What your ego is and how to stop it from obscuring your inner peace and unconditional love Editor’s Note: There is often some confusion between this definition of the ego and Freud’s definition. This is addressed in The Confusion About Ego. This is your consciousness and your awareness. It is beautiful, perfect, and peaceful. It is the “I” inside you, the “I” that controls your body, mind, and emotions. It is the true “I am“. This is what covers your inner peace. (Now that I’ve got your awe and attention with my stupendous Photoshop skills, I’d like to add that this is a seriously long post – nearly 6000 words. Note: I’ve also split this post up into pages, so don’t forget to read the other pages! What are these blotches that mar your perfection? They represent the little things that you take for who you are: Your likes, dislikes, loves, hatreds. But what is your personality? These are all part of your personality. Stop the thoughts before they overtake you.
12 More Daily Habits “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle My article 24 Daily Habits has been an amazing success, so I thought I would follow it up with another 12 Daily Habits that I try (I’m not perfect!) to do and that you may consider incorporating into your life. 1. 2. 4. Kakuro as ways to stimulate my brain and have fun. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. back will often do. 11. 12. 12 Rules for Life Sometimes we just need to remember what the 12 Rules of Life really are: 1. Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas. 2. You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
The 5 Daily Rituals That Will Make You Happy You know what percentage of people are really happy? Not “oh, life is pretty good”, I mean people who are flourishing. They feel their lives are fulfilling, meaningful and brimming with potential. Via The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work: Only 17 percent of the adult population is said to be flourishing, fulfilling their potential for happiness, success, and productivity. Less than one in five. I’ve been accumulating the research on happiness for a while. Well, one expert finally put it together into a simple 5-part formula. Christine Carter is a sociologist at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center which studies the psychology and neuroscience of well-being. So what’s this formula to find your “sweet spot” of happiness — without completely overhauling your life? Take Recess + Switch Autopilot On + Unshackle Yourself + Cultivate Relationships + Tolerate Some Discomfort = The Sweet Spot Okay, but what do we actually need to do? Don’t worry; it’s pretty easy. Do less.
Top 100 Personal Development Blogs Personal development can affect all aspects of your life, from controlling your negative thoughts to gaining the self-confidence to excel at work. If you’re in need of some inspiration to get you on the right road to improving yourself, the Internet is full of blogs that can offer guidance, advice and support to aid you in your journey. We’ve brought together 100 here, in no particular order, to help you get started. Must Read These are some of the most popular personal development blogs out there, so make sure to add them to your bookmarks. Work Development Learn to take control of your career and get things on the right track with a little help from these work-related sites. Get Organized It’s hard to get much accomplished when you’re living in clutter. Financial Development These blogs will help you get your finances in order and put your mind at ease. Coaches and Consultants Get some advice from these professionals in personal development. Self-Improvement Productivity Miscellaneous
Practice five key concepts to improve your EQ The University Record, May 22, 2000 Practice five key concepts to improve your EQ By Britt Halvorson Do you have a high EQ? Emotional intelligence (EQ) was the focus of a Workplace 2000 program led by Janell Kilgore, a staff counselor in the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. People often feel uncomfortable when discussing their feelings because they think negatively of expressing emotions or see them as problematic, especially in the workplace, Kilgore commented. “IQ is not the determining factor for success,” Kilgore said. According to Kilgore, understanding and practicing five key concepts can improve your emotional intelligence. Knowing one’s own emotions Recognize and name emotions you feel; understand why you feel that way; and distinguish between feelings and actions. Motivating oneself When considering how to productively harness your feelings, practice some emotional self-control and delay gratification, Kilgore advises. Recognizing emotions in others Managing emotions
50 Lessons I wish I had learned earlier | Family on Bikes Welcome to our blog! Here you'll find bits and pieces of wisdom learned from cycling 17,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina together as a family. Hope it inspires you to live your dream! My book about our journey, Changing Gears, is now released! Read a preview here Now that I’m old and gray (but not quite in my rocker yet!) You’re stronger than you think you are.Mistakes teach you important lessons. What lies before us and behind us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us.Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.It’s not about getting a chance, it’s about taking a chance.If it were easy everyone would do it.Be vulnerable.A problem is a chance for you to learn.Regardless of the situation, life goes on. If you enjoyed these inspirational quotes and feel they would be beneficial for others, we would appreciate it if you would take a moment to share it with your friends via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or email. Interested in our journey?
The Daily Routines of Geniuses Juan Ponce de León spent his life searching for the fountain of youth. I have spent mine searching for the ideal daily routine. But as years of color-coded paper calendars have given way to cloud-based scheduling apps, routine has continued to elude me; each day is a new day, as unpredictable as a ride on a rodeo bull and over seemingly as quickly. Naturally, I was fascinated by the recent book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. As I read, I became convinced that for these geniuses, a routine was more than a luxury — it was essential to their work. A workspace with minimal distractions. A daily walk. Accountability metrics. A clear dividing line between important work and busywork. A habit of stopping when they’re on a roll, not when they’re stuck. A supportive partner. Limited social lives. This last habit — relative isolation — sounds much less appealing to me than some of the others. And that of course is what a routine really is — the path we take through our day.
7 Fundamental Truths about Personal Development Before we can really lock into meaningful personal development and create the life we truly desire, there are a number of basic concepts that must be accepted. In personal development, as in any other field, there are fundamental truths that exist. If we want to experience optimal results, we need to understand and fully embrace those truths. While the existence of these personal development truths may be generally accepted on an intellectual level, more than acknowledgment is required. This seems to be one of the major differences between people who make things happen in life, and those who can’t figure out why things are the way they are. “I know” doesn’t get it done! If you have ever raised a teenager, you are probably familiar with the phrase “I know.” Many people who know the following 7 personal development truths are not getting the results they would like for this very reason. 7 basics personal development truths 1) Always take responsibility for your life. Is there more?
Gradual Organization: How to Go from Slob to Productive Photo by Yvestown. By [post_author_posts_link] I’ll admit it: I used to be a slob. Looking at the way I run my life now, it would be hard to recognize my prior messiness. Carrying around a notepad to “capture” any tasks or ideas at any time.Using a simple combination of a to-do list and calendar to record events.Waking up at 5:30 each morning.Maintaining a goals binder to track big projects.Completely overhauling my diet and exercise habits to have more energy.Creating daily goals lists to chunk out work for the next day.Using weekly to-do’s to stay ahead on important work.Batching my e-mail and web time from a few hours to 30 minutes a day.Splitting up my work and free time–letting me boost my productivity while ensuring I get a day off every week. Since I began writing about productivity and improvement at my own blog, I’ve been asked by a lot of people how I made such a dramatic switch. Are You Running a Race You Can’t Finish? Permanent Productivity The Foundation Comes First.
100 Websites You Should Know and Use Entertainment Meet David Peterson, who developed Dothraki for Game of Thrones There are seven different words in Dothraki for striking another person with a sword. Culture My Year of TED: How 54 talks changed a life By Kylie Dunn What do you get when you cross a 39-year-old perfectionist with 54 TED Talks and far more honesty than any person probably needs to experience?
10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal Benjamin Franklin made sure to end every day by asking “What good have I done today?” Maya Angelou only wrote in tiny hotel rooms. Jack Kerouac made sure to touch the ground nine times before writing. Sustained creativity doesn’t come from a flash of brilliance or a single afternoon of inspiration. It comes from a consistent routine that serves as the bedrock for getting things done. Venture capitalist Brad Feld takes a week off every three months: The most impactful thing I’ve done is to take a week off the grid every quarter. Read the entire interview here. Former Obama campaign CTO Harper Reed the importance of the daily “retrospective”: [The presidential campaign] had a really good team dynamic that relied quite a bit on the “retrospective” meeting at the end of a project that allowed us to stop and say: “What was it like to launch? Read the entire interview here. Best-selling author Cheryl Strayed on the importance of writing daily: Read the entire interview here. How about you?
75 Affirmations for Personal Development Affirmations are one way to develop new beliefs that can eventually become second-nature. Every morning or evening we can repeat these affirmations with a clear and focused mind, and with practice these beliefs can take hold inside our brains. One caveat, however, is to make sure that the affirmations you repeat to yourself are congruent with reality, and aligned with your core values. I’ve seen many people come up with delusional affirmations and then attempt to ingrain them into their minds. Even when they do succeed, those beliefs can be detrimental. Please be aware of the meaning and intention behind the affirmation before you decide to “program it” into your mind. The following is just a list of suggestions on some of the affirmations you may want to practice. I recommend only practicing 1 or 2 affirmations at a time. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44.