by Chris Baréz-Brown
Before getting drawn into your to-do list, think of one big thing you need to achieve today. Take your time to get perspective on what’s most important to you. Take a deep breath, smile, and just see what comes to you. You’ll know when you’ve got it right, because you’ll feel excited about delivering it and you’ll know it will create real impact for you and/or those around you. Once you’ve identified it, spend as long as you need to make it happen before getting distracted by the world calling for your attention. What’s your one big thing today?
Instant inspiration, courtesy of designer Anna Rabinowicz
1. Read Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis
A rabbit sits in a cardboard box and uses his imagination to transform it into a racecar, a mountain, a robot. The lesson? “Anything can be anything,” Anna says.
2. Go outside
Nature informs most of Anna’s designs: “A pinecone, a caterpillar, some gnarled gourds from a pumpkin patch—the natural world is full of bizarre, beautiful stuff.”
3. Start a collection Continue reading
by Maya Mathias
We’re well and truly into the new year.
Many of us will have designed resolutions, visions and goals.
And some of us will already have “slipped up” on them by now.
What makes some new intentions stick, while others seem to fall by the wayside?
Is it a question of will, of habit formation, or something else?
And how can we make the best use of the time we have each day to fulfill our most important commitments and our most heartfelt desires?
Here are some guiding principles that I have grown into over the years — they help me see time in healthier and more holistic ways, and turn the idea of time management into something far more effective for myself and the people I lead. Continue reading
Proper body language can quiet self-doubt and help ace life’s challenges, says Amy Cuddy
By Christina Pazzanese
It’s that make-or-break moment. You head into a room for a job interview, to give a presentation, or to take an exam. In theory, you should ace what’s coming: You’ve got the credentials, rehearsed what to say, and mastered the material.
But when it’s time to put your best foot forward, your body and mind go into meltdown as you sink into a dark spiral of panic, anxiety, and self-doubt that leaves others unimpressed. You walk out full of regret, knowing that you didn’t rise to the challenge and wondering what you can do to prevent the next pivotal opportunity from slipping away.
by Amy Maclin from the January 2015 edition of Oprah Magazine
For 17 years, I spent most of my waking hours in school, doodling. I learned the types of clouds, what happens to a banana when you put it in liquid nitrogen. But there were never any classes on how to live. What do we need to be happy? How can we make love last? Why should we keep washing the dishes when we’re all going to die someday? Continue reading
Four Steps to Stop Being So Hard On Ourselves.
When I was in college, I went off to the mountains for a weekend of hiking with an older, wiser friend of twenty-two. After setting up our tent, we sat by a stream, watching the water swirl around rocks, talking about our lives. At one point she described how she was learning to be “her own best friend.” A wave of sadness came over me, and I broke down sobbing. I was the furthest thing from my own best friend. I was continually harassed by an inner judge who was merciless, nit-picking, demanding, always on the job. My guiding assumption was, “Something is fundamentally wrong with me,” as I struggled to control and fix what felt like a basically flawed self.
It’s like we’re in a trance that causes us to see ourselves as unworthy. Yet, I have seen in my own life, and with countless others, that we can awaken from this trance through practicing mindfulness and self-compassion. We can come to trust the goodness and purity of our hearts. Continue reading
Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned
By Darold Treffert
I met my first savant 52 years ago and have been intrigued with that remarkable condition ever since. One of the most striking and consistent things in the many savants I have seen is that that they clearly know things they never learned.
Leslie Lemke is a musical virtuoso even though he has never had a music lesson in his life. Like “Blind Tom” Wiggins a century before him, his musical genius erupted so early and spontaneously as an infant that it could not possibly have been learned. It came ‘factory installed’. In both cases professional musicians witnessed and confirmed that Lemke and Wiggins somehow, even in the absence of formal training, had innate access to what can be called “the rules” or vast syntax of music. Continue reading
13 Habits of Exceptionally Likeable People
Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likeable is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ).
In a study conducted at UCLA, subjects rated over 500 adjectives based on their perceived significance to likeability. The top-rated adjectives had nothing to do with being gregarious, intelligent, or attractive (innate characteristics). Instead, the top adjectives were sincerity, transparency, and capacity for understanding (another person). Continue reading
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