Category Archives: 66 Day Challenge

Thoughts becomes Things

 

I’m interpreting this beautiful quote by Roald Dahl as another argument for the power of the Law of Attraction. I watched The Secret back in 2006 when it came out. I was fascinated by the concept and was also sceptical at the same time. More than a decade later, I’m still fascinated by the concept.

It doesn’t matter whether you believe in Law of Attraction or not. Clarity in your thoughts and intentional actions are the keys to creating magic in your life.

Succeed at work, Win in Life

You want to succeed at work and win in life. – Michael Hyatt

This quote hit me hard when I heard it. Sometimes, I focus on things that are urgent and non-important and it gets too late when I start to focus on the important things that are usually non-urgent. This “Quadrant 2” lifestyle is where we thrive at work and at life. This is the life that we all yearn for and realise when it’s too late that we focused on stuff that was seldom important and usually urgent. Take a moment to ensure you are focusing on the right things/stuff …

 

Homo faber – Man the Maker

Day 2

 

Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it. – Homo Faber, 1957, Man Frisch

 

 

Just thinking about the quote makes me realise how much technology dependent I have become and how it has made my life better and worse at the same time. One better thing is the ease of communication via texts, phone calls, video chats etc. And, this has also become a pain in the backside. People have lost the human connection of their voice and just being present in the time of need. Many of us think shooting a text on special occasions is enough. When will they realise they are dumb people with smarter phones?

New Year & New Beginnings

Day 1

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope your read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And, I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. – Neil Gaiman

 

 

After careful consideration, I commit to myself and to Neil Gaiman; I will only do the below two things daily for the next 66 days as part of my #my66daychallenge.

  1. Read 25 pages a day.
  2. Do 1 deadlift a day.

Stoicism

A philosophical concept that teaches endurance of pain or hardship without the display of feelings and without complaint. Just think about the previous sentence.

How can you not show suffering or complain when things are not working out? Apparently, when you learn how to endure pain and hardship; you become resilient and unstoppable.

I first heard about this concept from Ryan Holiday and his best-selling book, The Obstacle is the Way. Ryan followed it up with another great book Ego is the Enemy. I highly recommend these two books. Give it a read and let me know your thoughts.

Morning Routines

Morning Routines or Morning Rituals or whatever fancy name you want to give has become the cornerstone of starting my day. I can’t really remember when I came to know about this performancing enhancing ritual which is now packaged as Morning Routine. I am sure, many of us have been doing this for ages. And, we just never bothered to observe it.

My intention to consider setting up a morning routine came out of incorporating morning journaling habit and going to bed early i.e. on or before 11 pm. I usually go to bed around midnight and aim to wake up at 5 am. Reason being, I am a slow riser and take lots of time to get ready for work.

Another great benefit of waking up early is that it forces you to go to bed much earlier. Sleep has become one of the hottest topic on the productivity section of the internet. Apart from being the mysterious shift in consciousness, sleep has become underrated in the world of entropy. As I’m not an expert in sleep, I will let the Sleep Council experts drill down the importance of it. The information can be found here.

I believe that waking up early has a great impact in one’s life. It gives us an opportunity to prioritise our time and spend it wisely. Recently, I discovered an awesome (now defunct) blog called Daily Routines and very recently an amazing website called My Morning Routine. I highly recommend everyone to visit those websites.

After reading the morning routines of few creative genius, I thought I should put my routine on paper. Even though, I have been following a rough structure for quite some time. At the moment, my morning routine is:

  • Wake up at 5:01 AM.
  • Drink half a litre of lukewarm water.
  • Make a cup of coffee.
  • Morning Journal for 8 or 16 minutes.
  • Plan 3 Most Important Tasks (MIT) for the day and then identify the ONE thing.
  • Shower.
  • Prayer & Meditation for 20 minutes.
  • Breakfast (usually smoothie or 2 hard boiled eggs).
  • Listening to podcasts along the way.
  • Start the day.

That’s my morning routine. I think, everyone should have a routine to get into the groove of starting a brand new day. And, I would like to know what’s yours?

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One Positive Daily Habit

Recently, I’ve started to journal using prompts. When I started journaling last year, it was mostly about random things and used it as a form of venting. Then slowly, I saw a shift in my journaling output. I started to write about my aspirations, thoughts on worldly issues, personal growth and bookish knowledge.

In the month of March, I’ve chosen to use Art of Manliness blog’s prompts. On day 3, there was an interesting question. The prompt asked to decide one positive habit you would like to implement in your life.

It’s an awesome prompt. I have been reflecting on this topic for quite sometime. Recently, I listened to a podcast episode featuring Mike Vardy of Productivityist blog. Mike was explaining why he stopped making new year’s resolutions and started to define 3 focusing words for the year. It hit me! I wanted to create that 3 focusing words for 2016. Mine was:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Running

So, the important positive habit that I chose to implement on daily basis is reading. It is a very important part of human development. I strongly believe that reading opens one’s mind to new ideas and shapes the reader’s thought process. Mostly for good and sometimes for bad. Reading helps one to get lost in a world where everything is possible. Reading helps one to come up with spectacular ideas, innovate and discover great things.

Some of the greatest people ever lived and living in the planet earth had and has one thing is common. They all embraced reading.

Seeking of knowledge has always been the cornerstone of my reading endeavours. And, an easiest way to seek knowledge is through reading. Another way is through traveling; which is another great topic in itself.

In the era of constant distraction and overstimulation, I believe we have lost the ability to sit down and immerse or transplant ourselves to the magical world created by books.

Many of us wonder on the success of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. I think the simplest explanation is, we for centuries always wanted to be fascinated in the pursuit of a meaningful journey and the happiness of pursuit.

If there’s one thing that I want everyone to take up this year. It is mostly definitely, reading.

Before I leave you. Here’s a quote to ponder:

GRRM Qoute

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