Evolve

16 Jul

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by Will

The evolution shadow is upon us. Since the beginning of our lives on earth we are constantly facing some kind of discovery and this adventure never ends. We will always be doing new researches, starting new ideas, teaching and learning something new. We get involved with new practices, people try to tell us how we should or shouldn’t be organising our tasks. Well, the meaning of this article will be (quite) the same, with one singular difference: you will be your master on this journey.

First things first, the motivation behind all of this evolution must be the right one. It sounds obvious but thinking about motivational purposes for your main focus should be done yourself. It’s not about the outside world, it’s not about your current job, social position, money or whatever, the focus should reside in your values. What does that mean? Everything you do against your beliefs will turn against you at some point. The stress level will increase, you will lose your focus, start procrastinating and as soon as you realise, everything will be just a memory or frustration.

Values move the next steps further than you can imagine. When based on a strong manifesto everything is possible. You will have a goal bigger than any kind of obstacle. The thing with values can be found all around some of the most influential bloggers, podcasters and leaders of our time. Some good examples are: always be honest, believe in something more important than yourself, share your knowledge, be kind… Find what are yours. In the end this exercise will be worthwhile, believe me.

It will be much easier with a couple of tools. Some of the concepts, some of them a kind of practice, the point is that you can read a lot about getting things done in a plethora of different manners. So, we have strong values, now what? Let’s pass to the next level. The (new) secret weapons of a ninja-esque productivity.

Let’s start the tools part with my favorite one, themes. I had my first contact with this methodology while reading a James Altucher article. I’m a big fan of him and totally recommend that you to check out his work. Well, the magic around themes is that you don’t need to put all of your attention on deadlines. There are, of course, things you need to finish in a certain amount of time, the rule of not doing that applies for almost everything though. The use of themes happens by imagining what you want to achieve in a different perspective, on a higher level perspective I would say. So, instead of creating huge lists of to-dos and keeping yourself stuck to them you should look for a context. For example, instead of: “Write an article about evolution in three days containing X and Y” it would be “Develop my writing” (yes, this is the article, the first one).

Following the tools for evolution we have our habits. The sometimes forgiven and underestimated habits make for one of the most extraordinary things in order to achieve a better life. It’s all about our brain. How is it possible for us to finish an important job, starting (for the 50th time) going to the gym, sending an important email or booking an appointment with the doctor if we keep waiting for the new episode of a TV series to finish? The bad habits will keep us moving towards our nightmares unless we start our counter-attack on them. It’s all about practice, it’s all about starting over and over again. Our brain works as a recording machine with the only difference being that you need to keep feeding it with the same subject to save the tape properly. My tip for this one is to read “The Power of the Habit” (Charles Duhigg) and “The Chimp Paradox” (Dr Steve Peters).

Last but not least, it’s time for emotional intelligence. If you didn’t get the chance to know Daniel Goleman`s work, this is it. If I could write about only one point of improvement for your life, it would be this. The Emotional Intelligence concept got its name relatively recently, but it’s an old and honorable concept. The definition of this term is based on self-awareness, being emphatic, knowing exactly what you are feeling and name it appropriately. Furthermore, these two simple words combined can change your career and life. I Imagine that we all need technical skills to get a new job, but what really matters after getting there is to improve in your emotional area.

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In the end, there are no secrets. Just a lot of energy to be applied. There is discipline. There is failure and starting over and over again. After some time you find out that it’s ok to fail, it’s ok to not know all the answers. Don’t try to control everything, just do the best you can with yourself. Focus on self-improvement, it’ll take some time. The results will come and it’s all up to you. Life is too short to stand still. Create, use, be, relax… and always remember to smile.

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