The Future Is Being Created Right Now In The Present

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I was sitting over the New Year countdown in my bed, pleasantly sleepy, and pondering over the past year, and what the future would bring to me. It’s just so exciting to be able to sit here in the present moment, and basically decide what your future will look like. It’s such a powerful feeling indeed.

We are the makers of our future.

But the thought that illuminated my soul that night was the idea that my future, whatever my future self and life looks like, is being created right now, by all of the things I do right now.

The future isn’t some ethereal or mystical concept that cannot be engaged with. It’s not some monster in the future that we cannot relate to. It is here, and it is now. It is being created right now, as you sit at your desk, and as I sit at my desk. It’s being created through all of our actions, ideas, thoughts, feelings, emotions, and tantrums, that happen right now.

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Life Is A Series Of Good And Bad Choices Made Over Time

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There are many people out there right now who are hating on 2018, saying that it was the worst year ever. And many of us who are saying that it was the best year ever and we can’t wait to see what 2019 brings to us. Either way, I didn’t want to do a post pontificating on how my 2018 was the best year ever, and why I am feeling really positive about 2019 and the good choices I have made.

In fact, I just wanted to talk about habits. Life is a series of choices and habits. We get up in the morning, and instead of drinking a healthy green smoothie or eating a Chia bowl, or something else like that, we end up chowing down a McDonald’s Breakfast Sandwich (in all of its ooey-gooey goodness). Or we have confronted with the choice of taking the stairs to the fourth floor, or the elevator, and again we go with one choice or another.

Life is a series of good or bad choices. Not all choices you will make in a day will be good for you. And not all choices you make in a day will be bad for you. We always fall somewhere in the middle.

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Our Heart Always ‘Knows’ Faster Than Our Heads

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I was speaking to a friend of mine recently and she asked me a question that acted like a sort of eureka moment for me. She asked me how much longer I was going to keep thinking that I had some kind of time debt to pay off. And how much longer would it take for me to pay off that debt.

You see, even though, I am living my ideal life right now, I feel like I wasted my life basically from the time I was 21 to around the age of 29. It was all about partying, wasting time and energy on nonsense, clubbing and drinking, buying too much shit, and running after the next shiny object. Even speaking about it makes me really angry and disappointed in myself.

Of course, if you believe that everything is happening for a reason, then that phase in my life had to happen for this phase in my life to begin. But, and this is a big but in my head, I couldn’t accept that theory for the longest time. The only thought that went round and round in my head was that I wasted my best years, on nothingness. I wasted my time, and energy on nonsense.

I felt like a failure, and if I had to stop feeling like a failure, I had to pay back those years, by working twice or thrice or ten times as hard right now.

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Think Of Everything You Do As Seeds You Are Planting

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When an oak tree puts out acorns, it knows not all acorns are actually going to result into another oak tree. In fact, one oak tree can put as many as 10,000 acorns in their masting year. And statistically, only one of those acorns is going to take seed properly and grow into a fully-grown oak tree. If you think those are poor stats, I absolutely agree. (Btw, these stats are from the fascinating book, The Hidden Life Of Trees, which I highly recommend).

I actually use the same analogy for myself when I do my work. People ask me why I do so many things, and I work such long hours. There are many reasons for it, one of them being that I wasted my entire 20s drinking, partying, and being stupid, so now it’s my time to catch up.

But more importantly, I know how this universe works, and how the planting of ideas takes fruition. Out of the hundreds of things I will do in a week and out of the thousands of ideas that I will plant in a year, only maybe four or five of those will actually come to fruition.

You Plant Seeds Knowing Almost None Of Them Will Go Anywhere

That’s the delightful thing about life, I think. You never know which idea will take root and grow into something magnificent. And you don’t know which ideas will turn into duds, and wither away. 

I have no idea when I plant my various ideas which ideas will actually give germ to something brilliant. And, which will result in revenue or any kind of impact. That’s why, I think of all of my ideas as little seedlings. I take the oak tree’s view, and just put out as many ideas as I can out there into the ether.

I don’t worry about where the ideas are going, or how far they are going to go. Or, even how fast they are going to come to fruition, or any of that. That’s not my concern. I have done my work. I have planted my seeds. And I have done the due diligence that was required of me. I will continue planting my seeds until the day I die.

Some of them might come to fruition after I die. Some of them might never come to fruition. And some of them might turn into brilliant stars that will shine brightly for the rest of eternity.

That is again none of my concern.

My concern is the work I put out there.

Get Up Every Day And Put Good Work Into Planting Seeds

That is our only concern as human beings – to put seeds into the ground, over and over again, day in and day out, and forget about the results. Unfortunately, we spent way too much as human beings, worrying about the outcome. Also, we have this thing that says we don’t want to put too much effort into something if it isn’t going to result in anything. 

That means that unless you have an absolute certainty that your idea is going to go somewhere, you are not going to put any effort into it???! That is absolutely ridiculous. No one and I mean, no one has any absolute idea of where their ideas are going to go. Some ideas will be successful, most will not.

All we can do as human beings is keep on putting our effort into the ideas that come to us, planting our seed ideas, and then moving on. Do not wait to see if any of your ideas are taking hold or root or if they are turning into trees.

You do not need to worry about that. The universe will let you know automatically when one of your ideas is becoming successful. You have nothing to worry about. Rest easy, and keep on planting your seeds. The rest will happen as easily as everything else you are doing.

Just plant your seeds, the rest shall come. Or not. And it’s none of our concern either way.

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Peace Doesn’t Come To Us In A Moment In The Future

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When we are here in this moment in time, and if we aren’t happy in this moment in time, we believe our peace and happiness lies somewhere in the future. It’s there, out there somewhere. It’s not here, it’s not here with me, but out there.

Maybe, our happiness is attached to some car, or some purse, or some person, or some destination. Once, we get there, we will be happy. By now, all of you must know this story and how it ends.

The universe can be rather dastardly in giving us its teachings. We teach that thing that we had been working towards, and all of a sudden, we realize we are still not happy.

Damn! Okay, no worries. I’m sure my happiness is somewhere in the future, somewhere out there, somewhere in that next t-shirt I will buy. Or that beautiful person that I will date. Or that Korean drama that I will watch.

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The Stoic Concept Of Loving Your Fate Is So Beautiful

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I was listening to some beautiful Japanese anime music, when it happened. My car was hit in the back by someone who didn’t stop in time because perhaps they were distracted. Of course, they were at fault. Not only because in my city and province, the rule states so, but also, because he admitted that he was in a hurry.

I ended up consoling the poor guy, because he was so filled with fear, and was shaking with it. His lips and hands were trembling. I felt so terrible for him. As I sat back in the car, after exchanging insurance information with him, I had this interesting thought. I wondered to myself why the beautiful and generous universe had decided to send me this car accident at this time. What was her reasoning?

I am a sort of reverse paranoid, where I believe the universe is always working towards ensuring that I am happy, healthy, and living my best life. Everything the universe does for me is to ensure that something good happens for me. 

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5 Powerful Daily Practices That Are Free And Life-Changing If Done Consistently

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A few days ago, during my morning routine, I realized that all of the different powerful daily practices that I do for my health, wellness, and well-being, are free.

Well, almost all. And I couldn’t believe it. The idea that your health can be repaired and rejuvenated for free, is mysterious, isn’t it?

We are all always looking for that special pill. That magical fountain. We think these cures will cost a fortune. But we tell ourselves it’s okay, because the idea is the more something costs, the better it works. Right??

Your Health Doesn’t Require a Lot of Money, but These Powerful Daily Practices

The reason I wanted to share this with you, is because perhaps a lot of you out there are thinking the same thing. That your health requires a lot of money and a lot of time to repair.

You might be thinking that you need fancy equipment or measures in order to become the best version of yourself. I’m here to tell you, you are absolutely wrong.

The powerful daily practices I mention in this blog post are so simple to do. Moreover, they are free and can be done without any equipment, in the comfort of your bedroom.

They don’t need any preambles (except perhaps speaking to your family physician, in case you have certain medical contraindications).

There are many different things you can do to repair and rejuvenate yourself, but in this blog post, I will be focusing on the ones that I have already tried. These are tried and tested by me, which means, I know that they have worked for me.

Of course, your body might be different, so I would recommend trying out these techniques for yourself and seeing its effects on your own health.

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Digital Nomads Are Living An AntiStagnation Lifestyle

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When I first heard of the Digital Nomad lifestyle, I imagined that it would be the absolute perfect fit for me. In so many ways, it has been. But the reason why I love being on the road so much is because to me, a digital nomad is living the antistagnation lifestyle. There is no way that a digital nomad after all of that travel, movement, learning, and personal growth, could stay stagnant in any area of their life.

Not only are you learning a lot from the process of travelling for a majority of your life, but also, you are learning from the other like-minded and un-like minded folks on the road. Each culture, and city that you travel to and live in, teaches you something new about the world. In addition, each travelling day when you are far away from family, friends, and familiarity, teaches you something about yourself.

What Is Your Mettle Like? Digital Nomads Know.

Until I started doing the full-time travel, and digital nomad thing, I didn’t know what stuff I was made of. I really had no clue what I was capable of, and how far I could really go.

I mean, sometimes, I used to hope for an apocalypse so that I could test myself out and see how strong, brave, and capable I truly am. But no need for that anymore. The Digital Nomad lifestyle is great to figure out what your mettle is all about. What happens to you when a flight gets cancelled and you have to spend 13 hours in a bus? Or what happens to you when a cop is yelling at you in a language you don’t understand and you are afraid for your very existence?

Every single day, as a digital nomad, you would encounter interesting scenarios… scenarios that until now, were only theoretical in your head, but now have been proved to be real. When you are able to handle all of these random, and oh-so-crazy scenarios with a cool composure, that’s when you truly realize that you’ve levelled up.

Personal Growth 10Xed – Digital Nomads Grow On A Daily Basis

When you live a stationary life, many times, it can also become a stagnant lifestyle. You take the same bus route everyday or the same route to work every day. You speak to the same people everyday. And you eat the same food everyday. You might even end up having the same thoughts day in and day out.

Stagnation at its very worst.

But a digital nomad doesn’t really have that luxury. Each new city or country presents its own new challenges. You cannot take the same route to work, because every cafe you end up working in, is going to be located in a new place, with new menus, new food items to try out, new people to stare at, new people to interact with.

Everything changes daily. Sometimes hourly. It can truly be a tiring experience at times, and that’s one of the reasons, Digital Nomads realize soon enough that the best way to be one is to stay in each city/country for a minimum of a month, and ideally, for 3 months at a time.

It ensures that you are able to really truly integrate yourself into the culture, and you are not always just moving about, you are not always just off to the next place, without enjoying where you were before.

DNs – When You Don’t Know What Tomorrow Will Look Like…

Digital Nomads (DNs) don’t ever know what tomorrow will look like. It might be truly terrible, because the Internet company has gone on strike, and you can’t get any work done. Or it might be truly beautiful, because you met a group of people who turned out to be your tribe, and are teaching you so much about life, spirituality, and personal development.

That’s what it’s like. You never know what your life is going to look like, from day to day.

And that’s what keeps things really exciting, interesting, and above-level. You are always swimming upstream, but all of that swimming upstream, really grows your muscles. Both spiritually, intellectually, and physically. You are never sitting still. You are unable to sit still, because there’s always something new going on.

There’s always something new that’s going to pull you into a new direction, teach you something new about yourself, and make your realize that you are even more powerful than you realized at first.

DNs Realize They Are More Powerful Than They Had Ever Known

This is something that has been absolutely true for me. I have been realizing how much more powerful, intelligent, and brave I am, then I had ever known before. It’s like I have been thrown into the deep end, and I know no matter what the world throws at me, I can handle it. I can handle all of the bullshit, and the madness, because I have done it before, and there’s nothing I can’t handle.

Throw at me all you got, world. Throw at me, everything. And I will just gladly deal with it. Because I can, and because I have in the past, and because it all just makes me stronger and stronger.

Better, braver, stronger, and more powerful than ever before. Are you ready to take on the challenge? Of becoming a digital nomad, and living an antistagnation lifestyle?

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Having An Internal Point Of Reference Makes Decision Making Easier

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I visited my friend Zita, recently at a tiny beach town in Mexico, called Sayulita. She was chatting at a dinner about her recent trip to Las Vegas, and how when she told her friend about the trip, the friend said immediately, “You are so lucky you are in party central.” My friend quickly informed her that she sleeps early and has no intention of going to any parties, drinking, or clubbing at all. Her friend was so disappointed in her, and said, “You HAVE to go to at least one party when you are in Vegas.”

We then started talking about internal points of reference vs. external, and how this was a really good example of a person who holds themselves by external points of reference, rather than internal. My friend, Zita, of course, had a very strong internal point of reference, which told her, that if she didn’t want to dancing, or partying, even if everyone else in Vegas was doing that, she didn’t have to.

An internal point of reference makes judgements, decisions, and holds beliefs, based on something inside of them, some belief system or vision that they hold dear to themselves. They are the kinds of people who will do something even if no one else on the planet is doing it, if it is important to them. And they are the kinds of people who refuse to do something if they don’t wish to, even if every other person on the planet is doing it.

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