Adam Sicinski

Adam is a life coach, mind mapper, doodler and visual thinker. He founded IQ Matrix in 2008 and has created over 400 self-growth mind maps. He also teaches doodling for personal development and transformation. Learn more at IQ Doodle School. Feel free to also get in touch and send Adam a message.

Overcoming Laziness

How to Break the Cycle of Laziness and Achieve Your Goals

This article explores how to get out of the habit of indulging in lazy rituals that sabotage your goals and objectives. Life is just too short, and we only have a limited amount of time during the day. Your lazy habits are doing you no favors. They are, in fact, hurting your productivity and preventing you from living the life you truly desire to live. The article breaks down the reasons why you’re feeling lazy in the first place. It explores how to find more motivation to do the things you know need to get done. It shows you how to overcome inertia. This is all about getting your body moving with purpose. It highlights various laziness traps that you’ll do best to avoid. And it presents you with numerous suggestions that will help inspire you to let go of your lazy habits of mind. Working through this article will help you develop a new set of rituals and habits that will allow you to break the cycle of laziness.

Acing a Job Interview

The Complete Guide on How to Ace Your Job Interview

This article explores what to do before, during and after a job interview to improve your chances of getting hired. The article breaks down how to prepare yourself for the job interview. It then provides an outline of what to do during the interview. It also presents you with ideas on how to remain top-of-mind after the interview. There is nothing revolutionary about these guidelines. However, these are typical steps that many people don’t bother taking. And if most people won’t take these steps then by taking them you immediately put yourself at the head of the pack and significantly improving your chances of getting hired.

Living Life Spontaneously

Overcome Your Fears by Choosing to Live Life More Spontaneously

This article explores what it takes to live life in a more interesting, fun and unpredictable way. This, of course, isn’t about being reckless. It’s rather about pulling yourself out of your comfort zone and taking a few more chances. It’s about trying new things and seeking out new adventures that may provide you with unexpected opportunities that you otherwise might have missed. Living spontaneously is about spicing up your life in ways that will help you live more fully, freely, and courageously. The article defines what it means to live spontaneously. It walks you through the changes you need to make to become a more spontaneous person. It takes you through a four-step process for becoming more spontaneous. It provides you with further guidelines for spontaneous living. And concludes by exploring the value of saying YES to things that will enhance the quality of your life.

Personal Power

How to Develop the Personal Power Needed to Achieve Your Biggest Goals

This article explores how to develop a deep sense of confidence, self-assurance, and inner strength that can help you live a more empowered and inspired life. Despite what some might think, personal power is not about using power or force. It’s rather an inner strength that allows you to make empowered choices that help move your life forward in the best possible way. The best part is that personal power is not a mental state that we are born with. It’s rather something that we develop over time. This article defines what it means to have personal power. It goes through signs of weakness and powerlessness that robs us of our personal power. It breaks down the essential requirements for developing your personal power. And outlines a plan of action for growing your personal power over time. Working through this article will help you develop the necessary habits, beliefs, and actions for developing your personal power.

Life's too Serious

Here’s Why You Need to Stop Taking Life So Seriously!

This article will help shift your perspective about the small irritants and inconveniences that tend to rile you up emotionally throughout the day. Many of us typically go about our day worrying and stressing out about stuff that we have no control over. In fact, everything outside our control or comfort zone we just take too seriously. Moreover, we get easily frustrated, overwhelmed and even angered by events and circumstances that don’t pan out as expected. And it’s all because we take life too seriously. This article explores what it means to live life seriously. It helps shift how you think about your life and emotional experiences. It breaks down the things that we must accept and never resist to live a more lighthearted life. And it provides you with guidelines for living a more carefree and stress-free existence.

When Tragedy Strikes

When Tragedy Strikes: What to do When Your World Has Fallen Apart

This article will help you to make sense of those difficult moments in your life when adversity gets the better of you. Life presents us with many challenges in the form of setbacks, divorce, illness, poverty, loss of a loved one, debt, injury, accidents, crime, destruction and suffering. No matter which of these events comes across your path, life is never easy. In fact, it can be incredibly difficult to move on when tragedy strikes. However, tragedy is what you make it out to be. You can either allow it to get the better of you or you can make the most of it. This article explores how you are not alone in your pain. Many people are struggling just like you. In fact, many people before you have experienced similar or worse problems. Use that understanding to make sense of your suffering. The article also breaks down several assumptions you will need to make to work through tragedy in optimal ways. It follows that up by walking you through a five-step process you can use when tragedy strikes. The article then concludes by presenting you with further guidelines and suggestions for working through periods of tragedy in optimal ways. Working through this article will help shift how you think about your misfortunes.

Accepting What Is

Finding the Wisdom to Accept What Is, And the Strength to Move Forward

This article will help you to make peace with your current predicament no matter how awful, discouraging or uncomfortable it might seem in the present moment. When you learn to make peace with your current life and circumstances without emotional resistance, you develop the mental capacity and the necessary perspective to handle things in the most advantageous way possible. Even though things might seem bad right now, an unhelpful perspective and a poor mental attitude will only make things worse. The only way to make the best out of the situation is to accept what is and then do what you can with what you have to make things better. This article walks you through what it means to accept without resistance. It then goes through a five-step process you can use to develop the habit of acceptance without resistance. Working through this article will help you make peace with your life and circumstances no matter how awful things may appear to be in the present moment.

Building Mental Toughness

How to Build the Mental Toughness Needed to Achieve a Goal

This article explores how to develop the mental strength and emotional resilience you will need to overcome adversity. Often the level of success you attain is proportional to the amount of adversity you ultimately face. Those who are successfully able to face and overcome the greatest amount of adversity are often the ones who experience the greatest amount of success. Why? Because adversity helps build character and allows us to learn more about ourselves, about others, about circumstances and about the goals we are working towards. This article examines what mental toughness is all about. It breaks down the requirements for developing mental toughness. It then goes through the habits, beliefs, behaviors, actions, and mindset of mentally tough people. You can use these guidelines as a checklist to help you develop the mental toughness needed to achieve your goals. With this knowledge on hand, unexpected problems or challenging conditions will no longer phase you. Your warrior mentality will help you get through any adversity you face on the battlefield.

Overcoming Addiction

How to Overcome an Addiction Using a Six-Step Formula

This article will help you take control of those debilitating addictions that are slowly ruining your life and sabotaging your progress. Whether it’s a drug, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, television, shopping, gambling, working, cleaning, hoarding or any other addiction, this article can help you take charge of your life and eliminate this addiction for good. The article explores what an addiction is and the impact it has on our lives. It breaks down how addictions arise as a result of social, emotional, and environmental pressures. It breaks down a six-step process you can use to overcome any addiction. And it presents you with guidelines and suggestions for staying away from temptations and harmful addictions. Working through this article will help you develop the motivation and desire you need to overcome the addictions that are sabotaging your life.

Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Successful Entrepreneur?

This article delves into the mind of what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. In truth, we must accept the fact that not everyone is suited for a life as an entrepreneur. It’s not an easy path and does demand a great deal of sacrifice. In fact, becoming a successful entrepreneur requires very specific commitments. You must make these commitments to succeed down the entrepreneurial path. It’s only when you commit yourself fully to this journey and make the necessary sacrifices along the way, that’s when you will make the most of your entrepreneurial ventures. This article outlines the mindset, habits, skills, and qualities required for entrepreneurship. It then presents you with a set of guidelines on what to focus on to succeed as an entrepreneur.

Maximizing Your Potential

How to Maximize Your Potential and Accelerate Your Results

This article will help you identify key areas that will allow you to get the most from your natural talents and abilities at work and in life. The article guides you through an assessment of your current abilities and performance. It explores the three fundamental keys to personal achievement. And delves into additional strategies for maximizing your potential and accelerating your results in your career.

Developing Assertiveness

How to Be More Assertive and Confident in Social Situations

This article explores how to become more assertive in your day-to-day interactions with others. Becoming more assertive has significant advantages in the real world. In fact, it could potentially be the one vital skill you need to take your career and relationships to the next level. However, being assertive doesn’t mean being aggressive. There is a significant difference between the two. One will work to your advantage, while the other will only ruin your social and professional relationships. This article provides you with a clear distinction between being assertive, being aggressive, and being timid. It highlights the verbal and non-verbal habits of assertive individuals. It breaks down a five-step process for developing your assertiveness in social situations. And concludes by presenting you with various guidelines for responding to criticism and for stating your opinion and disapproval with confidence. Learning how to become assertive will not only increase your chances of getting what you want, it will also ensure that you don’t get pushed around by others.

Television Addiction

Are You Addicted to Television? Here’s How to Curb Your TV Addiction Starting Today!

This article provides you with an action plan for making smarter choices when it comes to your television viewing habits. This isn’t so much about eliminating television altogether, it’s rather more about watching the right kind of television that helps add value to your life. But, of course, moderation must always be kept in mind. Without moderation, good television viewing can become destructive because life exists outside the television box and not within it. This article will help you curb your television addiction by presenting you with a variety of questions and suggestions that will hopefully inspire you to make better and smarter viewing choices.

Workplace Coaching mind map

Workplace Coaching: A Six Step Guide for Coaching at Work

This article outlines how to get the most from your staff through effective workplace life coaching practices. Every year life coaching continues to grow in the corporate sector. Executives and managers are discovering that a small investment in coaching their staff can significantly boost productivity, improve motivation, accelerate performance, and increase the company’s bottom line. Coaching certainly won’t help solve all your company’s challenges. It will, however, go a long way towards raising performance standards across the organization. This article breaks down a six-step process you can use to help you develop the understanding needed to successfully coach within a workplace environment.

Improving Concentration

How to Improve Concentration and Boost Your Productivity

This article explores how to boost your level of concentration throughout the day. The better you’re able to concentrate on a given task, the easier it is to learn, to manage unhelpful thoughts, to boost productivity, and direct your mind towards a single objective or goal. However, to improve concentration takes consistent practice and effort. The article breaks down the benefits of developing your concentration muscle. It describes how to improve your concentration while working on tasks. It highlights how to strengthen your concentration over time. And presents you with several concentration exercises you can practice to develop this important soft skill.

Public Speaking Skills

How to Become an Exceptional Public Speaker and Presenter

This article explores how to develop your skills as a professional public speaker and presenter. The article outlines how to prepare yourself before speaking in public. It highlights the do’s and don’ts of public speaking and presenting. Presents you with guidelines for using persuasion and storytelling in your speech or presentation. And breaks down how to adapt your speech or presentation to the four common audience types. These audience types include the supportive, uninformed, hostile, and the indifferent audience. As you work through this article you will progressively become a more influential, competent, and persuasive public speaker and presenter.

The Language of Love: How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You

Language of Love: Unlocking the Secrets of Love and Attraction

This article delves into the attraction of love and the impact that certain behaviors, habits, and actions have on other people. The article presents you with the universal elements required for manifesting love. Without these elements, love is not possible. It outlines how to make an unforgettable and emotionally charged first impression. This will help spark the feelings of love and attraction. It provides suggestions on how to spark love and deep interest during a conversation. And concludes with a breakdown of a person’s love strategy. Once identified, you can use this technique to awaken the feelings of love in other people.

Critical Career Skills

5 Critical Career Skills that will Guarantee Your Success

This article will help bring to mind key career skills you must work on developing to become more valuable to your organization. The first step, is, of course, to identify the key skills that you will need to work on for your chosen career. The article presents you with a series of questions that can help you identify those skills. The article then breaks down the five critical career skills you may choose to develop that will almost guarantee your success along any chosen career path. The skills you will want to develop include effective thinking, enhancing memory, accelerating your reading, improving your writing, and upgrading your public speaking and communication skills. Take time to work on developing your proficiency in these areas and you will make the most of the career opportunities that come your way.

Bouncing Back from Defeat

When all is Lost… How to Bounce Back from Defeat Stronger than Before

This article explores how to bounce back physically and emotionally after facing adversity. When facing adversity, one of two things will typically happen. You can either wilt under the pressure and succumb to your predicament, or you can immediately bounce back from the depths of despair and use that momentum to achieve your goals. The article breaks down the requirements for bouncing back from a defeat. It encourages you to make some simple changes in the way you think about your circumstances. The article also presents you with a set of important reminders that shift how you perceive adversity and the difficulties that life throws your way. It then explores a three-step process you can use to bounce back stronger after a defeat. And concludes by presenting you with additional guidelines for strengthening your bounce-back muscle when faced with adversity. Working through this article will help you face life’s difficulties and problems without getting discouraged.

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