Seven ways to kick this week’s ass.

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  • Practice being humble. Do something that’s worth bragging about and then don’t. Often we accomplish great things, score karma points or do something exceptional that we just want to brag about it. Do it and don’t. Humble is defined as “Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.” Give to a charity, take a solo adventure or something else you would generally “brag” about and just smile instead.
  • Stop comparing apples to oranges. With nearly seven billion people dwelling on this fine earth, there are bound to be people who are smarter, more fit, more attractive, more experienced, richer, happier and/or accomplished than you. Dwelling on this fact is completely pointless (and potentially depressing). Instead of focusing on how much “better” people are than you, focus on your own accomplishments/hopes/dreams/desires.
  • A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood. / Emerson, Self Reliance
  • Don’t get jealous. Get inspired. I spammed the Internet with photos from my last big adventures – a spontaneous camping/hiking trip to the mountains. It was breath taking (and also my first mountain hike since I’ve been in Seattle). Many people commenting on “being jealous.” Jealousy is a waste of time and feelings. Direct that energy towards getting inspired and DOING. Use it as fuel to fire your wanderlust.
  • You haven’t “seen it all.” Revisit familiar places with a new perspective. Many places you pass by on a regular basis get taken for granted and looked over. Even if you feel like you’ve exhausted every fun thing “to do” around your city, think again. Do things that force you to change your perspective, like hang upside down from a park bench or look for anything and everything purple or red.
  • Get photos developed. You know, those 4×6 paper gems you can hold in your hand? I just placed a 289 piece order from Snapfish. When you sign up, you get fifty free prints and they are offering free shipping on orders over $30. Take advantage. Print out a few photos and send them to friends and family.
  • Interact with seven strangers this week. Burst out of your shell and reach out to folks. Walk around the city without talking on the phone or listening to your iPod. Compliment the person standing in line with you. Ask to pet the person’s dog you pass on the sidewalk. Remove yourself from that comfy bubble you’ve build and run into people instead of breezing by.

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