Choice

“Every day is a new opportunity and every day we face plenty of choices without realizing their long term consequences.”

Ever think about it? I do. Although I am by no means brilliant or successful. I don’t have an IQ as high as Albert Einstein, I am clearly not great in sports (although I run fast and used to jump 5m in long jump, a sort of humble brag) and I still have a lot to learn.

I have made mistakes in the past and I have no hesitation to admit I’ll continue to do so. That is the epitome of being human, isn’t it?

So, the choice. Why does choice matter? It matters because it has consequences. Each and every choice you make everyday will have an effect on your life whether major or minor.

Wake up early or sleep a bit more? Play video games or study? Drink coffee or orange juice? Read a book or watch a TV series?

These might seem small and guess what? They’re actually small things. These small things make a big difference though. Every single drop of water is necessary to make up an ocean. Similarly, every choice has an impact on your life.

Once this realization hit you, your point of view shifts and you see things in a new light. Let me address why our choices so vital. People often say they don’t have the motivation to study. They don’t have the motivation to do this, to do that etc. But here is the secret. It’s not about motivation. Motivation comes and goes. For success, one needs to be disciplined.

How do you discipline yourself? By making small adjustments, small things, and small habits etc. This is why I earlier said small things make a big difference. It is not about that surge of renewed energy we call motivation that makes you successful in the long run. It’s the discipline.

Make small changes. Build small but effective hobbies. See the change in your lifestyle when you make small changes and slowly shift your point of view. The miracles of small but effective habits will assist you in the long run.

Remember, you make plenty of choices every day and every choice has consequences. It’s up to you to decide for yourself and analyze the situation properly. Only then you will be able to reflect on your life more carefully.

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What to do when you have nothing to do

Well, it’s a break from college/school and we have nothing much to do. So what should we do?  Ah! Sitting at home all day watching YouTube videos is extremely mundane and boring. There is a need to shake things up a bit, something that will turn this monotonous routine into an exciting one.

1- It is a great time to enjoy your hobbies: You will miss this time once the break is over so better start doing stuff you enjoy. Better late than never.

2- Go out with friends: Well, you must have some friends. Why not go out with them? Go to the mall or just do some fun activities in park. Time spent with friends is always fun.

3- Seek a new adventure: Even little things can make a lot of difference. Take a different route and just visit a new place where you haven’t been before. Surely, it’s fun but be careful as well. You do not want to get lost and never come back home, ha!

4- Expand your social media horizon: You have a lot of time to kill, so expand your social networks. Try different websites. Search something which you have never searched before. You might even learn a new skill.

5- Study: Well, yes it’s break but it doesn’t necessarily means that studying is not allowed. Study the subject which you actually love and which seems interesting to you. Perhaps, psychology is the one subject that appears interesting to almost everyone now a days.

6- Read novels: Again, some people might think it’s boring but actually, once you start reading them you’ll feel like there’s a movie going on inside your head. This feeling is highly addictive as well. Reading novels and connecting with characters provides an opportunity to live different lives and you learn many more things about life.

These are the things that you can do easily during the break from school/college. It is not costly at all so nearly everyone can do it. Good luck and enjoy the holidays.

Adios Amigos!

Original Thinker

Mundane activities are unexciting. Well, that’s why they’re “mundane”.  As a matter of fact, if someone tells you to do a repetitive task everyday it wouldn’t feel like a pleasing activity. Diversion can fulfill the missing element of adventure and excitement in a so called “mundane activity”.  Critical and original thinking are the root cause of new theories which, on occasions, also defy the beliefs of existing theories. It is not only for that purpose, of course, it gives a sense of feeling alive and doing something new; something different.

While writing this, suddenly that saying from Thomas Edison comes to my mind-“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. I have started to believe this is actually right. If you’ve read about perception you’ll understand that two different individuals never perceive the world in the same way. They’ll have variations, dissimilarity and unique ideologies and beliefs according to their own mindset and experiences.

I personally believe that our system must promote original thinking instead of rote learning. In the real world, this method won’t work and today’s schools and some colleges do not prepare all the students for life outside our comfort zone. It is the “out-of-the-box” thinking which ultimately makes you a winner. Think something which will get you to the place where you want to be.

Apparently, daydreaming about becoming a famous personality, getting rich, finding fulfillment leads you nowhere. Creative visualization can help heaps but only if you’re willing to make a plan to reach to your goals. But, I am guilty of this crime as well. It is easier said than done, another cliché, although true. In today’s world, where competition is on the rise, it is important to be an original thinker. Even if you get most things wrong, it won’t make you a failure rather you’d learn more and come out as a champion.

“Be an original thinker and promote the need of the hour, that is, new and original thinking”.