How to Permanently Rewire Your Subconscious Mind — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.~ Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind When you change your narrative, you change your life.  As someone who has made it my life’s mission to help others shatter mental limits and live their most fulfilling lives, I fully believe that.  I’ve spent years combining neuroscience-based mindset coaching with ancient mind/body wisdom to help people rewire the software of their minds for high-speed…

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A Key Reason Why Reading Is Important – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

If you have been with me for some time, you might know that I’m an avid reader. I love to read nonfiction books. I’m not a fast reader, but reading is a hobby of mine. Lately, I have been thinking about why reading is important. Of course, I have reaped a lot of benefits from it, but I tried to pinpoint why exactly reading is important. What is it about reading that makes it such a useful activity? Why are…

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The Truth Shall Set You Free – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

The truth shall set you free. That’s what they say, but is it true? Some have found that saying to be very true. Though freedom wasn’t exactly what they were going for, it’s what they got – freedom to no longer work for their company. What they learned is, the truth is not always seen as a ray of light showing everyone the way.  It is often unwelcomed, harmful to hidden agendas, and is often resisted and suppressed. Furthermore, truth…

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A Quick Guide – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

How do you look at this pandemic situation? Well, there are two ways: positive or negative. Negatively, you might look at this situation as a force that drags you down. It takes you away from your dreams and aspirations. It hinders you from reaching your full potential. Positively, however, you may look at it as an opportunity to become all that you can be. Why? Because now you have the chance to look at things with a new perspective! You…

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The Hidden Meaning of All Your Dreams — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

In these turbulent times, many people report having more dreams. If you let them pass by without taking the time to recall and consider them, they remain an untapped resource. Here are some tips from a dream expert on how to engage with your dreams. What’s the first thing superbrain sensation Jim Kwik does every morning? Even before he brushes his teeth? He makes a point of remembering his dreams. His rationale: our brain is working all night. In fact,…

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Seven Types of Support and Training Managers Need – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

We have all heard about the importance of learning and development, aka training, yet not many employers do it. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers with fewer than 100 employees provided only 0.8 hours – that’s only 12 minutes – of manager training per six-month period. Organizations with 100-500 employees provided only 0.9 hours (6 minutes) of training for the same time span. Why is this? The number one reason is cost. Whether it is a small business or a Fortune…

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Be Prepared by Developing Your Core Skills – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

People in many parts of the world are urged to stay at home these days. Needless to say, it’s a challenging time to live in. We need to cope with both health and economic challenges. But I believe there is an opportunity here that you shouldn’t overlook. With less activity outside, you may have more free time. How you use your free time can make a big difference in the long-term. If you use it only for watching movies or…

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Josh Waitzkin on Beginner’s Mind, Self-Actualization, and Advice from Your Future Self (#412) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

“I think of learning as unobstructed self-expression.”— Josh Waitzkin Josh Waitzkin, author of The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance, is an eight-time national chess champion, a two-time world champion in Tai Chi Chuan Push Hands, and the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under nine-time world champion Marcelo Garcia. For the past 12 years, Josh has been channeling his passion for the outer limits of the learning process toward training elite mental performers in business and…

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Why Plain Language Is Better Than Complex Jargon – Self Improvement Article

“If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.” Daniel Kahneman Simple communication is often better than using complex language, especially if you are trying to reach out to the biggest audience possible. A new study published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology discovered that the use of complex jargon can often turn people off from learning topics like science and politics, even when specialized words are defined.…

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7 Ways Life Tells You It’s Time For a Change — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

There used to be many times on my journey when I got off my soul path and got myself stuck in life, and that’s the moment I knew it was time for a change. I didn’t feel happy at these times and I felt like I was dying and yet I was almost paralyzed with fear and not knowing which direction to choose. I remember that sensation very clearly.  Eventually, I did shift, but I really got life to force…

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Pain challenges us to grow in enormous leaps – Spiritual Article

It is 2 a.m. on Monday. I am jaded. Rest keeps eluding me. I have been a zombie since I had my baby boy 10 months ago. He does not sleep well, and has never slept more than four consecutive hours since the day he was born. My husband is asleep, peacefully, beside me. He snores like a bear, utterly oblivious that I am up for the second time since our baby went to sleep at 10 p.m.I am exhausted.…

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5 Powerful Tips to Overcome Depression While Studying — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Depression can happen to almost anyone, anywhere, doing anything. It can be especially damaging if you are studying for a critical course or exam that could affect your future. Students are often under a lot of pressure.  They are expected to show up to class on time, listen actively, take notes, absorb information, prepare assignments and take exams. Sometimes, the results of their activities aren’t what they had hoped to achieve.  How to Overcome Depression While Studying? This can be…

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You Are Not a Failure — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

You are not a failure and if you need a reminder of this, just keep reading and your entire outlook on success and failure will change. As a rule of thumb, humans are very optimistic and hopeful by nature. It takes a lot of missteps and bad luck to turn that optimism around and make one feel like a failure.  Sometimes it can be the world’s fault, sometimes our own fault. Most often it’s a combination of both.  The challenges…

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Our Best Education Articles of 2019 – Happiness Article

Looking for inspiration to start the new decade off on the right foot? Our most popular education articles of 2019 explore how children develop purpose, how we can best support our students’ mental health and social-emotional development, why we benefit from listening to each other’s stories, and more. And…if you want to put the scientific findings from these articles into practice, check out our new website for educators, Greater Good in Education (GGIE), officially launching on February 20, 2020. In…

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My Best Self Improvement Articles from 2019 – Self Improvement Article

This was a monumental year for The Emotion Machine, which officially turned over 10 years old this year! That’s a whole decade of writing and sharing information about psychology and self-improvement. It’s now time to recap the best article published in 2019. As always, it’s a nice combination of articles covering a wide-range of topics including positive psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, mindfulness meditation, and emotional intelligence. Please take a look through and see if there are any interesting articles…

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A Historical Analysis of Headphones – Self Improvement Article

Headphones have become one of the most reproduced tech gadgets in history and our relationship with them will continue to grow as headphones evolve. It’s assumed that Americans generally spend more than 32 hours a week listening to their favorite music. If you do the math, that’s about the same time a person would spend working full time. Considering that, to have a set of headphones handy, regardless of quality, is a given these days. Headphones can be found at…

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Failure vs. Defeat (Are You Confusing the Two?)Pick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

Failure is often a sharp, bitter, pill… And it can feel so personal, and FINAL. But, is failure really a bad thing? Maybe you are confusing failure with defeat? Consider this: Failure is defined as, “a lack of success.” Defeat is defined as, “An unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest.” You can think of it this way: failure is learning from experience on the way to success, while defeat is giving up. So, if you think about it, failure…

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Being More Mindful of the Types of Information We Consume – Self Improvement Article

If you consume a lot of junk food, your body is going to feel like crap and not function at its best. And if you consume a lot of junk information, your mind is going to feel like crap and not function at its best. In other words… we have to be just as mindful of what we consume with our minds as we are of what we consume with our bodies. The information that you consume on a daily…

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Why You Should Develop Your Portfolio of Passions and How to Do It – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Living your life to the fullest means reaching your full potential. But how do you reach your full potential? A good way to reach your full potential, I believe, is building your portfolio of passions. Everyone has something they are passionate about. They might not realize it because of the busyness of their day-to-day lives, but they have passions. Moreover, I believe that everyone has multiple passions. What you should do is developing your portfolio of passions. Let’s look at…

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Building a Passion for Lifelong Learning – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

If there is one thing that can help you reach your full potential, it’s this: a passion for lifelong learning. This one thing can make the difference between reaching your full potential and just living an average life. Unfortunately, many people equate education with formal education. They think they only need to learn while they are in academic institutions. As a result, they stop their education after they graduate. But the fact is, self-education is the best investment that you…

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What Are Your Favorite Biographies? – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

In my previous post, I wrote about building a passion for lifelong learning. Having a passion for lifelong learning is essential to help you reach your full potential. Now, I’d like to cover what I believe is a good way to learn about life: reading biographies. Why is reading biographies useful? There are at least four reasons: It can teach you about pitfalls to avoid (so that you don’t need to learn things the hard way). It can teach you…

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How the Right Mindset Can Help You Grow – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Your mindset plays an important role in your life. Why? Because your mindset determines how you make decisions. The right mindset leads you to make the right decisions while the wrong mindset leads you to make the wrong ones. They lead you to different kinds of life with a wider gap over time. To reach your full potential, an essential mindset to adopt is a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset. The growth mindset believes that you can…

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A Quick Guide to Making the Most of Your Talents – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Optimizing your life means reaching your full potential. A key part of that, I believe, is making the most of your talents. The fact is, everyone has talents that they can use to contribute to the world. You have talents that you can use to make a difference in people’s lives. The question is: have you made the most of your talents? I still have a lot to learn, but here are some tips on how to make the most…

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Have a Podcast or Blog? Help Me Get the Word Out About Ultralearning – Self Improvement Article

On August 6th, my new book, Ultralearning, will be published by Harper Business. Being able to quickly learn hard skills is essential to your career and life. Going back to school often isn’t an option, and even when it is, there are many important skills schools don’t teach. Ultralearning, the art of aggressive, self-directed learning, offers to fill that gap. By combining dramatic stories and detailed science, the book will show you how you can learn new skills, subjects or…

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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 Are Your Favorite Books for Personal Development? – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

A good way to grow as a person, I believe, is reading books. Reading a good book is like listening to someone’s life advice. You might not be able to meet the author in person, but by reading his/her book, you can get invaluable advice for your life. So I’d like to ask you: What are your favorite books for personal development and why? The books don’t have to be self-help books; they could be biographies, history, etc. The important thing…

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3 Tips From the Gaming World – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

I like video games. That doesn’t mean that I play them, however (many games take too much time these days). But I do keep myself updated with the world of gaming. From watching the trends, I notice two things: Many popular games come and go. Remember Pokemon Go? It was all the rage back in 2016. But nowadays, I barely hear of it anymore. That’s the fact with many popular games: they come and go. Some games are ‘evergreen.’ On…

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How We Learn From Our Parents How to Respond to Stress and Anxiety – Self Improvement Article

A lot of what we learn in life – including how we regulate our stress and emotions – is picked up by what we observe from others when we are developing at a young age. Our parents and upbringing can play one of the biggest roles in what habits persist later in our lives. This is why paying attention to family patterns is so essential for learning how to improve yourself and changing unhelpful behaviors. If you’re an easily stressed-out…

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5 Ways to Get Over Making Mistakes — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“It’s easy to never make a mistake, when you are hiding yourself away from the possibility of making mistakes. It’s those who jump out of the nest who will fall and fly. Never judge the quality of an individual based upon how many mistakes they have made. It’s easier not to make any.” ― C. JoyBell C. Have you ever said something that offended your friend when you didn’t mean to? Or married someone who turned out to be a…

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How to Take Notes While Reading

Note-taking is an incredibly powerful tool for learning. Notes extend your memories. I’ve explained before how writing can be seen as an external enhancement of your brain, allowing you to think more complicated thoughts and solve harder problems. Notes you keep, therefore, act to expand your memory. Notes enhance your focus. The act of taking notes ensures your mind isn’t wandering. Even better, notes can facilitate deeper processing of the material, which has been shown to improve memory than when…

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