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December 5th, 2016
✘ Assume Things Are Not A Phase, But A PERMANENT Condition - Unless Drastic Measures Are Taken ✘
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The Duck ✘

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On the one hand, things are always moving. Life is always changing. On the other, when it comes to habits. Weeelll.. There's a reason why they're called that. They're patterns. Meaning they happen again and again. 

On the backdrop of "You are what you repeatedly do" and "In the way you do one thing, you do everything", those again and again activities become important. Sure, life IS changing. But our brains are so damn smart and creative when it comes to avoiding that change.

This impacts how you take control of negative results and turn them into positive ones. An excuse I found my brain using a lot is "It's just a phase. I'm not doing this, because of x,y,z and those reasons will pass". As an example "It's too cold to go out" or "I'm just not in the mood to do any work". I'll wait for it to pass.

The way I started viewing things to get through this procrastinative behavior is FULLY assuming that EVERYTHING is a permanent condition, unless I took INSANE action, killed the beast and then repeatedly KEPT killing it over and over again like Steven Pressfield would say, these phases wouldn't pass. I would stay right where I was and my work would as well.

Your brain wants to play tricks, well alrighty then. Let's play mofo. 

I go from tricking it with "Just write 1 line," or "Just do 1 approach" to berading it with and coward synonyms, and gearing it up like it was a life or death situations. Mental images of a drunken, fat loser that no one wants to hang around with, no one wants to even look at. To do that, the thought pattern is simple. I go:

- This will not pass if I don't do anything
- It's physics: Things in motion tend to stay in motion and vice versa
- Everything I assume to be right about my safety net is WRONG
- Get deep with some negative outlooks to bring out a sense of urgency
- And when I'm all stressed starting to take action, I reward it with positive images of success

But shit needs to get done. If you're having problems summing up the urgency, gratitude, motivation to do what you KNOW you should be doing - especially health-wise - take a trip to the hospital. Walk around there, look at the people and walls there. Get it in the head that some people you see in there aren't coming out. They had a life and would KILL to be you. To be able to walk out of there clean, healthy and with life ahead of them. 

Unlike you though, they ain't going on Facebook, they ain't going to McDonald's, they ain't doin NOTHIN than what they were just reminded (BIG time) is the most important things in life. Fellas, we need to get on this. There's no other choice BUT to work. We're one more procrastination minute from being the homeless dude downtown. We're a frog boiling and no matter how much we try and deny it, it's a fact we don't fully realize untill it's too late. So...

"Now, you can get on your knees on the church floor, pray, hope it gets better / Or push the door on the liquor store, and see where it get ya / But me, I got to be on top / I said, me I get to be on top"
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 This is an awesome post man. I like the idea of tricking your brain with the "just one line" thing (kind of reminds me of  "just the tip ;)" hahaha). I noticed that I have no problems with doing work but I always loaft around on actually starting it. Once that first question is solved or that first sentence is written I can keep working.

Like the song also

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Ditto
D1 wrote:
 I noticed that I have no problems with doing work but I always loaft around on actually starting it. Once that first question is solved or that first sentence is written I can keep working.
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therebellion

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 I bite off more than I can chew and do irresponsible shit intentionally for this reason..

I'm trying to force myself to become something bigger by making whats already here unstable as possible..

For that reason my improvements happen in leaps and bounds bc the pressure pushes me in that direction..

I'm about to get a lot braver with this shit tho.. 
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CANM

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 Great post, at age 22 I've realized my "Don't worry man, in the future you'll be living how you want...." mindset is pathetic and I need to start making more drastic changes.
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I like the essence of your threads, this and the thread about "Thinking that everyone has ALREADY DONE THIS" to keep improving.
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 Bump.

Awesome threads.

Man your threads have helped me A LOT in the last month, it is amazing haha. Thanks for posting these man!
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 duck. i love your threads. not just for the content. but for the sick msuic videos also! 
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