5 ways to find work you love

One of the keys to happiness — as well as productivity and effectiveness at work — is finding work you love, that you’re passionate about. Work you want to do, instead of just have to do.

Practice doesn’t make perfect… but it comes pretty close

A researcher demystifies this game of success, and shows that exceptional performance is not necessarily the direct result of special talent, experience, or sheer luck.

Stop reading. Start doing.

There are a lot of people who read self-improvement blogs and books, but never put them into action. Are you one?

“I don’t know how” is not a valid reason

If you don’t know how, learn how. Use that fancy brain that learned how to walk, talk, and read. It’s still capable of further learning, is it not? Of course it is!

The no-excuses guide to getting rid of lousy excuses

Excuses are lies we tell ourselves to avoid dealing with unpleasant truths. But as long as we buy into those excuses, we can never move past them.

One key to setting goals you will actually achieve

When people consider a particular goal, they often worry about the time commitment: ‘If I start a business now, it could take years to make it profitable.’ Such thoughts reveal a total misunderstanding of the nature of time.

How to make your beliefs work for you

None of us make decisions based on reality itself. We make decisions based on our beliefs about reality.

11 ways to connect with the people who make failure impossible

The people around you dictate your success. They can also forecast our failure.

It’s the hard stuff that usually matters most

Some lessons that apply equally to getting buff and to building your business

Don’t just read about it! Do it

Reading teaches us a lot, but it’s in the actual doing of things that we do our real learning.

How to create an abundance mindset

When someone has a great idea, they hoard that idea. They don’t give it away. They shelter and protect it. They keep it to themselves in fear that someone else might take it. Why would you do that?

Tapped out? Tips to find fresh inspiration

We all have days when we’re just not very inspired, when we need passion and creativity breathed into us.

Feeling self-doubt & a lack of motivation? 4 ways to fix it

I couldn’t motivate myself to do anything important this morning, which is a rare thing for me. I started to doubt myself, and wonder whether anything I do is worthwhile.

Do you jump around from task to task?

You know what it’s like: No focus, lots of stress, lots of mental exhaustion without really getting anything done.

The 3 do-what-you-love conundrums

I make a living doing what I love, and doing what you love for a living is fantastic.

To ‘think outside the box,’ really think outside the box

Researchers had students think up solutions to problems while acting out various metaphors about creative thinking – and found that the instructions actually worked.

Can you speed it up?

It’s a huge limiting belief to assume that going faster means you’re doing something wrong and creating too much stress.

Will you succeed? One quick trick to increase motivation

Little research exists in the area of self-talk, although internal dialogue often influences the way people motivate and shape their own behavior.

Happiness first, then everything else

If you accept a job, a relationship, or a lifestyle that you merely tolerate — but don’t appreciate — you’re putting other concerns ahead of your own happiness.

How nature nurtures creativity

Backpackers scored 50 percent better on a creativity test after spending four days in nature disconnected from electronic devices, according to a study by psychologists from the University of Utah and University of Kansas.