Since most of our motivating tensions come from our difficulties, we create struggles to feel the motivation.
To escape this trap, we need to shift our philosophy of life away from fixing our problems and onto goals that you know won't explicitly improve your life. These include service to others, pursuing mastery, or creative vision.
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