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The Compounding Power Of Consistency

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This week I'm sharing about the compounding power of consistency. We get better simply by doing things repeatedly. Practice might not make perfect, but it does make us better. 

The Power Of Tiny Gains Chart

One of my favorite graphics from James Clear's Atomic Habits. If you work on getting 1% better each day for a year, you'll end up 37% better by the end of it.

If you're ever discouraged about the progress you're making, remember that professionals are just amateurs who kept on trying. 

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Janel

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2) Avoid tiny losses
3) Measure backward, not forward.

How to Be Great? Just Be Good, Repeatably
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"The New York Subway. The first contract was awarded on February 21 1900. 28 stations opened and general operation commenced on October 27 1904, 4.7 years later. In April 2000, the MTA decided to build the Second Avenue Subway. The first phase, with 3 stations, opened on January 1 2017. " Look at the crazy speed difference.

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      Screenshot Rocks

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      On the Mac, you can use Shift-Command-4-Spacebar to take screenshots that include windows.

      Clozemaster - Gamified, flashcard-style language learning through mass exposure to vocabulary in context. You can get by with a free plan! I use this for Spanish!

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