self growth

The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted […] …

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How You’re Destroying Your Growth and What to Do Instead

Want to destroy all potential for your personal growth with one sentence? Here it is: That won’t work for me because… As a former personal finance blogger and now as a productivity coach, I’ve seen this one sentence keep people from making progress on their goals over and over again. Even if you haven’t said […] …

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Here’s When Self Improvement Becomes Ineffective

I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on self-help books and seminars over the past three years. I’ve devoted thousands of hours reading blogs and listening to podcasts about personal growth and self-improvement with the goal of finding the answers that would “fix” me. After my divorce I became addicted to the idea that the answer to […] …

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7 of the Best Self Improvement Tips

Self improvement tips can certainly help to get started with your quest for personal growth, new levels of success and fulfilment. If you are interested in self improvement and personal growth, then you most likely are on the lookout for the most effective strategies to get you the personal development you want. When you want […] …

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8 Ways to Consistently Improve Yourself Daily

1. Pick the knowledge you need When we want to improve at something, we often go to the internet to look for resources. The good news is there are a lot of resources available. The bad news is we don’t know which is a useful one. The clickbaity content might often tell you the things […] …

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The Top 5 Ways to Improve Self Growth While Managing a Business

You cannot grow your business unless you grow yourself too. Personal growth is often ignored by aspiring entrepreneurs because they assume all their research and learning takes place before they start their businesses. They are wrong. What you must understand is that personal growth is an ongoing task. As you continue to run your business […] …

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How to Make Your Own Motivation

You’re reading How to Make Your Own Motivation, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

It’s that time of year when the days get shorter and people need a BOOST: to get to the gym, to put down that cookie, to stick to their plan!

How do you get up in the dark, when it’s cold? Sure you don’t WANT TO.

Gotta be honest, NO ONE WANTS TO at first.

Action precedes motivation!

One of my Favorite quotes of all time. What does it mean?

It means that we don’t MOVE out of the motivation we feel, we MOVE and then feel motivated. We ACT first. And honestly, motivation doesn’t even show up right then.

We DECIDE
We create a PLAN
We form habits
We see results
THEN motivation comes.

Most people assume it will happen the other way around.

What does it mean for us to feel motivated then?…

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These 5 Mental Health Tools Will Help You Cope with Any Difficult Situation

You’re reading These 5 Mental Health Tools Will Help You Cope with Any Difficult Situation, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Though it may be a surprise for some, mental health problems are commonplace. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 44 million American adults deal with mental health symptoms on an annual basis. That’s nearly 20% of the country’s adult population.
Thankfully, similar to physical conditions like joint pain or eczema, mental health problems can be treated and managed before they become increasingly debilitating over time.
That’s why it’s so important to develop strategies for improving your mental health on a daily basis. This goes double for those who are actively working through substance abuse recovery. In the same way, a bit of daily exercise makes a big difference in long-term physical health, utilizing mental health tools helps to…

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The 6 Stages of Personal Growth

You’re reading The 6 Stages of Personal Growth, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Personal development is a process that involves many steps. It’s a life-long journey. This article outlines the six main stages of personal growth.
These stages of personal growth are naturally recurrent and can become cyclical with more growth, goals, and obstacles in life.
It’s worth pointing out that these stages do not always occur in a linear fashion. The stages are also often reciprocal of each other.
These stages can apply to you or your life as a whole or certain areas of your life as well as new obstacles and goals that come up. For example, you may be at stage 4 in the career area of your life, but at stage 1 with your relationships.
Also, remember there’s no need to rush the process. It’s important to start…

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Don’t Let Anyone Tell You What You Can’t Do

You’re reading Don’t Let Anyone Tell You What You Can’t Do, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Many a time in life, we set limitations for our own capabilities and in most of the cases, these limitations are just a hoax as with sheer determination, hard work and believe, anything in the world can be achieved.
In most of the cases, there will be many people around you who will be telling you that you can’t do this, you can’t do that and when you listen to a false statement enough times throughout your life, it becomes truth for you. You start thinking that yes, this thing is not my cup of tea or I can’t achieve success in that sector, but who knows you better, you yourself or the people around you?
In this blog post, we will go through a…

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Instead of Watching TV After Work, Do These 10 Fruitful Things

You’re reading Instead of Watching TV After Work, Do These 10 Fruitful Things, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

After dealing with hectic meetings, listening to irritating bosses and making your way through the long traffic, you just want to sit comfortably on your couch and switch on the TV. You either switch to your favorite TV show or keep browsing through the endless number of channels till you find something entertaining to watch, but do you think that this is the right way to use your precious time?
In this fast-paced life, finding time for yourself has now become quite difficult. Long working hours, traffic on every corner and having always a lot your plate has minimized the free time for everyone and therefore, instead of wasting this precious time in watching TV just for the purpose of entertainment, you…

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How To Find A Mother Figure When Your Mom Has a Mental Illness

You’re reading How To Find A Mother Figure When Your Mom Has a Mental Illness, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

My name is Ally Golden and I wrote my memoir, A Good Soldier, about my relationship with my mother, who suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder. Because of her disease, my mother and I never had a normal relationship. The love she gave was never without strings attached. Her affections depended on the amount of attention I paid to her and her mood on the given day. Our relationship was not all bad, I know what characterizes a good mom from her good moments: comforting me through the injustices of middle school friendships and advocating on my behalf to choral instructors. However, the intermittent tastes of good parenting only left me wanting more. For most of my life, I have…

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The Innerer Schweinehund – Protect your Lifetime

You’re reading The Innerer Schweinehund – Protect your Lifetime, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

A Dangerous Parasite
There is an underestimated yet amazingly dangerous parasite around. Here in Germany, we call it “Innerer Schweinehund” [ˈɪnərrɐ ˈʃvaɪ̯nhʊnt]. People all over the world are infected, some of them know it, but most of them do not. Once infected, it is hard to get rid of it.
The Innerer Schweinehund is especially harmful when diagnosed too late. In the worst case, you only recognize it on your deathbed.
The good news is, there is a cure.
Symptoms
The Innerer Schweinehund attacks and slowly swallows an important part of you – your lifetime. That does not necessarily mean it is lethal. You can grow quite old with it. After all, it is causing an unfulfilled life – a life with lots of regrets – regrets about the dreams…

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6 Strategies for Becoming Less Defensive

You’re reading 6 Strategies for Becoming Less Defensive, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

If you’ve ever been accused of getting defensive or going on long tangents to prove a point to no end, then maybe you have a quick-to-react personality. Maybe someone told you that you get defensive all the time and you had to take a minute to check yourself. If this sounds like you then you want to keep reading.
Being defensive isn’t always a bad thing but when you find yourself doing it over every little thing just for the sake of argument you aren’t doing yourself any favors. On top of that, it’s frustrating and annoying to the people around you. The root of the problem is likely that you have trouble taking criticism, even if it is constructive. Often you have trouble taking responsibility for…

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Why? 3 Ways Asking Questions Transformed My Life

You’re reading Why? 3 Ways Asking Questions Transformed My Life, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Why Me?
Why am I here?
For many months, I set aside a few minutes every day to ask myself this question, Determined to discover the source of my soul, I entered further into my inner awareness, cutting through confusion and uncertainty with the sharp blade of concentration.
First, I was a writer. Then, I was a teacher, and then I was an entrepreneur. I was a creative artist, a self-sacrificing builder, and a visionary leader. I was a thinker. I was a doer. I was both. I was everything. I was nothing. I was confused.
My existential excursions always circled back to this original ambiguity; over and over again, I shattered my identity as I searched for an unreachable, unreal version of myself. Instead of paralyzing myself…

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