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Viral belief systems
March 6th, 2012 by Daniel Catalaa

Image file_id 1340 There are areas of our life over which we will freely admit that we have little control; however, there is one domain over which we universally take great pride in proclaiming absolute sovereignty: Our mind. We assure others and ourselves of our mental mastery with statements like "I will make up my own mind" or "I am free to choose". Unbeknownst to us however, we may be hosting and catering to external beliefs that found their way into our head and that we can no lo... [read more]

Mental Hygiene
December 19th, 2011 by Daniel Catalaa

Image file_id 1340 Imagine that you woke up in your home after a week-long slumber only to find strangers living in it. You do not remember inviting them in, yet there they are. They have been pillaging your fridge and have made noise late at night, they persuaded you to do unhealthy things, stained the carpet, left dirty dishes in the sink, and ordered things on your credit card. You also witness several of them open the door and letting in more uninvited guests. After recovering from the shock, it is unlikely ... [read more]

Remember to remember
August 22nd, 2010 by Daniel Catalaa

Image file_id 1263 How can you 'remember to remember' if you have an unreliable memory to begin with? This is a circular problem, just like trying to find your glasses while you are not wearing them and everything is out of focus. I bring attention to this topic because an improved memory allows us to capitalize on opportunities and to prevent the consequences of unwanted oversights. That is why I want to share with you a compilation of tips and strategies that I have refined over the years to overcome th... [read more]

Inside out priorities
April 11th, 2010 by Daniel Catalaa

Image file_id 1257 When our sense of self-worth becomes overly dependent on external validation, we are drawn to rescue others prematurely and to neglect basic parts of our lives before they are on solid ground. If you are a giver, you will seek to help others before time almost compulsively for what would seem to be a myriad of good reasons: to satisfy the hunger for connection, to feel appreciated, or to gain a sense of purpose. Reaching out too early may also be a way to avoid our own issues or, alternatively... [read more]

Time management
December 31st, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa

Image file_id 1234 Towards the end of spring 2008 I was feeling overwhelmed by deadlines I had promised to meet and by too many things going on at the same time. I was jumping from one project to the other and was too stressed out to enjoy any of them. To give you an idea, I was averaging 10 more hours than usual per week at work, I was enrolled in two night time classes, I was training for my first sprint triathlon, and I was trying to do some online dating. Since experiencing wellness is my current top pri... [read more]

Notions of Time
September 15th, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa

Image file_id 1235 Here is an experiment that you can do to better understand notions of time such as past, present, and future. Place 2 large mirrors facing each other, about 4 feet apart. Then slide yourself in between the mirrors and tell me what you see. You will probably see in both mirrors your image replicated to infinity. The mirror in front of you together with all of its internal reflections represents your future, the mirror behind you represents your past. Now if I were to ask you "Which one of these... [read more]

How I get things done
August 1st, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa

Image file_id 1195 Effective people have built in systems and strategies to get things done, and the advice below will in fact help you to do more. Keep in mind however, that this article does not address what you should be doing to experience your best life possible (i.e. purpose in life, top values, priorities), just 'how' to get things done. Soften the target During military campaigns one of the things the artillery does before an attack is to carpet bomb the opponent's fortificati... [read more]