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martin grunburg
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Just over a year ago my youngest daughter Eva, decided to run for student council president (as an eight grader). Upon hearing her decision my first tendency was to shield/protect her from the pain of a potential loss. However, I managed to contain myself and any impulse to intervene (I said nothing).

I’m glad that I did— she won. What I found even more fascinating (than her victory) was that when she set out to write her speech she titled it, (get this)

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What’s fascinating to me is that the highest level of competence is identified as “unconscious competence,” emphasis on the unconscious. Couldn’t that just be labeled the “habit level of competence“?

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Since experts in behavioral psychology have such a hard time distinguishing between habit and skill, the two ought to be considered twins (just not identical). Given that, the idea/suggestion that “skill” is a requirement for habit development becomes problematic, if not just plain confusing.

Both habit and skill require tens to hundreds of hours of practice to be developed, and not coincidentally both reside in the “older” parts of the brain, the limbic and cerebellum regions.

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The point is that enthusiasm IS the difference maker. It’s the game-changer; the difference between living a vital, creative and inspired life or a boring, dull, uninspired and mostly unhappy life. This bears repeating: ENTHUSIASM is the difference.

So, here’s the kicker: Enthusiasm, like any habit, can be cultivated!

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When it comes to personal development, one of the most common challenges seems to be helping a person get “unstuck,” showing them how they can break free from stagnation and begin to tap into their full potential.

Personally, this was my greatest challenge (some 15 years ago),

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A great way to kick start things is to ASK the right questions. After all, a few simple questions changed the course of my life. Questions are extremely powerful and (by nature) they help us to concentrate our energy and focus – to put our attention where it probably ought to be.

Here are six questions to help you assess your 2016 and jump-start the New Year! I’ve also included 3 “bonus” exercises to further your efforts to make 2017 a breakthrough year!

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Goals = resistance, and resistance is created by pressure.

Having said that, let’s attempt to understand pressure and its intrinsic value.

You could easily contend that pressure is the most creative force in the universe. In fact, the universe itself (if the Big Bang theory is even remotely accurate) owes itself to pressure.

Therefore, on a molecular/atomic level, your very existence can be traced to pressure.

So, when’s the last time you thought about pressure as the creative force in the universe?

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Typically, if a problem can be avoided, it will be avoided. Problems, then, become the birthplace of procrastination. God knows the best time to clean and organize (pick any room, closet or garage) is when there is a project due.

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We lost another great American hero last week: John Glenn passed away at the age of 95. While I knew little about the man behind the legend and never had the opportunity to meet him, what I did know I revered.
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