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Dec 7 2016 16 Insanely Popular Ways To Waste A Beautiful Day Part 1
How often are you stuck deep in a cycle of worry, fear, and other forms of destructive overthinking? How often are you aimlessly distracted from what matters most? And how often do you feel like you’re running in place, with zero to show for your efforts?
I used to struggle with all of the above.
But, after carefully working through these struggles, I’ve become reasonably proficient at making the most of my limited time each day.
Today, for example, I calmly visited my doctor to check up on a health issue I’ve been overcoming, edited a chapter in a new book Angel and I are co-writing, coached three of our Getting Back to Happy students, responded to emails from dozens of students, worked on business planning and strategizing for the upcoming year, meditated, exercised, spent a quality late afternoon and early evening with my family, and of course now I’m writing this blog post.
It might seem like a lot, but it happens one step at a time with presence and focus. My mind is tuned in to what matters, and my actions reflect it.
With that said, however, I’ll be the first to admit that certain detrimental habits still occasionally sneak up on me and get in the way of my inner faith and overall effectiveness. And these are super common habits among my friends, family, peers, and students alike – these are the little things we all do that end up wasting our precious time. The word “waste” may sound a bit dramatic, but it’s really not. After spending the past decade coaching thousands of people, and working through my own personal struggles, there’s little doubt that these are the most popular ways we all collectively waste the beautiful days of our lives:
We waste beautiful days holding on too tightly. – Nothing is permanent. When you understand this, you can do almost anything you wish because you’re not trying to hold onto anything anymore…except the present moment.
We waste beautiful days fighting against where we are. – Trust the journey, even when you do not understand it. Sometimes what you never expected turns out to be what you need. Try not to waste your time and energy fighting against where you are – invest your time and energy into getting to where you want to go, one day at a time, one step at a time.
We waste beautiful days with meaningless distractions. – Don’t numb yourself with relentless noise. Don’t let distractions hold you back. Control your distractions before your distractions control you. Feel the genuine, positive power that flows from your decision to rise above the widespread distractions that don’t really matter.
We waste beautiful days chasing the wrong things. – You might think more and more (and more) outward success will make you happy because you live in a world where you’ve been taught that once you have the right career and the right title and the right friends then you will be happy. In reality how it really works is the complete opposite – once you are happy, then you attract the people, the career and the abundance you seek. It starts on the inside
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Come back tomorrow for more help with how we are wasting beautiful days.
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