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Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good

Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it

Want to write everyday? Start exercising? Quit smoking? We look at how to hack our brains' hard-wired habit loops to change our lives for the better.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
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Understanding our habitual patterns can turn stressful triggers into life enhancing habits.

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Recommended Reading:  The Power of Habit: Whey We Do What We Do in Life and Business 

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John Michel's curator insight, March 18, 2013 11:22 AM

abits are the brain’s own internal productivity drivers. Constantly striving for more efficiency, the brain quickly transforms as many tasks and behaviors as possible into habits so that we can do them without thinking, thus freeing up more brainpower to tackle new challenges. In general, this modus operandi of our minds leads to incredible benefits. But, on occasion, it makes it seem nearly impossible to break bad habits—or integrate new ones—when we don’t know what’s happening inside the black box of the unconscious.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


Kimberly Togman's comment, March 18, 2013 2:06 PM
Duhigg's narrative on habits is a good one. He lays out a clear path to effecting personal and system wide change. And helps us understand why it is so hard. Also check out Chip and Dan Heath's "Switch," William Bridges "Transitions" and Rick Maurer's "Beyond the Wall of Resistance."
The BioSync Team's comment, March 18, 2013 5:04 PM
Thanks Kimberly for the book recommendations. I am familiar with William Bridges "Transitions". It is one of the books I recommend on my site (http://www.biosync.com/resources/recommended-reading/). I will look at the other two as well.
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21 “Non-Spiritual” Things that make us Happy.

21 “Non-Spiritual” Things that make us Happy. | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it
21 "Non-Spiritual" Things that make us Happy.

Via David Hain, Melanie Greenberg
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Research has shown that the best way to be happy is to make each day happy.
—Deepak Chopra

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David Hain's curator insight, December 1, 2013 12:32 AM

Little things that provide happy moments.

The Newsroom 3.0's curator insight, December 1, 2013 12:43 AM

Good morning!!! ;)

Annette Swann's curator insight, December 4, 2013 3:22 AM

My experience is that while 'non-spiritual' many do indeed unleash the spirit!

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Don’t Worry: Be Happy

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What if You Didn’t Have to Worry About Yourself? Have you ever had people annoy you at work? Or maybe family members whose little habits bothered you? Have you been frustrated by a store clerk or waiter, or maybe another driver? What about frustration with your kid...
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Interesting what happens when you free yourself from worry — practice brings liberation!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 29, 8:48 PM

Mindfulness is such a powerful way to live. It is simple, but difficult to be present. It helped me the last few years in the classroom and  dealing with the adults I worked with including those above me in the non-existent hierarchy in Parkland School Division

The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 30, 7:38 PM

If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying.
—Dale Carnegie


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How to Answer Stupid Job Interview Questions

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Our client Angela went on a job interview."It's supposed to be a Marketing Manager job, but they sure talk a lot about graphic design in the job ad," said Angie. "And the job's been posted on the
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Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.

–Katherine Whitehorn


Found this great post on Linkedin with empowering answers to ridiculous questions!


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Unconditional Love

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The most courageous act we can ever undertake is to love ourselves and life unconditionally. Each moment we have the opportunity to accept love and its perfection as our expression. Love from an unconditional standpoint, ensures the energy of life flows through us uninhibited and free of judgment.
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The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.
—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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Eliminate These 5 Words to Create the Life of Your Dreams

Eliminate These 5 Words to Create the Life of Your Dreams | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it
To start creating the life of your dreams, eliminate these five words from your vocabulary.

Via Bobby Dillard
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And, I would add a sixth word to the list:  Try


  1. Should
  2. But
  3. Maybe
  4. Don’t
  5. Can’t


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7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

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Surprisingly, it can be the little things that have an outsized impact on our day-to-day happiness levels.
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  1. Be Busy, But Not Rushed
  2. Have 5 Close Relationships
  3. Don’t Tie Your Happiness to External Events
  4. Exercise
  5. Embrace Discomfort for Mastery
  6. Spend More Money on Experiences
  7. Don’t Ignore Your Itches


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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, February 21, 7:13 AM

I resonate with the last 2: spend money on experiences and follow your dreams. When we got married I turned down the diamond ring that I probably would have lost years ago in favor of a 2 week honeymoon. We still talk about it some 30 years later.

 

It's taken me longer to follow my dreams, but I have started a new career in my late 50s as a health coach helping America get more healthy through developing and executing corporate wellness programs.

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8 Superpowers You Didn't Know You Had

8 Superpowers You Didn't Know You Had | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it

Though you may sometimes forget they exist, you have incredible superpowers. If you choose to, you can use these powers and change your world, and maybe even impact the world around you.

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I discovered that my insecurities and my flaws were things that I actually need to embrace, and I let them become my superpowers.
—Skylar Grey


  1. The Power Of Love
  2. The Power Of Words
  3. The Power Of Leading By Example
  4. The Power Of Movement
  5. The Power Of Style
  6. The Power To Make Choices
  7. The Power Of Twizzlers
  8. The Power Of Fun


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Don’t Give Up Your Dreams!

Don’t Give Up Your Dreams! | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it
Don’t you give up your dreams. Spend your life in pursuit of them. It does not matter which ones come true and which ones don’t. The point is you will have
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From the article:  Be unapologetic in your positivity even in the face of dire circumstances. Even when it seems that there is no way out, insist that there is one and that you just cannot see it at that moment. Though you may not have an answer now, be secure in the knowledge that there is an answer to every question you can ask. You may need to develop patience to wait out periods of “darkness”. Know that the light always comes.


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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, February 6, 7:01 AM

I would add: keep dreaming. Sometimes I forget to dream and life gets pretty dull and too comfortable.

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» Five Skills that Predict Success in Marriage Relationships - Neuroscience and Relationships

» Five Skills that Predict Success in Marriage Relationships - Neuroscience and Relationships | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it

The science of love relationships has identified several specific behavior patterns of partners that succeed in creating healthy, mutually enriching couple relationships.

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From the article:  Whether it’s with soft startups, allowing influence, offering assurance, honoring one another’s dreams or maintaining a 5-to-1 ratio of positivity, you and your partner can discover how to consistently respond in ways that release Oxytocin response ...


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One Word That Helped Me Stand Up To My Inner Bully

One Word That Helped Me Stand Up To My Inner Bully | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it
If you think badgering, bullying, or constantly correcting your child will make him or her more likable, more confident, or more successful, please reconsider.
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STOP! Only love today. Only love today.


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STOP! Only love today. Only love today.


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How to Change the Voice Inside Your Head

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The voice inside your head halts more of your good intentions than any other factor. Even the bravest among us have this voice, nagging at us to remain constant. When it comes to trying something new and challenging, you must overcome the voice.

 


Via PAT NOVAK
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  1. Fill your Mind with Positive Images
  2. Remove the Negativity in your Media
  3. Find People who Believe in You
  4. Use Quiet Time to Reflect


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If You Want A Better 2014, You’ll Need To Leave This Behind. » FinerMinds

If You Want A Better 2014, You’ll Need To Leave This Behind. » FinerMinds | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it
An infographic showing just how comparing ourselves with others affects us, and what we can do to leave this detrimental habit behind in 2013.
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To understand yourself is the beginning of wisdom.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti


See what comparing yourself to others does to your self-worth over a lifetime ...


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Four Questions to Ask Before the New Year — Break The Frame

Four Questions to Ask Before the New Year — Break The Frame | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it
It can be overwhelming to start the new year with a long list of goals. Instead, ask four What If questions to uncover inspired action.
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Questions filled with positive possibilities!

  1. What if you don't change anything?
  2. What if you change everthing?
  3. What if you learned from the past?
  4. What if you could predict the future?


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24 Thought Provoking Questions You Need To Answer To Know Yourself Better

24 Thought Provoking Questions You Need To Answer To Know Yourself Better | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it
Voltaire, the writer, philosopher, admonishes us to judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. Here are 24 Thought Provoking Questions.
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A good start to leading a self-examined life.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 3, 5:04 PM

These questions remind me of the Parker Palmer quote: "Who is the [person] that lives this life?" It is the last one we attend to.

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7 Things You Should Stop Expecting from Others

7 Things You Should Stop Expecting from Others | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it

The biggest disappointments in our lives are often the result of misplaced expectations.  This is especially true when it comes to our relationships and interactions with others.


Via John Michel, Bobby Dillard
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My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.
—Michael J. Fox


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Living an Inspired Life

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How do you live a truly inspired life? The foundational elements consist of four “well-balance” points.
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The Foundational Elements


1)  Happiness and enjoyment
2)  Activity – both mental and physical
3)  Being comfortable in your body
4)  Having a sense of humor


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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 5, 3:01 PM

You will find that this playing in the sandbox of life attitude will affect the bio-chemistry of your system nurturing health and fostering happiness.


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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, March 18, 9:35 PM

Play is an inherent piece of who we truly are. Children have a wonderful sense of being in the moment through play. When you keep that child like quality, you too can have an inspired life.

 

This www.scoop.it/t/zestful-living site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more great healthy food tips and wisdom @http://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

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Dishes, A Love Story

Dishes, A Love Story | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it
Kate Hanley shares her own story of how shifting her perspective on a nightly chore became a practice of mindfulness and personal transformation.
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Release the judgement and savor the opportunity to get your mind and body working on the same task - the secret - transforming your attitude!


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De-Clutter Now: 8 Things You Can Live Without

De-Clutter Now: 8 Things You Can Live Without | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it
In 2009 I moved into a 200-square-foot cottage. The rent and location were awesome, but there was one problem. Half my stuff didn't fit in the place. So I got rid of it. Furniture, old clothes, books, shoes, art. And you know what? I haven't missed a...
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The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.

—Socrates

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7 Unconventional Behaviors Of Inspiring Leaders

7 Unconventional Behaviors Of Inspiring Leaders | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it
Exceptional leaders are not always perfect, and sometimes downright quirky. But they display a set of behaviors that make them admired and loved. Here is a look at seven rare ones.

Via David Ednie
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Whether you are a teacher, artist, or a CEO these 7 behaviors  are empowering.


  1. Play Devil’s Advocate
  2. Take the blame
  3. Couldn’t care less about conventional wisdom
  4. Shut Up
  5. Intentionally seek diversity
  6. Invite naiveté
  7. Disappear


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Denis Fortier's curator insight, February 23, 11:04 AM

Listening is tough but hearing is even tougher.

Madhav Sharma's curator insight, February 24, 5:49 PM

How many have you come across, I have come across one in Jet Airways, who always asked this question Why ? and How ? made us think and  helped us to win. 

Angela Watkins's curator insight, March 15, 6:15 PM

http://angelawatkins57.blogspot.com - http://pinterest.com/angeladwatkins

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7 Secrets For a Joy Filled Life

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The truth is life doesn’t really have any rules, but I can promise you that if you implement these 7 pieces of wisdom into your life then you will likely find more peace and joy as a result. 1. Do not regret your past, make peace with it.
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Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.
—Miguel Angel Ruiz


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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it

How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.

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Becoming is better than being.
― Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

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A New Beginning: Manifesting your Future >> BioSync.com

A New Beginning: Manifesting your Future >> BioSync.com | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it

A new beginning, a fresh start, a clean slate. For most, the anticipation of progress, results, and endless possibilities are alluring.

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As a human being and contributor on this planet, you have a real responsibility to steward your gifts and talents for the betterment of you, and mankind.
~Beth Nicoletto


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How to Feel at Home Wherever You Are

How to Feel at Home Wherever You Are | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it
Home is where you feel safe, connected, understood, and loved. Here's how to feel at home wherever you are.
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Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
—Basho


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David Hain's curator insight, January 22, 12:07 AM

What a great picture!

John Michel's curator insight, January 22, 9:46 AM

Bring a sense of enthusiasm into everything you do, as though you’re a child seeing everything for the first time. Be curious, ask questions, and learn details; every place and every person has a story. Be fearless and go out and explore; this exploration will help you build the deeper connection to the world around you that is needed to feel at home.

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Stop Doing That. Seriously!

Stop Doing That. Seriously! | Empowering Solutions | Scoop.it
Are you tired of doing way too much and not seeing results? Are you sabotaging your own efforts to get healthy? Are you sick of reading these questions and want me to stop? It's time to knock it of...

Via PAT NOVAK
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Small changes count. Big changes count. Constant improvement counts. Be honest and ask yourself this empowering question: "What's the one thing you need to stop doing now and what are the steps involved to make that change happen".


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H2O Alkalizer's curator insight, December 20, 2013 6:12 AM

"Small changes. Experimentation. Constant improvement.

Every change counts.

You got this."

Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, December 22, 2013 8:14 PM

The end of the year is time to take stock of habits you want to keep and those you want to let go of.

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RSA Shorts - The Power of Empathy

What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuin...
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If you think ahead to what to say next – like how to fix it or make the person feel better – BOOM! Off the board! You’re into the future. Empathy requires staying with the energy that’s here right now. Not using any technique. Just being present. When I have really connected to this energy, it’s like I wasn’t there. I call this “watching the magic show.” In this presence, a very precious energy works through us that can heal anything, and this relieves me from my “fix-it” tendencies.                         

—Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:37 AM

Empathy vs Sympathy and why empathy works. This is such a simple explanation.

Raquel Borrero's curator insight, December 17, 2013 11:56 PM

"El poder de la empatía"

Barbara Konitzer's curator insight, December 21, 2013 4:26 AM

Einfühlungsvermögen  /  Empathie

Tip: Jeremy Rifkin, The Empathic Civilization

en francais: Une nouvelle conscience pour un monde en crise

auf deutsch: Die empathische Zivilisation: Wege zu einem globalen Bewusstsein