Start with daily disciplines.

April 9, 2017

It can be very challenging to intentionally make a permanent behavior change. This is because we are fighting our own brains. If you have ever tried to walk through a thick forest, you know how difficult it is to make progress. All the potential paths through the forest are challenging. But what if you work on clearing […]

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Practice discipline.

April 2, 2017

We all fantasize about what we could accomplish if only we had more discipline. We could lose weight, be more productive, and do all the things that we know that we should do. We admire those who are disciplined and wish that we were blessed with discipline like those lucky individuals were. The truth is that disciplined individuals were not […]

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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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If everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority.

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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