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how much water should you drink?

One powerful performance habit is drinking water. As we shared in our last post, there are a lot of reasons to drink water…from physical to mental to social. But how much is enough? (more…)

three more reasons to hydrate

We all know that hydration is important for our physical health. But are you aware of the non-physical reasons to keep your body topped off? Let’s review why drinking water is a top performance habit. (more…)

willpower in action: hacking your willpower, part 3

lacing up shoes

You gave up on being perfect and decided to just start a really simple routine. You stuck with it for a couple of months and low and behold, you’ve noticed that some other parts of work and life are falling in line. What’s going on? (more…)

willpower depletion: how willpower works, part 2

shopping exhaustion and willpower depletion

You forced yourself to attend the meeting, but then said something you regret.  The day just went downhill from there…you overate at lunch, spent too much on those shoes, skipped your workout, and finished the day with an extra glass of wine.  Hot mess or just a little willpower depletion? (more…)

oops, you did it again. understanding willpower, part 1.

messy dog lacks willpower

We routinely advise clients to rely more on purpose and accountability than willpower for self-control, but it is important that you fully understand this critical component of human behavior to avoid falling prey to its insidious effects. (more…)

the habit paradox

One minute we’re doing so well.  The next minute we’re in the ditch.  The same can be said of our habits, but why? Call it the habit paradox. (more…)

FitTip: 6 health facts about coffee

A Harvard team reviewed nine studies on coffee and type 2 diabetes. Of more than 193,000 people, those who said they drank more than six or seven cups daily were 35% less likely to have type 2 diabetes than people who drank fewer than two cups daily. There was a smaller perk — a 28% lower risk — for people who drank 4-6 cups a day. The findings held regardless of sex, weight, or geographic location (U.S. or Europe).

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getting creative with the worst time of day

As human beings, our energy level and ability to focus varies throughout the day according to a natural phenomenon called circadian rhythms. Conventional thinking suggests you get your best work done during the optimal period of your natural daily rhythm. But what do you do with the non-optimal time? Two pscyhology researchers in Michigan suggest getting creative. (more…)

5 elements of fighter pilot focus

If you are tethered to a computer or smart phone, you probably struggle to maintain focus on the things that matter.  Countless times per day, your attention gets pulled from what you are doing.  What if instead, you had fighter pilot focus? (more…)

breaking my (diet) coke habit

Have you ever been in a relationship that you knew deep down probably wasn’t good for you, but you just couldn’t imagine living without? That’s how I felt about my dear friend, Diet Coke. Well, I said goodbye to my friend 1179 days ago (who’s counting). Here’s why and the one thing I did to quit. (more…)