There’s a famous story about Albert Einstein in which he explains his theory of relativity to his secretary. When she asked him what it was, he said, “When you sit with a pretty girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute, but when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you…

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I just achieved a goal I’ve had for as long as I can remember: I published my first book. I could go on for days about the pride and joy I feel at having achieved this goal, but what is truly noteworthy about my accomplishment are these two very interesting things: 1) that it took…

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When I was in my mid-20s, working as an assistant in the marketing department of a large company, I saw the movie Outbreak. I don’t know if you remember it, but it’s about a team of scientists who are fighting an Ebola-like disease that’s accidentally introduced into the US. The main thing I remember about…

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My high school physics teacher had an unconventional method for preparing her students for their final exam. She allowed us to get a 3 x 5 index card and write as much information as we could on it. Then she let us bring it into the exam and use it to answer the questions. So…

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How often do you get up out of your chair, stride confidently across the room, and think, “Damn, I look good!”? Almost never, right? I’m sure you’re thinking I’m being silly or sarcastic, but I’m not. I’m totally and completely serious. It sounds absurd to imagine yourself doing this, mostly because you probably don’t feel…

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Did you know that you’re always moving one step closer to or away from your goal? That means every thought you think, every word you say, and every action you take is moving you toward what you want — or it’s taking you farther from it. I didn’t use to think about life this way,…

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There is a famous quote by Benjamin Franklin: If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. You’ve probably heard this, and I’m sure you agree. After all, you wouldn’t renovate your house without using an architect, and a trip overseas goes a lot better when you have an itinerary. Having a plan can…

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Around the time I decided to quit dieting and trying to lose weight, I signed up for a nutrition class at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Two days a week, I left work, drove downtown, and sat in a classroom with a bunch of 20-somethings and learned about the science of nutrients and how food…

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Happy New Year! This is your year. The year you stop trying to lose, eliminate, and quit. The year you stop trying to beat your body into submission. The year you start loving who you are and the life you’re living. The year you evolve into the best version of yourself. The year you become…

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Well, the time for changing ourselves from the outside in is upon us. Yes, tomorrow is New Year’s Day. Let the resolutions begin! I’ve been talking about this for a few weeks now, how New Year’s resolutions are incredibly alluring because of the promise they hold of overhauling ourselves completely. The problem with this —…

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