Ear Brain Heart 28th November, 2022

What can you do in 12 minutes?

We have a limited amount of self-discipline each day. So how you use what you have is crucial. Robbie Swale started writing a blog post every week on the train in-between stops.

What started as 12 minutes every week ended up as an 80,000-word book. Robbie is now three books into a four book series about how to start a project, keep it going, and create the conditions for great work.

Key takeaways

  • Confidence comes from the actions you take, not the other way around.
  • Similarly, the mindset to take action rarely just appears. We need to take small steps to build up that mindset.
  • If you want to define yourself as “the type of person who does X ”, you can’t ever be that person without taking the first step.
  • Life will always get in the way. How can you leverage your practice so that it’s resilient in those times?
  • Build the rep of recommitting when you lose your streak.
  • Raise the activation energy for the tasks you don’t want to do, and lower the activation energy for the tasks you do.

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Transcript

00:00:00Mark
Oh no, it's not a consistent countdown. Do we really?
00:00:02Robbie
Is it, is it gonna work? Is it gonna consistently record?
00:00:04Mark
are we really? Yeah.
00:00:06
You're listening to Ear Brain Heart, an experiment in showing up. I'm Mark Steadman and I'm always on the lookout for ways to hack my own brain so that I can do the things that I'm sure I'm supposed to do when all I really want to do is w. Well, the things I want to do.
00:00:27
Helping me figure this out is Robbie Swale. Robbie created …
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Ear Brain Heart

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