Distinction for life are anything that helps you live better. From the mundane, like keeping your feet comfortable through the day, to the philosophical, like how attention defines your life. Some are subtle and can take a long explanation to get you to make the shift in perception that will allow you to apply them and change. Others are so easy they may only take a few sentences.
We humans are categorizing animals. It is nearly impossible for us to not look for patterns and group things together. Here’s a few categories for distinctions
Beliefs are distinctions and the concept of beliefs is its own distinction. It’s very meta and recursive. Read the Beliefs post which goes in-depth to what beliefs are and why they are important. Other post teach you useful beliefs that are distinctions all by themselves.
Ideas are distinctions. Sometimes a new intellectual understanding can make a big change in your life. Understanding the effects of where you put your attention is an idea that once you get it, will allow major changes.
Metaphors are distinctions. Metaphors are symbols that we use to think about life and things in life. Sometimes these metaphors bring baggage with them that needs to be examined, like the metaphor of work/life balance.
Life hacks are distinctions. These are habits, tools or systems that once implemented in your life will change you for the better. These are often the “small changes” that make the big difference.
Practices are distinctions. A practice is a small thing that if done regularly slowly but surely improves your life. An example of a practice would be Morning Pages.
I remember hearing a speaker once talk about how many books he’d read, how many speakers he’d heard. He said some of them were very bad, but he told himself, “If I just learn one little thing that I can apply from this book, then it was worth it.”
This blog is a collection of those “one things” I’ve picked up over the years. Not every chapter is going to be relevant to you when you read it. Somethings you will try it and it won’t give you a big return, probably because that part of your life is already sorted out. But given all the different distinctions here, you should find something that makes tomorrow better than the day before.
One pet peeve of mine is when a books spends the quarter of the book telling you why you should make a particular change, or why what they say is true. I always think, “Look I bought the book. Let’s get to it already.”
One of the beauties of Distinctions is they prove themselves.
If you do them.
I’m going to ask you to actually do stuff and see what happens. If it works for you, you’ll know it. If it doesn’t work there might be bugs in the systems. Double check you are doing it as described. If you are doing it right and it still doesn’t work for you, move on.
Sometimes though all it takes is a change in…