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The facts are in: over and over, the smartest people around have proven that most of what we would love to attribute to skill in terms of success is much more likely to be a matter of luck combined with the circumstances we find ourselves in. That preference may in fact be part of our genetic makeup […]

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Let’s say you volunteer to be part of a study. It’s pretty simple; you’re told that you’ve been randomly paired with a person you don’t know and will never meet, who is waiting in another room. There are two simple tasks to be assigned, one to each of you. One task will result in a […]

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A while back I mentioned the “Occupy Hand Signals” that I’d experienced during a Lean Coffee workshop. If you are a bit skeptical about it – as I was in the beginning – here’s a quick test-run you can do: At the beginning of the meeting… Start by introducing four concepts: “If you have something to […]

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I mentioned in a past post that I really need to work on my practice of sleeping. Later I got a very friendly email from a bloke named Wally, telling me that he had read the article, liked it, and thought that you (my erstwhile readers) might benefit from a smorgasbord of sleep tips he’d […]

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I’ve talked a lot about the many benefits – both personal and reported – of meditation. It’s one of the few lifehacks that both lives up to the reputation and has been relatively simple to do consistently. Soto zen meditation, as I’ve mentioned, is not very fancy. You don’t get to chant, you don’t get […]

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Get a Pen and Paper: Pop Quiz! Today’s bonus question: what did you do today that you also did yesterday? Can you think of anything? Let’s make it a little harder: did you do it the day before? Did you do it last week? If it is difficult to think of something, maybe you’re trying […]

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The Battle of Wills

There’s a conflict that rages every morning the moment I first drift into waking consciousness. It first manifests by my social media (aka the Gravy Hose) craving, when I wonder What have I missed in the last seven hours? My hand reaches almost automatically towards the bedside table – where my phone isn’t. No, my […]

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Practicing Micro-Changes

This morning, in the midst of grumping about a lot of things that really didn’t need grumping about, my phone was brightened by a photo from a reader of this blog. The title of the photo was “Gray-induced Micro-Changes” and it looked like this: Confused? I was. She quickly explained: “First visible parking spot. Even […]

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Like many other writers in the personal development field, I’ve been eagerly awaiting Gretchen Rubin’s new book Better Than Before. In fact, purchasing it was basically tax-deductible for me; I write every Monday about practices and habits, so a book all about how they’re formed would be essential to my work…right? Even better, I recently had […]

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I was having a fascinating discussion with a neuropsychologist, an nurse anesthetist, and a GrandMaster competitive pistol marksman (I know, sounds like the start of a joke, right?) about the differences between good and bad educators. In all of our fields we had consistently seen the phenomenon of the person who was a great “doer” […]

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