Do you ever feel like you're running in circles on the "hamster wheel" of life? For many of us, it's easy to fall into the habit of doing the same thing over and over, even though our actions aren't producing the results we want. It can be difficult to break out of our normal routines and patterns of thinking. Why do we persist on the same path and expect different results? My theory is that we prefer to stick with what's comfortable and familiar, so that we can avoid the anxiety of making a change. We subconsciously value our comfort more than getting what we want. Thus, we soldier on, each time crossing our fingers, and hoping for a better outcome. A much more effective…
Are you going to be “real” this year? As a highly sensitive person, I know the importance of the time to get real right now!
Another year has closed its doors, and a new year is open before us. It is the perfect time to reflect upon our lives and make positive plans for the future. The thought of having a clean slate and getting a fresh start motivates us to improve our lives. The New Year is full of endless possibilities and potential. (more…)
The start of a new year is a great time to reflect upon your personal growth. What 10 positive action steps are you going to take this year? To help you start the process, I’m going to list my action steps. You should make your own written list. Put your list on your refrigerator or in a place where you’ll see it every day. It’s important to remind yourself daily of your goals, so that you don’t get distracted by everyday life.
- I’m going to stop getting upset over the little things. I tend to let “upsets” set the tone for my day. It’s normal to be bothered, but not at the expense of losing a productive day. I let these small matters clutter my thought process. Acknowledging these distractions and letting them go is the only way for me to go! (more…)
In their groundbreaking book, Habits of Mind, Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick, identify a set of 16 problem solving, life related skills, necessary to effectively operate in society. These skills promote strategic reasoning, insightfulness, perseverance, creativity, and craftsmanship.
One goal behind these life skills is to provide a road map as to how to behave intelligently when you DON’T know the answer. It means having a disposition toward intelligent behavior when confronted with problems or new learning.
The application of these 16 Habits of Mind will help you work through real life situations. They are as follows:
- Persisting: Sticking to a task at hand. Following through to completion. Can and do remain focused. (more…)