.

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    Whatever your realization may be, no matter how big or small, it’s meaningful. You should listen and pay close attention to whatever you’re thinking at that very moment. These realizations are rare and easily dismissible.

    They are also potentially life changing.

    Step 1: Realization

    Suddenly realizing something is the first step to implement any kind of change in your life. Why? Because you are now aware of something you previously weren’t. If motivation is found within, these realizations add fuel to the flame.

    Your realization is just the beginning. Acting on it slowly reveals the journey that you may be taking.

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    It is easy to dismiss these realizations because it’s hard to initiate something challenging and mysterious, something that will probably take you out of your comfort zone. Let me just say this: don’t ignore it and follow through. This is what you might have been looking for all along.

    Whenever you’re hit with a realization, I want you to pause and think about it:

    • Why all of a sudden am I becoming fully aware of this thought?
    • Could this realization be a start to finding answers or a solution to my current situation?
    • Why now? And if I ignore it, will it come back later?
    • What doors could open up when embracing this sudden realization?

    Here’s a fact: you can’t stay the same. So maybe these realizations are tantamount to change. Change for the better.

    Step 2: Put it into practice

    Once you get a grasp of this realization and how it will play a part in your life, there is only one remaining step: put it into practice. Get the ball rolling. If you know this realization is going to better your life, then what are you waiting for? Start now.

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    One of my sudden realizations was about where I was in my life and what I could do to better my situation. I was failing college, had no goals or any passions, and I continuously wasted time and energy by doing things I didn’t even enjoy. I was doing this for awhile (2 years to be exact), but that one day it hit me harder than ever.

    Instead of ignoring it, I began unraveling it. Little by little I would find answers that would point to me a direction I was afraid of going. Instead of pretending I would remember, I wrote it down. I turned it into a goal. Use visualization to constantly remind you.

    Here’s something to think about: if you’re afraid of doing something, if it injects fear into you, chances are you should do it. Why? Because stepping out of your comfort zone will teach you things you never knew about yourself. You are not being paralyzed by fear, you are embracing it and using it to propel you forward.

    Start now, start small

    To get your realization into motion, you have to start small and you have to start somewhere. The point is that you are now fully aware of this realization. Don’t let it slip away.

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    Ignoring it would be denying yourself a rare opportunity.

    Implement your realization today. For example: if you know that you have to spend more time reading or exercising, start implementing that change today, little by little. Take some time off something less important and redirect it what’s most important..

    Do this daily by starting small. After a few weeks or months, look back at your progress. See how far you’ve come and look at the change that took place just by realizing something, initiating, and relentlessly putting it into practice.

    These realizations are part of our lives. This sudden awareness can be used to wake yourself up. Hey, it might even change your life.

    Will you ignore it? Or will you dig deeper?
    (Photo credit: Boy Saying “Aha” via Shutterstock)

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    Paul Jun is a content strategist, community builder, writer, and photographer. He shares motivational tips on Lifehack.

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    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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