Self-Accountability

Using an accountability buddy to help you consistently stick with a habit or work on a goal is fine as a temporary measure to get yourself into the flow of action, but it’s also a crutch. Ultimately you want to be accountable to yourself first and foremost, not to a buddy, team, company, organization, app,…

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Your Work Attitude

This is one of my favorite quotes from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (in the passage on work): Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those…

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Self-Absorption

One trap that many personal development enthusiasts fall into is becoming overly self-absorbed, which severely limits their results in the long run. Working on your own problems and challenges can be rewarding when you start getting results that matter to you. Maybe you adopt a new habit like becoming an early riser, and it feels…

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Better Than Spirit Guides

I learned about spirit guides and how to communicate with them around 1994. For many years afterwards, I practiced this mode of gaining insight through various visualizations and meditations. I found it semi-useful, but I don’t use this interface much today anymore. Are spirit guides real or not? There’s no way to know, and it…

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Generative Learning

Generative learning is when you generate your own solutions to a problem or challenge, get feedback from reality, and learn from your mistakes. This is similar to the evolutionary development model of software development, whereby you do some coding, play around with your app, and then evolve it some more. Contrast this with learning solutions…

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Being Stimulant-Free

I like being 100% stimulant free – no coffee, caffeinated tea, chocolate, caffeinated soda, etc. This means no decaf either since decaf still contains some caffeine. I base this on lots of personal experimentation. I’ve gone some years of my life with no stimulants, and I’ve also gone for long stretches consuming coffee daily. The…

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Discipline Ripples

A nice side effect of my daily blogging challenge is that it’s helping me become more disciplined in other areas of life. This in turn increases my capacity to get more done because I can trust that I’ll have abundant discipline to flow through more tasks and projects. I expected that there would be some…

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Herd Stupidity

I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of evidence of herd stupidity recently. One recent example is that when Wisconsin’s Supreme Court abruptly overturned their state’s lockdown, people began flocking to bars and snuggling up nice and close to each other with no protection. Such behavior will just make the virus hornier. Similar behavior has been happening…

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