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#773 Patience

#773 Patience
“Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.”

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From the archives (2017)

145/365 No hope in the past, no solution in the present

145/365 No hope in the past, no solution in the present
There is no hope in the past. There is no solution to be found in the present. Nor will we be better off by jumping ahead into an imaginary future. The only path to finding out what life is about is a patient, slow attempt to make sense of the realities of the past and the possibilities of the future as they can be understood in the present.

From Finding Flow: The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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144/365 Turn your attention inward

144/365 Turn your attention inward
We’re used to seeing temptation and trouble outside of ourselves: the dangerous doughnut, the sinful cigarette, the enticing Internet. But self-control points the mirror back at ourselves, and our inner worlds of thoughts, desires, emotions, and impulses. For your willpower challenge, identify the inner impulse that needs to be restrained. What is the thought or feeling that makes you want to do whatever it is you don’t want to do? If you aren’t sure, try some field observation. Next time you’re tempted, turn your attention inward

From The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal

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143/365 When intentions are your focus

143/365 When intentions are your focus
We can’t depend on time, but we can depend on intentions. We can create, own and protect intentions. Intentions aren’t bound by time, or anything else outside our control. You can own an intention to write a novel whether or not time co-operates. You can work on it with the same purpose and confidence regardless of how time unfolds.
When intentions are your focus, time returns to its true status as an unpredictable condition—a weather system, rather than a stockpileable commodity. This allows you to make the best possible use of it without stressing over the quantity or quality available on a given day.
Unlike time, you can deal in intentions without demanding more from them than they can deliver. You can keep an intention, or get rid of it, and that’s entirely up to you. Circumstances and surprises won’t take it away from you. It’s always yours.

From You Never Have Time, Only Intentions, by David Cain.

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142/365 Top-down focus

142/365 Top-down focus
Learning how to improve any skill requires top-down focus. Neuroplasticity, the strengthening of old brain circuits and building of new ones for a skill we are practicing, requires our paying attention: When practice occurs while we are focusing elsewhere, the brain does not rewire the relevant circuitry for that particular routine.

From Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, by Daniel Goleman

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141/365 The sum of what you focus on

141/365 The sum of what you focus on
our life—who you are, what you think, feel, and do, what you love—is the sum of what you focus on.

From Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, by Winifred Gallagher

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140/365 The ability to frame your field of awareness

140/365 The ability to frame your field of awareness
As she continues her research, Jha finds that her definition of attention keeps evolving and expanding. “It’s a tool that can be used in many ways, and not just for selecting between relevant and irrelevant information. Where I’d like to go is to regard attention as ‘the ability to frame your field of awareness in the way that will be most useful to the task at hand.’ You could restrict or broaden your focus according to your cognitive, affective, even somatic context.”

From Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, by Winifred Gallagher

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