Expecting Too Much

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When we expect life to be different to reality, and constantly focus on that lack, we’re unhappy. 

Going against the flow creates resistance. 

When we embrace the present, whatever it holds, we’re more peaceful. 

BUT, there’s an important caveat. 

The Pitfalls of Perfectionism

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Perfectionism, the nemesis of progress.

It stops you in your tracks.

Why even bother starting, if your reality won’t live up to an idealised, albeit fictional, version?

Let’s face it…

All too often your best-laid plans are left to rust, a graveyard of good ideas and lofty ideals.

The World Requires No Audience

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Nature, the great equaliser. In its presence, we’re reminded of our ultimate insignificance.

Our minor affairs within imagined realities are exposed next to flowing rivers, looming trees and driving rain.

The Sunk Cost Fallacy of Inaction

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We often don’t start things we know we should. It’s perverse.

We think we’re ‘too late’, behind the curve.

Looking at the success stories around us, we compare our own meagre beginnings with distaste, doubting whether to start at all.

The Ayahuasca Ceremony: A Trippy Experience in the Ecuadorian Jungle

Ayahuasca Ceremony

The shaman handed me a bottle of clear liquid and bade me drink.

As I swigged the acid, gut burning liquor, stars danced before my eyes. Soon I felt drunk.

I prepared myself to be stripped, robbed and tied to a tree in the Ecuadorian jungle, but instead, the wizened Shaman smiled, crooked teeth and piercing eyes.

He pointed at a wooden bowl containing a brown concoction, the reason for my pilgrimage. It was time for my ayahuasca ceremony and the trip of a lifetime.

3 Quick, Simple Self-Motivation Techniques for Maximum Effectiveness

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Do you struggle to start tasks that are in your best interests?

Or when you’re in the thick of an important job, do you wriggle around like an ADHD child, looking for any excuse to do something else?

If so, motivation might be the culprit.

So let’s look at how to tackle it.

How to Make the Right Decision (Like a Boss)

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Decisions. Like Marmite, you either love ‘em or hate ‘em.

After all, they can be quite the conundrum, the slippery old eels.

The fact is, decisions constitute a huge part of our lives, so learning some of their dark secrets makes sense.

Let’s dive in.

14 Counterintuitive Ways to Improve Your Life

You’re probably wondering how to master every area of your life; obtain a mighty beach physique, buy some cryptocurrency lambos and live like a digital nomad.

Luckily, simply visiting bloomsoup helps. We employ subtle psychological manipulation to make you an awesome human.

What’s more, after much scientific tinkering and self-experiment, I think I’m in a position to dispense my findings on living the good life.

14 Effective Communication Skills to Ace Any Social Situation

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Do you become a dithering mess when faced with a social situation?

Does meeting new people make you want to slide silently behind the nearest pot plant?

For the socially challenged among us, good communication can seem like a magical power, unobtainable to mere mortals.

However, as life generally expands in direct proportion to the connections you make, it’s wise to learn more about this dark art.

Understanding Fear

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We’re fear machines, designed to perceive the world in our mind’s eye just as much as the hard lines of reality.

On an evolutionary level, this made perfect sense.

Predicting an attack from claw, fang and club was high on the decision making agenda and cultivated a fine-tuned cognitive ability to expect the unexpected.

But to what extent have we outgrown our abilities?