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What’s Better Than Being the Best? Being Unique

There’s a saying that goes, “Being the best is great; I’m number one. But being unique is better; I’m the only one.” I was reminded of this recently during a parents’ evening at my children’s school. Both of them – I’m pleased to say – are bright, happy kids. But a discussion about other kids who compete with each other to be “the best” brought...

Rethinking Goal Setting — Join Our #MTtalk

Please Join Us What: #MTtalk Where: Twitter When: Friday, January 15 (1 p.m. EST; 6 p.m. GMT; 11:30 p.m. IST) Topic: Rethinking Goal Setting: What’s Really Important? Host: @Mind_Tools About This Week’s Chat One morning this week, I sat at home drinking coffee instead of being...

What Are You Grateful For? – Your Responses

2020 changed everything. In a year that felt at times like a bizarre, dystopian nightmare, many of our usual privileges were ripped away from us. And yet people danced from their balconies, hung rainbows in their windows, and clapped for key workers. As we were ordered to “stay at home,” we baked banana bread, waved to our neighbors, and...

Goals, Habits and Small Steps to Self-Improvement

Placing that marathon medal around your neck, picking up the keys to your new home, earning that promotion and pay raise… all great examples of the goals that many strive to achieve. Then it’s time to reflect on your efforts, enjoy the rewards and be happy. But it’s not always so straightforward. At this time of year, we’re constantly...

What Did You Learn From 2020?

2020. In years to come we’ll think of it as “the year of the pandemic.” The year that pitched curveballs at us faster than we could react. It was the year that shifted our comfort zones in more ways than we could imagine. And the year we were all part of the history that will one day be told. “Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss,...

Are You a Fake-Aholic?

“The gates of hell are locked from the inside.”C.S. Lewis (1898 – 1963), author and scholar Fake-aholics would recognize themselves in Lewis’ statement, above. That is, they exist in a living nightmare made of their own choosing. What Is a Fake-Aholic? It’s someone who has a compulsion to work hard, day in and day out,...

Teachers – The Good, the Bad, and the Unwilling

Good teachers have the power to shape and inspire young minds. They play a huge role in our childhood, and influence the career path we choose after school. I wouldn’t be writing this today if I hadn’t enjoyed my English classes as much as I did! But bad teachers are just as memorable and influential, though for all the wrong reasons. I...

When Fear Shows Up: Our Expert Interview with Pippa Grange

In the 2018 men’s soccer World Cup, the England team finished in fourth place. That’s not too shabby, but what really surprised and delighted fans was the players’ gentlemanly behavior and exemplary teamwork throughout the tournament. Their smartly dressed, mild-mannered manager, Gareth Southgate, presented a public-facing embodiment of this...

Reflect, Recover, Reset – Your Life Plan 2021

It would be an understatement to say that our life plan for 2020 didn’t go quite as we thought it would! We put goals on hold as our priorities shifted, or found ourselves forced down a very different path from the one we thought we were set on. But, as we near the end of this year, taking the time to create a Life Plan for next year isn’t...

Why We Suck at Self-Care (and How to Get Better at It) – #MTtalk Roundup

Many of us are good at keeping busy, looking after others, and juggling responsibilities. But when it comes to self-care we often… well, suck! In our latest #MTtalk, we chatted with our followers about how to get better at self-care. “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.”Katie Reed, American mental health...

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