Constraints work to help, not hinder.
If someone who works for you complains of having no time, give them more work. They will quickly work out a better way of doing things, eliminate the unnecessary and focus on the most important first.
You can do this to yourself of course. It is just harder to see.
Why do anything else? Complaining about others makes you feel worse. Cultivating a habit of seeing the best in people makes you feel better. Assuming everyone else does not know what they are doing makes you take control of your own life.
Assume the best, plan for the worst.
Do your own thing.
Why not use your downtime to learn something useful? Whether it is art, business, social media, design or music. Creative live has every subject you need to become more creative.
All courses are free when they are live and you can pay to get an entire course forever. Take away the excuses you have been telling yourself and get educated in the area you want.
A bite-sized package of wisdom, some of the text will make you stop and think. Depending on your mood and situation, some pages will make no sense. But persevere, review them often and you will be sure to find something that matches your current state.
Read a page per day for a tiny slice of replenishment for the mind.
Money helps, but like all pleasures it is fleeting.
Find what truly matters to you.
It costs less than you think.
And putting it off to work to earn money will cost you more than you think...
Is success cash on a bed? A watch on your wrist? A car in your drive?
If you do not have these then you might think it is? If you have ever tasted a little piece of them, you will know that it is not.
Define success and find that you might already have it. Or at least find that you do not have to chase material things to make you happy.
The conditions will never be perfect.
You will not have enough money
Loved ones will leave you
You will not always feel motivated.
And keep moving forwards with what you have got.
You will figure it out as you go along. Back yourself.
What leads to the good life is the good life.
Should you save money and hope you live to 65 before enjoying yourself? Or, should you piss it all away in Vegas, buy fast cars, enjoy yourself now as you do not when you will die?
Life is full of paradoxes. Why not do both?
It is often said that you should live each day as if it were your last. But I think it was Derek Sivers who said that this is terrible advice. You will end up blowing all your money each day and making bad short-term decisions. Better, he says, to live as if it were everyone else’s last day. You would likely be kinder to everyone you met. This is a great thought exercise for empathy and connection. You never know what someone else is going through. And everyone has their own shit to deal with.
Live each day as if it were a lifetime. You would want to cram in a bit of each thing that made you happy. And you would not want to go to bed with any bad feelings left out in the open. Live like this for two weeks and see what happens.
Enjoy the journey.
There are no weaknesses, only superpowers.
I heard Ed Sheeran talking a lot recently about growing up a weird nerdy kid with a stutter. He said that rap music helped him to get over it and look where his is now.
Whatever happens to you can become a driving force or a self-pity loop. Even if nothing bad happens to you, that can also be bad.
Have no friends? Great. You won’t get distracted when you work on your side hustle.
Family member has cancer? Great. You now have something worth making more money for, so you can give more back.
You are homeless? Great. You have nothing to lose so you can try everything
You are reading this? Great. You are likely the in the 10% richest in the world, you can do more than 90% of the world’s population think is possible
Whatever is holding you back is the key to moving forwards if you set your mind right.
Like Marcus Aurelius wrote, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Because the media is full of bad news, I took a news break, a la 4 hour work week's low information diet. However, I happened upon Great Big Story on my Apple TV, but it is available on all iOS platforms.
Similar to UpWorthy, that fills my Facebook feed, Great Big Story is a massive dose of connection, humanity and good stuff to fill your thoughts with. All in bitesized chunks that are put into playlists for you.
Fancy something more in depth? The "Really Great Big Stories" playlist contains 15-20min videos in collaboration with CNN films.
Check it out – its free!