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How to Make Your Environment Work For You

How to Make Your Environment Work For You

When we put together a strategy to make a change in our lives, most of the time we think about things that happen inside us. For example, how can we improve our discipline and willpower to make a change? Can we set up a system of rewards to encourage us to make the...
4 Steps to Change Anything in Your Life

4 Steps to Change Anything in Your Life

If you want to change or improve something about your life, the key is to actually do something different. You can reflect on your thoughts and feelings all day long, but until you actually change something in your actual behavior, you are likely to stay stuck. But...
Take Your New Year’s Resolution Outside

Take Your New Year’s Resolution Outside

We are in the season of New Year’s Resolutions. There’s something about the beginning of the new year that gives us a chance to think about the things in our lives that are working, as well as the things in our lives that are not working. The beginning of the New Year...
Stages of Change

Stages of Change

There are a lot of programs out there on how to change something in your life. Whether you want to lose weight, stop smoking, or improve your relationship with your spouse, there’s a book or program out there for you. Here’s the thing that kind of sucks: Most of these...
The Power of Surroundings

The Power of Surroundings

Most of the time when we think about making a change in our life, we think about changing something inside us. There are good reasons for this. When it comes down to it, we can only change ourselves. If you are focused too much on changing someone else, you will...
Make a Course Correction

Make a Course Correction

Sometimes when we are dealing with an issue or problem in our lives, it can seem overwhelming. The change we need to make might be so big, it can seem impossible. We might not even know where to start. In situations like these, it can be helpful to think about making...
Implementation is Key

Implementation is Key

When you are working on a change effort, implementation is key. Many people forget about this point. They might want to lose weight, for example, and come up with a great plan that is guaranteed to lose one pound of fat per week. The plan might be the best plan ever,...
The Elephant and the Rider

The Elephant and the Rider

We like to think we navigate through life in a reasonable, logical manner, using our brains to make rational decisions. But often this isn’t the case. Jonathan Haidt argues instead that we are like an elephant and a rider. The elephant is the emotional, automatic, and...
People Only Change a Small Amount

People Only Change a Small Amount

I was working on a project with a work colleague the other day, and I found myself wishing she were different. We had different styles about how we approached deadlines. I wanted to get the project done pretty far ahead of time, so that I wouldn’t be stressed out as...
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