This is Your Life. Make It Amazing!

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As far as I can tell, you only have one chance at life. Only you can be you. You’re the only one who thinks your thoughts, feels your feelings, and chooses your choices. You’re the only one experiencing your life, always remember that.

The more I think of how finite my life is, the more I want to make the best use of my time. I want my days to be memorable and meaningful. When I’m with my family, friends, and colleagues, I want to be present enough that I truly enjoy my time with them. I want my life to matter in the most extraordinary way possible. 

I’m very fortunate to be living the life that I have, and I want to make sure I don’t squander it. 

Since you only have one life, you might as well make it an amazing one. Make it worth your limited time in this universe.



Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Don’t Just Be Alive; Truly Live.

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Being alive isn’t the same as living. Don’t get me wrong, being alive is a good thing, but  you’re simply existing. You’re in a state of being physically conscious, but the concept of “living” is something else. 

Living is fully experiencing life. It’s an active state of being. It’s being aware of your presence in the world and with the people around you. It’s experiencing your surroundings and engaging with your friends, family, and everyone else in your life. 

Smell the flowers, but also smell the trees and everything you can sense in the air. Feel the warmth of from the sunlight and the cool touch from the breeze. Taste the flavors that life has to offer you.

Be with people. Engage with them. Be present with them. Listen. Spend time and share space with the ones that matter to you.

Challenge yourself to be your true self. 

Truly living life is a challenge. Every day, I try to actively live versus just being alive. It’s hard. Sometimes I fail because it’s easier to just stay in my comfort zone or make excuses for myself. Sometimes I slip, and it’s okay if you do too sometimes. The important thing is to keep trying.

And when you do try, try with full intention. Try your best and try your hardest. I don’t think I’ve ever fully lived a day of my life to its full potential, and that’s okay. That’s my daily challenge. That’s my goal that motivates me every day.  

 


Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

What People Tend to Misunderstand about Dreams

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Dreams are one of those things that are greatly misunderstood. People tend to think that dreams are passive fantasies that are attainable only in one’s imagination. In reality, dreams are nothing like that.

Dreams are life fuel. Dreams give us purpose. Dreams gie us goals. They are what hope, hard work, and faith drive us towards.

Dreams are fluid. They’re not set in stone. You can have more than one dream. The thing that people tend to forget is that you can have as many as you can imagine. You can change your mind and delete or modify them, and even create new dreams. The life I dreamed of as I kid isn’t quite the same as the dreams I have now. I achieved some of them, modified others, and because of my life experiences since then, created new ones to aspire towards.

Dreams exist in the realm of possibility. It is where hope lives and thrives. If you’re crazy enough to dream it, it’s possible.

Dreams are powerful. They are our vision for a better world and a better future.


Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.


Why Right Now is a Great Time to Be Alive

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There are so many different eras that you could’ve been born in, but you weren’t. You were meant to be alive right now.

Now is the only time you can experience anything. The present moment is the only time you can look around and see how magnificent the world is. You can listen and hear the melodies of everyday sounds. The present moment is meant to be enjoyed.

Also, right now is the only time you can really do anything. Only in the present can you take action and do what you need to do, and what you really want to do. Right now is your time to make things happen.

I know at times I can be a procrastinator (believe me). Right now, I have a lot of errands I’ve been meaning to get done. They haven’t been done yet, and unless I do something, they’re not going to get done. Now is a good time to get started, or to at least make a plan of when I’m going to do it in the near future.

There are so many things I’ve been wanting to do. I’ve been meaning to make plans to hang out with more of my loved ones. I’ve been meaning to finish writing a couple more children’s books. None of this will become a reality unless I take action.

The present is a great time to get started.


 


Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.


Always Be Learning

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For some reason, people tend to think that learning is only done in school and that when you’re done with school, you’re done learning. People mistakenly think that they now know everything they’ll need to know for the rest of their lives.

A lot of people I’ve met think that way, and it’s a mindset that is harming our society. The world is ever-changing, and we need to be constantly growing to adapt. That means that we need to never stop learning.

I’ve graduated from high school, went on to college, and even have a master’s degree. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t learned much since I’ve finished going to school. I’ve learned so much about business, sales, management, personal finance, parenting, technology tools, and so much more since my last days in college.

In every career, no matter what field you’re in, you always need to be learning. With time, new things get introduced. New trends or current events affect your profession directly or indirectly. 

In education, I have seen new theories of learning,  new instructional strategies, and new educational tools that spawned from increasing use of technology and the internet. As a teacher, I’ve had to learn about them and how to successfully implement them for the benefit of my students.

Learning also keeps life from becoming boring. There is so much to learn about, learn to do, or simply discover. If you find something awe-inspiring, it’s refreshing. 

Learning keeps life anew. Keep doing it.



Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Stop Procrastinating. Get Started Now!

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Are you procrastinating on doing something? You should do it now. Do it now and get it over with. Do it now and it’ll get done sooner, and then you won’t have to worry about it anymore. 

The Law of Diminishing Intent states that the longer you wait to do something that you should be doing now, the chances of you actually doing it decreases. It means that the longer you procrastinate, the possibility of you getting it done becomes less likely.

Procrastinating doesn’t bring you closer to your goal. Procrastinating doesn’t bring you closer to success. It keeps you where you are and prevents you from where you deserve to be.

You owe it to yourself to take action. If not, then think of people you care about, and do it for them.

So, right now, as you’re reading this, think of what you need to do. Think of how you’re going to do it, and get started, now.



Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Let’s Build a Better World

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The world has enough pain and suffering. You may feel it right now or have encountered your own fair share. We don’t need to bring more negativity into the world than there has to be.

I have a crazy idea.

Let’s work to build a better world. Let’s not accept the world that we’ve been given, but work towards what the world can be.

We can make the air more breathable, make our cities and towns safer, and make our children’s futures brighter. You may have far-fetched dreams, but if it’s worth it, it’s worth working towards.

Let’s do it for each other, future generations, and ourselves.


Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Strength Comes in Various Forms

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A few days ago, a friend of my spouse came over to hang out with her. They chit chatted a lot about what friends usually chat about, and later on I joined the conversation. 

We were talking about the people in our lives, and for some reason, she made some comments about me not being a strong person. I forgot exactly what she said (probably a defense mechanism), but I felt a little insulted. 

Then I had to remind myself one important thing: she barely knows me. Even though I’ve known her for years, she still has no idea who I really am. Maybe because I’m outwardly cool, calm, and have a sense of humor, that it didn’t fit her stereotypical view of what a strong person was. 

I am friendly, I am kind, and I am understanding. But when the situation calls for it, I am assertive, tough, and direct. I may not always feel like it, but I do consider myself very strong.

Strength comes in many forms. It comes in the form of a person dealing with depression who gets up and faces the challenges of everyday life. It looks like someone who decides to battle cancer. It looks like vulnerability. It looks like someone speaking up when something is unjust. Strength looks like confidence in yourself and your abilities.  

Strength is you being the very best version of you.



Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Success Comes From Within

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In order to be successful, you’re going to have to want it. It won’t happen by accident. 

You’ll need to want it bad enough to make choices that get you closer to your goals. You’ll have to choose to do whatever it takes to get closer and closer to your goals. You’ll have to choose to put in time and effort. No one else can make these choices for you.

This internal motivation is the fuel you need to get closer to your goals. There are many other factors, but that internal fire/desire is one key to your success. 

When I was in college, there were many moments that I found challenging and felt overwhelmed. I knew that no one else was going to study for me or do my schoolwork for me.  I had to do it myself. As much as I didn’t want to do it, I wanted to succeed even more. I wanted to graduate. I wanted a career. I wanted a lot more than what I had.

That desire got me through the tough times. That desire got me through the feelings of frustration. It got me through all the challenging coursework, and eventually, to graduation. 

Internal motivation doesn’t just apply to school. It applies to your career, family life, and everything else in life. How much you are able to internally motivate yourself is a huge factor in your success.

Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Success Can Be Slow (and that’s okay)

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Success isn’t something that just happens in an instant. It takes preparation, hard work, strategy, effort, and attitude. Even with all that, success isn’t guaranteed, but you are giving yourself a better shot at it. 

Every accomplishment that you would consider a success, whether it be completing an advanced degree, starting a career, building a business, or buying a house, also takes time. Sometimes people achieve these goals sooner or later than others, but no matter what, it does require time, patience, and the determination to make it happen.

Keep in mind, you don’t have all the time in the world. Sometimes there are deadlines and opportunities that are around for a limited time. You do need to have a sense of urgency, just keep in mind that success takes time.

If you’re on the road to success, that’s a good thing. Like I always say, “Slow progress is better than no progress.” 

Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.