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The Overhead Press: Ultimate How-To Beginners Guide – Personal Development Article

If you want to learn the overhead press, you’ve come to the right place! We help many of our coaching clients pick up barbells for the first time, including how to perform the overhead press safely and effectively. Have a Nerd Fitness Coach guide your barbell training. Learn more here! Today we’ll share the same lessons we teach our clients so you can get started with the overhead press. Here’s what we’ll cover: A quick note: we have compiled this…

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The Complete Guide to Self-Control – Self Improvement Article

Indulge now and pay the price later? Or wait a little and reap bigger rewards in the future? Many of life’s biggest challenges come down to a simple trade off. Self-control isn’t easy. But it is possible to make it easier. In this guide, I’ve teamed up with cognitive science PhD student Jakub Jilek for another complete guide to understand the science of willpower and discipline. Like research-based complete guides like this one? Be sure to check out our other…

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How to Build Muscle as a Woman (Workouts and Diet) – Self Improvement Article

If you are interested in learning how to gain weight the right way, you have come to the right place!  My name is Staci Ardison. I overcame an eating disorder, discovered a love for heavy strength training, and now I help women like you get stronger for a living. Believe it or not, I’m 50 pounds heavier in the photo on the right (and WAY stronger, and healthier, and happier!). I’m currently a lead coach here in the Nerd Fitness…

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Thinkers vs Doers: Who Gives Better Advice? – Self Improvement Article

What makes someone an expert? The word is often used to refer to two different types of people: A skilled practitioner. Someone who has personally achieved a high level of performance in a given field. A knowledgeable theorist. Someone who has studied, argued, researched and theorized about how a field works. In short, doers and thinkers. This distinction tends to hold across many domains. An excellent pilot, or an expert in aviation. A crack coder, or a computer scientist. Legendary…

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5 steps money & fulfilment business formula – Self Improvement Article

If I had to describe the best formula to create a business that not only brings money but also an enormous amount of fulfilment and satisfaction, I’d say it’s an intersection between two things: 1. What you’re most passionate about, and… 2. What other people are willing to pay you for Now, sometimes our dreams and passions will be completely personal and self-absorbed. And that’s perfectly fine, we shouldn’t expect to earn a living from those things. But if you want to…

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Today Is Life Optimizer’s 13th Anniversary – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

On September 7, 2006, I published the first post at Life Optimizer. That was 13 years ago! At that time, I was taking my master’s degree overseas. Personal development had been a passion of mine and I decided to start a blog. It was a (very) slow start. For months, I barely had anybody read my writings. But fortunately, it then got some traction. In 2009, I made enough from the blog to quit my day job. Fast forward to…

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Is stress killing your focus & creativity? Try this. – Self Improvement Article

Do you ever feel like stress and anxiety are overtaking your life? Peace, focus and creativity are slipping away and it feels like you’re your days are just about ticking off the never-ending to-do list?     Welcome to the club. I’m currently a woman on a mission, and that mission is to bring back more focus, creativity and calm into my life.  Here are some of the things I’ve tried so far:  Lying on the bed and doing nothing else but listening to the music (I don’t…

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How to Worry Less What Other People Think Of You – Self Improvement Article

Human beings are social animals, and so it’s by design that we’re obsessed what other people think of us. Being ostracized was a death sentence in premodern times, so it wasn’t an irrational fear. Yet, worrying what people think of you can be a huge obstacle to doing things. We live in a world with countless people. No matter what you do, some of those people won’t approve. That feeling that somebody, somewhere, might be judging you can kill your…

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Shooting Yourself in the Foot: Five Ways Internal Competition Kills Productivity – Productivity Article

“How can we trust one another if we’re competing in a dog-eat-dog culture? Instead of trust, fear prevails.” —Evan Rosen, executive director of The Culture of Collaboration Institute. In military and police organizations, the professionals involved are well aware that if they’re not extremely careful, their actions can be lethal to co-workers. Navy SEALS call it “blue-on-blue,” but it’s better known as “friendly fire.” This occurs when personnel find themselves accidentally under fire from their own side. Most police or…

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Make the Most of the 2nd Half of 2019 – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

We are now in early July. That means we have now entered the second half of this year. If you want to make this year your best year ever, you still have six months to do so. Related to that, I’m glad to announce that Purpose Mastery is now open for enrollment! Purpose Mastery is my online course on how to find and live out your purpose in life. The course will help you live your life, not someone else’s…

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The Best Articles on Learning – Self Improvement Article

Learning matters to everything you do in life. Here are the best articles I’ve written on the subject. The 5 Best Articles Although I’ve written hundreds of articles on the subject, if you’re not sure where to start, read these five: How to Start Your Own Ultralearning Project (Part One, Part Two) – The process behind taking on ambitious projects to learn hard things. The Complete Guide to Memory – Everything you need to know about the science behind long-term…

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How to Squat Properly – A Step-By-Step Guide – Self Improvement Article

One of the best exercises for you, whether you’re trying to build muscle or lose weight (or both) HAS to be the squat. However, it’s also an exercise I see nearly EVERYBODY do incorrectly. Have no fear, after reading this big ass squat guide (pun intended, I suppose?) – part of our Strength 101 series – you can start performing this compound exercise safely and effectively. Click any link below or scroll down to read the whole guide: We work with…

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The Best Articles on Goal-Setting – Self Improvement Article

How can you hit a target you don’t even have? Goal-setting, the process of taking your vague dreams and ambitions, and turning them into concrete targets and plans of action is powerful. Here’s some of my best articles, divided into subtopics. The 5 Best Articles I’ve written hundreds of articles which touch on goal-setting. If you’re not sure where to start, here are the best five: Set Goals in the Middle – Why, for some pursuits, it’s actually better to…

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What Medieval People Got Right About Learning – Self Improvement Article

We tend to assume that if people today and people five hundred years ago do things differently, it’s because we’ve figured out a better way to do it. After all, we have microscopes, democracy and penicillin. People in the middle ages lit cats on fire for fun. Yet despite overwhelming progress, it’s ironically in the area of education that we may be the ones who have it backward. Apprenticeships were, for a long time, the dominant way of learning professional…

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What Should I Do On My Off Days? – Self Improvement Article

“Steve, what am I supposed to do on days when I’m not training?” We get this question all the time here at Nerd Fitness. Since we advise most people to train 3 days per week with full body strength training routines, many Rebels have a few off days each week. When you complete a full body workout routine, or do lots of compound movements like squats, push-ups, overhead presses or deadlifts, our muscles get broken down. Then, over the next 24-48 hours hours, those muscles get rebuilt…

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Managing Your Manager: Four Ways to Create a Productive Relationship – Productivity Article

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” –David Brinkley, American journalist Just because you may lack the title of “manager,” that doesn’t mean you don’t manage other people at work. You manage co-workers sideways, in the sense that you help them when you can and ask for help when necessary. You also “manage up,” managing your own manager’s expectations for you, as well as getting him or her to…

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The Best Articles on Habits – Self Improvement Article

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle The way your life plays out is guided by thousands of habits that make most of your decisions for you. Understanding how those habits work and how to change them is essential. Here are some of my best articles on habits, divided into subtopics. The 5 Best Articles I’ve written hundreds of articles that touch on habits, but if you’re not sure where…

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Why Copying Successful People Can Backfire – Self Improvement Article

James Clear recently tweeted about the importance of carefully cultivating your tribe: He’s not wrong. Being surrounded by the wrong culture can definitely impede your progress. However, there’s more nuance to the idea than that you’re simply the average of the five people you spend the most time with. In one of my favorite books of all time, Harvard anthropologist Joseph Henrich, makes a compelling case that it’s not true that people merely copy the behavior of those around them.…

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Couch to 5K: 5 Crucial Things You Need to Know – Self Improvement Article

If you’re looking to run your first 5K, you’ve come to the right place.  In today’s guide, we’ll cover: If you even SHOULD run a 5k How to run your first 5K A review of “Couch to 5K.” After all, Couch to 5K is the most popular 5K running program since “run for your life” invented by a human like 150,000 years ago. “Don’t run for your life” was equally popular, it just…didn’t last long. Quiet, I know. This was…

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What’s the Best Way to Make a Habit? Comparing Seven Different Approaches – Self Improvement Article

The basic process for building all habits is basically the same: you repeatedly condition the behavior you want, over time, until it becomes automatic. There’s two main ways you can condition a habit. One is through classical conditioning. This is simply a paired association with a trigger and a behavior. Going to the gym after you wake up each morning is this kind of habit. The second way you can condition a habit is through operant conditioning. Here, you not…

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Evaporating Motivation | Scott H Young – Self Improvement Article

Question: At times, we find ourselves getting extremely excited about certain things in our lives. It could be a hobby, social activity, groups of people or even our lives in certain phases. But, as time goes on, we see the motivation and enthusiasm evaporate. Should we be re-kindling the fire somehow or moving on to new things? Scott:Maintaining motivation for long periods of time is a myth. All it takes is a little introspection to see that this is obviously…

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Strength Training 101: A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Strong – Self Improvement Article

Eat right and lift heavy. If there’s one constant thing we say across Nerd Fitness, it’s that if you want to lose weight, gain muscle, or just look better than ever for an upcoming event, the two things you must do is eat right and lift heavy. In this series on Strength Training, we’re going to cover ALL the things you need to know: We’ve touched on most of these things a few times before, gone over your diet, and shown you some…

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You Need to Negotiate Your Lifestyle – Self Improvement Article

Soon, Cal Newport and I will be reopening Top Performer for a new session. This is the course we teach that shows you how to deeply understand your career, build rare and valuable skills, and translate those skills into work you love. In anticipation of the new session, I’ve been writing some lessons on career advice. I started by explaining why you should master your career rather than try to run away from it. I argued that you need to…

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Everyone’s Favorite Helper: Six Ways to Maximize the Productive Effects of Caffeine – Productivity Article

“Coffee is a beverage that puts one to sleep when not drank.” –Alphonse Allais, French writer and humorist. While not all office workers drink coffee, the clear majority imbibe some form of caffeine; and woe betide anyone who breaks the office coffee pot. If you don’t drink caffeine in the morning, you’re one of the few and the proud. I salute you—as long as you don’t get between me and my Keurig. Tongue out of cheek, caffeine—most often in the form…

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The Productivity Pitfall | Scott H Young – Self Improvement Article

In the last two lessons in this series, I first explained why you should master your career, rather than looking for shortcuts or escape paths. Next, I shared how to do that, building rare and valuable skills through deeply understanding your career and getting good at the skills that matter. Today, I want to talk about a common trap many people fall into with their careers. Instead of viewing success through the lens of mastering the skills of delivering value,…

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Help Me Meet Your Needs [A Short Survey] – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

My mission at Life Optimizer is helping you reach your full potential. To be able to do that, I need to know your needs. That’s why I have created this short survey. If you could take just a few minutes to fill it out, I’d really appreciate it. It will help me meet your needs. Click here to take the survey I’m looking forward to reading your response. Thanks in advance and have a great day! This is only a…

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Feeling Stuck at Work? Here’s How to Keep Moving Forward – Self Improvement Article

In the last lesson, I showed why a lot of plans people make to avoid their work are misguided. Either the schemes don’t work at all (because they defy basic economic logic) or they result in escaping work only to leave a vacuum with nothing to fill it. Instead, I argued, the better approach is to master your career. Build enough career capital so that you get to dictate the lifestyle you want, rather than meekly submitting to the ones…

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Does the Military Diet Actually Work? (Read Before Enlisting) – Self Improvement Article

So you’re interested in enlisting in the Military Diet, eh cadet? Not so fast there. This is a seriously controversial diet – and that’s not including the fact it has NOTHING to do with the military – so let’s discuss the following first (click to go that answer): Now step in line! What is the MIlitary Diet? How does the Military Diet work? If the Military Diet could be described in two quick words, those words would be “short term…

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Fantasizing About Retirement? Here’s How to Build a Career You Won’t Want to Quit – Self Improvement Article

Most work sucks. Your boss is demanding, the tasks are menial, you’re not paid what you’re worth and you can never seem to get enough sleep. It’s no wonder, then, that a lot of people hate their jobs. The thing that FIRE (the people who want to retire in their thirties), cryptocurrency junkies and passive-income enthusiasts all have in common is the desire to escape. To get away from the drudgery of work. Why Escape Isn’t the Answer The first…

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Follow Me on WeChat! (我的微信账号) – Self Improvement Article

If you use WeChat, I’m publishing articles every week in both English and Chinese on my account: My WeChat ID: Scott-H-Young 微信账号 I am regularly publishing content on my WeChat account,both in English and in Mandarin Chinese. I also post any announcementslike book tours or meet ups in China, so make sure to follow me there! 我每个星期都会在我的微信公众号里发表文章(英文版和中文版)。我也会第一时间发布关于我在中国的图书宣传或见面会的消息,以此记得关注我! Here are some of my most popular articles: 最受欢迎的文章 My books // 书: My videos //… This is only a snippet of a…

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