If I tell you the sacrifices I’ve made to turn my life around from a lazy bloke to an active lifestyle follower, my dad will cry before I finish this article.
To save the tears, I will instead share how hard it is to turn your life around on your own.
Being a self-motivator is a hard pill to swallow if you’ve terrible patience and self-control.
But if you want to overcome a challenge that has been in your head for — say, ten years — here are three lessons you can learn from me to make your transformation more…
My bachelor is in Engineering Physics from IIT Roorkee.
I almost managed to pass in the last semester while clearing two backlogs and getting several 4-pointer — the lowest passing grade out of 10 — in all courses except one. In the exception, I got a zany 5.
I was a bright student in school. However, my academics tanked when I entered college because of the tough competition. But the Physics lessons I learned in school still work whenever I’m in a creative slump.
One of the applications of Newton’s Laws of Motion is in overcoming the universal force that…
We’ve all been through the paradox of getting along with the same people who fight with us. It's like a love-hate kind of relationship.
If we over-value their opinion so much that we don’t respect boundaries or let them invade ours, you won’t get enough space to purify your thoughts — the thoughts that make you stand out.
For a long time, I was in an attention-seeker personality trying to get everyone's eye-balls with lame jokes that were hit-n-miss.
Once I realised we attract what we are, I started listening to my inner voice instead.
I wish I’d done it…
We don’t even know in the starting if we are expert at something or not.
If you’ve had these questions when wanting to envision a side-hustle as a profession, you’re not alone.
When I was a professional overthinker, I’ve killed myself with these questions too.
I had no idea I could write humour. The gist is in practising long enough in an endeavour we want to ride.
But how we do start when…
In Greg McKeown’s book on Essentialism, you’ll find the word “priorities” is a misnomer coined by people who want to have it all.
The etymology says:
Priority is a task or goal which we put on top of everything else.
If you have more than one priority, you’ll be stuck in analysis paralysis when all options require equal focus.
For example, consider writing and running at the same time. Even a superhero hasn’t done it.
The compounding effect is the exponential result of our small actions if we’re persistent enough.
But the impact of compounding is not visible in a…
Last year, I finished reading my first book two years after I developed a reading habit.
That’s because books can be a lot to take. If you plan on going shotgun, you’ll backfire at your brain with a buttload of information that deriving value will be overwhelming.
During my two years of reading, I’ve found a method that transforms reading from merely a habit to a healthy drug.
Here are four steps ( in no specific order ) to make your reading habit exciting and feasible.
Finding a book to read will give you analysis paralysis because there is so…
I got the idea to write on this topic when my fitness trainer joked, “Gimme some motivation. You nail strength training and running daily!”
I’ve seen my flatmates start a workout and not sticking with the routine long enough.
The problem is the underlying myth of waiting for motivation.
The reality is:
Action generates motivation. The converse is hocus.
I don’t wait for motivation or inspiration to burn calories. I have a ritual of setting myself in the right mental state to indulge in physical exercise.
Here are four ways to prime your soul to reduce the gap between thinking…
Studying a discipline without academics means you’re free to learn independently without rules and exams. Use it to your advantage, and your learning will be on steroids.
The same case was when I started learning psychology to manage my impostor syndrome. Your impostor self pops wherever you go because you’re taking your mind with you.
Studying psychology means dissecting all your behaviour patterns that answer questions you didn’t know you had!
Here are four ways I’ve found answers to my questions that I never thought I would see without the gift of positive psychology.
We are empathetic with our friends…
My dad has complimented me several times about my good memory in different ways:
Having a good memory builds massive trust with your social circles.
Take college, for example. Whenever friends wanted some essential item to keep secure, they handed it out to me because they know I won’t lose it.
Want even a more relatable example to spur you harder? Keys. Every time I forget my keys, I take…
If you’ve ever finished a streak, then you know the feeling when you get a jolt of self-inspiration on the last day of the goal.
You’ve outperformed yourself. And if you channel the motivation to other areas of your life, the streak mentality becomes a lifestyle.
I’ve become a streaker since my first job because that’s when I faced responsibilities. I wanted to control my life no matter the difficulty level.
I recovered from asthma while living in a clean society in Bengaluru. The recovery inspired me to prioritise my health above all.
And before I knew it, we are…