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Train your brain to master the art of controlled anticipation

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Tell me if this rings a bell: After a long, long, long stretch of pandemic sameness, you finally have something on the calendar that has you looking forward — maybe a date with a friend you haven’t seen in forever, or a weekend day trip, or just a coveted afternoon…

Seeing others thrive is great, but take it with a pinch of salt.

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Success porn is everywhere you look. Twitter, Linkedin, whatever. Influencers and your auntie Karen all feast on the notification orgy that comes with sharing success stories. I’ve done it. You probably have too. Humans love gratification, and that’s okay.

The problem arises when you begin following these success stories like…

Quitting professional football at 26 is almost unheard of, but Ethan White made it work.

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Ethan White seemingly had it all. Playing in the MLS (Major League Soccer) with some of the modern game’s most decorated players, he was living his dream.

In 2019, aged 28, he finally made it to the Champions League final — the pinnacle of club football. …

Simplicity can often be the most challenging skill to acquire.

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During one rugby training session at school, our coach said something that has never left me:

“Top quality rugby is all about getting the simple things right, but that is where most teams and players fail.”

We often gloss over the simple things in life because, well, they’re simple. …

Manifestation is a misused, misunderstood concept.

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Even before the pandemic, manifestation is never far from the public eye. Scroll through Twitter or Facebook, and you’ll see people “manifesting $10,000” into their bank accounts via a retweet or like.

The concept’s roots lie in the Law of Attraction: the idea that positive thoughts bring positive results. …

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