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Daily snackable writings to spur changes in thinking.

A map for a better brain. The way we think is both our greatest tool - indeed our only tool - and very often it is also our biggest leash. We are only who we think we are. Our opportunities are also limited by who other people think we are. It stands to reason that if we’d like to change who we are, we must start with an effort to change our thinking.

NOTE: While it appears as though this blog has just started, there's over 100,000 words worth of entries that have been prewritten, edited, locked and loaded. In other words, you can count on helpful thoughts everyday.

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TAKE IT TO THE MIN

November 17th, 2018
How low can you go?


FAUX AUTEUR PHANTOM

November 16th, 2018
Do you author your next thought before thinking it?


UNUSED GIFT

November 15th, 2018
Are you just looking to feel good right now, or are you genuinely seeking a solution?


RELAY RACING AND THE THUMBTACK

November 14th, 2018
Is the monster chasing you trying to help?


SLIDING ECHO CHAMBERS

November 13th, 2018
Can you see outside of your own echo chamber?


THE NEGATIVE SPACE OF RIDDLES

November 12th, 2018
What is a better question?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: SECOND GUESSING

November 11th, 2018
Lucilius is gifted with a fresh perspective on a second guess.


STATE CHANGE

November 10th, 2018
Does your (mental) state need to change? Can our mental state change because of our phsyical state?


INTO THE VOID

November 9th, 2018
Are you afraid to push your idea out into the world?


BAD DAY

November 8th, 2018
Are you having a bad day?


MARK OF A MISTAKE

November 7th, 2018
Are you making a mistake?


MISTAKES: QUANTITY VS. DURATION

November 6th, 2018
How many mistakes are you seeking to make? Would you rather make one big mistake or a bunch of small ones? Which is more likely to get you closer to your goals?


THE TINKER TWEAKING THIEF

November 5th, 2018
Are you trying to get rid of something that doesn't exist?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: LUCILIUS.EXE HAS STOPPED WORKING, SYSTEM FAILURE

November 4th, 2018
Lucilius goes on an infinite adventure.


HEAVE-TO

November 3rd, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] What's your strategy for surviving the storms of the mind?


VISIBILITY

November 2nd, 2018
How far can you see right now?


THINK AGAIN

November 1st, 2018
Did you think in the first place?


STRESSFUL SITUATION

October 31st, 2018
Will the real shady stress please stand up?


THE DOOR AND THE DARK STAIRCASE

October 30th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] What is the similarity between opportunities in life and horror movies? When one door closes, and another opens.... what exactly is behind that door?


THAT'S STRANGE

October 29th, 2018
Should we only expect the expected? Is the unexpected even imaginable?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: PEEK-A-BOO MAGIC

October 28th, 2018
Lucilius muses on how things arise in consciousness


PEBBLE OR SEED?

October 27th, 2018
Is that idea a pebble or a seed?


HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

October 26th, 2018
Where is your head?


TRANSACTION

October 25th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How generous is your definition of 'transaction'?


ENDLESS LOOM

October 24th, 2018
Are you letting the work dictate when it's done?


GONE FISHING

October 23rd, 2018
Do you wait for fish to flop into your hands?


THAT PROMISING DUD

October 22nd, 2018
Should we always expect the spectacle?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: THE PRECIOUS WEAK LINK

October 21st, 2018
Lucilius discovers the power of intentional weakness.


CUSTOMIZING AUTOPILOT

October 20th, 2018
What is your Autopilot set to? This episode piggybacks off of Episode 44: Autopilot.


ALL OR NOTHING, OR NOTHING TO ALL?

October 19th, 2018
How should the all-or-nothing mindset be applied?


STUPIDITY WISDOM

October 18th, 2018
Is wisdom about being smart? or is wisdom about not being stupid?


IATROGENIC GASLIGHTING: ARE YOU OK?

October 17th, 2018
How many times should we ask?


WILL POWER

October 16th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How much power is available for your will to use?


NO CHOICE

October 15th, 2018
Do you have a choice about what you did yesterday?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: A DATE WITH BELIEF

October 14th, 2018
Lucilius demonstrates the power of belief for a friend.


STABILITY

October 13th, 2018
How stable are you?


SHORT GAME LONG GAME

October 12th, 2018
How does your short game effect your long game?


WEATHER REPORT

October 11th, 2018
What are your chances of feeling good today?


PILOT HOLE

October 10th, 2018
What is the path of least resistance for new hopes, desires and habits?


MANIFEST EXAMPLE

October 9th, 2018
In your own life, who is the best example of what it means to be human?


KEEPING TALLY

October 8th, 2018
Do you keep tally on your friends?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: NIBBLE

October 7th, 2018
Lucilius slowly notices the slow process of big, slow work.


SANDCASTLES IN THE SURF

October 6th, 2018
How many times can you have your work washed away?


WISECRACK CANARY

October 5th, 2018
Can you still hear the joke?


ALWAYS WITH YOU

October 4th, 2018
Where does happiness exist?


INSPIRATION

October 3rd, 2018
What's your creative diet look like?


THE COMFORT SIGNAL

October 2nd, 2018
Are you getting soft?


PRACTICING INSANITY

October 1st, 2018
Is it insane to practice?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: SELF-REINFORCING DELUSION

September 30th, 2018
Lucilius comes across a cosmically sized example of something we all do.


SEEING THE BOOTSTRAP

September 29th, 2018
Do poor emotional associations keep you from seeing escape routes?


THE MESS

September 28th, 2018
Why do kids make a mess of everything?


SET SAIL

September 27th, 2018
Are you just drifting?


MOVING THE WHIRLPOOL

September 26th, 2018
How do you grab a whirlpool?


WHAT THE FOOL BELIEVES

September 25th, 2018
Who's the fool? What do you believe?


ON THE PLATE

September 24th, 2018
How much is on your plate? Did you get enough?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: INFINITE GAME

September 23rd, 2018
Lucilius visits an ailing friend.


CROOKED CROSSHAIRS

September 22nd, 2018
Is your aim calibrated?


HAMMER AND SCREW

September 21st, 2018
Are you using the wrong tool?


SHARPENING THE SENTINEL

September 20th, 2018
How will you guard yourself from entities that know you better and faster, and don't necessarily care about your well-being?


CONQUER OR CONCUR?

September 19th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Can you say the title of this episode 5 times really fast?


BEYOND VICTORY

September 18th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How do we keep enemies closer?


ESTEEM

September 17th, 2018
What does it mean to have good self-esteem?


PROGRESS OR PERFECTION?

September 16th, 2018
Can we have an unhealthy relationship with a word?


QUOTES LIKE JOKES

September 15th, 2018
Jokes are mostly regurgitated, but what about quotes? Do we just regurgitate them, or do we hope they'll change who we are?


YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW

September 14th, 2018
How many different times exist?


SWEEP IT UNDER THE FEED

September 13th, 2018
What's under your social media feed?


PIVOT HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER

September 12th, 2018
How fast do you bounce back? A special shoutout to username Schmazo who brought up the cheetah connection on the Tinkered Thinking subreddit.


COCONUT

September 11th, 2018
Do you have your hand in a Coconut?


MILLION DOLLAR IDEA: DIAMOND OR SEED?

September 10th, 2018
Are ideas diamonds in the rough? Or seeds in a garden?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: PRODUCTIVE DELUSION

September 9th, 2018
Lucilius plays a trick on himself.


GET INTERESTING

September 8th, 2018
Are you interesting?


WHY ARE GAMES FUN?

September 7th, 2018
Can rules be a gift?


PURPOSEFUL IMBALANCE

September 6th, 2018
Is it bad to seek balance all the time?


FACES OF FAILURE

September 5th, 2018
How shall we greet failure?


JUST SHIP IT

September 4th, 2018
When should we set an idea free into the world?


THE SUBTLE ART OF THE BREAK

September 3rd, 2018
When should we take a break?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: WEIGHT OF QUESTIONS

September 2nd, 2018
Someone seeks out Lucilius for guidance.


REGRETTING CATEGORICAL MISTAKES

September 1st, 2018
Can we forget words?


CATEGORICAL AGENCY

August 31st, 2018
What happens when we create a word?


PEDANT

August 30th, 2018
Are you furthering the conversation productively? Or are you just being a pedantic brat?


CEO OF SELF

August 29th, 2018
Who runs the show? And who makes the show work?


THE CONDUCTOR'S ORCHESTRA

August 28th, 2018
Where do emotions come from?


VERSION

August 27th, 2018
How close is the world to our version of it?


THE RIGHT TRACK

August 26th, 2018
Could it be a mistake to think we are on the right track?


MENTAL-OPTICS

August 25th, 2018
Through how many lenses do we look at the world?


I COULD HAVE BEEN A CONTENDER

August 24th, 2018
Why do we wane nostalgic about foregone potential?


ONWARDS AND UPWARDS

August 23rd, 2018
Is it best to focus on direction or location?


POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE IS JUST FIRST GEAR

August 22nd, 2018
Is positive mental attitude all that's needed?


QUESTION

August 21st, 2018
What is a Question? . . . what a question. . .


ENDLESS WAYS

August 20th, 2018
Why don't we pick another way of thinking about it?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: UNINTENTIONALLY EARNED

August 19th, 2018
Lucilius pokes fun at a friend


RUT

August 18th, 2018
How do you get out of a rut?


REALIZATION

August 17th, 2018
Is there more than one kind of Realization?


MENTAL MAP

August 16th, 2018
Have you updated your map lately?


ENDURE

August 15th, 2018
How can we solve hate?


ITERATE

August 14th, 2018
How can we make the days Compound?


NEXT LEVEL

August 13th, 2018
How much 'next-level' stuff is there?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: NORMAL IS THE NEW CRAZY

August 12th, 2018
Lucilius treats the different as ordinary


GROW GILLS

August 11th, 2018
What tools can the brain acquire as it evolves?


THE CLEAVER

August 10th, 2018
How do we cut out a narrow perspective?


BREAKTHROUGH THE CLOUD COVER

August 9th, 2018
What exactly 'breaks' when we have a breakthrough?


BROKEN MOLD

August 8th, 2018
Did they break the mold, or did you?


HAWK AND THE HOUND

August 7th, 2018
What sense should we use to achieve our goals?


THE TUBE

August 6th, 2018
How do we look at the world, the people around us, and ourself?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: STUBBORNNESS

August 5th, 2018
Lucilius responds to a question about stubbornness.


THE LITTLE RED BUTTON

August 4th, 2018
Do you let people and circumstances push your buttons? Or do you push your own button?


BAD PATTERN

August 3rd, 2018
Do we find a pattern too fast?


COMMUNAL DREAM

August 2nd, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Where is the Past?


CHEAP THRILLS

August 1st, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] What are we wasting time on?


THE DISTRACTING TEST

July 31st, 2018
How shall we distract ourselves?


PANDORA'S SATELLITE

July 30th, 2018
How shall we look at any given subject?


OCCASION

July 29th, 2018
Where is the Occasion we need to rise up to?


PULL-STRING

July 28th, 2018
Do you have a pull-string with canned responses?


OPINION OR POV

July 27th, 2018
Do you have an Opinion or a Point of View?


FROM ZEUS' HEAD

July 26th, 2018
What's the process of translating ideas into real things?


RESPONSIBILITY

July 25th, 2018
What exactly is responsibility?


YET: A WAY OUT OF THE BOX

July 24th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Do we put ourselves in our own prisons without a way out?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: LET GO

July 23rd, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Lucilius learns how to have influence without control.


SAFE ASSUMPTION

July 22nd, 2018
Are there any safe assumptions?


HEADWAY

July 21st, 2018
How do we move forward?


THE GREATEST TEACHER

July 20th, 2018
Which teacher never fails to give us something to work with?


WHAT IS SACRED?

July 19th, 2018
What does sacred mean?


BAD NARRATIVE

July 18th, 2018
What bad stories do we live by?


THE GENERATOR

July 17th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] When are you generous?


FOCUS

July 16th, 2018
Is focus a state or an action?


FUEL UP?

July 15th, 2018
Do our bodies need more than mere fuel?


STIRRING YOUR ICED TEA

July 14th, 2018
Does Depression have something in common with stirring iced tea?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: WHIMS OF FATE

July 13th, 2018
Lucilius loses something dear to him.


TIGHTROPE

July 12th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] What forces are we balancing during every single moment?


WHEN TO REMEMBER

July 11th, 2018
When should we remember which thoughts?


FIGHTING FIRE

July 10th, 2018
When our thoughts are on fire, what does a fire extinguisher look like?


REACH OUT

July 9th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Who have you been meaning to reach out to?


PERPETUAL NEWBIE

July 8th, 2018
What is the best perspective to have in order to continually move forward?


MEMORY MUTABLE

July 7th, 2018
What exactly are we remembering?


THE COMPLAINT

July 6th, 2018
Why is it so easy to complain?


WALK AND TALKING

July 5th, 2018
Is there a benefit to walking other talks?


COMPOUND

July 4th, 2018
Can small successes fit together like Legos?


ROTTEN CHERRIES

July 3rd, 2018
Are we careless with the context?


INFERNAL PARKING METER

July 2nd, 2018
Do we always know how long it takes before we see results?


THE PROPER WAY TO FAIL

July 1st, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Can one fail poorly? Can one fail well? What exactly is failure?


UNLIKELY MENTORS

June 30th, 2018
Who should we admire? And why?


PLAN VS. HOPE

June 29th, 2018
Is it better to plan or hope?


NO RECIPE

June 28th, 2018
What is the recipe for the undiscovered?


PLOW AHEAD

June 27th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] What happens to an obstacle when we 'plow' through it?


PERSEVERE VS. PIVOT

June 26th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Should we persevere or pivot?


WEAKEST LINK

June 25th, 2018
Are we best represented by a single chain link?


IBRAIN

June 24th, 2018
Which apps do you have installed in your brain?


TWO EYES

June 23rd, 2018
Why do we have two eyes?


TO UNDERSCORE OR ERASE?

June 22nd, 2018
What's our process look like for editing our mental map of the world?


SLIDING UP

June 21st, 2018
Do we give up when we find ourselves halfway up a slippery endeavour?


RATE OF CHANGE: NOT IN MY LIFETIME!

June 20th, 2018
Shall we expect the unexpected?


THE BRAIN GARDEN

June 19th, 2018
How can we visualize the growth of changes in the brain?


ROOTS OR ANCHORS

June 18th, 2018
Are those nostalgic roots more like shackles?


THE ETYMOLOGY OF FEAR

June 17th, 2018
What does the word 'fear' actually mean?


BEHAVIORAL STOCKHOLM SYNDROME

June 16th, 2018
Do we fall in love with our flaws?


THE SQUEEZE

June 15th, 2018
What are the two competing forces as we search for a solution?


ARCHITECT

June 14th, 2018
Who is the architect of our situation and our experience of that situation?


FREQUENCY

June 13th, 2018
How often?


THE TURTLE AND THE CAT

June 12th, 2018
What kind of animal lives in our head?


COMPASS

June 11th, 2018
What should we look to for direcition?


BORROWED DIRECTIONS

June 10th, 2018
What must we do first, before lending help?


WATER DROPS

June 9th, 2018
What can we learn from the consistency of water?


THE WELL-OILED ZOOM

June 8th, 2018
Should our perspective expand or narrow in?


THERE IS NO TRY

June 7th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] To try or to do?


RETROSPECT OBSTACLE

June 6th, 2018
Can we anticipate the narrative of our lives?


6 HOURS

June 5th, 2018
Where is our lost time?


NOT TOO BAD

June 4th, 2018
Does 'acceptable' exist on a spectrum?


CONFUSION OR CURIOSITY

June 3rd, 2018
What is Confusion?


COOK AND CRITIC

June 2nd, 2018
What can a Critic cook up?


CHILDISH RECURSION: THE WHY-SHOVEL

June 1st, 2018
What super power do children have that we could use more of?


BUSYNESS

May 31st, 2018
What is most important before getting busy with it?


TRAVEL

May 30th, 2018
How good is it for us to Travel?


AUTOPILOT

May 29th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Are we mindlessly reacting to everything?


SUNK-COST

May 28th, 2018
How can the Sunk-Cost phenomenon be used to our advantage?


LEVEL-UP

May 27th, 2018
Are we trained to expect that a better self will just happen?


COCKY

May 26th, 2018
Is confidence cocky?


A PRISON CELL NAMED COMFORT

May 25th, 2018
Are we undermined by the very comfort we seek?


THE RESOURCES

May 24th, 2018
What do we have to work with?


CONFIDENCE 2.0

May 23rd, 2018
What is confidence?


THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE ALWAYS WRITTEN AFTERWARDS

May 22nd, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How do we discover the instructions to something that has none?


BREAKING IT DOWN

May 21st, 2018
How exactly do we convince ourselves?


YOU ARE NOT ALL OF YOU

May 20th, 2018
Is there an aspect about our brains that requires us to try and hack ourselves?


WIGGLE

May 19th, 2018
How do small easy moves add up?


ROSE-COLORED CUFFS

May 18th, 2018
Do loved ones unintentionally hold us back from becoming better?


REAR-VIEW

May 17th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How often do you think about the past?


PILLS, THERAPISTS AND THE IKEA EFFECT

May 16th, 2018
Who is our most powerful mental health doctor?


THE ONLY TOOL

May 15th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] All of us wield the most powerful tool in the world.


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: CHANGE OF SCENERY

May 14th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Lucilius is thrust into a new situation.


THE SELFISH PARADOX

May 13th, 2018
How should we prioritize the needs of others against the needs of ourself?


TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT, MANY DO

May 12th, 2018
How many times must we be wrong before we give up on being right?


ME-TIME

May 11th, 2018
When exactly does Me-Time occur?


PREACHER VS. TEACHER VS. PARTY-MAKER

May 10th, 2018
What posture is best when we wish to attract change in others?


HOPE GROWS FOOLISH WITH NO DOING

May 9th, 2018
How do hopes and dreams sour?


PAUSE

May 8th, 2018
What's the first step to thinking?


DID YOU NOTICE A DIFFERENCE?

May 7th, 2018
Why do we ask for feedback when there's no feedback to give?


THE MONTAGE IS FALSE

May 6th, 2018
Social Media certainly affects us in ways we don't fully control, but what about movies?


REVERSE ENGINEERING

May 5th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How do we figure out ourselves and how do we figure out how to change what we find?


THE RIGHT QUESTION

May 4th, 2018
Do we stick to a line of questioning because it's the best or because we simply like it?


FLUID IDENTITY

May 3rd, 2018
Do we typecast ourselves?


THE IDENTITY DANGER

May 2nd, 2018
Are the things we identify with a danger to us?


SELECTING THE SOLUTION

May 1st, 2018
Of all the solutions, which to choose?


FIREBOMB YOUR LIFE

April 30th, 2018
What should we do when things are bad?


SAMPLE ALL THE KOOL-AIDES

April 29th, 2018
What is eclectic learning?


LIGHTNING AND TREES

April 28th, 2018
Can we learn the same thing from something as mundane as a tree and something as spectacular as lightning?


NATURAL SPRING

April 27th, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] How do we see our good habits and how do we see our bad habits?


THE FAILED DANCE OF THE KNOW-IT-ALL AND THE PERIWINKLE

April 26th, 2018
Is there anything else we can learn from the Know-It-All?


PRIORITIES

April 25th, 2018
How are priorities best defined?


ALAZIA

April 24th, 2018
How can we change our fear?


TINY STEPS AND LEAPS

April 23rd, 2018
What steps do we take to make progress?


A LUCILIUS PARABLE: SOARING DREAMS

April 22nd, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Lucilius comes across someone who is determined to make their dreams come true.


WHAT'S YOUR PASSION?

April 21st, 2018
[POPULAR EPISODE] Is the hunt for one's own passion even a good idea?


INCUBATION

April 20th, 2018
Where is a realization right before it happens?


CLENCHED FISTS CLIMB NO WALLS

April 19th, 2018
How should we get a grip of ourselves when confronted with an obstacle?


DETERMINED VS. STUBBORN

April 18th, 2018
Are we determined or stubborn?


BUILT-IN LIFERAFT: THE A.N.S.

April 17th, 2018
What is the one gift we all carry around?


INTRODUCTION

April 16th, 2018
Introduction to Tinkered Thinking