It doesn’t matter how inspiring the goal is — if it’s so intimidating in scope that you will not start, it’s not a helpful goal.

This doesn’t mean you should give up the goal, it just means that you could benefit immensely from breaking it down into smaller steps.

When…

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Worrying about what you cannot control doesn’t give you more control, it just gives you more worries to sweat about — sometimes literally.

A key facet of resiliency is being able to recognize and avoid the stuff that unnecessarily takes up your energy.

As a general rule of thumb, if…

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There’s a fairytale that we often tell ourselves:

That someday our to-do lists and responsibilities will lighten up enough and provide us with the perfect vacancy in our schedule to do what’s important to us.

The thing is, there will always be more to do and there will always be responsibilities to tend to.

The challenge of getting to what’s important to you isn’t waiting for the perfect vacancy in your life to present itself — it doesn’t exist.

It’s recognizing that there isn’t a perfect time and choosing to just do it.

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In certain circumstances, you may try to justify putting your well-being in second place.

You may think, “I have no time” or “too much is at stake”.

The price of burning yourself out can sometimes feel worth it in these circumstances, yet it almost never is.

Time might be tight…

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When you find yourself entangled by a distressing thought, it can be helpful to describe that thought by saying: “I notice I am having the thought of…”

The idea — formally known as defusion — is that by attempting to notice your thoughts instead of identifying with them, you can…

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William Liao

William Liao

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