Category: Be a Lifelong Learner

Mark Twain on Habits

Posted by davidjsinger - March 13, 2019 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Organized, Habits, Health, Healthspan, Well-Being, Wellness
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I recently happened upon this Mark Twain quote: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” I like to take it back a step. The first step to making changes is to have […]

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Changing Habits Changes You

Posted by davidjsinger - February 13, 2019 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Healthy, Changes, eating, Habits, Health, Healthspan, Learning
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I was listening to a podcast about healthy eating and the person being interviewed said people crave salty, sugary, and fatty foods. The more we eat of them, he went on, the less we taste them—and then we eat more and more of them until we feel satisfied. I’ve experienced this phenomenon in the opposite […]

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James Clear on Making Habits

Posted by davidjsinger - January 16, 2019 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits, Learning
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I’ve been reading articles by James Clear for a bunch of years. He shares all kinds of useful life hacks. Over the last few years, he has written quite a bit about making and keeping good habits, a subject that is near and dear to my heart—and core to my message. His suggestions differ from […]

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Fun, Learning, and Gratitude in 2018

Posted by davidjsinger - December 26, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Happy, Celebrate Your Progress, Family, Friends, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Learning, Mindfulness
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As I have done for each of the past few years, here are the many ways I enjoyed the experiences of my year: places I visited, what I listened to, what I read, what I watched, and more. Reading I love reading and I love learning. I read quite a bit every day, starting with […]

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Multitasking & Making Habits

Posted by davidjsinger - December 19, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Organized, Be Present, Changes, Habits, Learning, Organization, organized
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As any regular reader here knows, I’ve written a lot about how to make changes stick – break down your goals into small pieces and work on one at a time for the 21 days it takes to create a habit. As I have explained, we have a limited amount of willpower, so it’s important […]

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Removing Temptations to help your Willpower

Posted by davidjsinger - September 26, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Organized, Changes, Habits, Well-Being, willpower
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I’ve written a lot about the way willpower impacts our ability to make changes that stick. The bottom line: we have a limited stock of willpower. It’s been studied. It’s a fact. Because of this, the key to making changes that stick is to go slow; to break down your big goals into small pieces […]

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True Vacations for Your Well-Being

Posted by davidjsinger - July 11, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Family, Friends, Happiness, Health, Stress, Well-Being, Wellness
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In the mid-1990s, I had the good fortune of participating in the Strategic Coach® program. Its quarterly, all-day sessions helped me focus on creating the life I wanted, personally and professionally. One of the first things I learned in the program was their time management system, the most important aspect of which is “Free Days”. […]

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Some Lifelong Learning Advice, from someone

Posted by davidjsinger - June 20, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Happy, Happiness, Learning
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My friend Michael, who sends out weekly motivational messages, sent one recently with a list of “What I’ve Learned” by Andy Rooney, the late 60 Minutes personality. Rooney passed away in 2011 at the age of 92. For many years, I enjoyed watching his 60 Minutes segments. I found him to be one of the […]

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More Ways to Make New Habits Stick

Posted by davidjsinger - June 13, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits
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Last year I wrote a piece on commitment devices, another practice to help you to make good habits stick. A reader sent me a note saying how much he loved the piece, and he told me what he and his wife have been doing to make changes that stick, as follows: “My wife and I […]

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Healthy Habits Breed Success

Posted by davidjsinger - June 6, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits, Learning
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This is a guest post by Ash Govender. Making changes can be hard. In your own case, you may have often heard someone say: “make it a habit to…..” followed by some difficult to accomplish task. Then, you try it a few times until you either stop because you don’t see results, or you let […]

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