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How to have an effortless breakthrough by small, regular steps – a little, step-by step guide

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Here is how small changes, repeated over a period of time, can lead to a breakthrough.

Have you ever wanted to make a change but didn’t know where to start? Is there something you have promised yourself to do but didn’t do it because the process seemed daunting? Here are a few simple ways to help you stay on track by making some almost unnoticeable steps in your schedule that will lead you in the right direction.

It all begins with one single step. Whether you shop for groceries or want to enroll on a three-year course, it begins with one step. The sparkle – the decision – then one step. Or, if you want to make a significant change in your habits – let’s say, be on time to your appointments, finally, even one simple step of going out five minutes earlier than usual, would help.

Every bit helps. Same with your savings – instead of buying something now and stretching your budget, if you just refrained from that one thing you eat out normally, just once a week, and instead prepared yourself a sandwich before you went out, with time you might save enough to get this thing without much effort. With time.

It’s all about progress made in time. Small progress. Because if you want something different, even a little change in your habits is better than no change, right? If you don’t take the steps, things will probably not go into the direction you want. And if you do, you may effortlessly find yourself in the right place.

I’ve found a lot of these kinds of advice in a book called One Small Step Can Change Your Life. The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer, Ph. D. It explains them in an encouraging way:

Kaizen and innovation are the two major strategies people use to create change. Where innovation demands shocking and radical reform, all kaizen asks is that you take small, comfortable steps toward improvement.

The same applies to getting fit, upgrading your skills, meeting new people, becoming less shy, learning a new language, stepping out of your comfort zone, quitting smoking, finding a job… The areas where you can use that approach are endless. You can probably come up with ten more things you would like to change a little bit. One at a time. If you like, please share them with me.

After all, our ordinary days consist of many little things that we do, which in time sum up into a whole of our experiences that is bigger than the sum of its parts. Even Einstein said that his talent was to be curious enough to check various possibilities and not giving up. And if the world is a matter of vibration, and we are too, why not raise it just a tiny bit and step by step become what we would truly love to be?

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.

- Galileo

Small things matter.

 

And to end, this quote:

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.

Gail Sheehy

 

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Habits of the wealthiest people and how we can learn them.

The wealthiest people in the world usually do something on an everyday basis – to get to where they are and further. If you perform an action every day, it surely has an effect on your life in the long run – good or not so good. It is worth looking at your own habits and checking if you are doing well and if you are on your way to where you want to get. At the end of the day, some of these habits are rather easy to implement if you stick to them.

Did you know that the most affluent people read many books and they enjoy reading? Someone has said to me that the rich people have large libraries at their homes, whereas the poor have large TVs… This kind of painful truth tells us something. It does not mean that you should throw your TV out of the window. Quite the opposite, because there are many programs on TV that are quite inspirational. Instead, it tells us to choose the things we do wisely. Not without a reason English language uses the word ‘spend’ for both time and money… You really SPEND your time – which is your asset, and if you are watching only reality shows regularly, you are ‘spending’ the money you could one day earn if you invested that time in educating yourself about a subject you care about, or in pursuing an interest, or in learning a new skill, or in reading a well-written book… It could all make you flourish if you let it happen.

There are many useful lessons to be taken from this picture. I love simple graphical representations of things. I hope you like them and I truly believe it may give you some energy too. To act.

Richest People
Source: Business-Management-Degree.net

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How to make the grass greener on our side.

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Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome.

- Arthur Ashe

I’ve heard this saying many, many times… Are we truly aware of what it means to really enjoy the journey?

Take this situation: we are planning our career for years, taking courses, getting experience, burning the midnight oil, to ‘make it’ one day. As Thich Nhat Hahn has said, we know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. It all comes down to this observation: We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living… (Peace Is Every Step). Do we have to be that way?

I know it’s easy to forget about all this. We all get busy in our jobs, interests, friendships, family commitments, things to do, etc., that sometimes it is easy to forget that in ten years time (or thirty years time!) we would be wishing that today came back. Sooner or later, this is gonna happen, as we are not getting any younger…

Time is the most precious resource that we have. So, let’s use it wisely. Let’s be here and now, instead of giving people around us vacant stares and thinking about something else all the time. They say that grass is always greener on the other side… The same with future, it seems better than the present time… But if you really cross that fence, you may realise that the grass on the other side is exactly the same as yours, or, you may realise it is greener, but it is also artificial, made of plastic, what you didn’t see from a distance, and you cannot actually lay on it or walk a dog on ;)

Things change. Nothing – a job, a home, an age, a group of friends – is forever. Appreciate what you have. You may not have it tomorrow.

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Peace & mindfulness quote

If we live our present moment mindfully, we will know what to do and what not to do, and we will try to do things in the direction of peace.

- Thich Nhat Hahn, Peace Is Every Step

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Tuesday Quote

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Obstacles? Take one step.

Stand up to your obstacles & do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

- Norman Peale

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Deers’ breath…

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Do you know what you’re capable of? #quote

If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.

- Thomas Edison

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Selective Remembering

Forgiveness is good for you… Let me add another quote to this one, here it goes:
“The practice of forgiveness is your ticket to clarity, vitality, and freedom.” – Iyanla Vanzant

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My advice – no resolutions this year.

The New Year. How many times have you asked yourself – what am I going to achieve this year, what my plans and resolutions are?

My plan this year:

NO RESOLUTIONS.

Only dreams to realise in time – the best, most waited for ones. Rather a do-it-now plan for the things you wanted to do most. If you do that, everything else will fall into place. Planning and goal-setting is good, but it all comes down to what you are doing NOW. So, no television (unless this is your goal :), no other distractions. Focus on what you want the most and it will come to you (but keep working on it too, it helps ;).

Moreover, something about taking things for granted. There is nothing more saddening than not appreciating a thing while it lasts, and then regret and wishing it came back after it’s gone. Many years from now you will regret the things you didn’t do, the unread books, the people around you that you didn’t appreciate or even notice… By any means, cherish what you have this year, because you can never be sure how long it will last. That simple truth has made me a lot more aware of what’s happening around me. I sincerely recommend it.

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

- Vincent van Gogh

What are your thoughts & feelings about the idea of resolutions?

xx

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