Should I Give Up?

Sometimes it is better to give up than to keep trying. And sometimes, it is better to stick with it and persevere until you get there. The trick is, knowing when to choose which option. Consequences Of course you have to look at the consequences of quitting. For example,...

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Tackling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – part 2

Hi there. Last time we talked about some ways of tackling OCD. Well here are a few more ideas. Accept The Cause Say to yourself, “I know that X won’t really happen if I don’t wash my hands/tap my fingers/ count/arrange the items/check the switch/etc. It’s just my OCD.” Accept...

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Memory Techniques

We’ve all seen or heard of them; the people who can memorise incredibly long lists of words, numbers, names, etc. And while you may not have desire to be the next “Mr Memory”, most of us probably wish we could remember certain things a little more easily from time...

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Reframing

It’s important to understand the difference between intention and behaviour; EVERY behaviour has a positive intent hidden somewhere in your subconscious. No matter how destructive your behaviour may appear at times, there is a constructive reason behind it. But maybe, somewhere along the way that reason has been lost...

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Carpe Diem – Seize The Day

A very short one today; but meaningful nevertheless. My sister died a few years ago. It was totally unexpected. She wasn’t old or sick. She had always been the life and soul. She was planning trip a to the Jack Daniels factory in Tennessee. She had tickets to see...

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Focus On The Positive

Today I have a challenge for you. It’s not difficult. Anyone can do it (yes even you).  And the results can be transformational. How many of you beat yourselves up over little mistakes? How many have beaten yourself up because you spilt a cup of coffee? You clumsy idiot,...

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Evaluating And Choosing The Best Options

For the last few posts (here, here and here) I’ve been looking at ways of generating different alternatives to solve a problem. But once you have all of those options, how do you choose the best one? Today we’ll look at some tools for just that. Impact vs Effort...

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Lateral Thinking

Following on from last time, a good way of generating alternative options is lateral thinking, that is, looking at things from an unusual angle. This term was created by Edward DeBono from whom many of the ideas below come. Here are some tips to help create those unusual ideas....

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More Problem Solving Tools

Today we’re continuing from last time with some more tools you can use to tackle your everyday problems. Alternatives Too often we don’t look for a better way because the way we have is good enough. Sometimes it’s worth generating some alternative possibilities, even if you don’t particularly need...

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