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Start Your Day on Purpose And You Will Have Your Best. Day. Ever.

Your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. Use them to achieve your goals and accomplish some pretty amazing things. If you win most of your days, the years will take care of themselves.

Rather than depending on your mood and your circumstances for a great start to your day, choose to be proactive and make mood and circumstances respond to your work. Jim Rohn said "Either you run the day or the day runs you."

A default routine for so many people is to immediately pick up their phone, check the news, email and social media and go about their day. There's no way you can think clearly, focus and do your best work in the morning if you are constantly reacting to others' expectations or getting distracted by the news.

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We need to rethink social media before it's too late. We've accepted a Faustian bargain

A business model that alters the way we think, act, and live our lives has us heading toward dystopia

When people envision technology overtaking society, many think of The Terminator and bulletproof robots. Or Big Brother in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, a symbol of external, omnipotent oppression.

But in all likelihood, dystopian technology will not strong-arm us. Instead, we'll unwittingly submit ourselves to a devil's bargain: freely trade our subconscious preferences for memes, our social cohesion for instant connection, and the truth for what we want to hear.

Indeed, as former insiders at Google, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube attest in our new documentary, The Social Dilemma, this is already happening. We already live in a version of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. As Neil Postman puts it in his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business:

"In Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity, and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think."

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For habit changes, hijacking the environment a much more effective strategy than attempting to will change into being

As human beings, steeped in philosophies of free will, we like to think we have total control over our actions. If someone is always late to meetings, we ascribe their tardiness to laziness or poor time management. If someone struggles to lose weight, we often think: "Why can't they just skip dessert and work out?"

Wendy Wood is a social psychologist at the University of Southern California who has studied human behavior, habits, and decision-making for more than 30 years. She is the author of the book Good Habits, Bad Habits: "The science of making positive changes that stick."

"We tend to think it's all us," Wood tells Inverse. "It's all our own agency and self-control that will push us in the right direction or make us fail. And that's just not true."

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