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How to measure and not measure a life

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How to measure and not measure a life
I've recently completed an extraordinary four weeks of research, writing and travel in Spain, ending in Barcelona after two weeks in Toledo, via a few days stay in both Zaragoza and Burgos. The pressure of unfamiliar places, the space to devote time to walking and soaking up the places, and writing, is perspective altering.

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Jim Collins

"If you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any."

Jim Collins

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The Essential Things

Normally we are tied up in the unessential, the trivial, small demands that take up our time and energy.

We need to prioritize the essential, the important, the things that really matter in life, like family, relationships, meaningful work, and what we love to do.

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Let Go

Let go of the things that are limiting you:

  • your excuses for not keeping your promises
  • your small thinking
  • your irrational fears
  • you being attached to outcomes rather than to the process
  • your complaining instead of problem-solving
  • your self-sabotage.

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Don't Waste Time

Don't waste time doing uncreative or unproductive stuff which is basically inessential nonsense, like mindless scrolling on social media.
Daydreaming, resting or playing is not time-wasting, but an essential part of our lives.

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Don't Tolerate Harassment

Set boundaries and speak up to any harassment you experience, instead of quietly tolerating to avoid conflict.
Having tough conversations with difficult people makes us know ourselves better.

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The Person You Want To Become

To be the person you want to become, embrace the following:

  • Courage to follow your passion
  • Gratitude
  • Hope
  • Keeping promises to you and your loved ones
  • Courage to face the day
  • Being what you want to become.

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