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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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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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The Aspiration-Driven Life: Part 5 — Taking Action Consistently

The Aspiration-Driven Life: Part 5 — Taking Action Consistently

Living your aspirations involves taking consistent action that affirms your core values and moves toward your goals, day after day. Action is how we manifest our vision into the world. It is the bridge between imagination and reality. Action is an expression of the willpower element of self-discipline, because every action requires some effort, and it’s often easier not to …

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Emotional Self-Mastery, Part 4: Sublimation

Emotional Self-Mastery, Part 4: Sublimation

The final skill of emotional self-mastery is sublimation, which is the art of transforming or redirecting our emotions. Here, instead of undoing or releasing difficult emotions, we channel them into more positive expressions. Our emotions contain, in themselves, a lot of energy. They naturally move us to action, and consume much of our attention. They catalyze our focus. So what …

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The Aspiration-Driven Life: Part 6 — Overcoming Obstacles

The Aspiration-Driven Life: Part 6 — Overcoming Obstacles

Whatever the goal you are pursuing, in any area of your life, one thing is certain: you will be tested. You will meet obstacles at every step of the way. If you have the right tools and mindset you’ll be able to overcome them and fulfill your aspiration; if not, you will eventually give up. By finding and embracing your …

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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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