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Why Confronting Your Fear Creates Your Best Work

I have a friend who was preparing for the Navy SEALS bootcamp. It’s the most extreme and intense bootcamp in the military that serves as a vetting tool, ensuring that only the toughest and strongest applicants become full fledged Navy SEALS. It’s a brutal.

Two of the main tools used to weed people out is water and cold. Teams of SEAL hopefuls spend long hours on the verge of hypothermia.

Not my idea of a good time.

One of the things he did to prepare was to only take cold showers in order to get used to the cold and wet. He would shiver in the shock of cold every day.

After weeks of this, I asked him if it’s gotten any easier. His answer, “no. It’s always hard.”

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Stay in The Tension

Every meaningful pursuit has one thing in common: the tension.

The tension between where you want to go, and where you are right now.  Between the time you need and the time you have.  Between what makes money and what makes meaning.  And on and on.

It takes on many forms, but the way you address it is always the same.

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Write Your Manifesto (here’s how)

- - Courage, Tools, Work

A manifesto is a public declaration of your intentions. It’s a simple articulation of what you believe and a vision of the world that you wish to create.

Whether you realize it or not, some of the speeches and documents that have most shaped the world could be called manifestos:

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech casts a vision of the world the MLK spent his life working to create.

The Declaration of Independence is an articulation of what the founders of the United States believed about humanity, and their intention to be free from outside rule.

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[Short] The Obstacle is the Way

In story form, the main character or hero wants something and embarks on a quest to achieve it. That quest is riddled with challenges and obstacles, which is what makes the story fun and entertaining.

But in our lives and careers, we tend to think of obstacles differently. Host, Dan Cumberland invites you to reframe everything you thought you knew about failure, obstacles, and hope.
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The Psychology of Regret and How to Overcome It

Someone asked me the other day if there’s anything I wish I would have known before starting the Meaning Movement.

That’s a tough question to answer. If she’d asked if there are things I would have done differently, I would have had quite a list:

  • I would invest in a good plugin to run opt-ins sooner.
  • I would have started asking people who are making it work online for help sooner.
  • I would have gotten some coaching sooner.
  • I would have honed my title writing skills sooner.
  • Etc.

But I didn’t know that I needed any of those things. How could I? I was doing the best that I could with what I had to work with.

Which is exactly what we always have to do.

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