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The Power of the People Around You

Epictetus

“Remember that if you consort with someone covered in dirt you can hardly avoid getting a little grimy yourself.”

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Epictetus

Epictetus

“Remember that if you consort with someone covered in dirt you can hardly avoid getting a little grimy yourself.”

Your Community Is Your Motivation

Working to build a better self almost always means working to build a better community or tribe with which you surround it.

The people with whom you surround yourself have a tremendous impact on your life. In several ways, they shape your thinking and become the reason for your motivation.

Herd Mentality of Positive Motivation

Positivity rubs itself in the same ways in a group, where individual thinking starts getting aligned with the kind of group it is in.

Example: An inactive or lethargic person will start to get more active if he is joining an active group for the morning jog, as the motivation and the energy will rub off on him.

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Focus on the emotional reward

Focus on the feeling you feel after doing something that you know is good for you.

  • The adrenaline rush.
  • The feeling of being fit and healthy.
  • The relief you feel after having finished a big project.
  • The pride you gain from an accomplishment.
  • The confidence you feel after having faced your fear.

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Reading vs doing

Reading about self-improvement can be a compliment or a substitute for taking action.

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The dominating factor

To find out if the substitute or complement dominates will depend on many factors.

  • The material itself. Some types of self-improvement provide a large emotional payoff but are weak on substantial follow-up. They don't make good complements.
  • The Nature of the self-improvement task. Some types of self-improvement work are difficult. In those areas, it might be easier to consume self-improvement material instead.
The problem with substitution

Without doing and solving the main issue, more information will only be counterproductive.

Trying to offer encouragement may be harmful in the long-run. The best treatment involves confronting the anxiety and not to reduce the tension by consolation. By offering sympathy, you are escaping from your anxiety - a short-term relief that reinforces the pattern of the original stress.

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Uncomfortable situations

Besides the well-known health advantages, in a world where comfort is king, arduous physical activity provides a rare opportunity to practice embracing uncomfortable situations.

Exercise is a keystone habit

 A change in one life area that brings about positive effects in other area. Exercise it’s not just vanity. What you do in the gym makes you a better, higher-performing person outside of it. When you develop physical fitness, you’re developing life fitness, too.