Walking increases creative thinking by about 60%—whether you walk around indoors or outdoors, with gorgeous nature to look at or on a treadmill facing a blank wall, whether you try to come up with ideas while you walk around or after you’ve finished walking and sit down. All of the possibilities that involve walking will help you think more creatively than if you sit down and try to come up with new ideas.

Lately, it feels like everyone I talk to is discovering the huge impact of one negative thought, and the relatively tiny impact of one positive thought. Like, when I tell myself that I’m not ____ enough, I believe it easily. But when I tell myself I *am* whatever (funny / interesting / likeable / etc), I don't really believe it. Does this happen to you?

Recently I tried a new to-do list method, and now I am totally hooked—it’s all about breaking things into simple categories and limiting my list to just a few things. The simplicity of paring down my mental to-do list is like magic. I can always do more than I’ve written down, but focusing my thoughts gives me a lot of clarity of what is most important on a given day.

I was really excited to come across this article in NY Magazine last month. It provides a look into personal motivation and discusses in fascinating detail what it really means to tell yourself what to do. And it describes some of the science behind one of the most-commonly-used concepts in my coaching practice: the Future Self.