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Archive for January, 2011

Believe You Me

Believe You Me

Belief in yourself and belief in your own ability to be, do, or have whatever you desire, is ultimately what will get you to that point. Have you ever listened to the people who have accomplished amazing things in this life?  I mean really listened to them? Whether it's an athlete who wins an award or championship trophy, a movie star who accepts an Oscar, or the kid who takes 1st place in the 8th grade science fair,  they all sound a lot alike when describing their monumental achievements. They say things like, "No one thought I [...]

How Do You See It?

How Do You See It?

In my opinion, there's only one way to be in this life.  Optimistic. Without question, all of us have a choice as to how we decide to view the world around us.  We can think that for the most part things are good, or we can believe that in spite of all the hopes and dreams we may have, something lousy will usually happen to spoil the party. The quality of our life really comes down to the quality of our perspective. You've probably heard someone say, "I'm a realist", right after they have made some pretty negative statement and [...]

Circumstantial Evidence

Circumstantial Evidence

If you can change your perspective, you can change your circumstance.  No matter what it is. Bold thing to say, right?  And I suppose that I should follow that type of statement up with something like, "of course it's easier said than done".  The thing is, I don't even know if I believe the whole easier said thing.  As far as I can tell, something is only easier said than done if you don't ever do it.  Know what I mean? The truth is that we've all become conditioned to react to circumstances in a certain way.  We hear specific [...]

Resolution Solution

Resolution Solution

Okay, we're five days into 2011...how are you doing?  Have half of your resolutions become back burner priorities already? Seriously, isn't this like the 12th year in a row you've resolved to do the same things?  And the 12th year in a row that you haven't started on any of them yet? Last post I mentioned that a resolution made without an accompanying plan of action and commitment to develop new successful habits was pretty much just wishful thinking.  And it's absolutely true. A resolution, by definition is simply an intention.  [...]

Shall I Start Them This Year?

Shall I Start Them This Year?

I found this poem about New Year's Resolutions and I thought it was pretty clever.  It's funny and it captures the essence of how most of us truly feel about the resolutions we make on December 31st.  Because, let's face it, deep down inside we know what's really going to happen, right? The truth is that the resolutions any of us make without an accompanying plan of action and commitment to establishing the successful habits necessary to achieve them, are just words we whisper to ourselves to fill space.  Inevitably, they end up [...]

Just Be You

Just Be You

I love the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, "Insist on yourself, never imitate".  To me, these are pure words of wisdom.  If only all of us could apply that wisdom every single day. I also really like the way my friend Randy Gage put it in one of his recent newsletters.  He wrote, Be yourself, everybody else is already taken.  Same sound principle and just as strong a message. It's like the nutshell version of the meaning of your life.  If you have ever wondered what your true purpose on this planet is, I would say it's this...figure out [...]