Self-development program "Lūšis": Is it worth paying attention to?

Debesylian stories

Psychologists Rasa Norbute being created dramatized change program "Lūšis" it was discovered by Belka about half a year ago - we explored it that time, but we didn't forget it.

When the interview with the creator of the program got mixed up again, curiosity and the desire to improve led to the "forest", where more than 600 lynxes that participated in the "Active Lynx" program were breeding. 

...Then we tried it "Active Lynx".

By the way, there were more than 800 applicants, but the rest were eliminated by the selection process, which required time and thought to fill out. It was necessary to describe yourself, your characteristics, everyday life, work, beliefs, fears, dreams and aspirations, come up with a noun, a proper name and a nickname.

Why did we need that "Lúšia"?

Arrow: for me life is an oxymoron - dynamic calm or calm dynamic - I hold on as long as there are north and south poles, healthy tension. But it often happens that I fall into one or the other extreme - I am extremely energetic or lazy, a man-firework or a silent hole in the universe, maximally adaptive and extremely direct, sometimes responsible for everyone and everything, sometimes a poofist. I dream of a perfect balance. I want to balance my life in terms of energy and time, self-expression and money, personal and professional.

Belka: I needed to get my head in order. Instead of chaos and constant frustration, I wanted peace, space for new thoughts instead of information overload. I needed tools to help me find myself and my desires.

How did everything go in "Active Lynx"?

The program lasted 28 days. Exactly as much as, they say, is needed for the changes to be established. Before the program, there was a lot of preparation - reading all kinds of instructions, familiarizing yourself with the terms and the online space of "Lūšyno", types of tasks and determining the goals for berries and mushrooms (these are task bonuses).

Every day we had to do selected routine tasks. We chose from 12 options, as well as the woven and the main task (three levels of its difficulty are available), and we also had to fill in a daily routine and write reflections. Everything was automatically calculated, mushrooms and berries were assigned, the percentage of which could be followed in the personal timeline and compared with others in the general one.

We both expected to devote about 1.5 hours a day to the program, but realistically got about 3 hours of work every day, not to mention the fact that some tasks had to be thought through or carried out N times a day.

Here's what the inside of the app platform looked like.

But the program worked for us!

Arrow: on the one hand, the agenda acquired a very defined framework and positively influenced self-discipline. If it weren't for the daily reports and those game bonuses, a lot of things would be postponed until the next day, and the next day, and so on.

I have never devoted so much time to self-analysis, and it was effective. You have a desire, a problem, you name why you can't get it, what's stopping you, you come up with N+K options, how to solve it, you choose the most favorable and start implementing it.

We had a variety of tasks related to dreams, personal characteristics, hurts, values, inner sub-personalities, work priorities, and so on, so after the first week of practice, the connections between those themes began to emerge. Halfway through the program, there was a huge desire make a mind map and see everything in one place.

In addition, the program was a kick in the ass for me to check what people around me think about me. At the end of the program, I needed to summarize all the insights into a plan and foresee the ways of its implementation and risk management - and I did that, but every time I go back to the tasks I have completed and continue to complete and adjust the plan.

Belka: what really worked, I will probably be able to tell you in a month or ask me in a year.


I tell you about what remained after a year at the end of this review.

For now, I have the motivation to continue with my chosen tasks. And what really worked for me was to blog according to certain rules, asking myself certain questions. Daily reflections have taught me to clarify the most important aspects, which is very useful to review at the end of the week, because this way new thoughts about myself arise, what was good and what can still be improved.

I realized that before the Lynx I had a lot of free time that was not used more meaningfully.

There was also this thing that disturbed us!

Arrow: it was strange that there was so much work with that program, the action tasks were annoying, because it seemed that I was already doing the things indicated in them, and on that particular day I did not want to do it according to the command or there was simply no way. Sometimes it seemed that the tasks were not relevant to me, that there was no benefit, but at the same time I felt that I needed to adapt them myself according to my needs.

Belka: I really didn't expect that Lynx would demand so much time from me. In the second half of the program, the pace started to get annoying. There were tasks where you wanted to spend more time, but there was literally no time. I also went to bed later than usual - this made me even more sleep deprived. From here came fatigue, irritability and dissatisfaction. Strelka comforted that it happens when some internal processes are taking place.

What didn't we use?

This app offers a good thing – participation in the community, where you can ask questions, share doubts, learn from others' experiences. However, we hardly used this resource - we have no idea how much time we would have to have in order to still have enough time for conversations.

A few times we glanced at what others were saying, but basically it was enough for us to exchange ideas with each other.

Were there tangible benefits?

Arrow: I don't know if it's because of the program or because of the very specific goal of this month, I felt that from a herbivore, observing the environment and reacting to what is happening there - "little to do something here, little to do there, depending on the circumstances", I became a predator, whose gaze is focused on goal, he is not distracted by peripheral movements (matters).

At the same time, I realized that there is no way to stretch out the day, so you need to reduce your appetite, because in order to taste as much as possible, I basically overfill myself with activities.

Then even hobbies become things to do, that is, work. I also realized that it is necessary to provide time in the agenda for complete rest, for things not according to the plan, maybe even without goals.

What I benefited most from the experience of consciously slowing myself down is quality and enjoyment, as well as tips for prioritizing and organizing activities to make the day haiku-like, and taking the time to analyze themes and see connections between their

I just got a clear map of my world, which helps me not to get distracted and, moreover, not to get lost.

Belka: there were certainly not so few useful things. I want to keep some routine tasks going. Others turned out to be meaningless, although at first it did not seem so.

It was very useful to get to know my "inner family", to refine my values, strengths and learn how to further develop them.

Like Strelka, I realized that the balance between work and rest is very important. Until now, I had a "sense of urgency" inside - I need to do everything, read, eat, walk, etc., quickly. And I never wondered where and why I am here in such a hurry, when there is usually no reason for it.

And finally, life can be enjoyed today, not at some point in the future when all the right circumstances are right, because, well, that never will be.

In conclusion!

Bearing in mind that this standardized program, it is really well constructed. The results of participation undoubtedly depend on the motivation for participation and on how much effort you put in yourself.

Those seeking maximum benefit should feel responsible for adapting tasks to their own needs. In addition, they can be continued and "Lūšyne" can also be visited after the program.

Replenishment after a year:

Belka: Today's results are sadder than happy. Although the program lasts 28 days, that is, enough time to consolidate new things... But the point is that I forgot that those new habits need to be developed further.

It's still a process, not a one-time thing. 

It's true that I restarted blogging about 3 months ago. I write 3-4 times a week. I've changed its format a bit, although I'm still looking for the right option for me. Writing it out by hand is the most effective way for me to release my stress and anxiety.

On the other hand, maybe it's not so bad - to have one surviving habit from the program, which has become more individualized since the beginning of the program.

Arrow: after reviewing the goals I set at the beginning of the program, I see that they are still as relevant to me - it seems that I have not moved much in that direction. One specific plan was implemented, with two others - a complete deadlock, although I did not throw the ideas themselves out of circulation.

Of the usual things, only daily sports + meditation remained, which theoretically correspond to me daily 1.5 hour yoga class - but then I didn't even suspect that I would return to it and it would become my main body practice. The commitment to wake up at 7:00 has moved to 7:30 but is rarely followed through, 11:00 pm is stuck as the time to go to bed, but again only occasionally. "Write" - I write - sometimes a diary, sometimes I fill in a mind map, every day - I mark reflections in a self-made planner.

Anyway, when I read the notes of the program - the right intentions are there... I think that I should go back and read it, there will definitely be things that are worth establishing.

In general, I think that the method itself - without dusting yourself with clever plans - to write everything down on paper, foresee possible solutions, obstacles and how to deal with them - is good.

And in general, there is some kind of nostalgia for that month, or maybe more for the feeling that you are not standing still, that you are analyzing, planning, and getting inspiration to grow.

Strelka and Belka

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