School Of Life

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Even if you’re extremely skilled and talented, a lack of confidence can prevent you from performing at your best in pressure situations. For example, if you work in sales, it’s one thing to read a book and learn and understand some new sales techniques, but it’s a very different challenge to actually go out and apply those techniques when face-to-face with a prospect. The major limiting factor often isn’t a lack of knowledge or practice but rather the limiting belief that you can’t expect...

by School Of Life on 10 June 2016

Habit #7 in Steve Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is called “Sharpen the Saw.” Covey uses the common analogy of a woodcutter who is sawing for several days straight and is becoming less and less productive. The process of cutting dulls the blade. So the solution is to periodically sharpen the saw. I’ve found that in practice, however, most people fail to understand what sharpening the saw really means. If you’re overworking yourself and your productivity begins to fall...

by School Of Life on 10 June 2016

“Be Proactive” is habit #1 from Steve Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Being proactive means taking conscious control over your life, setting goals and working to achieve them. Instead of reacting to events and waiting for opportunities, you go out and create your own events and opportunities. Being proactive means that instead of merely reacting to events as they happen, you consciously engineer your own events. Most people think reactively. And reacting to certain events...

by School Of Life on 9 June 2016

You’re probably familiar with the idea of setting priorities when it comes to managing time. We all have limited time, so you look at your list of goals or projects or tasks and sort them in order of most important to least important. Then you focus your attention on the most important ones before you tackle the less important ones. Nothing too surprising there…. But let’s say you have a new priority come into your life, and it’s one that requires a nontrivial time investment. Maybe you...

by School Of Life on 9 June 2016

Do you eat while reading? If so, you might have noticed the phenomenon I’ve noticed: sometimes you can eat an entire meal without even really tasting the food. This applies to a lot of things in our lives: we can spend an hour with our family without really talking to them. We can go to a park or the beach, and not really notice the things around us. Here’s a tip that seems so simple, and yet can be difficult to maintain in practice: stop, and notice what you are doing in this moment. Become...

by School Of Life on 9 June 2016

We have all had them as we set and go after our goals, no matter where we are or what our goals may be: naysayers, detractors, people who poke fun or get angry or tell us we can’t do it. Detractors are very serious business, even if they just seem to be having a little fun at our expense. Don’t let them stop you or even slow you down. How do you deal with detractors? Each one will be different, but here are a few tips: 1. First learn to identify them. Sometimes we don’t realize that someone...

by School Of Life on 8 June 2016

Sometimes you may encounter situations where you know what you should be doing, but you’re having a tough time getting yourself to do it. Or perhaps you’re able to get started on a task, but you just can’t seem to maintain the momentum to see it through to the end. If such a problem continues for too long, you’re bound to start to seeing a detrimental effect on your overall confidence level. You may begin thinking you have a motivation problem, as if maybe you just don’t want to succeed...

by School Of Life on 8 June 2016

There’s never a good time to sit down and think about your goals in life. We have busy lives, and even when we’re not busy, we might just feel more like vegging in front of the TV or checking our feeds than thinking about the rest of our lives. Do it today, if you haven’t yet. It could take as little as 10 or 20 minutes to think about your goals , and it could make all the difference in the world. And it’s not that hard. You probably already have a good idea of what you want to do, but...

by School Of Life on 8 June 2016

What personal stories have you locked away in the secret vault of your mind, vowing never to share them publicly? What would shame you terribly if it were ever posted on the Internet and connected with your real name for anyone to see? What events or habits from your past or present would you feel embarrassed to talk about? This is precisely what you need to share with others — openly and publicly. Authenticity If you can’t share your humiliation publicly, you haven’t gotten over it yet....

by School Of Life on 2 June 2016

We think we need to improve ourselves and our current situation, because we’re dissatisfied (at least a little bit) with how things are. We have a drive to improve, improve.So we strive for change — exercise more, eat better, read more, be more mindful, do more meaningful work, be more disciplined. And yet, we struggle with change. Why is that? What’s going on? The problem is that we are clinging to the illusion of solidity. Allow me to explain. It turns out that we all want things to be...

by School Of Life on 2 June 2016