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279/365 Almost right, probably wrong

A decision is a judgment. It is a choice between alternatives. It is rarely a choice between right and wrong. It is at best a choice between “almost right” and “probably wrong”—but much more often a choice between two courses of action neither of which is provably more nearly right[…]

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278/365 The truly important

If the executive lets the flow of events determine what he does, what he works on, and what he takes seriously, he will fritter himself away “operating.” He may be an excellent man. But he is certain to waste his knowledge and ability and to throw away what little effectiveness[…]

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275/365 Acting old

if you were primed to think of old age, you would tend to act old, and acting old would reinforce the thought of old age. From “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman

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274/365 Double the experience

Shawn also suggests a nice daily practice he calls the “doubler,” which is to recall one positive experience of the day in detail, because the brain can’t tell the difference between visualization and actual experience, so by doing this, you double the experience. From “Joy on Demand: The Art of[…]

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273/365 Our modern terror

Stress, he claimed, was the response of the body to any demand made on it. It wasn’t just a response to noxious injections, traumatic injuries, or brutal laboratory conditions, but to anything that requires action or adaptation. By defining stress in this way, Selye set the stage for our modern[…]

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272/365 Evidence to the contrary

The emotional mind, however, takes its beliefs to be absolutely true, and so discounts any evidence to the contrary. That is why it is so hard to reason with someone who is emotionally upset: no matter the soundness of your argument from a logical point of view, it carries no[…]

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271/365 With structure

Sometimes people ask why I bother with such a detailed level of planning. My answer is simple: it generates a massive amount of productivity. A 40 hour time-blocked work week, I estimate, produces the same amount of output as a 60+ hour work week pursued without structure. From “The Habitual[…]

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270/365 The glorious benefit of a habit

The glorious benefit of a habit is that it converts something that requires a lot of willpower and focus into something that becomes automatic and often outside of our conscious thought. We can consciously push ourselves to do a only a certain number of things every day, which means that[…]

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