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Productivity & Work

How to keep the good, going

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What goes up must come down. Complacency eventually turns into panic. Once the stream of contentedness kicks in, progress stymies. The will to compete and improve wanes. Expectations which set the tone of achievement, fall at the wayside.

Motivation is a wonder drug. As Brian Eno said, “Everything good comes from enthusiasm.” The urge to improve and inject meaning onto the world protects against a mediocre existence. Once we feel inspired, the tendency is to do as much as we can for as long as we can.

To keep it going, we have to protect against two things: burnout and lost excitement. Overburdening the nervous system with the next-task is a precondition for indifference. If we want the care to go on, we require sanity checks like rest, disconnection, and breaking patterns.

Once the spirit dips and the automaton sets in, a recharge is mandatory. To prevent spinning out of control, we seek to re-energize by inciting alertness. Once we notice that was there was there all along, salient for human eyes, we realize we’re on the road to recovery.

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

Henry David Thoreau

The dip is a sign to move on, to start again before we’re ready. The thrill of beginning again and riding the wave of opportunity keeps the good going. Long-term accomplishment is never luck but the result of the flame of hard work.

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Arts Creativity

Revolutionizing tomorrow

Doing what your told is better than standing still. But it is mostly preferred to revolutionize tomorrow, even with the most rudimentary of variables: human will. #gif
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Enough schooling will kick the creativity out of you. What it doesn’t teach you is how to push ideas to completion. That comes within.

The interested artist stops for nobody even if that means painting from memory, not life. Hyper-vigilant to blind spots, the curious maker is also looking to out-innovate themselves.

Doing what your told is better than standing still. But it is mostly preferred to revolutionize tomorrow, even with the most rudimentary of variables: human will.

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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work

The missing ingredient

The game is in our heads, not always in our hands. Like a skilled attuner we can produce ideas in a Ford production line and then pull back into idleness.

If you look at Maslow’s Hierarchy, we already have everything we need. The only missing variable is motivation and perhaps some WiFi.

We know nothing and then we accumulate slowly. It is within that process we decide the frequency of knowledge and how we should apply it. Life is an experiment that requires multiple tests, not just multiple choice.

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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work

Looking for aim and purpose

Persistence is the key that separates the professional from the hobbyist. The professional does three things: #giphy #motivation #work
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Persistence is the key that separates the professional from the hobbyist.

The professional does three things

  1. He sticks to a strict schedule
  2. He completes the work, no matter the circumstances
  3. He progresses, listening to feedback and strengthening his weak points

The professional devours aim and purpose. He is ok with banal routines as a means to validate the placebo.

From hard work to head work, there’s always room for the person who never gives up.

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Productivity & Work

The biggest productivity tip of 2019

The biggest productivity tip anyone can offer is to do it now. No more waiting, no more excuses, no more muses. #gif #productivity #2019
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The biggest productivity tip anyone can offer is to do it now. No more waiting, no more excuses, no more muses.

The biggest productivity trap is to postpone, to wait until all conditions are ideal before getting started. Perfection is a recipe for disaster.

Words mean nothing without action. Once you realize such a banal statement, it also becomes apparent how a lot of folks can’t do it. They don’t have the heart to start.

Now or never, we can offer a true response or keep letting the age of acceleration pass us by.

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Psychology Tech

Avoid the suck

The carrot dangles, tempting a response. But the incentive is not always worthy.

The carrot dangles, tempting a response. But the incentive is not always worthy.

What we need more is a beautiful constraint, to cease ourselves from the pursuit of vices.

To follow unconsciously is another person’s business opportunity. Once we investigate the soul, the rest follows, and we can avoid the trap.

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Life & Philosophy Quotes

‘If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.’

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“If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.”

Jim Rohn

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Life & Philosophy

One small change

Sometimes it is one small change that makes all the difference. And seeking it makes our aspirations feel alive.

The alternative is adopting other people’s anxiety, locked into a cohesive occupied mind like a flock of sheep.

When you go for it, you should expect to fail but learn a lot too. Escaping the treadmill of everyday life is so much more exciting.

As they say, the best things disrupt your life. It is much better being wide awake chasing ideals than enduring a life oblivious to us.

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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work Psychology

The courage to believe

If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?

Faith drives action. Faith drives results. Without faith, nothing works.

Indifference and pessimism are attractive because they’re the easiest to obtain, the most accessible to deploy and practice.

“Ask yourself this: would your childhood self be proud of you, or embarrassed?”

Julien Smith, The Flinch

Pursuing the good stuff requires work that’s never easy. The game of goal-setting aks for obstacles. But that’s where excitement and expectation push you forward.

Beliefs are mere guesses

Wouldn’t you prefer to cultivate courage and confidence rather than cowardice and negativity? Never blind to the outcome, but never sold on the end-game of hurdles either.

Always remember that where your attention goes, your energy flows.

Kevin Horsley, Unlimited Memory

Appreciate the grind. Remaining perpetually interested should become part of your mind.

Until belief exists, action has not really begun.

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Creativity Daily Prompts Life & Philosophy

How to avoid the comparison bubble

How to avoid the comparison bubble

It’s easy to get caught up in the comparison bubble. You always want what we don’t have. You are incorrectly taught to copy, just as you’re erroneously taught to think in absolutes.

Celebrate what makes you unique

You should do what makes you unique. You should feel free to steal ideas from other people and build on top of them. Don’t just copy-paste.

The worst nightmare will be looking back on your efforts and thinking we you just couldn’t be yourself.

Being different, standing out, is what should push you on.

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