Know Your Weaknesses
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While fighting (laying around in a messy heap) with the flu over the holidays, one recurring thought that feverishly echoed in my bones over and over was the role in approaching weakness in my strategy and planning in life, whether it be career, family, social circles, fitness, mental health, etc. It is a common understanding

Making Good Impressions in the 21st Century
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With more devices available and more cultures combining in fast, new, and unpredictable ways, it is easier than ever to annoy others with inconsiderate behavior, intentionally and otherwise. While there are many ways to make a bad impression, I will cover two of the most common today:

Everybody Has Bad Days and That’s Okay
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Everybody has bad days once in awhile. What “a bad day” means differs from person to person and changes depending on what stage of life we’re in. On Monday, I had a bad day.

The Excuse Culture: Racism in America
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Racism — or any kind of (arbitrary) prejudice, really — is lazy. You can say it’s ignorant, stupid, uncreative, short-sighted, etc. But the core root of the problem is pure laziness. I’ll explain. When people want things in their lives, they are likely to do one of these three things:

Marginalizing With Buzzwords
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When we start to weed out our rationalizations and excuses we find that, sometimes, our excuse-making can be insidiously subtle. I have noticed an uptick in the use of buzzwords lately in media that seem to reinforce self-defeating behavior. I will list 3 big ones here. Triple H (not the pro wrestler):

3 Keys to Success
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When people write about personal development, there is usually a lot of talk about positive thinking, goal setting, efficiency, people skills, and specific plans of action and activity. The truth is that you need to build a foundation before you can build anything meaningful. What are the keys to that foundation?

Creative Block is a Myth – How Inspiration Works Part 2
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On Monday, we examined how to overcome the self-defeating myth of creative block — a routine grounded in the principle of establishing creativity as a regular habit. But, as with every rule, there are exceptions. Once in awhile, a person might embrace the creative habit and get no results. Some people have more rapid energy

Creative Block is a Myth – How Inspiration Works Part 1
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I used to believe in “creative block”. Years ago, I would sometimes find myself with articles to write and, nearing the deadline with nothing done, I’d down a few glasses of wine and plow through it, weeping at the (usually subpar) result and the joy of having a monkey off my back. I believed in

Why Stop Yourself From Succeeding?
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There are so many myths and justifications out there that refusing to follow through, especially after an initial setback, can feel easy or even good. The truth is that self-defeating beliefs have to be torn out by the roots, no matter how comforting these ideas might be. Let’s look at some: