Chapter 7, part 1: Declutter Your Mind from A Book in Time

Published on 20 September 2022 at 16:32

According to Tiffany:

Maintaining a Peaceful Mind

The main problem is that old habits can creep in and take over. Your old life starts breaking through the surface with even one mistake, and your brains switch back to the old ways.


The basal ganglia are most responsible for habit formation, short-term learning processes, and addictions. The basal ganglia remember pathways on which nerves and neurons fire.


By practicing new routines and sticking to new habits that you try to change, the same brain region makes new connections.


It takes about 90 days for a habit to be fully implemented.


Thoughts are habitual. You must first figure out which cognitive distortions you struggle with the most and replace them with a healthier thought choice.


A Book in Time's Commentary:



Professionally:                                                                     Think Bigger


Regret is an unfavorable feeling which can be destructive and self-defeating. Regret can be prevented. It’s ok to think bigger than what is being offered.  It may take reprogramming the mind to think bigger when it comes to business and growth instinctively. An old but effective cliché’ is, "Is your glass half empty or half full?" Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. If your thoughts are positive, you will have an optimistic approach to responding to your business interactions. Strong motivation for asking for more will improve your chances of hearing a yes in response to your requests. Challenging your thinking by considering why you feel or react a certain way can give birth to new ideas, expand your thinking, and create new and energized feelings leading to lucrative and prolific results.


By now, you have identified some or many obstacles that may have been impinging your progress. Hopefully, you took time to resolve the obstacles and clear your mind to rebuild yourself more successfully than ever before. Now it is time to establish a VISION. Make it a BIG vision. Visions and values cannot help but intersect when you design a successful blueprint for any type of venue, whether professional, personal, or spiritual. provides some suggestions on how to set a vision into a reality:


  • Establish a clear direction.  A distant reference point often makes a path straighter, and this will bring clarity and eliminate confusion.
  • Focus your attention.  Focus is necessary so lower priorities do not steal time and energy from the central vision, and it will eliminate distractions. If your vision becomes deeply implanted within your subconscious mind, your thoughts and responses will become proactive rather than reactive.
  • Articulate values.  Make sure your values are clearly known. Basic positive and productive values include integrity, honesty, hard work, and fairness, to name a few.
  • Enlist others to help with implementation.  According to John Kotter, “No one individual, even a monarch-like CEO, is ever able to develop the right vision, communicate it to large numbers of people, eliminate all the key obstacles, generate short-term wins, lead and manage dozens of change projects, and anchor new approaches deep in the organization’s culture. Weak committees are even worse. A strong guiding coalition is always needed – one with the right composition, level of trust, and shared objectives. Building such a team is always an essential part of the early stages of any effort to restructure, reengineer, or retool a set of strategies (or, we may add, move a vision to reality)”.
  • Communication.  Use all forms of communication possible to get the word out.
  • Empower followers.  Encourage collaboration with others and develop a supportive environment. Engage others who have different strengths, talents, and abilities. Allow them to embrace some responsibility in bringing the vision to fruition.


Let your values be your platform for your vision. They will continue to communicate to others who you are and serve as a reminder to you as well. You will need a strong sense of determination and commitment to set your vision in motion and pursue it. Your vision will set the direction and purpose of whatever you are establishing.


Personally:                                                                       Break Bad Habits


Breaking a bad habit requires change. It requires stepping outside of your comfort zone and may even be slightly intimidating. You must be persistent and determined to overcome this undesirable behavior's ingrained nature. According to, “Breaking bad habits is a far more complicated process than making new ones.”


Here are a few suggestions on how to overcome an unwanted habit:


  • Make the habit hard to do Find a way to make this undesirable activity harder to accomplish, making it less tempting. Make it inconvenient and unappealing.
  • Design the bad habit out of your life.
  • Replace the bad habit with a good one.  Find activities or options that are even more enjoyable, productive, and more aligned with your values and beliefs. Go for a walk and get some fresh air. Enjoy nature.
  • Find an accountability partner.  Encourage each other to replace your bad habit with a good one.
  • Help or serve someone else.  Engaging time or conversation with another person, especially if they have a need you can meet, helps remove the focus of the habit and move on to someone else. And ultimately, the positive energy feeling that arises from helping others cannot be surpassed.
  • Be consistent.  Repetition is necessary to break a bad habit and build a new and healthier one.
  • Be patient.  Breaking a habit takes a great deal of time and effort. In addition, you may encounter setbacks or delays. Show yourself some grace during these challenging times. Remain motivated to rid yourself of the habit, knowing you are gaining control of an area of your life previously bound.
  • Be deliberate and determined.  Clearly identify your goal and plan out steps on how to achieve it. Writing this plan down will increase the likelihood of its occurrence.
  • Meditate.  Clear your mind and raise your vibrations to high-frequency levels.
  • Pray. Prayer is a powerful way to place your trust in the One who makes everything possible.
  • Reward yourself.  Celebrate each milestone of self-improvement.  Each step along the way builds upon the continual journey of success. Positive reinforcement will subconsciously allow your brain to focus more attention and positive energy on the choices which align with your value system.


By following the above steps and being intentional in the process, it is possible to eliminate all of the bad habits in your life.


Spiritually:                                                                                 Passion


Passion is a strong emotion that energizes a person to pursue or not pursue something. It is a deep desire fueled by energy. The same passion can push you through difficult times or thrust you onto a successful journey of intrigue and undiscovered dreams. A secret to living a dream is hidden in your passion and what you do with it. Among the traits and abilities that lead to success, passion stands alone,” according to Unlike a skill or knowledge, it cannot be learned. It is something from within.


Passion is an overwhelming drive to reach your goals, and it powers the hard work, determination, and creativity that make great accomplishments possible. Passion correlates with your desire and capacity to go above and beyond "normal" to achieve extraordinary outcomes. And without a doubt, passionate people contribute more than those without such a drive.


Passion can power you over difficult hurdles or setbacks, fueling you to generate a desire to learn, adjust and try again. It generates the enthusiasm needed to plow through obstacles and overcome challenges. Passion also drives you to seek your deep desires and capitalize on your talents, gifts, or abilities. It is a thirst for pursuing something you crave, and it inspires loyalty, teamwork, hard work, and success.


Passion is a key to your success. If you truly desire to be successful, in any sense of the word, this is a vital part of your blueprint. Are you passionate about what you are doing? What comes easily to you or makes you light up at the sheer thought of it? What is stopping you from the pursuit of this?


A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.”

William Hazlitt


My philosophy has always been, do what you love and the money will follow.”

Amy Weber


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