How to Make the Best Decisions for Yourself When Results are Not Guaranteed

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How do you know you’re making the right decision when the future is uncertain and success is not guaranteed? This question comes up most when it comes to something you would like to have happen, not something you have to do regardless. For things you know you have to do (like get that degree, find …

Book Notes: “Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals” by Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. – Part 1 – Introduction: Willpower & Habits

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Note: Book Notes = summary of current book+ insights/personal interpretations + incorporation of prior knowledge Introduction: Willpower & Habits According to James Clear in Atomic Habits, goals aren't what separate successful people from unsuccessful—it's habits. But if you think about it, setting up a habit is a goal in itself. So we still need to …

12 Tips for Finishing Your Novel

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In honor of Preptober, below is a list of solutions to the major problems writers face while drafting: Choose one story. Working on one story cuts down on the time needed to refocus and makes it easier to achieve depth. To choose the right story, freefall write (i.e., stream of conscious) your thoughts on all …

Michael Phelps: “Putting Money in the Bank”

A picture of Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian swimmer of all time, wearing and holding all the medals he's won over the span of his career.

https://youtu.be/Y8ZZS0qrVNw?t=79 Stay Focused Through Wins "Yeah winning a gold medal is absolutely incredible. There's nothing better than standing on the podium, listening to your national anthem play...but for me I'm somebody who knew that I had 7 other events after the first day. So I had to throw that to the back of my head. …

How to Realign Yourself When You’ve Lost Your Way

I've been running on a high recently. I have managed to maintain a positive attitude despite not having a job, not knowing whether I was on the right career path and wrestling with the decision of whether or not I should go back to school to obtain a designation for said career I am on …

How and Why You Should Face Your Fears

Perfectionism, insecurities, failures and success. It's at the core of everything. It's something that you can't ever look fully in the face because that's when it knows you'll win and it won't let that happen. So fear will do everything in its power to keep you down on the ground or facing away from it. Sometimes this …

An Argument for Focused Work

Cal Newport recently released his new book, "Deep Work", which posits that our ability to engage in concentrated efforts on meaningful work will set us apart in today's marketplace. I decided to read it based on all the glowing reviews on Amazon at the time of its release. Unfortunately, I was more than a little disappointed. I felt …

A Schedule that Doesn’t Stifle

I know how you feel. Scheduling sucks. Planning your day, month, year is a form of torture, more painful than having someone slowly peel your nails off. Alright, maybe not that painful, but it's still high up there.  It's too restrictive and takes too much time to sit and decide when you could just be out …

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