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Anti-Fragility as We Train Ourselves to Improve : zen habits

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The fragile, non-resilient approach to change

The fragile, non-resilient approach to change

The problem when we try to change make changes in our lives:

  • We set out to do something regularly (for example, exercise, meditate or write something)
  • We fail at it
  • We might beat ourselves up, get discouraged, and give up.

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The idea of anti-fragility

The idea of anti-fragility

It comes from Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book Black Swan. The main idea is that many human-made systems are fragile. Something comes to stress the system, and it falls apart. Some systems are robust or resilient, which is much better than fragile.

Even better is the idea of being anti-fragile: stress makes the system stronger.

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Failure helps systems get stronger

We can make human-made systems more anti-fragile by designing ways that stress will make the system better able to handle stress.

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Key ideas for Anti-Fragility

  • Expect failures.
  • Create systems that are able to get stronger with stresses & failure.
  • Removing fragility from systems.
  • Take small risks often.
  • Embrace uncertainty, risk and discomfort.
  • Keep the "always learn & get better from failure" attitude.

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"The greatest remedy for anger is delay."

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Postponing Things With Little Value

We often have an urge to do things that have no productive value, but we still do them due to the forces of habit or when we cannot say no to others.An effective way to deal with such tasks is to delay them.

Whether it is snacking, playing a video game, browsing videos, or even smoking, one can delay the desire for doing the activity by keeping oneself intentionally busy.

Listen To Understand

While listening to others speak, a million thoughts come to our mind, about how we have handled similar situations, and how many mistakes the other person has made in what is being stated. We normally blurt out at the first chance and criticize the other person, or boast about our superhuman abilities.

A better way is to delay that, keeping quiet and simply listening to the other person, focusing on one's breath if needed.

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The Magic of a Fresh Start

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We are allowed to reinvent ourselves and what ever we may be facing. We can reinvent what we want our lives to be. We can always recommit, and remind ourselves why we are committed to this. This fresh start is available to us in every single moment.