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👋Hello friends, 

Welcome to The Strive Journal, a roundup of 1 - 5 cool things I found and learned this week. 

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1) Objectively self-aware

💭 We live in our thoughts.

Without creating space between you and your thoughts, it's difficult to separate yourself from them and assess your decisions or behaviors objectively. Emotions, subjective experience, and personal biases muddy the water too much to see things clearly. 

➡️ Try this: Write down your thoughts on a given event or circumstance and revisit them in a few days. Time creates space and writing converts your thoughts into text which is easier to evaluate as an objective reader.

2) Three reasons students fail

🎓 John Danaher is a legendary Jiu-Jitsu coach famous for being the instructor of some of the greatest Jiu-Jitsu competitors in history known as the Danaher Death Squad. He also created and systemized a brand new style of attacking that revolutionized the game and still leads his squad to unrivaled dominance. When asked what makes good students fail, this was his answer:
  1. They cease to see the meaning in what they are supposed to learn.
  2. They're unable to make connections between what they're learning and their personal goals.
  3. They lack the ability to control their own studies autonomously (on their own terms).
It struck me how similar these reasons are to life and all classrooms. We usually lose interest in work, habit, or hobby if we:
  • Cease to see the meaning it has in the greater context of our life.
  • Fail to make connections between our daily practice and our personal goals/values.
  • Lack the ability to act autonomously.
I found it useful to turn it into three questions:
  • What work would give me the greatest meaning?
  • What is aligned with my values, goals, and vision? 
  • How can I empower my role in daily practice? 
These questions act as a foundational guide to staying enthusiastic in your craft and continuously improving. 

3) Euthymia

📜 A term coined by Seneca in 1st century Greece.

It describes a deep belief in oneself and trusting that you are on the right path, not being in doubt by following the myriad footpaths of those wandering in every direction. Euthymia, he insisted, is the state of mind that produces tranquility.
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