Keeping an Open Mind: How to Embrace New Ideas

Keeping an Open Mind: How to Embrace New Ideas

You might find it tough to keep an open mind. After all, there’s a certain comfort in being set in your ways.  However, opening your mind to the possibilities of new opportunities, knowledge, adventure, and even relationships could bring greater fulfillment and happiness to your life.  Find Your Motivation In order to make it possible for you to embrace new ideas, it’s important to motivate yourself to try new things. Why do you want to become more open? Are you committed to it? Are you willing to take action to make it happen? Finding Your Motivation is one of the keys to creating the life of your dreams. Click here to get my free checklist to help you implement all 10 of my keys to creating the life of your dreams. Choose Areas To Develop Which areas of your life do you want to open up to new ideas? A simple example would be if you find that you’re eating the same things all the time, perhaps you’d like to try some variation in your menu. To get your mind used to the idea, try at least one new food or recipe each week. It’s a simple and realistic approach! You could start with one small area to open up to new ideas, and then gradually include more areas of your life. Starting small can help you ease into having an open mind, instead of making a sudden, drastic change in your life.  These tips will help you become more open to new ideas: 1. Fight the urge to react in anger when you hear differing opinions. Instead, take a moment...
10 Steps To Anger Management

10 Steps To Anger Management

When someone cuts you off on the freeway, do you give in to your rage? Do you burst out in anger when your child misbehaves? Anger is a very natural emotion. However, learning to deal with your anger in a positive manner is important, both for your well-being and that of others who are near and dear to you. When you cannot control your temper, you and everyone around you suffer the consequences. If you struggle with anger management, the good news is: it doesn’t have to be this way! You don’t have to fall victim to an uncontrollable temper. There are anger management techniques that will help you change the way you express this emotion. These strategies can help you manage your anger in positive ways: Give yourself a time out.Counting to ten before you speak or act gives you a chance to think first. Take a deep breath or two while you count to ten; this action helps relax your tense muscles and sends a burst of oxygen to your brain for clarity of thought. Removing yourself altogether from the situation gives you more time to calm down and further reduces the risk of an angry outburst. You can return once you’re able to discuss the issue peacefully. Take some personal space.When the very presence of a specific person makes your blood boil, stay away from them until your frustration dies down. Use the opportunity away from them to work through your feelings and seek a positive solution to your challenge with them. After you’re calm, express yourself. It’s healthy to express your feelings, even feelings of...
Multitasking Is Destroying Your Relationships – And How To Fix It

Multitasking Is Destroying Your Relationships – And How To Fix It

Do you think that you can accomplish multiple things at the same time? Do you consider yourself a multitasker?  I bet that most of us do. We think that we can listen to a podcast while we are reading our email. Talk on the phone while we are texting someone else. Or even, check our email while we are having a conversation with our spouse. I used to think that I could successfully complete multiple tasks at the same time too. What I found is that it is not possible to do more than one thing at a time. In fact, Stanford University researchers have found that multitasking doesn’t work. They found that: “People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time.” Focusing on one thing at a time is one of the keys to creating the life of your dreams. Click here to get my free checklist to help you implement all 10 of my keys to creating the life of your dreams. Multitasking And Relationships How do you think that your spouse feels when she is trying too have a conversation with you, and you are texting, checking email, watching TV, or surfing the web? I am willing to guess that they feel annoyed, frustrated, and unimportant to you. I bet that your relationships will improve if you learn to focus your attention on one thing at at time. Complete one task before moving on to the next one, and focus your attention on...
Warning: Multitasking Is Killing Your Productivity

Warning: Multitasking Is Killing Your Productivity

Take a moment and think about everything that you are doing right now. In addition to reading this article, the chances are good that you are also doing several other things. You might also be watching TV, checking your email, or talking on your phone. If you are like most people, you think that you can save time by doing multiple things at once. You are probably thinking, “I am pretty good at multitasking, and that it actually helps me to get more done.” If so, you may be what researchers refer to as a “heavy multitasker.” I hate to be the one to break it to you, but you are wrong. You’ve been led to believe that the key to getting things done is to become a master of multitasking. When in fact, just the opposite is true. Before I explain the myths of multitasking, do yourself a favor and turn off all of your digital devices so that you can learn about the illusion of multitasking and what you can do about it. Focusing on one thing at a time is one of the keys to creating the life of your dreams. Click here to get my free checklist to help you implement all 10 of my keys to creating the life of your dreams. The Multitasking Illusion In the past, most people believed that multitasking was a good way to increase productivity. After all, if you’re working on several different tasks at once, you’re bound to accomplish more, right? While most of us think that multitasking is performing two or more tasks simultaneously. Multitasking is really task-switching, or moving...
AM I REALLY ALONE?

AM I REALLY ALONE?

There’s times when I think I’m alone in the world; that I have to face my problems on my own. For the most part that’s true. I come home to a semi-empty apartment. I say that because, well, I have a cat. I’ve always had this firm belief that my problems are my own and if I have problems so do other people. I feel the last thing someone wants to hear are the problems I’m dealing with. So I basically just keep them to myself as not to be a burden. And usually I’m the one people come to with the burdens they carry. This leaves me asking the question, If I’m the one everyone comes to with their problems; where do I go with mine? Having a support network is one of the keys to creating the life of your dreams. Click here to get my free checklist to help you implement all 10 of my keys to creating the life of your dreams. I have a really hard time letting people in. Sure I’ve been transparent in my previous blogs, but all that is in the past. Once in awhile an emotion creeps up from that time, but I can deal with it better now than I could then. But there have been occasions when I did open up to a few people who gave me their advice and support. And some have helped out without even being asked! Sometimes I still feel as if I’m on an island all alone. And for the most part that’s a pretty accurate description. The only face to face human interaction...
Why You Need The Support Of Other Men

Why You Need The Support Of Other Men

When I was a boy my heroes were cowboys and superheroes. They were the ones I saw on TV like Batman, Superman, and the Rifleman. To me these were real men. Men who saw a problem, took matters into their own hands, and solved the problem. They were what I thought real men should be. As a result, I grew up believing that real men don’t cry, don’t express their feelings and don’t ask for help. I bet you thought the same thing when you were growing up. I bet that you wanted to be able to do it all without help from anyone else. Real men hate asking for help, because asking for help is a sign of weakness, and what man wants to appear weak? Having a support network is one of the keys to creating the life of your dreams. Click here to get my free checklist to help you implement all 10 of my keys to creating the life of your dreams. If you are anything like me, you had a lot of male friends when you were in elementary school. Somewhere along the line maybe in high school, college, or when you got married you started too spend less time with other men. This was because having close male friends required you too be open, to confess your insecurities, and admit to your vulnerabilities. Real men don’t do these things. Real men deal with their problems without help. They don’t need other men because they don’t want to appear unmanly. At some point we all realize that we are not superheros. We are not able to save the world – or...