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What The Greatest Self-Help Books Of The Last Decades Can Teach You In 7 Minutes. 4 Assets to Help You Manage Challenging Cycles of Success. “When you get to the end of your rope, you tie a knot and hang on” ~Franklin Delano Roosevelt When I think about how people describe me, more often than not, the words “dedicated and perseverance” top the list. I have instinctively known that in life, when you want something, you have to work at it and for it. Even as a young person, I was very clear and focused on what I wanted and how I could get there.

I set my sights on the bull’s-eye and kept shooting for it. Over time, I have learned many lessons and gained much wisdom about how to stick to things and, more importantly, how and what I needed to do to set myself up for what I like to call the “long race.” Long-distance runners train differently from sprinters. To truly perform their best, the training plan of all long-distance runners includes: CoachingTechniquePracticeEndurance Long-distance runners all train for the second half of the race.

Develop An Unwavering Passion Get a Clear Perspective Keep things in perspective. For the Weary Leader. You are tired. You are frustrated. You are weary. Weary of feeling as though your dreams are impossible to reach. Weary of being told you don’t fit in, won’t make the cut or don’t have what it takes to play on the team. Weary of feeling as though no one appreciates the unique gifts, talents and skills you so desperately want to share with the world around you.

Any of this sound familiar? These are the types of thoughts that mark seasons of weariness in our lives. If we are completely honest with ourselves, it’s likely each of us can think of times when the burden of weariness tugs at us. A devastating form of fatigue that threatens to undermine our dreams, kill our creativity, and diminish our impact. Often, we label such seasons of life as storms, trials, challenges, or low points. On the other hand, there are likely remnants of difficult and daunting seasons that continue to weigh on us. Let me leave you with a short, true story before I close. I think you can guess how well that went. 8 Common Mistakes in How Our Brains Think and How to Prevent Them. 12.3K Flares 12.3K Flares × Get ready to have your mind blown. I was seriously shocked at some of these mistakes in thinking that I subconsciously make all the time. Obviously, none of them are huge, life-threatening mistakes, but they are really surprising and avoiding them could help us to make more rational, sensible decisions.

Especially as we thrive for continues self-improvement at Buffer, if we look at our values, being aware of the mistakes we naturally have in our thinking can make a big difference in avoiding them. Unfortunately, most of these occur subconsciously, so it will also take time and effort to avoid them—if you even want to. Regardless, I think it’s fascinating to learn more about how we think and make decisions every day, so let’s take a look at some of these thinking habits we didn’t know we had. 1.

We tend to like people who think like us. This is called confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is a more active form of the same experience. 2. 3. 4. Well, no. How to Immediately Improve Your Life (Hint: It Starts With Improving the Lives of Others) | Arianna Huffington. Last week a few HuffPost editors and I were treated to a visit by Bill Drayton and Mary Gordon. Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka and a longtime champion of social entrepreneurship, a term that he coined and that has now spread across the world.

Mary Gordon is a former kindergarten teacher who founded Roots of Empathy, an organization dedicated to teaching emotional literacy and promoting empathy in children. She was also one of the first Ashoka fellows. Our visit started with talk of the newborn recently welcomed by one of our editors, Gregory Beyer, whereupon Mary presented him with a onesie with "Empathy Teacher" emblazoned on the front. But as Mary -- a great empathy teacher herself -- told us, it's a two-way street, and empathy is best nurtured by example. And giving not only nurtures empathy; it's an outgrowth of our innate capacity for empathy. Philosophers have known this for centuries.

Science has broken down why this is. However, the news is not all bleak. 9 Ways to Reach Your Fullest Potential Every Day. Why does it seem like time goes by so quickly? We start a week and before we know it, it’s already the weekend. How can you make the best out of each and every day? I want you to be able to reach your fullest potential every single day. Even during the days where you relax and recharge, I want you to enjoy every moment. When it comes to reaching your fullest potential every day, it’s all about planning. Let’s look into the ways that you can reach your fullest potential every day. 1.

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Because we live in a society filled with so many distractions, we can easily get caught up with the stress and frustrations of life. Why do you do what you do? 2. “Living your life without a plan is like watching television with someone else holding the remote control.”– Peter Turla Planning how you want to spend each day is key to reaching your fullest potential each day. Plan your week every Sunday evening. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10 Ways to Gain Fame for Being a Good Person. Email “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ―Desmond Tutu What do you want to be known for? Lift others up. This is how you gain admiration and fame for being a good person… 1.

People don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care. The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion, compassion, humor, generosity, and kindness, and using these tools to improve the lives of those around you. Smile, and help others smile too. If you can lie down at night knowing in your heart that you made someone’s day just a little better, you’re doing it right. 2. Whenever possible help people by teaching them to help themselves. It’s one thing to take the initiative with people you already know, but what about all the people around you whom you barely know? Be friendly and introduce yourself to someone nearby. 3. Once you are true on the inside, reflect it on the outside. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Dale Carnegie's Top 10 Tips for Improving Your Social Skills. Image by kalandrakas. “The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield.

I stole them from Jesus. “Who was Dale Carnegie?” He wrote a little book called “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. Carnegie then continued to write more books and to create courses on how to interact with people, on how to make friends and on how to gain influence. In this article I’ll explore 10 of my favourite tips from Dale Carnegie. 1. “If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.” Emotions work backwards too. 2. “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.” This is so key. The body language and the voice tonality is a bit like the rest of the iceberg, the great mass below the tip of the words we use. 3.

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.” Now these things may not be easy to avoid all together. 4. 5. 6. 7. The Art of the Imperfect Pitch. In these volatile times, it’s clear that innovation has become an imperative. Organizations that become too entrenched with being good at what they do are simply putting themselves in a vulnerable market position. Middle managers with great ideas can sometimes be caught between a rock and a hard place. Managing “from the bottom up” is always a challenge, and that’s particularly so when it comes to bringing something new to the table. In observing managerial dynamics as a researcher and consultant, I’ve extracted two vital pieces of advice for anyone trying to promote innovation to higher ups.

The first is: Figure out if the person you’re trying to pitch to is really open to new ideas. The second is: Don’t provide your champion with a polished pitch. Behind all this is scientific research about what makes people tick. The instinctual brain operates according to what I call the “X Framework.” Under stress, humans also hang on to the familiar. Racing With The Machines. Don't Multitask: Your Brain Will Thank You. The ability to juggle work is a standard job requirement. Researchers have another name for this supposedly desirable skill, however: chronic multitasking. If this sounds more like an affliction than a resumé booster, that's because research has shown again and again that the human mind isn't meant to multitask. Even worse, research shows that multitasking can have long-term harmful effects on brain function. In a 2009 study, Stanford researcher Clifford Nass challenged 262 college students to complete experiments that involved switching among tasks, filtering irrelevant information, and using working memory.

They found the opposite: Chronic multitaskers were abysmal at all three tasks. Multitasking is a weakness, not a strength. This suggests a two-task limit on what the human brain can handle. His second tip: "Don't be a sucker for email. " Top 10 Hacks for Automating Your Life. Get into Action: 77 Thoughts on Motivation. The Secret To Happiness Is Control. Humanism. Try These Cognitive Restructuring Exercises to Improve Your Mood and Reduce Stress. Why Your Vision Must Be Grounded in Reality. Whether you realize it or not, you're on a path. You can look back and see exactly how you got to where you stand today.

The path ahead is far more nebulous, of course, but it's still a path. Your actions and decisions help to define it, as do all sorts of factors both in and out of your control. If you think of your path as a physical entity, you can easily see that it has certain properties. No, this isn't some metaphysical or philosophical mumbo jumbo. Your path is part of a larger landscape.

Your path is an extension of you. Your path has varying degrees of clarity. Now, with that thought experiment in mind, here are a couple of important takeaways for entrepreneurs and business leaders: Vision that isn't grounded in reality is always flawed. We all know that the concept of "vision" plays a big role in the success of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and their companies.

You have more control over the future than you realize. 10 Instant Emotional Fitness Tools. When things get out of control and you momentarily lose your emotional balance, there are any number of little things you can do to regain it. Here are ten tools to help get you started. 1. Wash your hands and face and brush your teeth. It cools and cleans the parts of your body that you use most frequently, which is relaxing, and gives you that "fresh start" feeling. 2.

Put on clean socks and some shoes that you haven't worn in a few days. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. None of these tasks has to be uncomfortable or take you much time. Dr. 33 Ways To Stay Creative. The Political Compass. 18 Rules of Living by the Dalai Lama.