The great lesson of springtime: Even after the harshest winter, renewal is always possible. But a lingering depression left over from winter must be addressed seriously. There are some easy, cost-free ways to begin recovery right now.
It’s easy to feel you’re not in control of your life sometimes. While stress and the unpredictable are unavoidable, there are a few simple ways to reduce the feeling of not being control of your destiny.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.