If you’re striving to do something big, you will not be able to do it alone.
Reach out to the right people. People who won’t let you fail. Or, who will at least give it to you straight when you’re going the wrong direction. And you will go the wrong direction, from time-to-time, because egos, money, time, and other things are on the line.
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As reaction to panic or stress the body pumps adrenaline, making you breath faster and certain parts of the body feel tight, that makes us prone to often incorrect snap judgments. When having that kind of response, close your eyes, take a few breaths, and take some time to consider your next action.
That buys you time to physically calm down enough to make a more considered choice.
Be skeptic, meditate, learn from previous mistakes, know what the data and it’s context means, and trust your informed judgment.
Focus on the quality of information you’re getting, not the quantity.
Set a time limit for yourself, and ensure you’re not using your decision-making angst as a procrastination device.
If you see that you prefer familiar and easier choices, ensure they aren’t being reframed to support something you wish was true.
Crisp, clear decisions may seem like the best kind of decisions, but they may cost you time and extra effort when often the details may not even matter.
Forcing yourself to choose may lead to you making high-risk decisions and ignoring alternatives.
Imagine the effort you’re considering was a fantastic success, and then that it was an unequivocal disaster. Then, analyze the reasons for both to find blind spots, dampen excessive optimism, and bridge the gap between short-term and long-term thinking.
"Success" isn't just having lots of money. Many people with lots of money have horribly unhappy and radically imbalanced lives. Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate. So why won't most people be successful? Why don't most people evolve?
Getting up early isn’t enough. You need to put first things first. When you put your top priorities first, then you ensure they make it into the bucket of your day. After your main priorities have been completed, the rest will fill the gaps.
Are you making a resolution for 2018? Warning: More than half of all resolutions fail, but this year, they don't have to be yours. Here's how to identify the right resolution to improve your life, create a plan on how to reach it, and become part of the small group of people that successfully achieve their goal.
If you want to quit a bad habit, start by identifying its 3 main parts: the cue, the routine, and the reward. After you check the cue and your routine that follows it, you can swap the routine with something good (or less bad) to do.
For example: If you feel the cue of smoking, replace the smoking with some other activity like having a cup of coffee.