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The Secret to Creating Value: Move Towards the Next Thing
Have you ever let one bad experience ruin the rest of your day? I know I have. In fact, I had an experience like that today and it taught me 3 valuable lessons. Let me share them with you now. I spent the entire morning writing an article that I really wanted to be good.

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Health and happiness

They are the foundation of living a remarkable life. There's something about physical movement that centers the mind.

If you're struggling with something mentally, then get out and mo...

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Live in the arena

... instead of judging from the crowd. If you play the game, you 'll produce average work, you'll make stupid decisions, you'll get beat by someone who is faster, or better.

It's bett...

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Move toward the next thing

... not away from the last thing.

If something isn't going well, then don't run from it. Find something else to get excited about instead. Spend as much time as you can doing things th...

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It means making time for what matters to you and having the discipline to commit to what is important to you instead of merely saying something is important to you.

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... is to make them easier, not earlier.

Forget about getting up insanely early every morning.  How much time we have in the mornings is far less important than how we spend the time we do have.

Prep your day the evening before

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A positive frame of mind

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The cumulative effect

The individual impact of any one piece of gratitude is small, but the cumulative effect is huge. The power of this habit comes from a multiplier effect that takes hold after practicing it for a month or two. You begin to realize that nearly every day is a good day (at least in a small way).

Gratitude is free

You start to realize how insignificant monetary things are for your day-to-day happiness. The majority of your grateful moments don’t cost a dime: time spent with friends and family, something nice someone said, a good workout that day. 

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