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Breath, stress and motivation

April 30, 2008
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Breath, stress and motivation

Worries about future, regrets about shameful past, wars with inner opponents, focusing on the next blur things; have all together altered my breath. Diaphragmatic Breathing occurs only when people have no or little stress, otherwise people turn into panicking and sweating lung breathers.

(anti)Scatterbrain Motivation helped me to reduce stress for awhile, and have some breath. If I can switch to motivated mode and stop worrying I can breath again. You see, when my mind is wandering (e.g. when watching a movie) it’s not present in current reality, and experiences stress, the body is not controlled, my breath goes wild.

I hereby swear (which I do rarely) to try and breath like a real wise and calm guy (you know like Merlin).

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Ups and downs

April 24, 2008
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Ups and downs

The motivation is not stable it goes up and then goes down. Logical. It’s another mathematical sine wave.
In Pixar’s short cartoon Boundin’, the Jackalope inspires the sheep with these words;

Now sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down,
When you find that you’re down well just look around:
You still got a body, good legs and fine feet,
Get your head in the right place and hey, you’re complete!
click to read complete lyrics

In my quest for mathematical motivation formula – henceforth dubbed Mathavation (Google didn’t find such term, which means that I invented it), it’s good to have some assumptions and constants (the only constant is change?). So here’s another piece, of the overall integrated mathavation – there are ups and downs…


Animal or human?

April 23, 2008
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Animal or human?

It’s in human nature to regret about past and worry about future. But animals don’t worry, they’re only interested in current situation. So, is (anti)Scatterbrain Motivation somehow promoting animal-like existence? No! It is also true that wise and enlightened people don’t have stresses about past or future. Those people are usually very calm, and can easily concentrate on any task. Their minds are free.

Drugs and alcohol is one way to temporarily escape worries. The past is too sad, the future is too scary… But, of course, it’s better to become wise and strong, rather than become an addict, and solve the “worry” issue once and forever.


Challenge: building self-esteem

April 22, 2008
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building self-esteem

Once hit by major major disapointments, injuries and other “real-life” hardships, my self-esteem took a real deep dip to cope with these catastrophies. Fortunately I now find myself in a situation when I’m literally forced to build my self-esteem again. Beware, the old new me is here 😐

Do you think the Upside of… might help?


The next blurred thing

April 22, 2008
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The next blurred thing
image from www.blzbubaphotography.com

  1. We work thinking about food
  2. We eat thinking about TV
  3. We watch TV thinking about bed
  4. We can’t go to sleep, thinking about work

The current thing is always blurred, while the next thing seems to be clear. So,we ignore the present and look to the future, all the time… That’s why Seth Godin’s “Do Less” is important; this is more than marketing, this is the concept of a healing lifestyle. 20th century with all its factories and manufacturing era is gone. To achieve enlightenmnet, I feel that it’s important to achieve balance and focus. Again, this will sound so crazy to factory workers who do repetitie tasks, and so reasonable to creatives.

Lost in money race?


Difficult period, wanna just keep living without motivation

April 21, 2008
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After about 2 weeks of practicing Scattermind motivation, I’m experiencing difficulties with implementation. My mind is wandering again, and it all feels like a bunch of rubbish, I just wanna keep living without constantly catching myself on useless planning. On the other hand I’m absolutely sure that there’s logic behind this new motivation, and it’s impossible to forget these truths, just because I want to.

Gonna see what happens next…


The Expectations

April 16, 2008
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The Expectations

My weak scattered brain is expecting “A Scatterbrain’s Guide to Motivation” to become a book, to sell millions and to bring me fame. Excuse me my brain, but I can’t let that happen. Such expectations will immediately make me write covered in “for money” attitude. I will stop enjoying the process of blogging and constantly keep planning for the outcome – “money, fame, book”. The blog will become boring, the readers will flee…

I proclaim my refusal to expect anything at all. I shall do everything I do just for the joy of doing it. Whether it’s walking, riding, sleeping, working or playing. This way I will be much more flexible towards any future, and escape the diabolic circle of “plan for future” or “get motivated by money”.

The most dreadful thing about expectations is endless planning and scenario building in the mind. Don’t even tell me about good points of dreaming and trying to achieve those dreams. I’m talking about having super big Archi-Dreams and no expectations of reward.


The media noise

April 16, 2008
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First she was a child, and her mind was sleeping. There were no problems or worries in her world. Every morning she would play with other kids in the beautiful, green and clean park, and enjoy life.

Then she grew up, now she was given responsibilities, and she heard first voices of the media. From TV, newspapers and books. She learned that life is complicated and she can’t just keep playing in the park everyday.

Then voices of the media started to feed her ideas, they became persistent and noisy. Soon all she had was noise, current events, current problems. She couldn’t enjoy the beautiful park even when she was there. Her mind was full with other things. Of course, she saw the kids playing there, and longed to be just like them again.

The media noise

It’s was the media that woke her up (which is good), but the same media loaded her with millions of useless issues, killing her motivation (which is not so good). Where is the balance? Guess it would be best for her to avoid media and current issues. Books? Yes, books are more controllable.


The inner opponent

April 16, 2008
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The inner opponent

I caught myself proving something to my brother, to my boss, and other people in my mind. The inner opponenet is the person/people you plan to argue with. Or you plan to prove something to them. It’s one more useless habit that takes your motivation away.

Why should I argue or prove something to people in the first place (especially in my mind)? This is one more step towards a scattered brain, daydreaming and wasted time. Although I experience difficulties restructuring my thinking and becoming a normal focused person, I plan to completely stop arguing in my mind.


Toothache and Scatterbrain

April 14, 2008
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The new type of motivation cannot help you if you’re experiencing a dreadful toothache, just like me yesterday. In this case it’s totally okay to take your mind off the painful reality.


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