While doing a competitive analysis last fall, I checked out the Self-Coaching Scholars program created by Brooke Castillo. It looked interesting, so I joined and have been educating myself in her methods. One of the new tools I’ve adopted is the use of the “Urge Jar.” An Urge Jar is a covered glass jar that […]

Most people know that it’s helpful to break down very complex, long-term projects into smaller steps. This is crucial for achieving your goals. But I’d like to explain an important difference between identifying the “next step” as opposed to identifying the “next goal.” First, let’s talk about steps. If you were trying to organize a […]

A friend told me she’d read my pamphlet on “Thinking on Paper” and had immediately used it to think about a family situation. She’d concluded that she needed to talk with someone to find out more information. She wanted to know if that was “all right.” Of course, it was all right! Thinking is an […]

Some of you may be familiar with Wally Wallington and his techniques for moving Stonehenge-like blocks (up to 19,000 pounds) with ropes, little rocks, wood, and his own effort. No metal, no machines, no engines. Just clever use of levers and wedges. If you haven’t seen him at work, take 6 minutes to watch this […]

The WSJ had an article once on “How to Keep a Resolution.” One of the suggestions was to strengthen your self-control. Here’s the relevant section: “It may be possible to strengthen your self-control before starting your resolution by exercising it on small tasks…. In a study, college students who practiced self-control for two weeks by […]

As part of the work I do to help people master the use of their own minds to achieve important goals, I occasionally find myself in the role of a “debunker.” Many people don’t understand how the subconscious works and they treat its influence on their lives as a kind of mystical force. In contrast, […]

I often spend an hour pre-thinking about a topic before I “need to,” not because I’m pressed for time, or because it’s new material, but solely to allow me to percolate. Planning to percolate is a good use of your brain. If you don’t know what I mean by “percolate,” it won’t help to look […]

Some years ago I read an interesting book titled The Origin of Everyday Moods: Managing Energy, Tension, and Stress, by Robert Thayer. The bottom line from the book is you need to distinguish (and manage) four identifiable productivity states: Relaxed & Energized Tense & Energized Relaxed & Tired Tense & Tired As you see from […]

I often hear from people who are paralyzed by fear of the unknown. They think they know the next step to take, but they are uncertain whether it will result the way they hope. If they knew, they would take it. Instead, they are stopped by fear. For example, a woman I spoke with had […]

You have probably heard, “If you don’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” True. You can’t make something better unless you can get objective feedback on how you’re doing. By choosing a metric, and periodically measuring it, you can see whether the changes you are making are having any effect. Moreover, if you don’t measure […]

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