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3 Science-Based Persuasion Steps to Exert Influence

There are two ways to exert influence; through force or persuasion.

Nobody enjoys commands, so even if they comply, the result will be inferior.

Therefore, getting someone to want what you want is not only more preferable, but also pleasant.

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How to Create Lasting Habits

I look at the video folder on my computer and see one lonely recording.

Despite promising myself that I’d start making videos to accompany my articles, there’s only a single rough edit to show for my underwhelming effort.

Starting a YouTube channel is just one of many projects I’ve planned and then abandoned over the years.

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How to Express Empathy

“I’m in pain,” she cried.

“No one’s helping, or even listening to me!”

I was assessing a patient with chronic pain, severely debilitated by her condition and struggling to even move…

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Being Less Emotional

Emotions surge like waves.

One minute you’re riding high, cresting euphoric stomach-lifting happiness, while the next moment you’re down in the depths, surrounded by claustrophobic walls of depression and unable to escape.

Such sensations are merely two sides of the same coin and universally interdependent, a yin and yang of necessity…

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3 Essential Characteristics of Self-Discipline

I didn’t plan on changing careers.

I mean granted, I disliked my job, inciting sinking evening anxiety.

But it wasn’t a mastermind transition.

I simply started tinkering with websites after work, learning how to create a blog for an impending European motorcycle tour (another story)…

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Stop Thinking and Take Action!

I lie in bed, barely conscious, on that blissful edge of slumber, an interstitial zone where time slows and stillness reigns.

It would be easy to drift back into sleep, carried by dreams back into oblivion.

But I know I need to break the reverie and get up…

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Personal Growth Experiences: Leaving the Comfort Zone

“You can’t cross the border”, said the Chilean official.

“Why not?” I asked.

“Your motorcycle is stolen”, he said, a completely unfounded accusation.

He sat there like an immovable object, his stamp all we needed to pass through one of the most remote outposts in Chile and return to Buenos Aires…

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Optimal Self-Confidence: Building Belief

We all want optimal self-confidence.

Too high and it becomes arrogance. Too low and it becomes a neurosis.

But it’s a fine balancing act; one that determines the quality of our personal and professional relationships.

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Process Over Outcome: Optimising for Effortless Results

“What’s your running pace per mile?”, asked my friend. I looked blank.

“How far do you normally run?” I shrugged my shoulders.

“Are you even training for anything?!”

I’d recently started exercising again and my mate wanted to know about specific running results.

Much to his chagrin, I didn’t have any to show…