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Are You Passionate About Something?

Are You Passionate About Something?

How often do you get up in the morning feeling excited about the day ahead? Not a once-off good morning, but actually feeling that way most days in a week? It’s not easy finding things to be passionate about, but it could be the determining factor as to whether or not you’re able to live the life you dream about. This article seeks to motivate you into self reflection in an attempt to help you find the things that excite you.

What Excites You?

It’s hard feeling happy and passionate about something you dread. Sadly, it’s one of the reasons many people struggle to get out of bed every morning for work. If a person actually had a forceful passion about the work he does, would he need 3 alarms to get him up in the morning? Highly unlikely. He’d be feeling so stoked for the day ahead that getting up is no issue at all.

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With that being said, find something in your day, something at work, something at home that makes you happy, and put your focus on it. Think about being back at school. Most kids feel annoyed about being at school; ask a kid if he likes school and he’s response to it is probably that he can’t wait to be done with it.The moment that very same kid meets someone in school that he likes, suddenly school excites him—he wakes up every morning feeling excited for the day ahead.

The key is to find a detail in your day that you can use as a reason to feel passionate.

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Make a List

Take some time off in your day and make a list of things that you like. It could be the most simplest of things. Write them down on a page. After doing that, start eliminating items in order of how passionate an option makes you. Keep this up until you find something that really makes you feel excited and passionate.

With that being said, if you’re unable to find something, do some research online. You may have always wanted to learn how to cook or make music with FL studio, so research things that you would like to learn. Make a similar list as mentioned above, and eliminate options until you have the “golden” one.

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Last but Not Least, Do it!

Don’t prolong or procrastinate—just jump onto the bandwagon. There’s no time like the present, and it’s best that you invest some of your time into finding a hobby or reason to feel passionate right now. If you’re not convinced as to why, try looking at it from a different perspective: most successful and happy entrepreneurs of today do the things they’re passionate about. The reason for this is simply because passion is known for evoking other positive emotions such as ambition, joy, and even perseverance.

Can you imagine the things you could accomplish if you were to have a passion filled day all week? It could be the reason why you excel at work. It could become the inspiration for a thriving social life and relationship. It could become the driving force that turns you into the next big entrepreneur of this decade.

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Don’t wait until tomorrow or the next day: get started right now. Dig deep into your mind and figure out exactly what you would like your life to be. Picture yourself 10 years from now and ask yourself what you would like to see yourself accomplish. Do all of these things and I promise you the results will be astounding. The difference and change you may seek in your life rests in your hands: you have the power to turn a sucky day or a sucky year into one that feels phenomenal.

Do this with Passion!

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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