What is your super power that's helping reduce the grip of limiting beliefs?

A year ago (May 2018) I had so many limiting beliefs — largely because I didn’t have any of the below habits that are part of my routine now:

1) Read at least 2 pages from a growth mindset book at 6:45 AM (WEEKDAYS)

2) Meditate 15 minutes on the train during my morning commute to work (WEEKDAYS)

3) Reflect on and jot down daily affirmations in my journal (WEEKDAYS)

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Icy cool optimist.

Optimism is defined as “hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something”.

When it comes to people, optimism may be harder to practice especially if you watch their dark sides pretty closely. Imagine if you had a microscopic view of all the germs inside your phone, you would probably never hold it close to your face that long. But human beings have way more negative thoughts and emotions inside their minds. It’s natural! Lift the hood under your own mind and watch how quickly your demons take over as well. It’s part of the human experience that we all have negative thoughts.

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On perspective.

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. — Seneca

A lot of our life is us running away from obstacles or problems. Why?

Because of our evolutionary primitive “limbic” parts of our brain. Seth Godin simply calls this the “lizard brain” that defaults to fight or flight mode when faced with a challenging situation.

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A simple hack that's helping me experience days of higher happiness.

A couple months ago I wrote about something I’ve personally observed on the nature of happiness. On its own happiness can be a mysterious state of mind that’s tricky to pursue using traditional methods. The unconventional lesson I learned and wrote about was that in order to achieve happiness you need to let go of the chase and instead focus on “joy.” Check out the full article here.

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Lessons from the last 3-5 years.

I love reflection from time to time. It helps me pause and fully recognize how far I’ve come and where I am going next. In no particular order, when I sat down to reflect, below are some of the lessons that flashed my mind. I thought I’ll share them with you and invite you to write down your own unique lessons that you have learned in the last 3-5 years.

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A powerful quote

One of my favorite people I’ve discovered just* this year accidentally is Mr. Fred Rogers from the TV show “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood”. Although I didn’t get to experience the show growing up in India, I like to think I would have been a big time fan.

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