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When Smartphones hit the market ten years ago, in the form of the first iPhone, it seemed as if the future had arrived. The transformation was complete: computers that originally took up entire floors of buildings – think monstrous banks of machines with flashing lights running magnetic tape to land Neil Armstrong on the moon – had been miniaturized and made so user-friendly we could slip them in our pockets and access the internet with the swipe of a thumb and the tap of an index finger.

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By Rick Lugash
on Oct 15 2017
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One day a week in our house is officially Cheat Day. It’s a religious holiday, really, because we’re so dedicated to the foods we miss during the week that our dedication is more like devotion. It’s the kind of devotion that eclipses rational thought and becomes more akin to belief, faith, and a deep sense rightness – words most people use to describe their spirituality, whether it comes in the form of organized religion or not.

Or maybe it’s just that when we eat cream cheese brownies drizzled with hot fudge raspberry sauce, we hear angels singing and we’re certain the rapture is upon us.

Seriously, though – we love to eat healthy, well balanced meals. Our regular daily diet includes very few carbs and almost no processed sugar. But one day a week we break all the rules. We indulge in the carb-iest, gluten-iest, sweetest foods we shun the rest of the time. We let loose, enjoy ourselves, and eat whatever we want.

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By Rick Lugash
on Oct 08 2017
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We all have manic people in our lives. I’m not talking about those suffering from a serious mental health disorder, but those whose lives and choices are in disorder. You know them. Everything in their lives is either a top-of-the-world high or a deep-in-the-bowels-of-misery low. Every day is off the charts amazing or crushingly horrible. 

These people are exhausting.

They try to take everyone around them along on their emotional rollercoaster ride. Right now, there’s this one impulsive person in my life who’s really making me nuts. Just about every day, he tries to take me on a rollercoaster ride I really don’t want to be on. Actually, he’s in a lot of our lives, and I don’t think many of us like this particular ride very much at all or want to be on it much longer.

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By Rick Lugash
on Oct 01 2017
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In this blog post, I’m going to introduce you to another very powerful tool to help decrease mental clutter. This tool helps with the decluttering of information

Social media and the Internet have degraded our intellectual capacity and put a damper on our curiosity. Instant connectivity and immediate access to information give us the illusion of knowing more, but the truth is the opposite. We know less. Our knowledge of the world gets shallower and shallower with each passing day.

This is just my observation – I have no scientific data to back this up. But it seems to me that the number of people with an appetite and curiosity for true knowledge is smaller than it used to be.

The pursuit of wisdom is low; the pursuit of trivia is high.

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By Rick Lugash
on Sep 24 2017
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Before you jump to any conclusions based on the title of this post, I have to tell you right away I’m not talking about cheating on your taxes, stepping out on your partner, or cheating at cards. 

I’m talking about your diet—a word I hate, anyway. I prefer to use phrases like new eating habits and the next stage of my gastronomic journey. Or maybe, just maybe I’ll say diet restrictions if my doctor has specific recommendations after my regular check-up.

The word diet makes me think of fads and meal replacement shakes and roads I just don’t go down.

Whatever you call yours—your diets or your food rules and restrictions—I want you to put them all away. Just for today. Put away the quinoa-sunflower seed-kale salad recipe. Leave the zucchini pasta on the shelf. Forget about rice milk. And all those keen insights about how the people sitting next to you at the restaurant are killing themselves slowly with gluten, processed sugar, and food coloring?

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By Rick Lugash
on Sep 16 2017
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When I sat down to write this post, I realized I have more to say about the role emotions play in our day-to-day decision-making processes, and how those daily decisions add up to shape the course of our lives. The thumbnail version is that when we allow our emotions to guide our choices, it’s easy to get off track. When we use our intellect to double-check ourselves, we stand a better chance of making solid, productive choices that yield better long-term results. 

I’ll get back to that. 

First, though, I’m going to talk about my dad.

Off topic? 

Nope: stick with me.

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By Rick Lugash
on Sep 12 2017
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What’s the most toxic thing in your life?

Is it the additives in your food, the pesticides your neighbors spray on their lawns, the molecules released when you heat plastic in the microwave, or something else altogether?

It just might be a toxin you make yourself. 

It might be anger.

The Dark Side

You hear it all the time from wildly successful individuals: my anger fuels me. From athletes to entrepreneurs, it’s easy to find examples of people driven by negativity. At some point in their lives, someone told them they couldn’t do this or that, and their response was a bitter and indignant, “I’ll show them.”

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By Rick Lugash
on Sep 03 2017
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You know how I always encourage you to leave comments and share your thoughts about all my blog posts, and promise to read every one? I really do read them all, and your responses often inspire the direction and content of my next post. Like this one, which one of you shared in the comments section of my recent offering, “The Source of My Anxiety”:

“Like you. I listen and watch the news, but I keep on watching and listening all day and part of the night, too terrified to go to sleep, in case the World gets blown up overnight! Always worried!”

This reminds me of one of my favorite expressions: what you resist, persists.  

People sometimes give me an odd, perplexed look when I say this. If you’ve got an odd, perplexed look on your face as you read this right now, let me explain exactly what I mean. 

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By Rick Lugash
on Aug 23 2017
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If you’ve ever played tug-o-war with a dog, I’m sure you’re intimately familiar with what I’m about to describe.  And even if you haven’t, I’m sure you’ll understand by the end of this message.

Scene:

It’s a classic Rick and Barkley showdown. Rick grabs the rope with his hands; Barkley grabs the rope with his teeth. Rick pulls. Barkley pulls back.  Rick pulls harder. Barkley pulls harder. They battle, applying near-equal force in opposite directions. Then—using his big human brain—Rick drops the rope. 

End scene.

So what do you think happens next?  

If you guessed Barkley brings the rope right back to me, you’re right.  

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By Rick Lugash
on Aug 20 2017
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Earlier this week I wrote about something that really gets under my skin: distracted drivers, using their stupidphones while driving 2,000 + pound vehicles over 70 mph down the freeway, literally inches from surrounding traffic. They put their lives in danger, they put my life in danger, and they make everyone out on the road a nervous wreck.

All because they don’t have the self-control to wait just a few minutes to do whatever they need to do with their precious handheld electronic device. They can’t wait to check their status, see a photo, or send out a cute, pithy Tweet they think might go viral and make them internet-famous. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this kind of impatience is dangerous.

This kind of impatience kills.

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By Rick Lugash
on Aug 13 2017
  • Lifestyle
  • Creating Good Habits

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