Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Suck

December 31, 2016

I have probably set thousands of resolutions and goals over the course of my lifetime. My guess is that I have achieved about 0.1% of them. I really don’t know what my success rate is, but it is extremely small. I know that I’m not alone. Sometimes it seems like we should start our resolutions […]

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Outcome Goals vs. Process Goals

November 9, 2014

Most people agree on the importance of goals, but few people put much thought into the types of goals that they set. There are two basic types of goals: Outcome goals – the outcome is known, but the process is unknown, and Process goals – the process is known, but the outcome is unknown. The […]

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The Future Is Not Your Friend.

November 2, 2014

I am going to start exercising. I am going to start eating healthier. I am going to stop procrastinating. I am going to change. Right now I’ve got that thing and that other thing, so I can’t change right now, but definitely tomorrow. I might as well finish that half-gallon of ice cream in the […]

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Everyone Sucks.

October 19, 2014

You suck. Don’t feel bad about it. It’s a universal condition. EVERYONE sucks. Tiger Woods was once one of the worst golfers in the world. Albert Einstein once didn’t know the first thing about physics. Michael Phelps didn’t know how to swim. And yet they all went on to achieve incredible things in their fields. Everyone […]

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What the Heck is Healthy to Eat?

October 12, 2014

There are a million different nutritional strategies out there – the South Beach diet, the Atkins diet, the Mediterranean diet, and on and on. So how do we decide what is healthiest for us? Unfortunately, science has failed us. It is a mess of contradictions. Until science can get it straightened out, what can we […]

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What Drives Procrastination?

October 4, 2014

Procrastination sucks. It is frustrating, and everyone does it. Procrastination has nothing to do with laziness. Some of the hardest working people I know are also terrible procrastinators. How can this be? First, let’s get clear about what procrastination actually is. Procrastination is just avoiding actions that we think would make us better off. That’s […]

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Play by Your Own Rules

September 1, 2013

Have you ever tried to make a change in your life but were unable to sustain the change? What a stupid question, right? Pretty much every human in the universe has experienced this problem. Why is that? Research by Roy Baumeister and others shows that willpower is an exhaustible resource. Every time that you resist […]

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Get your priorities straight!

November 19, 2012

If everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority. I’m often reminded of this old saying when I’m at work. I work at a small software company that is currently tackling bigger and bigger challenges. While that can be exciting, it also creates a bit of chaos and makes it extremely difficult to be […]

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What is your success rate?

November 15, 2012

How often are you successful? Do you have any idea? I recently began an experiment to track my success at making some specific changes by calculating a very simple measure — my success rate. Your success rate can be calculated very easily. Success Rate = Successful Outcomes / Total Outcomes For example, I measure my […]

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Do What You Said You Would Do

November 12, 2012

Larry Winget, the “Pitbull of Personal Development,” gave one of the best pieces of success advice that I have ever read. “Do what you said you would do, when you said you would do it, the way you said you would do it.” – Larry Winget In other words, always deliver on your promises, and […]

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