THIS SITE IS MOVING

7 05 2009

Attention! This site has move to:

http://www.lifeexp.wordpress.com

 

I have recently started another blog where I will be transferring all of this blog information to. 

 

Thats right, everything on “HighestFaculties” must go!

 

Its all going over to my new site http://www.lifeexp.wordpress.com. I’m very excited about this new website, and I’m in the process of making a lot of tweeks to make it successful.

 

It will be focused on personal development, specifically Life Experiments to gain traction in terms of real behavior and mindset change.

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How to Create a Life Experiment (Design Your Life)

5 05 2009

 

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      “Do not be too timid ot squeemish about your actions. Life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

      A life experiment is a project that we come up with to explore new horizons in our capacities and our experience. They are opportunities to consciously hone in on and learn from different aspects of our lives.

      I have recently been getting more into life experiments, with one of my current projects involving 4 or 5 hours of sleep every night without exceptions.

      I life project, however, might include any area of your life that you would like to dive into or gain a richer experience of.

  • You might decide to do creative writing every morning for an hour.
  • You might decide to work out at the gym every day for two months.
  • You might decide to redesign and reorganize every room in your house.
  • Maybe you’ll throw out your wardrobe and replace it.
  • Maybe you’ll aim to overcome social anxiety (karaoke, acting, etc…)

      The ideas are obviously endless, but how do you design a Life Experiment suited for you?

      Here I’ll dish out a few tips for coming up with a unique, personally-applicable Life Experiment, and how to make the most of it:

 

  1. Identify improvable areas: Before anything else, get some perspective on yourself in terms of  what you want to enhance in your life. A Life Experiment (or “lifex”) involves any kind of consciously aligned, purposefully altered change in your career, routine, behavior, eating habits, etc… 
  2. Understand the purpose: For instance, if your life experiment involves planning out your activities every day for a week, know why you are doing this. It is likely that your goal is to improve your productivity and bring you more time with your children, or to cultivate the habit of organization, or to accomplish more in a meaningful project (art, writing, community development, etc…).
  3. Make it compelling: If your “lifex” doesn’t get you juiced, come up with another on. This should be a genuine yearning for growth and a rich experience, something exciting and relevant to you. Hence, why it must be purposefully chosen. If you identify an area they you truly want to improve, and you know your purpose – the “why” for your action – you aught to be pumped!

 

      At this point, its really only logistics you have to concern yourself with. If a “lifex” is something you’re serious about getting yourself into, then you’ll find a way to alter your routine or alter your plan to fit it in and gain some awesome new skills and experience.

      So do you have an idea of some potential Life Experiments yet? Do you think it’ll be feasible for you? If your experiment passes this test there’s a good chance you’re on your way to something awesome:

 

      Here’s the real test:

      Ask yourself; “If I follow through on this, will I gain something valuable in my own development no matter what?”

 

      If your answer is “yes,” then I’m excited for you, because if you’ve got a compelling idea in mind, you’re probably going to be “lifex-ing” in the near future.

      Think about it, if you jog every morning religiously for a month, won’t you at least have learned more about your body in exercise, and gained some insight into the health effects of this change? 

      If you went out and talked to 20 members of the opposite sex per week, would you have at least expanded your capacities socially? Isn’t it possible that this would result in some fun times, and an awesome habit of social confidence?

      Find something for yourself, get clear on a few potential “lifex’s” and get out and make some enriching, life-changing memories.





WordPress, WordPress, WordPress!

4 05 2009

 

Wordpress is all up on the internet.

Wordpress is all up on the internet.

 

 

 

       This platform is awesome! I’ve been digging more and more into technological stuff in terms of website design (www.danfaggella.com), video editing, and all the funky little applications an widgets that you can tweek out to make your site as clean, appealing, and functional as possible. I’m developing full-blown techie skills.

       WordPress itself is so massive that they have hundreds (if not thousands) of sites dedicated to WordPress apps, tools, themes, and advice. Some of these are more helpful than others, but here’s some cool ones I think and “WordPresser” (I hope I coined that) should check out:

WordPress God

http://mashable.com/2007/08/16/wordpress-god300-tools-for-running-your-wordpress-blog/

Smashing Apps

http://www.smashingapps.com/2008/09/23/13-wordpress-plugins-you-probably-dont-use-but-should.html

HongKait Tips

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/30-more-most-wanted-wordpress-tips-tricks-and-hacks/

      If you blog seriously, its VERY likely that you will find answers to your techie needs on these sites. The HongKait site is probably my favorite, I want to high five whoever made that one.

      Anywho, dig into these sites and have a richer blogging experience.





Forming Concrete Habits

26 04 2009

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      Have you ever made a point to alter a behavior or a habit, but found yourself forgetting about it? Maybe once in a while you say to yourself “I don’t think this is doing me any good, I’ve got to stop doing this” or “I should replace this with something else.”

      Its a bit of a shame that these points sometimes don’t sink in, and we do not hone ourselves to what we see as best (or as I might say when I’m feeling philosophical: “what we deem to be highest”).

      *Forge a Concrete List of Habits*

      Hear me out here, this sounds so simple but it was profound and enriching in my life. I’m going to let you in on my life a bit and go into some of the examples I have in my list:

      1) Find certain habits that you simply don’t want to continue, and make a point not to do them anymore.

      In my life, this involved:

  • Not taking long showers – I used to hang out in the shower for 20 or 30 minutes at a time. Sure it was momentarily pleasureable, but it was a waste of water and a waste of time. Now I’m in and out in 5 minutes of less – significant change.
  • Not juggling numerous tasks – I used to be writing inquiry, checking email, looking at other blog posts, and texting friends at the same time. Woo hoo multitasking! Not really. Now I focus on a single task and designate a certain amount of time to it exclusively, and I consequently make better progress faster.
  • Not eating sweets – I’m no junk food junkie, and I consider myself to be in very good physical condition. However, as a general principal, I want to eat that which is nutrient-dense – foods that I know I will be comfortable eating for a lifetime. Its not like I turn down a slice of birthday cake, but otherwise I don’t touch sweets and junk, and I’m pumped about having these adaptive diet habits.

      2) Next, come to understand some habits that you do every now and again that you’d like to continue, or habits that you want to start.

      Here’s a glance at some of my own “do’s”:

  • Appreciate 3 positive things about my day before sleep – This habit was something that I did on and off, and decided to make a pattern in my life. I review 3 great things that happened in my day (could be new info learned, a fun moment with friends, an breakthrough in my comfort zone), and then visualize some future goals.
  • Wake up with the alarm – I used to be a bit of a snooze button guy, and I used to be a late sleeper. Now I wake up with ideas on how to have an awesome day and progress with my most meaningful objectives, and I literally can’t help myself from leaping our of bed.
  • Protect my possessions – I used to leave my car keys in the car, and leave my iPod in there. I used to bring my wallet with me and feel fine with leaving it somewhere for a little while. Niave. After experiencing the consequences of theft, I now always lock my car and always ensure that my wallet and valuables are safe.

      It is important to note that these new habits needn’t necessarily be framed in the negative or the positive (my “don’t take long showers” could be replaced with “take short, efficient showers”), its really just about what is most compelling for you.

        This simple idea changed my life. It is empowering to define a habit, make note of it, and completely align with it because you know its best. So often we make note of these behaviours but do nothing about it in terms of real change in action and thought – in the way we go about living.

      *Ideas on Designing Your List*

      Now on to some practical advice on coming to create your own inspiring, beneficial habit list:

       Understand your values – This is a prerequisite to forming compelling changes for your future behavior. If you are unaware of what holds meaning for you, then you will not be driven to alter or create any habit.

      For instance, I value my day to day emotional experience, and I value the ability to take an adaptive perspective and appreciate the fulness of life. This strongly compels me to review 3 positive things about my day before going to bed.

      Run behavior checks – Right now you might be thinking “I honestly can’t think of any habits I want to change or create.” I thought that as well. Review your actions throughout the day and see if they are in line – or at times directly against – your highest values, that which you live by.

      For instance, while in the shower one day, I wondered why I had been there for 25 minutes. I came to understand that the pleasure of warmth was not worth the waste of water and productivity that short showers would provide. I value my environment, and I value my productivity – so my behavior check helped my make a new habit!

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      With these ideas I am confident that you can compose a Habit List. You might not make it too long at first, focus on a few key distinctions, a few diferent ways to respond to the same old scenario that will in fact be better for you overall.

      In time, some of these habits won’t even need to be reviewed because they will be integrated smoothly, and you will have molded your responsive behavior – so you’ll be ready to create some more habits!