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The Illusion of Progress

Many people trick themselves into thinking that they are making progress. They trick themselves into thinking that they are doing “everything” they can to launch that business, to lose weight, to become a better speaker, and to be overall more successful. Most of the time, however, and sadly so, these people are barely scratching the surface of what it takes to reach their goals, yet at some level they believe; or to put it more accurately, they want to believe that their efforts are enough to help them realize their goals. I see a lot of people every day who…

Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

Happy 2016 everyone! The start of a new year is an exciting time. Everyone is busy working on their resolutions. The sad truth, however, is that many have already quit. According to recent statistics, 25% of people who make new year’s resolutions quit in the first week. This percentage has been observed over the past few years and it’s true today as it was a few years ago. But why do people quit so early? Why aren’t they sticking to their goals and plans? 1. Tradition Making a new year’s resolution is a tradition, and many people make a resolution…

Don’t Get Back to Bad Habits In Holiday Season

We’re in holiday season. And our phone is ringing off the hook! We get invitations to gatherings, parties, and events. There’s so much to do. It’s a fun time, indeed. Now, while I encourage you to enjoy the holiday season and to eat whatever you want, drink as much as you want (responsibly), and let go and enjoy yourself, I nevertheless want to urge you against turning this into a habit. I’ve met a lot of people who lost good momentum over the holidays. They liked drinking, overeating, and relaxing, and it’s always easier to indulge than to have self-control.…

Use a Goal Accountability System

Achieving your goals is a matter of working toward them without fail. You have to get up every morning and choose to invest your time and resources in your pursuits. You have to be obsessed. And you have to carefully think about what you need to do every single day to get closer and closer to where you want to be. But quite often, people get off track. There are a lot of twists and turns along the way. And if you don’t have a good personal accountability system, you will stop short of accomplishing your goals. In this post,…

How to Build Hard Muscles After Losing Fat

Losing fat is a long journey. It’s journey where you’re in a calorie deficit and you’re more often than not low in energy. This can cause you to lose concentration at work, feel drowsy and lethargic, attend less social events and prefer staying home, and feel generally more tired than usual throughout the day. People experience those things to varying degrees. Some people lose fat slowly in order to counteract feeling low in energy. But it can take them a long time to lose 10 pounds. Some people spend something like 4-5 months in order to get the excess weight…

Enjoy These 4 Benefits When You Give Up Your Car

Most people hate public transportation. Yes. They hate it. Taking public transportation usually means waiting for the bus at the bus station, then waiting to get in the bus and then hopefully finding a good seat. And after all of that one still has to deal with the annoyance of stopping every 5 to 10 minutes to let people off and let more people on. It can also take twice as long to get to your destination than if you had your own car. So there’s already a lot of annoyance when it comes to taking public transportation. But despite…

What Separates Superstars from Stars

A lot of the articles on goal setting are more or less some variant of the S.M.A.R.T model. They say something along the lines of setting up specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals, or S.M.A.R.T goals. And they give a discussion of how approaching your goals in this manner makes it more likely for you to achieve them. There is certainly a lot to be learned from this process and you should use it if you haven’t already. However, what I want to discuss in this post is the question of what separates above-average people from average people in…

How to Stay Focused All the Way Through

It’s very easy these days to lose focus, slack off and take the back seat. We’re bombarded with a ton of distractions from emails, phone calls, and all sorts of requests and invitations, and such distractions can prevent us from staying focused and working productively and efficiently. The most common advice given to people who are struggling with staying focused is “to eliminate distractions.” This advice comes from the belief that people lose focus when other things compete for their attention. So in order to stay focused, as the advice goes, you should control your working space and deflect all…

30 Day Blog Traffic Update

Wow! I am 1/3 of the way into my 90,000 words in 90 days challenge! I’ve been writing a 1000+ word every single day for the past 30 days! Check my archives for those 30 articles! Today, I am writing article number 31 and in it I am going to share with you some of the lessons I’ve learned about writing and about myself and how this challenge has affected my blog. 1. Time Management The best way to write, and to write a lot, is to treat writing like a job. Rain or shine, you’ve got to get to…

The Disagreeable Personality as a Success Factor

In the past few years, studies have shown that being “agreeable” in the workplace is negatively linked to success. Agreeableness is a personality trait that indicates how likely you are to conform to social expectations and promote good feeling within your group. The more agreeable you are, the more likely it is for you to make harmful decisions — in order not to upset anyone and be disliked. In his book; David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcolm Gladwell reiterates this important idea. He finds that agreeable people are too scared to break the rules.…