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    Defining/Creating Goals

    How do you define or create goals for yourself (on either/both a personal and professional level)? At one workplace, I was instructed to have "SMART" goals - i.e. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. A different workplace had tried out SMART goals, found them...
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    Improving Decision Making

    Great response! Like you, I definitely tend to look at the pros and cons of options before making a decision. So interesting that you prefer logic over instinct.
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    Self-Care Habits

    Shoutout to @nature_boy - I also find yoga very helpful with centering and calming the mind. At the end of the day, when I'm in bed, I concentrate on each part of my body (toes, fingers, arms, legs, neck, etc.) one by one and focus on relaxing them. I learned this practice in a yoga class and...
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    Improving Decision Making

    Do any of you suffer from "decision paralysis"? Personally, I tend to overthink things. Or sometimes, my mind is telling me one thing whereas my heart is telling me another and I don't know which one to listen to! What tips do you have for improving decision making? Do you make decisions based...
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    Facing fears

    My method for dealing with fears is to confront them head-on but in a supportive environment. For example, I used to have a fear of public speaking. Once, in school, when asked to read my A+ essay out loud, I actually put my head down and cried. I did a couple of things to get over this fear...
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    Empowering Self-Talk

    Yes! I'm a big believer in empowerment self-talk! And I love watching videos online related to that. There's the one that Gina Rodriguez mentioned in her acceptance speech when she won a Golden Globe in 2015. When she was growing up, her dad made her stand in front of the mirror every day and...
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    Want to learn 6 languages...

    I agree that you should start with one. And my additional recommendation is to start with one that is similar to the others and that will make you feel more confident about your progress. So Spanish and French are somewhat similar to each other and they share most of the same letter structure as...
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    Dry Eyes

    I agree with @Edzky_18 - make sure you ask a health professional first! There are also a few (non-invasive) fixes you could try before going in to see an eye doctor. Here are a few my doctor recommended when I encountered the same problem at a prior job. 1) Every 20 minutes, take a quick...
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    Biographies that Inspire

    Great discussion! My Beloved World is on my to-read list and I loved Kitchen Confidential (so sad that he's gone). I wasn't a fan of BossyPants, unfortunately...it felt kind of superficial to me but I'm not a comedy fan so that might be why. Here are some of my favorites: -Mountains Beyond...
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    Best Advice

    I saw this on Instagram and thought it might generate some good discussion here. What's the best advice you have ever received? For my part, my mentor once told me, "Don't fear the things you don't know how to do or the things you're not good at. Only by doing will you get better and that makes...
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    Forming New Habits

    Good question! I do have a few things that have worked for me. For breaking the pop/soda habit, I found that having a replacement drink (cold water) next to me was crucial. It turned out that I was sipping on the Sprite because it was refrigerated and cold. Sometimes, the office could get very...
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    10,000 steps a day

    I agree that my step count has changed depending on my work situation. I used to have a job where I had to work in an office for 12-14 hours a day and sat in front of a computer screen for much of it. My step count was around 2,000 then. Now, my schedule is a lot more flexible and changes...
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    Forming New Habits

    Conventional wisdom (derived from research) holds that it takes 21 days for a new habit to stick. Have you ever had any luck forming a new habit? What habit was it? What was your approach and how long did it take you? I think about this every New Year's Day because of all the talk surrounding...
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    Keep Up With Current Events

    I like BBC News. I find that it has more news about the rest of the world than U.S. news sources. And BBC has a bunch of podcasts which can help you find info or just interesting stories about what's happening globally, e.g. Business News Daily, BBC World Service: The Documentary, etc.
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    Having trouble reading for pleasure...

    Most of your distractions appear to be related to Internet connectivity. So I recommend a few things: 1) Schedule at least 1 hour of "plugged-out" time for yourself every day. Actually put it on your calendar or your to-do list. It could be before your day starts or before you go to bed. It...
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    Tips for Nonstandard Language Learning

    I saw a few mentions of attempts to learn a language through unconventional means (i.e. not books, courses, or apps), and wanted to share some tips from my own personal experience. I know two languages besides English (my native tongue) and unconventional means have been a major part of my...

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