By Shawn Doyle
I am standing in a room in a hotel somewhere in America, and I am talking about the power of setting goals. I pause and ask the audience a question: “By a show of hands, who honestly has clearly articulated goals for this year?” Only a few hands go up- probably about two percent of the room.
I am a motivational speaker, and this scene repeats itself time and time again- everywhere I go, month after month, year after year. Very few people are setting goals personally or professionally.
Why? I am so curious to know the reason why. Read more
Below is some of the most concise advice on habit formation that researchers in the field have been able to show works effectively. The big takeaway here is avoid making grandiose “resolutions,” as they are the most likely to be abandoned (which then hurt your self-esteem & motivation). Read more
By Sam Matla
What is momentum?
I’m going to use the same example that Darren Hardy illustrates in his book The Compound Effect.
Darren writes about a spinning platter. The person pushing the platter has to work hard for the first couple of pushes, but afterwards it’s a lot easier due to the momentum gained. Read more
Discipline is the greatest obstacle in preventing most people from achieving the levels of success they desire. Take a moment to process that if you had the discipline to do everything you knew you should do, even when you did not feel like doing it, how much more successful you will be in achieving your personal and professional goals. Discipline is the most challenging habit to do consistently, which is why employers reward it more than any other. Read more
Berkeley County resident Cathy Cole looks like the picture of perfect health. Slender with a vibrant smile she easily hides two significant risk factors for chronic disease: stress and a sedentary lifestyle. To turn these risk factors into motivation for a healthier lifestyle, Cole, who’s in her mid-50s, started taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle as part of her New Year’s resolution. Read more
As a business coach, I find that the start of the year is always a great time because clients are full of optimism and ready to set bold new goals or create inspiring visions for their futures.
And while I love to help them set these goals, it’s worth noting that University of Scranton research suggests that just 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s goals. That is deflating.
The majority of people fail for the same reasons, and they repeat these same mistakes year after year. Read more
Sometimes reaching a goal means adding new habits or learning a skill, but other times it simply means getting rid of some bad habits. If you want to identify what’s keeping you from your goal, invert it. Read more
By Janet Choi
Go big or go home. Shoot for the stars. Aim high. These types of platitudes could be holding you back, because they’re distracting you from all the small things.
A kind word or a moment of honest listening can be enough fuel to keep you going. Doing one push-up a day, writing one line a day seems laughably easy and ridiculously unambitious — but that’s how you build a practice. Read more
By Amy Morin
Psychology often discusses mental health — but what’s not often discussed is a clear definition of mental strength. To me, mental strength means that you regulate your emotions, manage your thoughts, and behave in a positive manner, despite your circumstances. Developing mental strength is about finding the courage to live according to your values and being bold enough to create your own definition of success. Read more
By Remez Sasson
What is laziness? It is the desire to be idle, to do nothing and resist effort. It is a state of passivity and of letting things stay as they are. Sometimes, we enjoy being a little lazy, such as after working hard for several hours, or on a very cold or warm day, but if this state occurs too often, something has to be done about it.
In order to carry out our chores, work efficiently, live to the fullest, and achieve success, we must learn how to overcome laziness. Read more