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Goal Setting: A Scientific Guide to Setting and Achieving Goals

Goal setting is everywhere in our world. We set goals for our careers, our health, and our lives in general. It seems modern society is always …

The Habits We Most Want to Foster, or, the “Essential Seven.”

My current writing project is a book that will be called <b>Before and After</b>, about the most fascinating subject ever, <b>the subject of habits</b>. How do we …

Deathstroke Gets Back to Being DC Comics’ Biggest Asshole

Slade Wilson kills people for money. Sometimes, it’s just because he wants/needs to. In recent years, he’s been presented as a kind of antihero but …

Comic Books

For a More Creative Brain, Follow These 5 Steps

Nearly all great ideas follow a similar creative process and this article explains how this process works. Understanding this is important because …

Creativity

The Goldilocks Rule: How to Stay Motivated in Life and Business

It was 1955 and Disneyland had just opened in Anaheim, California when a ten-year-old boy walked in and asked for a job. Labor laws were loose back …

Motivation

The Pause Upon Which All Else Relies

There is one little habit I’ve learned that has changed everything else in my life.<p>The pause.<p>When we fail, it’s because we act on urges without …

Overrated vs. Underrated: Common Beliefs We Get Wrong

As a society, we often overvalue unimportant things and undervalue the ideas and strategies that make a real difference.Here’s my take on a few …

Vince Lombardi

The Chemistry of Better Habits: Why You Should Start With A Simple Habit

There is a concept in chemistry known as activation energy.<p>Here’s how it works:<p>Activation energy is the minimum amount of energy that must be …

5 Lessons on Being Wrong

As a rule, we are incredibly hard on ourselves when it comes to making big decisions in life.<p>If our first five relationships end with a break up, we …

How to Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working Toward Your Goals

We all have goals and dreams, but it can be difficult to stick with them.<p>Each week, I hear from people who say things like, “I start with good …

Motivation

The Habit Loop: 5 Triggers That Make New Habits Stick

In his best-selling book, The Power of Habit (audiobook), author Charles Duhigg explains a simple three-step process that all habits follow. This …

The Myth of Multitasking: Why Fewer Priorities Leads to Better Work

The word <i>priority</i> didn't always mean what it does today.<p>In his best-selling book, Essentialism (audiobook), Greg McKeown explains the surprising …

Time Management

Set An Upper Bound: Why You Should Do Things You Can Sustain

In 1996, Southwest Airlines was faced with an interesting problem.<p>During the previous decade, the airline company had methodically expanded from …

This Simple Equation Reveals How Habits Shape Your Health, Happiness, and Wealth

In 1936, a man named Kurt Lewin wrote a simple equation that changed the way we think about habits and human behavior.<p>The equation makes the …

Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives — getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, …

Marathons

How to Build a New Habit: This is Your Strategy Guide for Changing Habits

According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for about 40 percent of our behaviors on any given day. 1<p>Understanding how to build new …

5 Common Mistakes That Cause New Habits to Fail

Depending on where you get your numbers, somewhere between 81 percent and 92 percent of New Years Resolutions fail. 1<p>Translation: At least 8 times …

Keystone Habits: The Simple Way to Improve All Aspects of Your Life

There are certain habits and routines that make success easier, regardless of the circumstances you face.<p>In fact, you may already practice some of …

Keystone Pipeline

The Four Hidden Habit Skills

When you learn a new skill, feedback is important: if you fall off a bike, you need to make an adjustment so you don’t keep falling.<p>But when people …

Time Assets vs. Time Debts: A New Productivity Strategy Inspired by Steve Jobs

Late in his career, Steve Jobs famously drove his car without a license plate.<p>There were all sorts of theories about why Jobs decided to drive …

Steve Jobs

Don’t Waste a Moment

Lately I’ve been struck with the idea of how limited our lives are, and how little time we have to make something of them.<p>Imagine if you had a month …

The Frustratingly Slow Pace of Making Changes

‘The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.’ <b>~Moliere</b><p>There’s something in all of us that seems to want the changes we’re trying to make in …

Myth of Creative Inspiration: Great Artists Don't Wait for Motivation

Franz Kafka is considered one of the most creative and influential writers of the 20th century, but he actually spent most of his time working as a …

The Power of Imperfect Starts

When you have a goal — whether it’s starting a business or eating healthier or traveling the world — it’s easy to look at someone who is already …

Seth Godin

I Removed Every Inessential Thing From My Website and This Happened

When I built my first website a little over 3 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing.<p>Naturally, I figured that looking at what other websites and …

Minimalism

Masters of Habit: Rituals, Lessons, and Quotes from Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. Known as the last of the “Five Good Emperors,” Aurelius was not born into power, but rather was …

How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit? Backed by Science.

Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon in the 1950s when he began noticing a strange pattern among his patients.<p>When Dr. Maltz would perform an …

Psychology

How to Stop Procrastinating (The Unlikely Strategy One Man Used)

In 2009, Fred Stutzman was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina and he was <i>trying</i> to grind out some important work on his thesis.<p>But …

Viral

I’m Using These 3 Simple Steps to Build Successful Habits That Stick

I have been trying a new strategy for building habits and it is working incredibly well. This strategy is remarkably easy and it is governed by three …

How to Achieve Your Goals by Changing Your Belief

In one of my very first articles, I discussed a concept called identity-based habits.<p>The basic idea is that the beliefs you have about yourself can …