Strategies to effortlessly achieve your goals.

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Each day, we face a continuous stream of choices. And together, the choices we make determine the trajectory of our lives. As the late, great Jim Rohn put it:

If you consistently make good choices, you’ll make remarkable progress toward your goals. But if you regularly make poor ones, they’ll always seem helplessly out of reach.

So…


Strategies to find and execute the few tasks that are truly important.

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Most people assume that being effective means getting a lot of things done each day. But that’s wrong. You can go through your entire life completing a huge amount of tasks that never amount to anything.

So, being effective is not amount quantity, but about quality. It’s about discerning the few tasks that are truly important and consistently getting them done.

That can be surprisingly difficult to do. So, in this article, I’ll share the most useful mental models to think and act more effectively.

1. The 80/20 Principle

In the late 1800s, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto was tending his garden when he noticed…


Strategies to improve your judgement.

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We all like to think that we can understand things clearly, come to sensible conclusions, and make rational decisions. But more often than not, we overestimate our own judgment.

Reality is always more complicated than it seems. The decisions we face are often more intricate than they appear. And to make matters worse, our minds often fall for cognitive biases and logical fallacies that distort our thinking and derail our reasoning.

Thinking is hard. But, luckily, a few simple concepts can make it much easier. …


Instead of trying to win, make sure you don’t lose.

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Charlie Munger is a billionaire businessman and the right-hand man of investing legend Warren Buffett. In one of his shareholder letters, Munger wrote:

While most people try to be smart, Munger and Buffett try to avoid being stupid. Rather than trying to win, they try to avoid losing. As Buffett puts it in one of his most famous sayings:

Munger and Buffett…


Happiness requires that you focus deeply in the areas of love and work.

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We all have many areas of our lives that we would like to improve. In fact, there are so many of them that it can get overwhelming.

If you’ve ever tried setting goals for every major category like your career, finances, health, family, education, personal growth, and so on, you probably know what I mean.

It’s easy to spread yourself too thin and make very little progress in all of them. And that’s why I find this little piece of wisdom from Sigmund Freud so helpful:

These two areas are really…


An important life lesson from one of the greatest sports coaches in history.

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Throughout his career, basketball coach John Wooden led his teams to a total winning record of 664–162. At times, his teams seemed nearly unbeatable with winning streaks as long as 88 games in a row.

Wooden was awarded the NCAA College Basketball Coach of the Year six times and was eventually inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Today, many sportswriters consider him the most accomplished coach that ever lived. Not just in basketball — but in all of sports history!

And one of Wooden’s central teachings is just as useful in life as it is in basketball.

Master the Fundamentals

Each year…


Create powerful cues, shape effective routines, and add compelling rewards.

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Your life today is essentially the sum of your habits in the past. The quality of your health, work, and relationships all depend on the habits you’ve had until now. So, when you learn how to build good habits, you can build a good life. You’ll find every behavior change strategy you need in this article. But first, we’ll explore the basic anatomy of habits.

How Habits Work

Researchers at MIT have discovered a simple neurological loop that underlies every habit. This “habit loop” has three parts:


The simple tool that will help you feel great and perform at your very best.

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I’ve tried countless self-improvement strategies over the years.

Most of them were fruitless. Some were somewhat useful. And a few were life-changing.

The strategy I’m going to tell you about today belongs in the latter category.

It’s super-simple, and yet it can have a considerable impact on how you think, feel, and perform every day.

To understand how it works, I first need to emphasize…

The Power of Keystone Habits

Have you ever noticed how some of your habits tend to “spill over” and affect other aspects of your life? These are your keystone habits.

As an example, one of my keystone habits is running.


Express your best self and make the most out of life.

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“What’s the meaning of life?”

This question has occupied countless philosophers throughout history. According to Stoicism, the answer to that question is eudaimonia. That word is tricky to translate, but you can think of it as personal flourishing.

And the way to attain eudaimonia is contained within the term itself. Etymologically, it consists of two words, eu (good) and daimōn (spirit).

So, to flourish in life, you have to be on good terms with your inner daimōn, which is basically your highest self.

In other words, you have to continually express the best version of yourself. When you do that…


Learn to love (or endure) your fellow humans.

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As you go through life, you will encounter difficult people. These interactions can be incredibly frustrating. And you’ll likely find yourself wishing that you could change these people.

You might even try to do it. But if you do, you’ll inevitably find that it’s a waste of time. No matter how badly you want to, you simply cannot control how others behave.

What you can control, however, is your own response to these people. You can choose how you want to perceive them. And you can decide how you want to respond in their presence. …

Patrik Edblad

I write about timeless ideas and science-backed strategies to feel great and perform at your very best. Get more from me at https://www.patrikedblad.com

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