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Six Toxic Relationship Beliefs

“A good relationship should not have problems.” “Couples who are in love, who have a good relationship, do not fight.” “If my partner has questions about our relationship, that means we have serious problems.” “Going…

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Never Compare Your Inside to Others’ Outside

When I was younger, I used to wonder when I’d finally make it to the “Other Side”, that land of milk and honey, that place…

Heart Like a River

Take a handful of salt and pour it into a drinking glass of water and the water becomes bitter, undrinkable. Pour the same handful into…

This is What I Do

How do you motivate yourself? How do you keep yourself going when you are tired, fatigued, falling behind? How do you tap into your best…

To Live Better, Think Better

In many, many ways the Quality of our Lives is directly connected to the Quality of our Thoughts. Fill your mind with fears, doubts, anger,…

Making Your Own Luck

Luck is the intersection of preparation and opportunity. Relentlessly increasing your skill sets (Preparation!) certainly increases the scope of the opportunities you can jump on;…

Preparing to Be Calm

Curbing my “intensity” has long been one of my personal/professionally growth goals and it is SO easy to fall for the “argue for your weakness…

Five Sure Fire Ways to Make Yourself Unhappy

1. Put Your Sense of Self-Worth into the hands of others. Never, ever let others define you or set your goals or priorities. “My Sense…

Best Reason Ever to Embrace Failure

Embrace Failure? Hug it? Love on it? What? Well, given that failure has occurred (and I assure you, it will occur again… and again… and…

Tell Me I’m Not Good Enough. Tell Me I Can’t. Tell Me You Don’t Think I’ve Got What It Takes. Please.

What motivates you? What puts fire in your belly? Fuels you? Stirs your blood? Failure defeats the mediocre but inspires winners to greater effort. The…

Upgrade Your “Attributional Style”

Assume the Best, NOT the Worst! Upgrade Your “Attributional style” Stuff Happens! Phone calls don’t always get answered or promptly returned, things do get forgotten.…

Staying Open

To maintain the civilized dialogue which is essential to a functioning democracy, avoid responding with ad hominem attacks on those whose views differ from yours,…

How We Respond to Adversity Can Create Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

How do you view setbacks? As learning opportunity or as failure? Do you view your capabilities as fixed, somewhat set at birth, essentially carved in…

Beware Your Reflexive Response!

Always choose a positive AND effective response. Does your response improve the situation? Move you toward your goals? Life happens in the sum of small…

Declining Drama’s Distraction

Drama can be incredibly alluring, attracting our attention, pulling us in with its siren song.  The swirling emotions trigger our interest and emotions yet like…

2018 Checklist: Characteristics of Success v. Failure

Failure Checklist Sense of Entitlement Watch TV Every Day Live in Denial/Deliberate Ignorance Think education ends with graduation Drift, Dream, Doze Off Cultivate Resentments, Hold…

Forget New Year’s Resolutions

Better a small promise kept than a larger one broken. Most New Year’s Resolutions fail because they are lofty goals with insufficient foundation. If it…

Don’t Hear the Attack

Ah, we humans! We are sensitive creatures; highly reactive to criticism, quick to defend our egos, our territory, our self-esteem. Our quick triggers make us…

What Magnifies Your Spirit?

What lifts you? What thoughts leave a smile that lingers? What people make you light up when you see them? What experiences pull you up?…

How Could I Not?

The Parable of the Brothers: Two brothers were raised in a home headed by a violent alcoholic father. One brother grew up to be an…

The Fighter Within

What determines our fate? Perhaps it is Determination itself? One Hundred and Twenty-Nine Children were identified* as being “high risk for future problems, because they…

Six Emotional Enemies You Let Live Rent Free in Your Head

1) Fear: Fear is not real; it is an emotion we create in our minds based upon how we choose to interpret reality and predict…

Five Ways to Turn Disagreements into Diamonds

1) Frame it as a discussion, as a search for understanding and mutually acceptable solutions; never as conflict. There is a REASON for this person’s…

No Excuses Happiness

What are your criteria to be happy? Everything in your life going the way you want? Never going to happen or if it does, don’t…

Metta

Have you ever longed for “peace of mind”? For quiet contentment? To still the monkey chatter in your mind, to quiet your internal critic or…

Two Phrases Successful People Avoid

Words are powerful! The words you choose send strong messages to the world about who you are and what you are about. Just as important,…