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The Philosophy Of Alan Watts

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The pain and pleasure principle

The pain and pleasure principle

(n.) Everything we do in life is driven by the need to avoid pain or the desire to gain pleasure.

"Humans will often do more to avoid pain than to gain pleasure"

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If you want to change your behavior, change what you link pain and pleasure to

If you want to change your behavior, change what you link pain and pleasure to

Step 1: Get yourself to feel a certain way and feel it strongly

Step 2: While you're feeling it.. link it to something else

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Example: Linking running (Pain) to pleasure (Song)

Example: Linking running (Pain) to pleasure (Song)

You feel sad so you go running while you listen a song. (Step 1: Felt sense of relief strongly)

"What gets fired together gets wired together"

When you take something challenging and make it an enjoyable experience this massively increases your chances to do it again in the future. That's because now your brain wants to do it. 

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Visualization is a powerful cheat code to success

Visualization is a powerful cheat code to success

The brain doesn't know the difference between imagination and reality.

When you're visualizing something you're actually building neural networks as if that experience had already occured.

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Procrastination

Procrastination

Example: School project. 

1. Humans will often do more to avoid pain than to avoid pleasure

2. Whatever you focus on becomes your reality

Ask yourself what will be the pain if you don't start this project now. Focus and visualize this picture in your head.

Start by taking baby steps but just start.

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Food as another example

Food as another example

When you're in the moment of whether or not to eat the whole package of cookies, you need to shift your focus and focus on the pain (where will you be in 6 months if you continue to overeat?)

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Consistency

Consistency

Everything that has value in life comes from consistency: success, wealth, relationships, health etc.

Consistency doesn't mean perfection. it is winning majority of the time.

For the times you fall, learn to get back on track and get used to it. 

Learn to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you.

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