MIT PE 550 - Lecture/Discussion 1: Promises and Consequences, Areas of Life (4 pages)

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Pe 550 - Designing Your Life

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MIT OpenCourseWare http ocw mit edu PE 550 Designing Your Life January IAP 2009 Spring 2009 For information about citing these materials or our Terms of Use visit http ocw mit edu terms Designing Your Life IAP Spring 2009 Lauren Zander and Gabriella Jordan Lecture Discussion 1 Promises and Consequences Areas of Life Principle Promises and Consequences Pick an area that you have had difficulties designing and that you would like to focus on Got it Now we re going to take action to get you to your dream life in that area Promises We have dreams about where we want to go To make those dreams a reality we need to take action In this class we code that action in the form of weekly promises to ourselves For example I want to lose weight Therefore this week I promise myself that I will go to the gym three times Articulating and accomplishing your promises is a way to build up your personal integrity The muscle of doing what you say you will do takes strengthening and practice There is no magic pill you can take and all of a sudden be better It just takes time and effort and dedication to getting stronger For example It s like learning to run a marathon set up a training schedule practice don t give up even if you re tempted to stay on the couch condition your body to the feeling of running After several weeks you notice that you re now able to run farther than before It takes effort and you re never going to have to stop trying Promises should be realistic something you believe can happen Example growing a monkey tail vs losing 10 pounds Promises should take on big stuff that you wouldn t routinely attempt They should be part of a bigger plan for where you want to go in your life Finally promises build on each other Making promises is a process of refinement as you learn what works for you Be as specific as possible in your promises duration how hard etc Pay careful attention to use active language I will vs I wish I hope The latter sets you up for failure You will



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