Like Liked by 6 people. Actually something I learned from your work. Getting up hours before I normally would in the last month has been a more productive chunk of time than anything else during the day. This could be a welcome addition! Thanks for opening up enough to share this. I breathed a sigh of relief; my productivity goes up and down, so this will help me to be more consistent.
Thanks again. Like Liked by 1 person. Pass the mustard. In a random psychic reading about 10 days ago, he simply told me this: your joy is in your crazy. Stop fighting it. People are waiting for you. Thanks for sharing your crazy joy! My day is better now:. This just popped up on my Facebook and you have hit the nail on the head!
I have read your articles for years and 4HWW came across my plate just as I was heading on a walkabout. It definitely provided me with some comfort and direction. This post definitely came at the right time, thanks so much for sharing. I always had to many things on my to do list, but finally realized that I get way more done if i stick to really important tasks. Also waking up early in the morning has boosted my productivity a lot.
My best productivity tip that works for me is to stay healthy and do some daily exercise, like crossfit, dancing or running. I like that idea. I had the opposite reaction, deciding to go overboard and try a superhuman productivity effort for the next two weeks. Tim thank you for writing this. I struggle with depression and procrastination as well.
A lot of the time I feel like even though I have had a fair amount of success in my life, like my difficulties consistently performing at a high level have held me back from really achieving the big goals I have. Thank you for opening up about this Tim, this is something that truly helps me know that I can make it. Thanks for the inspiration! I needed to hear this, Thank You Tim! Thank you for sharing this post; I feel the same way many times and the true is that nobody talks about it and thats make it just worse.
Thanks for sharing, definitely gonna borrow it from you:. This is a fantastic article Tim. Brutally honest. I have gone through some tough times, in fact I find that every year or two I fall into a mood where my productivity falls and I just want to stay in bed all day. Slowly I overcome this and fall back into the grind. Everyone goes through tough times, and everyone can get themselves out of them. It is inspiring to see that you have the courage to talk about these issues.
This really helps!! Tim, thanks for being unapologetically open about your tendency to procrastinate. Its a healthy dose of reality for people to know there is a human side to you that so many can relate to vs aspiring to. I really resonate with what you say about email first thing in the morning being a mind and focus killer! Its been a big realisation for me to change habits from checking my phone first thing in the morning for up to 30 min a day, to focusing one the one most important thing for the day. And congrats on the new house, 20min X 2 daily meditations, and particularly to feeling closer to those you care about.
Reminds me of your long island cooking story with your family from 4HC. Always enjoy reading your post. Very ready for your tv series to air. Please keep it ip and create us a podcast soon! Love this post! And perfect timing really needed this one!! Thanks Tim!! Hey Tim , thanks a lot for writing this , It takes a lot of guts to be publicly vulnerable I admire you now even more for doing it. Great post and actually very powerful! Courageous and valuable.
Ironically, this is the first thought I had about this post too! Tim — I am very impressed. I noticed myself that sometimes accomplishing this one uncomfortable, but critical task can give me more satisfaction and fulfillment than crossing 29 random items from my TO DO list. I have long carried the 4HWW with me, quoting your practices and using your methods. Currently working on 2 products and collaborating on a third business!
I just want to say thank you for writing this blog post. It is very timely for me, and helps me keep on track, and realize that self doubt is normal and okay! I hear you on consistency being the No. Thank you for doing this post, it is exactly what I needed to read. That usually gives me the push I need to do it.
This may be your best post ever, and that is saying a lot! You have been such an inspiration to me, but it always seemed like you set a standard that a chump like me could never achieve. Thanks for sharing! Like Liked by 2 people. When you hit that place, I find long meals with good friends and forcing positivity to be the best cures. Your post was a friendly reminder. Thank you for your total honesty! Thanks for sharing.
Your technique sounds like an awesome way to combat it. Being one of my business and efficiently inspirations I often look to your work for guidance, nice to know your human. Love it! Tim, rest assured this post helped at least one manic-depressive. Also, thanks for sharing the intimate no pun intended bullet points. Thank you, thank you. This was freeing, inspiring and incredibly helpful. The gap between my best and worst-performing selves is vast, and most every word you said hit home.
Thank you for normalizing my struggle. Hi Tim, Thank you for having the courage to be transparent. I appreciate you. Have you ever heard of the Pomodoro Technique of time management? Thank You for sharing your experience — And Thank You for having the courage to share — It makes a difference and I can definitely relate. I had to prioritise changing the habit of checking my phone first thing in the morning for up to 30 min a day, to not checking it before I start work, instead focusing on the one most important thing for the day.
It just takes 5 min to do ahead of time. Hi Tsung, Can you point me to a copy of that research on mentally recalling the trigger, then retraining the response? I have patients that really struggle with habit change and it would be great to point them to the research to show how to help overcome it. Cheers, Sam. Hi Sam, There has been quite a bit of research done on this in the literature on implementation intentions.
All the best with helping your patients, ping me on twitter tsungxu if you want more info. Cheers, Tsung. I hear you on the caffeine. I was doing the cups a day. I love coffee but it was making me crazy. Also coffee triggers stress. I switched to green tea and yerbe matte and doing a lot better. Caffeine withdrawal is a bitch. Do not do it cold turkey like I did. Gradual taper off is the best. One of the best things I did was get an assistant and gave them all the work I did not want to do. I hired a friend that was out of work and paid them every week.
It was actually fun seeing how much got done with out me having to do it all. Then with the fire reignited in my soul I charge forth with renewed vigor and let go of the guilt associated with the time I pissed away. Side note: For anyone reading this and looking to build a muse… please know that building a muse requires you to do things you find tedious, annoying, and frustrating.
Put your head down and get it done. Thanks for posting this. It makes many of my recent struggles seem more realistic. Been terribly overwhelmed these past two weeks too. It really helps me when my heroes admit humanity, as I have a tendency to imagine them above that. There is a book that has helped me get much more done than really anything else. It has a really big impact on me and since I read it half a year or so ago I have thought about it every day. Great post! We need to remember to be gentle and kind to ourselves! Know our bodies and minds and ride the rhythm of the seasons.
Thanks for sharing this. And here is what I have found to be the most helpful and also pretty obvious solution. As it stands, I currently am working on creating passive income a muse , trying to finish my first ebook, attend school full-time, and have an internship in LA for an internet start-up and I make an appearance once a week; I live in San Diego. This has caused me all kinds of stress, trying to force my mind into submission to try and mold it into what I thought it needed to be in order for me to be successful.
With so many different projects, including school work, I was working on all them practically at the same time, in tiny increments of time. I was moving so fast mentally and physically trying to get everything done, but the projects themselves were moving at a much slower pace because of how little I did for each one each day.
For about 2 months I just had this unshakable feeling of stress and anxiety and didnt know why. And not until about 3 days ago have I found an answer.
On Thursday I completely checked out mentally and forgot about all the projects and school homework that needed to be. In other words I took a step back and basically forgot about everything I have been working on. Having so much space in between those things and myself, I was able to see why I was having trouble. This helps me realize that I am making real progress on the one thing I decide to work on because my entire focus is on that one thing allowing me to concentrate deeply on it making the effort more admirable.
I almost immediately knew what was causing the stress and anxiety the moment I checked out and came back rejuvenated. Thanks for letting me share. This post is alarmingly scary. Everything except for crying while watching Rudy is what I experience as an Entrepreneur as well. I was a productivity KING in corporate america.
I know exactly what to do and have helped many people launch successful businesses now launched several small things myself. I too am a chronic snoozer.
Matt a great name, BTW , I find that my single biggest challenge is also taking action. So many ideas, so many fragments, all in an endless swirl of What has value? What can be monetized? What would just be good for me? What will others think? Also, we snooze to drift and dream. It is a time when your brain filters the mental malware that infects the entrepreneurial mind.
Thank you for not making me feel bad that taking a snooze is a waste of time. There is a great TED on why we need sleep. I listened to Mastery by Robert Green on audible recently and one of the take aways is that you will know when action is needed and to relish in the process. The only thing one girl liked about her physical self were her eyelashes. So, we started with them and then went to eye color, toenails, posture, knees, and next that she was athletic, coordinated, and energetic.
So, to train yourself to be more positive, practice. You will probably still se the negative, but you will experience a more balanced life when you start telling your brain the other side of the situation, and you should lead with the positive. We all know the usual kindnesses - open a door, give up your seat.
Each morning, wake up to a new lesson delivered to your inbox. Learn More. You dismissed this ad. The feedback you provide will help us show you more relevant content in the future. Answer Wiki. Originally Answered: How can one develop positive thinking? What are the biggest tracker networks and what can I do about them?
Updated Jun 11, Does the power of positive thinking actually work? If yes, how and why? What are the ways to think positive and be positive? How do I think positively? How do I increase positive thinking and positive energy? Build and advance through the ages of human history. If you enjoy city building and strategy, this award-winning game is a must-play. Play Now. Originally Answered: What should I do to think positive?
Why you ask? I had all my family together, but only just. Because, Miracles Happen! Originally Answered: How does one become more optimistic? I prefer the scientific definition of optimism. Martin Seligman et al. But in summary: To learn an optimistic explanatory style you dispute your pessimistic explanatory style, summarized by the acronym ABCDE: A dversity: The bad event B elief: The pessimistic belief C onsequences: of the belief D isputation or D istraction: Use a disputation or distraction technique.
See below. E nergization Typically, you would keep an ABCDE journal of the adversities in your life in order to develop and refine your optimism. Disputation: Evidence: Show how belief is wrong Alternatives: Develop other causes for the adversity. These other causes need to be changeable, specific and external. In other words "Not always, not everywhere and not me". Implications: De-catastrophize or use indexing. Usefulness: Does the belief work? Distraction: Mentally say: "Stop! Rather than explain all these steps in detail, I'll give an example.
Adversity: I flunk my calculus mid-terms Belief: "I'm no good at math. I'm going to flunk out of school. I'll never be an engineer. I worry that I'm wasting my time and my parents' money. Disputation: "I've gotten good grades in math classes before.
This is only the only class I've had trouble with so far. This instructor doesn't teach very well.
I didn't expect that calculus would be this hard. I should have hit the books last weekend instead of going out and partying. And I should have checked out the study groups. Energization: I feel disappointed but determined. I'm going to fight this. No more slacking. I'm going to go to the instructor's office hours and have him explain to me the problems that I missed. I'm also going to ask him if I can do make up work. I'm going to have to study harder and start going to see the tutors daily with my calculus homework.
How do I fake thinking positive? What are the results of positive thinking? How do I stay positive during tough times? Originally Answered: How can you learn to stay positive every time? What to expect: Expect it to be very challenging at first, and it only becomes easier after some practice.
The mindset behind thinking positive: First, imagine having two buckets and a tablespoon in front of you. During the period set a timer only think great thoughts. Keep a rubber band around your wrist. Every time you complain switch hands. When you catch a negative thought, be proud of yourself and start counting. How many can you catch a day? Make it into a game. Thoughts are forces. Understand this. Work on gratitude.
Keep a journal and write 5—10 things that you are grateful for every day. Go on a thank you walk. Right foot say thank, left foot say you. Thank, you. Before every meal or drink you have, say thank you. Say I love myself 1 billion times. Start a meditation practice. Mindfulness will create a space between your thoughts for you to interject and switch them out. Fix your posture and body language.
This is the quickest way to take control of your mind. Originally Answered: How can I train my brain to go positive instead of negative? Low self-esteem and negative thoughts emerge from one of these three areas of your life: Belonging How have you been treated by your significant others, like parents, friends and colleagues? Have you been undervalued, rejected, and neglected by those you have cared about? Subjected to impossible demands and expectations, or denied your goals? How could you get out of their orbit, or make up with them if there has been an estrangement? Achievement Have you accomplished the things you want so far, or have you been failing and just getting negative feedback because of those negative beliefs?
Have you been comparing yourself to others when you are a unique person and unlike anyone else on earth? How could you achieve the things you want to start feeling good about yourself? Self-Acceptance Do you accept yourself as you are, or are you unhappy with your body, etc? We have to start loving ourselves first before others can appreciate or value us. If any of these are out of sync, this is how you are likely to be acting now: Your self-love would be non-existent or very low.
Very low in feelings of significance.
Dislike your body. Your self-belief is faulty. You have low feelings of power or self confidence. Your perception of the world would be narrow, negative and internal. Your language is repetitively negative with narrow emphasis; reflects low self-belief and poor perception.
Originally Answered: How can I be positive and optimistic everyday? Originally Answered: How can I start thinking more positively? TRY IT. View more. Related Questions What are the benefits of positive thinking? What are some examples of positive thinking and negative thinking? What is the power of positive thinking? Can positive thinking cure illness? What should I do to think negative or positive? Stop giving other people the power to shape your life.
If it is the soul you seek, you will find the soul.
If you understand this secret, you know you are that which you seek. Not for the money. Not for the fame. Not for the recognition. But for the pure joy of creating something and sharing it. Why should it? What fun would that be? Share information. Try to make the next person, smarter. The best things always are.
For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all. For we are connected, one and all.
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To remain on that path requires courage. The bridge that merges the two is commitment. When you realise that limitation do not exist, those around you will also feel it and allow you inside their space. Some call it the soul, the Higher Self, the true self, the being and so on. The name is unimportant once you realize that you are more than your looks and outward appearance. Even a lack of ambition can, for a time, pay off as a necessary facet, as long as hope outweighs it. They walk with a good posture, their head held high and with a serious, yet friendly, look on their face.
They are vibrant and changeable to whatever form you want them to take to realise your goals. Jedi listen and feel to what others are saying. Fail to make that choice and on most choices you will lose. If you learn the lesson well and apply it; whether positive or negative, you determine what happens in your tomorrow. Walk Softly. Failure Builds Character. The Vision Pulls You. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
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