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Guest Post: What Grabs Your Attention Rules Your Life - KSMLifeCoaching

Guest Post: What Grabs Your Attention Rules Your Life - KSMLifeCoaching | All About Coaching | Scoop.it

GUEST POST: I’m honored today to feature a guest post by LaRae Quy. LaRae was an FBI counterintelligence and undercover agent who exposed foreign spies and recruited them to work for the U.S. Government. As an FBI agent, she developed the mental toughness to survive in environments of risk, uncertainty, and deception. Today LaRae is a speaker, author and Mental Toughness Coach.

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The Two Words That Will Lead You To Success And Happiness

The Two Words That Will Lead You To Success And Happiness | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
2 guiding words that can lead you to success and happiness: Yes and No. Research shows that knowing when to use them can make a big difference in your life.
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Here’s the quick and dirty:

The word “yes” leads to happiness.The word “no” leads to success.

Here’s why..

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How to Develop Long-Term Focus: Staying Motivated to Achieve Distant Goals

How to Develop Long-Term Focus: Staying Motivated to Achieve Distant Goals | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
Learn how to stay motivated when pursuing long-term goals.
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7 Things “Star Wars” Taught Me About Productivity

7 Things “Star Wars” Taught Me About Productivity | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
When life gets tough, James Altucher asks himself What would a Jedi do?

 

Here’s some of the life lessons that I’ve learned from the Star Wars movies:

 

1) Rest when you have nothing to do. 

2) Rid yourself of everything you don’t need.

3) Practice being “good.”

4) Prioritize your health. 

5) Be around other Jedis.

6) Be open-minded. 

7) Trust that life is cyclical. 

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Why making my tasks emotional increased my productivity

Why making my tasks emotional increased my productivity | All About Coaching | Scoop.it

Introducing The To-Do List Organized By Emotion

Leverage your emotions to make dull tasks more fulfilling.

 

"I am optimistic about the approach. Our belief that we’re not easily influenced has been fabulously debunked by the extraordinary studies showing how, when prompted with words that suggest states of being, we act accordingly. Show people words related to old age and they walk more slowly etc.

So maybe, simply seeing a task list littered with the promise of good feelings can start to shift the deep, unhelpful emotions associated with the very idea of “tasks”.

Critically, in unearthing a task’s emotion, I’ve learned I have first to find the associated “Why” of the task. Emotions need a why. And “Why to do” to is always a better place to begin your day than “What to do”.

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Entrepreneur and author Robyn Scott wanted to create a habit of making one introduction within her network a day. In order to get herself excited enough to do it, she created a category on her to-do list titled, “Highly helpful.” Noticing the efficiency of this method, she now sorts her tasks using these categories:

 

Triumphant: Client pitches, investment presentations, hiring plans. Mission critical stuff.

 

Supremely satisfying: Inbox zero (aided by Tony Hsieh’s lovely “Yesterbox” technique), making a tricky phone call, research.

 

Massive relief: Tax return, sorting out insurance, booking flights.

 

Highly helpful: Intros, advice, intros, intros.

 

Basic decency: Thank you notes, keeping promises. I’ve found this list surprisingly revealing. It shows the conflict between two things I value greatly: generosity and integrity. I tend to promise too much. Seeing my impossibly long list in “basic decency” helps me avoid over-promising and jeopardising integrity.

 

Delight: I’d been meaning for ages to get a print of Raphael’s School of Athens for my office, calling a friend out of the blue.

 

Fit for Battle: A daily run, 10 minute morning meditation.

 

 

 

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How To Make Your Life Better By Sending Five Simple Emails

How To Make Your Life Better By Sending Five Simple Emails | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
Ever ask how to make your life better? Here's a research backed method on how to improve 5 key areas of life by sending just 5 emails.
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Maria Bruederlin's curator insight, October 23, 2013 11:39 AM

Make a difference and improve your happiness, relationships, personal and professional growth with five emails...will you try?

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How to Reduce, prevent, and Cope with Stress

How to Reduce, prevent, and Cope with Stress | All About Coaching | Scoop.it

Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun - plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.


http://www.headsup.ie/managestress.php

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David Hain's curator insight, October 16, 2013 11:09 AM

A critical life and business capability - we need any help we can get...

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Three Quick Fixes for the Wandering Mind

Three Quick Fixes for the Wandering Mind | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
It happens to all of us: you’re working away on something you’ve got to get done, and suddenly you realize that for quite some time you’ve been lost in a reverie about something
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The Hardest Word: Why Saying No Is Key To Your Long-Term Success

The Hardest Word: Why Saying No Is Key To Your Long-Term Success | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
It was pretty much a typical Friday at Ogilvy Toronto. The whole creative department was crazy busy, when another big project dropped out of the sky. Scanning the stressed-out teams overdue for a decent weekend break, this was not the best news ever.
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Improve Your Life: What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Improve Your Life: What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life? | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
Want to improve your life? Here are ten things that scientific research has repeatedly shown can help anyone be happier, healthier and all around better.
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How to Overcome Awkward Phases of Self-Improvement

How to Overcome Awkward Phases of Self-Improvement | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
Often we go through awkward phases throughout our self improvement. Here are some good suggestions for getting through this part of our development.
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A Year of Living Without : zenhabits

For the next 12 months, I’ll be conducting a personal experiment that I’m calling A Year of Living Without.

It’s my way of finding out what’s truly necessary, of simplifying my life, of making room for other things.

I’m testing the boundaries of my needs. It’s good to test your personal boundaries now and then (or, if you’re me, all the time).

So what’s the Year of Living Without?

Each month, I’ll go the whole month without one thing I do every day. Something that I tend to not want to give up, for various reasons.

I’ll give up something for a month, then evaluate whether it was something I enjoyed giving up, whether it’s worth leaving it out of my life, or if I want to put it back in after the month’s over. The next month, I’ll try giving up something else (see the list below)

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Interesting challenge to do.

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How to Make Happiness a Habit

How to Make Happiness a Habit | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
I’m not one who believes you can be happy all the time, but I have learned you can be happy much of the time. And that’s not something that depends on how your day is going or how others treat you—it depends on what you do on a regular basis.
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Vicky Stanton's curator insight, July 18, 2013 10:43 AM

We all have the ability to choose and how events and situations make us feel is down to our own choice. This is a great article sharing some tips on how to just take some time to share, feel and be with your thoughts.

Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 19, 2013 12:36 PM

How to make happiness a habit. 

Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, September 2, 2013 6:44 AM
No better way to start a brand new month! Be happy!
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3 Ways To Be An Effective Self-Leader

3 Ways To Be An Effective Self-Leader | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
You can't lead others if you can't lead yourself, and you can't lead yourself without the right tools.

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60 Small Ways to Improve Your Life in the Next 100 Days

60 Small Ways to Improve Your Life in the Next 100 Days | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
Here are 60 small, concrete steps you can take to create noticeable improvements in your life in just 100 days.
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4 Lifehacks From Ancient Philosophers That Will Make You Happier

4 Lifehacks From Ancient Philosophers That Will Make You Happier | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
Science and ancient philosophers agree on a number of ways for boosting happiness and living a better life. Here's what you can learn from great thinkers.

 

1) “What’s The Worst That Could Happen?”

“Negative Visualization” is one of the main tools of Stoicism.
Really thinking about just how awful things can be often has the ironic effect of making you realize they’re not that bad.

 

2) “As If”
The Stoics valued tranquility and thought being angry was a waste of time. But what should you do when your blood boils?
Force a smile. Soften your voice. Seneca thought if you act calm, you will become calm.

 

3) Make It A Treat
We want everything and we want it yesterday.
The Stoics, on the other hand, used to deliberately walk around on cold days without a coat. Or skip meals to become hungry. Why?
Denying yourself something makes you appreciate the things you take for granted.

 

4) It’s Okay To Stumble
Does Stoicism seem hard? Don’t want to think about how awful things can be right now? Don’t want to give up your ice cream for a day?
They knew that too. What did Epictetus tell his students after he taught them these Stoic lifehacks?
He told them what to do when they screw up — because we all do.
Forgive yourself.

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The Best Way to Change Your Habits? Use Your Environment

The Best Way to Change Your Habits? Use Your Environment | All About Coaching | Scoop.it

Since we know that discipline is built like a muscle—and can likewise be worn out—environmental changes might be useful in getting ourselves to do difficult tasks regularly.

Below I’ll outline some of my favorite methods found through the academic literature, as well as some personal tests conducted by myself and others.

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We are more reliant on environmental triggers than we’d like to think.


Using Your Environment to Change Behavior:


1.) Task association. Strictly associate an ‘outlet’ with a specific task.You can also use task association with environments:  start assigning certain locations with very particular activities.

2.) Reduce or increase friction. Your environment can  be tweaked to make certain tasks more difficult or easier to do. Tough habits stick when you can simplify the behavior.

3.) Using contextual cues. It's easier to make a habit consistent if it’s built off of an existing chain. In other words, Task X becomes easier to perform regularly if it is ALWAYS preceded or followed by Event Y.

4.) Routinize with systems. Success is most often the result of consistent execution of a single habit. Having too many choices is the enemy of long-term goals. In other words,  having ‘options’ makes consistent behavior harder to maintain. Spotting opportunities to create systems is the best way to make long-term goals a reality. 



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How to Stay Super Motivated | The Fortune Institute

How to Stay Super Motivated | The Fortune Institute | All About Coaching | Scoop.it

If you’ve been finding it hard to stay motivated, here are some techniques that can really help you.

 

1. MAKE A GENUINE COMMITMENT TO PERSONAL EXCELLENCE.

2. REMIND YOURSELF DAILY OF YOUR STRONG POINTS.

3. SEE YOURSELF AS UNSTOPPABLE.

4. CONGRATULATE YOURSELF EVERY EVENING.


It’s important to realize that motivation doesn’t just happen. You need to work at it. I’ve used these 4 techniques often to help business people become super motivated and if you try them they will certainly work for you too.

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How to Improve Any Personality Trait

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Here is an easy to follow guideline on how to make significant changes in any personality trait you want.
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How to Avoid Burnout: Getting Things Done Efficiently - Self Stairway

How to Avoid Burnout: Getting Things Done Efficiently - Self Stairway | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
How to avoid burnout, start working efficiently, and start getting great results.
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The 10 Smartest Things You Can Do Every Night

The 10 Smartest Things You Can Do Every Night | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
Want to have a great tomorrow? Start tonight with rituals to free your mind, cleanse your spirit and organize your business and life.
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Great self-management tips for the end of the day.

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How To Use Your Brain to Feel Less Vulnerable

How To Use Your Brain to Feel Less Vulnerable | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
Before I entered the FBI Academy as a new agent, I had never shot a gun. My firearms instructor told me that all I needed to do was relax, breathe, and focus.

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David Hain's curator insight, August 25, 2013 2:41 AM

Excellent read! 

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8 Reasons to Push Yourself Today

8 Reasons to Push Yourself Today | All About Coaching | Scoop.it

Today, you will do what you always do. The same activities. The same job. And at the same level of effort. OR… you could push things. You could push yourself to do more. 

 

Here are 8 Reasons To Push Yourself Today...

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matthew hartley's curator insight, August 18, 2013 3:49 PM

Push yourself everyday

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Positive Thinking, Rational Thinking, Thought Awareness - Stress Management Training from MindTools.com

Positive Thinking, Rational Thinking, Thought Awareness - Stress Management Training from MindTools.com | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
Use these tips, along with the downloadable worksheet, to start bringing objective, positive thinking to stressful situations.
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Checking Your Mental Diet

Checking Your Mental Diet | All About Coaching | Scoop.it
In order to create a great organizational attitude, you must begin with what you are thinking about most of the time, because that literally starts the chain reaction.

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John Michel's curator insight, July 20, 2013 9:10 AM

the starting point for creating a great organizational attitude starts with what we are thinking about most of the time, because that literally starts the chain reaction.


Annette Swann's curator insight, July 22, 2013 6:11 AM

What, Where and Who are you choosing to influence the quality of your thoughts (behaviours and actions)?

 

Annette Swann's comment, July 22, 2013 6:41 AM
"Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny” - Charles Reade