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Remember your why 2

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“I noticed an interesting pattern.

I write the things I’m working on implementing on a piece of paper, and I read them every day. Initially, I know exactly why I want to implement them. But as the days pass, the why starts to gradually fade away, until I eventually have a hard time remembering it.”

“Words draw meaning from their context. In this case, the why is the context. 

As time passes, the words do not change, but the context does, as it slowly fades from memory. That’s why it’s important to constantly remember your why [<link; short read]. 

It’s not enough to know your why.
You have to constantly access it.

Every time you read your writings, slow down and ask the question anew:


The Choice

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“How can I become the best I can possibly be?”

Choose to be.

Choose to show up powerfully this moment.

Choose to never again settle for less than you can be.

Feed your mind

Every day you have to feed your mind. (Tony Robbins)

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What is your interpretation of Tony’s quote?”

Learn every single day.

Go to bed every night a little wiser than when you got up. (Charlie Munger)

Get inspired every single day.

And not just once, but repeatedly throughout the day. For instance, you can collect quotes that inspire you and extract from them at random. Every time you do it is another micro-moment of positivity [<link; medium read].”

Creative Clarity

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“Levels of specificity:

Creating Value
Creating Value for Others”

“What about creating value for yourself?”

In creating value for others you’re creating value for yourself.

The Memento Game 3

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“How can I remember to practice?”

Access the practice through the feelings, not just the words.

Values as Practice 2

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What are the most important values?”

Unambiguous values.

Those values that are clear on what the actual practice is.”

Loving Meditation

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“How can I upgrade my meditation practice?”

Make every meditation a Loving Meditation.


Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“I don’t like the sound of the church bells. It reminds me of death.”

“I’m grateful for everything that reminds me of death. It makes me appreciate life more.”

My top 10 imaginary dialogues

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“If you were to pick 10 of your favorite imaginary dialogues, what would they be?”

“The following [they are all links]:

Collective Creativity [<short read]
Collector [<short read]
Concept-Stacking [<short read]
How do you know you understand what you think you understand? [medium read]
Identity Design [<medium read]
On Magic and Models [<medium read]
On Magic and Models 2 [<medium read]
On Writing: The Blank Page [<medium read]
The Beautiful Game 2 [<medium read]
The Joy of Writing [<short read]

My favorite dictionary

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What is your favorite dictionary?”

“That from Google.

If you type ‘define x’ in the Google search box, the first result is a dictionary entry.

“What do you like about it?”

“I like the simplicity of Google’s design style.

I like that it shows the etymology of the word.

I like that it shows synonyms, which allows you to connect it with other concepts and discover new words.

And I like that you can easily switch to image search, which often allows you to form a visual image of the concept.”