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This guy is keen to move his 1999 Holden Barina. 

#buymybarina
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The first rule of decision making, according to Chip and Dan Heath in their book Decisive, is to expand your options. Options provide different levels of opportunity, and grounds for comparison. 

Options help you make better decisions by affording us a freedom. Freedom to contrast and explore possibilities. Freedom to better choose our destiny. 

We are all psychologically inclined to imagine our futures will be far brighter than the evidence and commitment we display in the present.

So do options we imagine with wild and vivid success eventually impact our sanity? Is the mid-life crisis simply an artefact of a reality that is far more limited than our youthful imagination promised? 

Perhaps the aim of seeking options should be to limit yourself to a few realistic options at a time and, most importantly, to explore them quickly and deliberately. 

Spend less time with the fanciful dreams, and more time figuring out what options are within reach, which ones you can move yourself towards, and which ones are not worth your energy. 

The quicker we figure out which options we should pursue, the quicker we learn how to take them, move onto the next set of options, and try again.  


http://www.understand31.com/3/post/2013/10/give-yourself-options.html
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I am everything I know.
My knowledge shapes how I walk and talk. How I interact and how I impact. 
My knowledge dictates my approach you; the language to project, the tone to reflect.
My knowledge doesn't just tell me who I am. It tells you who I am.
My knowledge creates all aspects of me.
It dictates my career. It dictates the company I keep. It dictates my soul's purpose.
It is that deep.
I am everything I know.
Without knowing me, without knowing my thoughts, without knowing what I know would I still be me?
Would I still exist?
No.
A body that exists without what I know is not me. It might be you, or someone else, or a shell of a something.
But not me.
It is only because I know that I show you what your perception should be.
It is only because I know that I can make sense of all the things I see.
The lessons spilled down through schools, society, siblings and stars? They define me.
I am everything I know.
And I know that I know nothing for certain ... 

http://www.understand31.com/3/post/2013/08/who-am-i.html
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The genesis of progress: 
Humans have a tendency to explore. As a species we are constantly inquiring, learning and progressing, and this has probably been of great evolutionary benefit over the millennia.

Given we have this predisposition to progress, is frustration simply a learned evolutionary response that aims to force us into exploration? If progress is our naturally desired state, frustration is a catalyst that inspires action.   

Surely you too have felt irate about people who cut you off on the road, or jump ahead in a queue. In these instances we are still concerned with progress, only this time it is our progress relative to others. I can be moving forward, but if others are moving faster I will get frustrated. 

Again this seems to come down to an evolutionary need to compete for scarce resources. If others progress faster than us, our chances of survival (at least in an evolutionary sense) are lessened. 

We need progress to adapt and survive in our ever-changing environments. 

http://www.understand31.com/3/post/2013/07/why-do-we-need-progress.html
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Think Matrix. Think Rocky. Think nearly every fairytale and fable you’ve read from faded pages under the yellow night lamp. In storytelling across cultures, a consistent theme has emerged.

Think about stories from friends and relatives. They all have common elements – challenges, growth, mastering and re-mastering, overcoming and conquering. 

It has been called The Hero's Journey.

Think about your own legacy; your own story. When have you pushed yourself to overcome adversity, rising from uncertainty to growth, wisdom and new opportunity? 

There is a strong chance you look back on those moments as defining and, as long as these stories abound, we will all continue to seek our own journeys. 

The question that remains: what is your journey, hero? 

http://www.understand31.com/3/post/2013/05/the-heros-journey.html #understand31  
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The prevailing scientific ideology suggests genes and external factors determine our fate, providing the perfect companion to our justification: “I’m this way because of my genes.”

Better yet, we can blame upbringing: “My behaviour is because of event X, factor Y and person Z”.

To deal with the complexities of life we remove ourselves from responsibility for our actions, reflecting on ourselves as powerless beings without the freedom to choose our response.

But our actions and reactions, the mental choices we make, shape the world around us.

For that we are entirely responsible.

http://www.understand31.com/3/post/2013/04/taking-responsibility.html
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I used to marvel at mates who could confidently approach girls, and started copying some of their lines. It pretty quickly dawned on me that words mean very little. 

The words don't matter; all that matters is how the other person feels.

Rather than becoming expert at interpreting and producing words, become expert at interpreting feelings and moods. Then, as we learn to read others we start to uncover how the ways in which we impact them.

We are all mirrors reflecting each others moods, confidence and emotion. What are you projecting into your environment, only for it to be reflected straight back?

See more at: http://www.understand31.com/3/post/2013/04/create-a-feeling.html
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