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How to read differently

Yea you may say: “We all know how to read” :))

But somehow the way we read as a habit will not help us in the long run. We come to a bookstore, choose just the books that we wanted to read, or we knew the authors, or we love the genres. Imagine you travel to a different country, wander on strange streets yet find to eat only your hometown dishes? Reading the same genre is similar to having the same dish. Yet a small bookstore could represent the whole world, not just a different nation, so please don’t choose your everyday habit, or your familiar genre!

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WHEN to start your new things

Last year I wrote the book “100 new little things – A method for knowing your Why”. The book focuses mostly on why and how to start doing new things. However, knowing WHEN you’re ready isn’t that easy as I previously assumed because people never think of it when the time comes. They miss their chances and don’t even realize it. So, how to know when is the right time for you to start something new to refresh your old routines, your old habits and yes, your old persona? Below are 7 suggestions you may want to consider.

1. When you are bored

Of course it’s the right time to start something new because eventually you have some gut feelings of refreshing yourself. (normally we are the last ones to know that we actually are bored to death :)). And the tricky part here is that we usually take no action when we get bored, except for lying on the sofa all day watching netflix and let the feelings go. What you should really do instead is to find something new to refresh yourself, a new book, a walk around your neighborhood, a cooking attempt. Even a new genre on netflix counts, just don’t switch from action movies to comedy, I mean, you can try a documentary film on a topic your never think you are interested in. 

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LIST of new arty things for you to have fun, and it’s FREE.

Recently the art subject conqueurs my thoughts. I have written a few articles of trying new things relating to art, but it will take a lot of time to cover every topic in this field. Therefore, I am thinking of creating some arty thing to serve these 3 points:

  • Beautiful appearance (and arty, of course!)
  • Fun and easy to try, even when you do this on your own or with your best folks
  • Journaling to reflect your experience

Then I come up with a series of “creative journaling cards”. These cards are beautifully designed to fit the above mentioned, and aimed to light an arty candle inside you.

Please don’t say, “I am not able to do any art”. Or, “I am not artistic”. The truth is: Anyone can do art.

Bonus: Hard work beats talent!

Okay, enough words. Here are my first attemps:

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9 reasons Doing new things is helping you evolve

This website is built to encourage doing new things and thinking different. For those who love challenges to thrive, it is clear as a bell. But for those who are so introverted, those who very much enjoy their comfort zone and those who are stuck with procrastination, doing new things is still difficult which requires energy, time, and priority (of course).

If you are one of the latter, you may want to read on to see some cool benefits of doing new, so that you will save your energy and time to put it in your priority list. And if you can make it even better, you will have the need to develop this “Doing new things” mindset, gain its momentum and build it as a habit.

1. Doing new things is A trait of successful people

Successful people might swear when they are talking to one type of person, meanwhile are sophisticated and classy when talking to another type. They might treat one of their employees in a semi-harsh way and treat another in a friendly and relaxed manner. These different situations have nothing to do with chance or coincidence. Highly successful people are fully aware of what they are communicating to the outside world, and they know so because they have a lot of different perspectives through which they can view things.

2. Overcoming fear and stagnation

Have you ever recalled your frequent anxiety or fear toward something? Public speaking? An important examination? A spider or a rat? Doing new little things is a great solution to train ourselves for fear, because it is the time for us to get control and not play victim. Sooner or later, we will be able to respond to difficult circumstances that we have to endure with greater ease. Plus, this method can get you motivated to remove the barriers progressively and overcome the stagnation as well. Gradually, when you get used to little challenges, you will realize that fear has stopped and stagnation has dropped. And then, when facing something that is about to happen, you have already collected enough stamina, and you pop up like a monarch butterfly emerging from chrysalis.

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Why keeping a journal is a smart way to reach your goal

When you decide to try on one new thing, which maybe your one of your new hobbies, adventures or studying, may I ask do you record it? and how? For instance, if you decide to learn about webdesign technique, do you write down why you decide to learn it, how good you plan to be at, your progress and along way results, your feelings and satisfactions?

How do you know how far you got from the initial decision of trying that one thing? How do you know if that really changed you? And how much more you want in life?

And that is just one thing. If you have a series of things you want to do, as written everywhere in this blog: the 100 new little things, how do you keep track of them?

I strongly recommend you to keep a journal for yourself. Because if you structure it well for your own purposes, you will amazingly accelerate in everything you want to do in life.

Personally I have a lot of journals of all kinds, mostly for reflection purpose. It will be very touching to open an old journal you wrote years ago and read what the young you once said. I am always captivated by my old ideas, dreams, friends, jobs and hobbies, in my most sparkling years back then. Most of those things I already forgot or left in my past, and when I see them again, I know how far I go and more importantly what’s next I want to pursue.

Do you keep a journal or have you at any point written in one? Keeping a journal can be significantly more than jotting during your day’s activities and contemplations. It may be where you become acquainted with yourself and explore your inner world. There is an exceptional sort of journal known as a bullet journal that will enable you to record so many things that are not just your past or memory, but your to-do list, your state, your health, your bucket list, your dreams, so on and so forth. It is often made with starter expressions or points for you to expound on and to consider. A great one even has places for you to return over your writing and note what you have learned about yourself.

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The secret of doing “new little things”: How to overcome fear

The secret of doing “new little things”: Overcome fear by summoning your Courage

I remember many years ago the Cartoon Network channel had a cartoon series named Courage The Cowardly Dog. This was a cute series about an excited and frightened pink dog that had been living in a house with two oldsters who every day faced with lots of monsters, aliens and ghosts. Courage ran and hid all the time, but every time when the two oldsters were in danger Courage would close his eyes to run back to rescue, for just all three could run together. Very cute.

Thinking about it, you have fears that you have no reason to eliminate. Like me, I have a fear of cockroaches. But that fear has no harm, so I have almost no motivation to eliminate it. After all, I still have the fear of cockroaches for decades. In fact, we have quite a lot of ways to overcome a fear, once we identify them, including fear of cockroaches.

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Gathering people: We are all demi experts!

Gathering people: We are all demi experts!

Do you have different groups of buddies? For example, a high school group, a college group, a close co-worker group, an online group, etc.

Is one of them an expert on something? Maybe they know how to do pottery, oil painting, cocktail, marketing, startup, yoga, or travel planning?

They are not yet real experts in one field, but certainly because they love a particular subject, they have spent time to research about it more than we do. They are already so called a “demi expert”, no joking. You too, you are also a demi expert in a certain area. So why do not we learn from each other?

This idea is all about setting up a coffee group for a mini presentation each week. Each person will spend about 10 minutes presenting one of his favorite areas. He would spend ahead some time to gather up the knowledge he has, and present it in a way that is intensive enough yet easy to understand. The following week will be another person’s speech on a different topic. Imagine, with 10 minutes a week, we’ll get a lot of information from a many different demi experts, interesting?

If this benefit is not enough to convince you, lets take a look at the list of benefits I presented below:

Being a speaker, for example in the field of online marketing, he will be able to:

  • Gather a comprehensive online marketing knowledge he had read which were scattering across the internet into a full set.
  • In the process of structuring the speech he will find ways to add information in some of the arrays he had not known about yet, eg online marketing via emails. This is an opportunity for him to better understand his favorite field.
  • Develop presentation skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Get a chance to talk about his favorite subject.
  • Have the opportunity to listen to other people’s opinions about his favorite subject, gain an alliance or expand his hobby.

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