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articles by: M.J. Ryan

What Kind of Support Do You Need?

I don't care who you are or what you are trying to learn. When you're learning something new, it's best to have support. Many of us get stuck or give up because we believe not knowing something is a s…

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Become a Tracker

When you created your SMART goal, you'd already figured out what you're going to measure--pounds, sense of ease in your body, hours of sleep, times you stay calm with your kids. Now you need to decide…

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Create a SMART Goal

In order to succeed, you must create a goal that is SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Without these five elements, success can be very elusive. Specific refers to c…

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Take Small Steps

Often what we want can feel so overwhelming that we never get started at all. If that's true for you, here a secret: One tiny step at a time. And it often doesn't matter which step. Just take one. The…

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You Can’t Get Fit by Watching Others Exercise

I was on a panel discussing my book The Happiness Makeover. "What's the hardest piece of advice in it?" asked the moderator. I took the book and put it on my head. "To somehow take what's here and put…

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Imagine Your Future Positive Self

Recently I heard about a young man who dreamed about becoming a bull rider. The goal in the ring is to stay on the bull for eight seconds. The first six months, this guy worried constantly: "What if I…

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Get All Your Brains On Your Side

Ever find yourself thinking one thing and doing something altogether contradictory? Like "I should not have another donut" and then scarfing one down? We're all a mass of contradictions, particularly …

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Finding Your True Intention

Author and physician Joan Borysenko encourages us to go beneath the surface of our lives to find our true intentions, which are "based on saying yes to your deepest longings. Goals rooted in what real…

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You’ve Got to Really Want This

Several years ago, I read something about the scientifically proven best way to do laundry. You're supposed to fill with water first, then soap, then clothes. I'd been doing it backwards for almost 40…

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This is Your Life Calling

A carpenter decided to change careers. He had two children and his wife was expecting twins. They needed a larger house, and he needed a job that made more money. He went to his boss to explain. The b…

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