February 29, 2008
There’s an old saying: “The wise learn from the mistakes of others; everyone else has to learn from their own.” I think we should broaden that to include not only our mistakes, but our successes as well. Truth be told, we can all learn from one another. According to Tim O’Reilly, one of the key characteristics of Web 2.0 is its ability to harness collective intelligence.
inpowr was designed to help users learn from one another by harnessing the collective experiences of the community. And I’m super happy to announce that the first part of the Community section is now online to help us all do just that. Here’s how it works.
The first page lists all 36 areas of life ranked by their impact on the well-being of community members. The area at the top of the page““in this case Reasoning–is the area in which users are currently experiencing the highest overall level of well-being. The lower down you go on the list, the lower the average current level of well-being. If you click on the blue “related goals” link, you’ll see all the goals people are working on within that area of life.
In the very near future, you’ll also have access to testimonials from other inpowr members; tips on books, videos, techniques and other cool things that have helped them along the way; and links to a host of professional services related to that specific goal.
Another great function that will be available soon: when you click on a specific goal or action, you’ll be taken to the profile page of that member (provided he or she chose to share). Once you’re on that member’s profile page, you can write them a message of support or encouragement, ask a question, share your own experiences or even ask them to help you with your own goals.
As I write this post, we have 3659 betatesters who are working on a total of 5700 goals. We’ve only just begun and already there’s an incredible bank of human experiences available for each of us to draw upon. What’s great, is that more and more people are choosing to share their experiences. Imagine what we’d learn from one another if we kept everything bottled up for ourselves.
Now imagine what we can learn from one another if we open up and share!
January 7, 2008
For many people, the dawn of the new year is the perfect time to take stock of life… to reflect on where we are today and where we’d like to be tomorrow. New Year’s resolutions are a perfect example. A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. And when we make one, we’re determined to keep it. Here are a few of the most popular new year’s resolutions in Canada and in the U.S.
The problem is that as the year wears on, the decision becomes less and less firm. We lose our resolve. It’s a classic. We’ve all been there.
Truth be told, good habits are hard to form. And bad ones are hard to break. There are lots of explanations as to why it’s so hard. Most of them relate to behavior patterns, cognitive associations and sometimes plain laziness. One group of researchers at MIT in Boston point to neural activity patterns. Whatever the explanation, one thing is clear: we all need a little help.
Lois Nightingale, PhD, has a great list of straightforward tips and tools to help people initiate changes in their lives and turn those changes into lasting habits. Check out her site. It’s definitely worth a read.
inpowr wasn’t developed specifically to help people break old habits or develop new ones, but it certainly is an excellent platform to help you along the way. By creating your game plan and confirming your actions on a daily basis, you keep your resolution clearly in mind. As you strive to maintain your commitment you can jot down your thoughts and feelings about the things that help you and the obstacles you encounter along the way.
In the near future, we’ll be adding the Community section““which will help you find out how other people have achieved success; and the Supporters section““so you can enlist the help of friends and family when the going gets rough (as it inevitably does).
Some people give up at the first sign of weakness. “You see, I knew I couldn’t do it.”
I think there’s a more positive message to give yourself:
I don’t have to be perfect, I only have to improve… little by little.
On behalf of everyone at inpowr, I wish you health, happiness, love and strength in 2008.
December 24, 2007
From all of us at inpowr…
May the holidays bring peace and happiness to you, your family and friends
and may the New Year be a source of well-being.
December 21, 2007
Thanks to a recent agreement, inpowr will now be featured in the lifestyle/well-being section of the French-language sympatico.msn.ca site. It’s a major milestone and an excellent opportunity to grow the inpowr community with new members who are interested in well-being and personal development. For sympatico.msn.ca, it’s a great chance to attract new visitors to what is rapidly becoming one of Canada’s most popular portals.
Visitors to sympatico.msn.ca will be directed to inpowr via a banner campaign that focuses on helping people set and achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. We all know that inpowr was developed to do more than just help people achieve their goals (we’re more about helping people increase their well-being) but New Year’s is certainly a great time to start!
With the influx of new members from sympatico.msn.ca and all the great feedback we’re getting from current members, we’ll soon be adding two of the site’s most important sections: community and supporters. In a few short months, the inpowr experience should be complete and everyone’s patience will at last be rewarded.
2008 promises to be a great year for inpowr
and we certainly hope it’s a wonderful year for you too!
The inpowr team
December 14, 2007
“Beware of what you wish for; you might just receive it.” So goes the old saying. The wisdom is that we don’t always wish for the things that are best for us. We get caught up in material desires, or pride, or performance. There’s a lot of evidence to support that idea. Countless studies have shown how lottery winners are no happier two years after their win than they were before their windfall. There’s also a lot of evidence that suggests we’re not all that sad when we don’t get what we want. Why? The answer to that question is the answer to this one: What makes us truly happy?
Check out psychologist Dan Gilbert on TED for a super interesting look at how we construct happiness. Gilbert suggests that the “synthetic” happiness we create for ourselves is every bit as real and enduring as genuine happiness. I’ll let you decide how you feel about his ideas for yourself. The point I’m trying to make is that we don’t always know if we’re happy, or why we’re happy or conversely, why we’re not so happy. And because of that, we’re often at a loss when we want to make ourselves happier.
inpowr was developed to help people enjoy greater well-being by understanding the relationship between their actions and their well-being. The process is simple. You measure your well-being, work on specific goals, measure your well-being again and then reflect on everything that happened while you were going through the process. That simple act of reflecting on the relationship between your actions and your well-being can be a powerful motivator and a great place to start if you’re trying to figure out what makes you happy.
Positive Psychologist, Dr. Martin Seligman has been studying happiness and well-being for decades. His Authentic Happiness website at the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center has a wealth of resources and measurement tools related to well-being and happiness. Take a peek. It’s an excellent site.
So why all this talk about what makes us happy? Because this year, when the jolly bearded guy asks me what I want for Christmas, I’d really like to come up with something better than power tools.
Best wishes to you.