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Psicologia a strappo
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Psicologia a strappo

Learn how to feel good by borrowing a few simple ideas from psychology

Human beings have an innate desire to improve, but it can be difficult to stay focussed on the steps we need to take to get there. Every day, our intentions must be transformed into actions, in other words habits, in order to guide us through a life of more successful behaviours. One effective method for this is to keep suggestions and reflections in sight, and close at hand, every day. Psicologia a strappo. 60 pensieri da leggere, conservare e condividere con le persone che ami (Portable Psychology: 60 Lessons To Read, Keep, And Share With The People You Love) is a perfect guide, both in form and content, and contains flash cards which are designed to be torn out, and left in clear view, where they can be most useful.

Psicologia a strappo
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Ideas give rise to action, which leads to results: our minds are the most important tool we can use to effectively achieve our goals

We should always pay attention to our opinions: for example, if we believe that our health is important, we are more likely to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our brain processes over six thousand thoughts per day, so it goes without saying that it is essential that we increase the number of thoughts we have that can lead to “positive” action, and therefore great results. In order to guide our mind in the right direction, we first need to make sure it is focussed: if we understand who we are, and what are core values are, we will be able to steer the power of our thoughts in the right direction, because this knowledge makes it possible to reflect and think about the important things in life.

The more we focus on our core values (and consequently, on our thoughts), the stronger they will become, creating a virtuous cycle. So, the first step is to discover our true self. A good technique to do this is to examine the habits we have followed over the past five years, because our behaviour (or action) is not only capable of showing us which values have guided us over this period of time, but it is also able to sculpt our personality. Just like blood tests are the result of what we have eaten, drunk, or smoked, everything else is a consequence of our everyday actions. It is important to acknowledge this fact when planning our future, because it reinforces the idea that five years from now, we can be whoever we want to be, as long as we are mindful of the importance of our actions and choices.

The saying "it is never too late" is absolutely true: in order to do the right thing, all we have to do is understand what the right thing is, and there is no wrong time to make this decision. Regarding the choices we make, it is important to remember that the decisions that lead to success are always the most challenging: it is not easy to decide to leave a relationship, just as it is not easy to resign from a job. When making such important decisions, our reasons must be clear, and we must understand and accept them fully. We will only be able to take such tough measures, if we are completely certain about what needs to be done.


The key ideas of "Psicologia a strappo"

Ideas give rise to action, which leads to results: our minds are the most important tool we can use to effectively achieve our goals
Genuine success is not measured by what we have, but by what we have built, and what we have contributed to the world by helping others, and carrying out projects
Taking responsibility for our choices greatly influences the results we are able to achieve: if we do not act to change something we don’t like, we are actively taking responsibility for everything staying the same
Our emotions can be a useful guide, if we know how to “read” them correctly: fear can be a sign that we strongly care about something, and help us to identify an important objective
Our relationships with other people begin with the relationship we have with ourselves: we must be deeply empathetic with our inner self, so that we can relate to others effectively
Understanding is the first important step, but, in order to turn ideas into behaviour, and therefore results, we need to use actions consistently, until they become habits
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