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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/n">Hell Yeah or No</a>”:</div>
<h1>Subtract</h1>
<small>2018-12-05</small>
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	Life can be improved by adding, or by subtracting.
	The world pushes us to add, because that benefits them.
	But the secret is to focus on subtracting.
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	Imagine a number line, with 0 on the left and 20 on the right.
	Say I want to be in the middle, at 10.
	But I’m at 17.
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	“What can I add to get to 10? I tried adding 8 but that didn’t work. Maybe 3 would help. I should go all out and add 50.”
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	No amount of adding will get me to where I want to be.
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	The adding mindset is deeply ingrained.
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	It’s easy to think I need something else.
	It’s hard to look instead at what to remove.
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	The least successful people I know run in conflicting directions, are drawn to distractions, say yes to almost everything, and are chained to emotional obstacles.
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	The most successful people I know have a narrow focus, protect themselves against time-wasters, say no to almost everything, and have let go of old limiting beliefs.
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	More people die from eating too much than from eating too little.
	Most of us have too much baggage, too many commitments, and too many priorities.
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	Subtracting reminds me that what I need to change is something already here, not out there.
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