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The Three Layers of Focus

The Three Layers of Focus

When a person is pursuing too many interests or projects at once, dividing their time and attention across them, we say they are not focused. When you get distracted by a notification on your phone while you are supposed to be doing work, we also say that you are not focused. When your mind wanders away from your breath during …

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7 Steps for Building Habits the Mindful Way

7 Steps for Building Habits the Mindful Way

Building good habits and breaking bad habits are important parts of self-discipline—although not the whole of it. Unlike many of my peers, I don’t see habit-building as a replacement for willpower and self-control but as an aid. First, what are habits? Habits are automatic behaviors. We call them good habits if they are aligned with our goals and values, and …

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If you want to learn more, learn less

If you want to learn more, learn less

We live in an age of overabundance of information. This seems like a great boon, because you always have immediate access to relevant articles and videos, and can endlessly feed your interests with new stimulation. But there are two big problems with this boon. The first one is that, in the words of Herbert Simon, “Information consumes the attention of …

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The Aspiration-Driven Life: Part 7 — Determination is the Key

The Aspiration-Driven Life: Part 7 — Determination is the Key

The three pillars of self-discipline—Aspiration, Awareness, and Action—culminate in determination. That is their essence and their ethos. With determination you naturally have focus, confidence, and power. It is the synthesis of motivation and commitment. What exactly is determination? It is a strong decision, made calmly and purposefully, that you hold on to no matter what. Borrowing terms from the chariot …

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Organization is Optimization

Organization is Optimization

Some people find organization—which is an expression of external self-discipline—boring. Others find it an interesting concept, but don’t put any efforts establishing it, or just don’t know how. Why does organization matter? To organize is to put each thing where it belongs, and keep each thing where it belongs. It is actually an exercise of focus and purpose. You keep …

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The Truth About Rumination

The Truth About Rumination

What is rumination, and why do we do it? Is there a way to stop it? Rumination happens when we are excessively engaged with repetitive thoughts, mostly of a negative nature. It could be worrying about the future, replaying an unpleasant conversation in our mind, regretting things said or done, dealing with intrusive thoughts, being anxious about something, or just …

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The Aspiration-Driven Life, Part 1 — Removing Obstacles

The Aspiration-Driven Life, Part 1 — Removing Obstacles

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Listen to the audio version of this article ☝🏻 A life devoid of aspirations might be comfortable, but it is not fulfilling. Your aspirations are your fuel for movement and growth. They make you feel more purposeful, engaged, and alive. Aspiration is the thread that weaves together all topics of personal…

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