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How to Overcome Adversity

How to Overcome Adversity

Have you ever wanted something so badly, but stuff just kind of kept getting in your way? By stuff, I mean all the problems and setbacks that life throws between you and your goals. Achieving those big goals is never easy. In fact, the bigger the goal, the harder things get, and the more problems we inevitably need to deal with. Life of course throws obstacles along our path to help us learn valuable lessons needed to achieve our goals. But unfortunately most people give up before they fully learn those lessons. If only they knew what it truly takes to overcome adversity. Then just maybe things could be a little different.

 


1) BECOME AN OBSERVER

When an unexpected problem arises, it’s very easy to lose your emotional grip of the situation. This problem just comes out of the blue and immediately takes over your life. It’s ferocious and overwhelming, and certainly not something you want to deal with. But it’s here, and you must now learn to deal with it. In times like this it’s important to stay calm and collected, and then step back emotionally from the situation. View this problem as an neutral observer from afar in a detached way. See it objectively and rationally. At the same time tune into your thoughts and assess how you’re reading and interpreting this situation.

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2) ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT MATTERS

What matters most at this time is not what you do about this problem. What matters is actually how you see the problem, how you respond to this problem, and how well you maintain your composure. In other words, you must put yourself into an optimal state-of-mind where you can then deal with this problem most effectively. This of course is heavily reliant on the story you tell yourself about this problem. If you tell yourself a woeful and uninspiring story about what happened, then that will put you into a very unresourceful state-of-mind. But tell yourself an empowering story, and that will give you the strength you need to move forward.

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3) TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY

Now that you have put yourself into a more resourceful state-of-mind, it’s time to take ownership of this problem. Yes, we all understand this problem isn’t your fault. In fact, you probably had little to no control over the outcome. But here you are caught in this mess — a mess that you must now deal with. Complaining, blaming and making excuses won’t change your situation, so why even bother? The only rational approach you have is to take full responsibility for what just happened, and then commit yourself to making things better. This problem might very well have hurt you, but don’t you dare allow it to break you!

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4) PUT A POSITIVE SPIN ON THINGS

To overcome adversity takes work. It takes mental, emotional and physical energy. In fact, it can very quickly become an excruciatingly draining experience. This is especially true if you’re continuously fighting your battles uphill. With no light at the end of the tunnel, it’s just hard to find the motivation to keep going. However, things don’t need to be this way. You certainly don’t need to be this way. This is where you must dig deep and figure out how to put a positive spin on this experience. Things are possibly not as bad as they appear. Yes, the doors are locked, but just maybe there is a window of opportunity waiting around the corner.

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5) ASSESS YOUR PROBLEM

You probably now feel more motivated than ever to push through your problem, and to finally overcome adversity. But unfortunately desire alone typically isn’t enough. What you need is to think through your next steps rationally. And that of course begins with getting a better understanding of your problem. Take a moment to assess your problem. Question what went wrong, why things went wrong, who played a part in this problem, and look for clues that can help you move forward. The more you know about the nature of your problem, the easier the next step of this process will be.

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6) TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION

Having taken the time to assess your problem, you’re now ready to move forward toward solving it. However, to overcome adversity requires an understanding of not only the problem but also of where your strengths and weaknesses lie. It requires understanding how to utilize those strengths and the resources you have at your disposal to tackle this problem successfully. But be wary not to bite off more than you can chew. Take your time and work through this problem meticulously one small piece at a time. And of course don’t expect things to go smoothly. Be prepared for anything, and be willing to adapt when more adversity comes your way.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

To overcome adversity certainly ain’t easy. Even when you think you’ve got it all figured out, things always inevitably go wrong. You think you have one problem solved, and then suddenly life throws you another curve ball that messes everything up.

The success you desire to create in your life is never going to follow a straight line moving from Point A to B. It will curve, twist and knot-up on itself many times over before you reach your final destination. But no matter what happens you just have to stay the course.

Instead of getting disheartened when things don’t work out as you had expected, simply choose to continue following the path. Just keep moving forward. Those who persist and persevere for long enough, eventually always succeed in the end.


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The Experimental Art of Problem Solving

The Experimental Art of Problem Solving

Great scientific minds have been attempting to solve problems for centuries. At times they have been successful, which has helped humanity move forward. At other times though they made mistakes. But instead of giving up, they took the time to learn from those failed experiments, which of course helped them gain valuable insights. They subsequently adapted their approach and made further breakthroughs. Scientists are certainly a persistent bunch. It could be said that they have a knack for the art of problem solving. If only we could solve our life problems in this way. Just imagine the possibilities.

 


1) LEARN ABOUT YOUR PROBLEM

In order to master the art of problem solving you need to thoroughly understand the nature of your problem. Before scientists even begin their experiments they learn everything they can about their problem. They want to understand their problem inside-out. Without a clear understanding of their problem they simply won’t know how to proceed or what kind of experiments to run. But it’s of course not enough to just understand the problem at hand. You must also get very clear as to why this is a problem in the first place. Furthermore, you must outline what value having this problem brings to your life.

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2) QUESTION YOUR CHOICES AND METHODS

To successfully master the art of problem solving we need to understand the power of the choices we make. To a scientist, the results of every experiment come down to the choices that were made. Good choices lead to progress, while poor choices lead to further problems. Given this, a scientist clearly understands that they are the reason why they still have a problem on their hands. We therefore essentially become our problem. Our life problems exist because of the past choices that were made that led us to this moment. To now solve this problem, we need to make some better choices that can help us move forward in more optimal ways.

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3) IDENTIFY PATTERNS AND RELATIONSHIPS

The art of problem solving requires deep thought and contemplation. It requires an awareness of our predicament and surroundings. Scientists do this by looking for patterns and relationships that can help them piece together different aspects of their problem. This subsequently provides them with deeper insights and understandings into the nature of their problem. And of course ideas soon evolve and help them move forward with their experiments. We too must look for patterns and for relationships between things. Patterns help us predict what will happen next, while relationships help us form new associations.

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4) QUESTION YOUR ASSUMPTIONS

To master the art of problem solving requires being very vigilant of the assumptions we make. Scientists of course rarely have all the answers they need to solve their problem. They therefore make various assumptions about different aspects of their problem. If their assumptions are correct, then this helps them make progress with their experiments. On the other hand, if their assumptions are incorrect, this can very easily lead them astray. The same is of course true for us while attempting to solve our life problems. You either question the assumptions you make, or allow them to mislead you in the wrong direction.

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5) POSE “WHAT IF” SCENARIOS

To gain most from the art of problem solving requires working with possibilities. Possibilities naturally evolve when you pose “what if” scenarios. Whenever a scientist reaches an impasse, they quickly search for possibilities that can help them move forward with their experiment. In such instances they start asking “what if” questions. What if I thought about this differently? What if this wasn’t a problem at all? What if this wasn’t part of the problem? What if I tried that instead? Asking these types of questions can help us to view our problem in a different light — allowing us to break through the boundaries of what’s possible.

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6) BRAINSTORM HOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM

Mastering the art of problem solving requires a lot of experimentation. In fact, it requires a great deal of trial and error. And this is exactly how scientists operate. They test, measure and experiment. They understand that the more they know about what doesn’t work, the closer they are to a solution. It is said that Thomas Edison conducted over 10,000 experiments before he finally created a working light-bulb. Each failed experiment helped him learn and adapt his approach until he finally figured it out. And that’s how it is with life. Always brainstorm many ideas and run copious experiments. You will eventually hit the jackpot.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Committing yourself to the art of problem solving requires a great deal of patience, self-discipline, attention to detail, and perseverance. These are after all the qualities that make scientists so successful. They of course work copious hours behind the scenes, and yet we only hear about their successes. What we don’t hear about are all the failed attempts that led to that breakthrough.

Solving your life problems often follows the same sort of trajectory. You will make a lot of mistakes. You will then learn from those mistakes and adjust your approach accordingly. Then after a lot or patience, self-discipline, attention to detail, and perseverance, you will finally get your breakthrough. Others will say it was easy, but you will of course know better. The art of problem solving is never easy, which is why not a great many people will every master it.


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How to overcome self doubt

How to Overcome Self-Doubt

Do you struggle with self-doubt and insecurity? You of course have these big goals that you want to accomplish, but you just don’t seem to make any progress. That voice in your head is causing you to question you ability to get stuff done. It’s preventing you from moving forward because it constantly feeds off of your insecurities and vulnerabilities. You just kind of feel stuck right now. You want to move forward but can’t seem to find the confidence you need to take proactive action. And you desperately want to overcome self-doubt, but you just don’t know how. The answers though may lie in the following six steps.

 


1) OUTLINE WHAT YOU’RE UNCERTAIN ABOUT

At the moment you are struggling with self-doubt because you feel uncertain about something. You might for instance have a goal that you would like to achieve, but the road to accomplishing that goal is somewhat challenging and unknown. This of course creates uncertainty and makes you question whether or not you are capable of moving forward. To overcome self-doubt you need to first get very clear about what exactly it is you are feeling uncertain about. Begin by identifying the goal you would like to achieve, and then describe what uncertainties exist along that path.

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2) BREAKDOWN YOUR PSYCHOLOGICAL WALLS

It’s time now to step back and take a moment to look at things objectively. Within the previous step you listed down all the things you are uncertain about with regard to achieving your goal. Go over each item on this list and assess why you are feeling uncertain. What exactly is making you doubt yourself in each situation? Now take a moment to question whether it makes any sense to feel uncertain about each of these things. It can of course be helpful here to look for evidence that contradicts your initial interpretations of the situation. You may very well be making assumptions that are leading you astray.

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3) RECALL PRIOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

In order to overcome self-doubt you need to strengthen your self-confidence. With a greater level of self-confidence you will develop more self-belief to get things done. One of the best ways to inspire confidence is of course to recollect prior accomplishments. Specifically recollect moments in your life where you struggled with self-doubt, but eventually managed to pull through in the end and accomplish your goal. Recollect what you were initially uncertain about and how this made you feel. Then identify what exactly happened that inspired more certainty and confidence in your ability to get things done.

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4) GAIN VALUABLE CLARITY

Clarity is one of the key ingredients needed to help you overcome self-doubt. When you have clarity you also have more certainly, and therefore are less likely to struggle with self-doubt. However, in order to gain this valuable clarity, you will need to take into account what might be required to help you become more certain. Consider for instance the knowledge, skills, support, experience and the resources that could be useful for accomplishing your goal. Specifically, address each point of uncertainty along your journey and figure out what might be needed to help you feel more confident about yourself in each instance.

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5) DEVELOP A PLAN OF ACTION

Having gained a greater level of certainty, you should now feel somewhat more confident in your ability to start working toward your goal. With this in mind, it’s time to draw up your plan of action. This is of course an outline of exactly what you will do, and how you will go about doing those things in the pursuit of your goal. This plan does however need to take into account the possible obstacles you might face along the way. You need to figure out how you can minimize the uncertainty that these obstacles bring. Furthermore, outline how you could potentially turn these obstacles into opportunities to help you move forward in a better way.

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6) FIND A COMPELLING REASON

The final ingredient you need to help you overcome self-doubt comes in the form of a big compelling reason. This effectively means generating enough motivation to help propel you forward toward you goal. Things are of course less uncertain now than they were. But some level of uncertainty will still exist. The one thing that will drive you forward through this uncertainty is a compelling reason for moving forward. Take a moment to list down all the things you stand to gain by achieving your goal. Then commit yourself to taking immediate action moving in the direction of your objective.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Overcoming self-doubt is an ongoing process that we need to consistently work through while pursuing a goal. As long as uncertainty exists, there will always be doubts.

To overcome self-doubt requires successfully working through these uncertainties. Self-confidence of course often comes from experience. With experience we figure out what works and what doesn’t work. This helps us make adjustments and move forward in a better way. But in order to get that experience we need to face uncertainty, and where uncertainty exists there will always be some level of self-doubt. However, if you’re committed and have a compelling reason for moving forward, then self-doubt will never stand in your way.


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Solve your life problems

How to Solve Life Problems

Do you know how to solve life problems? Life is of course full of problems. In fact, it’s so full of problems that at times it seems as though solving one problem creates a new problem. But having problems is a necessary part of life. And living life in optimal ways requires understanding how to solve life problems. In fact, it could be said that those who successfully work through their problems live a happier, more fulfilling and rewarding life. But how to solve life problems? Is there a formula for solving all of life’s problems? Well, maybe not a formula, but using the following six steps can definitely bring some value.

 


1) TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR PROBLEM

Okay, something unexpected just happened, and you now have this big problem on your hands. Yes, absolutely life is unfair. This is just such an inconvenience. In fact, you don’t even deserve this, and you certainly don’t have the time to deal with this problem. Right now, you kind of just want to crawl under a rock — hoping in your heart that this problem will just go away. But what good will that do? What good will it do to blame, complain or make excuses? You have this problem because life has something of value to teach you. With this in mind, take responsibility and use the problem as a challenge to get better.

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2) AVOID MAKING ASSUMPTIONS

Having taken full responsibility for you problem, you are now in the right frame-of-mind to begin solving it. The best place to start is of course to use the lessons from solving past problems and applying them to your current predicament. Our past can certainly provide us with many valuable insights and clues to help us in the present moment. However, it’s important that we keep in mind that what worked in the past, may not necessarily work right now. Yes, certainly use the lessons from the past on how to solve life problems and try to apply them to your current problem, however stay vigilant and aware that other possibilities may also exist.

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3) TURN YOUR PROBLEM INTO A QUESTION

Thinking about how to solve life problems always begins with proper perspective. However, in order to gain proper perspective you need to ask the right questions. This all of course begins the moment you decide to turn your problem into a question and start restating it in a variety of ways. This is advantageous because asking a question brings along with it possibilities and answers. It encourages us to focus on solutions rather than getting lost within the intricacies of our problem. Asking one question of course brings to mind other possible questions. And with every question asked you gain deeper insights that can help you solve your life problems.

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4) SEEK ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVES

While trying to solve your life problems you may at times get stuck. You will reach a point where you just run out of ideas and just don’t quite know how to proceed. This is the point where you need to look for alternative perspectives that will help shift your view of the problem. Books can of course be of tremendous value. Throughout history people have been solving all sorts of problems. Learn from them and use their stories of struggle and triumph on how to solve life problems in your own life. Likewise ask the people in your life for their input, ideas and suggestions. Their unique life experiences might help you see your problem in a more favorable light.

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5) THINK IN PICTURES

If ever you’re struggling to solve your life problems, it can be helpful to start thinking in pictures. Pictures will help you to bring your thoughts to life on paper in front of your eyes. Once there, you can begin playing with your thoughts, exploring your thoughts, and even re-imagining them on paper in a variety of ways. Doing so will help you assess your problem from unique vantage points and perspectives that may lead to incredible breakthroughs and ideas. You can of course do this using doodles, mind maps, metaphors and diagrams. Just tap into your inner child and allow your imagination run wild.

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6) PONDER OVER YOUR PROBLEM

Sometimes the harder we try to solve our life problems, the less progress we seem to make. If you ever reach that point, then it can be helpful to step back from trying so hard, and instead spend time pondering over your problem in a variety of ways. To ponder over a problem requires putting yourself into a relaxed state-of-mind, and then just allowing your imagination to go to work. You can of course do this while lying in bed, walking along the beach, or while meditating. Sometimes it just takes time to solve a problem. You need to give your ideas the space to manifest, to grow and expand in your imagination.

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HOW TO SOLVE LIFE PROBLEMS SUMMARY

So there you have it. Those are the steps you need to take on how to solve life problems. It’s not quite a fullproof formula, but using these six steps can certainly help you work through your life problems far more effectively. Some problems will of course take a little more time and effort to solve. Just maybe you might not even be able to solve all of them. You might very well fail time and again. But within every failure there is the seed of opportunity to learn and grow from every experience that will help you to solve your life problems in better ways.


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How to Have More Patience

How to Have More Patience

Do you feel at times that a lack of patience is letting you down? You of course understand the value of patience and would like to become a more patient person, but for one reason or another you struggle to contain yourself. Your life just moves at a faster pace, and waiting for things to happen just ain’t part of your nature. Waiting of course leads to frustration, and frustration leads to poor choices and regrets. If only you knew what it would take to have more patience. You could then control your emotional impulses and handle yourself in far more optimal ways. This is of course possible, using the following six steps.

 


1) RECOGNIZE YOUR IMPATIENCE

The first step to developing more patience comes through mindful self-awareness. This involves becoming aware of your reactions and responses to people, events and circumstances. Impatience at first of course often manifests as a slight discomfort and agitation you feel in the pit of your stomach. Instead of being present and mindful of the situation, your mind begins to wander and think ahead of itself. This causes you to feel a little anxious, and frustration eventually ensues. During these early moments, it’s important that you stay mindful of your thoughts and reactions. Just observe and be there within the moment.

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2) TAKE A LONG DEEP BREATH

At this stage it’s important that you don’t allow your emotions to get out of control. You need to essentially reel in any frustrations you might be feeling with this person or situation. The moment you allow your frustrations to get out of hand is the moment you lose control of yourself in this particular situation. In order to avoid this scenario, just settle yourself within the moment and focus all your attention on your breath. Just breathe in and out for several counts without worrying about anything else. Just be still and present within that moment — fully absorbed in the movement of your breath.

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3) IDENTIFY TRIGGERS

Having settled your emotions, you now have greater clarity-of-mind and can therefore see things more objectively. It’s time now to quickly assess the situation and figure out what exactly caused you to feel impatient. Question why you are feeling impatient about this person or situation. Also reflect on what might have triggered these feelings. What specifically happened? What did the other person do? Or, what didn’t they do that made you feel this way? Identifying these triggers will allow you to better assess the situation, which can then potentially help you figure out how to view it in a more helpful way.

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4) PRACTICE EMPATHY

If the trigger for your impatience involves another person then empathy is something that can be of tremendous value. Empathy is essentially an awareness you have of another person’s feelings and emotions. It’s an ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking, feeling and going through in that particular moment. In other words, you are essentially putting yourself into the other person’s shoes and trying to experience this situation from their vantage point. This is of course extremely valuable. Seeing the circumstances from their perspective will encourage you to question whether impatience is the right response in this situation.

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5) CHALLENGE HOW YOU SEE THINGS

Now that you are more open-minded about things, it’s time to question whether or not impatience is actually the right response in this particular situation and at this particular time. You of course feel a certain way about things because of the stories you have been telling yourself. Change those stories, and you immediately change your view of the situation. Possibly there is value in showing patience in this moment. If there is, then it’s now time to look for that value and embrace this new perspective. How you handle yourself in this situation could very well present you with some valuable life lessons.

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6) CHOOSE YOUR BEST COURSE OF ACTION

Having fully explored your feelings and looked at various views and perspectives of the situation, it’s now time to decide how you will respond. Every situation will of course be different. Your impatience might very well be tied to time sensitive factors that are somewhat out of your hands. In such instances, you might decide to act to resolve your feelings and embrace impatience as a motivating force that pushes you forward. Alternatively, you could choose to just be there in the moment and wait it out until the situation resolves itself. Or finally, you could just decide to observe and learn from your experience.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

To have more patience in every situation is something that we need to work on and practice. It’s not something that we will suddenly develop overnight. It’s rather something that we need to adopt into our lives gradually over time.

To have more patience in life of course seems like such a small and insignificant thing. It surely won’t make much of a difference, right? Well it actually probably just might.

To have more patience means that you are more in control of your emotions and therefore more in control of how you respond to people and circumstances. As a result you are able to make rational decisions that can help you move your life forward in more optimal ways.


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Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

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10 Cognitive Distortions Sabotaging Your Brain

Have you ever thought about your thoughts? I mean, have you actually ever paid attention to the thoughts inside your head? If you have, then have you ever questioned how you are thinking about things, and whether or not these thoughts are actually helping or hindering you? Possibly how you’re seeing and interpreting your world isn’t very accurate at all. Just maybe your perspective of the world is somewhat flawed and this is preventing you from moving forward in an optimal way. These flaws in our thinking are known as cognitive distortions or thinking errors. Here are 10 cognitive distortions and how to avoid them.

 


1) MENTAL FILTERING

Mental Filtering is a cognitive distortion where we tend to filter things out of our conscious awareness. We choose for instance to focus on the negative events rather than on the positive outcomes of a situation. Or in other words, we choose to focus on what’s not working, rather than on what is working. Therefore the way we perceive and interpret reality is based on a flawed negative perspective that is preventing us from seeing things clearly. In order to successfully work through this cognitive distortion, you must get into the habit of persistently looking for the good within every situation.

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2) JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS

Jumping to Conclusions is a cognitive distortion where we tend to make irrational assumptions about people and circumstances. We for instance assume that something will happen in the future (predictive thinking), or assume that we know what someone else is thinking (mind reading). The problem is that these conclusions are rarely if ever based on facts or concrete evidence, but rather based on personal feelings and opinions. As a result, they can often lead us astray. In order to successfully work through this cognitive distortion you must begin questioning whether other explanations or possibilities exist.

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3) PERSONALIZATION

Personalization is a cognitive distortion where we consistently take the blame for absolutely everything that goes wrong with our life. Whenever anything doesn’t work out as expected, we immediately take the blame for this misfortune — irrelevant of whether or not we are responsible for the outcome. Taking responsibility for our life and circumstances, is of course quite admirable, but at the same time completely unhelpful if we end up feeling like a victim of circumstance. In order to successfully work through this cognitive distortion, question what part you played in the outcome and how you might not be entirely to blame.

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4) BLACK AND WHITE THINKING

Black and White Thinking is a cognitive distortion where we tend to see things as all-or-nothing. Things are either good or bad, right or wrong. In other words, we only see the extremes of the situation. We either see one extreme or another — there is no middle ground, nor shades of gray. This is an unhelpful way of thinking about things because it means that we never truly see circumstances in an unbiased and neutral way. In order to successfully work through this cognitive distortion, you must get into the habit of challenging yourself to take into account other viewpoints and interpretations of the situation.

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5) CATASTROPHIZING

Catastrophizing is a cognitive distortion where we tend to blow circumstances out of proportion. In other words, we make things out to be a lot worse than they should be. Now of course, the reality of our predicament might actually be very different. The problem we face may in fact be quite an insignificant minor mishap. However, because we indulge in the habit of catastrophizing, we always make problems larger than life, which of course makes them incredibly difficult to overcome. In order to successfully work through this cognitive distortion, question whether things are truly as bad as you make them out to be.

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6) OVERGENERALIZATION

Overgeneralization is a cognitive distortion where we tend to make broad generalizations that are based on a single event and minimal evidence. More specifically, it’s the tendency to use our past experiences as a reference point for making assumptions about present or future circumstances. In other words, you are essentially using a past event to predict the future. For instance, whenever you say that “Everyone always… She never…” this highlights an overgeneralization. In order to successfully work through this cognitive distortion, question whether evidence exists that suggests things could be different.

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7) LABELING

Labeling is a cognitive distortion where we tend to make global statements about ourselves or about others based on situation specific behavior. Now of course, how we label things often mirrors our internal belief systems. In fact, the more we tend to label something, the stronger the belief systems at play. This is unhelpful because our labels are often based on past experiences and personal opinions, rather than on hard facts and evidence. In order to successfully work through this cognitive distortion, you must challenge yourself to find the evidence that disproves the label you’re making in this particular situation.

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8) SHOULDING AND MUSTING

Shoulding and Musting is a cognitive distortion where we tend to make unrealistic and unreasonable demands on ourselves, and on others. You might for instance say, “I must… I should… You must… You should…”. These statements put undue pressure on you, and on other people to meet your high personal standards and expectations in specific situations. This is unhelpful because it sets people up for failure, and also doesn’t take into account other alternatives. In order to successfully work through this cognitive distortion, question whether things must be done a certain way. Possibly there is another way that you hadn’t yet considered.

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9) EMOTIONAL REASONING

Emotional Reasoning is a cognitive distortion where we tend to interpret our experience of reality based upon how we are feeling in the moment. Therefore how we feel about something effectively shapes how we perceive and interpret the situation we find yourself in. This is of course unhelpful because it means that our mood always influences how we experience the world around us. Our emotions therefore effectively become a barometer for how we view our life and circumstances. In order to successfully work through this cognitive distortion, question whether your emotional state-of-mind is preventing you from seeing things clearly.

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10) MAGNIFICATION AND MINIMIZATION

Magnification and Minimization is a cognitive distortion where we tend to magnify the positive attributes of another person, while minimizing our own positive attributes. You talk-down all your positive attributes and accomplishments in order to lower people’s expectations. In other words, you are effectively devaluing yourself, while at the same time putting the other person on a pedestal. Having humility is of course a wonderful thing, but not to the detriment of your own self-esteem. In order to successfully work through this cognitive distortion, challenge yourself to find reasons why you are deserving and capable.

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10 COGNITIVE DISTORTIONS SUMMARY

Everything always begins with a thought. How we think and how we interpret the world around us influences how we feel. And how we feel stirs up our emotions. We then use those emotions as a filter that helps us interpret our life experiences. These interpretations are of course varied and often not very accurate. In fact, they can prevent us from seeing the world “how it is”, and instead force us to perceive the world based on “how we are”. And of course how we are depends entirely on how we process the world, which of course begins with the thoughts we allow ourselves to dwell upon. Take charge of those thoughts by working through these 10 cognitive distortions, and you take charge of your life.


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Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly take control of these 10 cognitive distortions. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

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How to Have Good Luck in Life

How is it that some people just seem to have all the luck in the world? No matter how bad things get, it all just works out for them in the end. Everything they do just seems to turn into a lucky break. How could that be? How is it that some people have all the luck in the world, while others just can’t catch a break? Just maybe they read the manual on how to get lucky in life and they now understand the secret rules for success. But is that really possible? Are there actual rules that can help bring good luck into our lives? Yes, there actually are, and here you will find six of them.

 


RULE #1: COMMIT YOURSELF TO LEARNING

The first rule for having more good luck in life requires a commitment to lifelong learning. Luck is of course all about being in the right place, at the right time, but more importantly it’s about knowing what to do. Those who get lucky have the required skills, knowledge, resources, and the experience on hand to make the most of life’s greatest opportunities. They just understand how to take advantage of a situation. And of course, this understanding comes from the fact that they are insatiably curious and hungry to know and learn more about anything and everything that can help them achieve their goals.

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RULE #2: NETWORK RELENTLESSLY

The second rule for having more good luck in life requires a desire to network relentlessly with many different people. It is often said that it’s not what you know, but rather who you know that makes all the difference. Or maybe more specifically, it’s about who knows you and how willing they are to help you get ahead. In one way or another, opportunities often come through other people. The connections you make provide you with access to tools, resources, knowledge, skills and the support you need to achieve your goals. And of course making the most of these connections is what generates good luck.

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RULE #3: HELP PEOPLE GET WHAT THEY WANT

The third rule for having more good luck in life comes down to helping other people get what they want. The Law of Reciprocity states that when we help others, they will feel more obliged to give us something of value in return. In other words, helping people get what they want actually helps you get what you want. The value that people give you in return may however not come directly from them, but rather from someone connected to them. This person subsequently provides you with the tools, resources, knowledge and the support you need to achieve your goals. Kind of lucky, don’t you think?

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RULE #4: PREPARE YOURSELF THOROUGHLY

The fourth rule for having more good luck in life comes down to thorough preparation. Those people who seem to have all the luck in the world work tirelessly behind the scenes preparing themselves mentally and physically for any opportunities that come their way. They don’t just suddenly get lucky. They get lucky because they are thoroughly prepared for what’s to come. They know exactly what they want, what they will do, and how they will adapt if things inevitably go wrong. Luck after all favors the prepared mind that is flexible enough to adapt to changing conditions and circumstances.

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RULE #5: WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER

The fifth rule for having more good luck in life comes down to working smarter, not harder, and then having the courage to take risks when opportunity presents itself. There are of course a great many people who work extremely hard but seem to make very little progress toward their goals. They’re just unlucky, right? They’re unlucky because they never question whether there is a better way to get things done. The people who work smarter, in more optimal ways, and those who are willing to take courageous risks, are the ones who make the most of the opportunities that come their way.

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RULE #6: KEEP PERSISTING AND PERSEVERING

The sixth rule for having more good luck in life comes down to your willingness to push yourself further than anyone else. Those people who suddenly catch a lucky break persist and persevere for far longer than the average person is willing and able. They show a steadfast determination to succeed that pushes them forward through the toughest of challenges that stop other people in their tracks. They end up succeeding in the end, not because they are smarter or better, but purely because they never quit. They get lucky in the end when they finally figure out the valuable lessons in all their mistakes.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Luck isn’t some kind of miraculous random event that suddenly blesses us with good fortune. It’s rather something that develops over time through the choices and decisions we make each and every day. Yes, some people will for instance get lucky and win the lottery. A lottery is however pretty much all about potluck. Besides buying more tickets, there is simply nothing you can do that will increase your chances of success, and even with more tickets in your pocket, you have absolutely no control over the outcome.

The goals you are pursuing are not built upon potluck. Achieving these goals is built upon your ability to implement these six rules into your life. The more you apply yourself to following them, the higher your chances of succeeding in the end. And that’s of course when others will tell you that you just got lucky. 🙂


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How to Stop Making Excuses

When things don’t go your way, do you take responsibility or does it just seem easier to make a bunch of excuses? Have you ever considered how those excuses are affecting your life? When we make excuses about why we couldn’t or wouldn’t do something, we are at that moment putting a lid on our potential. In other words, we are throwing doubt on our ability to get things done, which subsequently influences what we believe we are capable of doing. Those limiting beliefs will of course grow stronger over time and affect every aspect of our lives. You can however stop making excuses, and here’s how to work through six of them.

 


EXCUSE 1: There’s just not enough time…

Yes we all have plenty to do, in fact we are all overloaded with commitments and responsibilities, and there’s just not enough time to get things done, right? Well, that’s what we tell ourselves, but is that the real honest truth? Or is it simply a story we tell ourselves that helps justify our actions? When you catch yourself indulging in this excuse, consider for a moment whether you are actually ‘making the time’ to focus on your highest priority activities. Maybe you need to set some clearer and more meaningful goals. Or just maybe you need to work with more purpose and urgency in pursuit of these objectives.

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EXCUSE 2: There’s just not enough money…

We can’t all be rich and wealthy. Things are expensive and there’s just not enough money to go around, right? Have you however considered that just maybe you don’t have enough money because money simply isn’t a priority in your life. With this in mind, how about generating some money making ideas? How about garnering the support of family and friends who can help you figure something out? How about showing some determination for once, and committing yourself to earning more money? In the end, you get what you deserve. Figure out how to work smarter and harder than anyone else, and you will be rewarded.

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EXCUSE 3: I just don’t know how…

We can’t all be geniuses, right? I mean, some people are just naturally gifted and talented, while others just seem to have a knack for doing things really well. As for me, well I just don’t know how. I don’t know what to do or how to get started. I just don’t think I am even capable of understanding this stuff. Just maybe though you are actually quite capable, but just don’t know it yet. Instead of making excuses, commit yourself to the practice of your craft. We all know nothing before we get started. And if at any time you get stuck, then ask for help or seek out inspiration that can help you move forward in a better way.

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EXCUSE 4: I just can’t change…

We are the way we are, and unfortunately there’s nothing we can do about it, right? While others vigorously pursue their goals, I just don’t have it in me to do the same. Changing the way I am is simply impossible. I just have to resign to the fact that I am going to be miserable for the rest of my life. But wait a minute… maybe the only reason you don’t believe you can change is because you don’t have enough reasons to change. There’s absolutely nothing on the line, and nothing pushing you forward. Start building small new daily habits with consistent effort. Only in this way will you begin making progressive changes.

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EXCUSE 5: I’m just not ready yet…

Wait a minute, I’m not quite ready just yet. I have to plan and prepare and cut my toenails before I even think about getting started. There’s just all this stuff to know and learn. Yes, I can do it, but I need more time. Or just maybe what you need is a little different perspective. You see, those who start the race are already ahead of those who don’t. Yes, they might not have it all planned out, but that doesn’t stop them from moving forward. No plan you create will ever be perfect, and you will never truly be ready. You just need to begin with one small step at a time. Everything else will work itself out as you move along.

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EXCUSE 6: This just won’t work…

I’ve heard that you believe that this thing you’re doing just simply won’t work. I mean, you’ve tried absolutely everything to make it work, right? Or have you? Whatever you believe you can’t do, there’s someone else doing it right now. They made it work, so why not you? Instead of making excuses, consider how to get the job done. Moreover, don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes and even failure are valuable experiences as long as you learn and then adapt your approach moving forward. Success is after all a numbers game. The more times you try, the better your odds of getting things right.

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HOW TO STOP MAKING EXCUSES SUMMARY

Yes, we all make excuses from time-to-time, but is that really the most admirable way to live our lives? Wouldn’t it be better to just stop making excuses and start taking responsibility for everything that happens to us? Stop making excuses and instead consider ways you can improve your situation? Stop making excuses and find ways to make things work, to change things, and to move forward in a better way? Why not just take responsibility and commit yourself to making mistakes and learning from them? What’s the worst that could possibly happen? It’s time to throw your excuses out the door and start taking a chance on yourself, starting today.


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How to Increase Productivity in Six Steps

At times, do you feel as though you’re just not being productive enough? You know those times when you just kind of feel like you could give a little more, but for one reason or another you just can’t help but indulge in procrastination. It’s as if you know exactly what it takes to improve productivity, but you just can’t seem to get your act together. Have you ever considered what these habits are costing you and the impact they could potentially have on your future? What regrets might you end up having 10 years from now? Well hopefully the answer will be “none” with the help of the six step productivity process.

 


1) IDENTIFY WHAT YOU WANT

Improving productivity always begins with knowing exactly what it is you want to accomplish. This of course means setting some concrete goals that will help you stay focused throughout the day. These goals must however be important and meaningful. They must encourage you to work with purpose, urgency and passion. With this in mind, figure out exactly what it is you are working toward and the important reasons why you are pursuing these goals in the first place. Now put your goals into writing and place that piece of paper next to your work desk. This will help you to stay focused on the prize.

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2) CONDUCT A TIME AUDIT

Have you ever reached the end of your workday and wondered where on earth your time has gone? There was of course a lot of promise at the start of the day. You had a fantastic plan in place, but for one reason or another, you’re kind of now struggling to figure out how you didn’t manage to get things done. You’re clueless because you weren’t consciously aware, of how you’ve been spending your time. With this in mind, commit yourself to conducting a time audit of how you spend your time over the course of a week. This will help you to pinpoint where improvements can potentially be made.

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3) GAIN CLARITY ABOUT YOUR USAGE OF TIME

Having conducted a time audit, you now know exactly how you’re spending your time and where it’s potentially all going down the drain. You now at least have the clarity you need to figure things out. Specifically, you need to figure out how you can potentially utilize your time more efficiently throughout the day. The goal is of course to get more done, and the only means of getting more done is by thinking smarter about the way you go about your work activities. In particular, you must figure out what’s most important and then find time to work on only those things. Eliminate, delegate and outsource everything else.

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THE SIX STEP PRODUCTIVITY PROCESS

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4) START SMALL, THEN BUILD MOMENTUM

At this stage, it’s of course very easy to get a little overexcited about all these changes you will be making to your work schedule and routine. However, this is where you need to throw a little caution to the wind. Making too many changes too quickly could potentially derail your productive intentions. You need a period of adjustment where you can slowly build momentum over time. To guide yourself through this period, it’s important to figure out how you will make these changes, and then acquire the relevant support, tools and resources you need to help you make this transition successfully.

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THE SIX STEP PRODUCTIVITY PROCESS

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5) DRAW UP A PLAN OF ACTION

Having outlined the changes you will make, it’s now time to draw up a plan of action for bringing those changes to reality. But what makes up a solid plan of action for improving productivity? Well, most importantly it must help you visualize an optimal path for getting things done. This essentially means outlining exactly what you will do, what you will avoid doing, and how you will adapt when unexpected circumstances arise. Moreover, it means figuring out how to do things move efficiently throughout the day. In other words, don’t just accept how things are. Challenge yourself to do things better.

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THE SIX STEP PRODUCTIVITY PROCESS

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6) CONDUCT WEEKLY REVIEWS

Remember that time when you got sidetracked and subsequently missed your deadline? Well, that actually happens to the best of us, but it really shouldn’t happen at all; not when you review your progress regularly. Conducting weekly review sessions will help you to stay on track and on target moving toward your goal. These sessions will help you figure out, what you’ve accomplished, what you’ve failed to accomplish, what’s working for you, what’s not working, and the potential adjustments you can make that can help improve your productivity and get you better results.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

So there you have it. That’s the six step productivity process that you can use to help increase your productivity and results. This of course is by no means an easy process to follow. It will in fact take a lot of work, effort and thought on your part to implement these changes into your workflow. And it of course doesn’t end there. It’s rather a continuous process of testing, measurement and improvement that challenges you to keep upgrading how you work throughout the day. Only in this way will you continue building the momentum you need to achieve your most important goals and objectives.


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How to Make the Most of Life’s Opportunities

Have you ever faced a problem that actually provided you with an opportunity to learn, grow and move forward in a better way? I’m sure we’ve all been there, however most of the time we fail to recognize these opportunities because we’re too transfixed on our problem. We worry, we fret, and we stress about the consequences of this problem, and subsequently fail to see the value of having this problem in the first place. As a result, we miss out on the real opportunities that life consistently presents us with. However, you need not miss out on an opportunity ever again by working through the following six steps.

 


1) CLARIFY YOUR GOALS

The first step to making the most of life’s opportunities is to know exactly what it is you want. In other words, what goals do you want to achieve? Having goals provides you clarity and helps you focus on your most important activities and priorities. However, simply knowing what you want unfortunately isn’t enough. You also need to understand what a potential opportunity looks like. More specifically, you need to clarify exactly what kind of opportunities you are looking for and how these opportunities can be of value to help move you toward the attainment of your goals.

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SIX STEPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE’S OPPORTUNITIES

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2) MENTALLY PREPARE YOURSELF

Has anyone ever told you that opportunities are abound? I guess what they meant was that life is full of opportunities. However, how many of us are actually capable of taking advantage of the opportunities life throws our way? Statistically speaking, probably not a great many people. Most people are unfortunately ill-prepared for opportunities. They are ill-prepared because they simply don’t have the relevant knowledge, skills, support and tools at their disposal to make the most of opportunity. As a result, hasty and careless decisions are made that turn opportunities into insurmountable problems.

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3) NETWORK WITH PEOPLE

For a great many people opportunity comes in the form of a weekly lottery ticket. However, the odds of that ticket turning into a positive outcome are of course extremely slim. The truth is that real opportunities come through one single channel, and that channel almost always involves people. Yes, people are the one key factor that can help drive opportunity your way. It is often said that it’s not what you know, but rather who you know that matters. With this in mind, it’s important to regularly spend time connecting and networking with people who can potentially help you get ahead and achieve your goals.

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4) QUESTION EVERYTHING

Opportunities don’t just suddenly appear in front of our eyes like the genie in Aladdin’s Lamp. Many times opportunities actually come to us in very covert ways — slipping right under the radar. In such instances it’s not about taking advantage of opportunity but rather about “opportunity creation”. And that’s of course where questions come into the picture. Asking questions that challenge you to think outside the box in creative ways stretches your imagination and encourages you to see things a little differently. Curiosity then becomes the driving force that helps you spot hidden opportunities in any situation.

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5) RECOGNIZE THE OPPORTUNITY

For the most part, opportunities don’t come wrapped up in a gift basket. They rather come dressed in dirty overalls holding a shovel. In other words, life’s opportunities are often disguised as problems that require hard work and major emotional discomfort. And it is for this very reason why most people fail to recognize opportunities. They fail to recognize an opportunity because they expect opportunities to be given to them on a silver platter. If it ain’t easy, then it ain’t no opportunity but rather a distasteful set of tasks that require too much effort. And as a result, they fail to make the most of their situation.

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6) TAKE CALCULATED RISKS

Having recognized your opportunity, it’s now time to use it to your advantage. And many times of course, this does involve some degree of risk. Weigh up the pros and cons of your predicament and then choose to either act quickly — to make the most of this opportunity — or choose to move on. It’s up to you to decide whether or not an opportunity is truly worth taking. There are after all no guarantees. Your risks might not payoff in the end, but if you’re careful and calculated, they very much may. Remember though, that sometimes the true value of an opportunity lies in the choices left unmade.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Many years from now when you reflect upon the journey you’ve taken, you may very well realize that everything you have accomplished effectively comes down to the choices you’ve made. You either chose to take advantage of that opportunity, or you chose to do something else. Either way, something happened and your entire life script was subsequently written on the canvas of the decision you made.

In the moment, we will of course never truly know where each of our choices will take us. That’s something we will eventually discover years down the track. Looking back, there may even be some regrets and disappointment, and most of them will probably be because of opportunities not taken, and choices not made.


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We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

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