Self-Improvement

The Value of Self-Doubt: How to Harness Your Inner Gremlins

The Value of Self-Doubt: How to Harness Your Inner Gremlins

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If you struggle with self-doubt, you’re not alone. Even the most confident among us can feel insecure from time to time.

But believing we should feel confident all the time – and that there’s something wrong with us if we don’t – is a fallacy. Not only is it unrealistic, it’s not necessary.

No-one is immune from that persistent voice telling us we’re not good enough, smart enough, funny enough, or attractive enough.…

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How to Create Change in Your Life When It Feels Impossible

How to Create Change in Your Life When It Feels Impossible

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Making a change in your life can seem a daunting task. The more important something is, the more worried we get about doing it “right,” and ironically, the more likely we become to put it off.

But making those healthier, happier changes is what the Whole Life Challenge is here to help you with, and it’s literally what we do. The WLC is about creating a set of habits that guide you to becoming better and better.…

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Why It's Important That You Be a Failure

Why It’s Important That You Be a Failure

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“You’re a failure.” It’s a phrase no one wants to hear, and it can haunt our choices in life.

It’s no fun to hear it from someone else, but it’s even worse when those words come from within ourselves. This kind of negative self-talk can have a devastating impact on our self-esteem, our confidence, and our ability to improve ourselves.

In order to avoid hearing those words, we resist taking risks or even taking action at all.…

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What Is Moderation? How to Define It for Yourself

What Is Moderation? How to Define It for Yourself

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Much of the advice about healthy living comes down to a simple instruction that in reality can be extremely difficult to follow: everything in moderation.

Okay, but what does that mean? What is moderation?

While it would be nice to spell it out in portion sizes and workout prescriptions, moderation is more challenging than that in practice.

Here is the challenge — moderation is relative.…

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FOMO vs. JOMO: How to Embrace the Joy of Missing Out

FOMO vs. JOMO: How to Embrace the Joy of Missing Out

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The world is our buffet. In our hyper-connected society, we’re presented with so many opportunities to “do” — to connect online, to keep up with social media, to attend social events, parties, sporting activities, and webinars. We can learn new things, meet new people, network, and do whatever our hearts desire (including things we didn’t even know we wanted to do).…

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Why We Judge and How to Turn It Into Something Good

Why We Judge and How to Turn It Into Something Good

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Let’s be honest: it’s so, so easy to slap a judgment on someone.

  • “He’s annoying.”
  • “She’s always late.”
  • “She’s messy.”
  • “He’s so selfish.”
  • “S/he’s [insert adjective here].”
  • You’ve said (or thought) something similar before, and chances are you’ll say or think something similar again (who knows, maybe even later today). You’ve judged and been judged.

    And so has everyone else you know.…

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    Say Thank You: Weekly Habit Practice

    Say Thank You: Weekly Habit Practice

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    The Weekly Habit Practices are mini-challenges intended to help you fine-tune different aspects of your health and wellness. Offered between Challenges, these practices address fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, productivity, and personal connection — because health is about far more than food and the gym (and we could all use a little practice).

    Say Thank You Every Day This Week

    Simple Instructions:

    1. At some point in each day, find someone to acknowledge.
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    How to Break a Bad Habit

    How to Break a Bad Habit

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    It all started with dark chocolate.

    I’d read about how dark chocolate can reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and raise HDL, or “good” cholesterol, so I began ending the night with a few squares of 85% cacao dark chocolate.

    It was good, but not very sweet, so I usually stopped after a few squares. It’s easy to avoid overdoing chocolate with so little sugar.…

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    The Futile Search for Happiness and What to Do Instead

    The Futile Search for Happiness and What to Do Instead

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    I’m struck by how often people tell me they’re unhappy. We live in one of the most prosperous times in history, yet when I talk to people about what’s missing from their lives, most answers boil down to this: “I want to be happy.”

    Which implies people don’t feel happy now.

    As a society, we have more possessions, opportunities, and access to more resources than ever before.…

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    Stop Procrastinating: Weekly Habit Practice

    Stop Procrastinating: Weekly Habit Practice

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    The Weekly Habit Practices are mini-challenges intended to help you fine-tune different aspects of your health and wellness. Offered between Challenges, these practices address fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, productivity, and personal connection — because health is about far more than food and the gym (and we could all use a little practice).

    This Week We’re Going to Stop Procrastinating

    Simple Instructions:

    1. Each day this week, you’ll do one thing that you’ve been “meaning to do” for a long time.
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    Why You Need to Put Yourself First and How to Do It

    Why You Need to Put Yourself First and How to Do It

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    Before I had my daughter in 2005, at age 32, I spent my time boxing, surfing, traveling the world as part of my job with a tour operator, and fixing up a dilapidated beach house with my husband. I had lots of fun, but spent very little time doing things for other people.

    I made time for my husband, my family, and my friends, but I was mostly able to do what I wanted, when I wanted.…

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    Body Image Struggle

    The Body Image Struggle Is Real

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    I was once measured at 3.8% bodyfat in a Bod Pod. The test administrator told me he had only taken one other measurement that was lower than mine — and that person was a professional athlete.

    But I wasn’t a professional athlete, just a regular Joe, fitness junkie, and martial artist. I wasn’t a competitive boxer cutting weight for a fight and I wasn’t even trying to be a certain percentage of body fat.…

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