The Real Story Behind Why You Can’t Quit Smoking

At any given moment, there are hundreds of thousands of people trying to quit smoking. Likewise, there are countless numbers of people who are giving in to the temptation to start smoking again after going a few hours, days, weeks, or even months of not lighting up. I'm guessing that millions of people attempt to quit smoking every year, and every year, the urge to start up again is just too powerful to ignore. If you're a smoker, you might be expecting to read about typical things like the … [Read more...]

I Hope You’re Satisfied

"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing, it's when you've had everything to do and you've done it!" ~Margaret Thatcher How wonderful it is when you can feel "supremely satisfied," as Margaret Thatcher put it. For me, every evening I assess my day to evaluate how productive I was. When I feel a bit anxious as I try to fall asleep, I know that I could have done better. If I can relax and feel content, then I know I spent … [Read more...]

6 Tools to Help Beat Addiction

Recently, I've turned my attention to addiction. This is a subject that I have yet to fully take apart. Because I know people who are struggling with addictions of various kinds, and because I sometimes get just a little hooked on sugar and carbohydrates (especially in the form of chocolaty goodness) and find it difficult to turn off those urges, I'm very curious about addiction and the behaviors that support it. Since I've only just begun my examination, I don't have much to go on just yet. … [Read more...]

3 Must-Have Books for Developing Discipline, Getting Organized, and Having a Better Life

Recently, I announced that I was starting a personal journey in search of discipline. Like you, I just want to be happier and more fulfilled in life. But procrastination and being disorganized often drags me down. I've suspected for a while that if I could get more organized and be able to stay on top of projects and not forget about them or lose my focus, my whole life would rise up to the next level. Well, I've started that journey and I'm already noticing a difference. I'm not quite ready … [Read more...]

No Shortcuts to a Better Life

I'm not going easy on you today. Why? Because everybody needs a wake-up call now and then. So I'm here to tell you, there are no shortcuts to a better life. And as difficult as your life might be right now; as tired as you are from all your struggles, there is hope. Change is never easy because it takes so much effort. I don't know about you, but I would rather struggle to change my life for the better, then just continue to struggle with no hope for a better life. Think about it. If you're … [Read more...]

6 Things I’ve Learned About Discipline

You can learn as much about discipline from what you do wrong as from what you do right. The only reason I know I'm not as disciplined with my time and commitments as I would like to be is because I actually have been very disciplined in the past. If I compare now to then, I know I can do much better. Perhaps this is true for you too? Obviously, I'm not an expert on the subject of discipline, but this year, I'm putting a lot of focus on getting more organized and taking my discipline to the … [Read more...]

In Search of Discipline – A Personal Journey

This blog post is a little different today, because I'm not here to give you solutions or strategies. I'm not here to share the latest scientific or psychological techniques to help you with discipline. This is a subject about which I can't give you the answers, because I don't know them. Discipline has been on my mind a lot lately. Lack of discipline is something I've struggled with for many years. It's not that I don't have any because in some areas of my life, I do - like checking my email … [Read more...]

Sometimes You Don’t Need Motivation

Lately, I've been thinking about some projects I've been procrastinating on. Overall, I'm a pretty motivated guy, but I don't apply motivational techniques to everything in my life that needs to get done; to everything that I'm procrastinating on.  Why? Because I know that if I do, it will only be a quick fix and the project will end up right back in my lap again, only to then have to deal with it at a later time. Even if I get it done, it won't address the core issue behind my … [Read more...]