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Steps to Achievement: The Pitfalls, Costs, Requirements, and Timelines

I just posted a new article at Less Wrong - "Steps to Achievement: The Pitfalls, Costs, Requirements, and Timelines." This is a little bit longer and more dry than I write for my blog, but I think there's some very important things in here.

If you're interested in goals and achievement, there's quite a lot of meat here. I'm putting the full version up here and please feel very welcome to comment here on this topic, but also consider heading over to Less Wrong, grab a free account, and start participating there. As I described in "You Should Probably Study Rationality," it's a wonderful community.

Reply to: Humans Are Not Automatically Strategic

In "Humans Are Not Automatically Strategic," Anna Salamon outlined some ways that people could take action to be more successful and achieve goals, but do not:

Thinking Of Yourself As Intelligent Could Be Making A Mistake

On Huan M. Nguyen

If you self-identify as "intelligent", this is relevant. By self-identify, I mean you or anybody who describes you, would use that word. This could be a mistake that you're making.

But rather than saying "intelligent" in quotes, I'd rather put it as more used to working with your mind.

When you are, you get used to trusting your mind. Knowledge of cognitive biases and other errors in human reasoning in mind, it makes sense that it's not always the best to trust blindly in your mind. Being used to trusting it gives it the ability to trick you that much more easily.

A person who isn't used to working more with their minds will make decisions, and will know those decisions and consequences.

Somebody who is used to trusting their mind all the time will be much more susceptible to their own rationalizations, like I don't need to work out today because I already did some physical activity earlier.

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