The race to perserverance

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“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” -Walter Elliott This quote by Walter Elliot is sooooo Joumorous, isn’t it? Because everything is about all the tiny decisions we make all day every day. That’s what we’re working on at the Joumor Institute: Identify your vision. Remove what doesn’t belong. Break things down into tiny manageable pieces. CHOOSE choices that lead you to your goal, over and over Unitask […]

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Why People Give Up and What To Do About It

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Remember Job in the Bible? Like a good country song, he lost his wealth, his health, and his family…and probably his dog…but he didn’t lose the faith, and all was eventually replaced and returned to him. In life, we will be tested and challenged and confused, sometimes many times in one day- the internet stops working, the computer crashes, and just when we get things working…we spill coffee on ourselves. Sometimes it is comical how […]

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How Walking Helps Your Running

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We often think walking is a “step” on the way to running. (Pun definitely intended!) That we must walk before we can run. And that’s true. But something to remember is that we will never be done walking, even to help our running. “But the truth is that periodic walking, in training and even in races, can help you run faster and better. “Walking reduces the impact forces on the muscles, joints, and tendons, and […]

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Taste Less, Taste More

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You don’t have to be a neuroscientist to understand that less is more.  But it turns out that there is science behind it. Taste is processed in the parietal lobe of our brains (right behind the middle of your head). A recent study by Stanford University found that: “A group of obese preoperative bariatric surgery patients had less taste sensitivity than a control group of normal-weight individuals. Although shedding weight can help restore some lost […]

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#freedom

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Let freedom ring. Tonight begins the Jewish holiday, Passover, where Jews commemorate their ancient slavery in Egypt and find gratitude for their modern freedom. The Hebrew name for Egypt is “Mitzrayim” which means boundaries. In the biblical story, the Jews escaped their literal enslavement thousands of years ago, and each year it is good to take note how we are also enslaved metaphorically. Robert A. Heinlein said, “In the absence of clearly defined goals, we […]

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The Discipline of Foreplay

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   It’s easy to skip the foreplay and jump into things, but let’s be honest: It’s more exciting when we’ve earned it. When we’ve thought about it, seduced it, conversed with it…and it’s finally ours, it’s much more meaningful. And, the effect of achieving or attaining something that has been a point of focus has a much greater effect on our nervous systems than random events. Larry Sharpe, my business coach, says business is like […]

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Love (and clean dishes) Is All You Need

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The greatest clutter of all is self-judgment. It is the antithesis of Joumor. When a baby cries, it is honestly expressing a need as loudly and surely and quickly as it is aware of it. The baby does not pause to wonder who might disapprove or have overly sensitive ears. As we mature and learn social cues and expectations, we modify our own behaviors and expectations. In many cases, we become riddled with self-doubt, criticism […]

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How An Open Window is a Glimpse Into Our Health

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As many people who tend to have clutter and are good at geometry, I love patterns. In the past few weeks I’ve noticed two patterns from local clients and friends: Depression and lots of open windows on their computers. Morbid pun aside, the repeating pattern got me thinking and theorizing about how these two things are related… With wind chill, NYC’s weather has recently been considered to be as low as -19F. It’s been very […]

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The Cost Of Not Being A User

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Why is it so hard to not throw our money in the garbage? Because it’s hard to commit to Use what you have. In order to use what you have, you have to be able to keep track of it, access it, and have up-to-date things you like and are willing to use. There are infinite ways to LOSE YOUR MONEY, especially in your own home. Take the simple example of a quart of yogurt: […]

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If You’re Not Robert De Niro, Do This

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Do you go to the gym for classes and/or have a personal trainer? Do you call a friend to keep you company so you can have a burst of productivity? It’s not because it’s hard or we don’t know how, many of us are smart and capable people who also don’t like to do things alone. Our need for external stimulus/structure is related to our motivation. We are naturally motivated to take action on things […]

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