Wednesday, 17 June 2020

You you like thinking about abstract concepts?

And the pattern is repeated. Here is what you can do: set three small daily goals you know you will achieve. To do so, after you wake up every morning, take a piece of paper (or use a notearticle or a computer) and write down three tasks you want to complete that day. The tasks should be easy enough so that you're almost guaranteed to finish them. Then complete them one hundred percent. Repeat the process for at least thirty days in a row. Doing this will allow you to build your confidence and boost your self-esteem. What we're doing here is building a new identity, the identity of someone who set goals and achieves them over and over and who, whenever he or she says something, means it. The more you set and achieve daily goals, the more confident you'll become and the bigger goals or projects you'll be able to tackle. Here's a word of caution: goal setting isn't an exact science. Occasionally you will fail to achieve some of your goals, especially at the beginning. Move your attention from knot to knot and notice how the cross keeps jumping. Vary the exercise, looking at every second knot, every third knot and so on. Also, look away and find the cross again instantly. Develop the ability to see the cross when you look up, down and to the side. Do this exercise about five times a day until you can do it effortlessly; Strabismus is a condition where one eye is turned in a different direction from the eye that is used for seeing. The divergence can be towards the center and is then called esotropia (from the Greek ese meaning inward). The inner recti muscle is too tense causing the eye to be turned too far inward. This accounts for almost 50 percent of all cases.

When the eye turns out it is known as exotropia (from the Greek exo meaning outward). The reward system definitely includes a small conscious and deliberate side (such as the pleasure of doing one's job well), but it is dominated by the ancestral part of the brain, which prefers short-term pleasure. Being able to postpone pleasure is a very useful function throughout a whole lifetime. It's precisely for this reason that the brain cannot be installed correctly if, during the first few years of life, nobody ever says no to it. It gets used to a fantasy world that doesn't exist. Fortunately, being able to postpone pleasure is a habit implantable into any system. Similarly, we are truly happy to inform you that by cultivating positive counter-habits unwanted habits can be uninstalled, including those that seem uncontrollable. With this trick, the rational brain can, if not take control, then at least alter and influence the automatic one. American journalist Charles Duhigg summarises it beautifully in his article The Power of Habit. Let's take a brain with the bad habit of eating a slice of cake in a coffee shop every day after the 3 pm. The end of the meeting is the signal, attacking the cake is the routine and the consequent effluvium of endorphins, dopamine and sugars is the reward. This is perfectly fine. Be kind to yourself and keep going. Your goal-achieving skills will improve over time. If you want to learn how to set and achieve exciting goals, refer to my article, Goal Setting: The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Goals that Truly Excite You. Complete the exercises below using your action guide: Re-using the goal you've been working with, break it down into yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals. For the next thirty days, set three simple daily tasks and make sure you complete them. Expand your field of possibilities What you can and cannot do is largely determined by your mindset.

When you develop a powerful mindset, a whole new world of opportunity opens up to you. The divergence may be only slight and almost imperceptible to very severe, in which case the pupil is almost hidden in the corner of the eye. The divergence may also occur upwards and is then called hyperphoria (from the Greek hyper meaning above) or it can be downwards and is then referred to as hypophoria (from the Greek hypo meaning down). Strabismus is usually present at a very early age but can also develop in adults. Because of the divergent stressful double vision that is experienced, the brain switches off the image from the divergent eye creating amblyopia (or lazy eye). This is the reason strabismus and amblyopia are associated. There is also a type of strabismus known as heterophoria, which is a deviation that is held in check by normal convergence. In some people you might notice a slight divergence, especially when they are engaged in internal processing. However, when they focus on you or some object of interest the eyes are perfectly co-ordinated. The cause of strabismus is not known at the present time. The usual approach is to first treat amblyopia if it is present. Excuse the banal example - it's up to you to adapt it to the habits most relevant to you. In the final analysis, the prescription consists of identifying the signal that triggers the need for a substance or behaviour, and at that signal, replacing the routine habit with another habit still able to provide a reward, however small. By repeating this pattern - not as enjoyable at first - you can soon erase the unwanted habit. With a little more effort, even an addiction. Of course, it's easier said than done. Even so, it's good to have the basic idea clear in your mind: the automatic vicious circle can be broken by a virtuous circle using the same mechanism. Your brain is plastic, don't forget that. The `stresses and strains of modern life' began several million years ago. That is when evolution gradually introduced to planet Earth an extraordinary automatic security system called fear.

It's likely that the (not exactly modern) life of a reptile 300 million years ago would have been slightly more stressful than the one you're leading nowadays. Your thinking starts shifting, your confidence grows and what you thought was impossible becomes your new reality. In this section, we'll discover what you can do to expand your field of opportunity and find yourself in a positive emotional state that will enable you to tackle new challenges. After all, having an accurate model of reality is useless unless you're able to take the action required to achieve your goals. To help you expand your field of possibilities we'll cover the following topics: Generating luck. Asking yourself empowering questions. Taking consistent action. Leveraging the power of gratitude. Let's get started. I'm not a big believer in luck. Strabismus itself may be treated by inserting prisms into the glasses in order to correct for the divergence. However, there is a limit to how much divergence can be treated (up to 5D prism diopters) before the glasses become too heavy. Fresnel lenses are sometimes used since they are lighter and can be constructed to correct a higher degree of divergence. Correcting the divergence with optics does very little to address the underlying causes. The angle of the prism shifts the image position so the brain perceives it to be within the range of convergence. But the moment you remove the prism you still have strabismus. Surgery is another option that is often recommended by ophthalmologists since it corrects the eye position so the cosmetic appearance is improved. However, the vision is not always improved when surgically shortening or repositioning the eye muscle. In any case, surgery should only be contemplated after all other options have been exhausted.

In that respect he felt there was no difference between near-sight, far-sight and astigmatism. If you think about it, only a few centuries ago, human life - in the absence of fair laws, supermarkets, birth control and anti-biotics - must have been rather stressful too. As in the case of fear, the hypothalamus wastes no time in responding to stress: it orders the adrenal glands to instantly produce adrenaline. This hormone, which prepares for fight or flight, raises blood pressure and heartbeat in order to increase blood flow to the muscles, so you can either hit someone or run. Nowadays, many brains (but not all, of course) find this such a pleasant sensation that they happily pay to see a horror film or to parachute down from a cliff. If the alarm is continuous, however, the adrenal glands have another string to their bow: cortisol, often called the `stress hormone'. The difference between stress and fear is played out entirely in the fourth dimension, time. Fear was created so that we could avoid becoming a predator's lunch and would last as long as necessary for us to survive: a matter of a few minutes. Stress results when a strong state of anxiety goes on for months or years, as a result of the death of a loved one, for instance, or the unhappy conclusion to a marriage, or perhaps an exhausting job in a hostile environment. Just pick your favourite stress - as long as it's prolonged in time, that's where cortisol levels can overflow. Cortisol inhibits the immune system, interferes with the endocrine system and attacks the hippocampi in particular, in the worst-case scenario damaging them physically. I believe it is our responsibility to do whatever it takes to become lucky. The truth is, in most cases, the more action we take, the more likely we are to generate our own luck at some point. For instance, the way I approached my publishing business was to release article after article consistently until one of my articles took off. Having analyzed other successful indie others, I understood I would likely need to have quite a few articles out before I could expect any kind of traction. Eventually, this is what happened. One article took off. Then another one. And another one. In a sense, I got lucky.

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