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“Can it be that I have not lived as one ought?” Suddenly came into his head. “But how not so, when I’ve done everything as it should be done? — Leo Tolstoy

I was completely disillusioned with my life. I was not happy. I reached a place where even my thriving company, wonderful family and home, and great friends were not enough for me.

I thought of running away to Tibet to live as a monk. I wanted to sell my company and change countries. …


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2020 is nearly over. It will be remembered because of the Coronavirus outbreak — the number of deaths that ensued, the isolation we all had to endure under lockdown rules and the wearing of face masks. Not to mention the sad death of “the hug”.

I know governments have had to be draconian to save lives, but I can’t help but feel that in becoming socially distant, we have also become emotionally distant too. …


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A few weeks ago, I wrote that I had just started to learn how to do Yoga. However, hardly a month into my practice, I have stopped. The pain in my neck, knees, and right foot have become unbearable.

Though Yoga strengthened my meditation practice and my spiritual connection, I can’t but feel that I’ve failed. There I was starting something new, getting all excited, and telling the whole world about it. Then just as quickly, I stopped what I had just proclaimed to be my next ‘new’ thing.

I felt like a loser. I was afraid to admit to myself and the world that I’ve stopped Yoga. My ego was telling me that I couldn’t do so as that would mean admitting defeat. Yet, my true self wanted to be honest and explain why I had decided to stop my Yogic path. …


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A few years ago, I was giving a talk on ego. I tried explaining that one of its evils is that it makes us think that achievement can bring us meaning and happiness. However, when it is in effect, it does the opposite.

I was quickly shut down by a few in the crowd. I couldn’t get my points through. I wanted to tell them that I knew about this lesson first-hand.

I’ve learned that we are not our achievements, rather we are who we become and how we feel when we achieve things. …


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I’ve just completed an 11-day immersive Yoga program. I spent ninety minutes a day on the mat for 11 consecutive days with an amazing and effervescent Yogi teacher.

From the outset, Nana explained that she will not teach me the traditional Yoga as to how many understood it to be. Instead, she would give me broad teaching so that I can sample the many different aspects of Yoga, which includes work on and off the mat.

I’ve written before that 2019 was a tough year for me. I’d lost much of my spiritual connection and found myself mired in material turmoil. My ‘monkey’ mind returned with vigor and was threatening to ruin me. I saw everything and everyone as a threat. …


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“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” — Dale Carnegie

I’ve just finished setting my 2020 goals. I post them up on a vision board that I have over my desk. I’m so excited to start, and as always the first week goes really well.

However, on a Wednesday of the second week into my plan of action, the dreaded ‘F’ word (fear) stops me in my tracks. I’m tired from an early start to the day and it’s still 1 PM. …


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“There is scarcely any passion without struggle.” ― Albert Camus

An hour into my trek, with the sun beating hard on me and the thorns from the dry grassland chaffing my bare legs, I ask myself the question. “Why am I doing this?”

I persevere, as it is my mantra for 2020, and advance into the savannah covered plains and into a smallish forest. Then I climb up one of the five hills that make up “The Shai Hills Reserve,” a 51 square kilometres forest reserve close to Accra and an hour’s drive from my house.

The guide tells me to ignore the shrieks of the baboons that populate the reserve. They are not close at all. I relax and within an hour ascend to the summit of a small hill, arriving at several large granite boulders. I follow the guide’s path, pull myself up, and sprawl on the highest flat spot available. …


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“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”– Muhammad Ali

Do you have great ideas, projects, and thoughts that you want to see through, but don’t have the time or energy to do it all? Or somehow you became impatient and gave up on them.

If yes, do the exercise below.

This is a written exercise where we free-write in abundant, colorful detail about how our (dream) life could look 10 years from now. The richness of the activity comes from its specificity.

I did this exercise almost a year ago now, and it breathed new life into the way I looked at goal-setting. I fully grasped the power of long-term thinking, as the exercise removed the superficial pull of the quick benefits that often tug at us. This freed my mind to imagine exactly what I truly wanted. …


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“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”― Alan Watts

These days, we are inundated with self-help material in the form of seminars, viral blog posts, New York Times Best Sellers, and YouTube shorts, all of it telling us what to do and how to do it.

I, for one, have put in a lot of time and energy in reading, watching, and listening to all kinds of self-help material.

However, there’s an inherent danger in that within the self-help industry lies a paradox. In that, when we help ourselves and get fixed, we don’t need to pick up another book or go to another seminar. The reality is that most people don’t stop at that one illuminating lesson or book but become self-help junkies. …


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“I’m like this because my mother didn’t love me enough.” Or, “I was pampered as a child, and as such, I’ve grown up with a lack of hunger.” Or, “I’m an unlucky person — always have been.”

These are all stories we tell ourselves. Stories that keep us rooted in the past, not allowing us to live in the present and not fulfilling our potential.

At age eleven, my innocence was shattered due to a Coup d’ état in Ghana. I had to leave my comfortable, sheltered life, my friends, my school, and my environment. …

About

Mo Issa

I’m a writer, entrepreneur and a thinker. I write everyday about my thoughts in different ways — fiction, non-fiction and, poetry — http://mo-issa.com

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