Creating Momentum

Allysia Van Betuw:

When you’re satisfied on a daily basis, you get unstuck. Misery is stuckness. Miserable people lack ideas and creativity. They lack the ability to say, “What can I do next? How do I change this situation?” They spend all of their energy being miserable, which perpetuates the misery.

When you work hard and do your best, it’s hard to stay miserable. You’re moving. You’re creating momentum. That momentum then spills into other areas of your life.

Suddenly you’re trying your best in your personal life, in your day-to-day relationships. You’re bringing your “A” game to parenting. To cooking. To your leisure time. Suddenly your life is infused with effort. You care. You’re trying. You’re doing things. You’re moving.

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“Life is getting better and better.”

Steve Pavlina:

Thoughts can only be formed in the present moment. And thoughts can only exert effects in the present moment. If you can grasp these two concepts, you’ll be able to discard some forms of delusional thinking and craft much more effective intentions.

And:

If you want your intention to manifest, you must stop reinforcing its absence. But at the same time, you cannot escape the necessity of observing your present moment. So by all means continue to observe, but observe with the intention of continuous change in the direction of your desires. Intend your reality into motion.

For example, if you want to become a more positive thinker, then imagine yourself as thinking more and more positively – right now in this very moment. Don’t worry about tomorrow or next week. Stay centered in the moment.

And:

Whenever you observe reality, observe it changing in the direction of your desires. See your present reality as a canvas that paints an ever more beautiful picture. Your awareness of that beauty is constantly increasing. Life is getting better and better.

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Imagine

Big Sean:

Imagine you had everything you wanted. Everything.

Imagine you were everything you ever wanted to be — and capture that feeling. That’s the easiest way to manifest what you want.

Steve Pavlina:

My recommendation is for you to sit in quiet meditation for about 20 minutes each day, and imagine yourself already where you want to be. But imagine yourself changing into the kind of person who already has your desires manifested. Feel what he feels. Think what he thinks. Vibrate as he does.

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Why Walking Helps Us Think

In a piece for The New Yorker, Ferris Jabr writes about the benefits of walking, and how walking influences the way we think, write, and come up with ideas.

What is it about walking, in particular, that makes it so amenable to thinking and writing? The answer begins with changes to our chemistry. When we go for a walk, the heart pumps faster, circulating more blood and oxygen not just to the muscles but to all the organs—including the brain. Many experiments have shown that after or during exercise, even very mild exertion, people perform better on tests of memory and attention. Walking on a regular basis also promotes new connections between brain cells, staves off the usual withering of brain tissue that comes with age, increases the volume of the hippocampus (a brain region crucial for memory), and elevates levels of molecules that both stimulate the growth of new neurons and transmit messages between them.

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Walking at our own pace creates an unadulterated feedback loop between the rhythm of our bodies and our mental state that we cannot experience as easily when we’re jogging at the gym, steering a car, biking, or during any other kind of locomotion. When we stroll, the pace of our feet naturally vacillates with our moods and the cadence of our inner speech; at the same time, we can actively change the pace of our thoughts by deliberately walking more briskly or by slowing down.

Because we don’t have to devote much conscious effort to the act of walking, our attention is free to wander—to overlay the world before us with a parade of images from the mind’s theatre. This is precisely the kind of mental state that studies have linked to innovative ideas and strokes of insight.

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Feed Your Power to Your Desires

Steve Pavlina:

What kinds of life experiences have you been putting off? What sorts of goals always seem to get shoved to the bottom of your to-do list, drowning in false prerequisites? What would you finally do if you already had the perfect body and unlimited financial abundance? Start feeding your power to those desires right now.

If you want to travel, then feed your power into travel. Start planning and scheduling your first trip today. Buy a ticket. Make a reservation. Set a date for a road trip. Ask around till you find a free couch you can sleep on. You don’t need to get rich first. Just go do it, and stop piling unnecessary crap in front of that desire.

If you want a new relationship partner, then tell the whole world what you’re looking for. Don’t keep it a secret. Don’t feed your power to some people’s adverse reactions. Boldly and unashamedly proclaim what you want. If anyone has an issue with it, tease them about it. Own your desires. How else will your potential partner know you’re looking for someone just like him/her? If you want someone yummy to cuddle at night, then feed your power directly into that.

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“Become the best at what you do.”

Some advice from Naval Ravikant:

Pick an industry where you can play long term games with long term people.

Play iterated games. All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest.

Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.

Arm yourself with specific knowledge, accountability, and leverage.

Specific knowledge is knowledge that you cannot be trained for. If society can train you, it can train someone else, and replace you.

Specific knowledge is found by pursuing your genuine curiosity and passion rather than whatever is hot right now.

Building specific knowledge will feel like play to you but will look like work to others.

Embrace accountability, and take business risks under your own name. Society will reward you with responsibility, equity, and leverage.

The most accountable people have singular, public, and risky brands: Oprah, Trump, Kanye, Elon.

Study microeconomics, game theory, psychology, persuasion, ethics, mathematics, and computers.

Reading is faster than listening. Doing is faster than watching.

You should be too busy to “do coffee,” while still keeping an uncluttered calendar.

Work as hard as you can. Even though who you work with and what you work on are more important than how hard you work.

Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true.

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Non-Physical Manifestations

Steve Pavlina:

Focus on creating non-physical manifestations. Don’t try to manifest physical projections. This is a key distinction. What you truly want is never physical in nature. Your truest, deepest desires are always in the non-physical frequency range.

And:

Instead of money what you really want to experience is abundance, gratitude, and variety. Instead of sex you want to experience love, connection, pleasure, and communion with other conscious beings. Instead of a strong body, you want to experience radiance, confidence, and power. You can manifest all of those desires in non-physical form right now.

Whatever you think you desire in physical form, look to the real non-physical desire behind it. Then put all your energy into creating and manifesting your non-physical desires since that’s what you truly want. Eventually your physical senses will catch up, and you’ll soon see those desires projected into physical form. But it won’t be the physical form that satisfies you. The deeper meaning is always carried by the non-physical frequencies.

And:

Physical reality is always playing catch-up with your strongest thoughts. If you hold strong, consistent thoughts, your physical reality will soon reflect those thoughts. If, however, your thoughts jump around wildly and inconsistently, your physical reality will keep changing directions too.

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What are you photocopying?

Rhonda Byrne:

The law of attraction is impersonal. It operates just like a photocopying machine. The law is photocopying what you are thinking and feeling in every moment, and then sending an exact photocopy back to you — which becomes your life. That makes your ability to change your entire world so very easy.

To change the outside world all you have to do is change the way you think and feel, and the law of attraction will photocopy the change.

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Is it possible for you to still enjoy your life?

Steve Pavlina:

I pose to you a question that I found immensely transformational many years ago:

Is it possible for you to still enjoy your life even if your financial situation stays the same or even gets worse for the rest of your life?

When I asked myself that question, at first I wasn’t sure. But as I pondered it, I began to see that there’s so much more to life than money. Why center my happiness and sense of self-worth around something that reduces to a number in a computer database?

At the time, my number had a minus sign in front of it. And I had assumed that this tiny horizontal strip had the power to rob me of much of my enjoyment of life. I believed that without enough money flowing, I couldn’t fully enjoy my life. And so I created — yes, created — a lot of unnecessary stress and frustration for myself.

I determined that even if I stayed completely broke for my whole life, I could still enjoy my life immensely if I really committed myself to that. I could still enjoy great relationships, long walks, healthy food (which grows on trees), stimulating conversations, writing, hugs and affection, and even world travel. Other broke people had enjoyed all of those things. Why not me?

I soon concluded that a lack of financial success could not prevent me from creating a very happy and abundant life. A minus sign simply didn’t have that kind of power, unless I yielded my own power to it.

And:

It’s not the craving for more money that invites abundance. It’s the release of fear attached to being perpetually broke. Can you let go of your fear and resistance to being broke? Could you still enjoy your life even if you remained broke and in debt for the rest of your life? If you can do that, you will welcome the experience of true abundance into your life.

What good is abundance anyway if it can be ruined just by changing a number in a database? True abundance should be unconditional, should it not? If abundance can be threatened, it’s not abundance; it’s still scarcity.

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February 2019 Review

Here is my monthly review post for February 2019.

February Wins

Here are some highlights of my month:

  • completed 33 days of raw food diet
  • completed 30 days of daily cardio
  • completed 58 days of no caffeine
  • completed a heavy-metals detox
  • completed 28 days of no fap & no porn
  • mastery.fm recently passed 100 posts
  • had a really cool sync with Law of Attraction
  • was invited to collaborate on a short film project
  • created my first vision board

Raw Foods

I would say the biggest win this month was completing 30+ days of raw foods. Learning how to live on a raw food diet was a fantastic growth experience.

The longest raw food trial I’ve done before lasted no more than 2 days. Back then, I didn’t know enough about the raw vegan diet to succeed on it.

This time around, I was more prepared and committed to see it through. You can read about my raw food experience & the benefits I experienced here.

Blogging

What makes me really happy is that I’ve continued to blog (nearly) daily at mastery.fm. I published my 100th post just a day or two ago.

I initially started this blog as a notebook for myself. I wanted a place where I could curate a collection of personal growth tidbits & my favorite highlights from what I was reading and listening to.

Along the way, some super lovely people have encouraged me to keep posting — a huge thank you to all of you! It makes me really happy to know that you appreciate this blog.

Also, I like how this blog encourages me to share more of myself with you. I’m slowly leaning into writing more of my own articles. These monthly review posts wouldn’t even be happening without your support and encouragement.

Thank you!

Cardio

In addition to completing my raw food trial, I also completed 30 days of daily cardio. The first four days were 30 minute elliptical runs, but I bumped it up to 45 minutes daily for the rest of the trial.

I did my cardio first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. It’s a great way to start the day, and combined with raw foods, kept my mind sharp and clear. For the mental health benefits of cardio, I encourage you to watch this video.

Detox

I didn’t feel any major breakthroughs after I completed my heavy-metal detox. It’s possible that there was an effect, but I may have missed it because I did the detox in parallel with daily cardio and raw foods.

Daily Conditioning

I wasn’t consistent with this habit, even though I know how important it is for me. I’d love to get back into some form of daily conditioning this month. It might help to start small… 20 minutes of daily audio, or 20 minutes of daily reading, and to stay consistent with it.

One thing I discovered recently is that Spotify has a wide variety of motivational tracks, such as this, this, this, this, and this. I had no idea there was such an abundance of inspirational tracks available. This is an excellent way to condition your mind daily.

Short Film

I somehow got involved in collaborating on a short film with a few cool people! This will be a no-budget short with a few friends that we’ll shoot in March. It’s the first time I’ve been involved in the creation of a film, and it’s a perfect starting point for me.

One of my goals in life is to be a film director. Rather embarrassingly, though, I haven’t done anything about it… until now.

I have to acknowledge the Law of Attraction here, because I feel like this opportunity fell into my lap. I simply mentioned that I was interested in directing and cinematography to someone, and suddenly found myself involved with this project.

So, thank you Universe, for bringing this opportunity to me — and thank you to all the people involved in this short film!

Always let others know about your intentions, your goals, and your interests. You never know who could help you out or give you an opportunity, if only they knew about your desires.

Law of Attraction

One thing I want to focus on in March is really experimenting with the Law of Attraction. Over the years, I’ve read several books on the intention-manifestation model, but I haven’t truly applied the processes & techniques on a daily basis.

For example, despite blogging about it, I still don’t do 20 minutes of daily visualization. Just integrating that habit into my life would be a great starting point.

Another habit I’d love to foster is the habit of appreciation & gratitude. I recently read The Magic by Rhonda Byrne, which is all about the power of appreciation. It opened my eyes to what being grateful actually means, and whether I’m truly thankful for the abundance in my reality. Am I really appreciating the gifts in my life?

Your Core

At the end of the day, it’s not about “doing the Law of Attraction”. It’s about who you are at the core of your being. What is the code running inside your brain? What are the thought patterns & beliefs that are influencing your life? How much airtime are you giving to your dreams and goals, and how much airtime are you giving to observing what-is?

What I would love is to really dive deep into this space in March, and see if I can experiencing a shift in myself and my thought patterns.

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