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Beat Your High Score in the Game of Life

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Life is a lot like a video game. We all start at a certain level, and then we try our best to work our way up. It’s all about taking what you have and making the most of it, always striving to be just a little bit better than you were yesterday.

There are always new and small ways to build a better life. It’s something that we can all continue to do until the day we die. No matter where you find yourself, there is always a new “high score” to beat.

You can choose to beat your high score in anything. Maybe you want to beat your time running a mile, or what grade you get on a test in Chemistry, or how much money your business makes next month.

It doesn’t matter what you strive to be better at, only that you strive to be better at something. Don’t just settle where you are, find joy in pushing yourself further and discovering new plateaus.

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The 5 Key Stages of the Creative Process

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“Creativity is a lot like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. You look at a set of elements, the same ones everyone else sees, but then reassemble those floating bits and pieces into an enticing new possibility.”

Rosabeth Kanter


Creativity can often seem like a random and spontaneous process – perhaps something we believe that most people are just lucky to be born with – however, a lot of ideas follow a creative process that isn’t so mysterious once we understand how it works.

The five key stages of the creative process include: consumption, brainstorming, critical thinking, incubation, and production. If any of these stages aren’t met, then it is unlikely your ideas will reach full fruition.

Once you understand this creative process that most ideas follow, anyone can begin improving their own creativity. Some people may naturally be more creative than others, but everyone can become more creative with the right knowledge and practice.

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The Benefits of Fasting for 24 Hours

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Fasting for a short 24 hour period, where you consume nothing but water (and sometimes low calories drinks such as black coffee or green tea), has shown to have several physical and mental health benefits.

This is a practice that I’ve been experimenting with for the past few months. I try it just once a month – but it gives me a physical and mental boost like none other.

Recent studies are just beginning to show some of the benefits associated with fasting. Check out these benefits for yourself, then consider scheduling a day to try it out. The effects may surprise you.

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Question Your Feelings

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One of the first pillars of emotional intelligence is self-awareness. This is the process of better understanding your feelings through self-observation and self-inquiry.

It requires that we look at our emotions from an objective viewpoint, and then be honest about what’s causing them and how they are influencing our actions.

Emotions guide human behavior. They are a type of knowledge, but they are often fast, intuitive, and impulsive reactions to our environment, and thus they can be prone to error.

Due to this, your feelings can be misleading if you always react to them without question. In certain times, it’s a good idea to step back and question your feelings before you choose the best way to respond to them.

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There Are Many Paths to Choose From

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“There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.”

Chinese Proverb


The beauty of life is often found in its diversity and complexity. When I observe the variety in human beings, I am endlessly fascinated and bewildered by just how diverse we can be sometimes.

We all have different interests, values, goals, beliefs, and experiences that guide our lives down a certain path. And most of these paths aren’t objectively “right” or “wrong” – they are just different.

While there are many paths we can choose from – the key for every individual is that they discover what path works best for them and makes them the most happy.

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