In the context of professional work, we ought to simply practice more.
Robert Greene sums it up well 1) practice, practice, practice 2) learn from the masters of the field 3) transfigure, make the thing your own.
It’s rather easy, except the practice part takes at least 10 000 hours. If you are really committed you do not measure it in time, but the times you do. Masters always find room for more practice, more improvement.
Study the masters: do more.
When it comes to believing, our minds easily find a hundreds reasons to do or not to do if we go into that. How about we would just do what we want to do?
Practice what we have set out to do without any other thoughts. Learning to let go of what can be done, what is possible and instead just try to do your best without attachment to the result. Then keep on improving that result, because of course if you are doing your best and you are learning, your results are improving. Results give the feedback of improvement after all, if there is no improvement in results you are not improving, so you are still learning 🙂
Do more, get more results and do not let your beliefs hold you back.
Growth. Something in physical terms would mean to increase in size or mass. In emotional terms it would probably means mature response versus immature response. In spiritual terms, I don’t know. In intellectual terms it would perhaps mean better performance in a quiz or test.
Around 2007 I found the idea of conscious growth from Steve Pavlina’s blog and around 2009 I think I’ve been practicing daily.
Growth is always in relation to who are and where we want to be. We cannot compare ourselves to anyone else and we shouldn’t. Bill Gates would have said that comparing yourself to anyone else is an insult to yourself.
To grow then, we would need an understanding of our present state, to understand that we are but in the beginning of our journey.
To grow, we need to accept that we are all beginners. Masters are the masters at this skill, humility.
Humility opens up the mind for learning. So the way to grow is to start a fresh.
Yesterday I had an epiphany that only person who really has a chance to get to know myself is myself. To truly know oneself, is a long process which we usually do not spend enough time with.
Not enough time? We are actually also the source of our time, we can create more of it and as plenty as we wish.
Once we know ourselves, we are able to give more of ourselves to others as well.
We should begin by stopping and knowing ourselves, since it’s really our privilege to know ourselves. If the senses are a channel to get to know others and that channel is a bit limited – with ourselves we do not have that problem.
Discover yourself, start to create your own time and benefit others.
We can become that which we learn to be under pressure. By observing our thoughts, we can change our response, we can change our action and we can change our habits. We can change ourselves to take smarter action under pressure.
We can become smarter by taking smarter actions.
Top performers perform better under pressure, because they have more time to choose a better response. So can anyone become better at chosen action is the responses are better and you have more time to respond.
Pressure reveals how prepared we are, and how do we react to the pressure: do we have time to evaluate the best choices or do we mindlessly react like animals do?
More than ourselves, the way we react reflects the culture around us. For those who are in the culture, it is difficult to see. From outside its easier to observe that under pressure our behavior is often based or even copied from those who are close to us.
Pressure therefore not only reveals ourselves, it reveals the culture we are surrounded by.
Of course we do influence and get influenced by culture at the same time. What is in our own control is the respond to each situation and that’s it. Do you breathe for four seconds before reply or do you respond straight away? Do you have multiple choices or do you go with the first one that pop into your heads.
Yesterday’s decision making process put some interesting energy on the move. It’s the kind of energy where I remembered who I am and decided to live true to that.
We need to remember to be true to ourselves, and then we will find the energy to do the things that matter.
To be to oneself requires decision making based on self-understanding. Self-understanding requires listening and accepting that which is evident.
We get to be only ourselves in this life. Although what makes life fun is that we get to play many roles during our lifetimes. Still some roles fit us better than others and here the listening part comes crucial.
Listen, understand and say no to what isn’t you. Stay true to you.
Love yourself as you are. We need to love ourselves first, because not necessary there will be no-one else to do so either. We need to learn to be by ourselves first.
When we are able to with ourselves, it’s much easier to be with others and be of value to other.
Therefore remember to be true to yourself.
Decision making is energy intensive and energy creating process.
I’ve a few times a year these phases where the existential crisis kicks in. I’ll keep performing habits without much emotion. Then in some actions there is still spark left, while my rest of the mind wanders in deeper questions.
It’s because of this deeply inquisitive mindset that my mind apparently starts to question a little bit of everything. Including my most beloved and hard earned habits as writing itself. In fact today I made the decision not to write.
Until then I found some energy on the decision what to do tomorrow. And when I found the energy to decide on what to do tomorrow, what inspiring thing I will do tomorrow, now I got my inspiration to write about that decision making energy.
Making decisions is really energy intensive, however by doing so it allows us to focus our energy that which truly matters. And we should spend our days doing what truly matters, because other stuff doesn’t matter at all.
So far the very best answer to the meaning of life is to live life so that whole life is an answer to the question. And to do that we should be making smarter decisions on what to do and do those decisions with higher intensity.
Tom Rath has written a wonderful book titled Eat, Move, Sleep, it’s one of the best books I’ve read on wellbeing and if you have not read it, that would be the one book to read.
Today I amused myself with the thought that prioritizing sleep is important because once I am well rested I can respond better to almost anything! Up until to a point.
Sleep therefore deserves to be first. The second is a bit more difficult, but I would assume that if I first take care that I’ve rested well enough and I’ve empty fridge I guess I would have to move. The same would’ve applied to the hunter-gatherer example: if there is nothing to eat we need to move before we can eat.
Especially when we live the life of growth, the growth happens when we rest.
The more of these two we have in our lives, the better our life starts to get. Especially if the ownership is paired with action to improve the thing. If the thing cannot be improved, then there is nothing much to worry about.
Today I made interesting association with the ownership. Taking ownership of the time: not complaining about the time, accepting and prioritizing based on that. It feels powerful. The idea once again comes from The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks, where he explains the idea of Einstein time. Belief that we are the creators of our time and if we focus to that we will have more time in our hands.
As Seneca put it, we never have time for everything, yet we have time for the important things. This seems to be the golden rule in thinking about the time: what is important and what is not.
Ownership of the thoughts and the words that we let out transforms everything. It’s not irrelevant what we say or how we say it: because that does not only reinforce our own thinking but affects others as well.
Full ownership means having all the control we can have and it is the key in mastering the one time where we can affect things: present.
On occasion it’s good to have no structure and enjoy the chaotic connections and insights that arise. In order to prioritize we must determine and decide what is important. For that the time to reflect and weigh different options is necessary.
It seems I need to spend at least a day of a week in this kind of quiet and reflective in order to stay operational and to be able to function.
Life is rather easy if we think about it: we just need to prioritize spiritual, social and physical wellbeing and then when the time to do something comes, we are able.
Yet a life of growth is a bit different, because we are not facing the same challenges every day, instead we are facing progressively more difficult challenges.
Stress challenges our mind, body and spirit, and with rest all these grow stronger. Rest is much more than sleep: in physical terms it’s also everything that maintains our body. Our mind also needs healing: thinking practices, social bonding and emotional intimacy. Our spirit needs also nourishing: from social life and spiritual practices.
If we each day and week face increasingly more difficult challenges, how come we spend so little time to prepare for such?
I feel that we have plenty of time to prepare if we do it economically, each day a little bit. To do it economically only thing we really need to do is to keep doing the practices and reinforce the decisions we have made for example to exercise, meditate and socialize with friends and loved ones. Quiet contemplation lets us to appreciate and feel grateful for everything good we have in our lives and to work for those most important things even harder.
The dilemma with ‘us’ is our egoes that get into the way.
With ego involvement we can be excellent, without ego involvement we can be godlike geniuses.
Judgement does not further our cause.
Our we have tiny fraction of universes uniqueness inside us, and to live that true would be the purpose of life. Now, I would like to give advice i.e. to actualize that requires skillful action without an attachment to the results or trappings of identity.
Or perhaps that you could practice this or that meditation.
However, life is not that simple: each of our life is a puzzle, a game of a different kind to unlock our godlike nature. Therefore what works for one, may not work for another.
Buddha was careful with the words. Words or thoughts can guide or misguide us.
I realized, that my mission on is not to tell what I know, or communicate what I have learned. My mission is to wake up people to think for themselves. With this autonomy people can start solving their own puzzles of life and unleash the god within for themselves.