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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 %.
If you want to have a successful career in today’s creative society, you must have a constant flow of great ideas. You must become an idea person with an execution-oriented mindset. When a new problem appears, you must have the skills to come up with unique solutions and bring them to life. At every step, you have to see the potential for how things could be improved. Even more, from time to time you should “live in the future” and then help build what’s missing. And you know what, achieving all that is actually pretty easy. Having great ideas is a personality characteristic that can be developed. If you become the right sort of person, you will have the right sort of hunches; you will get the right type of brilliant ideas that everybody will love. In this blog post, you will learn exactly how to achieve that.
Absolutely the best way to start losing your fat is a combination of regular exercise and a healthy diet. But there’s a catch. When you start exercising, your appetite goes up. While that doesn’t mean you should stop exercising, it absolutely means that the diet is an extremely important variable in becoming slimmer. Actually, there is a saying in the fitness community that you can never out-train a bad diet. Loosing fat is done 80% in the kitchen and 20% in the gym.
The post-information age we live in today is called the creative society. The name already implies how important and well-cherished creativity is. Everybody talks about constant innovation, having visions for the future, brainstorming brilliant ideas and expressing your unique artistic soul. But innovations must be in line with market paradigms and people’s needs, visions must be backed up by strategic plans, brilliant ideas have to be systematically tested, and it’s never enough to only be different, you also have to be better. That’s where analytical skills come into play. Luckily, much like anybody can become (more) creative, so you can improve your analytical skills.