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The Best of Lifehack – July 2012

The Best of Lifehack – July 2012


    July has come to a close, and now it’s time to present the best of the month gone by with the latest edition of our Best of Lifehack series.

    This month we covered a wide range of topics here at Lifehack (as we do), as well as launched a couple of new initiatives in Lifehack Lessons and Lifehack Quotes. It’s been a busy month here and as we head into the latter half of the year we’ll keep bringing you the great content you expect from Lifehack.

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    Now, let’s check out The Best of Lifehack – July 2012:

    10 Bad Habits Worth Losing

    It’s a good idea to put together a list of bad habits to remove from your life this year. And the good news is – we still have a few months months to get rid of them! To get you started, here are Zoe B’s top 10 bad habits to lose.

    Constantly Feel Good About Yourself Using These 3 Steps

    If you feel as if you are currently in a state wherein you need some help on bolstering your feelings of self-worth, here are some ideas from Kara Heissman that you may find helpful:

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    8 Body Hacks To Naturally Increase Testosterone Levels

    In this article, Curt Pedersen provides 8 tips that research shows can help to increase your body’s production of this hormone. Give them a try to help give yourself a natural boost.

    3 Hacks to Be a Better You

    We should always work to be better people. We have the tools, and they shouldn’t be wasted. How you decide to become a better person is up to you. With that said, if you need a little direction then here are 3 hacks courtesy of Josh Bell help you to be a better you.

    Not Losing Weight? Listen Up!

    Not losing weight? Here are some simple tips from Justin Miller to get you over the hump – ones you can apply immediately to achieve success. So listen up!

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    101 Ways to Feel Happy on a Daily Basis/a>

    Want to feel happy — or even happier than you are already? Annabel Candy offers 101 ways to feel happy on a daily basis.

    How to Optimize Your Daily To-Do List

    There is one simple way you can optimize your to-do list, and make sure stuff that needs to get done, gets done. Every item must relate to annual/life goals. Dolly Garland delivers some great tips on how to optimize your daily to-do list so that you keep your items connected to those goals.

    10 Ways to Live a More Meaningful Life

    How can we live a more meaningful life? The answer is usually complicated, but David Loker suggests 10 ideas for cultivating one in this piece.

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    How to Really Start a Business (or Why You Don’t Need Money to Make Money)

    In this post, Greg Miliates explains how to get past the myths that prevent you from starting a business and discusses how to start a business on the cheap — and change your life in the process.

    Why Are You Getting Things Done?

    CM Smith, Lifehack’s Associate Editor, asks the big question: Why Are You Getting Things Done? If there are too many mundane tasks on your to-do lists or you feel like you have no direction, then you need to find out why you are getting things done.

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    How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

    How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

    If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

    Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

    So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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    1. Listen

    Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

    2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

    Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

    “Why do you want to do that?”

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    “What makes you so excited about it?”

    “How long has that been your dream?”

    You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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    3. Encourage

    This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

    4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

    After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

    5. Dream

    This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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    6. Ask How You Can Help

    Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

    7. Follow Up

    Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

    Final Thoughts

    By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

    Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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