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Personal Growth

The Countdown – Day 6: Are SMART Goals Dumb?

December 28, 2010

Goal-setting is a very stressful activity, especially when it’s commonly associated with failure.
In the hope of avoiding disappointment, many personal growth writers advocate the SMART goal-setting approach.
SMART is capitalized not because I’m shouting at you or because I’m being sarcastic, but because it’s an acronym (although you can say it in a sarcastic tone throughout [...]

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The Countdown – Day 7: A Semblance Of Balance

December 27, 2010

Feeling out of control can cause chaos in every area of your life.
And while you’re struggling to fix the problems in one area, your efforts are compromised by all the other life areas that aren’t getting your attention and festering problems of their own.
But control isn’t an “all or nothing” proposition.
You can exercise a degree [...]

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The Countdown – Day 8: Does Your Schedule Reflect Your Values?

December 25, 2010

One of the easiest ways you can identify whether you’re living by your values and in accordance with your true priorities is by looking at your schedule: Are you spending the most time on the things that matter most to you?
Do you say to yourself “family first” but rarely spend time with them? If so, [...]

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The Countdown – Day 9: Don’t Overlook Your Strengths

December 24, 2010

The default approach to personal growth is to begin with your weaknesses, and seeking ways to overcome them.
If you have issues with productivity, then the first thing you read up on is productivity.
In many ways this is a healthy attitude. Your problem areas are bottlenecks that restrict the amount of happiness and success you can [...]

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The Countdown – Day 10: Don’t Panic

December 23, 2010

Don’t Panic
Have you ever went to bed thinking: “Where the hell did the day go?”
The hours flew by, but you didn’t accomplish anything noteworthy.
That’s because you were running on autopilot and only snapped out of it at the end of the day.
But why does that happen?
And – more importantly – how can you avoid it [...]

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