motivation

How To Stop Hating Yourself And Start Down The Path To Self-Respect

We’re all prone to a little self-loathing now and again, and sometimes that’s a dark road that can only get worse. Thankfully, it’s not too difficult to fight back if you can get yourself in the right mindset.


Why 'Eat Less, Move More' Is The Least Helpful Diet Advice Ever

If you’re overweight, you’ve probably heard the adage just “eat less, move more”. Unfortunately this saying will do nothing to help you progress. Here’s why.


Decouple Your Feelings From Your Actions For Fitness Success

I spent the first 20 years of my life “feeling bad” about my thoughts. Obese me would drive by a McDonald’s and experience immense guilt for feeling hungry. Similarly, after a perfect week of dieting, the temptation to raid my fridge led to feelings of moral failure. But feelings aren’t what matter — actions do.


Maintain The Confidence To Succeed With A 'Failure Expectation' Plan

Failure happens to the best of us, but it can still be completely ego-crushing. And when your ego is crushed, it’s easy to give up. Don’t let failure take down your goals. Prepare for it with a “failure expectation” plan.


Talent Does Not Decide Whether You Succeed

It can be easy to ground ourselves with the notion that we don’t have — or weren’t born with — the talent to succeed. While some people may naturally have the upper hand in some skilsets, being successful at something really comes down to dedicating yourself to develop and master skills. Talent is just a starting point.


Trick Yourself Into Meeting Self-Set Deadlines By Keeping Them Urgent

Setting a deadline for yourself can be helpful or completely useless, depending on how you treat it. You can give yourself a higher chance of actually meeting your own deadlines by setting them near the present.


Form Better Habits By Being More Specific About The How And Why

New habits are tough to form, but if you approach them with a vague understanding of how to form them and why you want to form them, it can be even harder. Taking some time to find the specifics of how and why can help you keep motivated.


Practise Your Skill's Fundamentals, Even When You Think You Know Them

When you’re practising a skill, the basics eventually start to feel rote. You’ve used the skills from your first lesson over and over, so it feels boring practising them. The fact that you use them constantly, however, is why you need to keep practising them.


'Self-Care Isn't A Reward -- It's Part Of The Process'

Rewards can motivate us to keep working hard. They’re the light at the end of the tunnel. The payoff. But the problem is many of us use basic comfort as a reward. We postpone taking care of ourselves when that’s actually crucial to our productivity.


'Action This Day, Action Every Day'

Every day you wake up is another day with problems to solve, things to accomplish, and goals to achieve. While you can spend months or years pondering what to do, there’s one answer that encompasses them all: take action.