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If You Feel Unsure About The Future, You Don't Need More Inspiration, You Need Better Principles

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If You Feel Unsure About The Future, You Don't Need More Inspiration, You Need Better Principles
If you feel lost, or as though you don't know where you want your life to go next, or worse, fear that everything you have built could come crashing down, you don't need more inspiration. You don't need more positive thinking. You do not need more Pinterest photos or aspirational quotes.

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Inspiration vs Principles

If you feel lost, or as though you don’t know where you want your life to go next, you don’t need more inspiration. 

You need principles. Without them,  your life is not going to ge...

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What a principle is

It's a fundamental truth that you can use to build the foundation of your life. A principle is not an opinion or a belief. A principle is a matter of cause and effect.

Principles can b...

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Why inspiration is ineffective

Inspiration can be misleading. Big dreams not backed by strategized plans are big flops waiting to happen.

Inspiration means you take a feeling and elaborate on it. You allow your m...

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Developing your own principles

Begin with this:

  • What do you value?
  • What do you want to experience in your life?
  • What makes you uneasy or gives you anxiety?

For examp...

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Having clear principles

A good life is built from the inside out and is based on a foundation of self-conduct and prioritization. It’s not as dreamy as a vision board, but it’s a lot more effective.

When you are clear on w...

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Authentic chocolate makers are like fine chefs and are obsessed about the texture, character and ethical origins of their beans.

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High-pressure moments as a (fun) challenge

Most people see "pressure situations" as threatening, and that makes them perform even less well. 

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One of many opportunities

Is this high-pressure situation a good opportunity? Sure. Is it the only opportunity you will ever have for the rest of your life? Probably not.

Before an interview or a big meeting, give yourself a pep talk: "I will have other interviews" (or presentations or sales calls). 

Focus on the task

Instead of worrying about the outcome, worry about the task at hand.

That means developing tunnel vision. When you keep your eye on the task at hand (and only the task at hand), all you can see is the concrete steps necessary to excel.

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Reappraising Conversations

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Don’t Be Self-Centered

It’s key to connecting with people to suspend your ego; to put your own needs, wants and opinions aside. Anxiety does the opposite bringing your feelings and expectations to the forefront.

Focus on the other person. Simply listen to what they have to say and ask them to tell you more. 

Reappraisal

Just because you feel it doesn’t make it real. Feelings come from beliefs. Change the beliefs and feelings will change.

Research and anecdotal evidence show that the simple act of positively reimagining something can be enough to decrease anxiety.

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