Tag: motivation

6 Broken Ways We Think About Life

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.     

Confucius

Hey there bibliophiles!

I’m in the middle of some type of a life crisis right now, so excuse me for not keeping to them of my blog and instead of taking the time to read about the other things I have been posting. Continue reading “6 Broken Ways We Think About Life”

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Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach – Book Review for Monday Motivation

Hey folks, this week I would like to share with you the book called Radical Acceptance written by Tara Brach.

I know I have written about this book in the past, but I just finished rereading it. I was feeling a bit down and needed a pick me up. Today I still feel a bit crappy, but at least I can now reflect on the book and accept what is happening at the moment Continue reading “Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach – Book Review for Monday Motivation”

Why Motivational Quotes are Actually Call to Action Quotes

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of Assi

While looking for a topic on motivation for My Motivational Monday post, I came across a blog post that talks about why you shouldn’t wait for motivation. Continue reading “Why Motivational Quotes are Actually Call to Action Quotes”

Motivational Monday – Just Say Yes

“There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.”

41+kho+mSNL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_That statement was made by Tara Brach, in her book called Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha.

So, what does that mean?

For myself, it means to accept yourself and your life exactly the way it is.

Let me try to explain this.

You might be saying, but my life sucks because of (Fill in the blank). How about, it’s unfair that so and so has (fill in the blank). Or maybe you are saying something like, I wish I had hair like a model or the smile of Angelina Jolie, but that won’t happen because my teeth are crooked!

Life is full of should and shouldn’t. From my example, you should have “X” because they have “Y,” I should have great hair because that is what makes you beautiful, and I shouldn’t smile because I have space between my teeth and that makes me ugly.

But, who made those rules? Was it some wise person in some far away land who said, “Everyone should have a fancy car, a big house, long flowing hair like Fabio, and a smile like Tom Cruz.”?

Sorry to break it to you, that’s not where it came from. There wasn’t a wise old mystic sitting on the hilltop, drinking tea, on a big fluffy pillow telling everyone how the world should be! It’s actually a learned mentality where people believe that bigger is better. More is better. It’s all about quantity over quality. This isn’t from a mystic, it’s from people learning from the media and everyday society. Do you remember the lesson Ricky Bobby learned in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby? “If you ain’t’ first, you’re last!” Great advice, right? No, wrong.

Sadly, that is precisely what a lot of people believe.

What does that do for a person? I tell you what. It causes suffering, jealousy, and greed, to name a few. All because people want more. All those feeling make a person feel pretty crappy, don’t they?

So, how about this? What if you said, I accept what I have, I agree the way I am, and stop comparing myself to others? Well, for one, you won’t care that you have that old rusty crappy car. After all, it still gets you from point A to point B! What if you accept that you are balding because that’s the genes that you were dealt in life. It’s not a big deal, less hair, equals less shampoo, right?

You see folks, why compare yourself to others when you are not the others. Say yes to the life you have. This acceptance will diminish the suffering you have, wipe out the jealousy you feel, and eliminate the greed of wanting more.

I know I’m writing like it’s an easy thing to accomplish, but I, for one, understand that it’s not. It takes practice and reminding yourself until it becomes automatic. If you want to read a helpful book on the subject, check out the book Radical Acceptance yourself! The people who want to accept it will learn a lot, the people who don’t want to change, well, they will do the usual and complain.

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4 Books That Will Help You Get Your S##T Done

Yesterday I posted a post on how I got insulted and how I turned that insult into a chance to set my first blogging goal.

Read: How I Turned An Insult Into My First Blogging Goal

In that post, I named off a few big names of gurus that have written books that I have read about goal setting.

I wanted to quickly share with you a small list of my top 4 books that I’ve read on goal setting, being productive, and getting things done.

1. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

– by David Allen

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What I liked about this book:  Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, is about Getting Things Done.  It teaches you a method for productivity.  The premise is simple.  Write down all your tasks or goals you need to get done.  Break those items up into actionable pieces.  Once your first task is done, move on to the next until you get to your goal.   This method works because once you do a brain dump, you don’t need to use your energy recalling what you need to do and just focus on completing your list.

2. Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results

– by James Clear

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What I liked about this book: Atomic Habits a habit-forming book. The author breaks it down for you with simple steps that you can apply right away. It’s a more recent book published in October of 2018. Meaning, the information is fresh and new. You don’t feel like you are reading a book from some old dead doctor that shares information that doesn’t make sense to today’s world.

3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

– written by Stephen R. Covey

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What I liked about this book: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is probably one of the most famous books on this subject. If you are looking for examples of the 7 steps you can easily find examples because this information is quickly found all over blog posts and youtube. My favourite stage is in step 2. Begin with the end in mind. Simply put, what do you want in the future so you can work towards it.

4. One Small Step Can Change Your Life

– written by Robert Maurer

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What I liked about this book: One Small Step Can Change Your Life is all about the Kaizen approach. What is the Kaizen approach?  It’s a method that was developed for creating continuous improvement by implementing ongoing positive changes.  I tried to include some of the technique in my everyday life.

Question for you!

Have you read any books on goal setting, being productive, and getting things done? If so, what did you read and do you recommend the book?