Are You Living Your Dreams? | #Goals #Dreams #Mindset #Life #Mindfulness

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Comfort kills ambition. Get uncomfortable and get used to it in your pursuit of your goals and dreams.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
– Henry David Thoreau

BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
February 10, 2020

Earlier today a question occurred to me that I’ve asked a few people, but not as many people as I probably should.  The question is: are you doing what you Love doing in life, what you truly enjoy doing, whether for a living, or as a hobby? 

It seems like simple question, doesn’t it?  And it is simple, in that the answer can only be yes or no.  You either are doing what you Love doing in life, or you are not.  On the other hand, the answer to the question could be complicated in that many people have dreams and want to do more with life, but don’t pursue those dreams for myriad reasons.

Irrespective of that however, I ask the question because life waits for no one.  I’m thankful that I began pushing towards my dreams really early in life, and I kept jumping into the deep end of the ocean of the unknown willing to fail countless times in pursuit of my dreams.  Thankfully, although I have failed in many things in life, the first big dream that I pursued and had success with was playing online poker for a living, which I loved doing and taught me a lot about life, people, dreams, focus, mindfulness, mindset, and much more.  But when it was time to move on from that, the next dream I had was launching multiple businesses.  Pursing those dreams was not easy, particularly poker, but had I not sought what I Love doing then I wouldn’t be here right now doing what I Love doing, and that is writing.

This concept is important because doing what you Love invigorates your soul.  You’re always energized, you’re always in a good mood, you’re always getting things done, it it’s all seamless, you just do it.  I find that when I am not doing what I Love doing, that’s when I begin to get stuck, that’s when my inspiration just nosedives considerably and I end up feeling like I’m wading through a mire.

These are some of the thoughts that have led me to be more mindful of my time on social media, and shifting that time to doing things I Love doing, except doing them far more often.  And the main things I Love doing are reading, writing poetry and blogs, and doing research.  I can spend day after day endlessly doing all of that, and I’m right at home, doing what I Love.

While I have not stopped writing at all, what I had stopped doing was reading and research, which I really thoroughly enjoy for many reasons, not the least of which is because it gives me a greater understanding how the world really operates.

In any case, the point is to ask you the reader whether or not you are doing what you are doing.  Whether it revolves writing, or any other dreams, it doesn’t matter.  It’s a very serious question, and I ask because most of the time we go through life day after day, month after month, year after year, and we end up living the same day, the same week, the same month, the same year, over and over again, as if we don’t have a choice.  But all individuals DO have a choice.  Just because it’s not easy doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

You can choose to take proactive steps towards your dreams, or not.  For instance, some of my goals for this year are publishing a few more books, more than last year, while also pushing myself to review books again like I was doing in the past, while continuing to write poetry as well, while not neglecting the blog.

Some of those goals are easier than others, but the main commonality all of these goals have, and all dreams have is that if you look at them from the right perspective, all they require are baby steps. At times, it can be a lot of baby steps, but ultimately, no dream is ever accomplished without consistent steps, and last year taught me that if I can keep myself mindful about how I employ my time, I will not only achieve my goals but I will do what I Love doing. But I have to be mindful about it. There is no if and or buts of about that.

Thankfully, the option to do what each of us Loves doing is always there.  Pursuit of dreams and goals might not be easy, but it’s always worth it.

Now, before you leave, I ask you all one last time: are you doing what you Love doing?  Why or why not?  What’s stopping you? 

Only you can answer those questions, but I hope that whatever each of you is doing in life, one way or another you’re taking proactive steps towards your dreams.

You all take care and have an outstanding evening.

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Author’s Note:

This was originally written and shared as my other pen name, Noctis Blackburn.

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Mindset Musings #1 – Venturing Beyond Comfort Zones | #Mindset #Mindfulness #Growth

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”
– Unknown

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”
– Denis Waitley

[This write up is being reposted because it is being censored by WordPress and will not show under “Original Content” no matter what I do, and how many times I edit the post.]

BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
February 6, 2020

Comfort is a feeling that brings myriad moments that allow individuals a moment of respite, familiarity, and even peace.  Likewise, comfort also brings about many other positive considerations.  But not every aspect of comfort is to be lauded, as comfort is often the anchor that prevents us from moving forward and often achieving growth on many levels.

Arguably, the most amount of growth an individual will accrue will take place beyond a particular comfort zone.  This type of growth can come about in myriad ways, sometimes being planned, and other times coming wholly unexpected.

In my life, there are four vanguard instances that have spawned endless growth, all of which stemmed from venturing beyond my comfort zones, but in the interest of time and simplicity, I will only touch upon three.

Some of the most resounding moments that I have undergone that spurred growth as an individual came about by pursuing my dreams of playing online Poker, starting small businesses, and also publishing books while pursuing dreams with writing.  The growth that each of these has imparted upon me is vast and far reaching, but I am where I am due to those three avalanches of growth, coupled with the fourth instance as well.

These instances bring to mind the timeless quote by above by philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow”

The reason this quote resonates so deeply with me is because at the current moment in time, I’m seeing myself not only struggling in many areas, but also growing in many areas as well, and those areas of growth are areas in which I pushed myself outside of my comfort zones, well beyond what I thought possible at various junctures in my life.

Beyond those considerations, where I was struggling the most is where I had either developed a new bad habit, or fallen back on old patterns of behavior that do not serve me well.  These all stem from my inability to get back to where I was before when I was proactive about moving forward as a self-directed learning individual, and my inability to grow beyond the normalcy that I have for all intents and purposes created in my ill-suited behavior patterns that I have undertaken.

Even so, I do realize that venturing beyond those areas of comfort is something that I not only want to do, but I need to do, because they are incredibly problematicI must do this because if I do not, I will simply keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again, and continue wasting dozens of hours a weeks for example, without having anything tangible to show for it.

The point is, if I don’t put my best foot forward, first and foremost for myself, I cannot be the best me that I can be for me, yet alone for others.  This is why it’s paramount to make sure that every action that I take is as incisive as it is thought out, while carrying those actions out with a foundation of mindfulness in order to have the best chance at succeeding in venturing beyond comfort zones.

Outside of that however, I do find myself in other comfort zones that I wish to venture beyond.  Some of these include but aren’t limited to (1) falling into the bad habit of not reading as much as before (2) not going to the gym as much as I was before, which was almost every day, (3) not being mindful to the best of my ability, which translates to every other area in my life, (4) not putting myself first when it matters the most on certain specific personal considerations (particularly health), and (5) a whole host of other issues.  Regardless of that though, I will not quit, and I also know where I want to go.  And that’s the starting point to conquering those bad habits.

Now, once you realize that comfort zones hold you back, particularly those that are highly noxious to you as a person, then you come to terms with the fact that you’re one step closer in venturing beyond that comfort zone.  But to begin venturing beyond your comfort zone, it takes effort, sometimes incredible effort, and significant focus on the task at hand.  This isn’t a one-and-done situation by any means, for it is something that’s a lifelong path if you deem it so, and that’s how I see it.  I don’t only want to venture out of comfort zones now, but I want to do so for the rest of my life.  If I fail in doing so, or fail in even trying, then I realize that I will have only sold myself short, and not lived the life that I intended for myself.

Because of all those considerations and more, I will be more mindful of the choices that I make in order to make sure that every step I take is with purpose, but more importantly, precision.  If every step that I take is mindful, deeply thought out, and with purpose, then I am sure to grow beyond the boundaries of my current comfort zones, moving the bar higher for myself, and growing as a person, thus increasing my repertoire in myriad directions.  That is why I have chosen to start this mindset series, which I have admittedly had in mind for a very long time, far too long in fact, and I hadn’t followed suit due to overlooking what was best for me.

In the end, this is only one step.  But it is useless if it’s the only step that I take.  It’s a starting point at least, and that’s all you need to begin stepping out of your comfort zones and pursing your goals.

The best part about venturing outside of comfort zones, is that you begin sauntering through goals at a steady pace, your mindset grows strong as your growth accrues, and that becomes a self-reinforcing process that allows for more challenges to overcome, and more goals to be created.

What’s not to Love about that?

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Logical Fallacies Employed In Every Day Life
The Minds Of Men [Documentary] | Social Engineering & Mind Control
Manipulation Of Media Messages & Astroturf by Sharyl Attkisson
Socratic Logic V 3.1 by Peter Kreeft PhD
Getting Things done by David Allen
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
Lesson’s From Orwell’s 1984
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Invisible Influence by Kevin Hogan

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is is an author, bibliophile, writer, poet, dreamer, star gazer, autodidact, logician, researcher, lover of life, Carmel Macchiatto addict, and more.

 

#Quote Of The Day | #Dream | #Time | #CarpeDiem | #CarpeNoctum

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade wins in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

Poker & Life: The Comfort Card | #Poker | #Life | #Choices

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”

“A ship is safe at the shore, but that’s not what it was built for.”
– Einstein

BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
April 19, 2019

As individuals, we all have comfort zones of myriad types, just like in Poker.  Some are good, some are bad, and some are downright detrimental and dispiriting.

Good comfort zones would be finding comfort in a moment, a person, a place, an idea, et al.  Bad comfort zones would be things that restrict the growth of the individual.  Poker also mirrors this notion rather incisively.

As an individual, when my health declined considerably years ago, there was a certain level of comfort by being home all the time.  The predictability of it was something that I didn’t mind since it was the outside world that I couldn’t withstand at the time.  Thankfully, those circumstances changed considerably for the better.  Not that being at home didn’t offer growth as a person because those significant circumstances did give me an incredible move forward, but it was of a different type, a different path.

At the current moment though, I find myself in another circumstance where I am struggling with, though in a different sense.  I have found solace, joy, and incredible growth in writing and its something I am reveling in.  Honestly, if it wasn’t because I feel I am doing something meaningful, the notion of quitting outright wouldn’t bother me too much.  But considering that I have about a ‘bajillion’ ideas (its a word, google it), many of which are incredibly meaningful, coupled with the fact that writing has always been a dream of mine, I find it incredibly painful even to contemplate stopping.

I am a reasonable person, so I do always consider every possibility because considering every path you have available, and some you might not even know are there, is something that never hurts.  This would not be unlike seeking a treasure and not knowing where to go, where to explore.  If you only limit yourself to one path, you might find the treasure; you might find the treasure through a few paths; but if as an explorer you willingly limit yourself to only a handful of paths, rather than contemplating every single path available, then you would be doing yourself a great disservice.  These are my current sentiments at the time regarding writing as a passion.

To quit writing would be in a sense to return to a comfort zone, not a bad one per se, but something that would definitely be problematic to a certain extent, if not an incredible one.

What poker has always taught me is that no matter what the game throws at you, what life throws at you, there are usually way more paths available for every player, every person.  I am sure there is a lot that hasn’t hit me yet, things that I haven’t contemplated, and that’s okay.  Being arrogant that I have all the answers is to be close-minded and limit myself.  That said, at least I am cognizant of not having all the answers and remaining open to everything because again, limiting yourself in any way is like merely playing poker and deciding to play one hand against one person and that’s it.  That would be akin to willingly reading only one page of the book and saying, “Oh, that’s it.  Okay, guess that’s that.”

Life, like poker, offers many possibilities – many of which play out over and over again, under different circumstances, with different ‘cards’ so to speak.  Regardless of what circumstance it is, remaining patient in both poker in life will always yield amazing results if individuals ‘play their cards right’.

One of the vanguard notions in poker is how crucial it is not to remain in a comfort zone for long, or at all.  This is because if you do not grow as a player, as an individual, then the rest of the field will blow right by you at any moment given to the ceaseless and ever-evolving learning environment players find themselves in and the myriad resources available for growth.

What cards an individual decides to play, and what cards an individual decides to fold are choices individuals have to choose, but to merely play one card – the comfort card – as if there are no other options is to willingly keep your mind within a box, it is willingly curtailing the paths of the individual.

Such is not the path of growth in Poker, and will never be.

Life is no different.

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.