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To err is human

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Technology evolves. Customer expectations change. Facebook tweaks its algorithm, again! All strategies and proven methods are temporary.

The pragmatist is always looking for a better way while following the practices that already work.

But there’s no way to identify what works without identifying what doesn’t work first. Strive a little toward imperfection.

Trial and error is the essence of survival. Consider doubling down on efforts that are showing promise.

We must remain in beta.

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Falling apart to bring it together

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We all share complex inner worlds. But how and what we think often conflicts with how we act. Such paradox calls for change.

We are a creature of rituals. It’s no surprise that when we stop drinking, smoking or acting cynical, other opportunities seem to open up. The mind and body work as an entire system; shoring up one vice motivates you to patch up the rest.

Developing self-awareness raises the flag for development. Acknowledging our vulnerabilities triggers the desire to improve. Taking care of yourself is an important job. And it starts right now.

Read Shakespeare’s Characters Show Us How Personal Growth Should Happen

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New year, new you

If you want to predict your future, scan the collection of moments from the present to the past.

Presumably, there are some things you want to change going forward in the new year. But the want is usually temporary; passion ebbs after the initial boost of interest.

The game of goal setting is tricky. Most people start too high and end up quitting. One way to counter high expectations is lowering the target to make it feel like you’re winning. Do three sets of one push-up instead of five. Run for half a minute. Read for 3 minutes. Do whatever it takes to rev up the emotional engine of accomplishment.

You are improvable. You care. This is why you have goals in the first place. A mind focused on progress defeats the stress of perfection. If you can remain consistent–maybe even a little excited–everything will take care of itself.

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No Matter What I Do, There Is Always a 27-Year-Old Doing It Better

I have come to understand that no matter how successful I become, there will always be a 27-year-old who is doing it better. Accepting this is an important step in overcoming the pain of jealousy.

Jealousy stirs up competition. But everyone needs some competitive edge otherwise we wouldn’t challenge ourselves to progress. Other people are our barometer. But if you’re not first, you’re not necessarily last either. You can still influencer; plus, you probably offer a different perspective.

The fact remains though: There’s always going to be someone better than you.

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Body Moving

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  • You are what you own.
  • You are what you wear.
  • You are where you work.
  • You are what you say and tweet.

Is your lifestyle a clear indication of who you are and what you really desire?

Most of the time we can’t get what we want, so our actions are pragmatically confined to what we can actually get and make the best of.

But if you adopt the thinking of your existing lifestyle you may dent your imagination. The will to believe beyond the way society defines you is the only way to convert fantasies into reality.

Reflection is both internal and external. You can accept it in perpetuity or you can think and chip away at the things you need to be happy. The work is waiting, but only if you really want it.

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Thinking [inside] the box

When we embrace what we have and the hurdles we inherent, we are forced to find alternative means of survival.

In escaping the day to day routine we acquire a broader perspective. Struggle pushes the mind to think different about our surroundings.

Being different isn’t always a matter of deliberate rebellion or weirdness but a natural outcome in recasting the cards we’ve been dealt.

Art is a beautiful struggle. Creativity is really an instrument for coping, requiring endurance and hope.

We should start with what life gives us and pivot when the essentials fail. Change facilitates evolution and avoids the pitfalls of stagnancy.