we are dictated by our principles and the lenses through which we view the world by recognizing - then changing - these lenses, we can effect positive change, but when this positive change really matters can change a lot
it's clear that we all want to make decisions that are good for us, but what matters is the time scale; drug addicts optimize for the immediate rush, while those who save forever optimize for infinity - for things they want to have eventually in their lives, so they are worried about doing things in the near future
optimize for 5 - 10 years in the future instead! these things seem a bit silly but they will pay off. make a list of things you'd like to accomplish and continue to track it.
when you optimize for further out, you'll have much more leverage and you'll be able to create much bigger change in that long term. You're trading some enjoyment in the next few years for a much better rest of your life, and you'll have had control over the rest of your life in a better fashion!
whenever you're making a decision, ask yourself if it'll be something you'll be glad you'd have done in 5 to 10 years. your physical and mental health now are obviously the most important, but other things should be considered as well
your time scale does and will become part of who you are – make it a core part of the decision making
always keep in mind the no free lunch theorem: all optimization strategies, as long as they're dedicated, are considered equal averaged across all mathematical problems