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Five Steps to Crystal Clear Thinking

Give Up Magical Beliefs

You can’t borrow someone’s motivation. No matter how many books you read or chants you do you won’t become more motivated.

Motivation comes from inside. It comes from you and nowhere else.

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Five Steps to Crystal Clear Thinking

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Self Reliance

If you’re waiting for someone to give you the right training to change your job or do something radically different in life you will wait forever. 

It’s up to you to train yourself. It’s the only way to learn anything. So make the time for it.

Learning to Learn

Learning is not a rigidly formal system of precisely labeled steps.

Learning is messy. It’s trial and error. It’s failing and then failing again and then slowly figuring it out.

Critical Thinking

It is the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.

Question everything. You have to figure out the truth for yourself. If you were taught something was true, ask yourself why. How do you know? How can you prove it to yourself?

Step Into Someone Else’s Shoes

When you become absolutely fixed with your opinions or beliefs, you’re essentially frozen.

The smartest people know how little they know. They’re open to change.

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Replace The Bad With Some Good

Take a negative thought and change it to something encouraging that's also accurate. Repeat until you find yourself needing to do it less and less often. 

Notice And Stop That Thought

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"If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minute..."

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First Principles Thinking
We normally use existing methodologies and analogies to solve problems, which is essentially short-cut thinking.
Engaging in 'First Principles Thinking' makes us discard existing knowledge, and get down to the essentials, exploring on our own and questioning everything. This uncharted terrain takes us to the absolute truth which we call the First Principle. When we understand the core of the problem, we can build creative and unique solutions.
    Using The First Principles Thinking

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    • Applying the first principles toward good health will make us feel considerably better than obeying some diet or exercise routine that we hate.

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