Month: July 2018

Reflections, Self development

Confidence is a choice


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Concentrate on the present moment. I believe this is incomplete, you cannot just concentrate on the present moment.

First things first. A choice must be taken first to concentrate on the present moment later, and that is the decision to engage, to live, to love, to act and to be. I blatantly believe, that to live a stoic life, this decision must be made first, the decision to engage, the decision to live, the decision to be awake to life. This decision is the primordial decision, the first movement, the ignitor, to become the spectated not the spectator.

Only when this decision is taken can we concentrate on living in the present moment.

Concentrating on the present moment is an aid to the first rule which is, deal with whatever it is that you have to deal with.

“He who is brave is free”
― Seneca

There is something magical about doing so, it’s almost as if you are acting as logos and nature intended you to act. You become a person that is living according to nature.

When the decision to engage is made, living in the present moment becomes easy. Where else can we engage other than the present moment? It would be absurd to take the decision to engage and not live in the present moment.

Living in the present moment is living, is saying yes to life and whatever it is that it has to offer. Life offers many things and all must be accepted and embraced, from sickness to happiness, from death to birth, everything must be accepted.

You can tell you are not living in the present moment when you are not moving. When you are thinking and thinking and wondering all the what if’s. That is called insecurity.

Being sure of oneself is very easy, it is just a decision. The decision to say yes and to engage, all else accommodates to the man that is sure about his decision to live.

It is nothing but a choice and a quite simple one. Please try it, say yes to life, live, discover your voice and you’ll do the world and yourself a great service.

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Self development, Short mornings, Stoic advice

Meaningful work


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“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
― Steven Pressfield

Today, as I woke up again at 5am and sat myself to write, I found myself struggling with a topic as I haven’t written in a while. It is indeed annoyingly frustrating because one thing about doing something daily is that you start to become good at it, and the frustration that comes with starting, vanishes. Right now, however, I’m struggling to come up with something that can help you in your day, but hey, I guess we all have this problem so let’s see what is the best way to make our way through it.

I believe that true work is done in the very first hours. I’m not referring the first hours ofBook-and-pen-top-10-wallpaper-hd6 your actual job, but the first hours in a morning that you’ve decided to wake up early, those hours that you can fill with whatever you like, whatever creative endeavor you’ve had in your mind for a while but haven’t pushed through. It can be learning a new language, writing, creating videos for youtube or simply reading.

When you wake up early, you fill your time with meaningful work and that is the kind of work that is needed. It’s almost like a test, if you want to live, eventually, from the thing that you like doing the most, you have to put the work in it.

Waking up early to work is not easy, it requires willpower and mental effort, but the rewards are infinite in comparison to the regret that can be felt at the end of everything for not giving ourselves even the small chance of leaving something of meaning behind.

Getting good at being uncomfortable

Just as Steven in the beginning quote and myself starting said, it’s not easy, obviously, Sysyphusyou are scared of whatever it is that you are trying to achieve, success is never a guarantee. But what we have to understand is that it doesn’t matter.

I do not know if I shall make progress, but I prefer to lack success rather than to lack faith.

Seneca

It is not up to us whether our work will be great or not, what is up to us is to do the best that can be done given our situation. To focus solely on what is under our control, the rest doesn’t matter.

Sitting down to work or do anything of meaning will require a fight against comfort. It’s that simple, and that fight must be fought constantly. This is why the feeling of uncomfortableness must become the new comfort.

Excuses

There is always an excuse for not doing meaningful work. You will always be able to find a reason for not doing what you know you should be doing.

  • I’m too tired
  • I don’t have a degree
  • I don’t have a camera
  • I am too old
  • I am too young

There are always excuses. Notice how there are lots of “I’s” there. It doesn’t help to put the problems on yourself.

Practice objectivity

For example, My body and mind are tired, what is there to be done about it? Maybe have a quick nap or maybe become comfortable with being uncomfortable and do the work anyways. Always remember that the obstacle is the way. 

Meaningful work isn’t easy, it requires courage and determination, the truth is that almost no one does what he wants to be doing in life.

Be the exception.

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