Friday-August-13-2021 edition of Forward Positiwe, a community newsletter by Vishnu Goyal to inspire you do more, live well, and stay happy.
📋 “We take better care of our phones than ourselves,” says Everatt. “When our phone battery goes from green to red, we immediately stop and recharge. But when our own bodies go into the red zone, we push through. Living in the red zone means living in a zone of depletion where we’re more susceptible to burnout, anxiety, or depression.”
💬 You are a human. Your body is not a machine that can work 24*7. That’s why treating yourself well is very important for a healthy lifestyle. Next time, when you’re feeling stressed, tired, or exhausted, be sure that’s your body in red zone. Be empathetic to yourself, take a break, recharge, and make your body battery go green! Don’t keep your body running in red zone please.
🔗 These Navy SEAL tricks will help you perform better under pressure – Fast Company
📋 “I realized that while a lot of people around me financially were wealthy beyond anything I had ever imagined, spiritually they felt bankrupt,”
💬 Financial well-being is just a tiny part of overall well-being. After all, money can buy lots of things but not all things like real relationships, peace with yourself, emotional intelligence, and yes, spirituality too. Self-worth and happiness need more than just a big bank balance and a heavy net worth. One question to ask yourself: “Am I doing well with myself? Am I treating myself well?” If answer is no, ask: “What shall I change to make it well?”
📋 Occasionally, waste time. Sometimes, it’s good to waste time.
💬 I believe that occasional waste of time has the power to let our brains get the refreshment it needs to stay active, let us enjoy and cherish the unnoticeable things and moments of our lives, and make our lives better and happy with an element of unplanned joy. So yeah, sometimes, waste time. Why not?
🔗 Sometimes, It’s Good to Waste Time – Vishnu Goyal
📋 In psychology, we have this concept of the ‘practicing mind.’ Everything is practice, and if you see it as such, there’s really no fear of failure—every experience is just a way of showing you what doesn’t work.
💬 Imagine you have a dream. You go for it. You work really-really hard and you give every single ouch to make it happen. But in the end, you didn’t make it. You didn’t achieve what you planned for.
Now, does that mean you failed?
I don’t think so.
From the point where you started to the point where you reached a certain point of so-called failure, didn’t you get to experience the journey? Didn’t you enjoy the thrill to pursue what you truly wanted? Didn’t you get to meet all those new people and work with them? Yes, you did. And that’s what life is all about: Journey and experiences.
No matter what the final outcome of your actions and efforts is, every experience you get in the journey is a success in itself. That’s why there is no such thing as failure, in the long-long journey of life. So, you can be happy for all that you get.
📋 IN THE 1920S, the German psychologist Kurt Lewin was dining in a restaurant and noticed something remarkable. As one version of the story goes, Lewin realized that the waiters were able to meticulously recall specific food orders—until they’d served the food and the customer was gone. After that, they couldn’t remember any of those details at all. Lewin’s student, a Soviet psychologist named Bluma Zeigarnik, became fascinated by this phenomenon. She started working on it in her lab. In a now classic set of experiments, she gave volunteers a series of tasks (assemble a cardboard box, make a figure out of clay, do some arithmetic). Then she’d interrupt them, checking to see what the volunteers actually remembered.
Zeigarnik found a quirk of the human mind: When a task is unfinished, we can’t seem to stop thinking about it. We perseverate. Psychologists still argue about why; possibly it’s a kind of constant refresh to keep whatever’s pending from vanishing from our short-term memory, like putting something by the front door at night so you don’t forget to take it with you the next morning.
Whatever the cause, today this is known as the Zeigarnik effect, and psychologists who study task management say it’s part of why so many of us feel perpetually frazzled by the challenge of organizing work and life. When we face all that undone stuff—emails to write, calls to return, people to contact, friends to check in on, memos to draft, children to help—it’s like being a waiter serving a hundred tables at once. If you’ve found yourself in bed at 2 am with your brain screaming at you about that thing you didn’t do, that’s a Zeigarnik moment.
💬 When we start with a brand new to-do app, we are excited. We keep adding tasks, notes, and every damn thing that popup into our heads, important as well as ones that don’t need our attention.
What happens after a few days?
Well, before we know it, our to-do app is filled with hundreds of unfinished tasks. Zeigarnik effect knocks our brains, taking the free mind space, making it paralyzed.
Takeaway: We should add only those tasks to our to-do app that we really intend to do! If it’s just for the sake of noting down, we can use some note-taking app for random stuff but let’s not clutter our to-do app.
📋 “All of the really successful people I know have a really strong action bias. They just do things.” – Naval Ravikant
💬 “Let’s plan this.”
“Let’s have a quick call to discuss this.”
“Can we discuss this project over a meeting?”
You might get to follow these phrases throughout your workday. Sometimes, I do.
And with every meeting, call, brainstorming session, and plan, we keep losing time. Every minute we spend discussing and planning takes away a minute that we could spend doing.
Takeaway: Let’s spend less time planning and more time doing. Let’s just do things.
🔗 Zero to Sold: How to Start, Run, and Sell a Bootstrapped Business – 📘 by Arvid Kahl
Before you leave, four lines from 🎵 When You Believe, an all-time fav:
“there can be miracles when you believe
though hope is rare, it’s hard to kill
who knows what miracles you can achieve
when you believe”
Until next time, keep living your fullest, Mate ✌️
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[P.S. You are amazing. Let no one tell you otherwise.]
Just one of the 8 billion people here living on planet Earth, spending most of my time creating and growing and helping others create and grow in pursuit of an imperfect life, raising livinity, and building one carefree world.