Here's a video of a recent interview I had with Melinda Chen from Women Making Big Sales where we talked about how motivation is built through action, how to overcome failure and stay motivated, how progress in meaningful work, no matter how small, builds motivation that creates an upward spiral, why visualization and self-affirmations often lead to poorer performance, and other strategies to boost motivation and keep you motivated. You can check out my previous blog on this topic.
We constantly hear about the benefits of mindfulness meditation: It’s now being taught in schools and at work and is often touted as the “magic pill” for what ails you. Here are two papers that challenge this view.
Although there are many benefits to mindfulness meditation, here are two studies that look at its other side. The first study found that narcissists who practice mindfulness meditation may actually experience a decrease in empathy because it may have "ironically ‘licensed’ narcissistic individuals to focus more exclusively on their self aggrandizing thoughts, at the expense of focusing on the mental states of others.” The second study found that it’s not uncommon for meditators to have long-lasting negative experiences.
Stress seems to be the state that many of us occupy these days. Stress can take your prefrontal cortex offline essentially cutting off access to thoughtful behaviour. It strengthens the amygdala so behaviour becomes reflexive, leading to knee jerk reactions. That’s how we get road rage and angry outbursts. Chronic stress also has negative health consequences, contributing to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. But, there are ways that you can reduce the negative effects of stress. Continue reading
Did you know that our thoughts are self-fulfilling prophecies? That they define the trajectory our lives will take? Especially in this time of uncertainty, where it’s easy to fall prey to discouragement and despair, the quality of our thoughts is even more important than ever.
Our thoughts are self-fulfilling prophecies because they lead to behaviour that fulfills those thoughts.
What do you use to increase your motivation? Do you use visualization, mantras, declarations, or other self-help advice? The truth is that these techniques rarely work. They may make you feel better in the moment, but they don’t often lead to more work. In fact, they may make you feel worse in the long run. Continue reading
Meta-cognitive therapy is an approach based on the metacognitive model where psychological disorders result from an inflexible and maladaptive response pattern to cognitive events labeled the Cognitive Attentional Syndrome. According to the metacognitive model of depression, rumination and worry is maintained by metacognitions and not by changes in mood or events.
This is an important study for coaches because MCT uses many of the techniques that we use with our clients. So this study offers some evidence, albeit indirect, that our approaches work. Continue reading
In recent years, there has been a lot of empirical evidence that relate diet to brain health. For instance, research has found a relationship between a healthy diet, protection from depression and maintenance of cognitive functioning and brain volume into old age. But these studies have all been correlational, meaning that they establish an association between diet and brain health, not that one causes the other. Continue reading
In our 21st century world of wanting to do more and more in less time, skilled multi-tasking has become the holy productivity grail. But, the research shows that multi-tasking, the attempt to do two or more tasks at the same time, is really just fast task-switching and the costs are heavy - people make more mistakes or perform their tasks more slowly. Continue reading