What is assertiveness and why you are not assertive enough

Looking at life from a psychological perspective, we can say that the point of existing is to satisfy the constant flow of your needs. In your lifetime, there’s a constant flow of new needs, and your mission is to make yourself happy by satisfying them. It’s that simple. Nevertheless, your needs must be met in a healthy and socially acceptable manner, in an absence of internal conflicts, which can often be challenging. That’s where healthy assertiveness comes into play. Unfortunately, healthy assertiveness is not as common as one would think. It actually takes quite a strong and emotionally sharp character to be assertive in a healthy way. You must trust in yourself and in the (highly probable) positive response that the environment will have to your need. You must be bold enough to act and go after your goals and desires, but on the other hand you must also respect …

Tips for improving your English speaking skills and pronunciation

Writing and reading definitely help improve your overall English skills, but if you want to get better specifically at speaking and pronouncing, you must do a lot of deliberate practice exclusively for speaking and pronouncing. Writing, speaking and reading skills engage different parts of your brain. In this blog post you will learn the best tips and tricks to perfect your English pronunciation very fast and even more - become a fluent English speaker that everybody will admire.

Top 10 ways to learn or improve any skill fast

If it’s knowledge, it can be acquired. If it’s a skill, it can be learned or improved. Period. Even if you don’t have the talent or IQ of a genius, you can get dramatically better at almost anything you want in life. It might take a lot of willpower, persistence and deliberate practice, but you can do it. There’s nothing that can stop you, if you’re determined enough. A tremendous help when it comes to knowledge and skills acquisition is to do it the right way. You want to shorten the learning curve as much as possible. When you’re going for new knowledge, it’s good to know the best learning practices; and when it comes to skills, you want to know the best tips and tricks for learning and improving any skill fast. In this article, you will learn exactly that. In this blog post you'll learn 10 best tips …

Life as a narrative driven by dominant thoughts

Psychological research shows that with storytelling, we make sense of our identities. We put different stories from our life into a narrative, which enables us to understand our lives as a coherent whole. And coherence gives meaning to life. The coherent story you’re telling yourself about your life is called the “narrative identity”. Like every good story, the “narrative identity” also has positive and negative events that determine the plot, challenges that need to be overcome, people who help and block efforts, and the denouement of some form of pain, conflict and struggle. Even more importantly, your life narrative is not a sum of everything that happened to you in the past. You tend to focus on a few extraordinary events, positive or negative ones. These are the experiences that shape your personality the most.

Learn how to model successful people to accelerate your own success

Modeling is one of neuro-linguistic programming techniques designed to recreate excellence that only the best people reach. With modeling, you want to duplicate extraordinary results of high achievers by mirroring their conscious and unconscious behavior. The main principle and idea behind modeling is that if you overtake the behaviors, strategies, beliefs, language (words, phrases, questions), emotional states and other traits of successful people, you will also become more successful. By having access to someone who achieved exactly what you want to achieve, you could simply ask him or her: “Teach me how to do that!”. The second best thing you can do, if somebody isn’t prepared to coach you in person, is to study them through all the public materials available. The latter is not as effective as full in-person access to the exemplar (the person you want to model), but indirect modeling can still prove to be valuable. Learn …

Walk your talk or what happens when you don’t follow your own advice

Last month was quite a terrible one for me. I was sick almost three out of four weeks, lying in bed with a severe cold. Even more painful is the fact that I totally deserved it. Not because I was unusually rude or committed more sins than other people (based on the popular false assumptions that good things happen only to good people and bad things happen only to bad people), but simply because I made a series of stupid decisions. Very stupid decisions. I probably infringed on every advice that I blog about. Maybe not every single one, but certainly the main ones.

Different types of intelligence and why your IQ is not fixed

One of the greatest assets you can have in today’s post-information society is being smart. Intelligence is an important resource that can bring you status, respect, academic and career advancements, better earning potential, new ways to create and contribute to the world and let’s not forget the capacity to forge better strategies and make smarter decisions. Being intelligent doesn’t guarantee these things and it’s sometimes not even a mandatory factor, but it absolutely does help.Since intelligence is an extremely important asset, there is always one question in the forefront – is intelligence inherited and fixed, or can it somehow be improved with the right resources and environment, even when you’re older? These are all the issues, questions and dilemmas we will try to answer in this blog post, all with the goal of helping you gain insights into how you can maximize your intellectual potential and become smarter.

Sugar is poison for your mind and body

Sugars is a horrible addiction. It’s a drug. There's no fiber, protein or healthy fats, no vitamins or minerals in it. Just empty calories that spike your blood sugar and accelerate your appetite; and the effects on your health are devastating. Cavities, diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart diseases, non-alcoholic liver diseases, bad skin, low energy levels (adrenaline fatigue), brain fog, anxiety, addiction, the list goes on and on. There is extremely big long-term health risk for very small short-term pleasure when it comes to sugar. Sugar is a poison and if you want to be healthy you have to learn how to limit its intake.

Online competitive analysis for bloggers and other website owners

If you're active online as a blogger or in any other way, you probably know that gathering information from your competitors is extremely easy. You can basically know every single step they make. And it makes sense to track your main competitors. With extensive competitive analysis, you build yourself a map of the landscape you are competing on and that enables you better navigation and faster innovation. Even more, you get a concrete ideas for your website improvements, new quality content and partnership opportunities. Learn how to do a professional online competitive analysis.

A year in review – 50+ questions for annual reflection

I’m always surprised how full gyms are in January. I guess entering a new year does motivate us all to go after new goals. And it makes sense. Life slows down in Christmas time, relationships and celebrations come before hard work, and usually we are all surprised at how quickly another year has passed us by and start wondering what we’ve really achieved in the past 12 months. Well, if Christmas holidays are ideal for a bigger self-reflection and setting new goals, it makes sense to do it in a very structured and systematic way. That’s why I prepared a framework with a bunch of questions that will help you perform the year-in-review in a very professional way. You know, according to the mantra that whatever you do, give it 110 %.