We all have lofty hopes for ourselves, and yet so many of our goals fade away. New Year’s Resolutions end up on the junk pile of half-baked wishes within weeks of making promises to ourselves.
One way to make sure you reach your goals is to develop the habits that lead to success. According to James Clear in Atomic Habits, one reason we have so much trouble sticking to a regimen is what he calls the Goldilocks Rule.
When the challenge is too easy, we lose interest. When the challenge is too hard, we throw up our hands and quit…
I confess that I’ve been enticed to read many of those articles. But, although I may walk away with a tip or two, they leave me with a queasy feeling.
They use a headline formula for get-rich-quick schemes or weight loss offers. The proof is supposedly in the numbers but as they say in the fine print, “results may vary.”
I often get to the end of one of these articles, enticed by the promise of financial freedom, and find out that the full course with all the details will cost hundreds of dollars.
Medium writers who quote their earnings…
Exercise fads come and go.
Running, tennis, Zumba, hot yoga, Pilates, weight training, kickboxing spinning, CrossFit, and Pelaton are just a few of the trends that we have seen over the years.
This doesn’t mean they are poor forms of exercise. And, it doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from them. But any exercise you don’t do consistently and long term will not serve you for a lifetime.
Three Problems With Most Fitness Routines
First, most forms of fitness cost money. I know because I have attended hundreds of yoga classes and played tennis four to five times a week for…
And why your natural inclination is probably all wrong
I volunteered on a suicide hotline and I have to confess something. I did it for the wrong reasons.
I wanted to learn how to say the right things to friends and family when they were feeling bad. I wanted to be the person that people came to when they needed to talk.
The other reason was even worse. I wanted to save people. I could tell that the other twenty or so volunteers wanted the same thing. …
I was eight years old
The year I was eight I had to have a massive amount of dental work. When I was a few years younger, a case of scarlet fever turned into days of a high fever just as my molars were coming in. As a result, I would need giant fillings in most of those molars.
It was back in the ’60s and there was no such thing as a pediatric dentist. The only dentist in town had no patience for complaints. …
By going on the site, Quora, you can systematically look for writing prompts (within your niche) and identify the questions that are resonating with millions of people. When you find those questions, you can be assured that it's a theme worth addressing.
I've been watching this shift happen for the last year or so but couldn't put it together this well to explain it. Suddenly Web 3.0 is exploding. This is a fantastic, prescent story about a trend that is going to change society.
At one time Bob Dylan was the most hated musician on earth.
It’s hard to imagine this is true of the musician who won the Nobel Prize, a boatload of Grammys, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Yet at one time Dylan’s fans rejected the person who is now considered one of the most influential musicians of all time.
And if you know anything about Bob Dylan, you know he doesn’t give a shit about what you or anyone else think of him.
Want just one example of not putting a lot of stock in what…
Modern medicine works wonders for some conditions and is impotent for others. For ailments like chronic pain, asthma, fibromyalgia, hypertension, or gastrointestinal disorders, there are no clear solutions. Treatments, if they work, often have dangerous side effects that may outweigh their benefits.
Jon Kabat-Zinn made these elusive illnesses his target. His weapon was meditation.
In 1979, when he opened the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, few medical professionals acknowledged the effect of the mind on the body. Treating illness with a mental intervention wasn’t in their arsenal. In fact, it was considered a fringe idea.
I started using social media when it was still in its infancy, at a time when most businesses didn’t see the point. Ultimately our team grew a following of about a million people for a small company.
I was working for a niche brand, so there was no point in advertising in mainstream media.
The product was yarn, and if you didn’t know how to knit or crochet you couldn’t be a customer. …
I write about health, trends and marketing. Author of Mountains Are Mountains: Applying Eastern Teachings To Everyday Life.