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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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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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125/365 Willpower keeps us focused

In the mind’s arena, willpower (a facet of “ego”) represents a wrestling match between top and bottom systems. Willpower keeps us focused on our goals despite the tug of our impulses, passions, habits, and cravings. This cognitive control represents a “cool” mental system that makes an effort to pursue our[…]

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113/365 It’s your judgments that disturb you

Events don’t disturb people; the way they think about events does. Even death is not frightening by itself. But our view of death, that it is something we should be afraid of, frightens us. So when we are frustrated, angry or unhappy, let’s hold ourselves responsible for these emotions because[…]

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