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“It is shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult.”

A quote from Dune, by Frank Herbert.

It is amusing to me how many people insist that they are bad at, or that they simply cannot complete an activity. It is amusing until I realize that I do it equally as often.

My goal in the near future is to reject this fallacy, primarily by implementing new short term goals and projects, which I intend to complete with no fear or doubt directed at my abilities. If I were to be afraid of learning new things, or forming new habits, I would never accomplish them. Therefore, I choose a “fear is the mind killer” attitude. Rather than fear, I will embody a sense of joy in trying new things, one of which is blogging every day. This would seem to be easy, as I enjoy doing it. But I’m sure many of you have a passion that remains in the corner of your mind, only coming out to play occasionally. Recently, I tried to investigate why this is. The closest answer I found was this:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
-Marianne Williamson

I have found this to be quite true in my experience. It is easier for us to sit back and admire the few who have done great things than to accept that we can do great things ourselves. Part of that, of course, is being lazy. But this is our collective attraction to the superhero, to the protagonist, who prevails in spite of all he must learn and do. Sure, it’s good to read a comic book and fully appreciate how awesome the hero is, but then we should emulate that greatness in our own lives. (Note: I am not endorsing anyone to fight crime in a costume, unless that is your calling ).

In spite of arguing that any individual, no matter how small, can achieve whatever they like, I am choosing to start out with relatively small goals, so as to not overwhelm my entire nervous system. My habits that I am currently learning are:
1) I blog daily
2) I wake up early each day (this ranges from 4am-7am)
3) I meditate daily
4) I am conscious of people with which I interact and connect
5) I am beginning the process of preparing to hike the Appalachain Trail

Writing down any goals or future habits that you have is a very helpful step. Writing them as if you are already living them is even more helpful. It tricks your mind into thinking that you are already doing them, until you believe it is real. And soon, it will be.

For a long period of time, I had a notion that I would be able to one day jot down every goal that I would ever have and establish exactly which processes I would work on for that time. This does not make sense, but it’s also no fun. Things change. I realize now I may wake up early for a week, then get so frustrated that I decide to give up and work on something else. This probably won’t happen, as I love the calm of the morning hours, but it could. These are simply the habits I am focusing on now. They could change or be removed completely.

Today is a Saturday for me. A bit more relaxing. So far, I woke up at 6:00 am, meditated, and now am blogging (in case you were wondering), and it is still before 9:00 am. I hope to continue with my progress for the rest of the day and into the following days. I hope the same for all of you. You are invincible.

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