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3-2-1: On Making Effective Decisions And Conquering Your Demons
Wisdom Wednesday #3
It's time for your weekly dose of wisdom (now on-time 3 Wednesdays in a row! *self highfive*).
Here's 3 Idea-bites from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 big-idea to think about this week.
3 Idea-bites From Me:
A wrong decision is infinitely better than indecision. Often we must take a path all the way to its end before realizing its not the path we wish to be on. Truly understanding what you don’t want is one of the best tools to finding what you do want. If you are stuck on the fence: Go all in on one option. You will quickly get the clarity you need.
A man deprived of an enemy, will create an enemy. The psychological necessity for defining “an evil other that is the cause of our problems” is hard coded in to human biology. It provided as much evolutionary utility as the drives for sex, food, status, and social acceptance. We’ve seen the damage this drive can cause, and attempted to solve it with Nihilism and moral relativism. But it’s backfiring. And If you are not careful, your latent programming to “destroy evil” will make you happily complicit in atrocity, just like your ancestors before you.
A mediocre plan you will execute on is infinitely better than a “perfect” one you won’t. If your don’t feel motivated to execute on (or are likely to succeed at) your “perfect plan”: you don’t have your perfect plan—you have someone else’s. Actually going on a walk is better than planning to go on a run. Actually eating one healthy meal a day is better than planning to eat healthy every meal every day. Actually talking to someone new is better than planning to be the world’s greatest social butterfly. Don’t get stuck in the platonic world of forms; execution is paramount.
2 Quotes From Others:
“Hard work could look like 16 hour days, but it could also look like you facing your demons.” — Chiara Mazzucco
“A harmless man is not a good man. A good man is a very dangerous man who has it under voluntary control.” — Jordan B. Peterson
1 Big-Idea From Me:
The 5 Step Process To Overcoming Any Obstacle:
When stressed, overwhelmed, stuck in indecision, or just feeling stagnant in your life: this framework is guaranteed to get you some progress (if you put in the time and effort to truly answer the questions).
Block off a half hour for this. Spend at least a few minutes journalling about each question.
What do you want?
Why do you want it?
What is the biggest thing in your way?
What are some ways you could fix, bypass, overcome, or redirect it?
What is one step you can take or system you can implement today that will improve your trajectory toward it?
That's all for today!
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