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Is this the time for a reboot?

2012-10-11 21:16 (comments: 0)

In the last two weeks my computer froze twice and I had to reboot it to make it work again. Some obsolete things got deleted with the reboot and since then everything has been running like a charm.

Are you in the need of such a reboot, too?

Sometimes we are unaware that we also fall prey to some behavioral patterns, habits and beliefs which slow us down, demotivate us or generally overwhelm us. This could be the constant distraction by checking email every 5 minutes, or perhaps our concentration and workflow get broken by following up on social media websites, such as Facebook.

Perhaps you have recently experienced lack of success or some setbacks. Perhaps the situation in your workplace isn’t particularly motivating at the moment and you don’t feel like your heart is in what you are doing. Perhaps you aren’t convinced that you are doing the right thing to be successful.

Sometimes the decrease in our motivation and performance can be caused by the most trivial things, such as lack of sleep or poor diet.
All these possible causes of setback turn often into bad habits or compromise our performance without us even being aware of this. To eliminate them, we might need to run a “mind reboot”.

How to do it? Firstly, we need to realize that there is something that hasn’t been running as expected. However, this realization can only take place if we want it to happen, not when we try it because we think that we should or that we have to.

Once we find out what hasn’t been working well, and once we visualize how we wish it would work, we first have to break the bad pattern.

For example, we can allocate fixed time for checking emails and then set a timer to make sure that we use only the allocated time for this activity. The same principle can be useful with the social media: instead of compulsive checks we can establish a fixed time routine and only check the updates in allocated time slots.

This method can also work when it comes to the limiting self-beliefs. We need to understand that the thoughts which influence us are only thoughts, and that we can control them.  Admittedly, this isn’t as simple as setting the timer to allocate the time for checking emails. Still, it is possible to re-program ones mind; it is just a matter of finding the clarity and taking the decision. If you have problems with doing this, please contact me for assistance!

In order to successfully change the old patterns there needs to be a clear decision on how to handle the unproductive behavior or the limiting self-belief. Following this, one needs to establish new rules to break the old patterns.

With this in mind, you are ready now to reboot and to restart in order achieve a successful end of this, and the beginning of the next year! 



Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.

Douglas Pagels

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.

Booker T. Washington

Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.

Lord Chesterfield


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