Laws of Emotional Mastery | How to Sleep Better | 3 Simple Rules for a Better Diet

Last week I talked about procrastination and why it can be hard to get started with a new habit/task/goal/etc. This week I'm going to delve just a little bit deeper. We very rarely just blindly jump into something without some sort of thought process. We may decide to do some research to help us better understand what to expect, what to do, how to accomplish, how to be successful, etc. We may formulate a plan of attack, allocate time, etc. This part of the process of change is called the Motion Phase. The Motion Phase is an important part of the process, however, it is easy to get stuck in this phase, which isn't the phase where results occur. Motion allows us to feel like we are making progress by tricking our mind that we are working toward our end goal (which is neither true nor false statement) while also protecting us from the risk of failure (which to some level everyone is afraid of). By never taking any action, which is where results occur and hence the progression to completion and the end goal, we never actually commit and hence remove the risk of failing. The Motion Phase is the pre-phase to the Action Phase. If the Action Phase never begins, then the Motion Phase simply becomes procrastination. No one wants to fail, however, as Tomas Edison once said “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” Failure is simply a mindset. If you learned something, even if it wasn't with the end result you hoped for, you should consider that newfound knowledge a success. Don't be afraid to "fail", take full advantage of the Motion Phase to help prepare for the Action Phase, but START the Action Phase!

Laws of Emotional Mastery

If helpful metaphors were a competition, we found the winner. This article is chock-full of them. Here’s one. Mental health is like driving. You must learn the skills that add up to being good at it. How to turn, how to merge, how to parallel park. The process of mental health requires its own set of special skills. PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

How to Sleep Better: The 4 Best Strategies, According to the Experts

Sleep experts weigh in on how to strike the right balance between quantity and quality for more robust rest. VOGUE

3 Simple Rules for a Better Diet

Here’s a fun fact for your Friday. 90% of American adults don’t eat vegetables on a daily basis. Guilty. We know we should like we know we should meditate every day. That doesn’t mean life doesn’t get in the way sometimes. Thankfully, this chef/professor/dietitian is here to help. And the rules might shock you. GQ

Fill Your Plate With Superfoods

Not going to lie. When we first saw this headline, we thought it would be a list of impossible things to stick to. So we were pleasantly surprised to find tasty suggestions across the board. Who knew walnuts could help tolerate stress? CNN HEALTH

40 Healthy One-Pot Meals to Simplify Your Weeknights

One pot, no problems. Because doing dishes is one of the worst chores by far. SELF