What do you when you are faced with uncertainty, fear, or stress? How do you cope with obstacles? Stoic philosophy could provide you with very useful tools to navigate life’s challenges.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
~ Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
Many people freeze when wanting to move forward because they are afraid of failure. But what if we are really paralyzed by the fear of success.
Based on the historically accurate book written by Margaret Lee Shelterly, Hidden Figures, directed by Ted Medfli is a film that stirs your soul with admiration and inspiration for the three trailblazing African-American heroines who worked as mathematicians at NASA during the early years of the space program back in the early 1960s.
“There is a difference between interest and commitment.
When you are interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient.
When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”
~ Kenneth Blanchard
This concept of interest vs commitment, hobby vs career, amateur vs professional are important dichotomies to consider when you reflect on what gives meaning and purpose to your life. They encourage you to consider where you are spending your most precious resource: your time.
Discouraged, apathetic, or disillusioned? Has our political system left you feeling down?
Here are six habits designed to improve your mood:
1. Listen to upbeat music like Mozart.
Music has long been a part of our human culture. Research studies show that there is a direct link between listening to music and enhancing your health and your mood.
In a study of 80 patients undergoing urological surgery “half the patients were randomly assigned to wear headphones that played slow movements from Mozart piano sonatas, while the other half wore headphones that did not play music.
Researcher- storyteller Brené Brown advocates that living bravely actually requires us to lean into our discomfort and to be vulnerable. Her research shows that those who are willing to experience risk, emotional exposure, and uncertainty have greater self-worthiness and courage.
The paradox of courage is that you become stronger when you are vulnerable and at the same time you increase your connection with others when you expose your authentic self. This requires trust.
Are you convinced that successful people are accomplished because they are highly talented in a particular area?
Angela Duckworth in her book GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance describes countless research studies demonstrating that individuals who rise to the top exhibit both passion and grit to achieve their goals. In other words, talent is really derived from the willingness to put in continuous extra effort to practice, practice practice.
Do you ever find yourself listening to your inner critic gremlin beating down your self-worth and self-esteem?
The other day as I was putting milk in the pantry instead of the refrigerator, I caught myself saying “what a goon-head!”
Maybe these sound familiar to you:
- “I can’t believe I just did that! I am so stupid”
- “OMG, I am such a idiot!”
- “I am such a loser”
Like many of you, for the past two weeks I was glued to the television watching with tremendous admiration athletes of all races, from both third world and first world countries, share the stage in performing extraordinary athletic feats under intense pressure and competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Savoring this fleeting glimpse into the accomplishments of these world class athletes, my hope was that their dedication, commitment, and drive would become a source of motivation that would propel me forward to new heights and personal bests.
Drawing on the latest in neuroscience, positive and cognitive psychology, and behavioral science, New Habit Mindset offers you key information to take actionable steps to create better results in your life, achieve your ambitious goals, and experience greater well-being and happiness.
Your mind is incredibly powerful. Did you know that you have about 60,000 thoughts per day? And 95% of those thoughts are the same as what you had yesterday? We are all running much of our life on autopilot.
To break through old habits and achieve better results in your life, ask yourself:
- What are your thoughts, emotions, habits, and stories that you are telling yourself that are not working for you?
- Where do you get stuck?
- What are you saying to yourself?
- What words are you using that might be limiting your own success?
- Is your body language in alignment with your goals?
- Is your environment and people around you helping or sabotaging your success?
- What habits and rituals can you create to support better outcomes in your life?
“We are we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
– Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy (1926)
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Listen to my podcast on habit change.
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Learn some of the latest research and proven techniques to help you achieve your goals:
- Uncover your reality distortions
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3. Read some of my top blog posts with actionable steps:
- Do you have an Olympian mindset?
- Digitally Distracted? 4 Tips to Conquer Screen Hopping
- A sure-fire strategy to boost your productivity.
- The Truth About Stress