You might not have a lightbulb moment when using these tools. The right way to look at these methods is to not expect a change right away. These are tools you apply, focus on and work on until you feel, sleep and think them. If you don’t notice much of a change in the first week, stick with it. After a couple weeks, you’ll notice a shift in your mentality towards a more general positive outlook. A positive shift in your eating habits takes time to show the impacts, so do these shifts in your mental health.
Let the mind go and be in action. Focus on the breath and let the mind go quiet. Rather than thinking about what you’re doing, judging it, thinking about why you like it or don’t like it, just do it. The mind has all sorts of opinions. It’s possible to detach from the pain and allow yourself to be in an observer state.
Positive Self Talk. He envisioned his family and friends cheering him on, rather than wondering what they’d say if he didn’t make it. He said this is a foundational piece that he uses all the time. Recently, he’s getting back into better shape and he realized he wasn’t using this tool enough. By starting to use positive self-talk again, his gym experiences are a lot more fun. It helps to not be hard on himself for not being able to “go as hard” in the gym like he used to.
Reddit, now the 4th largest website in the US, owes a lot to Steve and Alexis figuring out how to circumvent the catch-22 of their business. They made their site feel lively when new people showed up even though much of that activity was just the two of them.
In a class Steve Huffman, one of the founders of Reddit, taught on Udacity, Steve mentions how he built a UI to submit URLs and add a username to the submission. That’s weird. Normal submission sites just use the username you’re logged in with. But this UI was just for Steve and Alexis, the two founders, so they could keep adding new usernames to the submissions and have them instantly registered.
Catch-22 is now a popular expression from the 1961 book of the same name by Joseph Heller. “Catch-22” was a rule by the fictional military portrayed in the book, in which a pilot wasn’t allowed to fly if they were crazy. So to stop flying, the pilot would have to fill out an application to get removed from duty. But the act of filling out the application was a sign they weren’t crazy, so they had to keep flying.
He narrowed it down to 500 masterpieces by 76 composers. By mapping out a timeline for each individual, he looked at when a piece was produced. Outside of only three artists, every composition was written at least a decade after they started to take their work seriously.