Interestingly, many “life coaches” and “spiritual gurus” (including religious leaders of a traditional sort) have a slave-like, pathological relationship with their followers, and me narrowing my focus is an attempt to avoid that dynamic.
Even though this is more social-critique then actual productivity advice, I’m bringing it back so you can see how the two overlap. In other words, people conditioned to value youthfulness over maturity will also (subconsciously) value entertainment and distraction over work and getting results.
“Therefore, the goals you set should not only be centered in meaningful purpose, but also in activities that center YOU into a flowing state…into activities that allow you to ‘zone out’ in the joy of doing them.”
“Remember to constantly transfer between the two perspectives. Go in, and then go out – come up, and then come down – and focus your creativity on the specific, small sections while using the forest-level overview to give you a sense of how it all comes together…“
“Be vigilant against the forces that are knocking your focus: sometimes the things that destroy your concentration, inhibit your productive and alter your self-discipline come in UNDER the radar…you never really realize how detrimental they are until they’ve come TOO FAR into your circle.”
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“…becoming one with death in one’s thoughts, even in life, was the highest attainment of purity and focus. He felt that a resolution to die gives rise to a higher state of life, infused with beauty and grace beyond the reach of those concerned with self-preservation.”