Acknowledging faults

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To acknowledge your faults creates the foundations for all personal progress.

One of the biggest issues for many people these days is the refusal to confront and acknowledge personal faults and inadequacies. It seems that in the modern and hyped up, “be the best you can be”, very few people take the time out to look at the

darker side of their personal character. For many, this is the biggest thing holding them back from achieving what they truly desire out of life. It doesn’t matter how strong certain areas of your character are, if other areas of your character are less developed they will always sabotage your progress.

This is extremely common, and leads to a situation where people are doing things to try and move forward but are not working on the areas of themselves that truly need the most focus, this results in stagnancy and frustration and in many cases the results in their life reflect this.

The truth is that there is only one way to truly acknowledge your faults and it is by designating time regularly to being alone in clear reflection, being absolutely honest with yourself and sitting with the feeling that you have areas of yourself that are far less than perfect. This act in itself can be fairly daunting, as it forces you to look at yourself in a manner that will undoubtedly bring up some uncomfortable feelings from time to time, however, this is where the magic happens.

By regularly going through this process you open yourself up to the possibility of changing the areas of your character that is limiting your progress. Over time this will create a stronger constitution and you will be able to delve deeper into the psychology of why you do things and how to really effectively develop your inadequacies whilst building upon and reinforcing your positive attributes.

Entertainment Addiction

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To move forward we must remove our addiction to being entertained.

Although a part of our reality as humans is the attraction to external stimulus it is important to recognize that the majority of time spent engaged with entertainment is due to our search for novelty and a refusal to take responsibility for our ability to create.

The issue with this is that on the search for novelty we are often disappointed as it is only a temporary satisfaction and ultimately we spend the vast majority of our time wasted. Whilst engaging with entertainment we are putting our time into activities that do not add to what we are capable of as creators, but alternatively we increase our reality as mindless consumers.

The key to moving forward with activities and habits that give us the results that we want is to accept the fact that the time spent searching through that Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram feed is time spend as a consumer. Although there may be periods of time within these mediums that may be of use to your ultimate purpose, the amount of time spent on information that gives us very little of our desired outcome is massive in comparison.

It is important to note that we all need to fulfill the need to be entertained from time to time, however, if we wish to be truly successful it is critical that we have the ability to identify and control how we engage in entertainment and that we opt for entertainment that educates and expands our consciousness over entertainment that has purely consumption values.

Staying Focused

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Learning to stay on task is quite possibly on of the most important skills you can endeavor to master.

It is responsible for your effectiveness when executing a goal efficiently and is the determining factor between meeting a deadline with ease or rushing to finish something at the last minute.

There has been much research regarding the association between listening to music and effeciency and although many people believe that music helps them execute a task this is generally speaking not the case.

The ideal state of work is the state known as “flow” this is the state in which your full attention is dedicated to the task at hand. As such it is hard to dictate against the reality that for flow to be truly achieved full attention must be given to whatever it is you are attempting to accomplish.

The easiest way to improve your ability to do a task quickly and simply is to cut off all distractions, put your phone on silent, clear your mind before starting, remove all sensory distractions and prepare yourself mentally for the activity you are about to engage with. If you do this prior to starting all major activities you will find yourself completing your goals in record time and becoming more productive than you could have ever imagined.