How 10 Minutes Can Build Your Willpower Muscle

Although ten minutes doesn't seem like a long time, waiting just ten minutes can make a big difference in building your willpower muscle. In The Willpower Instinct, Kelly McGonigal explains that a ten-minute delay before you indulge in something tempting helps your brain process this temptation…

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Self-forgiveness and the Willpower Instinct

When you think about improving your willpower is self-forgiveness the first thought that comes to mind? If you're like most people, you probably find the idea of self-compassion to be ludicrous. But that's not what research shows.  In The Willpower Instinct the author, Kelly McGonigal, shares numerous studies that show how forgiving yourself for a…

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As part of ADHD Awareness Month, I want to share a quote from Temple Grandin that appeared in the October 7, 2013 issue of TIME Magazine. The title of the article is "What's Right with the Autistic Mind." But I believe that Grandin's perspective applies to all brain-based conditions, especially ADHD. Grandin says, "For me, autism…

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ADHD Awareness Month

October 1 marks the beginning of ADHD Awareness Month. It's time to celebrate and raise awareness about ADHD! ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder-sometimes also called ADD) occurs in one of twenty adults in the United States meaning ten million adults are affected. Seventy-five percent of those adults were not diagnosed as children. Only twenty percent…

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Overcoming Procrastination

Did you know that one of the most effective ways to overcome procrastination is to create a "behavioral script" according to J. Russell Ramsay, PhD? Dr. Ramsay is the author of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD and I recently heard him present a teleclass titled the "Adult ADHD Toolkit." Although Ramsay is an expert…

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Why does getting it in writing matter?

When people write something down, they tend to live up to what they have written. That's the conclusion in a recent article in the Harvard Business Review (July - August 2013) titled "The Uses (and Abuses) of Influence" (pages 76-81). Putting something in writing seems to make people more conscious of their choices. Identifying next…

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