I checked my old notebook.
It was 03/07/2016. A Sunday. My first FV list was made (image 1).
I don’t like habits. Consistency was never easy.
This is end of Week #7. I still make a list (image 2, dated 18/08/2016) – Mark Forster’s Final Version Time Management system. As they say, any productivity system works well. For a week.
An exception. I’m surprised.
I thank God, to let me build this consistency.
What was the behavior/ routine that you build consistency?
When asked on Quora, “How does James Altucher blog so consistently?”
James answered, “There’s no secret answer. The reality is I feel sick when I don’t write after about two days. Physically ill. I don’t say this in some pseudo-artistic way. Like, I must create art or die!”
It seems that I am also scarily, but happily, getting this illness. I feel not right on days when I don’t write.
I’ve come to the point that I need to write everyday:
- to think,
- to ideate and
- to heal.
Writing helps me to release myself.
I am writing every day consistently for the past few days.
That’s quite an achievement for me.
I thank God for giving me not only the skill, but also the opportunity and inspiration to keep this going. I hope to continue my writing.
It is a 4 hours bus ride from Dindigul to Coimbatore. My wife knew with. We could afford a taxi. But my wife, chose to use to the bus. This despite us traveling with our 9-month old baby girl.
I’ve been intensely thinking of the ‘theory of non-possession‘ proposed by Gandhi. Interestingly, the current discussions on new-age minimalism seems to be reflecting Gandhi’s wisdom – ‘Simple Living, High Thinking’.
One of the hardest battle, I thought I had to face is the support from my wife and family. But the above incident proved me wrong.
I was rather surprised when my wife told me it is better to get accustomed to traveling in the bus – not just to save money. I was overwhelmed with her sensitivity.
I am grateful to be supported to explore a minimalistic life style – to live or at least approximate to Gandhi’s maxim of ‘simple living and high thinking.’
Thank you, God!
P.S: While we were traveling we witnessed that a couple is traveling with their 3-month old baby.
There was an important meeting I had to attend. And the long journey to the city didn’t help.
While contemplating upon the what to do, I chanced upon using Seneca’s Negative Visualization exercise. I imagined what is the worst possible scenario that could happen during the meeting.
- The person on the other side of the table simply may not have the same purpose in taking this assignment
- I was imagining what if I was not able to convince the other party to arrive at a mutually beneficial consensus.
- Despite the conversation, nothing may go forward
While it was scary for me to think through the worst-case scenario, it slowly brought an unusual sense of ‘tranquility’. I told myself, ‘Even it happens, it is okay!’.
But what happened was whole different story. I had a great conversation. The person on the other side was more prepared and in fact planned out how to take things forward. It was great!
I thank god for making this event happen in such a smooth way.
I recommend you to take a minute to thing of those moments, events that might have scared you, but eventually turned out well. Take it as an opportunity to feel grateful for the providence in play. Thank you, God!
Dr.Wayne Dyer frequently shares about his difference with his father. He writes about he finally took up the courage to forgive him.
It happened me recently. I was given an opportunity to forgive myself and to be forgiven of my mistakes. I felt accepted.
I must say, I did made peace with the past.
Thank you God, for providing me this chance to reconcile myself. Thank you!
I just published my 6th blog in a row in 6 days – at my personal website – SathyaWrites.
I never had that consistency.
Sometimes you feel you want to do something so badly! You plan for it. Strategise. And schedule!
But, nothing happens 🙂
But there are some other times, when you don’t plan. Don’t intent. Never even think about it. But you feel like things automatically happen!
I felt that happen today.
Mark Forster talks about this as ‘push’ versus ‘pull’ mode of achieving one’s goal. Most of the time, our instinct tells us to use the ego-centered ‘push’ mode – we even get amazing things get done. No kidding!
But it is so stressful! Even I end up hating the person I have become after that push and prode. The achievement itself takes a back seat.
Have you felt like that ever before?
But this time, it was different. 6 posts in 6 days with perfect consistency. I am feeling like divinity in action.
I thank that all-encompassing providence for such a intervention. And this makes it the 7th post in a row!
What started like this….
Is now like this…
The joy I derive out of seeing something nurtured and cared by me cannot be explained by words.
I am grateful for have had the opportunity to see the seeds sprout and bloom.
Thank you God!