How to Enjoy Going to Work Again

Or loving your spouse, or eating healthy, or exercising regularly, etc.

Successful, mediocre and failing people all have something in common; they’re busy. Every person I know is busy. The difference amongst them is what they’re busy about. The most successful people I’ve met are busy with things that they’re passionate about AND are showing good progress in.

The question of passion vs. progress is a simple one: do you like the thing (passion), and are you getting results in it (progress)? Oftentimes we find one or the other, loving the thing we’re doing but not seeing the results we want, or hating the thing we’re doing and knocking the results out of the park. Here’s what you can do to bring balance to that duality.

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5 Things to Make You Smarter as You Age

And actions you can take now to reap the benefits

A common misconception is that our brains decrease in performance as we age. While it’s true that our flesh, bones and joints degrade over time from use, the opposite can be true for our cognitive ability. While your brain might be getting older, it can also continue to improve in performance.

In the last decade, neuroscientists have concluded that it is possible to improve one’s “fluid intelligence” even as they age. As explained by Andrea Kuszewski in Scientific American, fluid intelligence is “your capacity to learn new information, retain it, then use that new knowledge as a foundation to solve the next problem, or learn the next new skill, and so on.” Some have even said that you could live to be 120 years old, and have a higher cognitive ability than you did when you were 25. The secret to keeping your brain in stellar condition?

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How to Become a More Positive Person

There are days in life where it feels like things are dark, like we’re drowning in our own thoughts and feelings and just not sure how we’re going to come up for air. Becoming a more positive person isn’t about being a fake, bubbly, smiley individual; it’s shaping your subconscious mind so that it settles on things that aren’t so dark and dire. But this will require you to make a small, periodic and temporary sacrifice – you have to insulate your mind regularly.

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The Cornerstone of Life Balance

The one thing that brings balance to every other area of your life | Part 10 of the Life Balance series.

I’ve been writing about various lenses through which we see our life balance because I believe a well-rounded lifestyle is key to maintaining a vibrant, healthy, fulfilling and impactful life. Your attitude, work life, friendships, finances, hobbies, health and wellness, personal growth and long-term relationships are all significant contributors to your overall life balance, but there’s one that trumps the rest. I’m talking about the one that acts as the cornerstone of everything else, the one, that when we don’t have it, leaves everything else vulnerable to the whims of the moment, I’m talking about faith. Faith in something everlasting, something greater than any of the other things I’ve written about.

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Why Sitting Is (Literally) Killing You

How a lack of physical activity is literally killing you | Part 7 of the Life Balance series.

Last week I was in Mexico traveling for work. We flew out Monday and back on Friday with a jam-packed three days in between. There were about 10 of us traveling who spent most of our time sharing a conference room as a makeshift workstation. Overall the trip was a great success, but we spent an exorbitant amount of time sitting at a table either working or eating/drinking, sometimes even eating while we worked. It seemed like (to a white Michigander) we ate every kind of food you could get in Mexico!

The work, the delicious food and the company were great – the trouble was the amount of time that was spent sitting.

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