Making Right Choices To Create Lasting Habits

Making Right Choices To Create Lasting Habits

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All of us have big goals and dreams that we want to achieve. It can be anything from losing weight to being more sociable. But most of the time we have a starting trouble. We often wait for a new day or try to create a plan and keep procrastinating. We suddenly realize that achieving the goal requires a lot of effort, time and steps.

This starting trouble can easily be conquered.

Importance Of Small Choices

Often time we focus on planning and analyzing our goals instead of doing something that will bring us closer to our goals. There is a need to feel motivated and inspired when embarking on a new journey but this is a misconception.

 The decisions that we make daily will ultimately define us as a person. These choices will have a huge impact on our life. When you choose to plan instead of taking action, it is a choice that will take you further away from your goal.

 When we decide to become better we tend to set drastic goals. Big drastic goals make us focus only on the big changes. Such goals require multiple changes in our life and we tend to focus only on the final results. When we fail to see the results we envisioned, despite the effort and time we put in, we get demotivated.

This is why small changes and decisions are important. Focusing on small tasks will push you in the right direction. Implementing small changes and following it regularly will ultimately help you to achieve your goal.  

Stop Planning And Start Doing

When we make a plan we usually plan weeks ahead or even months. Break up your plan into smaller bits and focus on the present tasks at hand. Focus on doing one particular thing on the list.

Whether is choosing to eat right or hit the gym, focus your attention on completing the present goal. Small achievable tasks make you feel like a winner each time you complete them. The longer you maintain the streak, the greater the joy.

Making The Right Decisions Daily

Remember that any major change takes time and dedication. This approach will help you get started instead of being stuck in the planning phase.

This approach makes every choice you make poignant. Even the most meaningless choice will accumulate over time and have a huge impact.

If you want to get up early, focus on getting up early just once. Want to go to the gym? Focus on doing it once. Go for a jog? Try it once.

Focus on completing a task and keep repeating it. Finally, you will be amazed at how far you have come. We cannot change the past but the present is with us. Making the better decision will eventually make us a better person.  

Better Sleep Quality = Better Performance

Better Sleep Quality = Better Performance

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An average person spends about one third of his or her life sleeping. Each one of us goes into this power down mode of hibernation every night. But we never quite understand the importance or the purpose of sleeping.

Purpose of Sleep

Sleeping is extremely beneficial for both the body and the mind.

Sleep has a restorative function. From our daily tasks, our brains tend to gather metabolic waste which in the long run can lead to serious illness. This waste is usually flushed out of our system while we sleep.

When we are sleeping, our brain cells shrink up to sixty percent which makes the entire process easier and faster.

Sleeping is extremely important for memory consolidation. During sleep, our brain helps in maintaining and strengthening long term memories. Insufficient or inadequate sleep will hamper with this process. We might lose our ability to create concrete or emotional memories.

Sleeping is crucial for our overall metabolic health. Smaller hours of sleep can change even the metabolism of our bodies. Inadequate sleep can lead to the body converting energy from proteins and carbohydrates and taking lesser and lesser energy from the fat present in the body.  Erratic sleeping habits can also increase the chances of becoming diabetic or developing a heart disease.

Problems Caused By Inadequate Sleep

In a recent study, it was found that people who slept for eight hours had perfect attention, cognitive process and motor skill. While people who got lesser hours of sleep were slowly declining in the way they performed.

It can be ascertained that sleep debt is a cumulative issue, that is, sleep debt has a neurological cost that accumulates over time. People, who constantly sleep less to work more, tend to fall asleep randomly throughout the late. If you had only had six hours of sleep every night for two weeks your mental calibre and physical strength declines to the same level as someone who has not slept for forty eight hours.

Our overall performance will decline drastically and most of the time we do not realise this. We believe we are working harder and putting more time into completing the task while in reality we are working with a mind that is half asleep.

Solution

Sleep is an important and necessary ingredient needed for living a healthy life. Proper food, meditation, exercise are ways by which you can rejuvenate your body but none of these methods will ever replace sleep.

Adults need around seven to nine hours of sleep every night in order to give out their best performance.

Therefore, make sure that you always get the needed sleep. Working overtime or staying up late is not going to improve your performance but a good night’s sleep will.

Are You “Mediocre’? Well, Congratulations!!

Are You “Mediocre’? Well, Congratulations!!

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It is an accepted part of our society today to believe that we are all destined to do something truly extraordinary. Celebrities say it. Business tycoons say it. Spiritual leaders say it. Everyone says it.

Each one of us can be extraordinary. We all deserve greatness.

Every one of us has our own strengths and weaknesses. But the fact is most of us are rather average at most of the things we do. Moreover, if you are truly exceptional at one thing, say math, football, or sleeping for 10 hours straight, chances are that you are pretty average or below average at most of the other things. That’s simply the nature of life. To become exceptional at something, you have to devote time and energy to it. And because we only have limited time and energy, any of us rarely become truly exceptional at more than one thing.

We can then say that it is a complete statistical impossibility that any single person can be an extraordinary performer in all areas of their life or even many areas of their life.

Brilliant businessmen are often bad in their personal lives. Extraordinary athletes are often average at studying.

Most celebrities are probably just as clueless about life as the people who follow their every move.

But contrary to common belief, there are many advantages to being, and even feeling, average. If you want to avoid most physical and psychological illnesses, being average is one of your best options; pathology is usually associated with statistical infrequency.

Even desirable characteristics-ambition, sociability, confidence, and conscientiousness, are a problem when intensified or taken to the extreme.

Ambition turns into selfishness; sociability into exhibitionistic attention-seeking; confidence into arrogance; and conscientiousness into obsessive-compulsive behaviour.

The feeling of being average will translate into high self-awareness, which is far better than the alternative – overconfident delusion.

To be clear, the world’s development depends on those who stand out by their excellent and innovative contributions, but these individuals are part of the top one percent in their field, combining truly original levels of talent, work ethic, and focus. For the remaining ninety nine percent of us, the acceptance that our talents and motivation are much more general and unlikely to result in world-changing accomplishments, would reflect a healthier, more rational self-concept than illusions of grandiosity or fantasized talent, except when such delusions may help you persuade others that you are great.

Modesty inspires confidence and goodwill. You can be modest without being sorry. Your audience will like and appreciate you for suggesting your limitations, as long as you show you are determined to do your best.

We are all, for the most part, pretty average people. It’s the extremes that get all of the publicity. We all kind of intuitively know this, but we rarely think or talk about it. The majority of us will never be truly exceptional at anything.

And that’s Okay.