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How to Beat Perfectionism, Make Progress, and Find Happiness

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How to Beat Perfectionism, Make Progress, and Find Happiness
Most people think of philosophy as a system of ethics or an explanation of the purpose of life, so they miss its most practical aspects. Ancient philosophy was a way to create mental clarity - to clear the mind of what psychologists today refer to as cognitive distortions.

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When we question our thinking

People became philosophers when they began to question what guides their thinking and analyze their thoughts.

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All-or-nothing thinking

Today, one of the most common destructive thought patterns is all-or-nothing thinking. In other words, perfectionism.

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Pragmatism and perfectionism

Pragmatism — as opposed to perfectionism — does not share the same paralyzing hang-ups; it takes what it can get.

Our pursuits should be aimed at progress, no matter how much it’s possible for us to make.

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Thinking like radical pragmatists 

....ambitious, aggressive, and rooted in ideals, but also imminently practical and guided by the possible.  Not thinking small, but making the distinction between the critical and the extra.  💪 

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Turning obstacles into advantages

At the very root of Stoicism there is a very simple, though not easy, way of living: Take obstacles in your life and turn them into your advantage, control what you can and accept what you can’t.

“In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories: externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control. Where will I find good and bad? In me, in my choices.”

“In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories: externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control. Where will I find good and bad? In me, in my choices.”

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