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Challenge Complete: 2 weeks of blogging every day

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I talk about challenges a lot. I do them regularly. I like how they’re short, hard, and full of variety. You can experience something without doing it forever. They’re easy to start because they don’t last that long. My only problem is stacking them on top of one another. That doesn’t work. This post is the last in my most recent challenge, 2 weeks of writing. A small mastermind I’m in decided that we all needed to publish more. What better way to focus on something daily than to do…read more

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Find Your Curators

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There’s a lot of information flying around these days. It’s impossible to take it all in. On blogs alone, there’s 2 million new blog posts every day. We can’t possibly do something with all that information. So how do you stay on top of new important things? How do you sift through all the junk to get the good stuff? Find your curators A new breed of curator has risen following the proliferation of information and ideas online today. It can be hard to find the good ones but when you…read more

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Becoming Aware

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During meditation, beginners are often taught to be aware of their thoughts. To watch them arise, follow their course, and then fall away again. It’s a very tough practice to get into and that’s one of the reasons meditation is so hard. There shouldn’t be any judgement when you come up with these thoughts, just watching them like you’re floating above the thought. The first time I heard that, I thought it was crazy but when I tried doing it, when I tried watching my thoughts, instead of being active…read more

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Goals that actually work? Base them on action

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“To achieve an outcome, you have to take action, and that action should be your goal. You can’t directly choose an outcome, but you can always choose to take action.” ~ Pete Michaud Ask anyone about how to get to success or a successful life and one of the first things they’ll say you have to do is to set goals. Everyone knows to set goals but we don’t do enough or the right ones so we’re not successful…. or we’re doing it wrong. I think we’re setting goals wrong. When…read more

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Finding Flow: Just 4% Harder

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In The Rise of Superman, Stephen Kotler talks about finding the sweet spot of flow. Not too easy, not too hard. Just right. The state of flow he’s talking about is that “in the zone” state people talk about when they’re extremely engaged in what they’re doing. Creatives talk about it with writing, painting or drawing. Athletes talk about it when they’re surfing, skiing or mountain biking. Hours can fly by in what feels like minutes. It can happen anywhere and any time but there are a few requirements that…read more

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Abundance over Scarcity

Posted by in Motivation, Personal Development

Making large uncomfortable changes in your life is difficult. It’s awkward, it’s annoying, it’s frustrating. I’ve been trying to do it for the last couple years with various things. I want to make my life better. I want it to be as good as I can get it. I want my health and fitness and nutrition and finances and relationships all to be amazing. I think it can be done. There’s so much information out there to help. But it doesn’t come easy. In doing 30 Day Challenges to learn…read more

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Coffee and Ideas Meet Again

Posted by in Learning, Personal Development, Spark Challenges

A small mastermind-ish group I meet with regularly met again tonight and it reminded me so much of why coffee and ideas go so well together. Today was an extra good day for ideas for another reason. The conversation is semi-structured. We start with a structure anyways and see where it goes. I call them Bounce Sessions. Bounce Sessions Bounce Sessions are meeting with others to bounce ideas around. You might start with prompts or questions for each person to answer like we do or just meet for coffee. The…read more

You Just Need the Trailhead

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Planning a hike can be a big deal. You need to know how long the trail is and how much you’ll need to take. You might need a map and compass or GPS to figure out where you’re going. You might need extra gear to get through obstacles like cliffs or rivers to get to your goal. When it all comes down to it though, you really only need to know one thing about the trail to start. Where the trailhead is. You can forget your gear. You can figure…read more

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All You Need to Start is the Trailhead

Posted by in Motivation, Personal Development

Before you go hiking, you have to pick a trail to hike. You can look through guidebooks, browse around online or ask your friends. Once you’ve picked the trail you want to hike, you need to find out where the trailhead is. The trailhead is where you will start hiking. You park, get your gear ready and then start hiking. Knowing where the trailhead is might be the most important part of starting a hike. If you don’t know that one thing, it will be very difficult to hike that…read more

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Clarifying the problem is 99% of the solution

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When I’m writing a new application or program for my website or a project, I spend a lot of time troubleshooting and debugging. For the non-programmers, that means something isn’t working right with your program and you have to dig into the details to see why it’s not working. It’s kind of like something not working on your car and having to test a bunch of things before you know what’s going on. With how complicated computers are getting these days and how much code we put together in various…read more

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