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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I spent 30 days meditating daily and trying to be present in all daily activities. How did it go and what did I learn?

It’s been a long journey to get to this point. I’ve started the practice of meditation about half a dozen times over the past 20 years, but never made it past the first two weeks.

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This past Monday, I began my first self development challenge: to be more present.

If you read my previous post, you may remember that this is the first of three challenges I will subject myself to over the coming three months to prepare my brain for learning and habit change.

Being more present is merely the first stone in the foundation of my self development program, but without it nothing lasting can be built.

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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 »

Sometimes success can only be found in the ruins of failure.

Average reading time of this post: 5-7 minutes

My first challenge on this blog ended over a month ago. I did not reach my target of 25 blog posts in 30 days. I managed 18 posts.

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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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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 »

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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