9 principles to help you keep calm in chaos

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“It’s important that we understand the obstacles that we face and not run from them; it’s vital that we learn to transmute them into fuel to feed our fire.

1_Acknowledge that all emotions come from within. It is not outside forces that make us feel something, it is what we tell ourselves that create our feelings. A blank document, canvas, or unmarked to-do list is not inherently stressful—it’s your thoughts that are stressing you out.

2_Find someone you respect, and use them to stay honest. Whatever you do, there are individuals that you can learn from. You can study their story, works, techniques, successes and failures. You can listen to interviews or even reach out to them by sending an email. You can discover patterns of success and apply it to your life.

3_Recognize there is life after failure. No failure, no growth.

4_Read purposefully, and apply your knowledge. Reading prepares your mind, even helps you avoid foolish mistakes, but at the end of it all there must be the result of some action: a failure, maybe a success, or a lesson.

5_Challenge yourself to be brutally honest. It’s important to be mindful of the urges that obstruct us from showing up, engaging, committing, and being present.

6_Reflect on what you spend the most time on. In my own observations, people who do excellent work, who master their craft, do so because of their ability to prioritize.

7_Remind yourself: you weren’t meant to procrastinate. People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash or eat. When they’re really possessed by what they do, they’d rather stop eating and sleeping than give up practicing their arts.

8_Put the phone away and be present. It’s not that we live in an age of distractions, but rather an age where we are failing to teach and embrace mindful motives.

9_Remind yourself that time is our most precious resource. It provides a sense of urgency, to realize that you’ve lived a certain number of hours and the hours ahead of you are not guaranteed as the ones you have lived.

The way we lead our lives and do our work must embody the principles that we practice. Less comparing, criticizing, and consuming; more creating, learning, and living.”

Paul Jun writer and author

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