Tips for Improving Self-Control

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
Defining and Analyzing Self-Control From my experience, self-control in our daily lives is to be able to avoid doing unproductive activities in order to give our time, energy, and other resources to more productive activities.  Discipline then could be looked at as being able to do the more productive activities consistently in our lives.  Although the definition of these two words could be looked at from many different angles, I see self-control and discipline as two sides of the same coin.   Life ...
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A Few Practical Suggestions for Improving Discipline in Your Life

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
How Do We Define Discipline? Discipline as referred to in our daily lives and as I have discovered, is the ability to do what we know is the right thing consistently in any given situation.  This is different from self-control in the sense that self-control is the ability to not do what we know is wrong in any given situation.  Although these definitions could vary depending on your perspective and how you think about these words, to me they seem to ...
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How Can I Become a More Flexible Person?

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
A Reoccuring Truth As we live our daily lives we are faced with changing circumstances and variables that we have no control over which continually affect us to one degree or another.  To me this reminds me that we are not in control of the world around us.  This may seem obvious to some, but sometimes we need to be reminded of this thought when we don't get the immediate outcomes we had planned for.  The most important thing we can ...
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Embracing Adulthood

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
This article called Embracing Adulthood is being written as a result of multiple observations of individuals, groups, and society in general.  It appears that in many countries in the world today we see the development of a "dependency culture" at various levels of society.   What is "A Dependency Culture?" A dependency culture is prevalent where one "ruling class" of people make it their task to lord over another people group "for their own well-being."  This can occur in overcontrolling families, extreme ...
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Disintegrated People

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
What are "Disintegrated People" Simply put, disintegrated people are those of us who have not brought into harmony aspects of our lives resulting in intrapersonal (within ourselves) and interpersonal (socially) conflict.  Frustration, confusion, loneliness, and conflict many times are some of the fruit of this lack of harmony.  What Causes Disintegration? So what leds people to this state of disintegration? There are a couple of causes of this and the factors that cause us to be in this state may be a single ...
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Reflections on Free Will

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
My Focus In various discussions with others and some readings, I've heard some negative reflections on free will.  Usually they involve someone else's poor decisions or the evil that exists in the world today.  In this article I would briefly like to reflect on some of the more positive thoughts on free will and how they can encourage and motivate us. How Can Free Will Be An Asset? Free will allows you to transcend your past history by learning from your mistakes.  All throughout ...
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Suggested Solutions to Reconcile the Concentrated/Simple Food Diet with the 4 Food Groups

by Steve Martin Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Food and Drink
Are the Four Food Groups Contradictory to the Concentrated/Simple Food Diet? So let's do a short review of the Four Food Groups.  To start with, the dairy group includes milk, yogurt, and cheese.  The recommended servings are 2 to 3 a day. The protein group includes poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nuts.  The serving for the average person is again 2 to 3 servings a day.  However, for weight lifters or body builders the recommending intake of protein is equivalent ...
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The Role of Income-Related and Investment-related Institutions in Personal Financial Planning-part 2

by Steve Martin Finance
Choosing a Financial Path to Travel 1.  Start with the end in mind by discovering your purpose.  Your purpose is something you can get excited about.  Your purpose is the legacy you want your life to leave.  It can be your one of your motivating reasons for moving forward and persevering when circumstances become difficult and challenging.  You can also think about how to plan so that you get to this final cause in a quicker and smoother way. 2.  If you ...
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The Role of Income-Related and Investment-Related Institutions in Personal Financial Planning- Part 1

by Steve Martin Finance
What Are These Articles About? These articles will discuss some of the contemporary institutions that relate to personal income and financial planning and discuss advantages and disadvantages of each and how this information could be formulated into a variety of financial plans tailored to each individual's unique characteristics, talents, and life situations. What are Some Specific Institutions? Corporations- Corporations became more useful in the early 1800's when a more intense Industrial Revolution began.  They were ideal for raising large amounts of money and giving ...
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Living on Less Than You Earn

by Steve Martin Finance
Suggestions for Living on Less Than You Earn One way to build up wealth is to slowely decrease your liabilities (debts and expenses for example) by paying them off and increase your assets by saving and investing.  Here are a couple of helpful suggestions to consider using in order to live on less than you earn: Create a monthly budget to live off of or a Personal Profit Margin (PPM).  Budgets help all of us to not spend more than we earn or ...
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Health Tips You May Not Have Heard 3

by Steve Martin Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
A Few More Healthy Tips Although I am neither a doctor nor a nutritionist, here are a few more health tips that you may not have heard of that I've learned through credible sources and my own healthy lifestyle: Wait 30 minutes after eating breakfast to brush your teeth if you can.  I generally don't brush before breakfast because to me it doesn't make sense to brush and then eat breakfast since your teeth will need brushing again afterward.  The general guideline ...
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Some Basic Questions to Start a Conversation

by Steve Martin Relationships, Self Improvement
Have you ever met someone new and had that awkward feeling of not know how to begin an intelligent conversation?  You're definitely not alone.  Many of us haven't been taught or seen someone model how to start a basic conversation with someone they just met.  And with our busy schedules and living in the information age, basic social skills can easily be lost in the busy lives.  Here are a few pointers that will be helpful.   Using the "FORM Method" I've used ...
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The Path of Peace, Productivity, and Prosperity

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
The Composition of Our Lives The universe and our lives are composed of many contrasting elements, factors, or forces.  Examples of this are light and darkness, hot and cold, masculine and feminine to name only a few.  There are degrees and/or graduations of these contrasting elements in our lives.   The Swinging Pendulum We all experience and feel variations of these elements in our lives.  For example, many of us know when we have too much time in solitude and desire to socialize.  Or ...
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Using Leverage as a Tool for Success

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
What is Leverage and Some Examples One of the greatest tools for success in anything a person can use is leverage.  So what is leverage?  One definition of leverage is using a force or factor to it's maximum advantage.  Let's use some examples from physics.   A nutcracker is a tool some of us have probably used at times in our lives to open walnuts or other shelled nuts by maximizing the use of pressure in our hands to crack the shell of ...
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The Friendship Dating Journey

by Steve Martin Relationships
Why Frienship First? Once you have discovered an individual who is basically compatible and healthy or on their way to being healthy as well as mutually interested, I've found that the best approach is to build a great friendship with the intention of seeing where the friendship dating journey takes you in a year or so generally speaking.  It's easy for people to be on their best behavior in the initial dating process and not knowing personal habits is a larger ...
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How Can I Date Successfully? More Thoughts...

by Steve Martin Relationships
Here's a couple more helpful thoughts on the subject of dating: Healthy people many times come from healthy communities.  As I read articles and books and listen to various CD's, from time to time I come across some speakers or authors who either write about or speak about the lost art of connected communities and how to make an effort to revive these communities in a local way.  As you look around the globe you find small towns in developed countries ...
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How Can I Date Successfully?

by Steve Martin Relationships
What Is Your Definition of Successful Dating? As I talk to different people, I hear many ask the question of "How can I date successfully?"  It's important to define what you mean by success.  After all, whenever facing a new endevear, I like to know what I'm seeking to accomplish.  Usually if the new experience or project is important enough, I will probably set goals.  For me goals need to be ownable (something I would want to do), reachable (realistically I ...
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What is the Meaning of the Word Respect?

by Steve Martin Relationships
If you have been keeping up with the latest current events you have probably heard about the recent and tragic school shooting in Florida.  This tragic event and previous shootings in general have brought up multiple questions that at times have led to debates on how to prevent such tragedies from occurrng in the first place.  Although the issues that been brought up are relevant, there is one basic issue that I think has not been discussed enough.  This is ...
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Health Tips You May Not Have Heard 2

by Steve Martin Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
Here are a few more health tips you may not have heard to assist in the goal of living a healthier life: You may have heard by now that the recommended amount of sleep from many in the health and wellness industry is 7 to 8 hours for the average adult.  Now when we say sleep we are talking about the unconscious sleep where your body is able to rejuvenate, etc.  So what can you do to help your body fall ...
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Health Tips You May Not Have Heard

by Steve Martin Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
Health care services and products has become a big industry in many industrialized and developing nations.  This has led to more discussions on health care and preventative and maintenace strategies for health and well-being.  There are many things we have learned in school growing up like diet and the four food groups to the need for regular exercise a couple of times a week.  Here are a few health tips you may not have heard that I have learned through ...
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