Posts tagged: Instant insight

Instant Insight: Be flexible about your stubbornness


Stubbornness is one of those words that gets a good rap and a bad rap. These days in particular, to be stubborn can mean “principled” or “determined” as easily as it can mean “difficult” or “inflexible.”

The important thing is that we don’t choose one definition over the other; stubbornness should never be a constant, especially if we’re just stubborn for its own sake. There is a better way to be in control of ourselves: To be flexible about being stubborn and to always think about what’s really worth taking a stand for. It’s the only way others will take us seriously when we do decide to be
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Instant Insight: Success isn’t for its own sake


Success is something that we often wish for our friends, our family, and ourselves. Our high school yearbooks are filled with messages like Best wishes! and Good luck! because the specific goals don’t usually exist yet.

But success as an idea has to be meaningfully defined. Whether that’s saving lives, opening your own business, reading Shakespeare, learning cat portraiture, or raising children that are polite, we should strive to be successful in a way that reflects who we are and what makes us proud of our efforts. Anything else, well, really isn’t
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Instant Insight: The real things don’t change


As we grow, develop, succeed, meet new people, or take on different challenges, it’s important to remain anchored to a few, real, central principles.

Some of these truths are highly personal and based on our experiences as well as the lessons we’ve learned along the way. Others are a bit more universal and part of a greater human understanding — being kind to people, for example, is important, but so is recognizing what we individually gain from practicing kindness every single time that we
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Instant Insight: The small joys


Everywhere we look — Instagram or Facebook, television shows, movies, or magazine covers — it seems there’s always an emphasis on total perfection. The most fashionable clothes, the most photogenic meal, or the ultimate vacation. Then there’s your dream weight, your fantasy car, or what might happen if you met “the one.”

These are useful ways to sell ideas (and products), but they’re not very realistic ways to find happiness or maintain a balanced perspective. While our long-term goals or big dreams are important, our day-to-day contentment is better decided by the little things, the things that might remind us that we’re lucky and that life is
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Instant Insight: Find yourself in others


In dark or difficult moments — whether personal or interpersonal, local or global — it’s natural to feel lost or powerless. Expressing gratitude is one useful act, but stepping outside of ourselves is another way to channel grief into good. And to connect us with others who may be ailing.

Saving the entire world is a pretty big task, but performing acts of care for others, however big or small, will lift the world’s weight from your
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Instant Insight: Changing our instincts


It’s certainly not groundbreaking to say that humans, particularly thoughtful ones, spend a lot of time in their own heads. Is it our instincts or could all those hours spent questioning or wondering or second-guessing ourselves and others be directed elsewhere?

What if we dwelt less in the abstract and just let life unfold as it will? (After all, no matter how much we stress, we rarely have control over what happens.) Altering our tendencies can be daunting, but it all starts with small changes in perspective.

With that inspiration in mind, we offer this week’s Instant Insight:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Instant Insight: Build success from frustration


It’s easy to think of success as the product of careful planning and thoughtful execution. And it is. But there is also an emotional component to any process, effort, or triumph. In other words, we don’t succeed simply because we are well-prepared; we also succeed because we are motivated.

Despite what we’re often told, the motivation to truly do something — whether it’s finishing a small task or working toward a profound change — can come from moments of great anger, annoyance, or disappointment. It’s how we use our frustrations and passions as fuel that makes all the
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Instant Insight: The daily minimum


It’s both easy and natural to think of certain days (especially Mondays!) in terms of the required minimum: If I just finish this one task or do this one thing, the rest of the day can be a total wash. 

Does this sentiment sound a little familiar? It’s okay if it does. But as we contemplate what constitutes our most basic obligations each day, whether it’s at work or at home, it’s so important that we also set a simple bar for ourselves. Be sure to ask yourself a few questions daily:

What do I need today? What will make this day complete for me and no one
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