Being busy can often feel useful, but it’s a poor measure of progress.

You can be busy and make no progress.

You can be busy and make a lot of progress.

Same energy requirements yet drastically different outcomes.

Anchor yourself with two questions first: what am I actually trying to…

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You can put a magnifying glass on a mistake or setback and interpret it as progress totally lost, but that isn’t always the case.

When you’re ready and if you’re open to it, a setback can forge you in a way that serves you in the future.

This isn’t to…

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Seeking information and guidance is useful up to a point.

At first, it’s well-intentioned: you look for information to make an informed decision. Sounds reasonable.

Eventually, it becomes a stalling tactic: you seek information because it allows you to justify postponing a decision or action.

I just need more information…

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You can plan for what you know, but you can’t plan for the curveballs that are inevitably thrown at you.

Being able to follow a plan is half of what is needed to take a day in stride; the ability to respond without preparation to a plan being derailed or…

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Either choose to care or to be indifferent.

It’s easier to manage your energy if you can clearly draw a line between what you are and are not committed to.

At all costs avoid the middle, where you teeter endlessly between being in and being out.

The middle is what…

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William Liao

William Liao

Taiwanese American, daily blogger of ideas about impactful work in service of others, photographer (ephemera.photography)