motivation, success, goals, succeed, modern stoicism, values, strength
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Do you want more out of life? Do you know what you want, what matters to you?

In episode 153, Danny and Randy discuss why we should examine how bad we want what we want. Listen now and start going after what you want.

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Existential Stoic Podcast, dobetterwithdan, self help, Motivation, Quick Fix, how to, success, goals, accomplishments
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Do you have a hard time completing tasks? Do you fail to finish projects or achieve goals because you give up as soon as things get difficult?

In this Quick Fix, Danny and Randy discuss tips for how to get things done. Listen now and start achieving the things you want in life!    

The Existential Stoic Quick Fix 152 – How to Get Things Done – Available wherever you get your podcasts!

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We all want to be more productive. We commonly assess our own value by the extent to which we believe we are productive. When we are productive, we are able to face the world, the daily challenges of life, and we are able to achieve our goals and live the life we want.

If productivity is so important, what can we do to be more productive?

Positivity and High Spirits

We underestimate the important role positivity plays in productivity. Nietzsche points out that “Nothing gets done without a dose of high spirits.” A positive mindset, he thought, as many other philosophers agree, is a choice, is something we can choose to foster and develop.

“Nothing gets done without a dose of high spirits.”

Nietzsche

Nietzsche reminds us that the “decision to find the world ugly and bad” is a dangerous decision because it makes “the world ugly and bad.” Negativity breeds negativity. When we are negative, we lose the strength needed to face the world and get things done. Negativity is exhausting, makes us feel worn out, and ultimately derails our productivity.

In my own experience, I’ve found the two most valuable tools for fostering a positive outlook are practicing gratitude and cultivating a greater awareness of the small delights and pleasures in life. To practice gratitude is not simply to acknowledge the good, but to celebrate it and express thanks for it. When we are grateful, we are more apt to recognize the small pleasures and small delights in life.

We must make a choice to become more aware of the small delights and pleasures in life, and once we make this choice it is important to affirm it by expressing thanks and recognizing the impact this awareness has on our attitude and our quality of life. It involves, as Nietzsche suggests, a decision: we must decide that the world is beautiful and good rather than ugly and bad.

When we cultivate positivity, we actively make a choice to start seeing the world a certain way. We choose to be aware of and take notice of the good in the world, to find it, to express thanks for it. When we do this, we experience increased energy and motivation. We are more prepared and equipped to deal with the everyday challenges in life, because we possess the psychological fortitude to deal with obstacles and difficulties, to face them and overcome.

As Nicole Mead Ph.D. discovered, small pleasures and delights are an important source of positive feelings that improve our mindset and play a crucial role in our overall attitude.

“Why are simple pleasures vital for goal progress? Modern day life is full of struggles and challenges, which erode the very psychological resources we need to make progress on our goals: Positive feelings.”

Nicole Mead

Productivity is heavily influenced by our spirits, by the extent to which we feel psychologically equipped to handle the challenges of life and possess the strength to overcome obstacles we may encounter. Through gratitude and a deeper awareness of the everyday pleasures in life, we take control of our mindset, our attitude, by choosing to live intentionally and be in control of ourselves. The more we take possession of ourselves, the more empowered we become.

To be productive is to possess the ability, the motivation, the will power to get things done and live the life we want, to make progress towards our goals. Make the choice to live intentionally, to make the most of this life, and start cultivating the mindset, the strength, to live your own life and be productive.

“The only proof of strength is an excess of strength.”

Nietzsche

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Existentialism, season 1, stoic philosophy, the existential stoic podcast, self help
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New from The Existential Stoic Podcast

In the final episode of Season 1, Danny and Randy discuss the most important lessons they’ve learned this past year. Find out what ideas, topics, and questions stood out the most and proved the most valuable in practice.

Episode 52 – Lessons Learned – The Existential Stoic Podcast.  

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Existential Stoic Podcast, dobetterwithdan, self help, Motivation, goals, goal setting
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New from The Existential Stoic Podcast!

Every time we create a goal, we create an opportunity to fail, to be disappointed. Many of us mistake achieving goals with real happiness.  

Vague goals get vague results!

Episode 51 – Don’t Set Goals – You’ll be Disappointed!

Discover the importance of setting clear goals, of figuring out what you want and what you value. Learn how to be happy in the pursuit of your goals, to celebrate the journey of your life.

Danny and Randy explore the pursuit of goals, the source of disappointments, and happiness in episode 51 of The Existential Stoic Podcast.  

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New from The Existential Stoic Podcast!

Goals are an essential part of a good, meaningful life. Having goals allows us to navigate the world and live our lives with direction and purpose.

Setting Goals – Quick Fix 16

In this Quick Fix, Danny and Randy explore setting goals.

Discover how to start setting goals and create the life you want!  

Listen to Quick Fix 16 to hear ESP’s tips for setting goals.

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We hold ourselves back when we lack a specific, well-defined standard for evaluating success.

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We often struggle to make progress toward our goals when we lack a clear way to evaluate our success. We leave ourselves too much room to make excuses and/or misrepresent the progress we have made when we are not specific about what we aim to achieve. We tell ourselves we are making progress to make ourselves feel better, even though we have failed to accomplish what we set out to do.

We hold ourselves back when we lack a specific, well-defined standard for evaluating success. We end up frustrated by our slow progress, and, ultimately, we abandon those projects that would improve our lives.

How, then, can we stop lying to ourselves and create clear goals?

(See my related article, How to Face Your Fears – 6 Simple Steps to Realize Your Goals)

How to Establish Clear Goals

Establishing a clear standard for evaluating your success will help you focus, make consistent progress, identify problem areas, and achieve your goal.

I recommend using a journal to write out your specific goal, your plan for making it happen, and your evaluation of your ongoing progress.

  • Establish your goal. What is your goal and what does success look like? Be specific and set a realistic goal. For instance, if you want to get in shape, your goal might be expressed in terms of a target weight or a set time commitment (1 year). If you want to write, your goal might be expressed in terms of a final project (a novel, a screenplay, or an article) and tentative deadline. It is important that your goal is attainable and that it is defined in a way that allows you to clearly measure your success.
  • Plan how you will achieve your goal. What actions can you take to reach your overall goal? When you plan, it is important that you specify individual achievements that are measurable, that are relevant for achieving your goal, and that hold you to specific time constraints. For example, if your goal is to get in shape, you can set up a weekly schedule that establishes specific time commitments and days on/days off. If your goal is to write a novel, you can establish daily and weekly/bi-weekly writing goals (1,000 words a day and one chapter every two weeks). It is crucial to make your plan realistic and attainable. Your early successes will help motivate you to aim higher as you develop a routine and make progress.
  • Evaluate your progress. Once you have a plan, you need to evaluate your ongoing progress. At the end of each day, write down what you have accomplished. Did you do what you set out to? If not, why not? Evaluating your ongoing progress will help you become more aware of what is holding you back. Honest self-assessment is key to self-development and self-improvement.

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