7 Ways to Break Bad Habits (And Build Good Habits)

Breaking old habits and forming new ones can be extremely difficult. We’ve all made promises to ourselves that we’ll drink more water, exercise more frequently, or study more effectively, but it never seems to materialize. It can be difficult to maintain routines for a long time if you don’t see immediate results. Having the discipline to accomplish the things that you genuinely want to do is what habits are all about. If you’re having trouble staying disciplined, here are some suggestions to help you form new habits and keep to them, as well as break bad habits.


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Open Minded Learning and the Power of Disagreement

Open Minded Learning. Ray Dalio Principles
From: Ray Dalio – Principles

One of the most powerful tools any learner can have is the ability to be open-minded. Put succinctly, being open-minded means having the willingness to search for evidence that may go against one’s current beliefs and weigh new information fairly and without bias. Through open-mindedness, we can gain critical insights from others and apply them to our own learning. The ability to openly listen to the thoughts and ideas of others as well as create room for productive disagreements is part of what makes a growth mindset so powerful.

Being open-minded is often not an easy task, but it is necessary for improvement to occur. This article discusses how to cultivate an open mindset in life.


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Rejection: Overcoming Pain and Persevering

Rejection is painful. It can make you feel overwhelmed, ashamed, or even threatened. Regardless of if the rejection came in the form of a relationship, university admission, or something else, we suddenly become unsure of what to think about ourselves. We often focus on the past and believe our future is bleak.

But by letting rejection consume us we are not allowing for the nuanced internal discussion of our strengths and weaknesses that allow us to improve. If it goes on for too long we also allow it to negatively impact all aspects of our personal life.

Rejection is an inevitable part of life that we will all face at one point or another. By appropriately dealing with rejection we can overcome the pain, learn from our mistakes, and persevere. So for those wondering how to overcome rejection, here are some tips and tricks to help you bounce back from these experiences.


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Giving and Receiving Feedback: Critical Friends

Throughout our entire life, we will constantly be giving and receiving feedback. Students alone receive hundreds of different types of feedback from assignments, quizzes, and tests each year. Many will receive scores on standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, MCAT, and DAT. As we grow older feedback will continue to follow us in the form of job interviews, business proposals, and employee evaluations.

Life is a journey of lifelong learning; giving feedback to employees, managers, and students is part of that process. Perhaps even more importantly, it is a journey of being on the receiving end of feedback regardless of how good or bad, right or wrong, or caring or callous it is and using it to grow. Giving and receiving feedback is a skill that can, and must be, learned to be an effective team member. Let’s take a look at the process of giving feedback constructively and receiving feedback well to improve both your own learning and the learning of those around you.


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