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#743 An assertion of rationality

The most important of his edits was small but resounding. He crossed out, using the heavy backslashes that he often employed, the last three words of Jefferson’s phrase “We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable” and changed them to the words now enshrined in history: “We hold these[…]

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#742 A little bit of reflection

Understanding this difference between under- and mis-regulation, a key coping strategy becomes obvious–at least it has in my own life. Instead of thinking of how awful, weak, or inadequate I am when I feel like “giving in to feel good” by breaking a nutrition plan, skipping a work out or[…]

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#741 The important and the unimportant

Time management is really life management, personal management. It is really taking control of the sequence of events. Time management is taking control over what you do next. And you are always free to choose the task that you will do next. Your ability to choose between the important and[…]

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#740 A path to be followed

Geoffrey P. Chamberlain offers a slightly different perspective on the components of strategy, useful when the strategy is more about a personal goal. He identifies seven parts: A strategy is used within a particular domain. A strategy has a single, well defined focus. A strategy lays out a path to[…]

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226/365 Not dull

A similar argument holds for turning a job that lacks challenge and variety into one that satisfies our need for novelty and achievement. Here too one needs to expend additional psychic energy to reap the desired benefits. Without some effort a dull job will just stay dull. From “Finding Flow:[…]

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225/365 The grand gesture

“The grand gesture”. The concept is simple: By leveraging a radical change to your normal environment, coupled perhaps with a significant investment of effort or money, all dedicated toward supporting a deep work task, you increase the perceived importance of the task. This boost in importance reduces your mind’s instinct[…]

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163/365 Find Your Torture

On the Howard Stern show, Jerry Seinfeld was explaining how it never gets easier. How it is all work. He joked that “your blessing in life is when you find the torture you’re comfortable with.” For me, that’s writing—I’m grateful that it’s so hard. That Allen Iverson clip: We’re talking[…]

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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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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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