A Four-Step Path to Deliberate Living

July 14, 2014 9:40 PM

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A Four-Step Path to Deliberate Living

At the beginning of Walden, Thoreau states that he went into the woods to live deliberately. He wanted to sculpt his life and mind purposefully in a space beyond the influence of his fellow men. People like Thoreau who see themselves as in control of their lives tend to experience greater success in both their careers and their relationships. They also tend to be considerably happier and harbor less regret. We can all take steps to live more deliberately and design our lives in ways that make us feel content and grateful. And these steps don't even have to include giving up your Netflix to become a hermit in the woods.

Eating healthfully, getting plenty of exercise, and sleeping enough all contribute to a better mood and increased motivation. Conversely, neglecting your health can contribute to a bad day (or year). When I'm losing focus, feeling down, or getting especially annoyed, my first instinct is to blame so...

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