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How to Build the Muscle of Change

How to Build the Muscle of Change | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

When you try to make a change in your life, create a new habit, set a resolution … are you usually good at it, or does the change fail after 2-3 weeks?


Some people are better at it than others because they’ve learned some simple strategies for changing, but also because they’ve built up their change muscle.


What’s a change muscle? It’s the muscle we use for creating changes in our lives, and like our physical muscles, it is weak if you haven’t trained it.


I started training my change muscle in 2005, when it was weak and I could never make any lasting changes. I felt helpless, and didn’t know what to do. I felt like I couldn’t ever make changes.


But I’ve learned in the years since that the change muscle is like other muscles: you might be weak at first, but you get stronger with regular training...


Read more: http://zenhabits.net/change-muscle/

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3 Ways To Prepare For Adversity

3 Ways To Prepare For Adversity | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

When the going gets tough, we tend to seek out those people—and things—that give us the strength to be our best self. We yearn for the feeling that we’ve turned our lives around and are headed for better days.


Looking for the upside takes our mind off the down times. A positive attitude allows us forget, even for a while, the hardships that face us in many areas of our life.


Those times of contentment and happiness are wonderful. We need to spend time with them so when times are harder, we can remember the strength they gave us. But to expect those times to last is not realistic.


Read more: http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/3-ways-to-prepare-for-adversity/

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Stress Management

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Stress is inevitable. It walks in and out of our lives on a regular basis. And it can easily walk all over us unless we take action. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to minimize and cope with stress. Here are some ideas for handling stress without causing more strain and hassle.


Find out where the stress is coming from


By getting specific and pinpointing the stressors in your life, you’re one step closer to getting organized and taking action. Oftentimes, when we’re stressed, it seems like a big mess with stressors appearing from every angle. We start to feel like we’re playing a game of dodge ball, ducking and darting so we don’t get smacked by a barrage of balls. We take a defensive position, and not a good one at that. Instead of feeling like you’re flailing day to day, identify what you’re actually stressed about. Is it a specific project at work, an upcoming exam, a dispute with your boss, a heap of laundry, a fight with your family?


Read more: http://drsuneelsethi.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/stress-management-2/

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Apostolos Gazepis's comment, February 2, 2012 7:46 PM
when I was a child I invent "the stress list" a list that I note everything that causes me stress and actually I use it till now it's an amazing exercise that works for me.
Martin Gysler's comment, February 3, 2012 4:46 AM
Thank you for your sharing. This seems to be an interesting approach to have better control of stress!
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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 | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality of your life. At the same time, you don’t need to wait a long time in order to see the measurable results that come from taking positive action. All you have to do is take small steps, and take them consistently, for a period of 100 days.

 

Below you’ll find 60 small ways to improve all areas of your life in the next 100 days.

 

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1. Create a “100 Days to Conquer Clutter Calendar” by penciling in one group of items you plan to declutter every day, for the next 100 days...

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Benefits of Simplicity to Productivity

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Benefits of Simplicity to Productivity is an article that defines the advantages of keeping things simple and maintaining focus, in order to be more productive. It explains why you can increase productivity by doing less.

 

Simplicity is often perceived as boring, unattractive and unremarkable. Majority of people want something striking and complicated.

 

But as Leonardo da Vinci has said, Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.


Different to the common belief, simplicity is not boring, unattractive or unremarkable. In fact, simplicity represents elegance and complexity...

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10 Brainstorming Techniques that Help Stimulate Your Individual Creativity

10 Brainstorming Techniques that Help Stimulate Your Individual Creativity | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Brainstorming is a great tool to find new ideas for our life. I like using various technics to do so. In this post you'll find 10 different, I'm sure you'll find one that suits you. [note Martin Gysler]


Brainstorming is a valuable method for rediscovering your creativity. Some days, you are drowning in an ocean of ideas. Others, you are looking at the desert and hoping for an oasis. You are creative, your brain just needs a bit of priming. Here are ten methods for brainstorming to get the idea river gushing.


1. Free Writing

Stream of consciousness writing is one of the most unpredictable forms of writing. You do not know where your brain will lead you, but you can be assured that it will be interesting. There is no special preparation for this method. Open a new Notepad window or pick up a sheet of paper and start writing.


Read more: http://www.persistenceunlimited.com/2010/08/10-brainstorming-techniques-that-help-stimulate-your-individual-creativity/

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11 Reasons Why You Aren't Getting Results

11 Reasons Why You Aren't Getting Results | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

All of us have goals. Goals like losing weight, earning more money, finding a life partner, setting up our business, achieving performance targets, being fitter, building better relationships, and so on. Some people seem to have no problem achieving their goals. Some, on the other hand, don’t seem to be able to make any progress.


I’ve a good amount of experience with goal achievement, having been actively setting goals since 10 years ago. I’ve experienced setbacks and successes in my goal pursuits. Running The Personal Excellence Blog (which is all about how to live in excellence and achieve our highest potential), I often receive reader mail seeking help for situations they are stuck in. I work with clients who are not getting results in life and want to turn things around. This has given me a lot of insights on what keeps people from success.


At the end of the day, if you find yourself stuck in your goals, it boils down to one (or some) of these 11 reasons:...


Read more: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/11-reasons-why-you-arent-getting-results.html

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3 Unconventional Ways to Change Your Life this Year

3 Unconventional Ways to Change Your Life this Year | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Everyone wakes up on January 1 with a gut full of ambition and good intentions. The idea of a clean slate is invigorating! By the middle of the month, however, most people have already started the slide back to their regular existence, overcome by trying to reach lofty, unclear goals with the same mindset from the previous year. I struggled with this for many years myself before finally figuring out 3 unconventional ways to avoid the January slump:


  • Porn
  • Lowering my standards
  • Pretending I’m someone else


This sounds like the start of a really bad movie about a down-and-out mob informant in Vegas, doesn’t it? Stick with me here and it will all make sense very soon.


Using these exact strategies below, my husband and I were able to sell everything we owned and save enough money to travel the world for five years. In fact, I’m writing this post to you from sunny Thailand, where we’ve been living for 3 months as we write our second book. Not bad for two people who could barely find the time for a 1-week vacation just a few short years ago, wouldn’t you say?...

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The Happiness Project: Making New Year's Resolutions? Ask Yourself 6 Questions.

The Happiness Project: Making New Year's Resolutions? Ask Yourself 6 Questions. | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Every Wednesday is Tip Day—or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Six questions to help you make effective New Year's resolutions.

 

Forty-four percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and I know I always do. I’m more inclined to make resolutions than ever, in fact, because if my happiness project has convinced me of anything, it has convinced me that resolutions—made right—can make a huge difference in boosting happiness.

 

So how do you resolve well? This is trickier than it sounds. Here are some tips for making your resolutions as effective as possible.

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