Everyone fails sometimes, but one of the main differences between high achievers and everyone else is the ability to shrug off failure and get back on track very quickly. Planning is key in this endeavor. Read More
A desire to reach your goal necessary, but it is only one ingredient needed to break a bad habit; what you also need is a thoughtful, logical action plan that takes into account the psychological realities of the challenge. Read More
The holiday break can be a major source of irritation for workaholics put into mandatory vacation, but they can be a golden opportunity to re-frame and refresh mind and body for the coming year. Read More
It is a fundamental truth that humans are meant to be social creatures, biologically hardwired by evolution to seek companionship and interdependence. When the fragile bonds of the social system are broken—as they can be when neglected for too long by the achievement- obsessed workaholic—social isolation and depression can set in, creeping in like a thief in the night. Read More
Thinking about a huge task or a series of tasks can be daunting. It’s easy to let the mountain of "to-do's" intimidate you into abandoning all hope of reaching the summit. But there are common-sense ways to make the heights seem climbable. Read More
Perfectionism has been romanticized as a great motivator; it is widely believed to be the driving force behind much of humanity's great feats in art, science and sports. While perfectionism can lead some to enormous accomplishment, this personality trait is more often than not an insidious roadblock to productivity and happiness. Read More
Former journalist James Ullrich is a psychotherapist in Seattle.