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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 yet again; such is life!), what are you going to…

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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,…

Programming Yourself for Failure

I hear people programming themselves for failure: consistent use of negative language, persistent choice of words that speak of defeat and failure before the battle…

Single Greatest Reason

What would you say is the single greatest reason for your business achievements? Poverty is a great motivator! For an extended period of time as…

How to Access Your Best Self?

We don’t always do as well as we know. The challenges of the day are often many; life gives us pop quizzes at the most…

Why I Can’t Be at Peace Now

The mind, the ego, the subconscious often have multiple reasons why peace must be just around the corner (or difficult/impossible because of some past event)…

Don’t Let Your Pain Control You

Time heals all wounds… if we do not go back and re-wound ourselves by making the pains of the past the story of our lives,…

Solvitur Ambulando

Solvitur ambulando is Latin for “it is solved by walking” and the phrase has dual meanings. Originally “used to refer to a problem which is solved…

5 Ways to Love Yourself Better

1) Become Your Own BFF: Get on over on your own side and stay there! Hush up that inner critic! Objective observation, clear-eyed evaluation, solution-oriented…

The Full Glass

Proponents of optimism and positive thinking (of which I am unabashedly an advocate, see links below on the health benefits) tell us to see the…