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Are You Easily Distracted?

By Bruce Hoag | May 21, 2019 |

Are you easily distracted? Do you struggle to focus? If so, then it means that you’re just like millions of other people who live on this planet, and it’s because there are so many things that are clamoring for our attention. For example, in a typical hour of TV, you get about 19 minutes of 15-30…

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Choosing to be Ordinary

By Bruce Hoag | March 17, 2018 |

You’ve heard about the fear of failure. You may even have heard that some are afraid to succeed. In both cases, that fear causes people to stop what they’re doing and to revert to their old behaviors. Have you ever wondered why? Jon Acuff, in his book Start! Punch Fear in the Face, points out that…

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Living Out of Your Memories, or Imagining the Future

By Bruce Hoag | March 17, 2018 |

I don’t just read books. I study them. On the first pass, I mark and underline words, sentences, and ideas with colored pencils: Dark green for profound truth; light green for something great, but not quite up to the standard of dark green; orange for statements worth noting, blue for other books I ought to…

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The Fear of Missing Out

By Bruce Hoag | September 9, 2017 |

Do you ever do something because you’re secretly afraid that if you don’t you’ll miss out on something that’s important? Think, for example, of the things you’ve done after you realized that you just wasted a few hours. You know what that’s like. You decide that today will be different. No more wasting time. And…

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Think Positively

By Bruce Hoag PhD | September 9, 2017 |

In 1952, Norman Vincent Peale published a book entitled The Power of Positive Thinking. To date, it has sold more than five million copies. Despite its popularity, there have been critics. By and large, they have suggested that positive thinking is an oversimplified solution to the complex problems that life throws at you; that you can’t simply “look…

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How to Defeat the Bright Shiny Object Syndrome

By Bruce Hoag | July 13, 2017 |

There’s a certain received wisdom that only engineers and Internet marketers suffer from what is known as the Bright Shiny Object Syndrome. For some reason, they have been singled out as the two groups of people who are attracted to new things. Of course, you know that that’s nonsense. The United States and other western economies…

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How to Break the Cycle of Distractions

By Bruce Hoag | July 10, 2017 |

If you’re going to tackle the besetting problem of distractions, then you have to eliminate the causes. Treating the symptoms will have no effect. It might mitigate the problems temporarily, but it will not make them go away.   There are many reasons – causes, if you prefer – for how and why you’re distracted.…

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The Psychology of Sales Letters

By Bruce Hoag | July 7, 2017 |

If you’re an online entrepreneur, then you know something about what we call sales copy, sales letters. Sales letters are written in a way that will persuade readers to buy whatever product is being offered. They contain a number of sections, each of which is designed to take readers on an emotional journey – from feeling frustration…

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Distractions: Flowers in the Wrong Place

By Bruce Hoag | July 7, 2017 |

In this article, we’re going to talk about flowers, weeds, and distractions. They are related, so stay with me. Read it carefully and think about how what is said here applies to you. What is a flower? You don’t have to be a botanist or horticulturalist to answer this question. Most of us know a…

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Comfortably Uncomfortable

By Bruce Hoag | June 27, 2017 |

Steve Siebold, in his book 177 Mental Toughness Secrets talks about how champions – those with a world-class mindset – learn to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. He goes on to say that those who are ordinary – those he calls “middle class” want to be comfortable above all else. The choice is real, and the…

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