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314/365 Choosing the emotions

What we really need to do is to come to terms with our negative feelings about a task. We need to find a way to cope with these negative feelings so that we can continue to pursue our intended goal. […] Essentially, it comes down to choosing the emotions on[…]

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312/365 The focused life

… I have a plan for living the rest of my life,” Gallagher concludes in her book. “I’ll choose my targets with care … then give them my rapt attention. In short, I’ll live the focused life, because it’s the best kind there is.” From “Deep Work: Rules for Focused[…]

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311/365 Focus intensely

To learn hard things quickly, you must focus intensely without distraction. To learn, in other words, is an act of deep work. From “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport

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297/365 And it’s free

We typically pursue happiness by trying to rearrange the world around us, trying to get currency to go from someone else’s possession to our own, trying to get someone else’s impression of us to go from unfavorable to favorable, and trying to get our bodies to beaches and parties. There’s[…]

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296/365 Intrinsic motivation

From the psychological point of view, motivation can either come from within the person (intrinsic motivation), or be driven by external factors (extrinsic motivation). Extrinsic motivation can work quite well, but its appeal usually wears off after some time, or when you run out of rewards to collect. Intrinsic motivation[…]

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295/365 Non-automatic attention

Automatic attention evolved as a life-saving ability. However, in the modern day when every electronic device is equipped with flashing lights and a variety of annoying sounds, automatic attention can ruin your focus very quickly. [..] Focus is a deliberate action. It is not a state of mind, at least[…]

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294/365 Its own independent course of action

To begin with, and just to clear the air of any suspicion that in talking about consciousness we are referring to some mysterious process, we should recognize that, like every other dimension of human behavior, it is the result of biological processes. It exists only because of the incredibly complex[…]

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290/365 Nothing else matters

From their accounts of what it felt like to do what they were doing, I developed a theory of optimal experience based on the concept of flow—the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that[…]

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