Switching To Something More Me

So… It’s not secret that I’ve neglected this site a little. I know most of the people who have subscribed won’t even care to see this post, but I just want to let you know that I’m going to be switching over to a different website.

The New Topic: A new website of mine that is primarily about me ranting about life and particular topics that we, as the human race seem to find interesting. Admittedly, it’s not the inspirational content that I strived to create for this website, but this new website will feel more like me.

I suspect, that I have grown away from Xero Mindfulness because I believe that it’s not truly me. As you will see on my new site, the motto You Do You comes into effect quite often. One that I intend to take rather seriously on The New Topic. As it truly expresses me.

On the new website, I don’t intend on trying to look professional and will probably be as sarcastic and idiotic as I generally am in real life. An image I took to hiding here. Heck, it may very well fail completely, but I’d rather have a website I get known off of that expresses me than inspirational sayings and rants that I don’t even follow myself.

If you are interestested on seeing my new website, here is a link: thenewtopic.wordpress.com

I thank you all for viewing Xero Mindfulness, but as of right now, I will take my leave and hopefully pursue something that feels more like me.

Sincerely, Noah.

A.K.A, Xero Mindfulness.

Remember: You Do You.

P.S. As of May, 24th, 2015, 4:48 p.m, Eastern Standard Time, I do not have any content up on the new site. So you will be greeted with a fairly blank website. Hopefully that isn’t a problem when/if you actually check it out.

 

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Answers to Problems

Sometimes the answer to a problem can be more frustrating than the actual problem

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World Peace

I do not fear for whether or not the world will know true peace one day. What I truly fear is how that peace shall be obtained

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Philosophical Mind

So one of the original ideas behind Xero Mindfulness was to inspire an open mind for everyone. Admittedly, I didn’t really put too much effort into that idea. But I think that it would be a fun new thing to try on this little site of mine. So I’m gonna let it shine!

Introducing the new category; Philosophical Mind, where you get all your posts based off of philosophical quotes, sayings, or just things that will help broaden one’s mind to be more open. I’ll try to make all posts as friendly as possible, but may very well bother some individuals to an extent.

I look forward to this new idea and I hope you guys enjoy it!

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Chasing a Dream

Caught Off Guard

Today was fairly interesting. I woke up today, thinking that it was going to be another day of school where I would sit in class, get some work done, move on to the next, and then go on home. Apparently, the was not to be the case.

When I got to my first class of the day, I noticed that all my friends were all dressed up and looking like they were going somewhere important. Evidently, that was the case.

We were going to go to Amway: A billion dollar company now spread across the globe that specializes in the market of health, beauty and home care. Except health and beauty were the last things that I was to be doing there.

The real reason why I was there was that the academy that I am a part of in our school set up a sort of interview with a numerous amount of Amway employees that took the time out of there day to talk to us simple-minded teenagers about their profession. The primary reason for talking with them was so that we could get some incite on people who are much more experienced with the world. We’d listen to their stories about their job or how they got there, we’d ask questions, and then we’d move on. Sound boring? Maybe it was. No one ever said life wouldn’t have its boring times though.

Some Good ‘Ol Questions

Most people would probably think this was a waste of time; I saw several of my own classmates completely shirking off what those people were saying to us, regardless of the fact that they were telling us very useful information that would no doubt help us in life.

For me, I like to think that I jumped at the opportunity. I enjoy thinking; analyzing things. One thing that I “analyzed” about myself lately is that I have been slacking off a teamendous amount. School work is late; I haven’t been posting; I’m up until about two in the morning doing whatever. It’s what I like to call the Summertime Slump: The time in the year where the school begins to draw to a close and the craving for summer vacation drives your motivation into the dirt. I have it BAD. My objective was to hopefully change that.

So for the few people that I got to talk to, I usually asked them about things such as: What do you think success is? What do you think is a good way to avoid distractions in school? What are some effective ways to fulfill your dreams? Things like that. And to be perfectly honest… I can safely say that the things that they told me helped me out a lot.

A New Dream

A good portion of what the speakers told me is that if I wanted to find something that I’m passionate about, I should try to branch out a bit more; simply try new things. The jist of what I got however is that many of them thought that being successful in life was living a life that they were happy with. They had a good job, one that they enjoyed, a family, financially stable, and they got to do what they loved. For me, there was one thing I always loved doing.

Writing

Probably the only thing in my life that I know I can safely say that I love is writing. Throughout my life, I have always enjoyed taking the time to write a narrative about something. Turns out that I was rather good at it, and over the years I progressively got better and better at it.

All throughout this year however, my teacher Mr. Stuart would give semi-shortish speeches about being successful and trying to make yourself better. How the successful person would always strive to become better and get out of their comfort zone so that they may make and take new opportunities in life. Because of Mr. Stuart, I now have an opportunity of my own.

I told Stu around the early stages of the year that I always wanted to write a book. I even tried writing one at one point of that year (before that, I had tried to write about five other books at different occasions). Recently, although I’m not entirely sure why he had done it, he had given me access to an account of his that was all about writing and publishing a book of your own. It honestly shocked me a little. There I was, a relatively complex teenager that wanted to be something, yet didn’t take big steps towards becoming that something, was being handed an opportunity. My own teacher/mentor wanted me to write a book. One thing ran through my head when I thought about it. Why Not?

Doing Something Differently

The reality of my situation was that I was given a shot to be something. It was a door that was no doubt going to close relatively soon, so I needed to start. Except there was a problem. I knew myself well enough to know that the opportunity alone wasn’t going to get me to write a full blown novel, especially when I had attempted, and failed, on several different occasions. I asked myself: What can I do differently so that I can get this done?

So I gave it some thought. I realized that now was the best time out of the entire time I’ve been alive to finally get done what I wanted to do for so many years now. I told myself. I am going to write a book.

Except I still faced a similar problem that had bested me so many times before. What was going to continue to push me to finish this book when the inspiration filled well ran dry?

I knew one thing. I HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY.

And so, I did. Admittedly, I haven’t even begun to start writing yet (Stu gave me the info about a month ago). What I intend to do is create the whole story in the form of notes. Every character, every plot twist, every little detail, I was going to write down on a continuous set of notes, to the point where the only thing missing was the actual story itself. I am to create everything before I even start writing.

You may think I’m crazy. I had an idea right? Shouldn’t I just get writing a keep going? I thought that too. Except that failed several times. I knew there was no point on doing something again when I knew it was bound to fail. With this idea, I’m hoping that when I lose the inspiration that originally inspires that creation of the story, I will have all my notes to fall back on. When I lose the inspiration to continue writing what will happen next, I will already know and just go from there.

Honestly, I don’t know if I’ll get it done. Heck, the realistic side of me says that I won’t. Thing is, I’m not listening to my realistic side of myself. I don’t need to be realistic right now. I need to tell myself that I’m going to get this done. That I WILL get this done.

So… I will. I’m going to write my own book. No questions asked.

Your Own Dreams

Naturally, everything that you read should have some form of moral to it. We’re at that part now.

I want you to take a good look inside of yourself and think of a dream you had. Maybe you want to write a book as well? Maybe you want to do something you may think is unrealistic. All I ask of you is to think of a dream of yours and chase it down. Don’t get me wrong, as far as I’ve been told (noticed how I didn’t say “know”) it’s going to suck chasing that thing. You’ll sweat, you’ll cry, and you’ll want to give up when results don’t show right away (that’s what happened to me with this blog). But there is one thing that we should all remember.

There is no escalator or elevator up the stairway to success. You gotta march up that flight up stairs with confidence. 200 steps up and you want to quit right? You might. Most will. They look towards their goal, 200 steps up, and see the other 480,000. Right there is when 99% loses their fight towards being something. Your job is to be that 1% that looks up to that challenge with confidence, and trudge your way up those steps until your all the way at the top.

Who knows. Maybe there’s a giant slide on your back down the mountain? I don’t know. You don’t know. But one day we will. And I will see you guys at the top.

 

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Achieve

If you want to achieve something, you can do it. Honestly, I’ve learned this myself and the only thing holding you back is yourself. If you say you can’t do something… Well, you’re not going to do it.

You can do whatever you want, you just need to get it done.

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The Terrible Truth Behind the Human Race

A Rather Interesting Experiment

Early today, I watched a rather… interesting video. It was of a man who posed as a homeless person. However, he didn’t ask for some spare change or give a story about how he wanted to get a nice warm meal in his stomach. In fact, he didn’t ask for anything. He asked the ongoers if THEY wanted some spare money. Regardless of the fact that he was posing as a homeless man, he offered others his money to see their reaction.

They’re reactions weren’t pleasant.

So many people that was offered money by the man, rejected him, and, in short, told him to piss off (pardon my language). It got me thinking: Why is it that these people were so rude to him? It’s one thing to refuse the money from a homeless man because he most likely needs every dollar that he can get to survive, but it’s an entirely different thing to yell at the man and walk off.

Let’s just take a moment to marvel at the idea that people, who witnessed a homeless person offering to give them money, out of the kindness of his heart, would act so rudely to him. Yes, he was just pretending to be homeless, but we’re not looking at the kindness behind it, we’re looking at the people that were flat out jerks to someone who was giving up something that he needed.

Seriously: Take a moment to watch this video to truly understand what these people did. https://www.facebook.com/laterceracom/videos/10152837166413583/ (note that there is some vulgar language in this video)

Why Do We Do What We Do?

I took the time to think about some things for a long while and I came to one simple conclusion: A large portion of the human race are hypocrites.

The sad and terrible truth is that we really are. I am for a fact, but we tell people and ourselves that we should be nice to others. We tell so many people that we should always be kind to others or that if someone is giving you trouble, to just walk away from it. So why is it that we make others feel terrible?

In one of my classes, I witness a kid being picked on and shut down all the time. That’s just in my school. Even in the “real world,” I witness so many people talking down onto people and acting like that they’re better than others. I’m not a saint either. I’m a very rude and vulgar person at times so I’m living proof that so many people are hypocrites. Just look at what I’m doing right now. I’m writing a post, about hypocrites and how people should be nice, when just yesterday I said some rather rude things to other human beings, directly to their face.

But let’s take a look at you. Every single person in the history of the universe has probably been rude to others at least at one point in their life. No of us are the exception are we? We know we’ve probably hurt others, and we know others have hurt us. Take a moment to look at who you are and understand just why that’s the case.

Why do we feel the need to hurt others?

A New Understanding

Take a moment to ask yourself: When was the last time you hurt someone else? In all sincerity, the slightest insult or seemingly harmless joke could have hurt someone. So when was the last time you did? Now when was the last time someone might have hurt you?

We spend our lives trying to be top dog, and yet we set ourselves short, along with so many others. The Human race are a very needy species. You can’t deny, there are very few people in the world that you are probably willing to give up practically anything for. Sure, your wife or husband, your kids, your family and friends. But have you ever seen a homeless man? Do you honestly think you would give them some cash to help them get some food in their stomach? It’s easy to think we would right? It’s another to actually do it though.

I’ll admit. I’ve never stepped in when my friend was being pushed down on. I’ve never really given up something of mine to help out someone else. The only time I could say I ever gave to something special was when I started a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. And I barely donated myself. The real question is: Have you? When was the last time you were humble enough to give, without return?

The Humble Challenge

So I propose a new idea: I challenge you to try to stay humble for just the day. If you go out of the house; open the door for someone; give someone homeless a single dollar if you can; do something as simple as be there for you friend when they’re down.

We look at the world and see a lot of storm clouds surrounding people, when we don’t seem to realize that we, too have our own clouds hanging above us. All I ask is that if you’re given the opportunity to make someones day, do it. It’ll make you feel good about yourself, bring a smile to their face, and who knows. It may open a new window of opportunity for you.

Ask yourself this: How would you feel if someone lent a helping hand? If it feels nice, give that feeling to someone else, and maybe you’ll get it too 🙂

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Updates

In case any of you are wondering as to why I haven’t been as posting as much lately: I’ve had a rather odd mind set lately, one that is really shutting down my want to seek out success. I’m not sure if I’m just down or something in my mind has changed but I don’t want to post things that I don’t think are true as well as things that I, myself don’t follow through with.

I’m really sorry about the lack of posts lately, I hope I’ll have more soon. Thanks for the patience.

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Enjoy Life

I feel as though that occasionally, I make a bit too many cases about being productive and how to be a better person. I just want to remind everyone that as much as it is great to strive to better yourself, that you should never forget to have fun and do what you love. It’s your life, enjoy it.

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Setting up Goals and Success

One of the many tips and tricks that I use almost everyday now is the setting goals for myself, a skill shown to me by my teacher/mentor Dave Stuart Jr. Admittedly, setting goals sounds like a rather trivial skill that doesn’t promise much results. I mean, anyone can set a goal to become famous or be the first man on Mars. However, that’s not exactly what I’m talking. While dreaming big is something I encourage everyone to do, the goals that I’m referring to are just a tad bit smaller, and are usually quicker to achieve, while resulting in getting closer to a much larger goal.

For example. I set a goal earlier this week to exercise everyday for the whole week. The goal wasn’t unrealistic and was most definitely achievable and I have managed to stick with the goal so far. It also brings me closer to a long term goal of getting in shape and not be as plump as I currently am. 🙂

The one thing that everyone must do when it comes to setting a goal is actually sticking to it. Coming up with a goal and completely forgetting about it is just a waste of valuable time, and wasting time doesn’t help you get that far. Going back to my exercising daily example, I had went to my friends house over the weekend. We had a few laughs and played a few games, but that didn’t stop me from accomplishing my goal. You know what I did? I brought a dumbbell with me. A 10 lb weight was brought along to my friends house, whom I generally play several hours of games with when I normally went over. But that didn’t stop me from accomplishing my goal.

So I encourage everyone to start creating their own goals in life. It’s something that I personally found much help in doing and has definitely assisted me in becoming a better person. I want you all to also be able to be a better person, and I think setting goals is a great way to do so.

I hope you found this post to be helpful so that you may grow and become a better person every day. If you like some of the other things on the site, feel free to subscribe for a notification to whenever a new post is out. Thank you all and may you live amazing lives!

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