The Success of Subtraction

PLN goes over the addition by subtraction philosophy on being successful

Published February 21, 2023

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The Success of Subtraction


Addition by subtraction is the idea that in order to achieve something great, we sometimes have to remove or eliminate the things that are holding us back. In other words, it's not always about doing more, but about doing fewer things that don't serve our greater purpose. In this blog post, we'll explore practical strategies for identifying negative or destructive behavior that is in the way of us reaching our full potential in everything we do.

  • Identify your goals:  The first step in identifying negative or destructive behavior is to know what you want to achieve. Without a clear sense of your goals, it can be difficult to know what you should be focusing on and what you should be eliminating.
  • Be honest with yourself: Take an honest look at your behavior and ask yourself if it is helping or hindering your progress toward your goals. Are there certain habits or actions you know are holding you back but continue to do them anyway?
  • Get feedback from others: Sometimes it can be hard to see our own negative behavior, so getting feedback from others can be incredibly valuable. Ask friends, family, or a mentor for their honest opinions on areas where you could improve.
  • Create a plan of action: Once you have identified the negative or destructive behavior that is holding you back, create a plan of action to address it. This could involve creating new habits, eliminating old ones, or seeking help from a professional.
  • Stay accountable: Finally, make sure to stay accountable to yourself and others. Share your goals and progress with friends and family, and ask them to hold you accountable.

By following these strategies, you can begin the process of addition by subtraction. By identifying and eliminating the harmful or destructive behavior that is holding you back, you can free yourself up to reach your full potential and achieve your goals.

To achieve great things, we must sometimes eliminate the things that hold us back. 

By setting clear goals, being honest with ourselves, getting feedback from others, creating a plan of action, and staying accountable, we can identify and eliminate negative or destructive behavior and reach our full potential.



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