Empowerment Hack – Predict Failure to Accelerate Personal Growth

Empowerment Hack – Predict Failure to Accelerate Personal Growth

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Train yourself to quickly recover from failure and disappointment.   Get over it! No, really, get over it, and as quickly as possible. We all know that we learn the most from failure and that to really succeed, we’ll fail- many times along the way. All the while, learning and growing. This (try->fail->learn->grow) cycle, while critical to our growth, can also be lengthy and sometimes quite painful. Recovering from failure and disappointment is no small feat and can take time. And sometimes it can be downright paralyzing, with the potential to set us back for quite some time. But what if you could significantly speed up the process of dealing and then learning from failure and disappointment? How much more potential could we achieve if we cut that cycle down…
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Empowerment Hack – “Excited”, not “Nervous”

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THE HACK: This week, I want to introduce you to Amy Cuddy. If you haven’t seen her TED talk, watch it! Then buy her book, Presence. My personal favorite hack from Amy- replace “I’m nervous” with “I’m excited” both in conversation and in your internal dialog. Pure brilliance, and I swear by its effectiveness in lowing my stress levels in everything from giving a speech, interviewing, or even networking on an off night. WHY IT WORKS: The idea of “nervous” raises the stress hormone cortisol (the fight or flight hormone) and testosterone, while the idea of “excited” keeps that elevated testosterone without raising cortisol levels. Here is the awesome part- by telling your brain that what it’s experiencing is “excitement”, not “nervousness”, it responds by lowing that stress hormone, and…
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Empowerment Hack – Inspiration in the shower

Empowerment Hack – Inspiration in the shower

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The Hack: Take Inspiration into you own hands…in the shower. Take your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about podcasts. I’ve found that peaceful time in the morning is ideal inspiration time and listening to podcasts really gets me primed with ideas and inspiration that build throughout the day. We don’t realize how under stimulated with inspiration we are. Oh, we’re plenty stimulated with distracting, depressing, stressful information, but don’t invest in balancing our intake. Why it works: Exposure to new ideas stimulates brain activity helping us to make connections to our existing context that we normally wouldn’t encounter. A new passion or personal insight will likely emerge as you discover content that gets those ideas flowing. Allow yourself to indulge in following your curiosity wherever it leads. Those passions and…
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