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The Secret of Willpower

Willpower is one of the most important elements for growth and fulfillment. From the psychological as well as the spiritual perspective, cultivating our will is at the core of living a good life and expressing our full potential. In the Higher Mind system, willpower, together with awareness, is the focus of our work. The stronger is your will, the more …

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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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7 Steps for Building Habits the Mindful Way

Building good habits and breaking bad habits are important parts of self-discipline—although not the whole of it. Unlike many of my peers, I don’t see habit-building as a replacement for willpower and self-control but as an aid. First, what are habits? Habits are automatic behaviors. We call them good habits if they are aligned with our goals and values, and …

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The Three Core Skills of Meditation

Meditation practice is not just something that we do to relax and calm down. Yes, meditation brings several benefits to our physical and mental health, but more important than that is the fact that meditation trains some essential skills for life. If you look at meditation just as something we do to get some benefits, then our approach to the …

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The Four Types of Mental Shortcuts

Mental shortcuts can save you energy, enhance your willpower, and help you stay aligned with your goals and values. Let me illustrate this by sharing a little story with you. One of my clients was struggling to do her daily journaling exercise, which was part of her alcohol recovery program. That particular exercise was somewhat lengthy and painful, involving deep …

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The Aspiration-Driven Life: Part 7 — Determination is the Key

The three pillars of self-discipline—Aspiration, Awareness, and Action—culminate in determination. That is their essence and their ethos. With determination you naturally have focus, confidence, and power. It is the synthesis of motivation and commitment. What exactly is determination? It is a strong decision, made calmly and purposefully, that you hold on to no matter what. Borrowing terms from the chariot …

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