Self-Improvement

How to Stop Overthinking and Start Living Instead

How to Stop Overthinking and Start Living Instead

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Do you spend much of your life “in your head,” analyzing decisions you’ve made, going over things you could have done better? Do you rehearse upcoming conversations, try to anticipate others’ reactions, or attempt to plan future activities down to the smallest details? Do you feel exhausted by this drain of mental energy, and find yourself unable to make decisions?

If so, chances are you’re an overthinker.…

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Know What You Want and Forgive Yourself Along the Way

Know What You Want and Forgive Yourself Along the Way

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I recently attended a popular fitness conference that I go to every year. The presentations and workshops are always great, but often the best learning experiences come from casual conversations.

When we’re at this conference, my wife and I love waking up early and enjoying the hotel hot tub. One morning, we started talking to a gentleman who made a career switch later in life to become a personal trainer.…

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The 10 Thought Habits of People with High Self-Worth

The 10 Thought Habits of People with High Self-Worth

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Self-worth is self-love. It means being on your own team. It means giving yourself the same respect, dignity, and understanding you want for your loved ones.

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

The consequences of low self-worth can be huge. Depression, risky behaviors, the willingness to tolerate abusive treatment, and a nagging sense of failure to reach your own potential are all signs of it.…

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How to Build a Better Life Through Self-Compassion

How to Build a Better Life Through Self-Compassion

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Think of the last time a friend went through a difficult situation. Maybe he or she made a mistake, failed, or experienced a setback. More than likely, you empathized with his or her struggles, and then offered reassurance, support, and help to overcome the situation.

Now think of the last time you experienced a setback or made a mistake.

Were you supportive of yourself?…

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4 "Secrets" to Accountability That Aren't Really Secrets at All

4 “Secrets” to Accountability That Aren’t Really Secrets at All

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Accountability is what keeps us all on track, but most of us struggle when we’re answering only to ourselves — especially when it comes to health and wellness.

Add in work stress, family obligations, and the constant presence of unhealthy food, and staying accountable becomes extremely difficult.

But if you want to have a long, healthy life, then sooner or later, you’ve got to figure out how to hold yourself accountable, even when (or, perhaps, especially when) life gets complicated.…

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Wil Wheaton, Future You, and How to Play Big in the World

Wil Wheaton, Future You, and How to Play Big in the World

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We all know how important self-care is. And yet, as a health and fitness coach, I talk with people all the time who say that they put everyone else first and suffer for it. Of course, from time to time, we all have too much on our proverbial plates and literally run out of time in a day to do something nice for good ol’ number one.…

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How to Not Fall Off the Health and Fitness Wagon

How to Not Fall Off the Health and Fitness Wagon

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The world of health and fitness can be confusing.

Recommendations change. Studies conflict each other. A food is a super food, and then it’s to be avoided. A new exercise is the only way to health, and then it’s dangerous.

I’ve come to realize it’s not exactly which diet or exercise you choose, just that you commit wholeheartedly to something.…

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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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