10 Positive Things You Can Do To Prepare For An Economic Downturn

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Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.
–William Pollard

We’re in an uncertain time right now in the world—but don’t panic! There are many low-cost things you can do right now to improve your life, your skills, and your outlook. Your ability to navigate the periodic personal and world economic downturns depends on you maintaing a proactive and positive attitude, and here are 10 suggestions: Continue reading “10 Positive Things You Can Do To Prepare For An Economic Downturn”

The #1 Key To Significantly Changing Your Life For The Better

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It’s all about “shoulds.”

If your #1 motivating factor is “I should do this,” your quest for bettering your life will never get off the ground—or, if it does, it will either be short-lived or built on a foundation of negativity that will ultimately be your undoing.

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5 Dysfunctional Yet Effective Methods For Radical Self-Improvement

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Let’s face it—many of us want to be better. We want to be more successful, happier, and to fulfill our purpose in life. Heck, we just want to find our purpose in life! And so it is no surprise that “Self-Improvement” is one of the most popular book categories.

Well, I have read a metric shit-ton of books on self-improvement. And there is one thing I’ve noticed with a bunch of ’em…there is often some really “dysfunctional” advice sandwiched between their pages, disguised as some pop-psych/New Agey nuggets of wisdom.

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What I Think

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I think there is a very great need for society to find out the root causes of sexual harassment & predatory behavior, and develop possible effective treatment & rehabilitation strategies for the people who commit these acts.

But “right now” is not the time to focus on this. Now is the time to ensure that our workplaces (and the world in general) are safe environments for everyone, and that injustices are addressed. There is a tremendous amount of trauma that has been inflicted; this is a triage situation.

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How Forced, “Unprocessed” Forgiveness Can Be Toxic

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I have rarely seen this topic discussed, but it is something worth noting as you go through your own journey of self-discovery and healing.

You will see it preached in some religions, advised by New Age gurus, and even given some serious medical consideration: basically, that to forgive is to be “divine,” and will make you happier and lower your blood pressure and all that jazz.

But depending on the severity of the act that precipitated the need to forgive, you might need to do a lot of “processing” of that forgiveness. Which is to say, you must “feel”—and be comfortable with—that forgiveness in deep levels of your being.

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Getting Out Of One’s Own Way

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Over the past several years, I’ve found myself settling back into a routine I thought I had left behind: eating poorly, relying on caffeine and sugar as my “fuel” for the daily work grind, and kicking back in my free time with alcoholic beverages. My daily “ritual” didn’t seem to be that much different than that of large sections of my peer group: it was all “normal” ways to stay productive, unwind, and generally “enjoy life.”

My body was crap. It felt like crap.

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