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How to Make Good Decisions: Need vs. Want

What is good decision making? Good decisions come from clarity of thought. And clarity of thought only comes from understanding what’s truly important to us. From understanding our needs at an almost primal level. Think need vs. want. Many decision we aren’t proud of are a product of one thing: believing in the value of something we THINK we need, but really don’t. So, why do we believe we need something we may not actually need? There are many answers here; if I were to pinpoint something singular, it’d be this: listening to someone else, adopting someone else’s values — society, parents, friends — everyone, except yourself. These values are usually instilled during our formative years, and only challenged later...

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The Role of Joy in Success and Mastery

As we continue to push through amid all the change, I wonder — what does it take to actually push through an unexpected, unnerving situation and get something done? Is it discipline? Strong values and beliefs? Just putting your head down and taking the brunt of it? Yes, and no. Simply putting your head down and forcing the issue is a great way to get started, but a lousy way to maintain activity — and spirit — long enough to actually make a difference. It's a short-sighted tactic for short-lived success. The recipe for long-term objective success has to have two components at its core: The action has to be in line with why you want to achieve what you want...

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The 5 Step Framework for Hacking Productivity, Taking Action, and Achieving Your Goals

Imagine an outstretched rubber band. Stretched at either side enough to be tight, but not tight enough to tear. What happens when you try to pull it at the middle? When you pull it to one side — towards yourself, for example — its immediate reaction is to spring back in the opposite direction with a force proportional to your pull. Its endgame? Getting back into its resting, balanced state. Simple visual. But an abstract concept that can also be used to explain much of how our bodies and minds work.

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The Only Motivational Advice You Need To Get Started

We’ve read the books and articles, heard the podcasts, listened to mentors and loved ones. We’ve been given a lot of advice on how to hack productivity, be better versions of us, and achieve our goals. You’ll find them in this (and many other) blogs, and in books that line store shelves and fill digital libraries. Some of the advice stirs our imaginations and fundamentally changes the way we see ourselves and the world. These lessons can be invaluable. But there’s a time and a place to use others’ wisdom in our own lives. More often than not, change has to start from within.

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Seesaw Prioritization: How to Achieve Your Goals Without Burning Out

Every relationship, from the one with our family, to the one we hold with our work, to the one with our smartphones, is a system in constant pursuit of balance. Every relationship is a playground game of seesaw: you at one end, the other party at the opposite. You and your friends. You and your family. Work. Technology. The relationship depends on just how well, and how high, each end can lift the other.

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