Get Out Of Your Head!

Whether you’re a writer, soccer coach, job seeker, or self-employed, there will be points in your life where you’ll find yourself at a crossroads and just feel STUCK. When this happens, many rely on time-honored strategies such as drafting a pro/con list, free-association journaling techniques, or creating complex decision trees — processes that keep us …

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What You Don’t Know…

What you don’t know can lead to assumptions, erroneous conclusions, and potentially poor decisions.  Our brain is constantly trying to make sense of behaviors we observe and in the absence of data, we sometimes rely on cognitive distortions to fill in the gaps and reduce ambiguity. Fundamental attribution error (FAE) is the tendency to judge …

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First Impressions

There is a well-circulated statistic that 33% of interviewers know in the first 90 seconds if they’ll hire a candidate. The human brain is extremely proficient at detecting (sometimes barely perceptible) cues and quickly categorizing new stimuli as either a “threat” or “ally.” In fact, studies show that first impressions are surprisingly valid. So why aren’t hiring …

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An Unintentional Death

Thinking is becoming extinct. In the same way washing machines and cars have contributed to the atrophying of our bodies, our one-click world is slaughtering our need to think.  Beating our clothes against a rock takes time and effort, even some struggle. So does thinking.  Fortunately, we don’t actually need to think any longer. Spellcheck …

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Why You’re Losing Out

As part of its intricate survival strategy, the human brain is quick to categorize . At a basic level, we organize stimuli into “good” or “bad” to avoid dangers that may harm us. This is a great thing. Until is isn’t. In modern times, there are certainly risks, but most aren’t life-threatening, or even career-threatening. Yet, despite …

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Mindset Over Mechanics

About half of US adults make new year’s resolutions, yet only 8% are successful in achieving them. Mechanics such as specificity, clarity, and reasonableness of the goal are usually blamed for failure (e.g., “losing weight” isn’t specific enough or “getting a 50% pay raise” is unrealistic). And while mechanics do play a role, a lot …

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MINDLESSNESS INTERRUPTED

  Recently, I moved to a new apartment.  Upon getting up the first morning and stumbling to the kitchen to make coffee, it dawned on me how mindlessly I’ve been carrying out this habit for the last few years.  Even though I had unpacked the boxes myself the day before and knew where I had …

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