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4 common lies about performance and productivity

https://www.fastcompany.com/90401333/4-common-lies-about-performance-and-productivity

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4 common lies about performance and productivity
When it comes to becoming the best version of yourself, there's a lot of bad advice out there. Sure, bodies and minds typically work better if they're healthy, rested, and filled with the proper nutrients. But some experts warn that a combination of our interest in "hacking" and quick fixes coupled with all-or-nothing thinking could actually backfire.

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Bad advice

Advice that promises a shortcut or a universal truth is usually bad advice.

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One right way to do things

When someone prescribes a specific formula or time limit for an activity, be skeptical. 

Whether it’s exercise, meditation, or other routines, don’t let all-or-nothing thinking deprive you of the benefits of doing something—even for a little while.

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Being around positive people

Stop seeking out only positive people and those with similar mindsets. People with a more pessimistic style may teach you lessons about how you want to view the world. They may also be able to see pitfalls and concerns that those with more rose-colored glasses don’t readily see.

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Using 'hacks'

Making changes to your life is hard work. There are no shortcuts. 

You can’t just do one simple thing and have your life fall into place.

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Trusting the process

Just following a process isn’t enough. If you don’t know your goal and what it’s going to take to get there, no amount of focus on the process is going to be enough.

You need context, measurement, and engagement to truly move the needle on your personal growth and effectiveness.

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Happy people are generous
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  • They spend money on experiences.
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  • They forgive (themselves and others). 

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  • They don’t compare themselves to others.
  • They practice gratitude.
  • They are hopeful and optimistic.
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Having Things to Look Forward To

Happy people tend to live active and somewhat busy lives. They meet up with friends after work, go on a hiking trip with the family on the weekend, and play tennis every Wednesday morning with a friend. 

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