Instead of boring and depressing news how about 3 Ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question...
from my favorite author on habit's , James Clear.
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3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (September 5, 2019)
Ideas that never expire. | by James Clear
Let's get right to it.
Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to ponder this week…
3 IDEAS FROM ME
A problem solving strategy:
If you’re stuck, shift up a level or two (think bigger picture) or down a level or two (think finer details). Many problems are solvable at a different level.
This works for strategy too. You’ll often find a better opportunity at a different level.
Practice is the price you pay today to be better tomorrow.
Merely believing you deserve something doesn’t make it a reality… but believing you don’t deserve something will prevent you from trying.
Most people are capable of more than they believe. Confidence won’t automatically get you results, but self-doubt sets your ceiling.
2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS
John W. Gardner was the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson and a recipient of the 1964 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In this passage, he describes the importance of tough-minded optimism:
“Optimism is unfashionable today, particularly among intellectuals. Everyone makes fun of it. Someone said, “Pessimists got that way by financing optimists.” But I am not pessimistic and I advise you not to be.
“…a tough-minded optimism is best. The future is not shaped by people who don't really believe in the future. Men and women of vitality have always been prepared to bet their futures, even their lives, on ventures of unknown outcome. If they had all looked before they leaped, we would still be crouched in caves sketching animal pictures on the wall.
“But I did say tough-minded optimism. High hopes that are dashed by the first failure are precisely what we don't need. We have to believe in ourselves, but we mustn't suppose that the path will be easy, it's tough. Life is painful, and rain falls on the just, and Mr. Churchill was not being a pessimist when he said “I have nothing to offer, but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” He had a great deal more to offer, but as a good leader he was saying it wasn't going to be easy, and he was also saying something that all great leaders say constantly — that failure is simply a reason to strengthen resolve.”