WRITING

Every time I take a break from writing, it becomes journaling.

What happens when you lose consistency in a habit? We try to compensate by sharing our experience of how we are coping up.

Consistency is a difficult quality to master, and I have reached the lowest point of September so far.

The same situation of re-igniting creativity repeats for me after precisely one year.

Last year in August, I moved to a new apartment, and the people were so interesting to interact with that I lost my writing habit, and it took another seven months to get back at it.

Perspective can change an environment’s energy.

I got back to my routine when I went home…


SELF-IMPROVEMENT

The intention is the journey. The goal is the destination.

Here’s a popular quote you must have heard:

“You are one decision away from changing your life.”

Since writing is always open to interpretation, there are some details hidden in the above thought:

  1. How big should the decision be?
  2. What cost does it have to the alternative options?
  3. Is there a sense of urgency?
  4. Is the driving factor strong enough?

Life-changing choices don’t have to be significant.

I ask myself questions nowadays when I am at a decision crossroad. When I look back on my [first] life-changing decision, it was not big at all.

It was a minor setback that I took seriously enough to avoid any…


LIFESTYLE

What matters more than looks is confidence and a wide smile.

I’m in a Slack group with 40 other creators, where we post daily on LinkedIn to expand our reach and leverage it as a platform for content creators.

If networking is daunting for you, too, that’s not news. Connecting with new people is not supposed to be easy. That’s why I’m doing it with a community where we support each other.

Tom Kuegler has started this idea and if you want to be a part of his next sprint, reach out to him.

Bald can be your style.

Recently, a fellow sprinter posted about his experience of going bald.

It stirred my memories from when…


SELF-IMPROVEMENT

Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

We all feel good when we get respect in our social circle. But the earned respect goes a long way. The demanding one is not genuine.

In the first half of my college life, I threw tonnes of pretentious jokes to be the funniest person in the room that did not help me make friends or become an interesting person to be around.

Once I graduated from college and embraced my extrovert nature in forging healthy connections, I’ve found the following three qualities set you apart from the crowd because they require courage.

#1. Adaptability.

“Be a part of the solution, not…


LIFE LESSONS

Ever tired of having the same discussion over and over and reaching the same conclusion?

Have you entered into a verbal contest with your parents and experienced a deja-vu? The moment where you realise you have reached the same conclusion with a similar discussion before more than once.

A similar situation cropped up when I came to my home town, and my father asked questions to gauge my maturity.

There were several questions that I didn’t answer and in the end when he asked the reason, I told him, “I have already told you the answer. You didn’t understand then. You won’t understand now.”

You’ll also face many confrontations with your family, friends, partners and…


HUMOR

It’s surprising how much people crave laughter after coming from work.

Your first college trip will always be memorable. Mine is also, but not in the way I wanted it to end.

I won’t go into the logistics and pitfalls that happened along the way, but the story with a sense of humour can go a long way when you mix the right set of emotions with it.

The first college trip cut short.

It was mid-September 2015. Our mid-semester exams just finished, and we planned for Mussoorie. Little did we know that our trip would be cut short, and we would have to rest one night in Rishikesh.

When I say rest, I don’t mean your…


MENTAL HEALTH

A comparison is helpful only when your past self is the competitor.

Self-confidence is a revered trait and challenging to develop in a new field.

You can’t measure it on a scale, and it is useless to compare the proficiency of two people with different levels of practice and intelligence.

There are similarities between how we develop our self-confidence and weight lifting.

They may not be visible to you if you you’re not physically active. But if you are, here are four ways you can relate your self-confidence journey with workouts.

#1. Stop comparing yourself with others.

A comparison is helpful only when your past self is the competitor.

Your journey is unique to you. Your intelligence level…


HUMOUR

The cover photo is an apt explanation of my story.

Do you have a story which you’ll change the first thing when you get a time machine?

We all have at least one story that hurts us forever, not because of the magnitude of the loss alone, but due to the length of stupidity that we showed.

If you’re normal, you’ll have an army of such stories.

The memorable ending

A similar incident happened with me where I missed my return flight to Bangalore from Delhi. I saw the plane take off in front of me, and all I wished was to bend a few chakras so that I was inside the plane.


TIME MANAGEMENT

Creating choices is about securing your future.

A routine becomes super-boring and tedious to stick to the moment it stops giving novelty. Doing the same activities with the same breathing rhythm sounds even tacky to talk about.

The same issue was with my writing everyday schedule. I woke up at 6 am, freshen up and then write in a flow state from 7 am to 8 am to create the first drafts of two-to-three articles.

I don’t write daily, but I still manage to publish every day on Medium if I have internet access.

How do you achieve consistency so that you can enjoy free time without feeling guilty?

The secret is in exploiting the abundance mindset.

It’s the opposite of analysis-paralysis…


SELF

Answering profound questions about human existence is a skill you can master.

Recently, a friend asked me whether we have only one life purpose or keeps changing as we grow up.

His existential crisis goes on and off, so I wasn’t surprised when he caught me off-guard with the question.

If I said our purpose keeps on changing, he would feel more lost than he already was. But I didn’t care to hide the truth.

He needed to hear and feel that he is not alone. So do you if you have similar questions like him.

Dreams change. Yes.

In school, my dream was to enter prestigious IIT colleges. Then once I saw the intense…

Sanjeev Yadav

Writer • Mentor • Recovering Shopaholic • IITR 2019 • ✍🏼 Personal Growth, Positive Psychology & Lifelong Learning• IG: sanjeevai • List: sanjeevai.ck.page

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