The three minute read that will make you a great writer

Thank you Ravi for this most excellent post!

Mo

The 3-Minute Read that Will Make You A Great Writer

20 Amazing Writing ideas,which I got,while stuck in Traffic

Today again, I got stuck in traffic jam, as part of my daily routine.

But, today was a bit different, I did not get frustrated, angry or cursed at someone. I faced toxic fumes, incessant rain and notorious drivers, but still did not lose my cool. In fact, I was a tad sad, when the jam was over!!

Why?

Because Today, I utilized my traffic-jammed time effectively and used it to come up with great writing ideas. I was planning it for a long time now and Today was the day when I achieved it finally!

So My Amazing IDEAS, good, bad or ugly,are as follows-:

#1 After Inhaling Toxic Fumes and Deadly Smog

Blogging Idea #1

Toxic People kill productivity, here is How.

#2 After Missing Boss’s “Urgent” Meeting

Blogging Idea #2

10 Practical Ways to Pacify, an Angry Boss.

#3 After Attending an “Important” telephonic meeting with “Urgent” action items.

Blogging Idea #3

I do not believe in work life Balance.

#4 After Spilling scalding coffee, over my Laptop

Blogging Idea #4

Multitasking is killing your brain.

#5 After Hearing stale radio jokes, again and again.

Blogging Idea #5

10 Fabulous ways to take charge of your life, by being humorous.

#6 After Envying a sparkling red Ferrari.

Blogging Idea #6

The 1 surprising Reason, you will never become RICH.

#7 After Eyeing a cute redhead, in the same Ferrari

Blogging Idea #7

When is the last time, a cute girl checked you out?

#8 After Missing a desperate job interview.

Blogging Idea #8

Your Job search isn’t going anywhere. Here is Why.

#9 After Missing my marriage anniversary dinner

Blogging Idea #9

10 Time tested Amazing ways, to attain Nirvana

#10 After Barely surviving a potential Car crash.

Blogging Idea #10

4 Valuable life lessons I learned, after Cheating Death.

#11 After Your toddler screams “Potty, Potty”.

Blogging Idea #11

4 Powerful Leadership lessons, we learn from Children.

#12 After A throbbing toothache becomes vicious.

Blogging Idea #12

Procrastination is not helping your goals. Here is Why.

#13 After Missing a goddamned important flight

Blogging Idea #13

20 Amazing inventions, that will redefine travelling in the future.

#14 After Your car air conditioner suddenly goes KAPUT.

Blogging Idea #14

If you wish to Succeed, be Resilient to Failure.

#15 After Getting a BREAKUP message from my Lover

Blogging Idea #15

This is how, Love f**k*d my great career.

#16 After Doing “Forced” chitchat with the guy next car.

Blogging Idea #16

25 Irritating things you do; which nice people won’t tell you.

#17 After Doing “Forced” TRUMP chat with the guy next car.

Blogging Idea #17

12 Exciting ways in which, Trump has cast his spell on you.

#18 After Doing “Forced” chitchat with a chatty old woman next car

Blogging Idea #18

5 Powerful ways in which, Introverts excel in leadership.

#19 After It starts raining cats and dogs.

Blogging Idea #19

This World Water Day, are you doing your bit to Conserve Water?

#20 After Getting Stuck in traffic for a long long time with no Hope.

Blogging Idea #20

20 Amazing writing ideas I got, while stuck in traffic

Bringing It All Together

I am thankful to all those great writers who had written such fabulous posts on writing. These very posts inspired me to utilize every bit of my available time to work towards honing my writing skills. Hats off also to those writers who advocated usage of commuting time for generation of brilliant ideas for writing.

Remember Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.

So if you are motivated by this post, get going and start writing today!!!

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About the author-:

Ravi Rajan is a global IT program manager based out of Mumbai, India. He is also an avid blogger, Haiku poetry writer, archaeology enthusiast and history maniac. Connect with Ravi on LinkedIn, Medium and Twitter.

Reblogged from: https://writingcooperative.com/the-3-minute-read-that-will-make-you-a-great-writer-2a678268904

Declutter Day 10! Progress!

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It’s day 10 of the Minimalism Game…how’s the decluttering? Hope it’s great! I’m sticking with it. If it doesn’t bring me JOY, it is out of here! 30 things are GONE so far! Woohoo! If you haven’t joined the fun, start where you are. Here are the instructions…

https://smp19671.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/30-day-minimalism-game-come-out-and-play/

Mo

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30-day Minimalism game! Come out and play!

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I love the Minimalism guys! Let’s play their game for September!  I welcome  your comments on your progress throughout the month! Inspiration to simplify is on the way, one day at a time!

30-Day Minimalism Game.

Here’s how it works …

Find a friend or family member: someone who’s willing to get rid of their excess stuff. This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.

It’s an easy game at first. However, it starts getting challenging by week two when you’re both jettisoning more than a dozen items each day. Whoever can keep it going the longest wins; you both win if you can make it all month. Bonus points if you play with more than two people.

Ready? Go!

Mo

Let’s Play a Minimalism Game

If it doesn’t suck, It’s not worth doing

I was so inspired by this article that I had to pass it along. I am sort of a productivity junkie, and if you are too, check out this article by Benjamin P. Hardy!

Mo

If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing

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According to psychological research, the anticipation of an event is almost always more emotionally powerful than the event itself.

The dread of asking your boss for a raise is paralyzing and can last months. Yet, once you get yourself to finally do it, it’s over before you know it. The excitementof attaining some object or objective can become obsessive. Yet, shortly after you obtain your desire, you’re bored and in search of something else. “We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them,”says Dr. Thomas Gilovich, Cornell psychologist.

Interestingly, your mind can seduce you so much so that the idea of something becomes more satisfying than the thing itself, so you stop at the idea and never make it real. Thus, in his new book, Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday explains that a primary obstacle to success is the idea of success.

It’s so easy to dream.

It’s easy to tell people about your ambitions. It’s easy to create vision boards and write down your goals. It’s easy to stand in front of a mirror and declare affirmations.

And that’s where most people stop.

The very act of dreaming stops you from achieving your dreams.

You’ve played-it out in your mind with such intoxicating detail that you become satisfied enough. You become numbed. And you deceive yourself into believing you’ve actually done something productive.

Consequently, when you attempt the activity itself, you immediately hit a stone wall of resistance. More often than not, you quickly distract yourself from the discomfort with some form of momentary pleasure. Yet, Robert Greene explains in his book, Mastery, that you can learn to love this internal resistance. In his words, “You find a kind of perverse pleasure in moving past the pain this might bring.”

How To Get Out Of Your Rut

In his book, Living with a SEAL, Jesse Itzler tells the story of being inspired by a certain Navy SEAL and consequently inviting him to live at Itzler’s home for a month. Itzler admitted being in a personal rut and wanted to shake himself out of his routine.

Day 1: “SEAL” asked Itzler, “How many pull-ups can you do?” Itzler squeaked out eight shaky pull-ups.

“Take 30 seconds and do it again,” SEAL said. 30 seconds later, Itzler got on the bar and did six, struggling.

“Take 30 seconds and do it one more time,”SEAL said. 30 seconds later, Itzler got on the bar and did three, at which point his arms were exhausted.

“Alright, we’re not leaving here until you do 100 more,” SEAL stated. Itzler was puzzled. “Alright, we’re gonna be here a long-time. Cause there’s no way I could do 100.” However, Itzler ended-up completing the challenge, doing one pull-up at a time. Thus, SEAL convinced Itzler that he could do way more than he thought he could.

The principle SEAL taught is what he calls the 40% rule — which essentially means people feel maxed-out mentally and physically, and thus stop, when they are at only 40% of their actual capacity. Going past this 40% capacity is when it becomes uncomfortable. Thus, SEAL’s mantra, “If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it.”

The Power Of Objective-Based Pursuits

“The pain is a kind of challenge your mind presents — will you learn how to focus and move past boredom, or like a child will you succumb to the need for immediate pleasure and distraction?” — Robert Greene

Like Itzler who shattered a mental barrier by completing 100 pull-ups, you too can get out of your rut by pursuing tangible objectives.

The concept is: Do something and don’t stop until it’s complete, no matter how long it takes.

Your goal is to learn how to accomplish hard things without continuously distracting yourself. You want to develop what Greene calls “A perverse pleasure”in experiencing internal conflict, andsitting with it.

This concept is embedded in Crossfit.Unlike most people, who check their smartphones between exercise “sets,” at Crossfit, you have a specific objective and you kill yourself until it’s done.

If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it.

You can apply this principle to anything and everything. You can do a homework assignment and just do it until it’s complete. You can write an article and stick-to-it until it’s published. You can do 100 pull-ups, or run 5 miles, and go until you’re done. Who cares how long it takes?

The Greatest Opportunity In History

In his book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Cal Newport states the following:

“The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”

Without question, we live in the most distracted time in human history. It is almost impossible to remain focused on a single-task for more than a few minutes at a time.

The law of opposites is in effect. With every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. While most of the world is becoming increasingly distracted, a select few are capitalizing on this fact.

Hence, Economist Tyler Cowan has said,“Average is over.” The middle-class is gone. Either you’re among the select few who are thriving, or you’re like most people who are distracted, overweight, and struggling.

The choice is yours.

When something sucks, do you quit? Or do you push-through and eventually enjoy the satisfaction of growth and success?

Anything worth doing is going to suck at the beginning. Anything worth doing is meant to require pain and sacrifice. Herein lies the problem facing America, which originally was built on the moral of impulse control. What once used to be a country filled with people sacrificing momentary pleasure for a better future, the overpowering message of today islive for the moment.

And that’s exactly what people do. They live for this moment. Consequently, when something sucks, or becomes hard, most people quit. Most people indulge themselves in momentary satisfaction at the expense of a better future.

To make matters worse, the twin “truth” of today’s culture is love yourself for who you are. The self-esteem movement of the late 20th century is an enormous contributor to America’s faltering success.

People are taught to love themselves regardless of their performance. Thus, they justify mediocrity. Yet, Asian’s and other immigrant groups who often are considered to have low self-esteemconsistently outperform American’s who have high self-esteem.

Unlike in other parts of the world where hard work is seen as a virtue, the repeated phrase in America is: “Don’t work too hard!” Success these days is to get as much as you can for as little work as possible.

In the book, “The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America,” Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld explain that most successful people not only control their impulses, but also have an implicit sense of inferiority.

These people may have confidence, yet, they remain unsure of themselves. They have a chip on their shoulder due to being oppressed in some way. So they continuously push themselves, regardless of how successful they become, to prove themselves. They are never satisfied with what they’ve done. They continue to feel inferior.

These very traits are awarded in today’s economy because they are so rare. Again, few people control their impulses, but instead live for the moment. And few people, especially in America, have any sense of inferiority. Rather, most people have bought into the myth that you must first love yourself before you can become successful.

Garbage.

True confidence is earned. It’s earned by succeeding. Not by wishing for success.

True confidence emerges when you consistently push-through things that suck. The longer you sit with the boredom, pain, and discomfort — and actually create something meaningful, the more confident and successful you will be.

Hence, Ryan Holiday explains in aninterview with Lewis Howes: you are rewarded for the work you actually accomplish. Not the promises you make.

Doing the work is hard.

Getting into elite physical condition is brutal.

Building deep and committed relationships is nearly impossible. Most marriages end in divorce.

Developing deep spiritual maturity requires giving-up who you want to be for who you really are.

All of these things “suck,” at least initially, and in-the-moment. However, if it doesn’t suck, it’s not worth doing. And you absolutely can learn to endure the discomfort of the moment to build a life worth having.

If you’re stuck in a rut, like Itzler, challenge yourself to complete specific objectives — no matter how long they take.

Pleasure Vs. Happiness

“A life that doesn’t include hard-won accomplishment and triumph over obstacles may not be a satisfying one. There is something deeply fulfilling — even thrilling — in doing almost anything difficult extremely well. There is a joy and pride that come from pushing yourself to another level or across a new frontier. A life devoted only to the present — to feeling good in the now — is unlikely to deliver real fulfillment. The present moment by itself it too small, too hollow. We all need a future. Something beyond and greater than our own present gratification, at which to aim or feel we’ve contributed.” — The Triple Package

True happiness — joy — is fundamentally different than momentary pleasure. Not to say momentary pleasure is inherently bad. However, it often gets in the way of something more real and lasting.

Anything worth doing brings a satisfaction that distraction never can. Don’t give into the resistance. Push through the difficulty. That’s where a joy that those who stop will never taste.

Said Geologist James Talmage:

“Happiness leaves no bad after-taste, it is followed by no depressing reaction; it brings no regret, entails no remorse. True happiness is lived over and over again in memory, always with a renewal of the original good; a moment of pleasure may leave a barbed sting, [as] an ever-present source of anguish.”

https://medium.com/the-mission/if-it-doesnt-suck-it-s-not-worth-doing-1efdc6eb695c#.rl27ss14s