When something is bugging us we’ll naturally put our energy on all of the things we can’t control. Being proactive and placing energy onto our attitudes and actions will influence the outcome though. And because 98% of us are natural procrastinators the only way forward is to take action – even the tiniest step forward has an impact.
What sort of routines do you have in your day that help you do your best at each moment? Whether that’s an app to track exercise or planning a project, today – focus on automating routines to help you work at your best.
The hard choices — what we most fear doing, asking, saying — are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls “fear-setting.” Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.
The eight sections in the Wheel of Life are one way of representing a whole life – there’s also a blank template on the next page so you can use your own segment headings.
You should find that this exercise leads to some immediate proactive behaviour that will impact the situation you are dealing with and also make you feel much better about it.
Things do not come to fruition just because you really, really want them to happen. You have to make them happen.
It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor there is one thing we all have in common. Its what we call ‘poverty mindsets”.
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From work and happiness, to love and success (and everything else in between), these talks offer insights on some of life’s biggest secrets.
This post is partially inspired by this Reddit user, who asked for great talks to get him/her over the desire to procrastinate. But we say: what’s the fun in that? Though do check out the thread for ideas, as some good talks are suggested.
Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.
At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?