Inner Work with Steli Efti

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May 24, 2022 00:27:42
150: How the Crushing Weight of My Expectations Made Me Wanna Quit on Life

150: How the Crushing Weight of My Expectations Made Me Wanna Quit on Life

Ever wake up and think of all the things you gotta do, and it just destroys you? I can't tell you how many times I woke up feeling miserable because of everything I'd have to tackle on that day. In my younger years, it would actually make me cancel everything and fall into a depression. Later I learned to willpower my way through my responsibilities, no matter how I felt about it, and that was a great step forward. But if you do that for too long, it eventually eats up your soul. You become very good at what you're doing, but you're also disconnecting from yourself. When the first thing you do every day is suppressing your feelings about what you will do today, you lose touch with yourself, and the longer you do this, the higher the price you eventually pay for it. Today, I tried something different. A very simple tweak that made a huge difference—I'll talk about that in today's episode. Check out my substack: https://steli.substack.com/   Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep150 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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May 19, 2022 00:30:25
149: All your problems start with a lie (Dostoyevsky's truth)

149: All your problems start with a lie (Dostoyevsky's truth)

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth", wrote Dostoyevsky. And the longer I live, the more I realize this to be accurate. So many of life's problems boil down to struggles with truth. It's not just the lies we tell others: It's mostly the lies we tell ourselves, the truths we'd rather avert our eyes from. In short, it's the lies that we don't recognize as such, that often trip us up in life. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep149 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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May 17, 2022 00:13:16
148: The Only Reason You’re Ever in a Hurry

148: The Only Reason You’re Ever in a Hurry

How often in life are we hurrying from one task to another on any given day? Or rushing hastily to reach the next big milestone ahead of us? I've been pondering this recently and had the realization that when we are in a hurry to do something, it's usually because there is an underlying fear of never getting there. We must remember that it's only by remaining present that we can take the necessary steps, at the right pace, to reach our end goal. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep148 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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May 12, 2022 00:39:56
147: This Has Been Tried. This Is Certain (Love Conquers All Doubt)

147: This Has Been Tried. This Is Certain (Love Conquers All Doubt)

I've experienced love in so many new ways over the past year, have deepened and widened my relationship with and understanding of love so much—I was almost tempted to call this episode "The Power of Love", like a cheesy pop song. In this episode, I share some of these experiences, and how they moved me in sometimes unforeseen ways. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep147 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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May 10, 2022 00:57:47
146: The Numbing Speed of Life (What Coming Out of Darkness Has Taught Me)

146: The Numbing Speed of Life (What Coming Out of Darkness Has Taught Me)

Spending a week in complete darkness would be an intense experience. That I knew. What I didn’t anticipate was how intense it would be to come out of the darkness. In fact, re-entering normal life was an even wilder adventure than the dark retreat itself, and it profoundly changed the way I view the world.  In this episode, I share how coming back into the world of light has altered my understanding of myself and others, how we relate to our environment, and how we deal with the incessant ferocity of daily life.  Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep146 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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May 08, 2022 00:57:28
145: The Light of Inner Darkness (My Dark Retreat Experience, Part 2)

145: The Light of Inner Darkness (My Dark Retreat Experience, Part 2)

Darkness has illuminated my inner world. With nothing to see outside of me, I began to see things clear within: fears I didn’t know I grappled with. My complicated relationship with love. Mysterious light visions. While I shared the physical aspects of my dark retreat experience in episode 144, in this episode I focus on the emotional and psychological aspects.  Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep145 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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