Six Ways to Put a Lid on Your Drinking Problem

“That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.” – Charles Bukowski

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A Beginners Guide to Meditation

After I posted the results for my 30 day meditation challenge, several readers have asked me for a guide on how to get started themselves.

So here’s a quick guide that includes all the things I would have wanted and needed to know when I was starting out meditating, including the basics of meditation, common beginner’s mistakes and how to make the meditation habit stick.

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What’s Next For Devil in a Good Man?

The mission of Devil in a Good Man is to test a variety of self development strategies to find those that work and those that do not. Why? That’s easy – because I want to be a better person. And I know there are millions of you out there like myself who want the same.

While refinement of the writing process continues, it’s time to reveal what’s next for the site. Read more

8 Steps To Improving Your Mental Toughness

I’ve always been fascinated with mental toughness and athletes who possess it, and I’ve spent many years trying to understand this topic.

Much of our physical ability is determined by our body structure. I can train as much as I want, but I’ll never beat Usain Bolt in a footrace. Mental toughness, on the other hand, is something that can be learned and cultivated, it can be forged through practice and struggle. Naturally some people are born with a higher level of mental toughness than others, but on the whole it’s a skill that anyone can cultivate to a relatively high level.

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Tips From a Master: How to Procrastinate Like a Boss

If there is one topic I know inside and out, it’s procrastination. You see, I’ve spent much of my 38 years unwittingly accumulating the kind of skills that would make me a procrastinatory black belt (there’s probably a better word – or an actual word – than ‘procrastinatory’, but I can’t be bothered to think of one right now). Read more

The Conundrum of Self Improvement

There’s an old joke that says half the articles in women’s magazines are about how to improve yourself while the other half are about how to accept yourself as you are.  It’s funny, because it’s true.

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Advice From a Recovering Procrastinator

In my previous post (Tips From a Master: How to Procrastinate Like a Boss), I detailed seven excuses we tell ourselves and others to justify our procrastination. But a post about procrastination is rather useless if all it does is describe the symptoms and none of the cures. Read more