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If you are like me, you struggle to get things done. Even though most who know me consider me to be organized, I am far less productive than they imagine. At times I lose myself to procrastination.
That is why I was intrigued when TCK Publishing sent me a copy of the book Get It Done – The 21-Day Mind Hack System to Double Your Productivity and Finish What You Start by Michael Mackintosh (2018).
Michael makes big promises. He says his system is different because he explains how to overcome the resistance that holds us back from accomplishing what we desire.
The book does not provide strategies, timelines, or time management techniques. It is quite the opposite. Although there is planning, it’s quite simple. The book is divided into three parts and provides a step-by-step system for bringing our ideas to life. I tested it and I am sharing my take and results.
My friend Amy Rojas Kantorczyk has used DIY or do-it-yourself cleaning products for her home for many years. I buy eco-friendly cleaning products, which is what Amy uses, but I buy them and Amy makes her own.
I was curious about this and talked to her about it. It was an eye-opening conversation. She shared with me some of what she does and how easy and cost effective it is.
Amy worked for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts for many years and was most recently the Director of Operations at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn in Sonoma, California. She interacted closely with the Housekeeping team and one particular housekeeper inspired her to make her own cleaning products. All it took was white vinegar, baking soda, isopropyl alcohol, and essential oils.
I asked Amy about this and much more. Here is how our conversation went.
“Spirituality begins when you decide that you’ll never stop trying. Spirituality is the commitment to go beyond no matter what it takes. It’s an infinite journey based upon going beyond yourself every minute of every day for the rest of your life.” (Singer, 2007).
Those are the most accurate and powerful words I have found to describe spirituality.
Spirituality is a belief and a connection to something that is bigger than us. It is not linked to religion, although faith in a religion can certainly increase our spirituality.
Spirituality is personal and is about cultivating a connection with ourselves, people around us, and our universe. It is something that unites us and helps us feel more connected with one another, the Earth, and all beings on it.
Many of us are curious or interested in spirituality but do not know what to do to cultivate it. Here are five practices we can try.
One of the most common arguments we see against the use of alternative, herbal, aromatherapy, or other forms of traditional medicine is that the benefit we have from using these forms of treatment are due to the placebo effect (Null & Gale, 2018).
The placebo is commonly known as the sugar pill. Scientists argue that traditional treatments are not effective in it of themselves, but that the cure comes from the patient’s belief in their effectiveness. This they call the placebo effect.
I believe in the effectiveness of alternative remedies. I have published several posts that share personal stories and studies that show evidence of the effect traditional cures have. In fact, 80% of the world population uses herbal medicine, and often the traditional remedy is more effective than the scientific or allopathic ones (Ji, 2018; Null & Gale, 2018).
Yet, I also think that our beliefs play a large role in our healing process. As such, so what if the placebo has a healing effect? What is wrong with someone believing that something will work, and then that something actually working? Isn’t that part of the healing process? I believe it is. Let me explain why.