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162/365 Creative work isn’t about pleasure

Creative work isn’t about pleasure. It’s not always fun. It’s about reaching something inside yourself—something that society and everyday life make extraordinarily difficult. This is one way to do it. from The Habitual Hustler: Daily Habits of 50 Self-Employed Entrepreneurs by Corey Breier

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161/365 You do have options

Completing this quest has two benefits. First, when you imagine the worst possible reaction you could have to adversity, you highlight your agency in the situation. You do have options. And as long as you’re not doing that worst possible, least helpful thing, you can challenge yourself to do something[…]

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160/365 Peace and joy

Peace and joy are the default states of mind. They don’t have to be created—they just need to be accessed. from Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within by Chade-Meng Tan

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158/365 Stretched to its limits

“The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi from Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by[…]

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157/365 Over and over again

The brain learns and remembers best when focus is greatest. Video games focus attention and get us to repeat moves over and over, and so are powerful tutorials. That presents an opportunity for training the brain. from Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman

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