• The Importance of Having a Clear Vision

    Note: This post was written over a span of several weeks, not because I was perfecting it, but because I either didn’t feel like writing or I got interrupted/distracted or sleepy. Hope it still makes sense! 🙂 Not gonna lie, life is pretty rough sometimes. Sometimes we might find ourselves in an extended slump during which we have no motivation or drive to “push through.” Maybe that’s how you feel right now regarding some long-term endeavor. Maybe you feel like all you want to do is give up, but you’re also torn knowing that if you quit, you’ll probably feel like a failure and consequently, that would be quite depressing.…

  • Taking Action Isn’t Hard

    I literally just copied and pasted my most recent newsletter email below, and switched a few words… The Un-Challenging Thing About Challenges: Apologies for the lack of emails and blog posts for the past few weeks, but I am still here and have had you guys on my mind. Taking action to produce content was the challenge though, but once action is taken, that is, once you START doing something, the challenge doesn’t end up feeling as challenging as imagined. A lot of times we don’t take action on important things because whether we realize it or not, we’re fearful of the challenge. But how would we actually know it’s…

  • How to Feel Motivated When You’re Feeling Down and Low Energy [PART 3 of 3]

    If you haven’t read Part 1 and Part 2 yet, reading those first may help give some more context before reading  Part 3. Or you can read this first, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can always refer back to the first two parts of this mini “motivation series.” Part 1 stressed that motivation is not necessarily a feeling. To accomplish something, you can’t solely rely on how motivated you feel. Otherwise, chances are, your “momentum” will not last forever and you’ll easily want to quit. Part 2 stressed that on the other hand, sometimes it’s necessary to be a little more forgiving when someone doesn’t feel…

  • How to Feel Motivated When You’re Feeling Down and Low Energy [PART 2 of 3]

    In Part 1 I talked about the first “extreme” way of looking at the issue of lack of motivation. Extreme #1 is all the way on one side of the spectrum, basically saying that if you’re not motivated, suck it up and forget about your feelings. It’s not about the feeling of motivation. It’s about straight up self discipline. Just do it. So what does Part 2 look like? Now let’s go to the complete opposite side of the spectrum and discuss a much more “forgiving” way of looking at it. Extreme #2: Mental Health On the one hand, sure, self discipline is absolutely necessary to accomplish pretty much anything in…

  • How to Feel Motivated When You’re Feeling Down and Low Energy [PART 1 of 3]

    A couple nights ago one of my best friends sent me a text suggesting/asking that I write something about how to feel motivated when you’re down and low energy – the title of this post. “My current life problem,” she added. My response to her: “I’m definitely not an expert at that one.” Yup, not an expert at all, so I can’t solve your problems. However, I do have some perspective and can share what I’ve learned through my own experience and what I’ve observed of others. There are three parts to what I’ll be sharing, which are three different ways to look at this issue of motivation – two…

  • Productivity

    I’ve been considering what the best approach is to living a life full of productivity. Interestingly enough, I’ve learned that being productive doesn’t necessarily mean pushing yourself to your limit all the time. In fact, my hypothesis is that being productive is actually very easy, if we know how to do it, EVEN if we were born “lazy.” Before I proceed, I want to first say that I’m not promoting a life of getting by with short cuts – but I would say that there are “short cuts,” that is, more efficient ways, to accomplishing various tasks in life. To me, efficiency means less time used and less energy expended,…