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Choice architecture

So, some interesting thoughts about choice here. We like “nudging” from an individual perspective, but this is the conversation at the higher level (e.g. government, institutions, etc.).

Still, I think the choice to choose or not to choose shouldn’t come from “on high” from an organization, but rather from the people.

Either way, good read.

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The only thing worse than never having a choice is always having to choose

Choice can be a mixed blessing – as you know if you’ve ever spent an evening browsing hundreds of titles on Netflix only to repair despondently to bed without watching a movie. One famous if controversial study found that people were much more likely to purchase a jar of jam when faced with a choice of just six flavors than with 24, which short-circuited their brains. Even if we overcome “analysis paralysis” and make a decision, other research suggests that we’ll be less satisfied with our choice when forced to pick from a larger range of options. Yet in politics – and in American politics above all – choice remains an unquestionably positive thing. ….[READ]

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Creating Habits the Easy Way

Habits give us the capacity to complete goals.

This blogpost has a few great tips to keep in mind and …follow.

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We first make our habits, and then our habits make us- John Dryden

Did you ever wake up and realize that you’re unhappy with a certain part of your life, or your life as a whole? Maybe you decided that you’re dissatisfied with your current weight, or maybe hate the fact that you smoke one or two packs of cigarettes a day. Whatever it may be that causes you sadness, there is one thing you must realize now if you’re ever going to change it: You are the creator of your unhappiness.

That may be hard to swallow at first, but it’s true. The habits you’ve created along the way have weaved a certain pattern of thought within you, therefore, the expectations you have for yourself form the life around you.

So what does that mean?

It means if you’re unhappy with anything in your life right now and you…

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Habits, Creativity and Christmas: 3 great, FREE e-books

If you haven’t heard of James Clear, it is a great time to download the free new books he is offering!

Tom Owens, Writer

HabitsBookJamesClearHurray for James Clear!

I downloaded his two newest creations, Transform Your Habits and Mastering Creativity. Start the new year right with these titles.

In each guide, James writes in a friendly, hopeful and realistic style. He can talk brain science in a way that works for even me! I’m reading, learning and thinking: I’m eating vegetables and liking it. Instead of worrying how good for me it is, I’m grooving on how tasty this writing is.

The author offers so many step by step suggestions. Look at what can happen by taking just three steps, making three small, consistent changes.

CreativityJamesClearWhenever an author can start out with “Ten Things You Should Get Out Of Reading This…” I’m hooked. And Mr. Clear makes it clear. He delivers on every page.

Visit his website. Get his free e-books. Be amazed.

Meanwhile, speaking of creativity…

The giveathon continues! This is…

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The Switch – from big step to tiny goal

Life throws us curve balls periodically and I’ve had my share of mine.

So, we adjust, right?

There’s a lot of coaching out there telling us to set big goals and dreams. That’s all good until these feel mentally insurmountable. That’s what I was starting to feel with the book I was writing.

Why not take a step back from the “big, hairy audacious” goal once in a while and just accomplish something small?

Ironically, more progress takes place because the tiny goals are easy to reach. And, if one is reached, why not another?

Right now I don’t have my big thought provoking book finished, but I do have three smaller eBooks in progress that will go live on Amazon in a few weeks.

That’s progress!

It’s that holiday time of year when everyone creates abnormally long “To Do” lists right when the flurry of shopping and events actually makes it more difficult to accomplish even the basics.

Keep moving forward on your dreams. But, break it down.

Tiny goals. Tiny successes.