From the monthly archives:

March 2010

Tips for Boosting Creativity and Problem Solving

by Stephen Mills March 29, 2010

Priming is a technique where you think about something or create some environmental cue that will alter your subsequent performance. Seeing a design where one item stands out as different or thinking about creative types will significantly impact your creative output.

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Buying Happiness

by Stephen Mills March 24, 2010
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Bottom line, if you are thinking of trying to buy happiness, then buy experiences instead of accumulating expensive toys or clutter. As you look back on your life, you’ll be glad you did.

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Why I’m Not Busy Anymore

by Stephen Mills March 21, 2010
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I’m tired of being busy in a 24/7 connected world. I want to be valuable. I want to do what is important to me. I don’t want to be in a constant state of high-tension stress because I’m “busy” and because I have so much to do. I want to be calm and reflective and quietly go about getting important work done. I’ve decided being busy is no longer for me.

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The Sunk Cost Bias Mind Trap

by Stephen Mills March 16, 2010
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You should be looking forward and making your decisions based upon what is before you and not what is behind you. Do you want to spend two hours watching a bad movie? Do you want to take your free show tickets that you already have and go to a show or do you want to stay home or do something else? You need to decide how you should you spend the time and money that you have now and not the time and the money you had yesterday.

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Taking a Stand For Something

by Stephen Mills March 13, 2010
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Aside from the practical benefit in attracting passionate supporters, there is another and maybe more important benefit of taking a stand – your self-respect. Whenever I’m quiet about something that is important to me in the face of strong opposition, I end up feeling sick about it later. Whenever I hold back on writing something because I’m afraid it might offend someone, I lose a little respect for myself. I have just violated one of my basic principles. When I stand up for what I believe, I feel good about myself no matter what anyone else thinks.

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Defeating Inertia

by Stephen Mills March 9, 2010
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The simple fact that you know you are going to be monitoring your activities by asking those two questions will make you more mindful and awake and alter your behavior. But you can take it further and ask yourself these questions before you act.

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Change Made Simple – Direct the Rider

by Stephen Mills March 4, 2010

In this article we discuss the first of the three main components of the process – Direct the Rider. Directing the rider is all about providing clarity to yourself or others. It’s about solving specific problems and taking specific actions instead of trying to boil the whole ocean.

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Seven Wonders of the World – A Different View

by Stephen Mills March 3, 2010

I saw this in the ETR Newsletter today. A group of students was asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes: 1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids 2. Taj Mahal 3. Grand Canyon 4. Panama Canal 5. Empire State Building […]

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Change Made Simple – Overview

by Stephen Mills March 2, 2010

Switch is an excellent book with very practical advice that is made as easy to follow as you can imagine for such a broad and complex topic. I really loved this book. I bought the book at a Barnes and Noble. When I was checking out, the sales clerk said “The whole world needs to read this book”.

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