Coping with Challenges

On Coming Alive

A few years ago, Dean Karnazes mentioned to me that he believed that it is in the struggle – in facing adversity – that we become most alive.

Karnazes’s comment wasn’t entirely surprising given the context. I had sent him a copy of my book, Leverage: The Science of Turning Setbacks Into Springboards for a review. While in my book I argue that setbacks are often the catalyst of profound growth and the very...
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The Four Minute Mile, The Two Hour Marathon, and The Danger of Glass Ceilings

 

Before Roger Bannister broke the four minute mile on May 6th, 1954, on Iffley Road Track in Oxford, physiologists, doctors, and athletes themselves had contended that running a mile in under four minutes wasn’t only impossible, it might actually lead to death. The human body simply wasn’t equipped to accomplish such a feat, they said. On a deeper level the message was clear: there are certain limits about ourselves that must be observed, certain limits that...
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Three Things About Mentally Strong People That Will Surprise You

 

Mentally strong people can often seem like superheroes. Like winners of some genetic lottery, they seem bestowed with extraordinary abilities while the rest of us can only stand by in admiration – or envy. But actually, there are a lot of things that we misread about mentally strong people. For one thing, they are not superhuman, and while they may have talent, more than that, they have a work...
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We Are All Becoming More Narcissistic



Tracy Alloway and her research team recently asked more than 400 individuals a question many of us probably ask ourselves every time we check us Facebook profile: Does this make me more narcissistic? Using a survey of questions ranging from how many hours per day they spent on Facebook, the number of times they updated their status, and the look of their profile picture – as physically attractive, cool, glamorous and fashionable...
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Want To Be Happier? Three Surprising Things You Haven’t Tried

 

 

 

Happiness is, well, elusive. It can feel rooted in our achievements which may make us feel great, until we see someone else who has accomplished more. It can feel material, like when we buy something new. That is, until the novelty wears off, or we see someone like us who has something better. And it can feel connected to our status which, as long as we are where we think we should be, could make...
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Four Surprising Ways To Get More Out Of Your Life

Don’t we all wish we had more energy? Were more creative? Had better solutions to the complex problems that plague us? Had more fulfilling careers? Had more intimate relationships?

What do all these things have in common?

They all start with us.

That’s right. They all start with our intention to make them happen. So if you are wondering what separates those people who seem to have boundless energy, a ready reserve of positivity, and enough resilience to...
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