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Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable: A Step-by-Step Guide on Uncomfortability

People typically want to avoid being uncomfortable. To many, achieving a “comfortable life” is the highest goal possible. However, contrary to popular belief, being uncomfortable is actually an integral part of goal achievement. It’s impossible to achieve a goal – even the goal of comfortability – without some level of uncomfortability. For this reason, it’s best to get comfortable being uncomfortable.

To help, this article discusses the reasons why uncomfortability is part of goal achievement, including steps to embrace and overcome your own uncomfortability. By the end, you should look forward to the feeling of uncomfortability and be able to use it to your advantage.

Being Uncomfortable is Part of Goal Achievement

If you want something, you have to go through some level of uncomfortability to get it. It’s cliche to say, but anything worth having is going to be hard to get. If it was easy it wouldn’t be worth it in the first place.→ CONTINUE READING

Probability of Success: Increase Your Success Rate with the Quantum Rails Theory

A probability of success measures the likelihood that a desired outcome occurs. Specifically, probabilities of success calculate the odds that you’ll experience a reality in which your desired outcome happens. For example, if you bet on heads and flip a coin one time, you have a 50% probability of success – a 50% chance of living your desired reality.

However, a probability of success isn’t that simple. Consider what happens when you bet heads 4x in a row and flip 4 coins. What are your probabilities of success? You might be quick to say 6%, but you’d be wrong. This is because according to theories of modern physics, every possible event happens simultaneously (seriously), but you only experience one of them.

Therefore, probabilities of success don’t measure the likelihood of a desired event happening but rather the likelihood of you experiencing the reality you want, given that all possible events occur simultaneously.→ CONTINUE READING

Types of Goals: How Our Goals and Objectives Dictate Happiness

Contrary to what people tell you, there are infinitely many types of goals in life. Each one is right for only a few individuals. However, these goals can all be put into two broad categories: higher-level goals and lower-level goals. And while higher-level goals might seem better, lower-level goals are, in fact, more important for everyone.

This is because the achievement of “lower-level goals,” when compared to “higher-level goals,” more often result in sustained feelings of happiness and fulfillment. In this article, we’ll discuss the different types of goals, including what they are, where they came from, and how we can set the right ones. The end result should be more joy at lower levels of output.

Different Types of Goals

A goal can be defined as an object of a person’s ambition or effort. It’s the desired result of someone’s intentional action. Of course, a person’s ambition, effort, or action can be limitless, and so too are the types of goals that people set.→ CONTINUE READING

The Passion Problem: Does Anyone Even Know What Passion Means?

Everyone says that they want to find their passion. People believe that they’ll be happy if only they could figure out what made them passionate. If you ask anyone about their highest-level goals, they’re sure to mutter something that includes the word “passion” and “quest.” But does anyone even know what passion means?

We have a systemic problem on our hands. We’ve been taught that we should all search for our passions, and yet at the same time, we’re unable to accurately define “passion.” What makes one person feel passionate won’t necessarily make someone else feel the same way. There’s no standard model that tells us what passion is, why it’s important, and how to get it.

And yet still we listen to the self-improvement gurus and “try to find our passion.” The result? An entire generation of people chasing goals that aren’t definable and who place their happiness on a future that’ll never exist.→ CONTINUE READING

Stop Being Self-Conscious: Make Your Self-Consciousness a Strength

It’s funny that the act of being self-conscious is considered a bad thing. “Stop being self-conscious,” people say, as if to chastise us for being overly self-aware. “Why am I acting so self-conscious?” we ask ourselves, lamenting the fact we care too much about what other people think.

But couldn’t self-consciousness be a good thing? Rather than thinking that you need to stop being self-conscious, can you turn your self-consciousness into a positive?

If you think about it, no one should be afraid of feeling self-conscious. Self-consciousness is synonymous with self-awareness and should be something we strive to attain, not something we shy away from.

It’s time we flipped the idea of self-consciousness on its head. We need to stop being self-conscious in the modern sense and start being more self-conscious in the traditional sense. If we can, we can make the act of being self-conscious an advantage, rather than the deficiency it’s considered currently.→ CONTINUE READING

Divergent Evolution: How an Evolutionary Advantage Can Change Us All

Divergent evolution is a complicated topic but an important one. Divergent evolution shows us how an evolutionary advantage – or more precisely, a series of random evolutionary advantages – can change the way humans think and live.

Understanding the divergent evolution of our species, including what evolutionary advantages caused the divergence of humans from the great apes, can tell us a lot about ourselves. If done correctly, we can use our understanding to make better and more informed decisions.

For example, most of us know that humans are social creatures. However, if we knew exactly why we’re social, we could maximize our sociability, thereby increasing our baseline level of happiness and decreasing our emotional distress. And that’s just one of a nearly infinite number of examples.

Clearly, understanding your nature – including the nature of the people around you – is itself a huge advantage. If you’re in business, think about your sales abilities if you could understand exactly why people act (and react) the way they do.→ CONTINUE READING

You Are Enough: How to Answer the Question “Am I Good Enough?”

It’s not often that people answer the question of “am I good enough” with a resounding “yes.” In fact, the idea that you are enough is elusive in the minds of more people than I wish were true, myself included.

But think about how life would be if you knew that you were enough. If you didn’t even need to answer the “am I good enough” question because you already know that you were. Good enough, that is.

What a weird world that would be, if everyone believed they were good enough. Tensions would decline, confidence would rise, and people just might be a bit more harmonious. But most important of all, your life would be better.

Let’s take a closer look at how the ideology of knowing you are enough can change your life.

What Does “You Are Enough” Even Mean?

Without getting too clinical, the word “enough” represents an amount needed or required.→ CONTINUE READING

Decision-Making Process: An In-Depth Guide on How to Make Better Decisions

“Decision-making process” is the act of gathering relevant information in order to choose the best decision based on a set of available options. A good decision-making process is a step-by-step approach that allows a person to make consistently better decisions. The result of these better decisions is a life with less stress and more happiness.

Sadly, however, few of us actually have a concrete decision-making process. Instead, we make decisions on a whim and often by the seat of our pants. This can make life increasingly harder for yourself since you’ll often find yourself in situations you didn’t actually want. So, how can we use our decision-making process to make better decisions? The answer lies in the process you use and the information you collect.

What is the Best Decision-Making Process?

The best decision-making process is one that starts with a broad hypothesis and ends with a firm decision. Good decision-making processes help you make better decisions by accurately assessing all the available information.→ CONTINUE READING

Benefits of Meditation: How 5 Minutes Can Change Your Life

This is a syndicated post originally written for The Life OS, an interactive self-development program

If I told you that the benefits of meditation could change your life in 5 minutes, would you do it?

You might say yes, but from my experience, the answer is sadly no.

You see, the daily practice of 5-minute meditation sessions can alter your mind and create an environment of happiness and fulfillment. That’s really all it takes: 5 minutes a day. And you can even cheat on the weekends, confining your meditative practices to the weekdays.

And yet still, when I suggest meditation to someone who’s unhappy or someone who doesn’t have control over their life, the response is almost always “no.”

But why?

Well, for better or for worse, the act of meditation has been psychologically lumped into “woo-woo” practices that have no basis in reality. But what if I told you that there have been over 3,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies on meditation and that the results are consistently astounding?→ CONTINUE READING

Satire Topics: Two Short Stories That’ll Make You Laugh (And Then Cry)

The below is a collection of two stories I wrote on two very different satire topics. The first is about non-conformity (or maybe conformity) and the second is about reality TV.

Satire Topics:

  1. Conformity and non-conformity (or non-conformity and conformity)
  2. Reality TV and its influence on our lives

I hope that these two satire topics give you a little reprieve from your day-to-day. They’ll make you laugh (hopefully), and then they’ll make you cry when you realize that the state of the world is just one big satire.

Enjoy, and keep smiling! The world is a funny place…

1. Conform Your Way To Non-Conformity

 Hello to all you non-conformists; you beanie wearers, you multi-colored jeans owners, you lack of shower takers. Hello to you all – champions of the counter culture, torch bearers of individuality, believers in deep-rooted principles.

As you read this article while sitting in your local independent coffee shop, wearing your 1969 Pink Floyd concert tee (how was that concert, by the way?), listening to a band that you will most surely hate as soon as someone else knows about them, you should ask yourself – why did I walk by six Starbucks in order to get here?→ CONTINUE READING