Understanding. . .

Understanding the concept of ‘self” is not some kind of mystical revelation — but an accumulation of small habits. That’s where most people trying to improve their days fail.

We start with overly ambitious goals and get frustrated when we don’t see immediate results. Regardless of the mission that’s not how it works. Most people overestimate what they can achieve by doing a lot in a short amount of time. They believe that sheer effort will shorten their journey.

Unfortunately, this approach almost always ends in disappointment. In the beginning, you are highly motivated, tenacious, and relentless. However, because you aren’t building on a foundation that can realistically last for years, your initial determination vanishes after a few weeks.

Personal understanding and growth is not a sprint, its more like a marathon. The best results don’t ensue after an initial burst. They are the result of long-term consistency. And this consistency is only possible with the help of sustainable habits.

That’s why one daily hour of self-improvement is the most effective and sensible way to achieve long-lasting success. Most people underestimate how much your life can change in twelve months if you dedicate one hour a day to understanding  who you are now, where you are pointing the proverbial ship and embracing a better and more accurate perception of yourself.

On this basis, here are my four daily self-improvement habits.

Read new materials – I often advise people to read more but for the biggest bang read more on topics that interest you but you know little to nothing about. Expand and challenge your mind with topics that initialize parts of the mind you may not often access.
Mediatate – I talk and write about this often so just sit aside some time and do it. Find a time, means and method that works for you. 10 minutes or two hours it does not matter, just set aside some time to clear the mind and make a moment for growth.
Write – Finally, your last step would be incomplete without journaling. On par with meditation, journaling is a potent stress reduction tool.By transferring your thoughts, fears, hopes, and projects from your mind into a journal, you create space in your head while generating awareness. Both are indispensable for understanding and getting a glimpse of the self you have unconsciously created over the years.
To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment. – Eckhart Tolle

Peace and Love, Jim

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