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Austin Myers
Feb 25, 2022
In General Discussions
The ability to invest in our physical health and wellness ultimately pays dividends towards the topics discussed in previous weeks. When we care for our body’s with the consistency and intentionality that we know is needed to promote development, we further our ability to handle stress, face challenges, and perform when it matters most. A key principal in the practice of physical wellness, is to focus on the development of ‘you’! Your journey does not equate to anyone else’s, and should not be compared or judged in the context of another’s successes. Celebrate your own progression over time, and embrace the good fortune that you have to be able to invest in yourself so fully. Will it be easy? No. But if it were easy, everyone would do it. You aren’t everybody else. You’re extraordinary in every way that you allow yourself to be. Lift the restrictions that you’ve placed on yourself, and embrace what is possible. Consider the following questions, in the context of where you’ve been, where you’re at, and where you intend to go. 1. Identify a moment of success, confidence, and empowerment from your past. Remember the feelings of that moment. What actions did you take that allowed you to overcome the challenge(s) that you faced? How can you use the lessons of that experience to inform future accomplishments? 2. What is a physical goal that you’ve considered pursuing, but for one reason or another haven’t been fully committed to the achievement of? Consider a realistic timeline for the pursuit of that goal, and a few (2-3) simple action steps that you can consistently implement, in order to invest in your progress towards that vision. 3. In what situations do you find that you most compare yourself to others? How can you become more focused and proud of your progress, performance, and achievements, as opposed to viewing your journey through the lens of other people? What intentional practices can you implement, in order to have more of a ‘tunnel vision’ approach towards your goals?
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Austin Myers
Feb 24, 2022
In General Discussions
This week we discussed investment in personal growth, and more specifically, growth of the mind. Growth is a choice; it doesn’t happen by chance. Our age may continue to progress from year-to-year, but without the necessary commitment to learning, our perspectives, knowledge, and emotional acumen will gladly flatline. When we allow personal development to cease, we bring to a halt all possibility of rising to the occasion of the progressively challenging circumstances that our lives provide us with. We develop through intentional action and consistency; and without focused thought, we can easily be led astray from our mission. In order to develop the capacity needed for meaningful work to be done, we must be willing to devote time to the key cog of the machine, our mind. All growth begins within. In this space we process information, consider perspectives, reflect on experiences, and project possibilities of the future. When we shortchange our investment in mindset, we hinder our ability to perform these important tasks. We begin to see our lives through a dense layer of fog, and clarity can’t be reached until we consistently and intentionally take the necessary steps to fight through the haze that blocks our visions from reality. Reflect on your current life, and the investments that you make each day. Consider these questions as an opportunity to reframe your perspective of what matters most, and to commit to greater consistency and intentionality towards your mindset and mental well-being. 1. Identify what matters most in your life. What areas do you most want to develop? Consider professional, personal, and interpersonal goals. 2. What practices can you implement with consistency and intentionality, in order to grow within these areas? Think small, achievable, daily tasks that will produce compounding results over time. 3. Be honest about what you don’t currently know within your area of desired development. What gaps in knowledge are most important in your ability to progress? What steps can you take to learn and apply new information, filling these gaps with knowledge and experience?
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Austin Myers
Feb 18, 2022
In General Discussions
Investment is the dedication of an asset to attain an increase in value over time. Edition 6 of the Manifest Newsletter began a 4-week series on investment, where we will take into consideration the areas of our lives that we are best served to invest our time, energy, and emotions into, in order to achieve compounding benefits over time. The quality of our investments are a direct representation of the quality of our professional, personal, and interpersonal abilities. When we invest properly, growth and development is compounded over time; an effective representation of consistent intentionality. Edition 6 asks that you consider the quality of your relationships, understanding that community can be one of the most rewarding, impactful investments in our lives, when properly cared for. However, not all relationships provide us with benefits, and some even detract from our quality of lives. When boiled down to one simple point, a person worth investing in is someone who helps you to see light, even in the presence of darkness. Once you’ve surrounded yourself with the right people, it is then our responsibility to nurture the relationship, and to provide value to those who mean the most to us. Consider the following questions, in an effort to understand and invest in your quality of community in which you surround yourself. 1. List the five people that you spend the most time with. When considering this group, answer the following questions: Is this community of people promoting positive perspectives and emotions through your interactions with them? Are you encouraged to grow and develop through your interactions with this community? Are there valuable insights and new understandings to be gained from your relationships? 2. Now that you have considered the benefits that you have to gain from your immediate community of people, consider these questions from an alternative perspective: Are you promoting positive perspectives and emotions through your interactions? Are you encouraging those that you surround yourself with to grow and develop? Are you providing valuable insights and new understandings to your community? 3. Do you aim to see the light, even in the presence of darkness? How so? Or, if you don’t, how can you be better equipped to face challenges with a more positive approach in the future?
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Austin Myers
Jan 31, 2022
In General Discussions
Resilience is a choice; and a practice that must be refined through repetition. Acts of resilience are often the courses of action that require the most of us. Pushing back against the force of adversity is like swimming against a current; if you stop swimming, you get moved in any direction that the water decides to take you, oftentimes, far away from your intended destination. When we make the intentional decision to fight against the current of resistance, we expend mental, physical, and emotional energy. The sacrifice is well worth the risk, but only when done with your emotional state, energy reserves, and personal stake in mind. Resilience is strategic. It represents strength of tact, as much as strength of will. Resilience is the road less traveled; a commitment to progress over finality. Instill a habit of resilience into your life, and keep your responses to the following questions in mind, whenever you are faced with adversity. Identify a moment in your life that you were resilient. What was required of you? What actions were taken? How did your mindset push you to overcome the adverse conditions of the situation? Based on the previous moment of success that you outlined above, what habits can you instill in your life to make resilience a consistent practice in your life? Consider the mental and physical demands that resilience requires of us. What can you do to better preserve your energy, so that you have the mental, physical, and emotional capacity necessary to continue swimming against the current?
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Austin Myers
Jan 25, 2022
In General Discussions
We overanalyze the past, present, and future; allow our emotions to control us; and second-guess ourselves to the point that we bring our progress to a full halt. We can break the pattern, and take control of our mindset, but first, we must understand what is happening within. I hope that you enjoyed Edition 4 of the Manifest Newsletter. The topics that I write about each week detail some of my daily struggles, in working against all of the resistance that life has to offer. Resistance will always be present; the challenges that we face only harden as we progress through life. The key, then, is that we focus on working against the resistance, as opposed to working for it. Over time, we can build the mental fortitude necessary to win life’s toughest battles, and come out victorious as the person that we are meant to become. Use the following reflection questions to guide you in winning the daily battles that resistance enforces upon us. What moments of your life do you have a tendency to overanalyze? How can you commit to taking action, and continuing your march forward, in the face of these challenges? Name the emotions that you unconsciously allow to become your reality. How can you consciously identify the presence of these emotions, and leverage them in your favor, rather than to your detriment? What is unknown in your life? How can you be better equipped to welcome the unknown? Consider the aspects of your daily being that are in your locus of control, as opposed to what is uncontrollable.
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Austin Myers
Jan 24, 2022
In General Discussions
Week #3 of the Manifest Newsletter is all about consistency. The primary differentiator between success and failure. Consistency requires honesty with ourselves. We must evaluate our current life, and make the slow and steady adaptations necessary, in order to achieve the compounding benefits of consistent, intentional action. Consistency is an investment in the person that you want to become, and the levels of success that you aim to achieve. 1. What specific practices can you consistently implement, in order to invest in the person that you want to become? * Consider the definition of success, as well as a goal that you identified in Week #1’s forum. 2. What current habits must be broken, in order to allow for an elevated level of consistency and investment in your future? 3. How can you schedule the action(s) into your daily life, as well as create an environment that allows for focus and intentionality towards the implementation of your habits?
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Austin Myers
Jan 10, 2022
In General Discussions
These questions relate to the 2nd Edition of the Manifest Newsletter, posted on Sunday, January 9th. Use these guiding questions to help you apply the concepts discussed in this week's post! Reflect on your life; what is something that you've had to endure and overcome? What did you learn about yourself from that experience, and how can you use that 'win' to help you push for more in the future? What obstacles stand between you and the way that you want to live your life? (consider what you want to provide, and how you want others to remember you) What is one hardship that you can instill (and overcome) in your daily routine to help you derive more clarity, purpose, and self-belief from life?
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Austin Myers
Dec 28, 2021
In General Discussions
What is your definition of success? What is a tangible goal that you are aiming to achieve in 2022? How can you intentionally manifest your success in the new year?
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