Is Micro-Avoidance Ruining Your Confidence?

Your alarm goes off at 6:30 AM. Last night you promised yourself that you would get up when your alarm went off, but in the morning haze you just can’t bring yourself to do it. Snooze. Snooze again. Ok, so now it’s 7:00 and you absolutely have to get out of bed. Now there’s no […]

Day 22: Conquer Your Fears

On Day 20, we started from zero and decided what our ideal lifestyle would be like. Then on Day 21, we defined our fears which prevent us from taking the steps necessary to make that ideal lifestyle possible. Today, we will conquer those fears. As you may already know, the emotion of fear serves a […]

Day 21: Fear-setting

Today we will be doing another technique that I have borrowed. This time, the technique is called fear-setting, and comes from Tim Ferris’s book The 4-Hour Workweek, which I highly recommend. I timed this exercise to come right after yesterday’s starting from zero technique for a good reason. The starting from zero technique is extreme, […]

Day 14: Ideal Vision Of Yourself

For an introduction to stress management, see Day 9. On Day 10, I explored the idea of self-talk. On Day 11, we learned about the technique of reframing. On Day 12, we learned why you must immediately accept yourself as you are. Yesterday, we reviewed why it is important to appreciate the simple pleasures. I could hardly wait […]

Day 13: Enjoying Simple Pleasures

For an introduction to stress management, see Day 9. On Day 10, I explored the idea of self-talk. On Day 11, we learned about the technique of reframing. Yesterday, you made a commitment to accept yourself. I have written about appreciating simple pleasures here, and one of the exercises you have been doing since Day […]

Day 12: Accept Yourself

For an introduction to this section, see Day 9. On Day 10, I discuss the concept of self-talk. On Day 11, we go over the critical technique of reframing experiences.   “If you looked in the mirror and did not like what you saw, you would have to be mad to attack the image in the […]

Day 11: Learn To Reframe Experiences

For an introduction to this section on stress management, check out Day 9. For the previous post about monitoring your self-talk, check out Day 10. Two people are riding next to each other on the same roller coaster. The first person is screaming and clutching the armrest in a vice grip, holding on for dear […]

Day 10: Start Monitoring Your Self-Talk

For an introduction to this section on stress management, see Day 9. Self-talk is the constant internal conversation going on in our minds. Everyone has self-talk, but there are huge individual variations in both quantity and quality. Sometimes we have inner quietness, which is experienced when we are “in the zone” or totally immersed in […]

Day 9: Introduction To Stress Management

Everyone gets stressed out sometimes. It’s a fact of life. Stress serves a valuable function; it keeps us alert during times where we perceive a need to remain alert. However, modern life imposes an unnatural level of stress upon us, and this excess stress wreaks havoc on both our health and our enjoyment of life. […]