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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Aristotle’s Personal Development Strategy

November 8, 2012

Aristotle once said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” I recently found out that this famous quote by Aristotle was never said or written by Aristotle, which reminds me of another famous quote. “I really didn’t say everything I said.” – Yogi Berra – I didn’t […]

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Getting started is 80% of the battle.

November 5, 2012

I’m guessing that I’m not the only person who has struggled with numerous failed attempts to get better, stronger, and faster. I would get myself all pumped up, and I just knew that the change was going to stick this time. Sometimes I was so fed up that I would be extremely motivated for a […]

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Habits eat good intentions for breakfast.

November 1, 2012

Every once in a while, you run across a quote that is short but expresses so much. You immediately understand it, and say to yourself, “Yes! Of course.” That’s the way I felt about this quote that I saw on a picture from Hugh MacLeod from Gapingvoid: “Habits eat good intentions for breakfast.” Failure is […]

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Success Is Mostly Automatic.

October 29, 2012

I’m a thinker. I think all the time. My mother used to call me the “absent-minded professor” because I was a little learning machine, but I often couldn’t even remember why I had walked from one room to the next. I would be too absorbed in thought to remember. Being a thinker obviously has certain […]

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Three Powerful Words that Will Make You Better. Stronger. Faster.

October 25, 2012

There are three powerful words that will improve any part of your life if you live by them. In fact, if you don’t live by them, there is virtually no chance that you will maintain any improvements that you do make. You will just slide back to your starting point, or maybe even become a little […]

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I Am One Tough Mudder.

October 22, 2012

A little less than 4 months ago, I was browsing profiles on a dating website, and I saw that one woman said that she had completed 2 Tough Mudders. I had no idea what a “Tough Mudder” was, but I was curious, so I checked out the Tough Mudder website. Consistent with my new Fuck […]

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