thinkinglazy

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Tag Archives: Motivation

On Writing: Overflooding Ideas

I have no idea what has been going on differently in my life lately, actually I do have quite an idea, but recently an overwhelming amount of new story concepts keep popping in my head like a fizz in a soda can, one that never goes flat.

Normally I would be happy with this, but I simply can’t keep up with my writing. It has grown far worse than the previous post. I am barely thinking about my current work-in-progress and still have a part and two fifths to write, about 40k words.

Perhaps the solution lies in writing short stories then expanding them into novels once enough thought has been put in them. I am also considering writing these ideas down in this blog, but would not want to burn them by making them public…is that so bad or selfish?

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On Motivation: Nature

I just came back from traveling yesterday and found myself filled with motivation this morning. It seems that taking a break every once in a while from your normal lifestyle is definitely one of the best ways to motivate yourself and get back on track.

However, I did notice that the major spike in my “wanting to do something”ness came as I took a nice long walk (7 hours long) in a natural forest that had been made into a park. The is something about the singing of birds and the breezing of air that soothes the soul, not that I usually believe in that.

Due to the nature of our societal lives, I believe that the humans of future generations might not be capable of experiencing nature as we can, what a pity.

I guess all I wanted to say is that the best way to deal with writer’s block, returning to exercising, or any other motivation-caused disruptance, is to take a nice long walk amidst nature. This really works, but I have no idea how long the effect will last yet.

On Exercise: Fitocracy

Found a rather interesting website that boosted my motivation significantly, check this out https://www.fitocracy.com/home/

New Years Resolution

Happy new years everybody, I was thinking about my new year’s resolution and was hoping if you could share yours, here is my personal resolution.

  • To establish ‘The Store’ (a store I co-founded with a a business partner) and make its presence known by most of our target customer-base, this will be monitored via visits, phone calls and website visits.
  • To maintain the same strict exercise routine I’ve been following since Y2K (minimum 3 times per week of exercise for no less then 45 mins).
  • To contact old friends.
  • To have the time and financial resources to start doing charity before the last month of 2012(maybe regularly visit orphanages, something that includes actual effort and not just money).
  • To improve myself as a person (I really don’t know how to explain this point).
  • To score no less then 650 on the GMAT.
  • To continue writing in this blog.

On Life: Meaning!

A question that often comes up to people in different stages of life is ‘why?’, it first starts as a specific question about a certain concrete action, then slowly moves to more abstract topics, and eventually it matures to be the mother of all questions, ‘whats the purpose of life?’.

Personally I spent a great deal of time reading philosophy and science, usually for answers to more direct questions, but it always leads to the same question.

Most religions address this issue as a test, life is a test for our destiny after death, we are trialed and judged for our actions in life once we die, and that purpose is the easiest to accept, for most people.

It is difficult to imagine something we cannot relate to, death is truly a mystery to any living person, due to our entire though process being based on physical existence and material gains/losses.

But faith never stops us from thinking, although the religious explanation seems tempting to accept and believe in, it is not enough to make me stop thinking about this deceivingly simple question.

I prefer to think that there is a very clear purpose for our existence, and this purpose is unknown, it is the ‘x’ for an incredibly complex mathematical equation with a multitude of unknown variables, the undetermined gender of a growing pair of cells, the ‘secret’ ingredient in a miraculous stew.

There is a purpose for life, and it’s probably a rather silly purpose that we are unlikely to know, but maybe later generations will figure it out, all we have to do is make sure that the road for them is paved, and that the world is preserved to enable them to go on and thrive.

In short, my purpose in life is to contribute to the betterment of the world as much as I can, so that coming generations can do as such and have enough time to spend on gaining more knowledge.

On Motivation: Keeping High Levels

Sometimes you feel that you just had it, you feel that you want to spend the rest of your day just lying down doing nothing, wasting time and avoiding productivity, well I will tell you how I avoid falling in this vicious circle.

I noticed that whenever people spend too much time thinking about something they end up having second thoughts, that is one of the main reasons that I stopped over-thinking things, off-course it has its downsides.

The little decisions don’t really need much thinking, whether I will get up now or in 30 mins really doesn’t need much thinking, but when it gets to bigger decisions, you have to spend just the right time thinking it through (not too much and not too little).

I found that getting up early and starting your day as close as possible to dawn makes me incredibly productive, it takes its toll on my social life though, but I spend these extra hours exercising.

Establishing a routine enables you to have a structured day where you can plan things out accurately, I choose the split my day from 6 to 5 and from 5 till I sleep, the first part is “the have to do” part, like exercise and work, the rest of the day is mine to do as I please.

Have fun but not too much fun, spend your free time doing something you enjoy or being around someone who is funny or interesting, if you have any hobbies that would be ideal, just try to include socializing in the mix.

It is depressing when you find someone taking life too seriously, I choose not to be serious if I can, only an insignificant portion of the situations you will face represent an actual threat to your life and/or life-style.

It is incredibly important to enjoy things, from a simple meal to a breathtaking view, nature has its way of making everything seem to fall in place and match.

Physical exercise helps me a great deal with my motivational level, I like to see improvement in every possible aspect of my life as I am sure most of you do, my body is just another aspect I can work on.

Competition is a great motivator, find someone that you think matches your level and try to beat them, I used to do this in college back when I was a student, and its easily implementable in any situation or environment.

These are some of the motivational techniques that I read about and successfully applied, whenever one of my friends feels demotivated, I recommend them to follow some of these steps, along with giving them a small pep-talk.