Our current education system is one that molds students into a desirable output — productive workers in society — and disregards whatever does not conform to its model.
In fact, the American education model was created to mimic and prepare its recipients for factory life.
“The American education model…was actually copied from the 18th-century Prussian model designed to create docile subjects and factory workers.” — David Brooks, writer for the New York Times
Unlike many other parts of society, which have adapted to the rapidly changing times, our education system lags far behind.
Though the system has undergone measures of…
Recently, I had been feeling really stagnant. I was waking up later, spending longer periods of time on my phone, essentially lived in bed, and felt lethargic and dissatisfied with my life situation overall.
I was stuck in a rut, and I know I can’t be alone in this feeling. Whether you’re looking for a complete mindset change or just a slightly new perspective, these 3 strategies have never failed to help me out of an unmotivated period.
Our minds will respond to what we ask it.
For example, if you ask yourself: “Why am I so ugly?”, your mind…
By definition, the word “pursuit” is “the action of following or pursuing someone or something.”
We only follow or pursue what we do not already possess.
So when we pursue something like happiness, by default we are assuming that we live in an unhappy state. Again, it is impossible to pursue something that we already have.
Instead of pursuing happiness, reorganize your thoughts to recognize where happiness already exists.
If you fixate your attention on the parts of your reality that you want more of — spending time and energy on what makes you feel good — then you will…
It is exhausting to keep up with trends.
Buying the newest item, whether it’s a car, TV, or clothing item, is an endless cycle. Trends are created to be temporary.
Even knowing this on an intellectual level, I know how exciting and thrilling it feels to press checkout and know that the newest good on the market is being shipped to you.
We are convinced that we need the next big thing, but that thing is quickly replaced with a sharper, shinier, prettier version.
After all, trends exist to be replaced.
Excessive consumerism feeds into the capitalistic model, and it…
Have you ever been incredibly excited to start a new project? You have a bright idea and excitedly start planning your next steps.
Two weeks later, and you start planning the specifics, far into the future.
It feels like you’re being productive, but you haven’t actually taken a step toward your goal yet.
The truth is, planning is a form of motion, not action.
Planning without doing anything is an example of fake productivity used to mask the fact that nothing substantial is getting done.
Plans are useful, but motion without action is useless: no matter how much you plan…
For three months, I took a break from writing on Medium. As much as I enjoy blogging and writing about books, concepts, and lessons that I learned, I felt like an imposter writing about concepts that I had yet to experience.
Three months later, I have compiled the main lessons I have learned during my hiatus.
You are exactly where you need to be.
With some time, hindsight, and reflection, I have come to realize that every single thing I have endured and experienced has taught me a lesson or helped me in some way that I never could have…
After one week of falling off my morning routine, I have realized this:
Adhering to my morning routine is a crucial aspect of being able to show up every day as my best self. My morning rituals set me up for the rest of my day.
To me, fully showing up means being fully present. And that entails being healthy, patient, and aware. In order to do be all of these things, I need time to gather my thoughts, nourish my body, and get my blood flowing.
Without a morning routine, I am very reactionary. In other words, my mood…
Most people suck at taking rejection. Rejection hurts our ego, and the ego is defensive and fragile. The reason that many people fear rejection is because they think it is somehow an indicator of lack in themselves.
Plus, society has ingrained the fear of rejection into every individual that has passed through its systems. The ability to embrace rejection is a skill that is learned long after schooling has ended.
We are hurt by rejection because we have been taught that being rejected means we are not enough.
This pandemic of “not-enoughness” comes from decades of cultural conditioning. In a…
It’s a stressful world.
At every corner, some instance of injustice, pain, or unfairness can be found. Living through a pandemic and witnessing multiple occasions of civil unrest, political turbulence, and overt discrimination has naturally caused many people to feel overwhelmed.
Whenever I feel stressed, unhappy, or overwhelmed, I remember and repeat this mantra:
Stress occurs when one resists life.
I love making plans, setting goals, and envisioning the future. But at the end of the day, as much as I want life to go a certain way, life is what it is, and it is nothing else.
I’ve been in the self-improvement sphere for a while, gaining knowledge through articles on Medium, books, and conversations with others on the same journey. Putting these tips into practice has been very beneficial for my life, and I am grateful for all of the wonderful changes it has brought.
However, when I started to reach a plateau, I realized an important thing: While I had been adding positive habits and thought patterns consistently, I had never addressed the negative ones. Instead, I ignored my negative traits, smothering them in positive affirmations.
Recently, I’ve been on a journey to reparent myself…