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If You Knew Something Would Improve Your Life, Why Wouldn't You?
When you're caught in a self-defeating cycle, it can feel impossible to get out. Quite disturbingly, you begin to believe the suffocation of negativity is "normal." As Dr. Joe Dispenza has said, "What if just by thinking we make our inner alchemy out of the normal state, the self-regulation system of the body eventually considers this abnormal state to be the normal one?"

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Adapting to expectations

Your mind, body, and emotions adapt to your expectations and standards.

If you become comfortable with self-defeat and skepticism, your body and brain literally adjust themselves to me...

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Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.”

James Allen

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Knowing what to do is easy

Everyone knows what they should do. Doing what you know, however, is rare. 

And that, right there, is the dividing line between happiness and misery, failure and success. 

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“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

Woody Allen

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Showing up

If you keep showing up, you can’t help but succeed. 

But it's a rare thing: most people are in a state of passivity, not activity.

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“Knowledge is not power. Knowledge is only potential power. Action is power.”

Tony Robbins

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Wisdom and understanding

... are the product of consistently living what you know

And it’s the difference between happiness and misery, failure and success.

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The first purpose of sleep is restoration.

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The second purpose of sleep is memory consolidation.

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Life as a Tragedy

Jordan Peterson’s view of the world around him is complex, and he tries to simplify this with books.
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  • Only compare yourself with your yesterday, not with others.

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