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“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

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Qui-Gon to Anakin

Qui-Gon to Anakin

"Always remember, your focus determines your reality."

Your focus determines your reality

  • If you wake up focused on what a wonderful gift your life is, you'll have a great day.
  • If we keep our attention focused on one job at a time, we'll enjoy it and find it very productive.
  • If we focus on being healthy and fit, we will become healthy and fit through exercise and good eating.

Buddha

Buddha

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

Focus on a Goal

The most important determinant of whether you'll achieve a goal or stay with a new habit is not self-discipline, nor rewards, nor willpower, nor motivation. It is focus.

Having multiple goals spreads out your focus and makes it less likely that you'll complete any of them. Maintain your attention on one goal at a time.

Focus on the task

People find their greatest enjoyment when they're fully absorbed in a mindful challenge, known as "flow".

How to get into flow:

  • Find work that you're passionate about.
  • Clear away distractions and focus entirely on the task.

Focus on the Positive

Be aware of your negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. For example, instead of quitting your exercise routine, think about how great you feel. 

Focus on the good parts of your life. Be thankful for what you have.

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Taking On Two Or More Habits At Once

No matter how much enthusiasm we have for the goals, taking on even just two habits at once is setting ourselves up for failure, because greatly increases the difficulty of sticking to it.

Pick only one habit to change and devote all of your energy to that, and once it’s on autopilot, move on to the next one.

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5 Zen Principles To Live By
  1. Whatever you do, practice being in the moment.
  2. Makes sure you enjoy most moments of your day.
  3. Don’t look for happiness in other places. Find it right where...
Find Your Golden Hours

Schedule your most important tasks for the time of the day that suits you best.

It doesn't matter if you're not the most productive in the morning. Just find your golden hours and do y...

Start Easy And Work Up

Start with the small tasks, the ones you can finish in 10 minutes and run through them first.

You’ll feel motivated by the win of knocking out a couple of tasks quickly and ready to handle more serious work.

From Start To Finish

If the Pomodoro Technique doesn't work for you and you prefer to do tasks from start to finish in one sitting, you should adjust your plan to fit with your focus.

So work until you complete those tasks, and then take a break.

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