8 Energy Drains to Drop From Your Life

Everything we do requires energy. Many people blame a lack of time for their failure to reach their goals, when it’s actually that their typical day saps their energy before they get a chance to work on “dream road.” 

Human energy is clearly important, let’s take a look at some of the worst ways to spend it. If we can cut down on our energy spending in these areas, we’ll have more energy left over for the things that truly deserve it.

Where NOT to Spend Your Energy

1. Arguments 

Think about the last time you won an argument and the other person said, “You’re right, I just changed my beliefs.” Maybe it happens once per lifetime (if you’re lucky). On the whole, arguments cost a lot of emotional and mental energy. And our reward for going through this difficult process? Nothing. It’s typically a negative experience for everyone involved. Nobody wins. Nobody changes their viewpoint. Then everyone needs a nap.

“A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.”

~ Thomas Carlyle

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The Underrated Key to Success

Look! It’s a man on the moon! When the first moon photos were first released, many claimed they were fake, because landing on the moon seemed impossible. Now we know that it is possible and these photos are real. Could successful moon missions teach us how to succeed in other areas? (Photo by bre pettis)

Success means different things to different people, but we all want it.

Typical success advice caters to your emotions—want it more, be determined, and persist through failure. These are fine, albeit flimsy ideas that fade over time and can crack under certain amounts of “life pressure” applied at certain angles. [Continue Reading…]

The One Push-up Challenge (Round 2)

Back on December 28, 2012, I tried doing one push-up and it turned into a full workout. On the very next day, I wrote and published a post called “The One Push-up Challenge.”

I challenged people to do one push-up per day, every day, and see what happens. I did the challenge myself, and it ultimately led me to develop a full-sized gym habit and additional life-changing “mini habits” (the title of my worldwide bestselling book about the strategy).

Everything was great. I had a strong gym habit… but then I lost it.

I stopped exercising. I admit it. As the creator of an extremely popular strategy meant to make behaviors reliable and habitual, I was failing. [Continue Reading…]

The Surprising Way to Enjoy Work

Confession: I don’t always enjoy working. It makes me procrastinate sometimes.

I have, however, figured out how to work whenever I want, and the solution isn’t what I thought it would be. It’s all about my expectations.

Last year, I went to a concert of my favorite band, CAKE, and being a fan for years, my expectations were extremely high for the concert. [Continue Reading…]