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How Are You Designing Your Life?

1. Behavior Drives Motivation

“You’re more likely to act yourself into feeling, than feeling yourself into action.” — Jerome Bruner, Harvard psychologist

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2. Action Precedes Inspiration

“This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.” — Steven Pressfield

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3. Success Precedes Confidence

“Do what is right; let the consequence follow.” — Anon., The Psalms of Life, Boston, 1857

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How much fire do you currently have to pursue something powerful?

How much fire are you lighting in others?

4. Behavior Shapes Personality

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” — Albert Einstein

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5. You Make Or Break Your Life Before 8AM

“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.” — Richard Whately

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If you do not start right, you will have a hard time reversing negative momentum.

If you do not start right, you signal to yourself that you’re completely fine with the status-quo.

If you do not start right, you decrease your motivation and confidence throughout the day, which leads to increasingly impulsive and negative decision-making. It’s a vicious cycle.

6. 100% Is Easier Than 98%

“If you give in to “just this once,” based on a marginal-cost analysis, you’ll regret where you end up. That’s the lesson I learned: it’s easier to hold to your principles 100 percent of the time than it is to hold to them 98 percent of the time. The boundary — your personal moral line — is powerful because you don’t cross it; if you have justified doing it once, there’s nothing to stop you doing it again. Decide what you stand for. And then stand for it all the time.” — Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business Professor

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7. When You Make A Decision The Universe Conspires To Make It Happen

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” — Napoleon Hill

8. Write It Down Watch It Happen

“Writing organizes and clarifies our thoughts. Writing is how we think our way into a subject and make it our own. Writing enables us to find out what we know — and what we don’t know — about whatever we’re trying to learn.” — William Zinsser

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WHO can help you achieve this?

WHO do you need to learn from and be mentored by?

WHO has the networks and connections and capabilities to help you achieve this?

WHO can take everything else off your plate so you can focus on what you do best?

9. We Tap Into A Vast Ocean Of Abundance

“Giving as you get acknowledges the Universe as truly abundant. Giving taps into the spiritual dimension that multiplies us, our thinking, and our results. The Enlightened Millionaire knows this: There is an ocean of abundance and one can tap into it with a teaspoon, a bucket, or a tractor trailer. The ocean doesn’t care.” — The One Minute Millionaire

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10. Gratitude Changes Everything It Touches

“When you change the way you see things, the things you see change.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer

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11. Nothing Happens Until After You Commit

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.” — William Hutchison Murray

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Yeah, once we had all of our money in the same inventory it was all or nothing. That really scared me, just knowing that it was like do or die. I had to sell the shoes. You couldn’t turn back, you couldn’t just get rid of them and get cash back, you had to go forward.

After that, once I realized that we were truly going and everything, I think it really just opened me up to what I was able to do. At that point, I was like okay, I actually started a company, I’ve invested in it and now I need to run this thing. That’s when I think I really saw that I was running the company. It really changed my leadership role, I think, with my partners.

12. The More You Invest The Greater The Psychological Upgrade

“The unconscious will allow us to have only what we believe we deserve. If we have a small view of ourselves, then what we deserve is poverty. And our unconscious will see to it that we have that actuality.” — Dr. David Hawkins

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13. Expect Everything And Attach To Nothing

“Expect everything and attach to nothing!” — Carrie Campbell

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14. It’s Better To Be Prolific Than Perfect

“It’s better to be prolific than perfect.” — Joe Polish

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The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.

His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pounds of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot — albeit a perfect one — to get an “A”.

Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work — and learning from their mistakes — the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.

But there is this gap.

For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.

A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work.

Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.

And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

15. Creativity Banishes Recurring Thoughts

In 2005, the National Science Foundation published an article showing that the average person has between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are thoughts as the day before.

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16. Good Timber Does Not Grow With Ease

“Good timber does not grow with ease: The stronger wind, the stronger trees; The further sky, the greater length; The more the storm, the more the strength. By sun and cold, by rain and snow, In trees and men good timbers grow.” — Douglas Malloch

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17. When The “WHY” Is Strong Enough You’ll Find The “HOW”

“I think the ability of the average man could be doubled if it were demanded, if the situation demanded.” — Will Durant

18. Truth Is The Relationship “BETWEEN”

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” — John Muir

“Social psychologists argue that who we are at any one time depends mostly on the context in which we find ourselves. But who creates the context? The more mindful we are, the more we can create the contexts we are in. Mindfulness lets us see things in a new light and believe in the possibility of change.” — Ellen Langer

19. If You Have A 20–25 Year Plan, It Will Change Everything

“If you work on something important for 20 years, it will transform everything around you.” — Dan Sullivan

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20. Do What Is Right Let The Consequence Follow

“We control our actions, but the consequences that flow from those actions are controlled by principles.” — Dr. Stephen R. Covey

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