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Consistency Is Underrated

Consistency is likely the most underrated metric when observers study successful people and top performers in their respective fields. Raw talent and ability are noted without fail, but what one doesn't see is the number of hours and consistent training one has put into their craft through the years to be able to perform the way they do. Consider the following idea: conventional success is the product of pursuing a goal over a period of time where improvement allows someone to meet that goal. I qualified the statement with the word conventional because how people define success varies, but suppose the goal is to be able to perform a single squat of a certain weight, a specific amount of pull-ups,...

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The Flow State

In psychology, there is a concept of a flow state (more commonly known as being in the zone) where you lose track of time and awareness of your specific actions, and you are completely immersed in what you’re doing. In the state, you’re completely focused; you love every moment of it. This concept was popularized in the West by the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in the book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience where he argues that people are usually the happiest when they’re in a state of flow. A person experiencing flow has the deepest enjoyment of the thing they are engaged in. People who are top professionals in their fields doing their greatest work are often in this state...

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Avoiding Problem Paralysis

Paralysis by Depression My first real experience with depression occurred when I was 25. I had recently separated from my ex-wife, and our divorce was pending. For months, I shut myself in a bedroom at my parent’s house where I slept through the day and night crying. Questions raced through my mind — I wondered about why she did what she did, how our relationship devolved, and the way our personalities changed. I didn’t socialize and didn’t want to be bothered by anyone. The only times I left the room was to eat and use the bathroom. This was depression, and it was a lonely place. My ex-wife had a tumultuous upbringing — her mother walked out on the family when she...

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