How to deal with procrastination? 4 Steps to overcoming procrastination

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What is Procrastination?

How to deal with procrastination? It is a question that we wish we knew the answer to every time we face the consequences of not acting when required.

Procrastination comes from the Latin word ‘procrastinare’ which means to ‘leave it to tomorrow’. It happens to all of us.

We have an important task to complete and yet we just cannot seem to get ourselves to do it.

Most people cannot even start working on their tasks until the last few days and some chronic procrastinators do not even start until the last few hours.

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Why liberty is important and the dangers of suppressing Nonconformity

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What is liberty?

Liberty is defined as the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.

In his work ‘On Liberty’ published in 1859, philosopher John Stuart Mill tried to find the limits that society should have when it comes to exercising its power over individuals.

Should society have absolute power over individuals? Does it have the right to control the thoughts and actions of individuals?

We can all easily say that a society in absolute control like North Korea is wrong and one we would never want to live in.

However, does the society we live in work on the principles of liberty?  ‘On Liberty‘ is an attempt by John to unite Utilitarianism and liberal rights.

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How to be a Realist. 8 steps to practice Realism.

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Who is a Realist?

A realist is a person who is objective, someone who stays in touch with the facts and guides his thoughts with a curiosity for truth.

A realist focuses on reality and uses logic to come to conclusions.

He tries his best to gather all the evidence possible and is willing to change his mind in light of new and contrary evidence.

In short, a realist is a rational person.

Now you might be thinking, are humans not rational? Well, we all like to believe that we are rational and logical in our approach.

The truth, however, is that most people are not rational.

Forces that are deep-rooted in their psyche compel them to act in irrational ways.

In this blog, we will look at those forces as well as learn how we can practice objectivity in our approach so that we can eventually be a realist.

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Perception and Reality. Why is it important to doubt our perceptions?

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Perceptions vs Reality

Perception and reality are simple words that everyone understands and yet most people have never thought about what the implications of their differences can be.

Reality is always far from our grasp and people who think they know for certain what reality is are often ignorant of it.

In the Upanishads, (ancient texts of Hinduism), there is a quote that goes like this-

“yasyamatam tasya matam matam yasya na veda sah; avijnatam vijanatam vijnatam avijanatam.”

Kena Upnishad

It translates in English as ‘those who think they understand the nature of reality do not actually understand it, and those who know that they do not understand it, actually do.’

We think we know what reality is. It is everything that is around us.

The chair we are sitting on the phone we are reading this on. That is all real, is it not?

Perception and reality

Yes and no. When we experience the world, what we perceive is called our perception.

Now, this perception is the closest thing to reality our senses can perceive but it is not reality itself.

In this post we will explore the difference between perception and reality.

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How to bring real change and why voting isn’t enough?

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Why voting isn’t enough

Democracy is based on voting, then why are we saying that voting isn’t enough?

For that, we first need to understand what the rationale behind creating a democratic system was.

Democracy was founded on the principle of giving power back to the people. The elected government is of, by and for the people.

This is what saves us from a tyrannical dictator that can oppress the people. This will help in promoting the values of liberty and freedom.

Finally, power will be decentralized away from dictators and kings.

However, we see at present governments exerting more and more control over the people.

They are involved in every area of our lives. From your birth to your marriage to your death, the government is there to monitor, control, or take it’s cut.

Even though these governments are elected by people’s vote to ‘serve’ them they are becoming more and more like ‘masters’.

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How to avoid arguments and Why arguments never work?

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What is an argument?

To understand why we should avoid arguments we must first understand what an argument is.

An argument is a statement or a set of statements that one uses to try to convince or persuade someone else that their opinion about something is correct.

Often times in life each of us has been involved in one or the other argument, especially when it is one about our very core beliefs.

More often than not arguments turn into heated battles of raging tempers and in the end, the very goal we were trying to achieve, i.e. to persuade the other person becomes impossible.

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How to be proactive. What are the 4 stages of responsibility?

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What is proactivity?

Proactivity is defined as the approach of causing change and not only reacting to change when it happens.

It might sound very simple but the truth is most people are not proactive.

Proactivity isn’t just about taking initiative, to be proactive is to take responsibility for our own lives and not many people want to do that.

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.”

―Sigmund Freud
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How can we overcome perfectionism?

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What is Perfectionism?

Perfectionism is the attitude of getting absolutely everything right. Thus, it is also self-sabotaging.

In trying to be right we nit-pick everything around us and this overly critical nature seeps into all areas of our lives.

This makes it difficult for other people to be around us and even more difficult for us to be at peace with ourselves. To understand how can we overcome perfectionism we first have to understand why do we have it.

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Minimalism, how can we be more with less

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What is Minimalism?

Minimalism at its core is stripping away everything unnecessary until only the bare-essentials remain. This way, we only focus on what is important and provides value, and ignore everything else that is waste. 

Some would say this is undermining the value of the product because more is always better. That, as we will find out in this blog, is a faulty assumption. This is because most times in life it is not what we have to do more of, but instead what we have to do less of.

“Less is More”

― Mies van der Rohe
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