Can Creativity Be Learned?

Yes, Creativity Can Be Learned

Do you think creativity is the privilege of a few artistic people? Do you think some people are creative and some just aren’t… and you’re one of the latter? It’s time to think again. First, let’s address 2 myths: ‘Creativity is for artistic people’ and ‘You’re either born creative or not’. Wrong and Wrong. Creativity is not just devolved to artists and designers. Anyone can be creative…. in any field. Let me rephrase this: Anyone should be creative. Have you ever heard of creative accounting? When you think accounting, creativity is not the first thing that comes to mind and … Read The Full Article …

The Best Diet Tip In The World…

The Best diet Advice in the World

Let’s start by saying ‘diet’ does not have to mean ‘restriction’. Nor does it have to mean ‘misery’. I’ve tried various diets and become a little fascinated by the subject of health and diets (after years of not caring at all about these subjects). Though diets often contain measurement of some sort, some of the diets I’ve tried have nothing to do with cutting back on calories as long as you’re eating the right, prescribed foods. What I’ve Learned Where I’ve gained the most from trying these different diets and looking into the subject in general is in the knowledge … Read The Full Article …

Make Things Simple But Not Simpler

Make Things Simple Not Simpler

Another way of looking at ‘Less is More’ We’ve covered the concept of ‘Less is more’ in many different ways before: simplicity, decluttering, minimalism. So why another article along the same lines? Well, because, whilst the content here is not exactly groundbreaking or new in the context of what we already promote here, it is fundamental and I’d like you to reconsider it and perhaps introduce the same concepts from a slightly different angle. Commanding Attention Have you ever been in a meeting with someone who kind of commands the attention of the room without saying anything at all, or … Read The Full Article …

The Most Effective Methods To Learn …

The Most Effective Methods to Learn Are Not The One You Think

… Are not the ones you think In our school days, we concentrate on the content without spending much time learning how to learn. Yet, learning how to learn is not just important as a child or student, it follows you in your adult life whenever you receive or even deliver training. If I’d ask you how you prepare for an exam, last minute bulk revising armed with highlighters would probably come to mind. I know it does for me.  Yet, although Re-reading and Highlighting methods are cited as the most popular learning methods, it might surprise you to hear … Read The Full Article …

3 Fun Visual Techniques To Stop Anticipating The Worst

How To Stop Anticipating The Worst

Ever find yourself saying “This will never work“? Often? or “We’ll never make it“… “It’s going to go wrong“… “I’m going to be terrible“… It’s often that we anticipate the worst with no benefit apart from added worries. According to recent research women would suffer most from it. But here are 3 fun and easy techniques to stop negative anticipation. They’re based on visualization and work on our sub-conscious mind with amazingly fast results. He Who Suffers Before It’s Necessary Suffers More Than Necessary (Seneca) Positive anticipation is what makes us look forward to something. We’re filled with excitement and … Read The Full Article …

Finding It Difficult to De-clutter? Try This Simple 3-Step System

Try This 3 Step Decluttering System

Do you like the idea of de-cluttering but when it comes to it have items you just don’t want to throw away? I’ve got a system just for you. You know I like systems 🙂 1. Get Rid Of The Junk But Try This First… You shouldn’t have any qualms getting rid of junk, dirty and broken beyond repair items, surely they hold no value to you as they are. BUT before you do though… a few things to try for free: The Repair Cafe: They’re a latest trend and have been spreading like wild fire. If you’re lucky to … Read The Full Article …

The Art Of Nudging: How To Gently Influence Decisions

What do Barack Obama and Angela Merckel have in common? They believe in 'Nudging', a way to gently and effectively influence decisions. Here's how it works.

What do Barack Obama, David Cameron and Angela Merckel have in common? They all believe in ‘Nudging’. They all have ‘Nudge Units’ working for their governments and advising them on how to influence public choices simply by presenting these choices differently. It’s called Choice Architecture. Here’s the example that’s very often given when explaining Nudging because it’s simple yet very effective: changing organ donation from an opt-in to an opt-out option. Rather than having to say you want to donate your organs (which few people do), your organs will be automatically donated unless you say otherwise. Since most people don’t … Read The Full Article …

Decluttering: How Far Can You Go?

Decluttering: How Far Can You Go?

Is it “de-cluttering”, “minimalism” or “simplification”? I like the idea of keeping things simple. Apart from one particular connotation (#25), I rather like the word simple. Einstein said: “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.” I buy into that idea 1000%. In other words, make things as complex as they need to be, but as simple as they can be. Some things in life do need to be complex, but then we have a tendency to get really into stuff and over-engineer solutions, to over complicate things – to add complexity where it’s not needed. It seems like … Read The Full Article …

Ape Not Kill Ape (aka There’s Nothing Wiser Than Nature)

Ape Not Kill Ape (aka There's Nothing Wiser Than Nature)

After years of being mis-treated, experimented on and lied to by Humans – via a freak accident causing a global virus – Apes end up being the dominant race on the planet. Unlike humans, Apes survive and thrive based on one simple principle: “Ape Not Kill Ape.” They can fight, hurt each other, even beat each other to near-death, but they can not kill each other. Such a simple premise, but like all great models, ideas or principles, it IS simple. We are stronger when we are together. We are stronger when we help each other. Apes, like humans, are … Read The Full Article …

How To WIN TIME and Avoid Procrastination by Keeping Small Decisions SMALL

How To Keep Small Decisions Small

Are you like me – do you agonize over the stupidest, tiniest decision even if you know you shouldn’t be? Do you spend far too much time staring at supermarket aisles, wondering what to pick? Well, I have just the thing for you… Here’s a clever system to help you make all these small decisions quickly. At Life’s Too Good, we love systems. They’re often simple and they make life a whole lot easier. When it comes to making small decisions, the system couldn’t be simpler. 5 steps: S    Small decision? M   Minimize time, options, external opinions A    … Read The Full Article …

Efficiency Hack #15: Make it All About DATA

Efficiency Hack 15: Use a System, make it about DATA

You can be good at anything, but if you want to be GREAT, you need to remain objective, to be Zen, to be prepared to learn. This applies to ANYTHING. Any endeavour. Using a system and making it about data really helps you to be objective and therefore to be more efficient in any endeavour. How It Works Often when we’re doing any kind of activity, we get in our own way by letting our thoughts restrict our actions, either through fear of failure or limiting our expectations, but when we follow a trusted system we are able to focus … Read The Full Article …

Turn Your Body Language Into An Asset

Turn Your Body Language Into An Asset

Body language reflects how you feel. Interestingly, it works both ways. Change your body language and you’ll change how you feel. Look And Feel Confident Our body language doesn’t just tell others how we feel, it communicates it to our own mind. So… if you want to feel confident, you need to look confident. Of course, I hear you say, it’s not that simple. But, you’d be surprised to know that hodling yourself like a confident person for just 2 minutes will increase your testoterone levels (increasing your confidence) and decrease cortisol (associated with stress). Fine, but what do confident … Read The Full Article …

Glass Half-Empty? + What The Hell Is Polly Anna?

Glass Half Empty? + What The Hell Is Polly Anna?

Are you a ‘Glass Half-Empty’ Person? Do you worry too much, have a tendency to see the negative side of things or miss opportunities that are right in front of you? Occasionally I get a little email from one of our lovely readers asking or suggesting a topic I might want to write something about here on Life’s Too Good. Sometimes these are very specific problems or a little off-topic for the site so I’ll help via email, but any time I think that it fits the site & will benefit others, I’m going to write about it and share … Read The Full Article …

Beyond GROW: 3 Coaching Models That Take You Positively Forward

Coaching Models That Take You Positively Forward

Coaching provides a structured approach supported by so many different models that it can be hard to choose the right one. Here’s some help. On Lifestoogood.net we talk a lot about coaching and how to be your own life coach. Coaching is not a black box to which you feed a lot of information and which gives you back a list of actions you should take. There’s a structure to it… and there are various coaching models and approaches that provide that structure. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types of coaching models: Type 1: The Self-Awareness Models – These are … Read The Full Article …

How To Improve Upon Tim Ferris’ Slow Carb Diet (aka My New Diet Regime)

How To Improve Upon Tim Ferris' Slow Carb Diet (aka My New Diet Regime)

Just a moment, I’ll get to it… I nearly called this article ‘Crazy April’ because this month I’m trying 3 new ‘experiments’: Begin my new improved version of the slow-carb diet (this one intended to last more than 1 month but the experiment part is a month with an option to change to something different if I don’t feel it’s going in the right direction – pretty sure it will though) New exercise regime April the month of French speaking – no English allowed in our household – we’re all going to speak French only (unless we have visitors (unless … Read The Full Article …

Solve Problems Simply and Effectively with the GROW Model

Why You Need To Know About GROW

How do you pick the best way forward to solve your problems? In our article The First Steps As Your Own Life Coach, we talked about setting a good goal and then taking a first step towards it. The question is: What is that first step going to be when you think you’ve already tried everything? Several models can help. The most used by life coaches is the GROW model. (in fact this model is not just used by life coaches, but by all kinds of coaches, with many other models being some kind of variation on this one – … Read The Full Article …

The Gentle Art of Pushing Our Boundaries

The Gentle Art of Pushing Our Boundaries

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes (Jr) This story is about focus, about goals, about small changes and patience, but most of all about expanding our boundaries… As it happens, having just returned from a 3 week holiday in France (which was mostly a skiing holiday) I want to share with you a major personal breakthrough as it relates to my attempts to learn snowboarding. The reason this story is worth sharing is that the method, insights and the breakthrough itself relate very strongly to … Read The Full Article …

Want To Be A Better Communicator? Learn To Chunk

Want to be a better communicator? Learn to chunk

Less is more… More is lazy Good communication is only as good as the message received, understood and remembered at the other end. If you speak for an hour, inundating your audience with big concepts and numerous minute details, they’ll quickly reach information overload. And they’re likely to remember… … nothing! When you communicate, you need to consider the time it takes people to assimilate what you’re saying or writing about. Follow these 4 simple rules. Organize Your Ideas When items are categorized, information is much easier to make sense of and retain. And there’s no need to look at … Read The Full Article …

Sugar vs Fat: Which Is Worse For Our Health?

Sugar vs Fat: Which Is Worse For Our Health?

Weight-gain and health problems can be blamed on lots of things… Stress, Lack of Exercise and of course, Diet… If we look at the latter, two bad boys which seem to pop up more than most are ‘Sugar‘ and ‘Fat‘. People who opt for ‘Low Fat’ or ‘Low Sugar’ produce are usually not doing so because they prefer the taste (and even if they find out they do, that wasn’t the reason they started with). They are doing so either because they want to lose weight, or they want a healthier diet, or both. So which causes us to put … Read The Full Article …

Why Google Got It Wrong Or The Importance Of Being Trustworthy

"Don't Be Evil". Be trustworthy.

Why building trustworthiness is one of the best investments you could make – as a business and as an individual. And what it takes. Do you know that ‘Don’t Be Evil’ was Google’s unofficial motto from 2004 to 2009? Google, the company whose objective is to improve the lives of many. “…a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short term gains.” (An owner’s manual for Google’s shareholders). Google, the company which has also been accused of tax evasion, manipulating search results… and whose Chairman Eric Schmidt simply stated when questioned about Google tax arrangements: … Read The Full Article …