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Steve Pavlina — Universal Principles

Inspired by — Steve Pavlina

Steve Pavlina writes a blog on personal productivity.


The Courage to Live Consciously

Red Badge of Courage, by drogomossA short but in my opionion great read, is the article:

The Courage to Live Consciously by Steve Pavlina

It describes very well how we might easily live our lives “unconsciously” without realizing it. We often simply live out the expectations from our friends, parents, colleagues, neighbours, and the society in large. The article then describes why and how we can make concious choices about how to live our life.

A short summary of what Steve means by “courage”, and what the article is about:

By courage I mean the ability to face down those imaginary fears and reclaim the far more powerful life that you’ve denied yourself. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of going broke. Fear of being alone. Fear of humiliation. Fear of public speaking. Fear of being ostracized by family and friends. Fear of physical discomfort. Fear of regret. Fear of success.

Both my life and this blog have to a large degree been inspired by this article.

July 21, 2011   Comments Off

Fear is not your enemy

Steve Pavlina, from The Courage to Live Consiously, on how to make constructive use of your fears.

The Other Side of the Fear is the Freedom, by jonycunha

Fear is not your enemy. It is a compass pointing you to the areas where you need to grow.

What do you fear?

December 11, 2010   Comments Off

The normal days

Steve Pavlina, in 10 Ways to Optimize Your Normal Days, provided what was an “eye opener” for me. It is completely obvious, but still I hadn’t thought of it that way.

When you realize most of your life will be consumed by normal days rather than extraordinary ones, you may feel motivated to raise the overall quality of these normal days.

If Only I Could, by Cayusa

How are your normal days?

December 8, 2010   Comments Off

You can be the next legend

Inspiring words from The Courage to Live Consciously by Steve Pavlina.

What is the difference between you and one of those legendary historical figures who did have such an impact? You both had many of the same fears. You both were born with talents in some areas and weaknesses in others. The only thing stopping you is fear, and the only thing that will get you past it is courage. What you do with your life isn’t up to your parents, your boss, or your spouse. It’s up to you and you alone.

Le Tango de le Muerte, by Trey Ratcliff

What will kids in school read about you in 100 years?

December 27, 2009   Comments Off

Face down your fears, or strengthen them

Steve Pavlina explains why you need to work on building courage, and why you should do it right now, in The Courage to Live Consciously.

drawn by poor Savile Morton, by Martin Sharman

The exact process you use to build courage isn’t important. What’s important is that you consciously do it. Just as your muscles will atrophy if you don’t regularly stress them, your courage will atrophy if you don’t consistently challenge yourself to face down your fears. In the absence of this kind of conscious conditioning, you’ll automatically become weak in both body and mind. If you aren’t regularly exercising your courage, then you are strengthening your fear by default; there is no middle ground.

There is no better time to challenge yourself than right now!

December 26, 2009   Comments Off

Tackle your fear step by step

On the issue of developing courage, by Steve Pavlina in The Courage to Live Consciously.

Courage, doesn’t require that you take drastic action [when facing a paralyzing fear]. Courage is a learned mental skill that you must condition, just as weight training strengthens your muscles. You wouldn’t go into a gym for the first time and try to lift 300 pounds, so don’t think that to be courageous you must tackle your most paralyzing fear right away.

_MG_4646, by Kelsey E

Instead, figure out one small step towards that big frightening goal, and take it. Then do it again, and again.

December 26, 2009   Comments Off

Overemphasizing personal security

Steve Pavlina, in his great article The Courage to Live Consciously, talks about why focusing too much on security might hinder your personal development.

Day 22.10 from heaven, by FreriekeA side effect of overemphasizing the importance of personal security in your life is that it can cause you to live reactively. Instead of setting your own goals, making plans to achieve them, and going after them with gusto, you play it safe. Keep working at the stable job, even though it doesn’t fulfill you. Remain in the unsatisfying relationship, even though you feel dead inside compared to the passion you once had. Who are you to think that you can buck the system? Accept your lot in life, and make the best of it. Go with the flow, and don’t rock the boat. Your only hope is that the currents of life will pull you in a favorable direction.

Don’t forget: you are in control of your life!

But a side effect of overemphasizing the importance of personal security in your life is that it can cause you to live reactively. Instead of setting your own goals, making plans to achieve them, and going after them with gusto, you play it safe. Keep working at the stable job, even though it doesn’t fulfill you. Remain in the unsatisfying relationship, even though you feel dead inside compared to the passion you once had. Who are you to think that you can buck the system? Accept your lot in life, and make the best of it. Go with the flow, and don’t rock the boat. Your only hope is that the currents of life will pull you in a favorable direction.

December 25, 2009   2 Comments