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articles by: M.J. Ryan

Conscious Self-Creation

Congratulations. You're a month along in this exciting journey. You set out to do something new, like learning archery or volunteering at a soup kitchen or enjoying life more, and something bigger hap…

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Look at the Character Strengths You’re Cultivating

Of course you want to lose those 40 pounds, quit your job and start over, get out of debt, or whatever your intention is. Those are worthy goals that will reap specific rewards--greater health, more m…

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Get Your Magnetic Energy on Your Side

Every human being has access to three kinds of energy. The first is dynamic, which is the energy of doing. You engage it when you work out, write an action plan, clean your desk. The second is recepti…

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Focus on How Far You’ve Come

Take a tip from high-performance athletes. Look at how far you've come, not how much you have left to do. Scientists call this the horizon effect. It creates encouragement--"I've done twice as much as…

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When Blown Off Course, Apply the 4 A’s

You've been doing well and then something threw a monkey wrench into your formula for success. Make no mistake--setbacks suck. You're right back where you started. Actually it's worse. Because you've …

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How Are You Gonna Keep Up the Momentum?

Each of us sustains motivation differently. So one of the keys to creating a lasting change in ourselves is to understand what will get us out of bed to do what we promised ourselves and how to keep t…

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Don’t Despair, Understand the 3 Stages of Learning

My client Andrea was distraught. "I promised to enjoy my life more this year. But this week, all I've done is stress out over the report I have due tomorrow." "Actually," I replied. "I'm happy to r…

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Don’t Let “Them” Bring You Down

I’ve always been flabbergasted, or perhaps the better word is shocked, by people who press drinks on sober alcoholics or cookies on those on a diet. Then there are the dream killers who stomp on your …

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Have a Little Fun With It, Will You?

Are you having fun yet? I think of fun in two ways. First there’s the possibility of actually enjoying the new behavior itself. That’s especially easy when we’ve chosen something potentially fulfillin…

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Think Like a Scientist

Whatever you are working on, you will not do it perfectly. The trick is not to never goof up, but not to turn goof-ups into give-ups. In order to keep motivated and not give up when you blow it, it's …

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