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The Other Half: Why Habits Are Not Enough

The Other Half: Why Habits Are Not Enough

“Half of success is just showing up.” This famous quote, attributed to Woody Allen, emphasizes the importance of habits and consistency. Yet the first question that arises in my mind when I read this is, “What about the other half?” Building habits is not the end-all-be-all of personal development. It’s not the ultimate key to success either. It’s just a …

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Ask Yourself HOW a Thousand Times

Ask Yourself HOW a Thousand Times

When we know exactly what to do and how to do it, it is much easier to take action. We are naturally more present, confident, and focused. When we have a goal but not the clarity on how to achieve it, we don’t know what to do next. We default to not taking action, to just coasting. If we do …

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Peaceful Power, Empowered Peace—The Purpose of Meditation

Peaceful Power, Empowered Peace—The Purpose of Meditation

Most people associate meditation with calmness, acceptance, letting go, and living in the moment. This is the peace aspect of meditation (shanti, in Sanskrit). Yet meditation is also about focus, self-mastery, willpower, and energy. This is the power aspect of meditation (shakti, in Sanskrit), not as widely appreciated. Both are true and both are important. Depending on how meditation is …

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Write Your Own Turning Point

Write Your Own Turning Point

It is one thing to know your goals and values. It is something else to have a clear plan of how to move forward. The clearer is your plan, the more likely you are to bend reality in favor of your aspirations. (Provided, of course, that you take consistent action on that plan.) You may agree that this is true, …

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Self-Compassion x Self-Love

Self-Compassion x Self-Love

When should we be strict with ourselves, and when should we practice self-compassion and give ourselves a pat on the back? As with everything in personal development, finding the right balance is key. Self-compassion, when understood correctly, is a virtue. It is the ability to be on your own side, soothe your pain, and support yourself. It is the absence …

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To push or to accept?

To push or to accept?

Is it better to push ourselves, or to cut ourselves some slack? Should we accept our limitations and pat ourselves on the back for trying, or refuse to settle for less than our vision and push further? I get a variant of this question a lot, both in my live classes and in my coaching sessions. People struggle with it …

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