To Achieve Something Outrageously Extraordinary Requires Extreme Effort


It’s your decision to be amazing. It’s an attitude. It’s how you live your life.To Achieve Something Outrageously Extraordinary Requires Extreme EffortWe aren’t doing enough. Sometimes not even the bare minimum.

But it’s worse than that. This lack of effort is poor, lazy behavior. In every sense of the words.

I’m not even sure how we got to this point, but here is what I do know:

We talk ourselves out of action before we even get started.
We spend time, mental energy and emotion trying to look good rather than getting results.
We debate the plan rather than working on it.
We make excuses…

Nine Ways To Be A More Powerful Communicator


If the secret to real estate is “location, location, location,” then the secret to business success is “communicate, communicate, communicate.” I have worked in a dozen corporations and started a couple, and the one trait great leaders share with great followers is being a powerful communicator. And here are the 9 ways they do it….

After Tagedy, Don't Obsess, Heal Gently


Editor's note: Deepak Chopra is the founder of the Chopra Foundation and the author of more than 70 books. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and adjunct professor of executive programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, among other posts.

(CNN) — Two reactions seize people in the face of a horrific event like the mass murder of little children in Newtown, Connecticut. The first is shock, the second is a rush into activity.
The reason we rush into activity is to escape the numbness of shock and the pain that follows it. But if we bury ourselves in every detail of the story, staying glued to the TV, reliving the event in our imaginat…

Habit Psychology: The Amazing Power of Resolution Habits


habit psychology

Habit Psychology is an amazing study. We all have bad habits that we would like to break, but it seems like an impossibility to change them. Day after day, week after week, year after year, we struggle with the same habits over and over. For years I endeavored to find a solution.

I tried to create new habits to replace the bad ones.  I used willpower to do the new routine for 21 days, the magic number for success. The new habit would go well for awhile, but ultimately fail. Usually about 30 days out, the routine would peter out and ultimately be forgotten.

What I didn’t realize at …

How the 1973-74 Bear Market Changed How People Judge Investment Performance


Jonathan Clements wrote my favorite personal finance book of 2016 — How to Think About Money. People have an odd relationship with money because we spend most of our time stressed out about it. This book does a great job of trying to get people into the right frame of mind about their financial decisions and using money to make them happier, not miserable.
While discussing the need to embrace humility when investi……

The Importance of Doing Nothing (and No, You’re Not Too Busy)



“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” ~Lao Tzu

Whether it’s chores or children, to-do lists or bucket lists—let alone work—modern life moves at a demanding pace. It’s a hamster wheel and, unlike our beloved family pet, we’ve decided it’s not fun.

But as a society we revel in being busy all the time. We consider those who do nothing on the weekend to be dull or lazy. We don’t have time to chew the cud. If William Henry Davies thought his lot “had no time to stop and stare,” he should turn in his grave and see what’s happened since.

Somewhere along the lines…

13 ways to trick yourself out of being lazy


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Laziness begets laziness.

Why go to the gym tonight? After all, you haven’t gone in a week. Why take out the garbage when your whole apartment is a mess?

Fair points. But it’s time to break the cycle.

We browsed Reddit and Quora threads on overcoming laziness and pulled out the easiest ways to set yourself on a path toward greater productivity.

These aren’t major life overhauls — instead, they’re small tweaks to your mindset and daily routine that can help you start getting stuff done.

Read on and get inspired.

1. Set a 10-minute alarm