Category Archives: Motivation

How we fool ourselves out of keeping New Year’s resolutions


It’s week 2, 2016. Have you broken any of your New Year’s Resolutions yet? We focus here on a mental quirk we have that can help, or hinder, our plans this year. Continue reading

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Six words you hate hearing at work


“I have some feedback for you.” Most people react viscerally when someone says that to us because we fear we’re about to be skewered and spit roasted over the scorching fire of personal appraisal. It doesn’t have to be like that… Continue reading

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Could you beat Bolt if you practiced for 10,000 hours?


I cheated on my spelling tests. We got lists from school, and I flat out lied to my parents that I’d done them. Could I have used 10,000 hours practice? Continue reading

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NO! NO!! NO!!! Still don’t eat it!!


You know you want to… Picture, if you will, a 44 year old woman staring longingly, lovingly even, at a cookie. Eyes closed, she inhales, breathing in its sweetness, turning it over in her hands as crumbs fall to the … Continue reading

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NO!! Don’t eat the Marshmallow!!


It’s a kind of torture

They’re gorgeously soft. Squashy, even.

Mouthwatering.

Definitely mouthwatering.

And torturous. Oh yes, absolutely torturous. Especially when you’re only four years old and you know you really, really, ought not to take one…

But not the kind of torture when you’re at home and your parents have said you mustn’t because, if you do, they might perpetrate all kinds of parental tortures on you.

Nuh uh.

This is the kind of torture you get when you’re Continue reading

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How 51 kids’ pictures can help your kids


The 51 kids didn’t quite know what to expect as the experiment began. Not that they knew it was an experiment, these 3-5 year olds just got to draw pictures. And they loved drawing pictures.

But on this day, in 1973… Continue reading

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Will more practice help your kids improve?


So what does it take for your kids to become really, really, good at something? Well it seems the jury’s in.

10 years.

Are you for real?

Yep.
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Why 6 little words can help your kids


  Who said this? I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot. And missed. Would you want him on your team, or as … Continue reading

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How 6 little words can help your kids


If you breathe oxygen, it’s possible, very possible, that you’ve been to McDonalds.

And if you have been to McDonalds you’ve probably heard what have been called the 6 most effective sales words on the planet. Ever.

“Would you like fries with that?”

For what we talk about here though, we’re interested in a different set of six. Actually, two sets of six. Continue reading

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