It’s not the tool’s fault

Social networks amplify our personalities, and allow us to connect with far more people.  Whether you’re prone to illegal/questionable things or positive/helpful practices, social networks simply makes it easier for you to either.

Using Facebook (for example) you can cheat on your wife or find an organ donor, in the same way you can use a hammer to bash your neighbor or build an orphanage.

It’s worth asking ourselves how we use each tool.

All or nothing?

Despite our noble quest to stick with the perfect diet, time management practice, morning routine, or any new habit, most endeavors end in failure to adhere consistently, long-term.

One of my lessons has been that time spent testing to find a method that is “perfect for me” is more valuable than just adhering to any system that is supposed to be perfect.

In a sentence:  The mediocre method you stick with is far better than the perfect method you abandon.

“Progress, not perfection”
– Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) – “The Equalizer”

Ask better questions

Often we pose questions to ourselves that are not useful to ask or answer. (“Why do bad things always happen to me?”)

Your subconscious immediately attempt to answer. (“Because I’m unlucky!”)

Even in the toughest of times, here are better questions:
“What’s great about this?”
“What did I learn from this?”

Even without an answer, replacing anything negative is 1,000 times more constructive.  And with enough repetition, you’ll actually hear useful answers.