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The Yerkes-Dodson Law and Its Application to Life

The Yerkes-Dodson Law and Its Application to Life

One of the first things I learned in my introduction to psychology class in college was the Yerkes-Dodson Law. The Yerkes-Dodson Law has to do with the relationship between arousal and performance. The relationship looked like an upside-down U-shaped curve. Higher...
How to Find the Want Underneath Your Problem

How to Find the Want Underneath Your Problem

Author Jim Dethmer writes that any issue we are dealing with in our life actually reflects a want. And all of our issues and wants boil down to three core wants—(1) security, (2) approval, and (3) control. Security Security is the most basic want, because it has to do...
Everything in Moderation… Including Moderation

Everything in Moderation… Including Moderation

You have probably heard the saying, “Everything in moderation…” There was even someone who cleverly said, “Everything in moderation… including moderation.” The Power of Moderation As I grow older, I have become more and more of a fan of moderation. I think part...
How to Move from Passivity to Proactivity

How to Move from Passivity to Proactivity

One thing I’ve been working on lately is trying to accomplish my 3 most important tasks (MITs) BEFORE I check email and start responding to folks. This shift has been a game-changer for my work and productivity, because it moves me from passivity to proactivity....
How to Deal with the Holiday Blues

How to Deal with the Holiday Blues

The Christmas season is my favorite time of year. The fall school semester is winding down, there’s a bit of a chill in the air (although not too much since we live in Texas), the leaves are changing, there’s a holiday party almost every night, and all my friends are...
In Nutrition and Life, Aim for 80/20

In Nutrition and Life, Aim for 80/20

One of my favorite books about nutrition and exercise is “The Primal Blueprint” by Mark Sisson. One of the key principles he talks about in the book is that he believes you should aim to follow your nutrition plan 80% of the time. There are 2 key reasons for this...
How to Improve Your Focus with a Work-Break Balance

How to Improve Your Focus with a Work-Break Balance

Sometimes I struggle with getting distracted during my workday. For example, the other day I was really trying to focus on a writing project. I was making good progress, and then for some reason I got distracted. I opened Facebook and started to browse various posts....
6 Questions to Help You Eat Mindfully

6 Questions to Help You Eat Mindfully

Making balanced and healthy eating choices is difficult. Take a look at our society today. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 69% of the population is overweight. Also, many individuals struggle with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and...
Be the Flame, But Care for the Wick

Be the Flame, But Care for the Wick

I was listening to a speaker the other day, and he used an interesting analogy that I found helpful. He compared people to candles. Each of us is going through our lives trying to shine as much light as possible. Light was a metaphor for what was considered “good.”...