Working Well with Others

In writing these posts, I’ve frequently mentioned (some might say “harped on”) the crucial role that others play in supporting and improving your level of productivity and success. But I haven’t said much about what you can do to help others. That’s

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Recognize the Difficult People

I’ve mentioned more than once in this series of posts the importance and inevitability of working with other people. That’s mostly good news, because people are interesting and can be capable of great, wonderful ideas and actions. But there’s bad news, too,

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Engineering Enduring Behavior Change

Unless you’re already perfect, there are probably some changes you’d like to make in yourself. Some of these changes may be attitudinal or philosophical. Some may involve changes in your personality. But in many ways, every change boils down to behavior. This

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How to Do What’s Difficult

With all the talk about productivity and success, it’s easy to forget that the human animal is far from perfect. Much as we may know what we need to do, and much as we may want to do it, and much as

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Building Your Resilience

In a recent post, Weathering Change, I wrote that change is often the one constant in our modern world, and that learning to cope well with changes is crucial to maintaining your productivity and success. After that post appeared, a lot of

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Compare Your Choices

It’s a confusing world out there, and while we sometimes like to think of our choices as “either/or,” or “yes/no,” the plain fact of the matter is that very often we face a situation containing a complex set of important factors with

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Attitudes That Promote Success

There are many factors that go into achieving success, including hard work, good luck, innate talent, intelligence, help from others, fruitful choices, and more. In this piece, however, I want to write about attitudes.   Attitudes are important to success because they

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Strengthen Your Capabilities

In a recent post, Easy Pathways Toward Confidence, one of the points I mentioned was the importance of strengthening your capabilities. Many of you wrote in and asked for some techniques to do just that. The basic idea there was to amass

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Crossing the Finish Line

Running a race well is a good thing, but not as good as crossing the finish line. There’s something about finishing – a race, a task, a project, a goal, or anything else – that feels extra satisfying. Plus, it marks a

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Kill Your Fear of Success

Most of us understand and easily recognize fear of failure. But there’s an equal and opposite fear of success that often hides among the more obvious obstacles to greater productivity and higher levels of achievement. This largely unrecognized fear of reaching our

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