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Zero OH consumption, add me to the list. Fleeting buzz is always followed by months of clinical depression. Not worth it.

Systems not goals (Scott Adams). Instead of working toward a goal (eg Russian fluency) I make up a system and follow it (eg study 1hr of Russian daily).

Distracting myself when doing something I hate. For example I listen to music when doing my daily jog.

Don't follow your passion, be passionate about what works. My passion is Vidya, sex, manga, internet but that shit is not where the money is. I get passionate about things that work/pay off. For example, I never had interest in cryptocurrency but after figuring out I can make lots of money in it I became passionate about it.
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^what is OH? Some abbrevations are not clear for the general public.
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1. No social media - This one has been been a habit/change that is about 6 years old now and has given me a ton of time back in my day, and saved me from a lot of wasted outrage
2. Waking up early - I've always been a natural early riser, but the habit I had to practice was not going back to sleep. I'll have a nap later in the day if I need to, but having an hour or two of time before the 'rest of the world' wakes up makes me feel like I'm getting ahead and gives me some tranquil and reflective time.
3. No alcohol - I wasn't a big drinker was it was, but being able to say "I quit drinking" or "I don't drink" has saved me money, allowed me to stay sharper in situations where everyone else is drunk, avoid bad decisions, continue with habit #2 and be hangover free.

Last, I wouldn't say accepting the salvation of Jesus Christ is a habit, but it is certainly the HUGE-est result. It has affected many areas of my life, but was the foundation to make habits 1,2 and 3 stick. I had tried them all before but was not successful.

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I've experimented a lot with habits over the years trying to see what actually improves your life and what sticks.

I've found two that make a real difference. Lift weights three times a week, no matter what, and 10 mins of visualisation every day. Both of these are so good that they basically create a positive feedback loop. Sticking to them doesn't require willpower because they're so helpful.

Consistency is the key to progress in the gym, and if you are hitting the gym three times per week, you'll be motivated to make other positive lifestyle changes as well, like eating clean, getting good sleep, etc. Stick to this for a month and you'll be hooked.

Secondly, 10 mins of visualisation every day when you wake up. When I do this, I think about what's ahead of me for the day, and what I want to pay special attention to. For example, I could have a deadlift session, and so I will visualise myself deadlifting the weight I am aiming for with perfect form. Or, I could be trying to concentrate on being more sociable, smiling more, striking up conversations with strangers, etc. Having already vividly seen yourself doing these things makes it much easier. The more focused you are when visualising, and the more important you what you're trying to do, the more useful the visualisation.
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(07-22-2019 03:18 PM)Cyr Wrote:  I've experimented a lot with habits over the years trying to see what actually improves your life and what sticks.

I've found two that make a real difference. Lift weights three times a week, no matter what, and 10 mins of visualisation every day. Both of these are so good that they basically create a positive feedback loop. Sticking to them doesn't require willpower because they're so helpful.

Consistency is the key to progress in the gym, and if you are hitting the gym three times per week, you'll be motivated to make other positive lifestyle changes as well, like eating clean, getting good sleep, etc. Stick to this for a month and you'll be hooked.

Secondly, 10 mins of visualisation every day when you wake up. When I do this, I think about what's ahead of me for the day, and what I want to pay special attention to. For example, I could have a deadlift session, and so I will visualise myself deadlifting the weight I am aiming for with perfect form. Or, I could be trying to concentrate on being more sociable, smiling more, striking up conversations with strangers, etc. Having already vividly seen yourself doing these things makes it much easier. The more focused you are when visualising, and the more important you perceive what you're trying to do, the more useful the visualisation.
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(07-22-2019 03:18 PM)Cyr Wrote:  I've experimented a lot with habits over the years trying to see what actually improves your life and what sticks.

I've found two that make a real difference. Lift weights three times a week, no matter what, and 10 mins of visualisation every day. Both of these are so good that they basically create a positive feedback loop. Sticking to them doesn't require willpower because they're so helpful.

Consistency is the key to progress in the gym, and if you are hitting the gym three times per week, you'll be motivated to make other positive lifestyle changes as well, like eating clean, getting good sleep, etc. Stick to this for a month and you'll be hooked.

Secondly, 10 mins of visualisation every day when you wake up. When I do this, I think about what's ahead of me for the day, and what I want to pay special attention to. For example, I could have a deadlift session, and so I will visualise myself deadlifting the weight I am aiming for with perfect form. Or, I could be trying to concentrate on being more sociable, smiling more, striking up conversations with strangers, etc. Having already vividly seen yourself doing these things makes it much easier. The more focused you are when visualising, and the more important you what you're trying to do, the more useful the visualisation.

This is really beneficial, and minimal to implement it. I'll do the same, think about what I've got coming up today, pray about it and get to work. It gives you a plan for the day instead of wasting it.

Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing? Psalm 2:1 KJV
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Walking 10,000 steps daily (about an hour). Aside from the excercise, fresh air - it’s about automating something positive (habit stacking). The mind seems to like movement.

Resistance Band - 20 basic daily (upper chest/shoulder) - I now have a lightweight device to bring everywhere and no excuses

Cold Showers - the body high is undeniable and it clearly helps mood, skin, circulation, goals, etc.
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No porn/no masturbation. Unquestionable difference in my life. Energy levels, drive, confidence, all go way up.
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(07-21-2019 07:20 AM)Belgrano Wrote:  
(07-21-2019 05:22 AM)Beyond Borders Wrote:  Old thread, old post, and chances are you won't read this...but.

I found your post a bit confusing. Actually, the post made this sound like a great concept and really intrigued me, but then when I read the PDF that you said changed your life in this regard, it painted this "process thinking" in a more negative light than "outcome thinking," which doesn't align with what you posted.

If you catch this, can you clarify? Did you get the outcome and process thinking mixed up maybe? Any other resources to share?

I think I know what he meant.

I'm reading "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life" right now, and in that book Scott Adams talks a lot about the difference between having a system ("process thinking") and having a goal ("outcome thinking").

Ah ok. I'm familiar with Adams' thoughts on the concept, but he said the pdf was what was life-changing for him, while the pdf seemed to paint a negative picture of process thinking when it comes to decisions. That's what threw me off. Wonder if he just linked the wrong one or something.

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(07-22-2019 01:53 AM)H1N1 Wrote:  On waking, a friend here recommended a 5 minute morning mobility routine to me a year or more ago. I've done it every day since, and I have found it helps to start my day properly and my mobility has increased significantly.

Can you outline the routine? Been wanting to do more for mobility lately on days I don't feel like hitting the weights as hard.

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(07-23-2019 10:54 PM)Beyond Borders Wrote:  
(07-22-2019 01:53 AM)H1N1 Wrote:  On waking, a friend here recommended a 5 minute morning mobility routine to me a year or more ago. I've done it every day since, and I have found it helps to start my day properly and my mobility has increased significantly.

Can you outline the routine? Been wanting to do more for mobility lately on days I don't feel like hitting the weights as hard.

I can do one better. Here is the video. It doesn't seem like much, but done consistently the benefits are significant.








Another thing I do that I have found transformative, that may sound a little extreme, is that as far as possible I try to live my life by a stopwatch.

I wear a $10 Casio, and it dictates the tempo of my working day.

I am not by nature a hugely disciplined/diligent person unless I am completely consumed with something. If I allow myself a free structure to the working day, I tend to drift and the day goes by without accomplishing much.

What I have found hugely productive for me is to divide my working day into a 20/10 pattern. I will work without distraction for 20 minutes, and then rest for 10 minutes. This has been transformative for me. However tedious the task I have to do, I look at it as something I only actually need to do for 20 minutes. You can do pretty much anything for just 20 minutes. At the end of the 20 minutes, I make sure to get up, do a few stretches, read something unrelated etc. I find this way I get 40 very productive minutes out of every hour, and I can do this for a lot of hours throughout the day.

Of course if I get on a call or a meeting etc I don't do it, but for the time where I am alone, this has been a radically effective method of just getting stuff done. Other people may get more or less out of an hour, with longer or shorter breaks. I find 10 mins every 20 is perfect for me. I can function at a very high level for those 20 minutes without becoming frustrated with the task at hand. 10 minutes is long enough for me to unwind, move around a bit, and be prepared for another 20 minutes.

40 really good minutes an hour, over time, gets a huge amount of effective work done.
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Co-sign the "Pomodoro Technique" that H1N1 outlines. Depending on the task I'll do either 25/5 or 50/10. It's really easy to be motivated when you know that you only have to work for x minutes, instead of pushing for eternity.
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Intermittent fasting, no sugar and cutting refined foods out of my diet have been the biggest life changing habits, closely followed by light weight training every other day and walking at least 14k steps. Having a Fitbit is awesome for motivation as it reminds you constantly to get active.

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1) Not owning a TV/having a Netflix subscription - I've been doing this for a decade or so now. I simply don't watch TV series. I've never seen an episode of Game of Thrones. Instead I read a lot. As a result of this, I feel like I'm more mentally sharp and switched on all the time.

2) Taking a daily multivitamin, vitamin D and fish oil tablet - I've been doing this for 6 years now. I enjoy better health, mood and testosterone levels as well as a better immune system because of this.

3) Avoiding beer or soft drinks - I've been doing this for 3 years now. When I'm out I usually drink vodka sodas or wine. I'll occasionally enjoy a beer, maybe one every two or three months, but I definitely don't make a habit of it.
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Be generous, it's so much easier to come by money, connections, and any kind of opportunity if you are. When money is tight, you tend to assume that conserving it is the way to go.

My rule generally these days is that if someone is worth meeting, they are worth buying a decent lunch. This works for tons of reasons, some given below:

1. It assumes a degree of parity between you, even though you are asking them for something. I've found this to be surprisingly important - people don't mind helping out a young guy, but it can be quite selective/narrowly directed, and it can be hard to keep going back for more contacts/intros etc. You need to move past the master/apprentice relationship, while still being sufficiently deferential to age and experience. This is surprisingly important I feel. I have a lot of good contacts, that due to an uneven footing in our relationship, it is surprisingly hard to make maximum use of.

2. People who have something to give are pretty used to being asked for time/money or introductions. People don't generally give to them so much. You don't have to take them to the Ritz, just put some thought into it and take them somewhere they'll enjoy.

For example, I met a guy the other night who I am likely to do a fair bit of business with over the next twelve months. He is very successful, and well connected. He has a much younger new girlfriend. So I took him and his girlfriend to a really cool new place. The food was really good, nothing fancy but tasty and not something either of us would usually have gone for, the restaurant was busy, and it was in a cool part of town. His girlfriend was delighted, he was delighted because he looked like he had interesting young friends to his girlfriend, and he and I are now due to meet again, and his offer is to go over all his contacts to see who he knows that I should meet to get ahead in the city.

3. It is part of a wider habit of generosity that is critical to cultivate if you are to be successful. There are many skills and manipulations one can use to great effect to achieve one's ends. There's no virtue in being a sucker and if you are going to make it to the top levels, you need to be pretty canny, calculating, and ruthless at times. However, generosity, amongst well adjusted people, is something that rarely goes unforgotten even over the course of decades. This is one of the ways success really compounds, and momentum builds. Of course, there will be plenty of people who are ungrateful, that's inevitable, but what is pretty surprising is that if you are competent and generous, on a long enough timeline, offers will come to you from relatively small acts of generosity done years in the past. There are only so many people in this life you can share your bounty with - being habitually generous is one of the very best ways I have found to make sure that a lot of people whose paths you cross will choose to share their bounty with you.
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Cheerfulness is another great habit to develop. It's a much more specific thing than 'Positivity' or other more nebulous concepts that are bandied about.

The habit of cheerfulness is a wonderful one to cultivate in yourself. There are a lot of smart, but morose and cynical people around. It holds them back.

Being cheerful has tremendous value to people in positions of power and authority, and if you cultivate a sunny disposition, you offer them something transformative.

People with power and/or authority are besieged by cares and demands on their attention. There are a lot of smart people around them trying to get a slice of the pie. What really determines your own success in many ways is your ability to get access, and once you've got access, stay close to people who have already achieved success.

Cheerful people are sustaining. Long business trips, times of frenetic activity when there are hundreds of demands on someone's time, when sleep is at a minimum and pressure is very high - just being able to stay cheerful in these situations can gain you a degree of proximity that is very hard to replicate otherwise when you are a youngish guy. Cheerful people give those around them courage in times of overwhelming pressure.

Cheerfulness is also completely disarming in extremely tense and dangerous situations. It can be more powerful than any amount of personal toughness and combative skill. It is much harder to shoot someone you like.

Cheerfulness as a trainable habit has another advantage, in that it feeds into all kinds of other useful qualities/dispositions that are harder to train in themselves. Paramount amongst which, in my view, is the quality of personal calmness. A cheerful disposition is calming, both for yourself and those around you. It allows for a certain clarity of thought and clear-minded assessment of a situation. This is often most apparent when you reflect on times you have allowed yourself to be morose, and the wooly thinking and clouded judgement that invariably has accompanied those times.
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7 Pillars
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  • Stretch: 3 min yoga
  • Intent: Stated Aloud to the Rising Sun. Like the Apostle's Creed, only endogenous.
  • Sit: Meditate
  • Journal: 3 Parts - 1)Grateful for... 2)Wins; 3) Best Objective Judgment - Self Coaching
  • DOT: Daily One Thing - See Gary Keller "The One Thing"
  • NDOT: Next Day One Thing - Write Down Tomorrow's Must Deliverable

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Partial to Leangains System / Reverse Pyramid Training. It is a parsimonious system requiring a minimum of 3 sessions per week, but can scale up as needed. I also learned A LOT about lifting (and life) running Squat Every Day for 30 Days, including, importantly, "how you feel is a lie" [John Broz]. When I am lifting, diet and everything else seems to fall into place. And vice versa.

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Again, my foundation is the LeanGains system which is based around intermittent fasting and carb cycling.

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Every Spring I put in the work to get into beach shape. Results vary, but every year I get better at cutting fat, learn about my body, and reinforce my commitment to lifting and dietary discipline.

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There have been numerous habits I've been trying to instill over the last while.

1. Progress picture every morning and saying my mantras outloud into the mirror - This allows me to actually see progress, and the mantras get me fired up for the day.
2. I do a morning stretch/mobility/yoga/movement routine, whatever you want to call it.
3. I try to get more sunlight every day, I notice a lot more consistent mood, and a balanced circadean rhythm
4. No caffeine after noon.
5. I shut off all computers, phones, etc. around 8pm. I do this so that I can fall asleep early and get up early.

A very big difference maker I've instilled is working in 3 hour blocks. Forget the pomodoro method - it takes about 20 minutes to get into flow state, and by the time you are in state, you are already having the alarm go off. I cannot be contacted during my 3 hours 'sprints' - my phone is on airplane mode, my slack and IM are closed. I am creating, doing work. This is non-negotiable.

Last thing I've started practicing more of is saying No. I say no a lot more than I used to, and it's starting to allow me to have the time to do the things that I need to do to get ahead.

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