You Define Your Destiny

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People sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that their lives are predetermined, that their lives are already figured out for them and that there’s nothing they can do about it. 

Well, that’s a grave misunderstanding.

Even though you may be presently limited by your circumstance, it’s not set in stone. You are in charge of your own life and you can determine your life’s direction.

You get to choose how you spend your days. You choose your attitude. You choose what you do and how you do it. You choose who you spend your time with and how you interact with them. You get to choose what to do with your resources and how to react to what life throws at you. 

It’s your life. Your choose your destination and your path to get there.


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.

Setting Low Expectations for Yourself is a Dangerous Thing

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I’ve always like the adage “make today’s ceiling tomorrow’s floor.” It means that you should reach high today so you can reach higher tomorrow. This applies especially to your expectations for yourself. 

If you set the bar for yourself low, that’s what you’ll aim for. Even if you achieve it, you probably would achieve more if you had higher expectations. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of setting small, achievable goals. Setting goals that are unrealistic are just setting you up for failure and it may hurt your self esteem. It’s okay to set the bar low at first, just don’t keep it there. After a while, aim a little higher. You might surprise yourself. 

As I got older, my expectations for myself evolved. I expected more of myself. That’s because as I got older, I became more experience and more mature.  How I viewed myself and the world evolved, and so did my expectations of myself. 

The idea of setting higher expectations can be misunderstood as being greedy, but there is a big difference. One being satisfied with what you have, but still aiming to reach the next level (whether it’s lifestyle quality, career path, or financial goals) and the other is never being content with what you have. 

Be satisfied, but strive for more. Strive to improve yourself and your lifestyle. Keep pushing yourself so you can reach higher today so you can reach higher than that tomorrow.


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.

A World of Possibilities Wait for You Outside Your Comfort Zone

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If you want a life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do things you’ve never done before. You’ll have to grow to be an evolved version of yourself that is putting yourself on that path. 

There’s nothing wrong with you being in your comfort zone. Your quality of life will stay consistent. If you stay there, your life will stay similar to how it is right now. If that’s what you want, that’s great. 

But if that’s not what you want, you’ll need to do something; it won’t happen automatically. You’ll need to be courageous and take action that you’re not used to. 

Going outside your comfort zone can take many forms. It may be applying for a different job, moving to a place that has more opportunities, or going back to school. It can be as small as trying something new or as big as reaching out to someone for help. Change can be scary, but to improve your lifestyle, it’s necessary. 

The life you’ve always dreamed of is waiting for you just outside your comfort zone. 


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.

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.