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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 09, 2019 at 01:30. 3 comments

Ask Yourself 'What Would This Task Look Like If It Were Fun?'

Ask Yourself 'What Would This Task Look Like If It Were Fun?'

If you follow productivity guru Tim Ferriss, you might be familiar with his mindset-changing question “What would this look like if it were easy?”

As he explains in his book Tribe of Mentors:

What would this look like if it were easy? is such a lovely and deceptively leveraged question. It’s easy to convince yourself that things need to be hard, that if you’re not redlining, you’re not trying...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 09, 2019. 3 comments

Become Happier by Building the Right Habits

Become Happier by Building the Right Habits

There are two kinds of happiness—the kind that lasts for an instant and the kind that can permeate an entire lifetime.

If you’re looking for the first kind of happiness, seek out novel experiences. Chase thrills, try new things, push your boundaries, and learn what brings you joy.

But don’t forget about the second kind of happiness, which might more accurately be called contentment. That kind...

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Stephanie Lee Stephanie Lee Oct 19, 2018.

The Only Way to Know What Works Is to Change One Thing at a Time

The Only Way to Know What Works Is to Change One Thing at a Time

When your scale weight goes bonkers, you’re tempted to pull out all the stops: eat less, move more, sacrifice a goat, and so on. If it works, it works, except you wouldn’t know which thing actually worked or didn’t work. The better way to know for sure is to make only one change at a time.

The most common reaction to stalled progress is to cut calories further and add more to an existing...

Stephanie Lee Stephanie Lee Jul 10, 2018. 2 comments

Encourage More Critical Thinking by Treating Every Day Like April Fool’s Day

Encourage More Critical Thinking by Treating Every Day Like April Fool’s Day

Every year on the first day of April, everyone puts on their thinking cap and knowingly views much of what they hear or see with a healthy dose of skepticism. Instead of doing this only on 4/1, treat every new piece of information as if it’s April 1st to think more critically every day.

While it might be harder to completely take people for suckers on April 1st nowadays, many...

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Mihir Patkar Mihir Patkar Dec 22, 2017. 17 comments

Overcome Shyness with "Radical Implosion"

Overcome Shyness with "Radical Implosion"

Shyness isn’t a lifelong personality trait. Learning to talk to strangers is a skill you can acquire. Want to know how Conan O’Brien and Will Ferrell got over their shyness? Using a technique called “radical implosion”.

Radical implosion is based on psychologist Albert Ellis’s shame-attacking exercise. The idea is to do something much more intimidating than whatever you’re afraid of. Once you...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Dec 15, 2017. 3 comments

Acknowledge the Stockdale Paradox To Optimistically Deal With Problems

Acknowledge the Stockdale Paradox To Optimistically Deal With Problems

The optimist smells the roses and the realist looks for the funeral. Being optimistic and realistic are opposites, right? According to the Stockdale paradox, it’s necessary to recognize both views to accomplish your goals.

The Stockdale paradox, named for Admiral James Stockdale, highlights the paradox of hoping for the best, but realistically expecting complications. The purely hopeful will...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Dec 14, 2017.

Define Success For Yourself Before You Start Taking Advice On How to Succeed

Define Success For Yourself Before You Start Taking Advice On How to Succeed

Before you even finish high school, you were probably bombarded with people telling you how to achieve “success.” Without your own definition, though, that advice is meaningless.

Among the people who like to give out advice, there’s often a much heavier emphasis on how to achieve success than there is in defining it. This is partly because only you can define what “success” means. It may mean...

Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Oct 31, 2017. 12 comments

“Getting Rich Is More Mental Than It Is Tactical”

“Getting Rich Is More Mental Than It Is Tactical”

It’s important to learn the basics of personal finance , but the way you think about money is perhaps more important. A lot of personal finance experts have said this in one way or another, but I like the way Mr. Money Mustache says it best: “getting rich is more mental than it is tactical.”

No Matter What, Building Wealth Always Comes Down to These Four Pillars

Building wealth is simple....

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Oct 13, 2017. 9 comments

Any Skill You're Not Practicing Is Wasting Away

Any Skill You're Not Practicing Is Wasting Away

Everyone’s heard the old adage, practice makes perfect. Practice isn’t just for building skills, though. It’s also for maintaining the ones you’ve already built.

As advice site The Art of Manliness explains, the skills you have already built can fade over time. Through disuse and neglect, your brain can start to forget even the most well-practiced skills if you go a long period of time without...

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Stephanie Lee Stephanie Lee Sep 28, 2017.

Why Doubt Can Be a Good Thing For Your Health Goals

Why Doubt Can Be a Good Thing For Your Health Goals

Doubt is essential to your health goals, says Mark Sisson. If you’re too sure and get stuck on your beliefs, you end up ignoring the other possibilities that can lead to the real ah-ha moments that help you break through plateaus and reach your goals. So, have a little doubt.

We’re all aware of the overwhelming information around health and fitness , but they’re not all quackery. Keep an open...

Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Sep 06, 2017. 12 comments

Adjust Your Beliefs to Handle the Crappy Events In Your Life Better

Adjust Your Beliefs to Handle the Crappy Events In Your Life Better

What you believe has a strong impact on how you perceive bad events. If you build your life around your job, losing it can hurt you a lot more than if you believe you can switch jobs and still be happy. Changing those beliefs can help make the inevitable bad events easier to deal with.

As advice site Barking Up the Wrong Tree explains, many of the bad events in our life are only as bad as we...

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Stephanie Lee Stephanie Lee Aug 29, 2017. 11 comments

Ease Anxiety Around Stressful Situations By Saying "I Am Excited"

Ease Anxiety Around Stressful Situations By Saying "I Am Excited"

When stress is high and anxiety has taken over, the hardest thing anyone can do is “calm down.” What if, instead, you capitalized on this negative, heightened emotion and turned it into a more positive one, like excitement. Start by telling yourself, “I am excited.”

They’re three simple words, but the “magic” is in how you’re shifting your focus from all the things that could go wrong to all...

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Stephanie Lee Stephanie Lee Aug 25, 2017. 7 comments

The “Paper Towel” Analogy Explains Why Weight Loss Is a Slow Process

The “Paper Towel” Analogy Explains Why Weight Loss Is a Slow Process

When we try to lose weight, the process can be so agonizingly slow that you’d wonder if it’s even happening at all. With the right effort, it is, and slowness is completely normal (and better for your long-term health). Here’s a perfect analogy to keep your mindset positive and motivation high: Think of that fat like a new roll of paper towels.

Called the “paper towel” analogy, this is a...

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Stephanie Lee Stephanie Lee Aug 25, 2017. 7 comments

Ease the Guilt From a Weekend Binge By Asking a Simple Question

Ease the Guilt From a Weekend Binge By Asking a Simple Question

The beginning of the week can often feel like the bottom of an alleyway dumpster from the weekend benders, poker night, or simply staying in with Netflix and an entire pizza. But dwelling on what you’ve (or shouldn’t have) done only makes things worse. Here’s how you can get over your remorse and move on.

If you have ever felt guilty for having ruined your diet and health efforts from a...

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Herbert Lui Herbert Lui Aug 22, 2017. 15 comments

The Antidote: Self-Help for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

<i>The Antidote</i>: Self-Help for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

Everyone wants to be happy. But despite our goal to be happy, many of us still go through life unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and stressed out. Oliver Burkeman's The Antidote won't bring you instant happiness, but it does share some extremely helpful guidance on how to weather life's hardships.

Who It's For

The subtitle for this book is "Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking", and...

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Herbert Lui Herbert Lui Aug 22, 2017. 16 comments

Four Phrases We All Say, but Should Remove From Our Vocabularies

Four Phrases We All Say, but Should Remove From Our Vocabularies

You probably say some things about yourself that you don't really mean, like laughing at your own laziness or asking about opinions that don't really matter. Unfortunately, the more you say them, the more power they have over you. Here are four phrases you should keep an eye on.

"I'm too lazy."

You might tell yourself this when you've done the bare minimum, or when someone makes a suggestion...

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Herbert Lui Herbert Lui Aug 21, 2017. 13 comments

Nine Quotes from Stoic Philosophers for Happier Days

Nine Quotes from Stoic Philosophers for Happier Days

Philosophy can be practical. Throughout history, some of the world's greatest minds used stoic philosophy to endure high pressure situations and make the most of tough times. Best of all, they're still relevant today.

Before we proceed, I'd like to make one thing clear—I'm far from a philosopher. However, two books have helped me enjoy each day a bit more, and also got me through some of my...

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Stephanie Lee Stephanie Lee Aug 19, 2017. 12 comments

How Rock Climbing Is Helping Me Get Over My Fear of Failure

How Rock Climbing Is Helping Me Get Over My Fear of Failure

Rock climbing is one hell of a strength-building workout. Not just for your upper body, but for everything. I recently joined a rock climbing gym in Los Angeles, paying $79 each month for something I actually love to hate. And yet I keep going because, in addition to training my body , I am really training to get over my fear of failure.

How I Went From Weight Lifting to Bodyweight Exercises...

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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Aug 19, 2017. 10 comments

Financial Success Is More Than Math: It's About Mindset

Financial Success Is More Than Math: It's About Mindset

Spend less than you earn is the golden rule of personal finance. It's incredibly simple, but it's not easy. Your brain likes to get in the way by tricking you to go against what you know to be true. Here's how your brain sabotages your finances, and how you can overcome those tendencies.

Keep Yourself Motivated, Whatever the Cost

Motivation is a tricky thing. Sometimes, it's hard to feel like...

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Stephanie Lee Stephanie Lee Aug 18, 2017. 19 comments

I Deadlifted 275 Pounds by Focusing on the Process, Not the Goal

I Deadlifted 275 Pounds by Focusing on the Process, Not the Goal

In August 2015, I boldly proclaimed that I would become a “deadlifting badass.” In my own world, that meant being able to deadlift 300 pounds. I struggled with 205 pounds at the time, so 300 felt like a dream goal, the kind a 4-year-old might blurt out. Then, last week I finally deadlifted 275 pounds for the first time!

Here’s the Instagram video of my recent milestone:

You must be thinking:...

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