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If You Knew Something Would Improve Your Life, Why Wouldn't You?

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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If You Knew Something Would Improve Your Life, Why Wouldn't You?

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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 meet that reality.

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

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

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. 

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

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.

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

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

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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Self-created struggles

See life as it is, without all the ideals and fantasies you’ve been preoccupied with.

The vast majority of our struggles are self-created, and we can choose to overcome them in an instant.

Fearing judgment from others
We fear the judgments of others, even though their judgments about us are rarely valid or significant.

Tying your self-worth to everyone else’s opinions gives you a flawed sense of reality because people judge us based on a pool of influences in their own lives that have absolutely nothing to do with us.

Past experiences
In many ways, our past experiences have conditioned us to believe that we are less capable than we are.

We need to learn from the past, but also to be ready to update what we learned based on how our circumstances have changed.

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Jordan Peterson

"You’re not as nice as you think. And you’re not as useless as you think"

Jordan Peterson
The Aim of Living
Psychology Professor Jordan Peterson's self-help book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos provides some out-of-the-box ways of living life, borrowing from the works of Nietzsche, Freud, Jung, and Dostoevsky, which are unconventional sources for this kind of work.
Life as a Tragedy
Jordan Peterson’s view of the world around him is complex, and he tries to simplify this with books.
  • We are just a speck in this huge, complex world, inviting us to be humble. 
  • Happiness, he says, is a pointless goal,
  • Only compare yourself with your yesterday, not with others.

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Happy people vs. miserable people

Happy people engage in more happiness-boosting habits while unhappy people engage in more misery-inducing habits. 

You can choose which habits to cultivate in your life. If ...

Happy People Experience Flow Often
Flow is a state of complete absorption and full involvement in the present moment. 

It is marked by intense concentration, a sense of timelessness, and a loss of self-consciousness. It’s a deeply healing and enjoyable state and one that greatly contributes to our happiness.

Activities of happy people
  • They meditate.
  • They exercise regularly. “Surveys show that exercise may very well be the most effective instant happiness booster of all activities.”
  • They stop and smell the roses. 
  • They spend time with their furry friends.
  • They spend time outside.

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