Whatever big goal you have, add some extra small tasks that make you happy during the day.
Wanna learn a language in 90 days? Make sure you have daily some delicious snack or hot beverage.
Wanna read 100 classics this year? Add some time for your favorite show.
Going to build an app? Wear your favorite clothes whenever possible.
Sometimes big goals give you big pressure. Regardless of how slow or fast your progress is, make sure there's something that makes you happy everyday.
Talking about big goals, the first part of every goal is exciting, the middle part is difficult because here you struggle. If you're learning languages, then the mistakes and the lack of knowledge will haunt you. If you make art or any sort of craft, the level you're at can be demotivating. If you work out, not seeing any changes can make you want to give up.
The middle part is the one where your mindset matters the most. You will see changes and improvement over time, as long as you decide to keep going. That doesn't mean working at the same level every day. Sometimes small things are enough. Just do something ity bity tiny to keep the ball rolling.
The final part is the easy one because you know most of everything already and it's a detail matter.
Regardless where you are in your goal journey, make sure you have something that makes you happy and that you keep persisting.
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The Seven Flowers of Autumn
秋の七草 あきのななくさ seven flowers of autumn (aki no nanakusa)
The seven flowers of autumn are seven simple perennials which have inspired Japanese poets since at least the Nara Period (710-794). Here I list their English names, Latin names, and traditional and modern Japanese names.
① Bush clover (Lespedeza)
Traditional Name: 萩 (はぎ) hagi
Modern Name: ハギ hagi
② Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)
Traditional Name: 桔梗 (ききょう) kikyo
Modern Name: キキョウ kikyo
③ Japanese arrowroot (Pueraria lobata)
Traditional Name: 葛 (くず) kuzu
Modern Name: クズ kuzu
④ Joe pye weed (Eupatorium fortunei)
Traditional Name: 藤袴 (ふじばかま) fujibakama
Modern Name: フジバカマ fujibakama
⑤ Yellow-flowered valerian (Patrinia scabiosifolia)
Traditional Name: 女郎花 (おみなえし) ominaeshi
Modern Name: オミナエシ ominaeshi
⑥ Japanese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis)
Traditional Name: 尾花 (おばな) obana
Modern Name: ススキ susuki
⑦ Pink nadeshiko (Dianthus superbus)
Traditional Name: 撫子 (なでしこ) nadeshiko
Modern Name: カワラナデシコ kawaranadeshiko
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