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December 31, 2020
Unlikely Minus X

Think about a goal in your life.

If you’re feeling that it’s unlikely that you’ll get there, consider why.

There are factors entirely within your control, and there are factors you might not have control over. There are things you’re aware of that are blocking your progress, and there might even be some things blocking your way that you aren’t aware of.

My goal is that, and I’m doing this, but X is blocking my path.




Once you address and isolate the variable, you’re able to solve the problem and come out with a solution. Please pause to appreciate how math-y we just sounded. Gold star.

It’s not as simple as that, but sometimes it is that straight forward.

The problem you’re facing might be more like a Millennium Prize problem. (7 math problems set in 2000. 6 remain unsolved as of 2020)


Follow the order of operations – unless that changed since we were in elementary…

Work through the problem with the tools you have.

Figure out what you have control over and what you don’t, and try to figure out what might be affecting your performance without your knowledge.