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Train Your Brain to Be Optimistic

Train Your Brain to Be Optimistic | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it
Optimism isn't always automatic. Sometimes you must create it for yourself.
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Interesting idea that you can train yourself to be optmistic. Probably a good idea since not everyone is born with an optimistic disposition.


I face this struggle constantly with the girls on my high school team. How do they overcome their mistakes, errors, coaches yelling from the sideline, parents screaming at them, opponents trash talking them on the court.


It's easy to start the "woe is me' feeling, easy to start blaming others, or to lash out in anger (earning a foul, a tech, or perhaps getting into with your coach and collecting splinters for the rest of the game).


If it's easy to fall into the negative traps of being pessimistic when you're 13/14 years old, what happens when there is much more at stake later on in life?


I like the recommendations in this article and plan on trying them out on my basketball team. Do you force yourself or consciously think about whether you're being optimistic or pessimistic? Are you self-aware?


One of my favorite books on this subject is the one written by Martin Seligman, titled "Learned Optimism".


The world would be a better place with more Optimists!


Barry Deutsch

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13 Things Overachievers Do - Forbes

13 Things Overachievers Do - Forbes | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it
1. They laugh -- at themselves. And with others. 2. "They steal stuff." I have to come clean right here. This post is completely inspired by Penelope Trunk and her blog post: 15 Things Overachievers Do.
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Do you consider yourself an overachiever?


How many of the items on this list do you do on a consistent basis?


Do you think being an overachiever is a genetic trait or learned ability?


What is your number one overachiever trait - the one that serves both as your core value-underlying motivation and also serves as your achilles heel?


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(Video) The Psychology Of Success - Keeping Your Goals To Yourself! | Addicted 2 Success

(Video) The Psychology Of Success - Keeping Your Goals To Yourself! | Addicted 2 Success | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it
After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone — but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep your goals a secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.


I've always believed that sharing your goals with others was one of the ways to achieve them. By committing yourself to others, announcing your goals - you raise the level of accountability to achieve them. This appears to be a contrarian view of goal setting and accountability.


What do you think? Should you announce your goals or keep them a secret?


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Is Talent Overrated?

Is Talent Overrated? | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it
How to increase engagement on your Facebook page with mentor Maria Peagler by doing deliberate practice designed by this award-winning trainer.


I think talent is dramatically overrated. If we define it narrowly as skill or knowledge or application of those, then much of it can be taught



Allow me to share a specific example.


After having coached High School Girls Basketball for almost a decade, I can say that we rarely see someone so talented with ability that we're just blown away. It happens that one girl might come along that fits that model every 4-5 years.


The reality is that we bring in a lot of girls with average and mediocre basketball skills. We turn them into rockstars over a 5 year period - how do we do this? Through intensive practice around something they love to do.


We've also noticed that the very best exhibit a few key traits that allow them to not only bypass their peers, but stand above the crowd.

These traits are initiative, which we might characterize as proactivty, doing more than they are asked to do, going above and beyond expectations, anticipating what needs to be done.


Another is an execution or task/goal orientation - it's not the process or activity they like - it's the gratification of finishing, completing, scoring, or winning.


Finally, leadership - the abilityt o both subordinate their own ego and needs for the greater good of the team, making their teammates look great, and leading by example in terms of their own personal work ethic, determination, and focus.


The girls that come to our doorstep with these 3 traits, and the ones that prove to be adaptable to embedding these traits in their daily habits - combined with "dilberate practice" turn out to be outstanding student-athletes.


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Pessimism and rainy days - John Gushue . . . Dot Dot Dot

"I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will." - Clint Eastwood.


Nice quote by Clint Eastwood on pessimism. - Barry

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Amazon.com: It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life eBook: Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins: Kindle Store

Amazon.com: It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life eBook: Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins: Kindle Store | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it

Amazon.com: It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life eBook: Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins: Kindle Store (It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life (Kindle Edition): This is the story of Lance Armstrong, ...)


One of my heros and role-models for overcoming adversity and personal set-backs.



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It’s Time to Stop Putting Off Your Passion! It’s TIME TO GLOW!

It’s Time to Stop Putting Off Your Passion! It’s TIME TO GLOW! | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it
You have a hunger, a craving to create.
When you’re following your Creative Bliss, you’re happy. Everything in your life goes better.But still, days, weeks, even months or years can go by w (If you're ready to get that creative GLOW, take a look!
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Learning the Value of Optimism | the quiet voice | Positive futures

Learning the Value of Optimism | the quiet voice | Positive futures | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it
Nowadays people say the word “optimist” like it leaves a sour taste on their tongues. But a few days ago, I never thought I would have succumbed to the sadness that had gripped me so strongly when I was younger – and I ...
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Optimism Helps Prevent Heart Disease & Stroke | IdeaFeed | Big Think

Optimism Helps Prevent Heart Disease & Stroke | IdeaFeed | Big Think | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it
RT @MyLanguageCloud: Optimism Helps Prevent Heart Disease & Stroke http://t.co/LDm3QfCe...
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Look On The Bright Side.. And Live Longer

Look On The Bright Side.. And Live Longer | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON - Be happy — it seems to be good for your heart.Scientists have long known that Type A personalities and people who are chronically angry, anxious or depressed have a higher risk of heart attacks.Now a Harvard University review of the...
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Life's Journey « My story to you..

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Life's Journey. 26 Apr. It's not about what you feel..Nor is it about the words you say..Life's journey is about remembering all the memories that brought you to where you are now.. -Andy1076 ...
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You Have To Take The Step... | Training for Success in Life

You Have To Take The Step... | Training for Success in Life | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it
To succeed in anything - health, fitness, business, spiritual life - anything - you have to take a step of faith... (Want to escape the prison of the "comfort zone" (aka, the stagnant zone!)?
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Stupiphanies: Lessons for leaders

Stupiphanies: Lessons for leaders | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it
Every now and then I have these epiphanies so blindingly obvious that, when I point them out, people look at me like I’m a hapless dolt. I call these ‘stupiphanies.’ Most of mine relate to leadership, either as a parent or a CEO.
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I came across this blog post and it rang true for me in terms of how I violate some very basic elements of success - namely taking care of self, taking care of family, and using others as a benchmark to compare my success.


Stop the nonsense - start having stupiphanies (one of my new favorite words) and get a little introspective about what you're doing and why!


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David Hain's curator insight, January 14, 2013 2:23 AM

What a great word!  And a timely reminder to most of us...

David Hain's comment, January 14, 2013 2:23 AM
Good spot Barry, love the word and the concept!
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The Whiner's Room

The Whiner's Room | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it

Seth Godin wrote a great short post on listening to naysayers, negative people, and haters.


These people just suck the life out of you. Run in the other direction. Life is way too short for even a moment to listen to their whining.


Oh and while you're at it - stop your whining. No one cares. It's a turn-off. The only people you attract are those who also like to whine. So stop it right now. Break that middle school habit you've been carrying for the past 30 years. It's unbecoming and embarrassing.


Surround yourself with positive, upbeat individuals who raise your game and help you to become something better. Think about being with people who inspire you - not those who un-inspire you.


Barry Deutsch

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The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something

I'm trying to get the individual girls on my HS girls basketball team to understand how to become great at something, and the commitment and effort that's required to get there.


In researching articles on this subject, I stumbled across one of my favorite writers, Leo Babauta.


He reinforces the idea that you've got to put the time in to get great at something. I've been blogging for 5 years, I'm well published on the Internet, and the author of a couple of books,  and I still feel that I'm at the stage of infancy in terms of understanding how to write effectively in a 500-600 article.


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6 Things I'm Glad I Learned About Adversity | Empower the Leader in You

6 Things I'm Glad I Learned About Adversity | Empower the Leader in You | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it
I hated my first job. I had always thought of myself as mentally tough, but I was unprepared for the adversity I faced while looking for a new career in a weak economy.

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3 Keys To Full Potential Living

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What motivates you? What drives you forward in life? Are you living up to your full potential? Nice blog post covering some of these ideas?


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Protecting the heart with optimism

Protecting the heart with optimism | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it

Work by HSPH researchers suggests a connection between psychological well-being and a reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events.


Do you believe your health is affected through a positive outook on life? No matter what happens to you, knocks you down, pushes you off the horse - do you let it get you down or do you overcome the natural tendency toward despair and pessimism?

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Kickstart Your Company and Your Life

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Today's #WOW is Cheryl Scoffield, who's a follow up specialist, the name its self evokes a sense of a relationship, not just a one time encounter.
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Life is an uncharted journey; you can’t go over...

Life is an uncharted journey; you can’t go over it, you can’t go under it… you have to go through it.
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Stop Sabotaging Your Business Success

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Spotlight on Success Show – Episode #28 Did you know that you could be actively sabotaging your business success with your thoughts? Do you tend to approach your work day from a proactive or reac... (Stop Sabotaging Your #Business #Success!
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Dr. Martin Seligman - The Three Blessings Exercise | Building Personal Strength

Dr. Martin Seligman - The Three Blessings Exercise | Building Personal Strength | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it

One of my favorite authors - especially his book on pessimism/optimism. I've got to get this on my Kindle right now.

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What Is The 80/20 Rule And Why It Will Change Your Life

What Is The 80/20 Rule And Why It Will Change Your Life | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it
What Is The 80/20 Rule And Why It Will Change Your Life http://t.co/N7jBgLu6 via @yarostarak...
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April 26, 1964 - The Curious Mix Of Optimism And Pessimism.

April 26, 1964 - The Curious Mix Of Optimism And Pessimism. | Personal Motivation | Scoop.it

New York Times Sunday MagazineFile under: Best Of Times - Worst Of Times.

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