All posts under 365Project:2017

222/365 Three things

At the beginning of every day, mentally fast-forward to the end of the day, and ask yourself: When the day is over, what three things will I want to have accomplished? Write those three things down. Do the same at the beginning of every week. The three things you identify[…]

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221/365 Slow down

Meditation didn’t have a profound impact on my productivity because it helped me relax, clear my head, or relieve my stress after a long day—though it certainly did that. Meditation had such a profound effect on my productivity because it allowed me to slow down enough so that I could[…]

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220/365 In the right spot

If you plant the right seed in the right spot, it will grow without further coaxing. I believe this is the best metaphor for creating habits. The “right seed” is the tiny behavior that you choose. The “right spot” is the sequencing — what it comes after. The “coaxing” part[…]

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219/365 Performance doesn’t matter

In the beginning, performance doesn’t matter. What does matter is becoming the type of person who always sticks to your new habit – no matter how small or insignificant it seems. You can build up to the level of performance that you want once the behavior becomes consistent. From “Transform[…]

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218/365 Against stress

Choosing to remember your most important values so that it is easier to find the meaning in everyday stress. Having open and honest conversations about your struggles so that you feel less alone in your suffering. Viewing your body’s stress response as a resource so that you can trust yourself[…]

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217/365 Rise to the challenge

Your body is providing you access to all your resources to help you rise to this challenge. Instead of taking a deep breath to calm down, take a deep breath to sense the energy that is available to you. Then put the energy to use, and ask yourself, “What action[…]

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216/365 Joy and meditation

Joy and meditation are another pair of really nice things that form a virtuous cycle with each other. Meditation is training of the mind. Joy becomes highly accessible in a trained mind. With training, the mind learns to access inner joy with increasing ease and frequency. From “Joy on Demand:[…]

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215/365 Sophrosyne

Greek word for it was sophrosyne, “care and intelligence in conducting one’s life; a tempered balance and wisdom,” as Page DuBois, a Greek scholar, translates it. The Romans and the early Christian church called it temperantia, temperance, the restraining of emotional excess. The goal is balance, not emotional suppression: every[…]

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