All tagged motivation

Here's a new idea...

Something I find interestingly irritating about myself is my ability to understand the benefits of a concept without being able to follow through and reap them. It feels like the equivalent of somebody saying, “Would you like this apple? It’s good for you!”, and me knocking it out of their hand and spitting at them; all the while thinking, “God, I wish I had an apple.”


I have recently been moved by Dottie James's YouTube videos in which she attempts to improve her life in one year simply by trying to.  It is such an uncomplicated concept and is so beautiful for it.   I have a vested interest in seeking out philosophies, thought patterns or habits that might improve my life; but I feel they may overcomplicate what could be a fairly easy concept.

Just try.

On missing a day

I like to think of my life as a ship that I steer.  My daily actions dictate its movements and, like all vehicles, it requires maintenance, care and sometimes repair.  The most important part of steering a ship is to make sure that it is moving.  You cannot dictate the direction of something that is still.

Little strokes fell great oaks

We are well-accustomed to the concept that if, for whatever reason, we went back in time, we would have to tread lightly and act carefully in order to prevent big, scary changes in the future because we swatted a mosquito or looked at a dog weird or whatever.  This is a concept that we are familiar with because we've seen it in films and heard it in stories for years.

Ikigai / How to fall back in love with creating

Ikigai is a Japanese tool used to work out what your life's purpose might be.  The idea is that if you can find something that you love, are good at, can get paid for and is something that contributes to the greater good, then you will find something that will keep you content in all areas of your life.  Tools like these can be very useful as a guide and can make things seem a little clearer when you feel lost.

Decluttering who you thought you'd be

Sometimes we hang onto things because it's too difficult to give up on the dream we had attached to them: the jeans we wanted to fit into one day, the activewear set for when we start going to the gym, the tableware for when we start hosting dinner parties...  They hold a different kind of sentimental value.  Our reluctance to get rid of them stems from our fear of failure or giving up.  But the jeans don't fit, you don't have an opportunity to wear the activewear and you don't have time to even consider planning a dinner party.

Defeatist attitudes

I am a big believer in Stoic philosophy and the most important part of that, certainly to me, is to understand the difference between things you can control and things you can't control and to ensure that you operate accordingly.  The idea is that you shouldn't waste energy stressing about things that are outside of your control.  Just accept them and move on.