You Gotta Want It

When it comes to achieving any goal, you have to really want it. This is no less true of self-improvement than of making money or designing new code. When I was a kid, I wanted the new Legend of Zelda (Majora's Mask). It was a muggy August with highs in the 100's, but I wanted

There’s No Such Thing as “Spare Time”

You have about seventy years on this earth, barring disease or accident. Of that time, you will spend about 1/3 of that time asleep, so you really only get 47 years or so. That's only about 17,167 days, total, for you to use. Now, suppose you're twenty years old right now. You're seven-thousand days old,

Breathing Better

Every living person breathes. In fact, respiration is generally considered to be one of the key indicators of life. However, do you breathe well? Shallow breaths give you just enough oxygen to supply a highly sedentary lifestyle. When you start to exert yourself, you tend to take slightly deeper and much more rapid breaths, and

Focus Through Default

I've got a touch of ADHD. I've never been diagnosed by a pill prescriber, of course. However, I'm a guy who bounces back and forth between a set of hobbies, browser tabs and bookmarks leaving a rabbit trail of breadcrumbs back through a history of my whims. Half the things I've started, I've never finished.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

As I've mentioned before, the body and the mind are deeply connected. The things you think affect how you feel, and how you feel affects how you think. What happens when you feel terrible all the time? If you're always lethargic, you'll never have the willpower to do those things that will bring you greatest

Become a Better Persuader: Hypnotic Words

(Originally Published at Evermore Instructional) Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP. Only a handful of people have ever even heard those words, much less studied the topic. However, NLP is at the heart of all persuasion. Advertisers, Politicians, and all skilled persuaders employ NLP on a daily basis, whether they know it or not. NLP is the study of particular

About the Slack

I've been quite lax the past few weeks posting any content, and I thought it high time to delve a bit into why. Side Projects Of late, I've been wondering a bit whether it'd be possible for a terse, no-fluff writer such as myself to craft a novel. I spent many of my usual writing hours

Audit Everything

Suppose, for a moment, that you have a friend who can't ever seem to get out of debt. Every month they work overtime, every month they pick up their paychecks and cash them promptly, and every month the debt seems to get bigger. When said friend comes to you for advice, what's the first

Callisthenics – quick workouts for fun and energy

There are a lot of things you can do to improve your inner monologue, but there are also any number of things that can produce noise that inhibits that improvement. We've discussed how one's physical state can affect the mind, so naturally improving one's physical state allows one to more easily improve one's mental

How to Be Grateful (and Naturally Happier)

Everything sucks. Why do bad things always happen to me? I've got nothing worth living for, and nobody cares about me. These are just some of the thoughts I never have anymore. These are the thoughts of the weak, the ungrateful, and the miserable. They are weak because they don't think to be strong; they are ungrateful