Self Improvement

Millions of Americans resolve to lose weight each year.  Many fail. Clinical psychologist Mark Crawford of clinical consulting firm Lyles & Crawford suggests that failure to set concrete goals is at the heart of a high percentage of these failures.  Crawford offers four tips for reaching your weight loss goals: Set a specific goal Set […]

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Kevin on May 12th, 2010

Aww, Tiger.  Watching Mr. Woods during the 2nd round at Quail Hollow was bewildering and more than a little disappointing.  The guy who’s the ultimate grinder, a fierce competitor, so tough mentally – a guy who won the U.S. Open on a broken leg – essentially gave up and was merely going through the motions.  […]

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Kevin on March 24th, 2009

What more is a brand than a promise? Just as we expect Apple to deliver wonderfully imagined & designed devices, Porsche to deliver German precision and a thrilling driving experience, and Zappos to provide extraordinary service…  your personal brand represents a promise to your customers. What does your brand promise? Is it clever thinking and […]

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Kevin on January 29th, 2009

Are you sometimes crippled by fear? Afraid to try new things, tackle new challenges or meet new people?  I imagine that’s true of almost all of us at some time. I recently discovered a marvelous post on this subject by J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly. Although GRS is essentially a personal finance blog, this […]

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Kevin on January 16th, 2009

How well would you perform if faced with an emergency or disaster like the ditching of the U.S. Airways flight in the Hudson River yesterday?  You can check your “Disaster IQ” in an interactive feature at The New York Times. To learn more about behavior during disasters and how to improve your odds in a […]

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The files available via Practical Hacks’ FREE Downloads page hit the 1000 download mark this weekend.  Thanks for downloading these files and I hope they have been helpful to you!  A few notes and thoughts: One of the most popular files:  the “Simple PowerPoint business plan format.” This is a 3 page PP format I […]

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Kevin on January 2nd, 2009

I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions (although I do have one for 2009 – see below,) but I’m a firm believer in setting goals each year.  Mine primarily revolve around a few personal finance goals, a couple of personal / personal development goals, and goals for Practical Hacks as it approaches its one […]

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