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The author of this video breaks down the two most useful rules to use when the going gets tough.
“I recently read the book 12 rules for life an antidote to chaos by author and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson. Over the course of my career, I've experienced long periods of
uncertainty and self-doubt. At times I would ask myself - Is what I'm doing gonna actually matter? I felt like my career was on the verge of falling apart and falling into chaos. In an effort to limit these chaotic periods in my work life, I picked up Jordan Peterson's book to find a couple of rules that I could rely on to regain order when things feel chaotic.
Of all his 12 rules, there were two rules that I incorporated into my life to navigate times of chaos.”
Rule No1: Compare yourself to who you were yesterday.
When you feel competent and better than someone else, your brain releases the happiness hormone - serotonin, but it also restricts its release when you feel uncertain and out of control. The trick here is to only compare yourself to who you were the day before. Start treating each day as a new life and each version of yourself as a new person. If you’re striving to be a little bit better every day, your brain will reward you by releasing more serotonin and you will feel satisfied.
“Stop comparing yourself to who someone else is today, and start comparing yourself to who you were yesterday.”
Rule No2: Tell the truth or at least don't lie.
“The amount with which you can improve on yesterday will be capped by how truthful you are willing to be today. Until you face the truth, any improvements you make on who you were
yesterday will be meaningless. Instead of moving forward, you'll just be moving sideways. To make forward progress you need to acknowledge what truth you're avoiding and what uncomfortable conversations you have to have with yourself and others.”
When you’re honest with yourself and others, any action you take out of the place of honesty will move you towards the reality you really want, and not the one you’re pretending to want.
“A person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”
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