Topics that fascinate me

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  1. What is the unconscious? What does the unconscious know? If you dive into lucid dreaming research, you find out that lucid dreams enable us to see the future and transfer thoughts, among other things. I have the theory that the unconscious is all-knowing and that savants can tap directly into it.
  2. Is there any limit to our true potential?
  3. Are we all savants?

Euphoria defined

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I love euphoria. Both the word and the feeling.

Now let me give you my definition of euphoria:

Euphoria is heaven on earth. It shoots your mind and body to excellence.

A happy mind can access euphoria easier. Joy and passion are the path to euphoria. Joy is a state of happiness linked to a temporary feeling of success. Passion is a strong emotional dedication to a specific goal or topic. Passion can involve both happiness and sadness, in a very intensive way, and it always feels fantastic.

Euphoria is a unique status into which you can advance. As said, it is heaven on earth, yet like a thunderstorm. Emotions and sensations are enormously intensified. Euphoria is like a god mode, where you are invincible against everything except direct physical harm. No insult can hurt you. All your thoughts are positive.

Euphoria has to be linked to your life goal. This way, you end up being enormously happy.

Your life is what you do

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Your life is not what others make it. Unless you’re inactive.

Your life is not your circumstances. Most successful people have risen far above their circumstances.

Your life is not how other people put you down. Unless you never stand up for yourself. And maybe leave those people behind.

Your life is not your past. Your life is now. Your choice. Your decision. Your action.

Your life is what you do. Everyday. Each day is time and chance for practice. Full of challenges enabling you to gain energy.

Obstacles are those challenges which you refuse to accept. Obstacles cost you energy and bring still stand. Challenges give you energy and progress.

Each challenge gives you the drive to pursuit your own dream. You gain courage and euphoria, which chase away your fear. Euphoria is  the body of energy.

With each challenge you solve, you become truer to yourself. You ignore fear and face growth.

Do you best with your challenges. You probably cannot win all of them. However, a faced challenge, even if failed to succeed, is no obstacle. It does not cost you energy. Instead, accept the outcome and learn your lessons. Everyday lessons are the best teachers.

 

Be aware of what you do. Make sure your actions propel you towards energy. Then your life will be energic and euphoric.

Your life is what you do.

How easy we force others to forgive but how hard we forgive by ourselves.

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We accept negative feelings only in ourselves. We actually spend a great deal of time feeding our negative feeling, dwelling inside them, even sometimes expressing them. And when we express them, we feel fully entitled to express them. After all, we are right, are we not?

When we consider how much we love our own negativity when it flows through us, its surprising how little tolerance we have for other people’s negativity. So little tolerance that it amounts to the exact opposite of our tolerance towards ourselves.

We fundamentally deny others right to be angry or even irritated in any possible way. We feel endangered, life-threatened when somebody even just curses.

I believe that our problem with experienced outside negativity comes exclusively from our need for security, and this one is fundamental. The experience is of a deep going fear, we feel like the entire world turned against us. Fear of survival.

We have to become aware of this inequality and meet angry people with compassion. After all, they’re just like us.

Hurt.

How to be productive and get things done

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If you want to achieve your goals, productivity is your key. Without it, your goals just remain daydreams. Beautiful, yet useless.

Now I refer to this article on how to be productive:

10 laws of productivity:

1. Break the seal of hesitation.
A bias toward action is the most common trait we’ve found across the hundreds of creative professionals and entrepreneurs we’ve interviewed. While preparing properly as you start a new project is certainly valuable, it’s also easy to lose yourself in planning (and dreaming) indefinitely. We must challenge ourselves to take action sooner rather than later. The minute that you start acting (e.g. building a physical prototype, sharing a nascent concept with your community), you start getting valuable feedback that will help refine your original idea – and move forward with a more informed perspective.

2. Start small.
When our ideas are still in our head, we tend to think big, blue sky concepts. The downside is that such thinking makes the barrier to entry – and action – quite high. To avoid “blue sky paralysis,” pare your idea down to a small, immediately executable concept. Can you trial the idea of a multi-day festival with a smaller performance series? Take an idea for a skyscraper and model it in miniature? Work out the flow of an iPhone app by sketching on paper? Once you’ve road-tested your idea on a small scale, you’ll have loads more insight on how to take it to the next level.

3. Protoype, prototype, prototype.
Trial and error is an essential part of any creative’s life. As Ze Frank says, usually when we execute an idea for the first time, it kinda sucks. The important thing is to synthesize the knowledge gained during the process to refine the idea, and create a new-and-improved version. Serial idea-makers like Jack Dorsey, Ben Kaufman, and Studio 7.5 all attest: Prototyping and iteration is key to transforming a so-so idea into a game-changing product. Rather than being discouraged by your “failures,” listen closely and learn from them. Then build a new prototype. Then do it again. Sooner or later, you’ll hit gold.

“To avoid ‘blue sky paralysis,’ pare your idea down to a small, immediately executable concept.”

4. Create simple objectives for projects, and revisit them regularly.
When working on in-depth projects, we generate lots of new ideas along the way. This can lead to a gradual expansion of the project’s goals, or “scope creep.” This insidious habit can make it impossible to ever really complete anything. The best way to avoid it is to write down a simple statement summarizing your objective at the start of each project. (If you have collaborators, make sure there is agreement about the objective.) And then – this is the part we overlook! – revisit it regularly. When scope creep starts to happen, you’ll notice.

5. Work on your project a little bit each day.
With projects that require a serious infusion of creative juice – developing a new business plan, writing a novel, or just learning a new skill – it’s incredibly important to maintain momentum. Just as when you run everyday, the exercise gets easier and easier, the same thing happens with your brain. Stimulate it regularly each day, and those juices start to flow more freely. As Jack Cheng argues in a great blog post, “Thirty Minutes A Day”: “the important thing isn’t how much you do; it’s how often you do it.”

6. Develop a routine.
Part of being able to work on your project a little bit each day is carving out the time to do so. Routines can seem boring and uninspiring, but – on the contrary – they create a foundation for sparking true insight. In his recent memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, famed Japanese author Haruki Murakami writes about how a rigorous routine – rising at 5am and going to bed at 10pm every day – is crucial to his impressive creative output. (In a side note: Alex Iskold derives a series of lessons for start-up entrepreneurs from Murakami here.)

7. Break big, long-term projects into smaller chunks or “phases.”
To help manage expectations and stay motivated for year-long or even multi-year endeavors, break each project into smaller chunks that only take a few weeks or a month to complete. The dual benefit of this approach is: (1) making the project feel more manageable, and (2) providing incremental rewards throughout the project. It’s crucial to pause periodically to take stock of what has been accomplished – even if there’s a long way to go.

“With projects that require a serious infusion of creative juice, it’s incredibly important to maintain momentum.”

8. Prune away superfluous meetings (and their attendees).
Few activities are more of a productivity drain than meetings. If you must meet (and this should be a big “if”), make sure everyone knows what needs to be accomplished from the outset. If people are present who don’t help out with achieving that objective, let them leave. Qwest COO Teresa Taylor, recently interviewed in the NYT‘s Corner Office, starts her meetings with the question, “Do we all know why we’re here?” and then follows with, “Does everyone need to be here?” To trim the runtime of internal meetings, you can also try the standing meeting.

9. Practice saying “No.”
Creative energy is not infinite. Seasoned idea-makers know that they must guard their energy – and their focus – closely. Take author Jim Collins for example. His books Built to Last and Good to Great have sold millions of copies. His business acumen and insights are in demand. Yet, “even though Collins demands over $60,000 per speech, he gives fewer than 18 per year.” More than that and Collins wouldn’t have enough time to focus on the research and writing that yield those bestselling books. When you’re in execution mode, keep in mind that “unexpected opportunities” also mean distraction from the work at hand. Saying no is an essential part of the productivity equation.

10. Remember that rules – even productivity rules – are made to be broken.
Did we say develop a routine? This and other tips here should only be followed as long as they are working. If forward motion has become impossible with your current routine, try something else. Whether it’s taking a long distance trip, popping into the art museum, walking around the block, or talking to a perfect stranger, make sure you occasionally shake up your normal routine. Breaking habits offers new perspective and helps recharge us to head back into the fray.

 

If you want a good book on the topic: Getting things done by David Allen

Here you find a list of 12 things highly successful people do differently.

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