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Distractions: Flowers in the Wrong Place

By Bruce Hoag | |

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 | |

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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The 80/20 of Giving Up

By Bruce Hoag | |

No doubt you’re familiar with the 80/20 principle. In a nutshell, it states that you get 80% of your output from 20% of your input. The opposite is also true. You get 20% of your output from 80% of your input. And it doesn’t stop there. If your numbers are big enough, then you can…

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The True Meaning of Resilience

By Bruce Hoag | |

Typically, when we think of resilience, we imagine that we are responding to some stress, some overload in the amount of work that we normally have; that we have to work longer hours, unsociable ones, weekends, or even nights. We believe that “if it’s meant to be, then it’s up to me.” That belief is…

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The Value of “Do Nothing” Time

By Bruce Hoag | |

Raymond Chandler, author of books such as The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, and Farewell, My Lovely, had an unbreakable rule. He always followed it, and it always worked.   He became a writer when he was laid off during the Great Depression. Getting a job in those days was a challenge for young men.…

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Fill Your Glass

By Bruce Hoag | |

The measure of optimism or pessimism is often thought of in terms of whether your glass is half-full or half-empty. Those who believe that the glass is half-full see the potential to add more. Those who see it as half-empty believe that what is there already is as good as it gets.   Those who…

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How to Organize Your Life

By Bruce Hoag | |

Have you ever wished that you could organize your life?   Think about what your life is like. You’ve probably divided it into a lot of compartments. Your job is in one compartment. Your house is in another. Your family is in another. Your friends are in another. The list goes on. Maybe you have…

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Why Are You Too Busy?

By Bruce Hoag | |

There is a coffee mug that has this statement written on the side: “I’ve been put on this earth to do a certain number of things. Right now I’m so far behind, that I’ll never die!” Do you feel like that? When you look at your to-do list, does it make you want to burn…

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Just Smile

By Bruce Hoag | |

Many years ago, a book was published called Dress for Success. This was back in the day when most men wore suits to work and women wore skirts. The idea was that if you dressed up when you went to work, you were more likely to think better of yourself and succeed because of your…

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The Key to Overcoming Procrastination

By Bruce Hoag | |

For many people, overcoming procrastination is one of their most difficult challenges. It’s something that they struggle with all their lives. They never seem to get on top of it and hardly any of them know why. In this brief article, I hope to show you what I think may be the key to overcoming…

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