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Weekly Reviews 4

The Power of Weekly Reviews (+ 40 sample questions)

We have good intentions, but we often forget them at key moments of our life. We have goals, values, aspirations—but they are not as present in our awareness as they should be. We often gain insights and have moments of epiphany, but then we get busy with other things and don’t fully integrate them. This is what I call the …

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Weekly Reviews 4

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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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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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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The Aspiration-Driven Life: Part 5 — Taking Action Consistently

Living your aspirations involves taking consistent action that affirms your core values and moves toward your goals, day after day. Action is how we manifest our vision into the world. It is the bridge between imagination and reality. Action is an expression of the willpower element of self-discipline, because every action requires some effort, and it’s often easier not to …

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