Adam Sicinski

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How to Develop More Charisma

How to Develop More Charisma

Have you ever met anyone who instantly won you over with their personality? They just had this incredible intoxicating energy that immediately drew you into their world. You were glued to every word they said and just couldn’t resist being around them. It was as if they gave you this incredible energy and buzz that made you feel wonderful about yourself. Charisma is of course a magnetic energy. It is a quality that expresses confidence and strength — arousing loyalty and admiration. Some people are of course naturally born with a charismatic personality, but anyone can learn to develop more charisma with a little practice.


1) THE MYSTERIOUS THINKER

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In order to develop more charisma you need to work on building a mysterious aura and vibe. A charismatic individual is someone who very often comes across as being somewhat unpredictable and mysterious. They have this energy about them that naturally intrigues people. They reveal enough about themselves to keep people interested, and yet still maintain an aura of mystery that keeps people guessing and wanting to know more. What adds to their mystery and intrigue is the fact that they come across as being incredibly inspirational and fearless. In other words, they inspire people with their courageous actions and deeds.

2) THE IRRESISTIBLE PERSONA

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Charisma is very much an intoxicating quality. It naturally draws people to itself and moves them emotionally. With this in mind, charismatic individuals often come across as being very authentic, passionate, respectful, approachable, enthusiastic, open-minded and humble. These are of course “connector” attributes, meaning that they help the charismatic individual connect and bond with the people around them on a deep emotional level. In order to develop more charisma you must work on adopting each of these attributes into your own personality, and then using them to develop deeper bonds with those you interact with.

3) THE CAPTIVATOR

How to Be More Charismatic

Charisma often comes through the voice we use and the words we speak. It expresses itself confidently, articulately and with great conviction and enthusiasm. Charismatic individuals understand how to use their voice to win people over. They for instance vary the tonality of their voice and use pauses to create interest and build anticipation. In order to develop more charisma you must work on improving your voice and how it comes across in social situations. Practice expressing yourself clearly, vary your speech and tonality, and use emotional words that draw people into your conversation.

4) THE RAPPORT BUILDER

How to Be More Charismatic

Charisma of course doesn’t only come across through our voice, it also more importantly gets expressed through our body movements and gestures. This is essentially how the charismatic individual builds deep levels of rapport with those around them. They do this by using their body to mirror and match people’s movements, facial expressions and demeanor. They understand that rapport is everything. As long as they have rapport with someone, they have their undivided attention. You too can develop more charisma by using mirror-matching techniques to build rapport with those around you.

5) THE ATTENTION SEEKER

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The charismatic individual always enjoys being at the center of attention. They do this by telling engaging stories and by using humor to draw people into their world through their demeanor. However, in order to truly capture people’s imaginations, they understand that they must also share some of that spotlight. With this in mind, the charismatic individual goes to great lengths to make people feel important and valued. They do this by asking insightful questions that encourage people to talk about their lives, goals, dreams, and aspirations. Showing this level of interest in others, naturally gets people more interested in them.

6) THE SOCIAL INFLUENCER

How to Develop Your Charisma

As you develop more charisma, you naturally grow more influential in the lives of those around you. People start looking up to you and begin valuing your feedback and opinion. Charisma is just something that naturally wins people over. It of course does this in little ways at first through the use of generous compliments that make people feel valued and special. Charisma then uses this as a platform to get people feeling better about themselves and excited about their future. This of course wins people’s respect and honor, thereby helping the charismatic individual grow more influential in their lives.


CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Why is it that so very few people develop charisma? Well, it’s because it takes a lot of work and effort. Charisma isn’t something that comes naturally for most. It’s rather something that we need to consciously focus on developing over time.

Extroverts of course often have a far easier time developing charisma than introverts. However, charisma doesn’t necessarily need to be loud and expressive. It can be more of a quiet form of influence that draws people in, in very subtle ways. Charisma is therefore not just one thing, but can actually come in many different flavors.

In the end, to develop more charisma essentially comes down to making people feel comfortable in your presence. The more comfortable people feel the quicker they fall under your influence and spell.


Six  mindsets for developing charisma

 

Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

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The Experimental Art of Problem Solving

The Experimental Art of Problem Solving

Great scientific minds have been attempting to solve problems for centuries. At times they have been successful, which has helped humanity move forward. At other times though they made mistakes. But instead of giving up, they took the time to learn from those failed experiments, which of course helped them gain valuable insights. They subsequently adapted their approach and made further breakthroughs. Scientists are certainly a persistent bunch. It could be said that they have a knack for the art of problem solving. If only we could solve our life problems in this way. Just imagine the possibilities.


1) LEARN ABOUT YOUR PROBLEM

The Experimental Art of Problem Solving

In order to master the art of problem solving you need to thoroughly understand the nature of your problem. Before scientists even begin their experiments they learn everything they can about their problem. They want to understand their problem inside-out. Without a clear understanding of their problem they simply won’t know how to proceed or what kind of experiments to run. But it’s of course not enough to just understand the problem at hand. You must also get very clear as to why this is a problem in the first place. Furthermore, you must outline what value having this problem brings to your life.

2) QUESTION YOUR CHOICES AND METHODS

The Experimental Art of Problem Solving

To successfully master the art of problem solving we need to understand the power of the choices we make. To a scientist, the results of every experiment come down to the choices that were made. Good choices lead to progress, while poor choices lead to further problems. Given this, a scientist clearly understands that they are the reason why they still have a problem on their hands. We therefore essentially become our problem. Our life problems exist because of the past choices that were made that led us to this moment. To now solve this problem, we need to make some better choices that can help us move forward in more optimal ways.

3) IDENTIFY PATTERNS AND RELATIONSHIPS

The Experimental Art of Problem Solving

The art of problem solving requires deep thought and contemplation. It requires an awareness of our predicament and surroundings. Scientists do this by looking for patterns and relationships that can help them piece together different aspects of their problem. This subsequently provides them with deeper insights and understandings into the nature of their problem. And of course ideas soon evolve and help them move forward with their experiments. We too must look for patterns and for relationships between things. Patterns help us predict what will happen next, while relationships help us form new associations.

4) QUESTION YOUR ASSUMPTIONS

The Experimental Art of Problem Solving

To master the art of problem solving requires being very vigilant of the assumptions we make. Scientists of course rarely have all the answers they need to solve their problem. They therefore make various assumptions about different aspects of their problem. If their assumptions are correct, then this helps them make progress with their experiments. On the other hand, if their assumptions are incorrect, this can very easily lead them astray. The same is of course true for us while attempting to solve our life problems. You either question the assumptions you make, or allow them to mislead you in the wrong direction.

5) POSE “WHAT IF” SCENARIOS

The Experimental Art of Problem Solving

To gain most from the art of problem solving requires working with possibilities. Possibilities naturally evolve when you pose “what if” scenarios. Whenever a scientist reaches an impasse, they quickly search for possibilities that can help them move forward with their experiment. In such instances they start asking “what if” questions. What if I thought about this differently? What if this wasn’t a problem at all? What if this wasn’t part of the problem? What if I tried that instead? Asking these types of questions can help us to view our problem in a different light — allowing us to break through the boundaries of what’s possible.

6) BRAINSTORM HOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM

The Experimental Art of Problem Solving

Mastering the art of problem solving requires a lot of experimentation. In fact, it requires a great deal of trial and error. And this is exactly how scientists operate. They test, measure and experiment. They understand that the more they know about what doesn’t work, the closer they are to a solution. It is said that Thomas Edison conducted over 10,000 experiments before he finally created a working light-bulb. Each failed experiment helped him learn and adapt his approach until he finally figured it out. And that’s how it is with life. Always brainstorm many ideas and run copious experiments. You will eventually hit the jackpot.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Committing yourself to the art of problem solving requires a great deal of patience, self-discipline, attention to detail, and perseverance. These are after all the qualities that make scientists so successful. They of course work copious hours behind the scenes, and yet we only hear about their successes. What we don’t hear about are all the failed attempts that led to that breakthrough.

Solving your life problems often follows the same sort of trajectory. You will make a lot of mistakes. You will then learn from those mistakes and adjust your approach accordingly. Then after a lot or patience, self-discipline, attention to detail, and perseverance, you will finally get your breakthrough. Others will say it was easy, but you will of course know better. The art of problem solving is never easy, which is why not a great many people will every master it.


The Six Step Experimental Art of Problem Solving

 

Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

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How to overcome self doubt

How to Overcome Self-Doubt

Do you struggle with self-doubt and insecurity? You of course have these big goals that you want to accomplish, but you just don’t seem to make any progress. That voice in your head is causing you to question you ability to get stuff done. It’s preventing you from moving forward because it constantly feeds off of your insecurities and vulnerabilities. You just kind of feel stuck right now. You want to move forward but can’t seem to find the confidence you need to take proactive action. And you desperately want to overcome self-doubt, but you just don’t know how. The answers though may lie in the following six steps.


1) OUTLINE WHAT YOU’RE UNCERTAIN ABOUT

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At the moment you are struggling with self-doubt because you feel uncertain about something. You might for instance have a goal that you would like to achieve, but the road to accomplishing that goal is somewhat challenging and unknown. This of course creates uncertainty and makes you question whether or not you are capable of moving forward. To overcome self-doubt you need to first get very clear about what exactly it is you are feeling uncertain about. Begin by identifying the goal you would like to achieve, and then describe what uncertainties exist along that path.

2) BREAKDOWN YOUR PSYCHOLOGICAL WALLS

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It’s time now to step back and take a moment to look at things objectively. Within the previous step you listed down all the things you are uncertain about with regard to achieving your goal. Go over each item on this list and assess why you are feeling uncertain. What exactly is making you doubt yourself in each situation? Now take a moment to question whether it makes any sense to feel uncertain about each of these things. It can of course be helpful here to look for evidence that contradicts your initial interpretations of the situation. You may very well be making assumptions that are leading you astray.

3) RECALL PRIOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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In order to overcome self-doubt you need to strengthen your self-confidence. With a greater level of self-confidence you will develop more self-belief to get things done. One of the best ways to inspire confidence is of course to recollect prior accomplishments. Specifically recollect moments in your life where you struggled with self-doubt, but eventually managed to pull through in the end and accomplish your goal. Recollect what you were initially uncertain about and how this made you feel. Then identify what exactly happened that inspired more certainty and confidence in your ability to get things done.

4) GAIN VALUABLE CLARITY

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Clarity is one of the key ingredients needed to help you overcome self-doubt. When you have clarity you also have more certainly, and therefore are less likely to struggle with self-doubt. However, in order to gain this valuable clarity, you will need to take into account what might be required to help you become more certain. Consider for instance the knowledge, skills, support, experience and the resources that could be useful for accomplishing your goal. Specifically, address each point of uncertainty along your journey and figure out what might be needed to help you feel more confident about yourself in each instance.

5) DEVELOP A PLAN OF ACTION

How to overcome self doubt

Having gained a greater level of certainty, you should now feel somewhat more confident in your ability to start working toward your goal. With this in mind, it’s time to draw up your plan of action. This is of course an outline of exactly what you will do, and how you will go about doing those things in the pursuit of your goal. This plan does however need to take into account the possible obstacles you might face along the way. You need to figure out how you can minimize the uncertainty that these obstacles bring. Furthermore, outline how you could potentially turn these obstacles into opportunities to help you move forward in a better way.

6) FIND A COMPELLING REASON

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The final ingredient you need to help you overcome self-doubt comes in the form of a big compelling reason. This effectively means generating enough motivation to help propel you forward toward you goal. Things are of course less uncertain now than they were. But some level of uncertainty will still exist. The one thing that will drive you forward through this uncertainty is a compelling reason for moving forward. Take a moment to list down all the things you stand to gain by achieving your goal. Then commit yourself to taking immediate action moving in the direction of your objective.


CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Overcoming self-doubt is an ongoing process that we need to consistently work through while pursuing a goal. As long as uncertainty exists, there will always be doubts.

To overcome self-doubt requires successfully working through these uncertainties. Self-confidence of course often comes from experience. With experience we figure out what works and what doesn’t work. This helps us make adjustments and move forward in a better way. But in order to get that experience we need to face uncertainty, and where uncertainty exists there will always be some level of self-doubt. However, if you’re committed and have a compelling reason for moving forward, then self-doubt will never stand in your way.


Six steps for overcoming self doubt

 

Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

Visit the IQ Doodle Store to learn more about how to use this IQ Doodle and begin optimizing the way you live your life today.


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Solve your life problems

How to Solve Life Problems

Do you know how to solve life problems? Life is of course full of problems. In fact, it’s so full of problems that at times it seems as though solving one problem creates a new problem. But having problems is a necessary part of life. And living life in optimal ways requires understanding how to solve life problems. In fact, it could be said that those who successfully work through their problems live a happier, more fulfilling and rewarding life. But how to solve life problems? Is there a formula for solving all of life’s problems? Well, maybe not a formula, but using the following six steps can definitely bring some value.


1) TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR PROBLEM

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Okay, something unexpected just happened, and you now have this big problem on your hands. Yes, absolutely life is unfair. This is just such an inconvenience. In fact, you don’t even deserve this, and you certainly don’t have the time to deal with this problem. Right now, you kind of just want to crawl under a rock — hoping in your heart that this problem will just go away. But what good will that do? What good will it do to blame, complain or make excuses? You have this problem because life has something of value to teach you. With this in mind, take responsibility and use the problem as a challenge to get better.

2) AVOID MAKING ASSUMPTIONS

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Having taken full responsibility for you problem, you are now in the right frame-of-mind to begin solving it. The best place to start is of course to use the lessons from solving past problems and applying them to your current predicament. Our past can certainly provide us with many valuable insights and clues to help us in the present moment. However, it’s important that we keep in mind that what worked in the past, may not necessarily work right now. Yes, certainly use the lessons from the past on how to solve life problems and try to apply them to your current problem, however stay vigilant and aware that other possibilities may also exist.

3) TURN YOUR PROBLEM INTO A QUESTION

How to Solve Daily Life Problems

Thinking about how to solve life problems always begins with proper perspective. However, in order to gain proper perspective you need to ask the right questions. This all of course begins the moment you decide to turn your problem into a question and start restating it in a variety of ways. This is advantageous because asking a question brings along with it possibilities and answers. It encourages us to focus on solutions rather than getting lost within the intricacies of our problem. Asking one question of course brings to mind other possible questions. And with every question asked you gain deeper insights that can help you solve your life problems.

4) SEEK ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVES

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While trying to solve your life problems you may at times get stuck. You will reach a point where you just run out of ideas and just don’t quite know how to proceed. This is the point where you need to look for alternative perspectives that will help shift your view of the problem. Books can of course be of tremendous value. Throughout history people have been solving all sorts of problems. Learn from them and use their stories of struggle and triumph on how to solve life problems in your own life. Likewise ask the people in your life for their input, ideas and suggestions. Their unique life experiences might help you see your problem in a more favorable light.

5) THINK IN PICTURES

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If ever you’re struggling to solve your life problems, it can be helpful to start thinking in pictures. Pictures will help you to bring your thoughts to life on paper in front of your eyes. Once there, you can begin playing with your thoughts, exploring your thoughts, and even re-imagining them on paper in a variety of ways. Doing so will help you assess your problem from unique vantage points and perspectives that may lead to incredible breakthroughs and ideas. You can of course do this using doodles, mind maps, metaphors and diagrams. Just tap into your inner child and allow your imagination run wild.

6) PONDER OVER YOUR PROBLEM

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Sometimes the harder we try to solve our life problems, the less progress we seem to make. If you ever reach that point, then it can be helpful to step back from trying so hard, and instead spend time pondering over your problem in a variety of ways. To ponder over a problem requires putting yourself into a relaxed state-of-mind, and then just allowing your imagination to go to work. You can of course do this while lying in bed, walking along the beach, or while meditating. Sometimes it just takes time to solve a problem. You need to give your ideas the space to manifest, to grow and expand in your imagination.


HOW TO SOLVE LIFE PROBLEMS SUMMARY

So there you have it. Those are the steps you need to take on how to solve life problems. It’s not quite a fullproof formula, but using these six steps can certainly help you work through your life problems far more effectively. Some problems will of course take a little more time and effort to solve. Just maybe you might not even be able to solve all of them. You might very well fail time and again. But within every failure there is the seed of opportunity to learn and grow from every experience that will help you to solve your life problems in better ways.


Six steps for solving lifes problems

 

Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life on how to solve life problems. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration on how to solve life problems. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

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how to control your anger

How to Control Your Anger

Has anything ever frustrated you to the point where you just lost your cool? You were of course initially calm and collected, but then all of a sudden something pushed you over the edge and you just couldn’t control your anger. You now of course have some regrets. In retrospect, you certainly could have handled yourself differently. But in the moment, you just couldn’t help yourself. You just couldn’t resist but react emotionally. You’re of course not an angry person, but it’s sometimes just difficult to control your anger in the spur of the moment. If only you had a six step process to guide you through these kind of situations.


1) RECOGNIZE ANGER

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The first step to controlling your anger always begins with self-awareness. You must become aware of your emotional recipe for anger. This essentially means recognizing how you tend to respond to anger. We all of course respond to anger a little differently, however there are some telltale signs you can look out for. These signs include tension in your muscles, grinding of your teeth, flushing of your face, clenching of your fist, and an ever increasing sound of your voice. Recognizing these signals will provide you with an early warning system that alerts you to the fact that you are about to lose control.

2) REMOVE YOURSELF

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As you recognize your anger slowly bubbling up to the surface, it’s important that you now take the time to remove yourself from the situation. Yes, actually step away from the situation and take a moment to calm yourself down. All you need is just a few minutes to be alone with your thoughts. You of course need this time to fully process what just happened in a rational and objective way. Just tell yourself that everything will be okay and that you are in full control of your emotions. Now take a few deep breaths and release any pent up energy. Just relax fully and be very mindful of how you are in this very moment.

3) IDENTIFY TRIGGERS

How to Control Anger: 6 Tips to Manage Your Anger

Now that you are in a better emotional place, you can think more rationally about your predicament. Take a moment to think through exactly what happened and why this made you feel agitated. Your objective here is to try to identify what exactly stirred up these angry feelings. Was it something a person said? Was it maybe something they did? Was it potentially something they didn’t do? Maybe what you expected would happen, didn’t, and this riled up your emotions. Have a think about what exactly triggered your anger, then question why you felt agitated and angry in that particular situation.

4) EVALUATE SITUATION RATIONALLY

how to control your anger

In order to control you anger, you now need to begin evaluating the situation rationally. In other words, challenge yourself to view your predicament in a more helpful and beneficial way. Possibly things aren’t as bad as you make them out to be. Just maybe you overreacted to these events or misinterpreted the situation. How you are feeling in this very moment is a direct result of the story you are telling yourself about what just happened. Change that story and you change your view of the situation. Maybe this really isn’t worth getting angry about. Just maybe there’s a better way to respond to this situation.

5) SELECT AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE

Controlling Anger

Having taken a moment to think things through rationally and objectively, it’s now time to choose how you will respond to this situation. Your objective is of course to respond in an optimal way that helps you make the most of your predicament. Although when it comes to controlling your anger, remember that you always have a choice. You can for instance choose to either avoid the situation, to control your anger, to release pent up anger, or to redirect your anger in more optimal and helpful ways. The key is of course to respond in a way that is most helpful for you, for everyone involved, and most beneficial to the situation at hand.

6) LEARN FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE

how to control your anger

Having responded in an appropriate manner, it’s time now to learn from your experience. Take a moment to assess how you handled the situation and how you handled yourself in this situation. How did you respond? What was the outcome? How did other people respond to you? Did you make the best of the situation? Could you potentially have handled things differently? Would that have made any difference? How else could you have responded and what impact would that have had on the situation? Now take all these lessons and figure out your next actions. How will you respond in the future when facing a similar situation?


CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

To control your anger of course takes practice. Often when we get angry it’s because of a habitual patterned response that we have conditioned into our psyche over a lifetime. In order to change this pattern we need to establish a new and more helpful patterned response. In other words, you need to work on developing a new habit. This of course takes time and significant amounts of consistent repetition.

However, if you’re committed to making positive changes in the way you respond to people and circumstances, then this is certainly something that is very doable. And it all of course begins when you fully commit yourself to the decision that you will start taking control of your anger starting today.


Six Steps for Controlling Anger

 

Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

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How to study smarter not harder

How to Study Smarter Not Harder

Have you ever wondered how in the world some students always seem to get top grades while others persistently struggle? What is it exactly that these students do differently that makes them so smart? How do they study? Do they have a special study routine that accelerates their results? Just maybe they study smarter not harder, and that makes all the difference. What if we could remove the veil and explore the process they use to get top grades? Maybe you could then copy this process of steps and integrate it into your own study routine. You could then study smarter not harder and accelerate your ability to become an effective learner.


1) CREATE AN IDEAL STUDY ENVIRONMENT

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An effective study routine doesn’t begin with how you study, it rather begins with where you study. The study environment you choose influences your ability to focus, to concentrate, to remember, and to persist through difficulties. A study environment that is cluttered, noisy, disruptive and uninspiring will hinder you at every step. On the other hand, a study environment that is comfortable, organized, quiet and aesthetically pleasing will help you stay focused, motivated and inspired. Your environment therefore becomes the first key towards helping you study smarter not harder.

2) SET SMART STUDY GOALS

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In order to study smarter not harder you need to have some very clear goals in mind. Goals will of course provide direction for your study session. Their prime objective is to keep you focused on the right things and motivated to take massive action. When setting goals think of the acronym SMART. Make your goal specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timed. This effectively translates into the following four steps: 1) Specify exactly what you want to achieve. 2) Describe the specific actions you will take. 3) Set a realistic time frame for accomplishing these actions. 4) Outline how you will measure your progress.

3) GET INTO AN IDEAL LEARNING STATE

6 Proven Tips to Study Smarter

Before you even begin to study, it’s important to take the time to get into an ideal learning state. An ideal learning state will of course allow you to stay focused for longer. It does this because it is fueled by anticipation, motivation and desire. Now of course, the process of setting SMART goals made up the first part of this equation. The second part of this equation requires that you get very clear about two things. First you must specify why learning this material is important, and secondly you must outline how you will benefit as a result. Answering these two questions will prime your brain for the upcoming study session.

4) MAKE LEARNING RELEVANT

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In order to get the most from every study session, it’s absolutely critical that you make what you’re learning relevant and readily applicable to your life and circumstances. To do this you must take two things under consideration. First, have a think about the knowledge you will acquire by learning this material. Secondly, consider the skills that you could potentially develop as a result of that knowledge. The key here is to clarify exactly how this material you’re learning can be applied to your situation. Doing this will immediately spark your motivation and put you into a more optimal state-of-mind.

5) QUESTION EVERYTHING

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Having thoroughly primed your brain for the study session, it’s now time to start learning the material. And this is precisely where you need to begin to study smarter not harder. The one key difference that separates the smartest students from the rest comes down to the questions they consistently ask themselves while learning. A smart student is driven by an insatiable curiosity to want to know more. Given this, they enter each study session with three things on their mind. 1) To clarify what it is they already know. 2) To uncover what they don’t know. 3) To figure out what questions they need answered.

6) TAKE REGULAR STUDY BREAKS

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Some students believe that the more hours they put into their studies, the more they will learn. However, this is often not the case. To study smarter not harder actually means putting in less in order to learn more. However, this must be done in the right way, and this is of course where study breaks come into the picture. Taking 5 minute study breaks every 25 minutes actually helps promote better assimilation of information. This works because your brain needs time to integrate and make sense of the information it is learning. It needs time to process and make relevant associations to help you understand things at a deeper level.


STUDY SMARTER NOT HARDER SUMMARY

Maybe this article wasn’t quite what you had expected. You were probably thinking that you were going to get all these incredible study techniques that will help you to study smarter not harder.

Well, these techniques do actually exist, and you will find some of them in the resource list below. But the honest truth is that these kind of techniques are actually quite useless if you don’t first take the time to put yourself into an ideal state-of-mind that primes your brain for learning. 

In the end, it really doesn’t matter what technique you use. If you’re brain isn’t interested and receptive, then you’re just wasting your time.

With this in mind, do yourself a favor and try following these six steps over the next couple of weeks. See what results you get. You might even be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to study smarter not harder. 🙂


Six steps to study smarter not harder

 

Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas to help you study smarter not harder. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

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How to Have More Patience

How to Have More Patience

Do you feel at times that a lack of patience is letting you down? You of course understand the value of patience and would like to become a more patient person, but for one reason or another you struggle to contain yourself. Your life just moves at a faster pace, and waiting for things to happen just ain’t part of your nature. Waiting of course leads to frustration, and frustration leads to poor choices and regrets. If only you knew what it would take to have more patience. You could then control your emotional impulses and handle yourself in far more optimal ways. This is of course possible, using the following six steps.


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1) RECOGNIZE YOUR IMPATIENCE

How to Have More Patience

The first step to developing more patience comes through mindful self-awareness. This involves becoming aware of your reactions and responses to people, events and circumstances. Impatience at first of course often manifests as a slight discomfort and agitation you feel in the pit of your stomach. Instead of being present and mindful of the situation, your mind begins to wander and think ahead of itself. This causes you to feel a little anxious, and frustration eventually ensues. During these early moments, it’s important that you stay mindful of your thoughts and reactions. Just observe and be there within the moment.

2) TAKE A LONG DEEP BREATH

How to Have More Patience

At this stage it’s important that you don’t allow your emotions to get out of control. You need to essentially reel in any frustrations you might be feeling with this person or situation. The moment you allow your frustrations to get out of hand is the moment you lose control of yourself in this particular situation. In order to avoid this scenario, just settle yourself within the moment and focus all your attention on your breath. Just breathe in and out for several counts without worrying about anything else. Just be still and present within that moment — fully absorbed in the movement of your breath.

3) IDENTIFY TRIGGERS

6 Tips to Help You Be a More Patient Person

Having settled your emotions, you now have greater clarity-of-mind and can therefore see things more objectively. It’s time now to quickly assess the situation and figure out what exactly caused you to feel impatient. Question why you are feeling impatient about this person or situation. Also reflect on what might have triggered these feelings. What specifically happened? What did the other person do? Or, what didn’t they do that made you feel this way? Identifying these triggers will allow you to better assess the situation, which can then potentially help you figure out how to view it in a more helpful way.

4) PRACTICE EMPATHY

How to Have More Patience

If the trigger for your impatience involves another person then empathy is something that can be of tremendous value. Empathy is essentially an awareness you have of another person’s feelings and emotions. It’s an ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking, feeling and going through in that particular moment. In other words, you are essentially putting yourself into the other person’s shoes and trying to experience this situation from their vantage point. This is of course extremely valuable. Seeing the circumstances from their perspective will encourage you to question whether impatience is the right response in this situation.

5) CHALLENGE HOW YOU SEE THINGS

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Now that you are more open-minded about things, it’s time to question whether or not impatience is actually the right response in this particular situation and at this particular time. You of course feel a certain way about things because of the stories you have been telling yourself. Change those stories, and you immediately change your view of the situation. Possibly there is value in showing patience in this moment. If there is, then it’s now time to look for that value and embrace this new perspective. How you handle yourself in this situation could very well present you with some valuable life lessons.

6) CHOOSE YOUR BEST COURSE OF ACTION

How to Have More Patience

Having fully explored your feelings and looked at various views and perspectives of the situation, it’s now time to decide how you will respond. Every situation will of course be different. Your impatience might very well be tied to time sensitive factors that are somewhat out of your hands. In such instances, you might decide to act to resolve your feelings and embrace impatience as a motivating force that pushes you forward. Alternatively, you could choose to just be there in the moment and wait it out until the situation resolves itself. Or finally, you could just decide to observe and learn from your experience.


CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

To have more patience in every situation is something that we need to work on and practice. It’s not something that we will suddenly develop overnight. It’s rather something that we need to adopt into our lives gradually over time.

To have more patience in life of course seems like such a small and insignificant thing. It surely won’t make much of a difference, right? Well it actually probably just might.

To have more patience means that you are more in control of your emotions and therefore more in control of how you respond to people and circumstances. As a result you are able to make rational decisions that can help you move your life forward in more optimal ways.


Six steps for developing more patience

 

Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

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How to Lead and Influence People

How to Lead and Influence People

Do you work as a manager or hold a position of authority within your organization? As a leader your objective is to get the very best from the people you manage. But in order to get their very best, you first need to win them over by gaining their respect and admiration. But how exactly does that work? How can we manage, lead and inspire people all at the same time? How can we essentially become somebody they look up to and admire? Well the answer to that question is to become a mentor of sorts that leads and directs people down an optimal path. Here are six guiding principles to help you get started.


1) EXPECT THE VERY BEST FROM PEOPLE

How to Lead and Influence People

Great leaders understand that people often live up to the expectations that are set for them. Set low expectations and people will get lazy and under perform. Set high but realistic expectations, and people will move heaven and earth to live up to them. Great leaders therefore instinctively expect the very best from the people they manage. Moreover, they understand the incredible value of giving people a fine reputation to live up to. They therefore always use encouraging words that put people into an expectant and positive state-of-mind. This encourages them to get the very best from themselves in every situation.

2) ENCOURAGE PEOPLE AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY

How to Lead and Influence People

Great leaders lead and influence people by encouraging them at every opportunity. They will for instance praise people even for the slightest of improvement and progress. They do this because they understand that massive change doesn’t happen overnight. It rather happens gradually over time. Encouraging small improvements helps them guide people in the right direction toward bigger goals and organization-wide objectives. It also helps keep people focused and motivated on moving forward in small ways. This of course builds momentum over time while also promoting positive change.

3) DELEGATE USING QUESTIONS

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Great leaders lead and influence people through effective delegation of tasks, projects and responsibilities. However, they don’t delegate by barking out orders or by telling people what to do. They instead strive to empower people to take personal initiative to get things done. They of course do this by asking effective questions that encourage people to take ownership of their tasks and responsibilities. By taking ownership, people feel more empowered to do whatever it takes to get the job done as effectively and efficiently as possible. They feel responsible and therefore work harder to get optimal results.

4) REFRAIN FROM TAKING CREDIT

How to Lead and Influence People

Great leaders understand that they need to always empower people in order to get the very best from them in every situation. People need to feel valued and appreciated for their effort and for the work they do. They need to feel as though their time was well spent, and that it helped move the organization forward. However, effort doesn’t always translate into results. And this is of course where a great leader steps in. A great leader is always willing to give people a helping hand in order to push projects forward. And when the project eventually succeeds, they will never take the credit, but will instead applaud the people involved.

5) PROVIDE CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK

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Great leaders understand the value of giving constructive feedback. Moreover, they understand how to use it to help empower people to improve performance. Their goal is not to make people feel guilty about their mistakes, but to rather help them learn from their experience, which of course allows them to move forward in a better way. With this in mind, great leaders always begin by showing their honest appreciation. They then mention their own mistakes, give their feedback, and then ask the person for their takeaways. Then finally, they allow the person to walk away from the situation with their respect and dignity intact.

6) ENCOURAGE POSITIVE CHANGE

How to Lead and Influence People

Great leaders understand that nobody is perfect. Everyone has their personal flaws that make them feel insecure and inadequate. Instead of making a big deal about people’s limitations, great leaders move in the opposite direction and choose instead to set clear standards that encourage positive change. They don’t concern themselves with how a person is within this particular moment. Their primary objective is to lead them down a better path where their insecurities no longer hold them back from working to their full potential. One way they achieve this objective is by making people’s flaws seem easy to correct and change.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

So there you have it. Those are the six guiding principles on how to lead and influence people. Following these guidelines of course won’t be easy. It will take compassion, dedication and effort on your part to transform how you interact with those around you. However with time, as you begin to change how you approach and interact with people, they will progressively grow to respect and admire your new leadership style. And that will of course signify the turning point where you finally tap into your power to lead and influence people in empowering and actionable ways.


Six ideas to lead and influence people

Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

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How to win friends and influence people

How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to win friends and influence people is the title of one of the best selling non-fiction books of all time. The book was written by Dale Carnegie and first published in 1936. But why did Dale Carnegie write this book? And why is this topic so important? We are of course social creatures living in a social world. Every day we influence people to help us, to support us, to love us, and even to buy our stuff. Our ability to win friends and influence people effectively determines how successful we are at living life. And this of course all begins when we meet someone for the very first time. Here are six ideas for making a great first impression.


1) SMILE SINCERELY AND USE THE PERSON’S NAME

How to win friends and influence people

When meeting someone for the very first time we get a certain vibe or energy about them. When a person comes across as warm and friendly, this naturally makes us feel more comfortable in their company. It helps us relax and be more vulnerable, open and inviting. We are therefore more naturally receptive to being influenced by them simply because they made us feel good in their presence. In order to make this impression on people, you need to project a friendly and warm energy. Smile sincerely, move gracefully, be open, genuine, lighthearted and use the person’s name throughout the conversation.

2) ENCOURAGE THE OTHER PERSON TO SPEAK

How to win friends and influence people

Having made a great first impression, your next objective is to keep this person interested and engaged. One of the best ways to do this is to ask sincere, genuine and non-threatening questions. More specifically, ask questions about them, about their life, about their work, interests and passions. By encouraging the other person to speak, allows you to get to know them at a deeper emotional level. Likewise it makes the other person feel more relaxed and comfortable in your presence. What typically happens, is that the more you allow them to talk about themselves, the more interesting you essentially become.

3) GIVE HONEST AND SINCERE APPRECIATION

How to Win Friends & Influence People

As your conversation progresses forward, pay attention to the little things the other person shares with you. Specifically listen to the stories they tell you about themselves and about their life and circumstances. Pay particular attention to all the things that they are proud of becoming, accomplishing or doing. These are the nuggets of gold you need to help you build deeper bonds and emotional connections. Use these moments to give them honest and sincere appreciation for all they have done and become. Moreover, find ways to show this person how much you genuinely understand and respect everything about them.

4) MAKE THE PERSON FEEL IMPORTANT

How to win friends and influence people

As your conversation moves along, encourage the other person to talk about their personal struggles and the problems that are holding them back in life. Talking about such matters is of course not easy, it can however help you connect with them at a deeper emotional level. But make sure though that you’ve established enough rapport by this stage of your interaction. One way to do this is to make the other person feel important. As they share their stories and personal experiences with you, express how much you value their intelligence, effort and character in a genuine and sincere manner.

5) BE VULNERABLE, GENUINE AND REAL

How to win friends and influence people

So far the other person has spent a great deal of time talking about themselves. This is of course exactly what you want, however it’s now time to balance the scales. In order to fully trust you, the other person needs to see that you are vulnerable, genuine and real. This requires that you now open up about yourself and about your own life and experiences. However, this isn’t the time to blab on about all your accomplishments and triumphs. Instead, talk about your personal struggles and problems. More specifically, show your humanity by admitting to your mistakes and failures. Allow the other person to connect with you on an emotional level.

6) DON’T CRITICISE, CONDEMN OR COMPLAIN

How to win friends and influence people

You have done so very well up to this stage of your interaction. However, to truly win friends and influence people you still need to continue being very personable, friendly, supportive and upbeat. Don’t for instance fall into the trap of criticizing or condemning the other person for raising certain opinions or beliefs. This will instantly ruin your rapport and the respect you’ve established. Likewise, don’t complain about things not working in your life. Nobody admires those who complain. People admire the underdog who fights through their struggles and takes full responsibility for their life and circumstances.


CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

To win friends and influence people sure ain’t easy. It’s something that takes a lot of work and effort. In fact, it’s an ongoing process that goes well beyond your very first interaction with someone.

Over the long-run, people grow to respect those who are constantly there for them, who listen to them, who support them, who value them, and who make them feel important and acknowledged. And of course as that respect grows, the more your influence grows over them, over their decisions, and over their life. And it all of course started with that very first interaction where you committed yourself to following Dale Carnegie’s sagely advice on how to win friends and influence people. 🙂


Six ideas to win friends and influence people

Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

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How to Solve a Problem Using Six Steps

How to Solve a Problem Using Six Steps

What does it take to become a great problem solver, and why is it so important? More specifically, what does it actually take to solve a problem? Problem solving is of course something that we do every single day. Life is full of problems, and in order to live life in optimal ways we must successfully overcome these problems. The level of happiness and fulfilment we experience is essentially tied to our ability to solve problems effectively. But is there a method or a process of steps we could take that would help us solve a problem? Well there actually is, and it requires working through six key phases.


1) THE PREPARATION PHASE

How to Solve a Problem Using Six Steps

The preparation phase requires getting to know your problem at an intimate level. Begin by defining your problem in writing and then highlighting possible causes and desired outcomes. In order to solve your problem you need to be very clear about the nature of your problem. You must understand the What, When, Where, Why, Who and the How of your problem. For instance, ask yourself, what happened? When did it happen? Where did it happen? Why did it happen? How did it happen? And, who was involved? When you’re done, turn your problem into a question before launching into the next phase of this process.

2) THE GENERATION PHASE

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Now that you have clearly defined your problem, it’s time to move onto the generation phase. This phase of the problem solving process involves brainstorming ideas that can potentially help you to successfully solve your problem. Your first objective is of course to list down as many ideas as possible, without judgment or criticism. Just list whatever ideas come to mind. Having completed this list, your next task is to take into consideration the benefits of each solution and the possible drawbacks that may arise. However, don’t allow drawbacks to dishearten you at this early stage of the problem solving process.

3) THE INCUBATION PHASE

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To solve a problem successfully often requires a lot of time and patience. Within the previous phase you spent a great deal of mental energy coming up with ideas and solutions. Your brain now needs time to process this information. This is where the incubation phase comes into play. Here within this phase of the process, you need to completely step away from your problem and indulge in a brainstorming nap. A brainstorming nap simply involves lying down with your eyes closed and just allowing your thoughts to drift. This allows your brain to go to work making new connections and associations.

4) THE EVOLUTION PHASE

The Six Step Problem Solving Model

Having completed your brainstorming nap, you should now feel mentally refreshed and maybe even quite inspired. It’s time to put this energy to good use within the evolution phase. This phase of the problem solving process involves the evaluation of potential solutions. Here you would spend time reviewing all your ideas, combining ideas, prioritizing ideas, and then eventually deciding upon a single idea for implementation. It’s important to also take into account potential scenarios that might result from moving forward with one idea over another, and the opportunity costs that might arise.

5) THE IMPLEMENTATION PHASE

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Having reached the implementation phase, you should now have one single idea in mind that will hopefully get you your desired outcome. It’s important though that you are very clear about what it is you want to accomplish, and how this idea will help bring that vision to life. Consider also the resources, tools and the support you might need to put this idea into action. How can all these elements be used to solve your problem most effectively? Also take into consideration possible obstacles you might face and how you could potentially overcome them. Only then should you settle on outlining a plan of action.

6) THE LEARNING PHASE

The Six Step Problem Solving Model

The final phase for solving a problem typically comes after the problem. This is of course the learning phase where we learn from our experience and use it as a platform that helps us work through future problems far more effectively. But the real learning phase actually begins while we are still working through the problem. We learn from our actions when we take the time to actually monitor our progress. Understanding what works and what doesn’t work can help us make more effective choices. We learn from these experiences and then adjust our course of action while still working on the actual problem.


CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Solving a problem can very quickly become a time consuming experience. However, it’s something that we can certainly get more proficient at with practice. Understanding each phase of this process is of course a great start, however problem solving also requires patience, self-discipline, determination and creativity.

Great problem solvers are also flexible and willing to adapt to changing conditions and circumstances. Moreover, they understand that what worked in the past may very well not work in the present moment, or apply to this particular problem. As such, it’s important that we are always vigilant of our unhelpful assumptions. Never allow these assumptions to lead you astray.


The six step problem solving method

Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

Visit the IQ Doodle Store to learn more about how to use this IQ Doodle and begin optimizing the way you live your life today.


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