Motivation

Motivation

Ahh dreams 😴. Where anything can happen.

In yesterday's blog we explored how dreams are achievable. How it's simply a matter of context and understanding what it takes rather than pursuing the "impossible" blindly.

Today is not about that.

Today is about letting ourselves dream up those big wonderful things because allowing ourselves that freedom actually grants us an invisible super power.

MOTIVATION 👊

Tunnel-Vision

Tunnel-Vision

"It doesn’t matter how far you might rise — at some point, you are bound to stumble. Because if you’re constantly doing what we do — raising the bar — if you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, higher, the law of averages predicts that you will, at some point, fall. And when you do, I want you to know this, remember this: There is no such thing as failure — failure is just life trying to move us in another direction." - Oprah Winfrey 

This picture represents everything about a fixed mindset, more commonly referred to as "tunnel vision". It's enchanting and easy to follow. 

There's a clear path and a clear end.

What you may not have noticed, is that the tunnels are also getting smaller. We usually talk about closemindedness as stagnant, but we rarely realize that it's actually worse. 

It shrinks as it goes on.

Nostalgia

Nostalgia

NOSTALGIA 🤔 Some of you will like this photo, some of you will not.⠀

Its appeal is in its grainy, arcade game graphics, representing something as beautiful as a sunset. 

But why does that appeal to us? Do we yearn for the past, or appreciate it? ⠀

Resolve

Resolve

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king." - J. R. R. Tolkien 

Perseverance. 
The most crucial piece...

Meditate

Meditate

"Creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources — knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and all the fragments populating our minds — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways." - Maria Popova⠀

If we could access everything we've ever learned. ⠀

If we could project our imagination in real-time. ⠀

Anything would be possible, right?⠀

What if, for the last 5000 years of human history, such a practice existed?⠀

Any kind of mindfulness practice, meditation, flow state, deep focus, are all tried & true options. ⠀

Have your pick 😉

Progress

Progress

You can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets. - Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

Step-by-step. Incremental progress. One foot following the other. ⠀

Scaling any mountain is the same process. ⠀

"Pole pole" meaning "Slow slow" as they would tell us climbing Kilimanjaro. ⠀

Dreams

Dreams

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” - Henry David Thoreau (but not really; read on.)

We've all been told to follow our dreams. 

Whether through the inspiring narrative behind every cartoon, or the reassuring warm feeling our parents give us. 

But here's the thing we aren't usually told. It's a simple change of context that may have changed everything all along.

The popularized quote above has been paraphrased and taken out of context.