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Goals (II): Formulating precise and actionable goals: How to be SMART about it

image of a ruler as a metaphor for smart goal setting

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where…” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

It’s very hard to achieve something which is about as graspable as two jellyfish in an oil wrestling match (where the hell did that metaphor come from?). Worse yet, a goal which doesn’t tell you when you have gotten there. You can endlessly chase your tail running after something without ever accomplishing it if you haven’t defined what “it” is. Read More »

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Goals (I): Why you suck at setting goals

Goal setting

Have you set a goal for yourself this year? Something you really want to achieve in 2014? Well, I hate to break it to you, but statistics say you are not going to make it. Statistics actually say you have already given up within the first week. Hey, don’t hate me for raining on your parade, I’m just quoting studies here.

Now is there something wrong with you or maybe with our species as a whole? Possible. But that is beyond the scope of this post and it’s not why you have given up. The problem is more likely that you just suck at setting goals. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Read More »

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The past and future of herbiwarrior

the future of herbiwarrior

It has long been quiet around herbiwarrior. I haven’t published anything in more than three months (really, three months?! Where is all the time going?), the Facebook site hasn’t seen much activity either, and overall the whole project hasn’t seen much happening. I had to ice hw for a while in order to get some other stuff done first.

What I have been working towards the past months can be summarized in one word: stability. I have written about this before. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for new experiences, trying out things, pushing boundaries etc. but in 2013 I had to admit to myself that all of this needs some sort of stable base and that enthusiasm alone doesn’t fill the fridge. It was a hard lesson to learn and I finally did toward the end of the year. Read More »

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The Gym is Everywhere – How to Stay Fit Away From Home

Unterwegs in Form bleiben - Dips

As you know by now, I recently moved to Turkey. Traveling and going to a new place means new experiences, new routines, and saying goodbye to old structures. That also implies that whatever workout schedule or routine you have built yourself is not going to work in the same way.

Being away from home is one of the oldest excuses for slacking off in the athletic department: “But I need my equipment! How do you expect me to work out without [insert workout machine]?” – “I never even get on a treadmill without being instructed by my personal trainer.”

I hear ya. In my apartment in Berlin, I have built myself a home gym, complete with a bench, dumbbells, barbells, and a kettlebell. All of that – gone (excuse me one moment, I think I’m tearing up). But going without exercise is not an option. Regular workouts are one of the cornerstones for my health, productivity, and happiness. So what am I gonna do without my gym?

Well, let me tell you something: The gym is everywhere. Read More »

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On Decisions (III): How To Become a World-class Decision Maker

World-class decision maker

This is part III of the series about decision-making. In the earlier parts I talked about how our decisions determine our lives as well as why we fear making decisions and what to do about it.

Even when you deconstruct the mental barriers, making a choice can still be tough. Therefore it is good to have a few mental models at hand you can fit to a wide range of decisions.

Below I describe a few decision-making models I use to navigate through my life. Read More »

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