Creating new habits

Our habits are deeply rooted within us and they are difficult to break, but there are ways to acquire new and better habits.

bike race

Everyone who has ever had a goal (e.g. completing an amateur bike race) quickly realises that only a general desire to accomplish something is not enough. Carrying out such a project, not least if you start as an untrained couch potato, requires willpower, stamina to overcome adversity and perseverance to continue exercising despite aching muscles and an enticing TV sofa.

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Seven tips how to get more time for yourself!

Perhaps the greatest threat to our creativity is our fragmented time. In today’s working life, it is hard to have one hour of undisturbed time that can be devoted to exactly what you want.

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Think about where you were when you last got a good idea or solved a problem. Maybe you were taking a shower, or walking in the forest, or picking shells on the beach. But most likely you were not at work.

Your brain functions so that it constantly stores new impressions. When you struggle with a problem to be solved, the brain needs time to process the problem and relate it to all the information it has already stored.

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Does the creativity come from the right brain?

We often hear that creativity comes from the right brain, but this is a myth. To create, we need to use both our brain hemispheres and have a good interplay between them.

brain hemispheres

As most people know, our fantastic brain is divided into two brain hemispheres with dominance for different functions. These are in intense contact with each other and the constant interaction between them makes us into the complex beings we are with intellect, thoughts, feelings and a fantastic ability to create and to perceive all the nuances of the world.

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The ingredients of motivation

Motivation is the driving force behind all our actions, from going up when the alarm clock rings in the morning to climbing Mount Everest.

motivation

Motivation is our desire to do things or to achieve results. Motivation is what makes us act, whether it is to eat a sandwich to still the hunger or to read the morning paper to know what is happening in the world. Motivation is the deciding factor in achieving your goals – and research shows that we can influence both our motivation and our self-control.

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Getting into the wonderful state of flow

Have you ever been absorbed so completely by an activity that you ended up in a positive state where you completely lost the sense of time? Then you’ve probably been in “flow”. This state of total presence is accessible to everyone.

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One of the most powerful state of minds we can experience is when we work on the peak of our abilities and everything works. Everything just flows in a state as its foremost explorer, the Hungarian-American psychologist Mihály Csikszentmihályi (pronounced: Mihaj Tsjiksentmihaji), has described as “getting into flow”.

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Seeing things from different perspectives

We often do what we have always done and there is therefore a lot of room for improvement by questioning and changing perspectives.

Picasso - portrait of Dora Maar

Different people can have completely different experiences when confronted with the same stimulus. A certain piece of music can be perceived by one person as something happy and positive while another person associates the same music with a broken heart. The same music can therefore give rise to both elated joy and deep sadness.

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Can you solve these outside-the-box riddles?

Here is another set of riddles that are designed to test your ability to think differently.

Ouside the box

Here are ten insight riddles that require a somewhat different “lateral” thinking to solve, i.e. breaking out of the normal thought barriers.

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