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How to get started with difficult tasks

Why we overcomplicate things

We overcomplicate things at the start because we're scared to make big changes.

We're very complacent and comfortable with our lives at the moment, so instead of doing things that will have a big impact, we spend our time on details that don't matter.

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How to get started with difficult tasks

How to get started with difficult tasks

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Most problems can be solved with simple solutions

Normally, things aren't as complicated as we want to make them out to be. Most problems have simple solutions. What adds complexity is the way we put into action these solutions.

To build wealth for instance, you must spend less than you earn. This is the fundamental rule of personal finance,

A variation of the optimization trap

The optimization trap is the belief that a few small adjustments have more impact than they actually do. Optimizing little things is usually a way for people to feel like they're doing something meaningful when they're actually avoiding big, scary moves that could truly make a difference.

Allowing perceived complexity to keep you from doing what you have to do is a variation of the optimization trap.

Why we overcomplicate things

We overcomplicate things at the start because we're scared to make big changes.

We're very complacent and comfortable with our lives at the moment, so instead of doing things that will have a big impact, we spend our time on details that don't matter.

For overthinkers, action is key

Instead of obsessing about finding the perfect way to start something, leave perfection aside and start anywhere.

When starting a long journey, a perfect first step isn't critical. If you stumble at the start of a marathon, it makes no difference. All that matters is that you've begun running.

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The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is an effort to go back to eating how we’re biologically designed to eat, allowing us to tap into our genetic potential and start living healthier immediately.

Lose weight on the Paleo Diet

  1. Eat fewer calories than you burn every day.
  2. Eat mostly real food if you want to be healthy.
  3. Do those two things consistently for a decade to KEEP the weight off.

When you only eat real food and avoid all unhealthy food, you’re more likely than not going to run a caloric deficit – and thus lose weight.

Eat the following:

  • Meat – GRASS-FED, not grain-fed. 
  • Fowl – Chicken, duck, hen, turkey.
  • Fish – Wild fish, as mercury and other toxins can be an issue in farmed fish
  • Eggs – Omega-3 enriched cage free eggs.
  • Vegetables – As long as they’re not deep-fried, eat as many as you want.
  • Oils – Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil – think natural.
  • Fruits – Fruits have natural sugar, and can be higher in calories, so limit if you’re trying to lose weight.
  • Nuts – High in calories, so they’re good for a snack only.
  • Tubers – Sweet potatoes and yams. Higher in calories and carbs.

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Create the conditions to write

Create the conditions to write
  • Make the time for writing. We all have those absent-minded moments in our day when we're not doing anything. If we use that time to write, we can actually get a lot done...

There's no one "right" way to write

Some people plan ahead their and outline their novels, others just jump in a wing it.Experiment, start with something and see what works for you.

Try to show up for your characters. It's not important how you do it, as long as you do it.

Find your people

  1. When you feel a bit stuck, and walking the dog or organizing the closet doesn't help, speak to a friend with a different way of thinking. Or talk to a friend who's writing a book.aaa

  2. You don't just have to stick to friends. Reach out to other writers who can talk through any issue you're having with your book.

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Seth Godin

"If you set your bar at amazing, it’s awfully difficult to start."

Seth Godin

Learning vs comparing 

Learning from others is great. But comparing your current situation to someone who is already successful can often make you feel like you lack the required resources to get started at all. 

What is Optimal vs. what is Needed

Great gear can make your life much easier on the road, but it’s not required. You don’t need new cooking bowls to start eating healthy. And you don’t need a new backpack to start traveling.  

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