My recent experience overcoming shame, imposter syndrome, and feeling like I’m “not enough”

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A technique—and opportunity—for deep connection that is rare in most social dynamics

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Building habits is not about willpower. The less pressure I apply, the more I feel like engaging in the practices I chose.

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How to make sure you get where you want to be by focusing on the process instead of on the outcomes

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Why we quit important habits, and how to get back on track.

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The Lies We Tell Ourselves When We Fail

I thought about all the possible reasons.


Tame the mental hurricane of thoughts and decisions and tasks and get back to a place of grounded action.

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We evolved to move, not sit, and I wanted to be stronger, more flexible, and more focused. Here’s how I got more movement in my day.

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But you need to know the right moment to stop.

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This experiment in vulnerability can create intimate connections between writer and reader—but it is not for the faint of heart

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Sílvia Bastos

Habit Coach. Self-Experimenter. Find your ideal Keystone Habit here: https://journalsmarter.com/keystone-habit/

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