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January, 2012 Archives
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” ~ Attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe One of the most common documented deathbed regrets is that the soon to be deceased wishes they had taken more risks. They aren’t talking about bungee jumping, but rather the dreams that they carried inside for a lifetime that they will never see realized. There are hundreds of reasons that people pass on their dreams, and they all seem perfectly logical. Take the American Dream for example: get an education, find a steady job, buy… Read more.
How do you feel when you have to negotiate? Unfortunately, most of us do not enjoy the process of making deals and so we try to avoid confrontation. This is counterproductive, as life demands that we interact with other people and attempt to resolve our differences with them. In fact, the way you negotiate will determine the extent of your success as a human being. People who have mastered the art of negotiation often have an easier time on this planet than the millions of lost souls who have not. Let’s consider why so many people hate to negotiate. This… Read more.
Your outlook on life and overall well-being can be linked to your perspective. It goes back to the old question, Is the glass half full or half empty? What lens am I going to look at my life through? Will I choose the lens where I see the positive and cope with the negative to the best of my ability or the lens where I see the negative and can’t find the positive in my life? In his talk The Last Lecture, Professor Randy Pausch talked about perspective and how to look at situations in life by introducing the Tigger… Read more.
Perhaps you can relate to my own personal journey. As an adolescent, I surrendered to other people’s beliefs about who I was instead of pursuing the beautiful dreams within me. As a result, I backed away from life and abandoned my dreams. By the time I turned 21, I knew my past was driving my future as my old negative mental habits kept their strangling hold on my life. But I wanted change. I no longer wanted to be smothered by my inner conflicts or by people with no vision. I became determined to reclaim my life. My desire for… Read more.
By Gail Lynne Goodwin. At the end of our path when we look back on life, we won’t remember the worry over the bills, the disappointment over not receiving the promotion, or the things that we might have judged as a “failure” in our life. What we will remember, are the moments that we loved, for love is truly the meaning of life. At the core of every religion is one thing- love. When it comes down to it, love is the only thing that really matters. So, if we want to live a life that really matters, the most… Read more.
By Sheevaun Moran. As you walk through life it is often wondered how I fit in, what is my mission, what is my purpose, and how can I earn more money. These thoughts get bantered around our heads a lot. Mostly when we are feeling low, down, or just plain stuck. Being stuck is truly a sign of how little value we place on ourselves, our ideas, our options, and our abundance that we already have. Settling is just a bad habit that has been trained into our psyche and is an excuse to stay in a situation that doesn’t… Read more.
Why has it taken me three months to respond to Kristan’s lovely invitation, overcome my fear, and become a blogger here? Fear of technology. Fear of glitches. Fear of the unknown. I love technology, but it scares me. Change scares me. The unknown scares me. Glitches with no solution scare me. And beneath all that, the fear of looking like a fool scares me. I’m working on overcoming all of this. Machines always seem to have a mind of their own. I don’t control them. I can’t even ask them what’s wrong, what they need, or why they won’t cooperate…. Read more.
As I sit reminiscing over my life and the profound words of wisdom I would like to share with all of humanity, they would be the pearls of wisdom that I govern my life by. Live purposefully: Are you living your purpose? Are you living your making or simply making a living? If you are not passionately pursuing your purpose then you are not living at all, you’re only existing. Give gratefully: There is enough to go around. The only walls of lack and limitation are the ones that we build ourselves. The universe is abundant and honors a cheerful… Read more.
In January of 2007, after being divorced for 7 years, I made a conscious choice to find love. Being an impatient person, I wanted a great relationship – and I wanted it now, so I entered the world of internet dating. I started by creating a vision board, that had a lot of little things and 4 main items- a home in the mountains of Colorado, a black X-5 BMW, a handsome dark haired man and, figuring that if you’re going to dream, you might as well dream BIG… I included a photo of a Gulfstream airplane, because I love to fly…. Read more.
Looking over my life, I have spent a lot of time. Quite often, good things seemed to come to me. Just in the nick of time, I was able to take advantage of them. When I was about to finish college, the job market was bad so I applied to one graduate school program and I was accepted. As graduate school came to an end, I didn’t have a job. The business school at my alma mater had an opening for a finance instructor. A friend recommended me, so I applied for the job and was quickly hired. People around… Read more.
Words spoken and unspoken millions of times Actions taken countless times throughout the day Trying at each moment to explain ‘Love’ As if ‘Love’ is a concept that can stand on its own The tendency to take concepts that are the embodiment of our soul and our being and trying to explain them as if we can remove ourself from that which by its definition is from within. This is a flaw of Western Logic. The most extraordinary pursuit we as human beings may endeavor during our lives, is to become whole, that is to fully prepare for our spiritual… Read more.
By Lisa Cypers Kamen Here’s what Happy really stands for. H – Hopeful. Be hopeful that your dreams can and will come true. That each day will bring you something to look forward to. A – Adventurous. Never be afraid to do something new. Don’t let negative thoughts hold you back or produce fear in trying something you haven’t tried before. P – Positive. Be positive whenever possible. Positive things produce positive people – it’s contagious! P – People. Surround yourself with people who make you happy. Also with those who are generally positive. Remember that we can all help each other…. Read more.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? If you are like most people, looking in the mirror doesn’t conjure up magnificent images of beauty like a Michaelangelo painting. On the contrary, here is the reflection that most people see staring back at them: My butt is too big My arms are too flabby My hair is too flat, too curly, or too drab My face has too many wrinkles I have cellulite on the back of my thighs My breasts are starting to sag My muscles are non-existent I am way too short I am way too… Read more.
I’d like to tell you that you can be happy all of the time or that happiness is always about choice. But I can’t because I don’t believe it. I know some people believe it and claim to live it. And if you’re one of them, I’m very happy for you… and even a little envious. But for those who seek happiness because we aren’t happy all of the time, the best advice I know to give is this, “Happiness happens. Unhappiness happens.” If you want to be happy you can’t ignore unhappiness. Sometimes our unhappiness is of our own… Read more.
If today were my last day on Earth, it would be my desire to leave the world with three very profound thoughts on how to find happiness, peace and fulfillment. Be you So often we try to mimic others. We have role models and mentors and we try to re-do what others have done. We also allow the opinions of others to shape us, mold us, or even push us down from what we could be. Each one of us as many gifts and with those gifts come a great responsibility-we must share them with the world! No one in… Read more.
By Kathy Slattengren. When you walk into an office, a store or someone’s home, you immediately get a sense for that place. It might be warm and welcoming or cold and filled with tension. You automatically use all your senses to develop a feeling for a place.If you are a parent, you are a leader in your family. You have the primarily responsibility for setting the tone in your home. How does your home feel? Is it a warm, welcoming place for everyone in your family? A Home Filled with Tension One mom told me about all the stress in… Read more.
Your most important assignment on earth is to excavate the caverns of your inner self to uncover the jewels of your own soul. Self-transformation is a process that can be self-initiated and self-guided. It is often helpful to have a guide to help you bring to light what is hidden in your subconscious programming. To make lasting change, embrace everything and see the challenges, failures, and limiting beliefs as diamonds in the rough. The things that you wish you didn’t have to deal with are part of your humanity and actually help you to become who you are meant to… Read more.
Now is the time when we all want to start our New Year’s resolutions. I agree that making positive changes and setting goals is a very good thing to do; however, it is important to do this all year round. We become these excited little souls and we make big lists of the positive things we are going to change about ourselves in the New Year. First thing I want to share about this is, YOU are already perfect the way you are and if you feel like making a few adjustments in areas of your life that is wonderful…… Read more.