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All You Need Are a Few Small Wins Every Day

Seneca

“Each day, acquire something that will fortify you against poverty, against death, indeed against other misfortunes, as well and after you have run over many thoughts, select one to be thoroughly digested that day.”

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All You Need Are a Few Small Wins Every Day

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A Little Win A Day

Success is like that proverbial tasty-looking sausage, which is less appealing once we know how it is made.

Success in anything is made up of a daily grind and is a sum total of small wins.

Building Success

Entire books can be completed by simply writing ‘two crappy pages a day’, but do remember that the ‘first draft of anything you write is shit!

Sudden success, if any, is a flash in the pan, and a tree whose roots aren’t deep cannot stand tall for long.

Win Bigly

A business statistic shows that just a 10 % improvement across seven categories of business results in a doubling of profits for the company. Small changes spread wide, resulting in big wins.

Small tweaks in our lives, our email subject lines, our handwriting and art, decreasing our procrastination time, saving money time and energy can have an overall profound impact.

Seneca

Seneca

“Each day, acquire something that will fortify you against poverty, against death, indeed against other misfortunes, as well and after you have run over many thoughts, select one to be thoroughly digested that day.”

Small Steps, Right Direction

If we stick to our rules and keep progressing in small steps, we reach our destination, if the direction is right.

All we have to do is improve a little bit every day.

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  • Nutrition: We are what we eat, and having a good nutritious diet, full of green vegetables, nuts and seeds goes a long way. Avoid processed foods at any cost.
  • Oxygen: or fresh air is a primary need of the brain. Any daily exercise routine is best for brain health.
  • Information: The brain needs information to process, preferably high quality and diverse. Active learning, along with continuous mental challenges that get the cylinders firing is the way to nourish the brain and form connections. True learning reframes our entire mental model and helps the brain evolve.
  • Love: What keeps us happy and healthy is good, loving relationships, and the care and touch of loved ones.

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