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<h1>When in doubt, try the difference</h1>
<small>2019-10-28</small>
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If you’re in doubt about something that’s <strong>not</strong> in your life, <strong>try it</strong>.
Things are so different in practice versus in theory.
The only way to know is to experience it yourself.
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Try it examples:
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Pursuing a new interest?
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Moving somewhere very different?
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Quitting your job to go freelance?
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Err on the side of yes. 
Try it.
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If it was a mistake, at least you’ll know first-hand, instead of always wondering.
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If you’re in doubt about something that’s <strong>in</strong> your life already, <strong>get rid of it</strong>.
Not just things, this goes for identities, habits, goals, relationships, technology, and anything else.
Default to not having it, then see how you do without.
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Get rid of it examples:
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Relationships that bring you down
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Goals you’re not pursuing 
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A career that’s plateaued
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Err on the side of no. 
Get rid of it.
Start with a clean slate,
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If it was a mistake, you’ll get it back with a renewed enthusiasm.
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(The common thread is to make the change, to know first-hand.)
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Get rid of everything examples:
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Erase your phone and computer.
Re-install the operating system from scratch.
Don’t restore from the backup — not even your contacts.
Only add back people who contact you.
Don’t install any apps unless you can’t do without them.
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Put everything you own into storage.
Move somewhere small and simple, bringing only what you’d take on a two-week trip.
Only when you absolutely need something, go get it out of storage.
After a year, sell all that stuff in storage.
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Move across the world.
Start from scratch with a new career, new friends, and new approach to life.
Every time you start to do something out of habit, interrupt the pattern and try the opposite way instead.
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(These are my favorite. I actually do these things regularly. I love simplifying.)
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