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Recovering From 'Hurry Sickness'

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 1:03 AM

It's been 10 years since I wrote my book The Power of Patience. As I revised it recently in preparation for its release in paperback, I was struck by how impossibly more speeded up we've gotten in the past decade. Meyer Friedman, the creator of the concept of the type-A...

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Conscious Self-Creation

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2009 | 7:28 PM

This blog is part of M.J Ryan's Intent Learning Series

Congratulations. You're a month along an exciting journey. You set out to do something new, like learning archery or volunteering at a soup kitchen or enjoy life more, and something bigger happens along the way. You've become more aware...

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Look at the Character Strengths You're Cultivating

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2009 | 7:28 PM

This blog is part of M.J Ryan's Intent Learning Series

Of course you want to lose those 40 pounds, quit your job and start over, get out of debt, or whatever your intention is. Those are worthy goals that will reap specific rewards -- greater health, more meaningful work,...

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Get Your Magnetic Energy on Your Side

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2009 | 7:28 PM

This blog is part of M.J Ryan's Intent Learning Series

Every human being has access to three kinds of energy. The first is dynamic, which is the energy of doing. You engage it when you work out, write an action plan, clean your desk. The second is receptive, the...

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Focus on How Far You've Come

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2009 | 3:16 PM

This blog is part of M.J Ryan's Intent Learning Series

Take a tip from high-performance athletes. Look at how far you've come, not how much you have left to do. Scientists call this the horizon effect. It creates encouragement --"I've done twice as much as a week ago!" and...

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When Blown Off-Course, Apply the 4 As

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 11:00 AM

This blog is part of M.J Ryan's Intent Learning Series

You've been doing well and then something threw a monkey wrench into your formula for success. Make no mistake -- setbacks suck. You're right back where you started. Actually it's worse. Because you've set off that part of your...

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How Are You Gonna Keep Up the Momentum?

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2009 | 3:39 PM

This blog is part of M.J Ryan's Intent Learning Series

Each of us sustains motivation differently. So one of the keys to creating a lasting change in ourselves is to understand what will get us out of bed to do what we promised ourselves and how to keep that...

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Don't Despair, Understand the Three Stages of Learning

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2009 | 11:23 AM

This blog is part of M.J Ryan's Intent Learning Series

My client Andrea was distraught. "I promised to enjoy my life more this year. But this week, all I've done is stress out over the report I have due tomorrow."

"Actually," I replied. "I'm happy to report that you're...

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Don't Let "Them" Bring You Down

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2009 | 1:41 PM

This blog is part of M.J Ryan's Intent Learning Series

I've always been flabbergasted, or perhaps the better word is shocked, by people who press drinks on sober alcoholics or cookies on those on a diet. Then there are the dream killers who stomp on your intention of better...

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Get Started on Achieving Your Intention

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 6:17 PM

Ready to accomplish big things this year? Author M.J. Ryan, of the Intent Learning Series, discusses the most important step in achieving your intentions -- getting started!

First of all, what is your intent? And be honest with yourself: do you really, really, really want this to happen? Your...

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Have a Little Fun With it, Will You?

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 10:38 AM

This blog is part of M.J Ryan's Intent Learning Series

Are you having fun yet? I think of fun in two ways. First there's the possibility of actually enjoying the new behavior itself. That's especially easy when we've chosen something potentially fulfilling -- learning the two-step, getting to know...

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Taking Action in Achieving Your Intention

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2009 | 1:18 PM

So let's say you already know what you want to accomplish for 2009. You've written down all your intentions. You've talked about them with your family and friends. Every night, you use positive imagery exercises to imagine how great it would feel to get those intentions done.

But what are...

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