The Pleasure – Pain Principle and the Real Reason Nothing Changes in Our Lives

 

The pleasure – pain principle is simply that humans recoil from pain and run toward pleasure. That makes sense obviously. This principle is the primary reason we don’t work on our behaviors that we know we need in order to improve ourselves in all areas of life from weight loss, relationships, work, even our prayer life. The rewards of making a behavioral change are way, way, WAY out in the future while the implementation of the change in behavior causes an immediate ...

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You Can’t See the Forest for the Trees

I’ve grown to appreciate those timeless sayings that used to annoy me as a kid. You know what I’m talking about. Like “A penny saved is a penny earned” from good ol’ Ben Franklin or “Fortune favors the bold” or “Actions speak louder than words.”

I’ve come to understand the business application of many adages and especially “You can’t see the forest ...

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The Myth of the Harvard Goal Setting Study

It just made too much sense not to be true! The oft quoted Harvard Goal Setting Study stated that people who write down their goals are wildly more successful than those who do not. I’m a list guy myself from way back, so I have confirmed (to myself) the validity of this study in my own life every week-end by writing down my goals for Saturday morning.

I’m so much a list guy that if I do something NOT originally not ...

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You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack

You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
You may find yourself in another part of the world
You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
You may ask yourself: well… how did I get here?
–  Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads

When I was a kid, our family drove from Ohio via the Pennsylvania Turnpike to visit relatives in Philadelphia. The turnpike ...

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Attributes needed for success in achieving big goals

Brooke Raboutou is a young rock climber of prodigious ability. She set seven climbing records before she turned 12 years old. In this video she outlines many attributes needed for anyone to achieve big goals. In her case, it’s conquering sheer vertical rock! What challenge are you facing that seems insurmountable?

To summarize this 8 minute video Brooke says that she:

  • thrives on challenges
  • is happiest climbing – doing what she does is cool, because there’s so many ...
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How the enemy diverts you from righteous deeds and spoils them

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers,
with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.

Eph. 6:12

Father Lorenzo Scupoli wrote ‘Il Combattimento spirituale’ originally published in 1589. It remains relevant in 2015 as he describes the spiritual battle that takes place every single day for the soul of every human person.

I read this document as if written for ...

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