Why The Best Reading App Available Today Is Not What You Think

4 Scientific Reasons Paper Is Still Superior to the Screen

This is going to sound crazy. After all, I run an online content business. But the best reading app for comprehension, emotional engagement, and more is … paper.

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Whether we go back to the ancient Egyptians or the Chinese, there’s nothing new about paper. What is new is the understanding that reading on paper is superior in many ways to reading on screens.

What to Do When You’re Afraid to Commit

4 Steps for Taking a Stand with Confidence

When we think of the fear of commitment, we usually picture a guy who’s been dating a girl since forever and won’t get off the dime, right? But there’s another kind of commitment phobia we need to address.

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Forget about relationships. Think instead about deadlines, deliverables, benchmarks, and budgets. How willing are you to make commitments in business?

Season 4, Episode 1: The One Way to Guarantee You Won’t Succeed [Podcast]

6 Tricks for Training Yourself to Persist When You Want to Quit

We’re back! Welcome to Season 4, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this first episode of our brand new season, Stu McLaren (who’s filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discuss the one way to guarantee you won’t succeed.

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Persistence is critical to success. But sometimes when things get tough we really want to bail, don’t we? The good news is that we can get through those moments and stay on course. I’ve got six tricks for training yourself to persist when you want to quit.

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3 Surprising Reasons Every Entrepreneur Needs Regular Exercise

Research Reveals How Getting and Staying Fit Helps You Achieve More

Exercise used to be the last thing on my mind. Now it’s a regular part of my life, and I can’t imagine missing the benefits—especially as an entrepreneur.

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Most adults don’t get the regular exercise they need, according to the CDC. As a high-achiever, I totally get it. Carving out time to run or strength train seems like a waste when there’s a project to complete or a product to launch, doesn’t it?

What You Do Right Before Bed Determines How Productive and Focused You’ll Be Tomorrow

My 9-Part Nighttime Ritual

I have written and talked a lot about how the right morning routine can set you up for a productive day. The same is true for nighttime rituals. The right activities before you sleep can set you up for success the next day.

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I used to have the worst time getting to sleep at night. I knew it was important for my health and productivity, but my mind raced long after the lights went out. I couldn’t seem to turn it off.

As a result, I woke up groggy, grumpy, and ill-prepared for the day. My energy flagged right after lunch, and my afternoons were a grind. I just wasn’t my best self. Maybe you can relate.

Why Exercising Now Matters for Your Future

3 Powerful Reasons to Drop the Excuses and Hit the Treadmill Today

I sometimes talk with people who say they don’t have enough time to exercise. The older I get the more that reminds me of people who say they don’t have enough money to save for retirement.

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I can relate. When I was younger and rising in my career, I rarely made time to exercise. I was too busy killing it to realize it was killing me. And it almost did.

The Secret Part of Bravery People Struggle with Most

Jon Acuff Explains Why We Need to Step Out When We Feel Like Holding Back

This is a guest post from my friend Jon Acuff. He’s a New York Times bestselling author who just wrote a new book called Do Over. (I bought a copy for every member of my team!) You can read his blog here and follow him on Twitter.

I write about fear a lot. I write about more than just rational fears like when you go to Chipotle and try to order queso and they tell you, “We don’t have queso.” I write about irrational fears as well.

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People often ask me, “Where do you get all these ideas about fear?” and they are always disappointed with my answer: “I’m afraid of a lot of things. And then I write them down.”

I wish it was fancier than that, but it’s not.

Season 3, Episode 10: The Real Difference Between the Wise and the Foolish [Podcast]

How to Handle Criticism with Grace

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this tenth episode, Michele Cushatt and I talk about how to handle criticism with grace.

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Criticism is inevitable, and it stings. But only the foolish sting back. The wise pause, evaluate, and turn it to their advantage. Here are four disciplines to help you better handle—and even benefit from—criticism.

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Yes, Life is Risky—Dive in Anyway

How We Can Find Miracles in the Midst of Difficult Times

This is a guest post by Michele Cushatt, speaker, blogger, and my cohost for This is Your Life. I’m excited about the release of her new book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life. You can read her blog here and follow her on Twitter. You can also read my review of this amazing memoir here.

Life comes at us in waves. Sometimes the surge ripples gently by. Other times it can pound the daylights out of us and leave us gasping for breath. How do we respond when that happens?

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I live with my family in Colorado so my kids are more familiar with soaring mountains and sweeping plains than surge and swirl of ocean surf. But several months ago, while visiting my parents in Nevada, we decided to hop across California and see the beach.

How to Make a New Habit Stick

Why It’s Harder than You Thought—and What to Do about It

We’re over seventy days into the New Year. How are you doing with your goals and resolutions? Some people I talk with are building momentum and making big gains. Others are struggling—especially when it comes to developing beneficial new habits.

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For decades now I’ve heard that it takes twenty-one days to form a new habit, thirty days at the most. If a person can just marshal their will power for three or four weeks, bingo! They’ve got it made. But anyone struggling to form a new habit knows there’s more to the story.

Season 3, Episode 9: Making Peace with an Unexpected Life [Podcast]

An Interview with Michele Cushatt, Author of ‘Undone’

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this ninth episode, I turn the tables a bit and interview Michele Cushatt about her new book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life.

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As I said in my review Monday, Undone is one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. It’s a book that will give you clarity, courage, and the commitment we always talk about on this podcast. More than anything, it will help us see that our lives our a gift.

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