“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
C. JoyBell C.
What if you could live longer? Would that be something you would be interested in? Some people would be. Some people would love to live a few years longer.
Jane McGonigal, a game developer would argue that playing games can add time to your life. She uses the premise that people who are at the end of their life often have some regrets. The Guardian reports that people do have end of life regrets. They regret working so hard. They regret not spending time with friends and family. They regret not the person they weren’t meant to be. They regret not being happier.
If you could do your life over again what would you do different? Well today is that day you can start living the life you want to do. Yeah, yeah, yeah, there are reasons you can’t do what you really were meant to do. There are reasons you can’t live a happier life (you like being miserable). There are reasons you can be the person who you really are (you’ve developed a persona that every one knows and you don’t want them to know the real you). There are “buts”, lots of buts why you can’t do what you really want to do.
Think about it. How many times during the day do you use the word “but”? Just try observing the number of times you use the word “but”. I could …. “but”. How many times do you use the word but? But’s become a convenient way for not something that would move you forward in life. But …
If you can live without “buts” then you can live a longer life.
Now, what can you do to add more to your life? Take a look at Jane McGonigal’s TED talk, and add minutes to your life today. TODAY!
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“I won’t tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world’s voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose!”
― Oscar Wilde
You have a choice.
It is that you don’t want to do it, it is just that you don’t do what you want. Our habits inhibit us from making the choices that allow us to grow and to experience new things. Our brains are so intent on staying the same and staying safe that making a choice to change for the better takes a supreme effort and most people are unwilling to choose change over being the same.
Our choices will dictate how we feel about a day, overwhelmed, satisfied or overjoyed. For some people the day defines their mood, others their mood defines their day. How do you choose your mood? Why not be satisfied with an average day? A day without the tiresome worry of doing more, a day that is filled with just enough, an average day. What would it take to create an average day rather than a day stuffed with too much activity? It is a choice. What do you choose to make important?
Time management is about choices. Some people are stuck with so much to do that they become depressed. They seem to be putting all their effort into tasks that are neither important or urgent, it just feels that they are. People that know how to master their time, focus on doing two things, the important and urgent, and the important and non-urgent tasks. What do you focus on?
Here’s a simple way to decide what to do, use the ABC rule. All things that are very important are done first as in if you don’t do them bad things happen, those are “A” choices. Then there are “B” choices, good things happen when I do these. And there is the “C” choice, these are the, nice to do when you have the time. Where do people put their time in effort into, the “C” choices, often waiting for bad things to happen before they address those “A” choices, and neglect the “B” choices, the choices they really want to make.
Barry Schwartz (TED) thinks we have too many choices. What do you think?
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
― Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich
If there is an idea in your mind that could turn into something of value them make that idea real. The simple formula of what the mind can conceive and then turn into a belief that it can be done, can be done.
What inspires people to take action? What does it take to move an idea from a concept into something that can be believed? Where does the creative spark come from?
Once that spark has been set in place and has room to grow that idea becomes bigger. The idea is shared with someone, and then someone else and they say, “Go do it, go do it!” and for some reason it sits in a dormant place and never is realized. It becomes another regret in a sea of past regrets. It wasn’t that the idea wasn’t good enough, or big enough or bold enough, it was that the idea wasn’t believed in strongly enough for it to come to life.
Take the idea and let it live.
It’s time. It’s time for your concept to grow wings and come alive.
Where do ideas come from? Take a look at this video and learn a new way to think.
Conceive, believe and then achieve.
“Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.”
― Edward De Bono