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Inspiring people is a great quality to possess that has made me want more out of life. Along with inspiration came along competition and striving to be the best. This has made me also adapt the "be hard and disciplined on yourself," philosophy.

Being  competitive and number one has it's perks. So, I challenge you to be  number one. And if you're not competitive it's okay. It's about being  better.

Could you do this for yourself?

To succeed I learned  to nourish my mind, spirit and soul. These things are the precious  assets I possess. Invest in them. They are the ones that will get you  closer to your dream.

I believe you must immerse yourself in your dream. This is the only way you'll stay inspired and overcome obstacles.

My  dream is to become an inspirational blog writer. It's an impossibility  to some, but a possibility for me. I do not understand why they can't  see that.

But it's my stubbornness that also helps me keep going. And when negativity has enter my heart. I have not let it destroy my dreams. Even when things are discouraging.

You  have to keep going everyday. Push yourself to win by seeking new higher  levels even if you're scared. You don't know how scared I am to fail.  But I am here aren't I?

It's your responsibility to accomplish your goal. Then reap the big rewards that come with your hard earn sweat.

Just do it even if you don't know where to start by grinding everyday.

I  haven't reached the height of my success yet and I work on this every  day. Work has allowed me to stop thinking about quitting.

Part of life is overcoming the road blocks standing in your way by making a difference in a person's life.

And how exciting would it be if you start with yours?

So, do not give up on yourself. I imagine the difference achieving my goal will make in my life. And I will not stop until I have let out my last dying breath when I am old and wrinkly.  But  before then, I will rise above all adversities by getting better daily.  Finding ways to inspire and make a difference in myself first.

The  idea of being an inspirational writer, keeps me alive. I truly see a  book published having my name. This is something I want to prove to  myself.

The art of inspiring is a craft I haven't yet mastered and I am learning everyday. I find space to learn it.

Brendon  Burchar once said something similar, "It's your responsibility to  achieve your goal when people disagree with you." So, it's best I hold  on tight to my dreams and goals.

I am.

Because mastering the  art of inspiration will allow me to spend more time with the things I  love most like: family and inspirational writing.

I want to use  this gift and share it with the world because it has done wonders in me.  I have achieved a lot in life by feeling inspired.

What better way to enjoy life doing the things I love most. You get the point? Just get inspired.

Start by being hard on yourself by setting goals.  

To make a difference in your own life you must master your fears. They matter in achieving goals.

Adopt  a healthy self-improvement journey in your life. Be competitive with  your own self. It will take you places never before imagined.

Start  by defining a goal and knowing where it will take you. It loses  direction if you don't tell it. Your goal should have direction.

Choose a direction filled with happiness and joy. If possible choose a route with mental and spiritual awakening. I have.

You'll  eventually achieve your goal along the way. Just remember that it's the  small differences in life that will help you keep going.

Also do everything possible to achieve it.

I  am doing everything I can. My ultimate goal is to publish an inspiring  book that will encourage people to achieve theirs. I am not giving up on  that.

I have come this far by setting goals and believing something special out there is for me.

Believe there's something special waiting for you too.

The  only thing waiting for me is inspiring people. I enjoy sharing my  knowledge with the rest. I do it by pushing myself to grow each day.

It's  a great feeling doing what I love doing best in this world. And I want  to do that again. So, I took up the challenge to learn how to inspire by  setting up a blog and sharing it.

Last week I inspired one person, and it's those little differences that help me keep going.

The more I inspire the further my confidence grew. I know I can do this.

Just work intelligently, persistently and you'll prevail. The more you invest in yourself the more you'll succeed.

Opportunities will open up to you the more you work on yourself. Allow yourself to be open.

I take every opportunity that will help me improve.

I am always on alert implementing new ideas to get better.

"Wow this is a good idea,"

I write it down to and share it.

Despite  writing for years I know writing it will replace my day job. As I  constantly work on getting better. I feel it getting closer.

I  believe words change people. That is why it has caught my attention, how  they heal, mold and transform people. As an aspiring writer it's my  dream to have my work shared and

make a change in the world positively.

That is why I started a blog.

Nothing  in this world is easy. Life is one long struggle and nothing is  certain. I am not satisfied. So, I keep writing to change that  dissatisfaction.

I wish I can work on your dream, but it would be emotionally draining. It's your responsibility to work on yours.

Even when your family and friends are doubting you. Do not be surprised. You'll come across that a lot. Do not take it personal.

Just keep improving yourself as you share your dreams to disapprovingly faces.

Perhaps they are right, but do not believe them. I don't.

Lastly, don't rush things too; slowly you'll get further. I learned this lesson the hard way.


By Dr. Noelle Nelson

How do you see yourself? As a hero or a victim? In any given life circumstance, you can see yourself either way.

I  recently moved into my new home. As is often the case with a "new"  home, that is to say new to me, although built in the mid 1960s, it has  what is euphemistically referred to as a few "issues." As in, I was  scheduled to leave town for work first thing Friday morning, and  Wednesday night, both toilets in my house ceased to function. This  mattered greatly, as the puppy-sitter who was booked to take care of my  beloved dogs in my absence could not be expected to stay over-night  without a functioning toilet, and it being a Holiday weekend, I would  not be able to find a place to board them last-minute.

Hero or  victim? First thought, victim! Of all the times for the toilets to fail,  and not one, but both toilets! After frantic calls to plumbers not  returning my call (more "victim"), worrying myself sick over "Now,  what?! This is a disaster!"(yet more "victim") I took myself in hand,  and gave myself a talking-to.

As in, "who would you like to be,  Noelle?" A whiny victim, or a successful hero? Good question! Because,  you see, I know from long experience, that a hero is simply someone who  refuses to see a problem as unsolvable, and forges on until some kind of  solution is unearthed. Sometimes that means being Captain Marvel and  saving the world, sometimes it's just me figuring out a toilet  situation.

Once I shifted my perspective, it dawned on me to  contact the repair person who'd fixed some odds and ends; maybe he'd  know a willing plumber. To my surprise, he turned out to be the willing  plumber. Plus, he was up for a crack-of-dawn visit to the local home  improvement center, purchasing two new guaranteed fully-functioning  toilets--at a reasonable price, no less-- and installing them, all  before I had to leave Friday morning. Whew.

Had I stuck with my  "Woe is me, life is so unfair" position, I would not have continued  trying to come up with a solution. It was only when I told myself that  somehow I'd get this handled that the idea came to me to contact the  repair person.

Next time you are up against what could easily be  defined as a victim situation, challenge yourself to find your inner  hero. You'll be surprised at just how innovative they (you) are.



Does  it seem like it takes a lot of motivation to just take that first step  of starting a new project, article or business venture? Are you unsure  or confused as to what God's will or purpose is in your life?

There  is so much more to life than living out each day and not having a  purpose for that day. How many miraculous blessings have I missed  throughout my life just squandering the days away and expecting to be  blessed when I don't focus on God's will or purpose?

I love to  write but sometimes my lack of motivation keeps me from my writing. When  I am motivated, it gives me the will to create, be productive and  achieve a sense of satisfaction. I actually get things accomplished,  which in turn takes my inaction to action and I feel growth, and a  feeling of significance and more power because of mastering my purpose  in this life.

By excelling my motivation, I then have the  opportunity to touch other people's lives by my writing and so it  becomes the main focus of my life that I enjoy. When I learn to overcome  being stuck and become motivated, I am living out my dream of spreading  the word of God and His powerful influence in my life.

I have found that the results for living out God's plan for my life now opens the door for more blessings... how great is that?

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

The  best way to stay motivated for whatever your life's purpose, is to not  worry specifically what that is. The best thing to do is take action!  Create a schedule that is realistic and stick to it. Do God's will and  it will happen naturally and in His timing as shown:

" For I know  the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and  not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  

Jeremiah 29:11.

Your schedule will be something similar to this depending on your God-given talent or area of interest:

Every day is a great opportunity to:

Start  off the day with prayer. Read the Bible and or listen to a recorded  Christian radio show. My favorite is Intouch.org with Charles Stanley.  The online radio broadcast lasts about twenty minutes. After dinner,  read the Bible and do Bible study. If there is a church service today,  it's good to attend and co-mingle with other people of faith and learn  more about His word. Volunteer for help needed when you feel the Holy  Spirit prompting you.

Day One:  

Reach out to friends and relatives that are not saved and have a  friendly conversation. Tell them about what great things God has done  for you and is presently doing in your life, and lead them to Christ.

Day Two:  

Write an article or work on your particular project and donate something or time to charity.

Day Three:  

Do marketing for articles and or products and submit articles to  other Christian blogs and social media. Also posting comments on blogs  or forums with the related website link will allow for more exposure.

Rinse  and Repeat! Now there may be some days where you need to work overtime  or a big event comes up and some things need to be moved around. Being  there for your family also is a huge priority. Raise your children with  more attention and Godly discipline and you will have fewer worries when  they are grown!

Another way to achieve even more motivation is to  be aware that the days are short and you never know when you may run  out of time to fulfill God's will.

Yet you do not know what your  life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a  little while and then vanishes away. James 4:14

Do as much as you  can weekly and record your daily accomplishments. Add extra or different  Godly activities that fit your life. Review them weekly and see if you  are staying motivated for God's Kingdom and watch how you soon will  discover your life's purpose!


When  was the last time you felt truly passionate about something? Felt good,  right? And so it should! Good thing is, you can learn how to restore  passion for your life.

Passion is most evident when body, mind and  spirit work together to create, articulate or manifest feelings, ideas  and values. Passion is ignited when all of you work together. It is the  presence of your soul combined with the totality of all you've  experienced, and it empowers to live at optimal levels.

Passion your natural state. When what you do is in alignment with who  you are, it increases your energy. Passion is like water flowing along  its natural riverbed, gaining momentum from its course - unlike many  work environments, where it feels more like trying to force water up and  over a mountain!

Passion creates resilience. It enables you to  overcome obstacles and to look beyond current setbacks to the infinite  potential that's yours to claim. The passionate soul discovers nuggets  of potential in every situation.

Passion transfers vibrant energy  to every person or situation it touches. You can't fake it. Anyone can  spot a phony by sensing lack of authenticity and depth in their actions.

And  yet, many people run from passion because they're afraid of being  burned. They hang on to the pain of betrayed trust and misplaced  confidences as a reminder to dampen their own passion, lest they be hurt  again. Perhaps they held the bucket for soulless greed and overzealous  egos disguised as passion. Consequently, they're afraid of taking the  risk to live life fully, openly and passionately. They may have even  vowed to never go there again.

Instead, they opt for a more  predictable, monochromatic existence. Rather than taking exploring the  endless possibilities of life, they insist on hiding inside a safety  bubble; giving up on adventure to exist in a sanitary, colorless world  where nothing new happens.

What they really need is to restore their passion!

If  you want a juicy life, you need to open your heart and mind to the  multidimensional experience of passionate living every day.

Can  you imagine how much more meaningful our roles as parents, lovers,  business owners, employees, teachers and leaders would be if all our  actions were predicated on our true passion? There is no limit to how  far your influence can reach! To tap into your potential, you must  engage life with passion. By bringing passion to what you do, you  express every aspect of your creative being.

Here's the secret to living a passionate life: Never try to throttle down your passion for fear of what might show up! You cannot selectively suppress some part of your being without also suppressing the rest of your energy. When you suppress your passion, you also suppress your Life Force.

Truth  is, every activity you engage in expresses the whole of you - much like  one part of a hologram reflects the whole in its entirety. Even if you  pick a narrow skill like running a marathon or cooking, your whole sense  of self is expressed through that activity when doing it with passion.

When  living from your passion, you bring your entire identity to the party,  not just an isolated part. This may sound daunting, but actually it's  the most natural way to approach anything.

When you hold some part  of yourself back, you deny it exposure to life; you repress its energy  and keep it from learning what it needs to know. Imagine a baby who  wants to learn how to walk but has these reservations:

  • I don't want to look bad.
  • I don't want to fall down.
  • I don't want to fail.
  • I don't want to expend all my energy.
  • I don't want any pain.
  • I don't want to suffer.

It would seem absurd! If these thoughts prevail, the chance for mastery  could never present itself. Yet as adults we resort to such reservations  all the time - and deny ourselves mastery as a result.

The  minute a situation arises, all the negatives around that situation will  arise in the mind along with all the possibilities. The key is that you  have a choice about which to focus on!

When you choose to focus on  negatives, you yield to subconscious fear to shut out understanding. Do  that often enough and you become a victim, subject to bewildering fears  that can threaten to overwhelm you. These fears aren't coming from  blind fate or misfortune; they simply represent holes in your awareness,  the places where you haven't dared to look yet.

To break free  from such self-limiting behavior, try looking at an issue that has kept  you from totally engaging in life. For instance, if you are worried  about what others may think of your effort, then that is the issue you  need to challenge!

When I launched out into a solo practice,  well-intended friends questioned whether I would make it in a highly  demanding field. I chose not to listen to the voices of apprehension;  instead, I redoubled my efforts because my passion is to help people.

At  the time, it was the scariest, riskiest, most challenging thing I could  think of doing with my life. It was also the one thing that kept me  dreaming and working against all odds. Today, I can look back at decades  of amazing outcomes and success.

Choosing to follow my passion  took me to the edge of my comfort zone and stretched me in every way  possible. It also brought growth, joy and fulfillment into every area of  my life. I wouldn't trade what I'm doing for the world, because I get  to use my innate gifts daily. I love living in alignment with my purpose  and my passion!

What is that one, wild dream you have buried deep  within? Is it time to let it emerge into the light where you can  nourish it into a passionate path to fulfillment? How will you know  unless you try?

You can restore passion for your life.

Start  voicing your inner dreams and passions. Face down your fears, and treat  your dreams like tender threads of gold, for they are every bit as  precious. They form the fabric that fabulous lives are woven from!


By Nandita Gupta

There  is no magic wand in this world of harsh reality which can completely  transform your life. There are small bits and pieces that one individual  has to do in order make this life to be worthy and satisfactory. We see  many influencers and youtubers over the internet and makes this  prescription that how fortunate and calm these people actually are. But  being calm and composed is not only their cup of tea, even anyone can  take a path to change their life, it requires just a little bit of  hardwork and anticipation towards doing things that you must. Down below  are the few things that you need to start doing now in order to pursue a  life that you wanted.

Listening to podcasts

Many people  have this courage and audacity to read those gigantic books which are  good down the line. But for those who do not have time to sit and read,  for them there is this thing going popular around the block called"  podcasts". Podcasts are nothing but the audio version of video files and  are the series of episodes of famous interviews, books and many more  things. Download your referred series and listen to it while travelling  or while doing any chore. Listening to the famous person's interviews  and successful entrepreneur's story will give you more positivity and  meaning towards life.

Solo Trip around the Places Which You Desire to See

We  people have been chained in a system, where we worship dependency on  others majority of times to do even a basic task like going or visiting  nearby places. Who said you can't step out of the home without any  company. Go try the new places like café around your locality, watch a  movie, try a new theatre or maybe sightsee the famous monuments that are  drawn in your history books. Who said your trips has to start with  bigger things, try taking a stroll in a park alone daily and see the  difference. This will completely help you to get ahead in your life  peacefully and give you more courage to get out of your comfort zone.

Learn Everyday Something New

Is  there any passion or activity you love to do? If yes, then go on and  learn about it in a detailed manner. The passion no matter how big or  small is if it is your go-to thing, then go ahead. Make a promise to  learn each day something new, whether it is cooking or forms of dance.  You will inherit that positivity and confidence that no other regular  doing can provide you. Be your boss and learn whatever drives you or  motivates you to live each day.

Get Up and Dress Up

Who said  you can dress well for big occasions only, why can't you dress up each  day for cheering towards the life that you wanted to live. Dressing  doesn't have to mean roaming around the house in tuxedos or ties. It  means dressing up clothes that makes you feel pumped up. Wear a nice  scent and experiment with your styling and then go do the daily task.  The amount of confidence and love you will receive towards your body  will ultimately quench your soul only.

Be Grateful

No matter  how big you become, you should be thankful to your life and must owe  this life which taught you so many things and gave reasons to live. Pay  gratitude to things that came your way no matter positive or negative,  they came for a reason. Try putting this gesture and see how negativity  will be blown out from your life.

You do not have to be big enough to live a leading life, you need to make your life big enough to let you live.


By Liah Howard

I  spoke with a friend this morning. She explained to me that she likes to  fantasize about being free of her physical body and soaring  effortlessly in the etheric realms. She sounded bored with her life and  over whelmed with the responsibilities of her day- to- day existence.  She wistfully described her longing to be free of all the emotional  pain, boredom and the numerous duties associated with being in human  form. I listened with an open heart and mind, and thought to myself, how  very sad that my friend is missing the magic of each moment and the  surprises that life can bring.

I reflected on our conversation and  realized that she must be overwhelmed with the prospect of her life  continuing to be the way that it is now and always being stuck in the  grind. Although from the outside her life looks pretty successful. She  works in the helping profession, has a devoted husband, good health and  owns her own home. Nevertheless, she is unhappy with the monotony of  paying bills, cleaning house and being a good wife. The boredom of her  daily routine seems unbearable. She has lost the spark of remembering  the preciousness of each moment. How I wondered, can she regain her  enthusiasm for living?

Then three words starting with the letter  'p' popped into my head. I heard my higher self say "Purpose, passion  and play are the ways to counteract boredom and being overly responsible  and create a solution to living life in a more meaningful way. When a  person aligns their work with their core values then there is a special  grace that happens as they do their work. For example, if somebody  values helping the Earth and they work in a field that prevents  pollution then they are living an inspired purposeful life through their  work. On the other hand, if a person values caring for the Earth and  they work in a field that harms Mother Earth, then they will most likely  feel depleted and drained from their work and lack a sense of purpose.

Next,  if there is passion connected to how one spends their time in life time  in life, then they will feel life becomes more valuable and  significant. Passion carries a quality of putting ambition into action  with heart. In other words, if you are excited about what you are doing  and are willing to go the extra mile to sacrifice whatever it takes to  get the job well done then you are living passionately. For example, the  writer who stays up until the wee hours of the morning because they are  so inspired by the written word coming through them that they sacrifice  sleep for passion.The opposite would be the person who dreads going to  work and feels tired and weary of their job so much so that they can  barely get up in the morning.

Finally, the third remedy to boredom  and over work is play. Having a playful approach to one's duties and  responsibilities brings a fresh outlook. When a person takes time to  balance play and enjoying themselves with the duties of life, then they  come alive and reconnect with their joyful nature buried within. A  simple solution like going to see a funny movie or enjoying an improve  comedy night could be the anecdote to the doldrums of an overly  responsible life. When one takes time to nurture their playful child  within, they are less resentful of the adult responsibilities of living  and more able to cope with the day- to- day stresses of life.

I  called my friend back and invited her to consider the possibility that  life is offering her an opportunity to make new choices. I reminded her  that her passion is important and her purpose of helping humanity is  still pure and can be resurrected in her work. I also suggested she take  time to play and plan some joyful activities into her life. The magic  of life is so much more fun when shared with a friend and life can be  full of happy surprises when we remember how precious life is.


By Kevin Schoeninger

Do  you have those days when you just aren't motivated or inspired to  follow through on your good intentions? You're lethargic, stuck in  procrastination, and just can't seem to get started. On days when I  don't feel like meditating, exercising, writing, cooking healthy food,  or doing anything I really need/want to do, I've found a simple formula  to get me going: low expectations and an easy warm-up.

I start  with low expectations by telling myself, "If I do a little, that's good  for today." I usually define "a little" as half or less of what I might  normally do. For example, with exercise, it might be 10 minutes of  cardio, instead of 30, and one set of 5 strength exercises, instead of  two sets of ten exercises. With writing, I tell myself I'll just write a  paragraph or two. Because I've done more in the past, I know this  lesser amount will be easy.

With my low expectations in place, I  start with an even easier warm-up, something that feels like nothing at  all. For exercise, I just start moving. This could be a walk or riding a  stationary bike with little resistance. If I'm writing, I start with  one sentence of any quality. I just get something written down.

Once  I've gotten myself moving in this small, easy way, I often find the  internal juices start to flow. With exercise, I begin to breathe a  little deeper, feel a little looser, and my energy increases. With  writing, ideas come to mind, associations click in, and I often find  myself in the flow.

Invariably, I exceed my low expectations and  end up feeling good about my efforts. I remember why I wanted to do what  I'm doing. It feels good. It's taking me somewhere I want to go. It  helps me feel productive, purposeful, and alive! At this moment of  feeling good, make sure you record this experience in your memory. Then,  you can recall this positive feeling of "being in the flow" to support  you to get going the next time.

Now, if I do a little exercise and  a little writing every day, it's easier to stay in the flow. It's  easier to be consistent with a small doable action. That's the power of  having an intentional daily practice to grow something that's important  to you-be it your health, relationships, business, art, or spiritual  growth. Small consistent actions are the building blocks of big  accomplishments. They're the key to deeper meaning, purpose, and  productivity.

And, if I just don't feel like taking action--if I  find myself procrastinating--I go back to my low expectations and easy  warmup to get me going. If getting started is the hard part, make  getting started as easy as possible.


By Vijaya Krishna Boddu


Self-Motivation is a very important activity in our day to day life as we don't know what surprise will come and at what time.

We  have to motivate ourselves to ensure that the surprise is being handled  appropriately and WE SHOULD NEVER GIVE UP. Even though the surprises  are common to everyone lives and every one motivate them to handle their  surprises and take it forward.

We have to motivate ourselves to  ensure that the surprise is being handled efficiently and functionally.  We attempt through our article, to share ancient ideas and techniques to  walk you through this journey of life surprises.

Hence, we have to understand that some of the important surprises & techniques to self-motivate in handling the surprises.


1)  Financial Surprises: Generally, the companies or individuals will have a  budget, unfortunately, the days may not go with the same budget  planning. There may be a surprise in increase or decrease of the budget.  This in turn, disturbs the financials. For projects in a company, the  financial surprises can be corrected through appropriate contracts &  claims management and for individuals it can be corrected through  self-motivation techniques.

2) Health Surprises: Health issues may  come up at any time which we cannot anticipate. We always should  maintain discipline in our food habits, do daily exercises and drink  appropriate water, which may avoid the health surprises.


Any surprise or any issue can be corrected through self-motivation techniques as mentioned below:

1)  Firstly, we should analyze in depth about the surprise or the issue. We  have to make a note point on WHAT, HOW & WHY. By answering these  simple three words we can understand the reason for the surprise or the  issue.

a. WHAT: What happened?

b. HOW: How it happened? How it went wrong.

c. WHY: Why this happened? What are the corrections?

2)  Secondly, doing meditation and thinking on the solution for the  surprise or the issue. In this way, we can get the solution and go  forward.

3) Once we answer the What, How & Why, and for  corrections, we should do meditation by taking a deep breath and  concentrating on the breath and thinking on the corrections.

4) We  have to continue the meditation till we find out the solution.  Depending on the surprise, sometimes, we will find the solution in 2 - 3  times and sometimes it may take days.

5) We should NEVER GIVE UP  and we should continue the meditation till we get the solution and  certainly we will get the solution through meditation for any  issue/surprise/problem.

6) After having a solution, we have to make a clear roadmap for solving the surprise or issue with a contingency plan.

7)  Finally, we should always follow another 3-word principle, Plan, Check  and Act, this 3-word principle can ensure to resolve the surprise or  issue.


1) Generally, we face several problems in  our day to day activities and we get panic or scared on an occurrence  of such problems.

2) If we follow the techniques as mentioned  above without getting panic or getting scared, we can easily resolve  such problems by finding solutions and we can go forward in our lives  and achieve success.

3) This article is to support the reader in  addressing their problems/issues/surprises in an appropriate manner  without getting panic or getting scared.

4) We request you to  share this article after going through as this may help your friends to  overcome their problems/issues/surprises.

5) All views or opinions  or statements given in this Article are personal, which are in our  knowledge/ information and do not signify any professional advice.


By Abdulmalik A Sanni

Morning  is the early part of the day; it is also referred to as the time when  the sun rises until noon. It can also be further defined as the period  of time between midnight and noon. If you check this time or period in  which the morning time falls in, you will realize that mostly the body  system of every human is at the start of its rise. This very time is one  of the best periods in which it is universally recommended that we  should extend our feelings to those we love so much.

It is now  high time that we begin to text our loved ones these fantastic messages  in order to show them how much they mean to us. Has the story of our  article titled "What is the meaning of love and romantic love quotes"  reached you? What about 60+ romantic good morning text for him? Howdy...  please enjoy this latest one.

Good morning inspirational quotes

  1. Every day is a new opportunity to achieve what we have missed the  previous days. It is a great joy to wake up early in the morning to see  the light of a fresh morning time.
  2. You will not achieve great things in life until you begin to understand  that it takes your determination for God to bless your hustles. Always  remember that God is not a supporter of the lazy ones. Good morning!
  3. Hello, friend I hope you had a sweet dream yesterday? This is the  beginning of a new day for every successful person. Always do your best  to become the best in everything you are doing. Good morning!
  4. The most successful people are those ble life has been created.
  5. The best of the people are those who believe in what they can do and  never for once get discouraged by what the negative people say. They are  very good at what they believe in because they work hard to know it  better.
  6. Always find a reason to put smile on your face, the brightness of your  face signifies that you have no grudges with anyone. Have a blessed  morning!
  7. It is a good thought to always have confidence in ourselves. The most  intelligent man on earth have one thing in common with you; ability to  think and apply wisdom.
  8. Good morning my best friend, I just want to greet you with this piece of  advice; be consistent in whatever you are doing, never lost hope and  always be focus.
  9. I hope you had a fantastic night rest? Rise up and go out to do the  needful, every good person have a lot of story to tell about patience.  Good morning!
  10. I am pleased to tell you that, those who ignore themselves are the most  bankrupt people I have ever met in life; try and love yourself by doing  the right thing at the right time.

Good morning breakfast quotes

  1. I hope you have taken your breakfast? It is a fuel for the stomach of  great people. It gives you energy to do the necessary things at work.
  2. Whenever you intend to be smart at work, always take your breakfast so that you can be strong to deliver the best of your work.
  3. I love the breakfast so much because it gives me a reason to love myself  and the early morning. I recommend that you shouldn't joke with your  breakfast because it is healthy.
  4. Love yourself by replenishing your body worn-out tissue through rich food. Breakfast is never a last option. Good morning!
  5. Feel good about yourself and be organized at anything you are doing.  Never forget one thing-breakfast, it is very important to start your day  with it. Good morning!
  6. Always fill your stomach with the best of recommended food in the  morning-it brings energy to your body for good performance at work.
  7. I smile a lot in the morning and the reason is because I never joke with my breakfast. Do not delay your breakfast.
  8. The reason why I am shining is because I eat my breakfast in time, I  never delay it because it is great for a brighter day ahead. Good  morning!
  9. Who else can compete with you at work if not a smiling face? Remember  that a hungry man is an angry man. Put smile on your face by eating your  breakfast.
  10. Taking of breakfast before going for work is great because it calms your head down and makes your body humble to do work.

Good morning health quotes

  1. Health is wealth; always take care of yourself and the family so as to  avoid sickness. Keep your environment clean always. Good morning!
  2. A happy home is a home that is always clean and free of germs. Encourage  the cleaning of your environment all the time to save more money. Good  morning!
  3. A home that is free of sickness is mostly free of sorrow; always find a  way to prevent air pollution around your environment. Good morning!
  4. The best and the smartest people on health are always healthy; they take  their drug as prescribed regularly and make some aerobic to boost their  immune system.
  5. Always stay in a clean environment free of diseases and germs. The wealthy ones constantly avoid contamination.
  6. I am healthy and fresh today because I listen to what my Doctor says. I  have a shining skin because I hear what my Dermatologist has to say.
  7. Good morning to you, I hope you had a wonderful night sleep? Please  always empty your drainage and sleep with mosquito net. Remember,  malaria kills?
  8. Be careful how you share sharp objects-or better still avoid the sharing  of sharp objects to prevent yourself and your family from HIV-AIDS.
  9. Always go for medical check as described by your family Doctor.  Sometimes, small issues about our health status may develop into  unbearable issues.
  10. Take your drugs as prescribed by your Doctor, never engage in drug  abuse. Those who are careful about their health live healthy.

Good morning prayer for a friend

  1. This morning is a special period for the acceptance of prayers. I am  begging God at this moment to bless you with an everlasting grace. Good  morning!
  2. Every day comes with a special opportunity for us to embrace; I beseech  the Lord to bring the grace of the opportunity to your way.
  3. The sun rises and sets by the power of the Lord, I pray that the Lord  should uplift you this year and stops you from falling down forever.
  4. It is my pleasure to show you how much you mean to me. I pray that your  entire desires in life be settled for good. May your day last with  permanent joy.
  5. You are a great person and as such may the Lord give you a wonderful breakthrough in life; I ask the Lord to bless you.
  6. It is not always easy to move on in life with poverty, may the Lord  enrich your pocket from this moment until the end of time. Good morning!
  7. I beseech the Lord to grant you all your heart desires and bless you  with endless joy. I ask the Lord to fill your home with light and  continue to bless you with righteous children. Good morning!
  8. Every day is an opportunity to get great things done in life, may the  Lord open the way for your success I this blessed month. Good morning!
  9. No one understands how coconut got its water, may the Lord keep your  secret away from the wrong people and give you maximum protection for  the rest of your life.
  10. Love yourself and always find a reason to put smile on your face all the  time. I pray that the Lord should ease your affairs in life-good  morning!

Sweet and cute good morning sayings

  1. The early bird is never disappointed, because it takes its time to go  early to the place of opportunity and explore more food than the lazy  birds, good morning!
  2. The brightness of the day is shining for you to have a reason to put  smile on your face. You are a special star so always put smile on your  face.
  3. Have a splendid morning time because it gives a special reason to do the  right things that matters. Take good care of yourself. Good morning!
  4. Life is a wonderful place to live and morning time is an opportunity to  praise the Lord for waking you up to the brightness of the day. I just  want to say, god morning!
  5. Live your life and the awaiting opportunities will find your pant down.  You must understand that everything about this life demands  determination to achieve.
  6. Be the best you want to be and always understand that you can become  whatever you want to be. You are a champion; never think that everything  is impossible. The one who wins is the one who thinks he can.
  7. The day is bright and shining promising a fulfilled day ahead. You are a  wonderful person so always be strong to carry out your work in life.
  8. The smiling face did not just begin; truly there are lots of stories  behind it. No matter what happened always stay positive and never give  up hope in life-verily, after adversity come prosperity.
  9. After the dawn comes the sunshine. After tears come joy and after stress  comes health. You are as you think you are. So always stay focused and  be optimistic in everything you are doing!
  10. When you wake up in the morning, find a reason to praise the Lord for  bringing you back alive after a short death called sleep. The day is  bright so enjoy yourself till you never can enjoy it again.

Good morning coffee quotes for him or her

  1. Morning coffee is sweet begins it warms the body and boost your memory  to perform better jobs. I hope you have sipped a cup of coffee today?
  2. I love the coffee cup because in it is a coffee itself. It gives me a sound energy to want to work all through the day.
  3. Cup of coffee on my table, three slices of bread on my tray. I love myself so I love taking the best food in the world.
  4. You are so special so I am advising that you should never forget to take  a cup of coffee. Feel free to do your work because the coffee will  still do its own. Good morning!
  5. ..Tasting great! I love the coffee. It is my good friend and I start a  great day with it. You are missing dude, hope you will try it one day?  Good morning!
  6. You must know that those who take coffee are the special ones. Why not  sign up on coffee squad and get your job done as soon as possible? Good  morning!
  7. You have a great day ahead but without motivation and inspiration, you won't get it done as you want. Good morning!
  8. When you rise in the morning, give thanks to the Lord and get a cup of  coffee to start your day. Meet me and let's go up to the ladder. Good  morning!
  9. It is a new day, so relax your body with a cup of coffee before you  start the early morning work. This gives you a nice reason to be happy.  Good morning!
  10. Get up every morning and determine to do your best to achieve the best  in life; have a cup of coffee and find joy in whatever you are doing.  Good morning!

Wonderful good morning quotes for her

  1. Today is a new day, whatever you believe in, try and get it done as  quickly as possible. Don't feel troubled about things that come your  way, the truth is that you will always find solution to every problem.  Have a wonderful morning!
  2. Feel good about yourself and always think critically before you comment.  Always remember that the wise men hardly make mistakes. Good morning!
  3. Be good at your own end and always care about people around you-do not  spoil people's heart with your speech and always find a way to always  put smile on your face. Have a wonderful morning!
  4. Every morning is special, so take advantage of the opportunity that  comes with it. It is my pleasure to say hello to you-have a wonderful  morning.
  5. Plan your way to the top and set a goal that makes you lose patient to  sleep in the night. You are a champion, so have a wonderful morning!
  6. Always start the day with a graceful smile, put all the past sorrow  aside and face the challenges that come your way. Good morning!
  7. You are a bright angel so make every day count and never let every  opportunity to pass you by. No matter how difficult a matter could be,  when you send a longer time on it, it becomes easy.
  8. Good morning, I hope you had a splendid night? It is my pleasure to reach out to you. I just want to say, good morning!
  9. Every morning is a wonderful opportunity, grab it and feel good about  yourself. No matter how bad the day may be, always stay strong. Good  morning!
  10. Meeting you was nice and been your friend make everything more  interesting. I hope you had a wonderful night? I am wishing you a  wonderful morning!


By Pierre Pinkerton

This  article is a shift in terms of focus. Although relevant for the fields  of business development and growth, the theme of this article is on  personal development before business development.

I've always been  a huge fan of sales gurus and personal growth experts like Zig Ziglar,  Earl Nightingale, Norman Vincent Peale, Dale Carnegie, etc. While  initially thinking these guys were full of 'it' and irrelevant; now,  with time and experience having matured me to a reasonable level (I  hope), I've come to not only attest to truths that these guys and others  live by and teach, but also their beliefs and wisdom are very relevant  and timeless.

One of the core truths taught and deeply ingrained  into my subconscious is the following: failures in life will either  strengthen and motivate you to grow and develop or they have the very  real ability to break you down.

What do I mean when I say failures  in life? Well, quite simply, these are the moments in our lives that  the results and outcomes come totally different and often more severe  than we had anticipated. Whether it's a job loss, divorce, eviction,  bankruptcy, failed job interview, a blown investment, or being defrauded  by someone, we all face these challenges at one time in life or  another.

The key that I've learned about these negative life  events is that you have A CHOICE in how you respond. The thing that  keeps most of us in 'ruts' of negativity, isolation, and hopelessness is  that we allow ourselves to be motivated by fear in a wrong way. Rather  than thinking about how worse and severe a negative life event can  become, why not choose to be motivated by the fear of the situation to  take hold of hope. Choose to take a strong hold of hope and never let go  no matter how bad it hurts or feels.

Now here's another  underlying truth in being motivated by the fear of negative life events:  don't labor your mind or put a heavy burden on yourself for solving  your problems overnight; instead, relax, rest, and remain positive. What  I've learned and continue to grow in is that more than likely the  answer needed to resolve the problem(s) is right under your nose or  floating somewhere in your mind. How do these 'uh huh' moments happen?  Truly in the most odd ways possible to be completely honest. There's no  secret formula (or at least one that I've found that works) or secret  sauce that induces these moments, but here's one way to put yourself in  the state of mind to increasing their frequency: relax, live life, serve  others well, listen more than you speak, forgive completely, and love  sincerely.


By Matt Collinson

Daily,  our choices make us who we are. What, where and who we are is the sum  of all those choices added together to right now. Now is such an  important concept. Now is the only time that you have the chance to go  out and get exactly what you are looking to achieve. There is no promise  of tomorrow. To do this you must realize you have everything you need  right now. Stop waiting for that something to happen because it never  will until you make it happen.

Goals are meant to be achieved.  This fruit that we bear because someone has dreamt. The way to achieve  the goal is by going after the challenges. Decide that you are going to  start today. The best way to do this is to build your mind. The best way  to build your mind is to learn. Books, mentors, seminars, conferences  and everyday life has a beautiful offering of ways to learn.

We  are all given challenges. Those challenges are meant to be overcome.  Know in your heart of hearts that you can achieve. These obstacles are  the hard parts of life that become beautiful memories. Even in death.  Think to someone you knew. When you think of them bring to the surface  the great memories you have of them. Know those people that have come  before wanting us to move forward in the best fashion. That means to  live your life fully no matter what. Do not let their passing go  unnoticed. You are perfect to know the lesson those people wanted to  share with the world. Share their message.

Our actions will prove  what direction that we want to go. Act. Think. Act again. Be the best  that you can be. There are no more excuses to be sitting around. Are  people calling you insane by your actions? Then you aren't succeeding  unless that answer is yes. I enjoy acting. You will enjoy acting. We  must put in the work together to become the person we know is inside.

Your  dreams? Do you have dreams? Guess what? That dream is yours. Stop  coming up with excuses. Write that book. Make that music. Build that  company. Network until you make it happen. Invest everything you must  become the person you want to become. Time, money and effort are only  human thoughts. Do what you must to make your dream come into this life  and humanity will thank you for it.


By Njanja Mathu Gakuru

I  often wonder what motivates us to stay productive. It's one thing to  produce a positive result and yet another to consistently repeat that  positive action. Only motivation, which comes from two sources, can keep  us consistent.

1. Our own internal drive, self-talk and attitude. How we speak to and treat ourselves affects what we are able to accomplish.

2.  External influence from family, friends, leaders and other people we  look up to or hold in high regard. The advice or guidance we receive  from others affects what we feel about ourselves and our capabilities.

The  question is, what direction does the motivation take us in? One that  leads to positive, productive results or not. It is up to us to very  intentionally make adjustments to what we allow into our thoughts/minds.  We must make decisions about that kind of talk we entertain and learn  to discard negative thoughts or words.

Below are 10 thought-provoking ideas I feel lead us in the right direction.

1. Showing up is largely a result of self-motivation.

Absolutely!  If we don't motivate ourselves to get moving it's harder to show up or  be present during our normal daily activities. Our motivation should  discard any negative feelings that prevent us from showing up to meet  our commitments.

2. A positive attitude fuels inner drive.

Try it! There's no doubt that when we're positive, we get more done with less effort.

3. There's power in words. We should speak positively about ourselves and others.

Words  are powerful when used right they motivate and encourage. We must  always consider the result or outcome of our words before we speak.

4. Self-discipline over a period of time yields desired results.

There  are tougher challenges in pursuing self-discipline than we realize. The  results however are powerful and priceless - let's stay focused.

5. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel no matter how long the tunnel.

There  will be moments when we are tried and tested personally and  professionally. We have to focus on where we need to be, our finish  line, in order to stay motivated and productive while going through the  tunnel.

6. We know we are motivated when we consistently go the extra mile.

Internal motivation coupled by the external push from supporters and those who cheer us on fuels us to keep going.

7. Creativity helps build confidence & ownership.

Thinking outside the box and curiosity drives us to greater heights.

8. To be productive and efficient we must stay informed.

Having  the right information at the right time motivates us to pursue our  goals. We must seek and desire to gain the knowledge consistently.

9. We experience greater satisfaction when our work speaks for itself.

Actions  speak louder than words. The results of the action we take to back up  our words keeps us motivated. "Well done is better than well said."  ~Benjamin Franklin

10. We are motivated by leaders that are authentic and engaged.

It's important to form relationships and/or follow leaders that motivate us to be better. Strive for excellence.


By Rosemarie Sumalinog Gonzales

Change  will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time to  come in our lives. Whether we like it or not, we, ourselves, are the  ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Change  starts within us right now, right at this very moment.

Change will  happen when we do something different, a different outcome. Do  something different from what you've already been doing. I know this is  quite challenging because it's a matter of getting out of your comfort  zone.

Well, do something different! Stop complaining and blaming  others for what you've become today. Never blame your past, your  parents, your boss or your partner. because you did not learn from your  past circumstance. Stop blaming all together. You are responsible for  your emotions and your life. Take control of your fate once and for all.

Are  you ready for change? I've learned the past few years to actually get  something out of life, whether it's in a career, relationship, or in any  area. Work equals change and success. But you need to do something to  make it happen.

If you want change, do something different. Don't  just sit there and wait for a miracle to happen. Nothing of great value  comes without great effort. Don't expect to get to the next level of  your career without doing something productive. Show a great deal of  commitment and dedication to your work. By doing so, you are able to  feel a sense of achievement and a sense of fulfillment because you are  able to do something worth doing well not only to yourself but to  everyone concerned.

Life is not always easy. Work hard and  persevere and you will realize that you are able to make a difference in  your life. For example, if you find it difficult to survive your  situation today, pray to God that He will you and do what you want to  achieve in life. Your faith and action will help you realize your dream.

Our  situations will not remain exactly the same throughout or lives.  Sometimes situations are in our favor but other times it becomes really  hard and seems to be endless. However, to ensure success in life, you  need to turn difficult situations into a better one.

Difficult  situations come into our lives sooner or later. You cannot find a  successful person who can claim of not going through a difficult  circumstances in their entire lives. The only difference is how they  handle their dire situations to their own advantage.

In the face  of rough situations, take it as a challenge and turn it into a better  one and move closer to your desired goal. If you want to make your life  successful, get up and do something.

We can transform our life and transform others as a result.

Begin today.


By Rosemarie Sumalinog Gonzales

Our  attitudes define who we are. They are subject to change by social  influences, as well as by the individual's motivation to maintain  cognitive consistency when two attitudes or attitude and behavior  conflict.

Real change occurs from the bottom up. It occurs from  person to person, and in small groups and locales and then bubbles up  and aggregates to larger vectors of change. It happens when a person  exerts an effort every single day of his life. If you want a change to  happen in your life. Change your attitude.

We embrace change, yet  something in our nature fiercely resists it. We structure social  movements, political campaigns and business strategies around the need  for change, yet we hardly understand how it works.

When it comes  to a change in behavior based on consequences, such as an individual's  hopes to gain rewards or avoid punishment from another group or person,  it is called compliance. It doesn't mean that there is a change in  beliefs or attitude but rather is influenced by the social outcomes of  adopting a change in behavior.

The individual adopts the new  attitude, not due to the specific content of the attitude object, but  because it is associated with the desired relationship. Often,  children's attitudes on race or their political party affiliations are  adopted from their parents' attitudes and beliefs.

On the other  hand, personality is not a perfect predictor of behavior. People tend to  become more responsible and emotionally stable as they age. These  changes generally unfold over many years and seem to reflect a natural  developmental process.

There are things about yourself that you  don't like. So you change them. It's more likely that you keep on doing  them, even though you say you'd like to change them. you can't just snap  your fingers and stop the well-established patterns of behavior, even  when those patterns result in bad consequences.

Change is a  process that begins with being aware of yourself. If you're used to  blaming everyone else for your problems, then you're not aware of the  consequence of your actions. If you're living your life in a daze,  blaming bad luck, then you're in denial because you based your good  fortune on fate. You can be fully aware of your bad habits and still not  change because you lack the sense of commitment.

You need to have  self-discipline, perseverance, and hard work. Know the reason for your  change of behavior and what you want to be. Your actions need to adhere  to your beliefs. You know it makes no sense claiming you want to change  but then doing nothing about it. You are just disappointing yourself.  You're fed up with feeling frustrated.

Adopting new ways rarely  comes comfortably at first. You may feel a lot of resistance to change  but when you realize that change is needed as an opportunity to grow,  not as an unwanted burden, amazing things can happen.

Even small  changes can reap meaningful benefits especially when it is in a positive  direction, it will not only expand your confidence but also enrich your  relationships, enhance your career, and empower your well-being.

People do change if not for the better then some change for the  worst. If you modify your behavior, then that's changing for the better.


By Stanley Thomas

If  you have a great reputation in your community how can you protect it  from those who wish to defame you? Success is hard to get and the last  thing you want is for some person to take it from you. If someone  attacks you with a negative statement to make you look bad how do you  fight back? There is a simple solution to this problem.

What you  can do is wait for the attacker to stop attacking. Then go on the  offensive. This works very well when something bad happens to the person  who attacked you. This is when you let them have it. However there is a  better solution to this problem.

Instead of attacking the person  back directly or indirectly what you can do is simply become more  successful at what you do. You have to be better than

the competition. You have to be bigger than the enemies who wish to  destroy you. If your reputation is larger than your rivals then their  voice does not matter as much as yours. You have to defeat your enemies  by becoming more successful at what you do than your enemies are at what  they do.

You have to push yourself out there so far ahead of your  enemies that they cannot catch up with you. By becoming more successful  a large number of people know about you as a highly successful person.  Your enemies cannot keep up with you because they are way too small to  persuade the public against you. When you grow bigger your enemies will  look small and petty.

There is board game called go. It is  different from the game chess. In the game go the objective is to  dominate the board by taking up the most space on the game board. In  life successful people dominate the public perception of them. The more  success a person has and the more well-known the successful person is  the more protected this person is from their enemies.

Have you  noticed how hard it is to criticize a highly successful and popular  person and get away with it. Some people have such a good reputation  that you would look like a fool criticizing this person. That's The  Power of success and a big reputation. Superstars are more well-known  than critics. A critic tries to make a name for himself by attacking  someone who is highly successful.

Like the old saying goes, there  has never been a statute erected to a critic. So keep on pushing and  keep on striving for higher Heights. That way you will leave your  enemies in the dust.


By Remy Chausse

Do  you ever find yourself in limbo... in that in-between place of knowing  what you want, but it hasn't shown up yet? There's something you're  trying to create, but the universe seems to be moving at a snail's pace.  In that place between what you want, and waiting for its arrival, you  often find yourself in doubt and indecision, and you sometimes end up  feeling completely defeated.

Jackson Pruitt is a finance manager  for a luxury auto dealership, and he was in exactly this type of  situation. Not only is he naturally goal-oriented having been in sales  most of his life, but financial targets are routinely encouraged for him  at work. Walking the tight rope of what he wants to create and how he  can speed up the process is a common theme for him (and anyone in sales  or entrepreneurship).

Before talking about how we can speed things  up, it helps to understand the anatomy of how things are manifested, so  that we can unlock our hidden power and bring what we want to fruition.

This  understanding begins with the knowledge there are two kinds of  reality... vibrational reality and physical reality. The moment we  crystallize an idea or a goal, it moves into vibrational reality. We  might also call this the pool of possibilities... a holding tank... or a  spiritual vault.

The point is, yes, there's a physical reality in  things that we can see, and touch, and feel. But our manifestations are  created in vibrational reality first, before they manifest into a  physical experience.

So how do we speed up our results? Well, the  first thing we have to do is put our desire into vibrational reality.  And this is exactly what Jackson did. He began with a simple, clear  thought about his desire.

Here's the anatomy of how things go from desire to manifestation:

Thoughts create reality.

It's an exact science.

And failure is impossible.

So think only thoughts of your desired outcome.

Our  thoughts create a concept of what we want. When we think that thought,  it instantly crystallizes in vibrational reality. Our only job at that  point is to allow our desires to come TO us.


By Tim Connor

Please - I'm not being morbid - just asking a simple question.

Trust  me - the years pass much more quickly than most people realize or are  willing to accept. I don't care your chronological age as that is not  the determining fact as to when you will check out of here so back to my  question - How do you want to be remembered after you are gone?

First  of all, who remembers us and why depends on many factors; our  relationships (family, kids, siblings etc.), careers (customers, fellow  workers, bosses etc.), where we lived (neighbors, friends, acquaintances  etc.), and yes even a few total strangers that might have crossed our  paths quickly and briefly.

Then there are our actions (things done  and not done), behaviors (good, bad, stupid, thoughtful, selfish, kind,  egotistical, compassionate etc.).

And of course, there are our words (things said and not said, kind words or hurtful words etc.).

And  how about our beliefs attitudes, prejudices and opinions (did we always  have to be right or could we accept mistakes, were we always talking,  or did we ever listen and care, could we disagree without anger or  validate others for who they were, did we live with a spiritual  foundation or did we assume there is no God etc.).

Yes, there's  one more - our goals, desires, dreams, and plans. Did we include others  or exclude them, did we rely on others or did we always go it alone, did  we give credit when it was due or always keep it for our selves, did we  share our victories or assume we deserved all the benefits regardless  of other's guidance etc?

OK, I hope I have made my point - there  are numerous factors to who will or will not remember us, why they will  or will not remember us and what they will remember us for - if they do.

I'm going to generalize a bit so hang in there with me.

There  is an ancient Native American legend that states 'you will only get  into Heaven leaning on the shoulders of someone you helped while you  were on earth.'

Regardless of your opinion of this statement  consider - if you helped no one in any way - what are your chances? If  you helped one hundred people - go for it.

As I go through my last  life chapter I have spent a lot of time considering this question and  is it too late to change what those who were in my life - for many years  or even a few minutes - will remember about me or even care.

Ever wondered how many people will attend your funeral? Full house or a lot of empty seats?

You've  heard it I'm sure - It's never too late to make a new first impression.  Does this rule also apply - It's never too late to change your legacy? I  don't have a clue but what I do know is how you live your life while  you are here become the guidelines for your legacy or how, why, if, when  etc. you will be remembered.

I'm not referring here to all those  famous folks like - Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, Babe Ruth or Henry Ford  etc. I'm talking about us normal folks who are doing our best to live a  life of dignity, happiness, success, compassion, and love rather than  fame and fortune.

So, here's a thought - make a list of all the  people in your life that matter - current or past, relatives or friends -  get it - anyone or everyone. Now, write down the words that you think  each one of them might use to describe you, your legacy or what you  meant to them while you shared life with them if they were giving your  eulogy. Got the courage to do this? If no, why not? If yes, go for it.

And  here's a final thought if you can handle it. Now share the words,  memories etc. you wrote down with each person and ask them for their  response (agree, disagree, like, don't like etc.).


By Tim Connor

Waiting  for the right job. Waiting for the perfect relationship. Waiting for  the right weather. And, even just waiting for the right email or text  response.

Ever waited for something and in hindsight realized how  much time was wasted? I know I have and I also know the pain of not  being able to recapture those lost minutes, weeks or even years - they  were gone forever. But it's not my intent to be morbid here but to  suggest some creative, positive and even risky thoughts on what lies  ahead, what is real, what you can control and what can or will elude you  no matter how hard you try or how long you wait.

First of all,  there are three types of waiting - waiting for something to begin,  waiting for something to end, or waiting for something to improve,  change or maybe even recover.

But regardless of the waiting or  what we may be waiting for the consequences are always the same -  frustration, disappointment, regret, fear, and even anger and yes, even  more, depending on the magnitude or significance of what we are waiting  for.

Waiting for Mr. or Ms. right until you are in your seventies  is not a wise move. Waiting for the right career position after bouncing  from job to job for twenty years might get in the way of the right one  showing up. Waiting years for a bad relationship to end or for the other  person to end it when you both know it isn't or wasn't meant to be or  was not a wise decision you previously made can cause a lot of stress,  resentment, and bitterness. Waiting for your kids to finally get the  concept of responsibility? Waiting for your employees to finally have  some respect, loyalty or motivation?

Waiting till you retire for the vacation of a lifetime? And then your partner dies before you get to go.

Waiting  for decades for a promotion, recognition or raise - well maybe it's  time for a change. Waiting to really live and have fun until you win the  lottery, well, you might want to re-think your life purpose. Waiting  weeks or even months for the right client or customer to show up - well  you might want to rethink your sales or marketing strategies.

Need more examples or have I made my point?

Having  said all of the above I want to be clear that I am not against waiting -  for the right reasons, for the appropriate amount of time or for the  right, best or suitable outcomes.

Are there common emotions,  expectations or attitudes that can contribute to a waiting mentality?  From my experience, I believe there are ten major ones; hope, fear,  desire, insecurity, self-esteem, ego needs, impatience, the need for  control, dreams and or arrogance. I don't have the time and I'm sure you  don't either for me to dig into each of these in detail so let me see  if I can give you a few summary points to consider if you have been  guilty of unnecessary waiting, are waiting for something now or will,  notice I said will and not might, wait for something in the future.

As  I see it there are three common denominators in all of the above  reasons, mindsets or rationales; 1) insecurity - or the need for  approval, the need for acceptance, a mindset of unworthiness or conflict  avoidance. 2) fear - or the willingness to face reality, uncertainty or  unknowns in a common sense or reality-based way. 3) Ego - or an  unhealthy definition of what you feel you deserve, you are worth, you  are worthy of or you don't deserve.

In the end, waiting in most  situations is life wasted. The current lifespan average of Americans is  77.3 years. So, regardless of your age whether you are wasting days,  weeks, months or years, in the end, will leave you with memories of  regret, resentment, apathy and or disappointment.

Is it worth it? Was it worth it? For me, looking back, in some cases it was, and, in most cases, it wasn't, but that's me.

Here are a few things to consider if you are a "waiter".

-Create  a list of potential gains and losses for whatever you are waiting for.  Then weigh them appropriately for both the short and long term.

-Talk  with people you respect who have had similar experiences or have  insight into what you are considering waiting for and ask them for  guidance. You don't have to follow it, but it can help you make better  decisions.

-Start a decision journal and start keeping track of  every decision you have made and their outcomes or consequences and I'm  not referring here to where you decide to go to lunch or what color  dress to buy.

-Meditate on all major decisions and listen to your  inner guidance system's or spirit's suggestions or inclinations or  whatever you want to call it.

-Keep a list of all major life  decisions and their eventual outcomes - if and when they ended; like a  business, career, job or relationship.

-Don't make choices or take actions while under stress or emotional unrest.

-Be willing to admit mistakes.

-Learn to learn from everything regardless of the outcome whether positive or negative.

-Declare emotional endings before starting new beginnings.

-Read the book - Transitions by William Bridges.

-Pray about it.

These  should get you started and, on the way, to better outcomes and less  wasted time and life. I can only say in conclusion that I wish I had  done many of these earlier in life.


By Stephanie Harbin

The  Bible says a lot about entrepreneurship. So, if you're thinking about  becoming an entrepreneur, take heed. This article covers some of what it  says about launching, growing, and maintaining a successful enterprise.

What the Bible Says

  • Count the costs.

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you sit down first to  estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it (Luke  14:28)? Simply put, count the cost before you launch. Know what it  takes. Do you have enough funds? What do you need to get started? What  is the cost for supplies? Services? Overhead? How long can you survive  without a salary?

Moreover, counting the costs involves taking  stock of your ability to persevere and make sacrifices. Building a  business takes commitment and faith. Contrary to what you've heard,  overnight success is rare. So, count the costs before you leap. You're  in it for the long haul.

  • Timing is key.

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the  heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Like any endeavor, in business timing is  everything. Is this the season for you to pursue a business? Is the  timing ripe for expanding or delving into a new arena?

  • Seek wisdom.

Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don't forget my words or turn away  from them (Proverbs 4:5). All in all, wisdom is knowing the right thing  to do. Conrad Hilton, for example, prayed before making all business  deals; he physically went to the property being considered (to be alone  and hear from God).

  • Know the source of your wealth.

Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be  successful in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your  ancestors with an oath (Deuteronomy 8:18). When you succeed, don't  forget the Creator. Furthermore, the fortune is not just for you; the  money has a mission. Save some, spend some, and give some.

  • Get a team of advisors.

Every purpose is established by counsel; and with good advice make war  (Proverbs 20:18). At length, you will need the expertise of skilled  advisors ( an attorney, an accountant, and an insurance agent). They're  key to establishing, monitoring, and protecting the operation.

  • Develop a spirit of excellence.

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord (Romans  12:11). Either give it your all or walk away. This mindset will keep you  committed to giving everything your best.

  • Sharpen your people skills.

Be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger (James 1:19). Customers,  workers, vendors, and colleagues will say or do something that rubs you  the wrong way. Instead of reacting, shake it off. Anger clouds your  judgment.

  • Avoid panic.

Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication  with thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God. And the peace of  God which passeth all understanding will keep your hearts and  minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-8). Never make decisions  when you're anxious or emotionally drained. Both breed confusion; this  births desperation and regret.

  • Be diligent.

Do you see someone skilled in his work? They will serve before kings;  they will not serve before officials of low rank (Proverbs 22:29). Being  diligent in business brings rewards (more business, contracts,  contacts, exposure, unique opportunities, recognition, honor, etc.).

  • Stay motivated.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me  (Philippians 4:13). You will have good days and bad days. Therefore,  remember that you have help and the resolve despite the circumstances.


By W Timothy Johnson

Values  Based Success is about creating change in your life based on the Values  that are important to you. Your Values are the foundation of the  results that you get in life, so you need to choose Values that are  truly important to you, not others. You need to craft a plan that  supports those Values.

So why is that important?

If our  Values are the foundation of our results it would seem that we always  get what we Value in life. That's sort of true. We get results that  spring from the things we Value right now. What I mean is that there's a  hierarchy of Values that we all have. Some are more important than  others. In an ideal world, we wouldn't violate higher Values for lower  Values. Generally that's true. Sometimes, we're selfish and violate  Values for selfish reasons or out of emotional outbursts. In that moment  we Value our true Values less than being selfish or being emotional. We  get results from those temporary changes in what's most important to  us, even if we know it's not what we ultimately truly Value.

Values  Based Success is about keeping us aware of our Values and living the  life that results from those Values. We have to know what the Values are  first though. We have to know what kind of life those Values lead to  (Vision) and how we want to get there (Mission). From there we create  the Roadmap that gets us to our Vision. That's our Goals and Action  Plans.

All Success and all failure stems from how closely we align  ourselves and our actions with our Values. Examine anyone who's  succeeded or failed spectacularly. Successes are totally and radically  aligned with their Values. They know them. Their Values drive them. They  live them. Failures might know their Values but not likely. Or they let  other people's Values be their foundation. Or they choose negative  Values over positive Values. Failures don't align their lives and plans  with positive Values that they own. Failures often wander without  direction precisely because they don't know and understand their Values.

You might ask, what about people who seem to achieve Success, but are ruthless, negative, destructive people? Great question.

I  submit that those types of people may have material or worldly gains,  but not true Success. I believe true Success is unique to the individual  and based on positive Values, not negative ones. Negative Values are  often ones that have an implied phrase at the end, "at any cost." For  example, wealth (at any cost) or attaining a certain standard of living  (at any cost) or dominating a field or market (at any cost). These  Values are perverted versions of positive Values.

Any Value that  can be expressed in a selfish way or without regard to the harm done to  others is a negative Value. We see these at work in all walks of life  from personal relationships to professional to the political. We see it  in the attitudes that show how some people believe they're inherently  better than others. We see it in attitudes that show how some people  take offense at anything no matter how small and are quick to anger and  judgement.

Success based on positive Values by default will  respect others, pursue results that don't violate your other Values or  violate the rights and dignity of other people. It doesn't mean we can't  desire to be rich or have a great lifestyle. The question is what do  you have to do get there? How does that fit in with the things and  ideals that are important to you? How do you serve your family,  community, colleagues, customers or employees to get there?

That's  what Values Based Success helps you find out. That's what it keeps you  striving for, to be a positive influence in your own life, your  family's, you community and in the lives of everyone you meet.


By Tim Connor

Many  people's idea of success is nothing more than a comparison of them to  others. And who do you think these folks compare themselves too -  people; who are smarter, wealthier, happier, more attractive, more  influential, or just better off in some way? I seriously doubt it. These  folks, to feel better about themselves in some or in any area of their  lives must look better than others. I know, because there was a time in  my past when I was guilty of this stupid life philosophy.

Why do  we care what other people think about us? Why do we need other's  approval? Why are we afraid to show or share weakness, failure or  inadequacies? Why do thousands of people every day add new "amazing"  photos of themselves to social media sites? Is it only for approval, or  due to insecurity or just an egotistical life approach OR, could it be  all of these or even something else?

I went to one of my 'friends'  social media pages (someone I do not know - so they are really a  stranger) pages before writing this article and they had over 950 photos  of themselves. Who has time for that? Who is interested in seeing all  of them? No disrespect intended - but I just don't get it. Many single  people (according to their profiles) routinely add numerous photos  (mostly them at their best) every week. But a better question is - why  the need? Does this approach make them feel - unconsciously or quietly  in their own mind - better than others or are they just searching subtly  for some type of acceptance? I am not judging but I can say that as  long as you don't have your own self-approval or self-acceptance it's  doubtful you will ever get enough of it from others.

Please  understand - regardless of your wide circle of friends, your hundreds of  social media connections and the thousands of people who you will meet  in your lifetime - you will always find people who are better off than  you are and worse off, better looking than you and uglier, poorer and  richer, happier and sadder.

People who have a healthy self-esteem, like themselves or are real, tend not to need to compare themselves to others.

Success  is not a comparison of you to someone who is less successful. If you  must - success is a comparison of you and your past or present to your  own potential.

Happiness is not about what you have, and others don't, but who you are -inside-out not outside-in.

Contentment,  inner peace, and self-love are not about anyone else or anything else -  it is simply an acceptance of who you are and where you are going where  you have been and what you have. This does not imply that a lack of  initiative, purpose, effort - whatever - is not required for what you  want in life but what you want is up to you.

If you want to stay; poor, unhealthy, alone etc. - that is your  choice but if you want something more or better in life, that's OK too -  all I am suggesting is use your own standards, not someone's who has  less or more.

It doesn't mean you wouldn't benefit from new skills  or better attitudes, more learning or positive change, new lessons and  new experiences.

So, in summary - what's the point or value of  comparison? It's all about "you and what you have, what you know, what  you are, what you believe, what you have accomplished, what you look  like, who you know, etc. etc. etc. compared to someone or something else  that is or has less."

If this is, you - is it working? Do you  feel OK with who you are, where you have been, where you are going and  what you have or own? Or, are you on a mission to - do more, have more,  be more so you can finally be OK when you are compared to what others  think or believe about you?

My life mantra is simple - I was not  put on this earth for your approval. Like me, don't like me, approve of  me or don't, judge me or don't - whatever - I don't care. I'm not  perfect in any way and never will be. I am not famous and don't need to  be. I could have more or better stuff, but I'm OK with what I have.

In the end - trust me - the only acceptance that really matters is your own of you.


By Tim Connor

Remember  when you were in high school or even elementary school you used to get a  report card every few months? If you behaved, did your homework and  studied, you might have received a B or even an A.

But if you slacked off in some or every way you most likely had to explain to your parents why you got a D or even an F.

Basically,  your grade was your teacher's opinion or rating of how they felt you  were doing with your responsibilities, actions, and behaviors.

Think  you are still getting report cards today when you are in your 30's or  even your 60's? Oh, the teachers have most likely retired or have moved  on to new classes and different students but trust me, life is still  giving you a report card- every day, every month and yes, every year.

It  might not be a piece of paper with a bunch of letters or numbers on it  but believe me, you are still getting reviews on how the people in your  life believe you are doing?

And who are these people? They are  your; customers, bosses, spouses, kids, fellow employees and often even  some of the strangers that pass through your life like; flight  attendants, restaurant servers, mechanics or your physicians.

No,  they all don't give you a written report, but they do evaluate - who you  are, how you act, what you believe and even how you may treat them.

So,  If I still have you, what kinds of grades do you think you are getting  from; a spouse (not referring here to counselling sessions), your boss  (and I'm not talking about your annual reviews), your kids (and I'm not  talking about the grades they are getting in school or on the soccer  field), your customers (and I'm not talking about how much money you  might be making from them) or your family physician (and I'm not talking  about your annual physical or check-up)?

Unfortunately, most  people (and I'm including myself in this group) wait until they are  failing at something or something just stops working before they make  changes, attempt improvement, modify behavior or just admit that what  they are doing is or will some day give them an F.

Let me give you  an updated grading system that is a bit more relevant to life than the  report cards you used to get. I call it My Life as it is Report card.

You are getting an A -

Notice  I didn't include an A+ in this group? It's simple - none of us are  perfect, we all have flaws, we all make mistakes and sooner or later we  all fail at something. An A means you are exceeding life's expectations.  You are learning, growing, maturing and recognizing life areas where  you need further improvement. Your ego isn't running your life. Your  arrogance is under control and your patience is not demanding you do  something or everything faster, better and/or easier. Your need for  control is under control. Your stress is not killing you. And your  spiritual life is ruled by humility, peace, giving and compassion. Yes,  there are a few more items that are contributing to your -

A - grade but in the end, the ones above are the primary factors  that are saying to you - you are on the right path, keep going. But, be  careful you don't lose the above items, or the consequences could be  dramatic.

You are getting a B -

Take all of the above-mentioned items and just reduce the definition, for example.

You are learning, growing, maturing and recognizing life areas where  you need further improvement, but you are not doing as much as you  could or need to do. Your ego isn't running your life, but it has its  moments depending on the person or situation. Your arrogance is not a  serious issue, but it could be. Your lack of patience is often  demonstrated by your hurrying or need to do something faster, better  and/or easier. Your need for control is not under control. Your stress  is not killing you yet but is having a negative impact on some area of  your health, relationships or life in general. And your spiritual needs  more time, attention, effort and/or better awareness.

You are getting a C -

A  C means you are average in all of the above areas. You are not in  serious trouble anywhere yet, but you are also not moving in the right  or best life direction. If you don't make some changes soon - you could  very quickly find yourself in the D or even F categories. It's time to  wake up and recognize that life isn't easy, fast, accommodating or  revolves around your needs, expectations or desires. It's time to grow  up and it's time to let go of your "the world owes me" and/or your  "selfie mindsets". This is a life crossroads where you can change  direction in a positive or a more negative way and destructive way. You  can begin to move into B territory and start getting better, stronger,  wiser or healthier or you can wake up one day and realize you are  failing, and it could be too late to change.

You are getting a D -

A  D means you are heading towards disaster and time is running out. Make  some changes soon or before you know it life will give you an F. And  believe me an F can be costly, uncomfortable, painful and even deadly. A  D says you still have some time to fix some things, but life is  gradually losing its patience with you. It says, "I guess the only way  we can get your attention at this time is with some kind of jolt,  disaster or circumstance (a divorce, a bankruptcy, a heath attack or  getting fired)." Don't wait too long - the pain of turning a life around  at this stage can cause many people to stop trying or just give up  entirely in life accepting the consequences of the next and final grade -  an F.

You are getting an F -

An F means - you have failed  and will spend a lot of time and your remaining life; alone, afraid, in  regret, angry, resentful etc. It is now time to pay the price of all of  your mistakes, failures and poor choices and behaviors. Can you recover?  Of course. Can you rebound? Yes. Can you begin again? Always. Can you  get a second chance? Yes. But at this stage, it will require a great  deal of; humility, effort, surrender, admission, time, patience, hope  and help and guidance from others. And, it will require accepting  letting go of control of what life brings to you and the willingness to  trust God during your return to sanity.

So, give yourself a grade  today in; your finances, your marriage, your career, your business, your  health, your social life, your relationships, your family and your  spiritual direction and its beliefs, values, and actions.


By Kate Beeders

Right  now, I'm sitting at my desk trying to write this blog. As use the word  "trying" as Cali (my wonderful 4-legged child) is making that crying  noise and distracting me from getting into my creative mode. What do I  do? Telling her to stop crying will definitely not work. I can push  through and ignore it or go over and play with her. Guess which wins?

Honestly,  at first, I was kind of annoyed. After all, this was my time to write,  and Cali was interrupting me. Doesn't she know that she's supposed to  let me write? No, of course not, she's a dog. So, I went over and gave  her attention and love. She then got quiet and went off to play.

How often do you start to do something and then something or someone else gets in the way?

It's  especially worse when you have blocked off the time and are under  deadline. When I was in Corporate, I used to push through all of this.  Often, making myself miserable and even though the work would get  completed, it was a struggle the entire way.

What I'm suggesting  to you is that when this happens in the future and you get that  distraction is to make a choice how to handle it.

Here are two steps that are critical for you to take:

1. Take a few deep breaths or a nice big yawn. This action will help you take space away from the situation and your thoughts.

2.  Ask yourself how you want to approach this distraction. Do you want to  ignore it, pay attention to it, move away from it? What do you choose?  Sometimes the distraction is temporary and will go away quickly and  sometimes it doesn't.

By taking those two steps, you'll be  proactive instead of reactive. By reactive, I've seen people (and worked  with these type of people) who have yelled, screamed or thrown things  when they've had distractions. Basically, it's the feeling of being  "powerless" and out of control which makes them act that way.

When  you're able to take that step away and make your best decision, you'll  be happier with your outcome and even more importantly, with the journey  to get there.

By the way, when all is said and done, I wrote this  content for you and I'm very pleased with it. Enjoy and let me know how  it works for you.


By Reeny Carvotta Barron

Your  vision needs to be compelling and they need to pull you forward. In  fact a big, juicy vision does just that. It pulls you toward the outcome  you desire. You become excited and moved by it you think about it often  and feel positive and motivated. This energy keeps the ball rolling. It  literally starts to feel like you're being pulled down the path toward  what is yours to do, to be and to have.

Your vision is visceral

Transition  your vision and give it to the universe. The universe is lining up  experiences, situations and people to feed into your big vision. Just  waiting for your to imagine it. When you tap what is it you want, truly,  and will see it and feel it. It becomes visually real and comes into  being as a result. It's a universal law of experience. Desire it and the  very fun of creation feels great. Very purposeful and just plain good.


Just  because you get it figured out and experience wonderful energy of being  pulled toward your vision, there will be miss-steps along the way.  You'll have moments of confusion and moments of complete clarity. You'll  sometimes get sidetracked. It's important to know this so that you can  expect these things on your journey. Do not get thrown off when this  happens. The tendency can feel uncertainty forever as it seems never to  eventuate..

Even in the midst of pure clarity of site and purpose,  you will get thrown off course. Remember it is part of the journey and  temporary. Your big vision is still waiting. Something may need to be  readjusted, or changed. The big picture of creating and realizing your  vision is a process, not an event. Understanding this, even expecting it  will help keep everything in perspective and keep you moving forward.

Vision  with pure certainty and visualization create movement. Go after it!  Remember people will want to put you down and stop you from succeeding.  Sometimes even your friends could be jealous of your ambitions, often  shutting you down our or criticizing you. Listening will sabotage your  success.. Your internal vice says "why would you be doing this, when you  have everything already". Shut these gremlins down.

Fix on your Vision - then plot your course!

What is it you truly want?

Knowledge is great though without feeling it is nothing. Make it happen - see it in techno-color, surround sound, 3D.

Visualizing  will create a counter-message to that gremlin -shutting it down. I know  it may sound silly in this context, but when you tap into these  subconscious desires visually, with color, feelings of desire you will  find over a period of time you are able to trust your ability to create  and have more of what you want.

Reeny coaches individuals who are stuck, afraid, unsure, in  transition, struggling with self-doubt, frustration, falling back to old  patterns

Using techniques to awaken your heart and open your  intuitive powers she guides individuals to embrace a soul aligned path  to life that will bring greater joy, freedom, success, and inner peace.


By George Kouloukis

Aristotle  Onassis was born in 1906 in the Greek town of Smyrna (later occupied by  Turkey). The few facts available regarding his childhood suggest that  those years were rather difficult: he lost his mother when he was still a  baby, and his father remarried a year and a half later. His  relationship with his stepmother was extremely bad: they were in a state  of continuous warfare, he regarded her as a usurper, and refused to  obey her. At one point, the situation with his stepmother became so bad  that the young boy was sent to a friendly neighbor's house to stay for a  while. Also, his relationship with his father was not much better. A  wealthy wholesale merchant in Smyrna, he was a strict father who was  feared by his son.

As a result of these problems, Onassis mostly  brought up by his grandmother. He also did poorly in school, which he  entered at the age of seven in 1913. He did not like studying and  constantly skipped class. He was also extremely disruptive and annoyed  his classmates. As a result, he was expelled from all the schools he  attended. His desperate father then wrote one of Aristo's teachers that  he was contemplating "suicide because of that boy." Under those  circumstances, it was not surprising that Onassis never finished his  studies. When he took the final exams required for a high school diploma  in 1922, he failed -and he never tried again.

The same year, the  situation became even more difficult for him: the Turks invaded  Onassis's town of Smyrna after defeating the Greek Army. Young Onassis  -then 16- was caught up, as he would often recall later, in the disaster  that followed. The Turkish Army swept the town from one side to the  other for many days, killing, looting, and burning. Men and women were  taken forcibly out of their homes and killed in the streets. Churches  filled with refugees were covered with oil and set on fire, while people  trying to come out were bayoneted on the church steps. When the mayhem  ended five days later, about 120,000 Greeks had been lost. Smyrna was  entirely destroyed.

Onassis's father gathered his family inside  their home when the Turks entered the town and closed the doors and  windows. Terrified, they watched the destruction through cracks in the  walls. Their only source of income, the shop in the town, had been  destroyed. On the fifth day, the Turks entered the house and arrested  the father, leaving young Onassis as the only male there. The next day,  Onassis took on the responsibility of rescuing his family. He went out  into the chaotic streets of Smyrna, and there by chance he met the  American vice-consul. With his intervention, the Onassis family was  transferred immediately on a small boat to the nearby Greek island of  Lesbos. But Onassis stayed behind to rescue his imprisoned father.

He  soon managed to visit his father in prison, where he found him ill and  distraught. When Onassis was leaving the prison, the Turks arrested him.  But he managed to escape; terrified he ran to the vice-consul's office.  The next day he was on his way to Lesbos -disguised as a sailor on an  American warship. Three weeks later, the Onassis family arrived at the  Greek port of Piraeus -as war refugees- in a miserable condition.

Onassis's  father was later released and joined them. But the family's uprooting  was, for young Onassis, an oppressive experience. Throughout the next  year (1923) he had "a feeling of futility" -as he said later- and spent  his days in Athens lonely and withdrawn. He didn't have any contact with  his former classmates who'd also come to Greece, and he was not willing  to get involved in any way in the business -tobacco trading- that his  father had started under difficult circumstances.

In desperation,  he got the idea to immigrate to the United States. But he could not  obtain a visa, so as a second choice he decided on Argentina.  Unfortunately his father was vehemently opposed, so much so that he  refused to even give him the money for the tickets. Onassis was forced  to ask some of his friends for a loan. He obtained an insignificant  amount, and with it embarked on a risky venture. In August 1923, he  departed from the Greek port of Piraeus, arriving a month later in  Buenos Aires. He was only 17, clutched a torn suitcase, and was  penniless.

His first priority was of course to find a job. He soon  realized that wouldn't be easy. To keep himself alive, he had to wash  dishes in restaurants and haul bricks on construction sites. Finally, in  March 1924 he found a job at the Telephone Company of Buenos Aires as  an electrician. Since he wasn't making enough money, he had to request  the night shift, so that he could do another job during the day. This  was not the Argentina Onassis had dreamed of.

But in 1925,  Onassis's fate changed. As soon as he found a decent job, his next step  was to work out a deal with his father so that he could start selling  Greek tobacco in Argentina. Early in 1925 he began corresponding with  his father and soon they'd repaired their relationship. Before long, he  convinced his father to send him samples of high-quality Greek tobacco.  With the samples in hand, Onassis started visiting the cigarette  manufacturers of Argentina to try to sell them tobacco. He quickly  received his first order, for $10,000. Since the quality of the tobacco  was excellent, a second order followed soon, for $50,000. The orders  came faster and faster. Onassis couldn't even find time to sleep. By May  1925 he had managed to put $25,000 in the bank -not bad for someone who  had recently been penniless.

The same month, he quit his  telephone company job and started a business of his own: he began  manufacturing his own cigarettes -in the small room he was living in.  That business was very successful, and soon Onassis started living the  high life. He frequented music halls and clubs, and formed friendships  with wealthy young men. Early in 1926, he moved out of the small room he  had been living in and took a hotel suite in the most distinguished  part of Buenos Aires. He also bought a car and took French and English  lessons.

But the season was still "springtime": there are some  rain showers, too. In the summer of 1929, the Greek government increased  the import duties from countries with which it did not have commercial  agreements by 1,000 percent. Argentina was among those countries and  Onassis feared that Argentina would retaliate by increasing the import  duties for the Greek products, making the trade of Greek tobacco  impossible. He decided to return to Greece the same year (1929) to  persuade the authorities to exempt Argentina from the increased duties.  After a stormy discussion with the Greek Prime Minister, Onassis -then  only 23- finally won the battle. The spring shower had passed.

Onassis's  visit to Greece had another benefit: not only was he reunited with his  family but the reunion had a touch of triumph. He was the successful son  who had come back, the son who was sending money to the widows in the  family for the educational expenses of their children. The  reconciliation with his father, furthermore, was now complete. Returning  to Argentina later in 1929, Onassis made his first foray into a field  of activity that would eventually bring him staggering wealth: shipping.  He bought a dilapidated 7,000-ton ship that was 25 years old.

But  the great deal of money came from the tobacco trade. Between 1930 and  1931 he expanded the business to Cuba and Brazil. A year later, a new  source of profits was added: the Greek government acknowledged his  commercial potentials and appointed him the country's consul in Buenos  Aires -at the age of 26. In that position, Onassis could now obtain  foreign currency at official rates and resell it in the free market at  huge profits. That position also gave him two more advantages: he was  able to acquire Argentinean citizenship, and he made many important  contacts in the international shipping world.

In the fall of 1932,  Onassis assembled all of his savings -around $600,000- and sailed to  London, the maritime world's capital, to buy ships. Because of the  economic crash of 1929-1932, the ships' prices had declined  precipitously. A ten year-old freighter, which had cost $1 million to  build in 1920, could now be obtained for $20,000. Onassis didn't take  long to find what he was looking for: a whole fleet of ten such ships  were for sale in Saint Lawrence in Canada. In the winter of the same  year, he was found in Saint Lawrence. After brief negotiations, he  bought six of those ships in 1933 - for $20,000 each.

Onassis's career as a ship owner had begun.


By Heidi Alexandra

I  just came out of a mentoring session with my mentor Linda Hutchings  what a great reminder it was to take my own medicine and keep it clean  by making things simple.

Perhaps like me you're a multi-passionate  entrepreneur or leader who has 50 business ideas a day and struggles to  decide which one to implement first. As I talked to Linda about some of  my latest ideas of launching a new podcast, relaunching a group  coaching program, beginning writing another book (I have two underway  already), I began to hear the folly of my thoughts.

Yep that's right, I was eating my own vomit.

I'd  just spent the morning supporting a CEO at a mining engineering company  to reduce the friction in his business and find more flow. We've been  looking at where he can strategically narrow his focus and do what is  most important. And here I was stacking my plate full.

As the minimalist leader I teach others that:

Doing everything = frustration and friction

Doing few things well = flow and fulfilment

Linda kindly reminded me that we often teach what we need to practice.

Like  anything in life and business everything can be improved by adding, or  by subtracting. Typically adding is associated positively with enhancing  something and subtracting is associated negatively with detracting from  something.

The race is always for bigger, better, more. Do more,  teach more, share more. We are told to keep adding - be on more  committees, say yes to more experiences, strive for more money and  definitely aim for more friends and likes. My kick in the pants reminder  today is that more doesn't always deliver more, in fact all it often  gives us less clarity and more stress.

I have a theory:

Business is pretty simple.

Humans make it complicated.

What if instead we started to focus more on subtracting?

We  think the key to productivity is to find ways to get more done. We  multitask, we attend productivity workshops and how to manage your email  better webinars.

What if the real secret to optimum productivity is to do less while achieving more.

Here are four ideas for how you can implement this:

  1. Subtract Low Value Tasks - Linda and I worked through  all the ideas I had one by one and identified which ones on my list  which were the most commercially viable, would have the greatest impact  in helping my clients and were in alignment with my big WHY and goals.  It became pretty obvious, pretty quick which low value tasks didn't  deserve my attention right now (sorry I won't be launching the  Minimalist Leader podcast for a while).
  2. Subtract Distractions - simple really but how many of  us can truly say that when we work on one task we remain focused on that  task? Why not try my 45:15 batching rule? That is work solid on one  thing for 45 minutes - turning off and eliminating all distractions such  as email and social media alerts, move to a quiet space, wear noise  cancelling headphones, leave your phone in your bag, remove all other  folder and work from your desk until the 45 minutes of focused work is  done. Then spend the next 15 allowing in all the distractions in,  checking messages, making coffee, talking to colleagues etc.
  3. Subtract Head Over Body - too often in corporate world  we are in our heads and not present in our body. In fact one of the  smartest ways to get more done in less time is to batch your important  tasks for when you're most alert and effective. Generally speaking our  brain capacity and decision making ability is highest before lunch so  batch the meatier work then. Leave meetings and other less critical  items to the afternoon when your physiology is lower in energy.
  4. Subtract Heavy Tasks - review your list of tasks and  consider are there any tasks that really weigh me down and drain me? As a  practicing minimalist towing and living in a tiny house, every item I  bring into my house has to be weighed up - literally. Whenever I see an  item I want to buy or bring into my life I have to consider will this  make my 4 tonne home too heavy? How heavy is each task you have on your  list? Is it possible to delegate, dump or deal on any of the weighty  ones? Maybe you can exchange an hour of work with someone who's pleasure  is your poison? Which tasks that are more aligned with your strengths  and talents? What 10 degree shift could you make to make each task  lighter and more palatable?

The most successful people I know are focused, have boundaries against  time vampires, say no to everything not in their top priorities and  travel light in flow. If they add something to their life, their  business, their commitments it's done so in a mindful, considered way.  And they're always subtracting, reducing and eliminating things that no  longer support them.

What are you prepared to let go of and subtract from your world?

Alexandria Joy's (AJ) mission is to empower people to create more  meaningful, joyful lives that bring a deeper connection with  themselves, others and our planet. She wants to shift the way we think  about and deal with success in business and life.

As an aspiring  minimalist and tiny house dweller she believes in keeping things simple  and making 10 degree shifts in all aspects of life and work so you can  do less and achieve more.


By Oliver JR Cooper

What  someone may find is that it is hard for them to say no, having the  tendency to do things that they would rather not do. If this is the  case, there is the chance that they have behaved in this way for a  little while.

Maybe they have been this way for as long they can  remember. As a result of this, saying yes, when they should be saying  no, can feel conformable even though it is not going to be something  they actually want to say.

A Delayed Reaction

When they are  asked to do something, they might instantly realise that they don't want  to do it, but end up going along with it anyway. At other times, it may  take them a while to realise that they have made the wrong decision.

If  the latter is something that takes place on a regular basis, it could  illustrate that they often lose touch with how they feel. Consequently,  their focus will generally be directed away from their inner world and  towards the outer world.

Weighed Down

Through having the  inclination to ignore themselves, a lot of 'negative' emotions may have  built-up within them. These emotions could make it hard for them to feel  alive and to experience inner harmony.

If they were to connect to  how they feel, they may find that they feel angry, resentful, trapped  and even powerless. And, unless they do something different, the pain  within them is likely to build-up even more.

The Next Step

Let's  say that they do get the point where they no longer want to experience  life in this way, they may end up looking online for guidance. This  could be a time when they will be encouraged to be more assertive.

The  key will be for them to tune into themselves before they make a  decision and to see how they feel. Therefore, instead of being solely  focused on what is going on externally, they will also be focused on  what is taking place internally.

A New Outlook

In addition  to changing their focus, they may also be told that they need to change  the way that they perceive their own needs. For so long, they may have  believed that other people's needs are more important than their own;  hence why they have typically ignored their needs.

Over time,  then, their life will change as long as they implement what they have  learnt and keep going until behaving in this way becomes the norm. This  could take a matter of weeks or even months, if not longer.

A Different Experience

Then  again, they may find it hard to get in touch with their needs and, even  if they do, they feel too uncomfortable to listen to them. Going along  with what someone else wants is then going to feel safe; whereas the  idea of standing their ground could cause them to feel extremely  uncomfortable.

They might not just feel slightly unconformable  either as their whole body could lighten up. Furthermore, embracing  their needs could be something that causes them to experience a fair  amount of shame and guilt.

Final Thoughts

If so, this may  show that they are carrying trauma. Perhaps their younger years were a  time when it wasn't safe for them to reveal their needs, which is why  they had to disconnect from them and to act like an extension of others.


By Elaine P Jones

The  course of life can lead to many roads. As a child we don't have much  say about anything. As a young adult we can begin to make choices; some  lead to pleasure, while others lead to pain. We may not realize that  some of those choices determine the direction of much of our adult  lives.

If we grew up in a dysfunctional home we may repeat some of  the same mistakes that caused us pain while growing up. When we make  similar mistakes that our parents made they can lead to a cyclical  pattern of emotional pain. If you were abused, neglected or abandoned  you suffered some degree of emotional trauma. Recognizing emotional  deficiencies is the first step.

Not everyone processes emotional pain the same

Getting  help for emotional issues requires humility and courage. The fact that  emotional pain isn't outwardly visible; often results in denial; which  leads to not pursuing any form of help. Not everyone processes emotional  pain the same.

Imagine - two people lose their job. One person  goes home and is sad, yet not over taken by emotions. The other person  is also terminated; he leaves the work-site and returns in a fit of  rage. Why? No one can pinpoint all of the reasons two persons experience  identical circumstances yet respond differently.

Whenever someone  experiences unexpected tragedy in life: there is a process or method  that intuitively begins to take place. The Kubler-Ross model states  there are 5 stages to grief and loss. They are denial, anger,  bargaining, depression and acceptance. Each person is unique therefore  there is no specific order or amount of time that dictates how brief or  lengthy this process takes. The Kubler-Ross model identifies the  emotional occurrences that one might experience due to sudden loss or  grief.

Inner healing takes time

Inner healing takes time.  Whenever an individual is stuck and seems unable to move past any  specific emotion professional help may be the best out. All too often  hurting people don't identify themselves as needing help until things  have gotten way out of hand.

Self-Love is a good starting point  for healing. Love and forgiveness are equally important for emotional  well-being. Struggles can build character if we process our emotions in a  healthy way. Feeling alone, forgotten and misunderstood is common to  man: being stuck in these emotions isn't. It takes strength, courage,  perseverance and support to overcome tragedy. Not everyone will  overcome; some will remain stuck in grief. No matter what we say or do  for them some will not move forward. It's at this point that we should  maintain a loving heart towards them; and set boundaries when necessary.

God  will often use people to help other people navigate through difficult  times. Those that overcome obstacles in their personal lives can be  strength to those who are struggling

Your past is your reality, not your destiny

If  you have been unable to move forward from grief after an extended  amount of time, don't blame yourself. If you have unresolved emotional  pain, grief, or bitterness don't lose hope. I'd like to encourage you to  make it a point to seek professional and spiritual help to heal. Don't  settle for pain being your lot in life. Instead take courage; press past  your wounds until you experience wholeness. Make peace with your pain.  Your past is your reality, not your destiny.

God wants to heal you  and restore peace to your life. There are many dedicated professionals  such as; social workers, psychologist, psychiatrist and therapist who  are available to help you.

In addition there are qualified pastors  and ministers who can help guide you to inner peace. Finding the right  help might not be as hard as you imagine. Getting started is the first  step. Make getting help a priority and be consistent. Recognize when  it's time to stop dealing with your troubles on your own. If your  efforts have failed to yield notable results it's time to reach out for  help. If you've gotten results that only provide temporary relief this  indicates the need for a new method. Get professional help.

Don't  let excuses keep you from becoming emotionally sound. Be humble; bold  and courageous by taking the necessary steps to acquire victory. Be  willing to do the work to get results.

There are many reasons you  shouldn't give up on being restored. Do it for yourself, and those who  love you. Expect healing to take place. Expect relief to come and grief  to be gone. You are worth the fight. Everything in your life won't be  summoned up in a day; reach for healing anyway. It takes time to heal;  Healing is a process.

Give your pain over to God; He is able to take on the caresof the world without being overburdened.

Instead  of suppressing old emotional wounds, confront them, make peace with  them, and then let them go. Turn your pain over to God; He is able to  take on the care-of the whole world without being overburdened.

Make  a decision to be the best you, that you've ever been; starting right  now! Get a grip on yourself so you can take charge of your future. Step  out of your place of barely getting by. Put away all the things you've  used to self-medicate. Trust someone to help you move past your pain.  Healing is available!

Come out of your place of hiding; there is  no healing there! There is no resolution in a private box! Mankind was  not created to become an island. People were created to relate to other  humans. Help is waiting, Are you ready? Your healing is waiting for you!

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

1Peter 5:7 NLT


By Oliver JR Cooper

The  other day I came across a quote that went into how someone's past needs  to be left in the past; if it isn't, it will destroy their future. The  final point was that they need to live for today, not to be caught up in  what happened yesterday.

One way of looking at this quote would  be to say that it is sage advice. Clearly, if someone is caught up in  what has happened to them it is not going to be possible for them to  live in the now.

A Wasted Life

They are then going to allow  what has happened to define their life, losing their present point of  power in the process. After all, 'now' is the only moment in their life  where they can do anything.

With this in mind, it is going to be  essential for them to leave what happened in the past, in the past. If  they don't do this, they will not only lose the power that they have to  shape their life, they will have even more things in their past that  will consume their attention.

An Analogy

It will be as if  one is carrying around a heavy weight, and this weight will be taking a  lot of their attention and energy. Once this weight is put down, their  life will no longer be the same.

In the same way, if someone  leaves their past behind, it will allow them to embrace the present  moment and to have more energy. Putting a rock down might be easier;  nonetheless, the outcome will be very similar.

Will Power

This  can then be a time when they will need to make sure that they don't get  caught up it their thoughts, to do what they can to be in the now, and  to forgive themselves. What is going on up top, in their mind, will be  the issue.

So, through putting in the effort, they will soon be  able to leave their past behind. The trouble is that while this approach  may work, it might just cause someone to experience a lot of  frustration.

Going Deeper

What this comes down to is that  the past doesn't always just exist in someone's mind; it can also exist  in their body. When it comes to the mind, it is about thoughts and  beliefs and, when it comes to the body, it is about feelings and trauma.

Therefore,  although thoughts and beliefs can just be changed, this is not the case  when it comes to feelings and trauma. Force might work when it comes to  the mind, but this approach is unlikely to work when it comes to the  body.

One Big Lie

If someone has come to believe that it is  'all in their mind', it might not even occur to them that the past might  also exist in their body. Let's say that they are carrying emotional  pain, and they only focus on their mind, they are unlikely to get very  far.

What will probably happen is that they will simply push what  has come up back into their body, thereby causing their mind to be even  more disconnected from their emotional body. A battle will be going on  within them, and it might not be long until this stuff comes right back  up to the surface, and when it does, it might end up overwhelming them.

Through it, not over it

If  they are unable to push this stuff down, it could cause them to feel  incapable and to blame themselves. In reality, they are not incapable  and there is no need for them to blame themselves.

The main issue  will be that they are trying to do something that can't be done, due to  believing something that isn't true. Instead of playing around with  their mind, they will need to work through what is being held in their  body - to surrender to how they feel.


By Rosina S Khan

Ever  wondered why what motivates you doesn't motivate others? How do you  find out what motivates others? For answers to these questions, read on.

The  reason why what motivates you doesn't motivate others is because we  have different backgrounds and even follow different cultures. We have  been exposed to different life circumstances and challenges. That is why  our likings and tastes are different.

But is there a way to find  out what motivates others? The answer is yes. Just ask the following  questions to the person you are interested in. His/her answers will help  you to determine along which lines their level of motivation soars  high.

Here goes:

  1. What do you spend most of your time thinking about?

S/he may answer that s/he dreams of travel and touring around the world.  Only if s/he had the money, it would have been possible for her to do  so. Therefore, their answer tells you that they would like to explore  the world but they are short of money. Touring the world and knowing  different cultures motivates them.

  1. What do you like to do as a hobby?

The answer to this question will be focused on what she likes to do as a  hobby for the present. S/he is already doing it and that motivates  them. This is unlike the above question, which focuses on future  aspirations.

The person may answer that she likes collecting  coins of different countries around the world. It has been her obsession  since her childhood. She asks you which country you are from and if you  can provide her the coins of your nation. So, even if your own  infatuation may be reading fictions, her motivation is centered around a  totally different area.

  1. What are some of the favorite things you like to do when you are sad?

This is really a good question. The person's answer whom you address  this may help you to follow the favorite things he loves to do in  moments of sorrow. You really could pick up some tips.

For  instance, he may reply he is really fond of music although actually he  is an engineer. When things are not very well, he likes to download tabs  from the web, make music and play on his guitar. Otherwise he loves to  walk in the chilly fresh air outside and also to journal his thoughts to  feel better.

So all the above activities raise his level of  motivation when the going gets tough. You could pick up some of his  ideas and apply directly to your life to get back the mojo of life.

  1. What turns you on at the home or work front?

He may answer that watching a comedy movie together with his family or  sharing funny anecdotes that happened during the day with his family and  having an amusing laugh together really makes him feel good.

At  the work front, treating his colleagues and paying the bill during  lunch break at the food lounge really turns him on. He loves to know his  colleagues better and have a fun chitchat together.

Summing up,  the above four questions addressed to anyone and the answers they come  up with will help you to realize the other party's line of interests and  sources of motivation. Likewise you yourself could answer the questions  in your journal and share with others for mutual benefits. Both you and  the other party get to understand each other and start following a  common thread in respect of raising your motivation levels, compromising  each other for the sake of friendship or bonding.


By Linda Hancock

Over  the years people have told me that they appreciate the fact I have  common sense as though it is some kind of a rare attribute.  Unfortunately, common sense isn't very common, and it certainly doesn't  make sense to everyone.

Common sense:

  1. Focusses on the reality of everyday matters and not on wishful thinking  or unrealistic dreams. It sees life as it is but knows that it can  improve with good choices.
  2. Requires time for research and a clear understanding of the everything  involved. There is an old adage that states "If it seems too good to be  true, it probably is". Taking time to gather information and seek  counsel can save a lot of trouble in the long-run.
  3. Considers options and the consequences of each of them.
  4. Sorts out important facts from distractions, emotions and unwise advice from others.
  5. Incorporates delayed gratification principles and seeks long-term benefits.
  6. Adopts a sound practical approach where action reduces risk and results in a positive outcome.
  7. Reflects one's personal values and sets good boundaries to protect them.
  8. Turns theory into lifestyle and knowledge into wisdom.
  9. Strengthens with practice like a muscle that builds with exercise.
  10. Can be taught and learned by motivated individuals who recognize the value in making good life choices.

Most of us know simple common-sense ideas but we don't always practice  them for a number of reasons that don't always make sense. We know that  spending less than our income results in financial well-being Choosing a  healthy diet and exercising regularly facilitates good health. Getting  enough rest makes each day go better. Reducing impulsivity and alcohol  intake limits or reduces relationship problems and protects our dignity.

If  you have been accused of not having common sense or find that your life  is just not going the way you had hoped it would there are several  options to consider:

  1. Believe in yourself and the idea that you can learn new ways to do better.
  2. Physically write down a specific issue as well as the choices and  consequences for each before acting. Writing things down give them a  beginning and an end rather than allowing thoughts to just keep going  around and around in your head.
  3. Think about successes you or others have had in resolving similar  problems in the past and why that happened. What was the process used  for dealing with the situation?
  4. Practice slowing down your response time iso that you can gather all the information you need to make a wise choice.
  5. Consider working with a Registered Psychologist who is trained and experienced in the area of problem-solving.

Before you know it, others will compliment you on your common-sense approach to life and you will start reaping the rewards!


By Linda Hancock

In  what my grandchildren call "the olden days" people used to put blinders  on their horses. These were firm leather squares that attached to the  bridle or hood. Some blinders were plastic cups, but they all had the  same purpose. When pulling wagons or carriages it was important for the  horse to look forward and not be distracted or panicked by things behind  or beside them.

We live in an extremely busy world where  twenty-four-hour media can capture our attention to the point that we do  not make progress on personal goals. Movies, news flashes and "how to"  programs can fill our heads with information that is numbing, addictive  or traumatic. Time passes as we allow ourselves to be captured by even  the creative advertising that is interspersed. Before we know it, we  realize that our domestic chores, business, relationships or homework  have been neglected and we no longer have the energy or desire to invest  in them.

Personal blinders can be a good thing to adopt. There  isn't any use in focusing on the past and what is behind except to  garner the lessons learned from our experiences and to congratulate  ourselves on the accomplishments. Thinking about what "should have"  happened is not productive as we cannot change what is done already.

Gazing  around to the sides can be interesting and there are certainly enough  distractions to capture our attention if we let them. But spending hours  on media or gaming, or crises of everyone else leads to neglect of  self-care and personal growth.

It's interesting to think about how  a horse does best when s/he is focused on what lies ahead. Difficult  terrain can be navigated best and barriers on the road can be avoided.

Sometimes  when I am working on a report or project in the office my son comes in  to tell me about something that a politician has just said or an event  that occurred in a far-off country. I never want to be rude but know  that once I am distracted from my task, it will be harder to resume and  losing my train of thought can take a time to re-establish. I know that I  definitely cannot change either the politician or the other country and  usually don't need to have the information right away.

Many years  ago, I made a commitment to myself that I would never leave the office  until all my paperwork is done. I knew that if I couldn't finish it in  one day, I certainly wouldn't be able to do twice as much the following  day.

It's the same thing with housework and other personal commitments.

So,  I just put on my blinders and focus on the road ahead. It might mean  closing the door, not answering the phone or turning off the television  until the task is done.

Do you allow what has passed to occupy your mind or what is beside you to distract you from doing what you need to do?

Perhaps  it is time to pretend you have a set of blinders. Then you will be able  to face the goal and accomplish what lies ahead of you. You will be  surprised at how quickly you reach success!



By Linda Hancock

So  many people tell me that they are overwhelmed and stressed out. They  also state that they don't know how to fix this. Following are ten  things you can do that will reduce your stress and bring some peace into  your life:

  1. Pay your bills - Make sure that what you owe is manageable. Better yet,  pay cash for purchases and ensure that all invoices and loans payments  are made before the due date.
  2. Get enough rest - Turn off the television and computer. Have a warm bath  and then crawl into a comfortable bed where it is quiet and dark. If  you aren't getting adequate rest, nothing will go as well as you might  hope.
  3. Protect your body - Are you feeding yourself nutritious food that you  have planned and prepared in advance? Do you limit your alcohol, sugar,  and caffeine intake? Make sure you have at least eight glasses of water a  day and only ingest drugs that are prescribed.
  4. Work hard - There are few things better than feeling a "good tired"  after investing your time and talents into a project. My dad was a  wonderful role model. He always had a full-time job and a second income  that had flexible hours.
  5. De-clutter - When you are surrounded by things that you don't need your  life becomes too complex. You can't find things and feel weighed down/  Time is wasted when you are looking for things or trying to live around  the clutter.
  6. Re-work your calendar - Busyness is not a virtue. I am frequently amazed  when people tell me how busy they are as though this makes them  valuable. At the same time, they present as tired, disorganized and  often suffering from illnesses that go on and on.
  7. Stop trying to please everyone - Your role is not to be a friend to your  child. You do not need to sacrifice your time to repeatedly help people  who do not help themselves. People who focus on meeting the needs (and  wants) of others often end up being resentful because their needs are  neglected.
  8. Add pleasurable activities to every week - Make sure that you do  something every single week that feeds your soul. Go for a walk, listen  to music, court a hobby.
  9. Read biographies - Most life stories tell stories of individuals who  faced difficulties and, through effort and consistency, embraced some  form of achievement. We can learn from the experiences of others if we  will just pay attention.
  10. Choose relationships carefully - Don't impulsively believe that a person  is who s/he says they are. Prince Charming and Cinderella are fictional  characters. Not everyone lives happily ever after especially when they  are fantasy rather than reality based.

You can make things better in your life. It will take work and time, but the rewards are well worth it.

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By Linda Hancock

Did you know that May 17th is Norwegian Independence Day?

That  country's Constitution was signed in 1814 and the citizens continue to  celebrate every year with bands, flag waving, traditional dress as well  as parades. The Norwegians really celebrate!

England also has been  celebrating this month, first with a new royal baby and also with the  birthday of Queen Victoria on May long weekend. Because we call it the  Queen's birthday, people often get confused about the fact that Queen  Elizabeth was born in April and the May 24 celebration is actually  honouring the birth of her grandmother Queen Victoria who was born in  1819.

There are so many statutory holidays at both the federal and  provincial level that we observe in Canada on a regular basis -  Thanksgiving, Canada Day, Christmas and Easter to name a few.

But,  in addition, there are also personal events that need to be celebrated.  This year my granddaughter graduated with a degree in engineering from  the University of Saskatchewan. Two grandchildren had birthdays in May.  We just had a Mother's Day BBQ and in June, I will join fellow students  for our 50th high school reunion in our hometown in Saskatchewan.

Unfortunately,  people tend not to marry or have funerals, and this robs family members  from being able to get together. The prevalence of extended business  hours injects a "busyness" into our lifestyles that can block attendance  at planned activities that might otherwise attract all family members.

Somehow,  we have been lulled into the idea that social media makes up for being  physically involved. But a fourteen-character text message or uploaded  photo will never take the place of a warm hug and face-to-face  conversation.

It is time to re-evaluate the ways that we interact  with others and consider how we do or do not participate in celebration  activities.

Being involved requires planning and commitment.

Perhaps  it would be a good start to just begin celebrating today. Give thanks  for what you do have and the ways in which you have been blessed. Then  start thinking about the things that you want to celebrate in the future  and who you will ask to join you.


By Oliver JR Cooper

If  someone was asked to share their views on something, they might not  have a problem speaking out. Also, if another person was to do something  that they disagreed with, they could also be happy to speak up.

What  this can illustrate is that this is someone who doesn't have any  trouble asserting themselves. They could often be described as someone  who is confident and comfortable in their own skin.

Two Parts

One  is then going to be aware of what is taking place within them and they  will feel comfortable enough to vocalise it. Being this way is likely to  have a positive effect on just about every area of their life.

Ultimately,  it will allow them to behave like an individual, which wouldn't be  necessary if they were merely an extension of others. In this case, what  was taking place inside them would be no different to what was taking  place inside everyone else.

Not a Clone

Like a programmed  machine, what is true for them would be true for everyone else on the  planet. But as they have their own inner self, it will mean that there  will be times when they come out with things that go against what other  people believe.

Thus, even if someone agrees what they say in one  moment, it doesn't mean that they will in the next. So, just as there  can be people who admire the fact that one stands their ground, there  can also be people that don't.

A Number of Areas


The connection that they have with their inner world, along with the  comfort that they have in expressing what is taking place there, will  enable them to show up in their relationships. They will be able to open  about how they feel and they will be able to disagree with someone if  they need to.

Still, this is not to say that they will be  argumentative as they may be able to do this without coming across as  aggressive or rude. The people in their life might not have a problem  with this as they could be the same.


When they are at  work, being this way could allow them to make a greater contribution to  a project, for instance. Thanks to the confidence they have in speaking  up, they won't need to worry about how other people will respond to  their ideas.

Furthermore, it could allow them to move up the  ladder faster than they would otherwise. The reason for this is that  they will be able to speak up if they don't feel that they are getting  paid what they deserve, and this will help them during any interviews  that they have.

The Bigger Picture

This can show that one  doesn't spend too much time thinking about what may or may not happen if  they speak up, preferring to focus on their own objectives. What this  will do is stop them from wasting their valuable energy and postponing  what they need to do.

Tension may arise after they have said  something, but keeping what they said to themselves might not have  solved anything. It can often be a case of short-term pain, long-term  gain or short-term gain, long-term pain.

Another Scenario

Although  there will be people who are able to express themselves in this way,  there are going to be others that are unable to do so. If someone  experiences life in this way, it is going to be a challenge for them to  assert themselves.

This doesn't mean that they will never speak  up; what it means is that this will be something that rarely takes  place. Keeping their thoughts and feelings to themselves is likely to be  what feels comfortable.

A Door Mat

Therefore, regardless of  whether they are around friends or at work, they will generally keep  things in. If they don't like or agree with something, for example, they  will do what they can to hide this from others.

Experiencing life  in this way is not going to be very fulfilling, yet it is going to be  what feels comfortable. If they were to connect to what is actually  going on for them and to speak out, they could end up feeling  overwhelmed.

A Closer Look

If it is normal for them to keep  their true feelings to themselves and to have moments when they don't  even know what is going on for them, it could be because they don't feel  safe enough to speak up. Deep down, they could believe that doing so  would cause their life to come to an end.

One way of looking at  this would be to say that this belief is completely irrational and that  they need to let it go. Another way of looking at it would be to say  that while it may seem irrational, there was probably a time in their  life when it was perfectly rational.

Early Years


During the beginning of their life, they may have been brought up in  an environment that was dangerous. One or both of their caregivers may  have been physically abusive and, if they dared to speak out, they could  have been severely harmed or neglected.

Over time, they may have  lost touch with what was taking place within them and just done their  best to please their caregiver/s. Even so, losing touch with themselves  most likely wouldn't have stopped them for being harmed or neglected.


The  trauma that they experienced at this stage of their life will have  stayed trapped in their body and, until they start to resolve it, it  will be a challenge for them to speak up. This trauma could cause their  throat, as well as their body, to tighten up.


By Oliver JR Cooper

If  someone wanted to find out how well they are doing in life, they could  end up looking around them. One is then going to compare themselves with  the people they are close to, along with the people who they know.

Alternatively,  one could think about the people in their life who are around the same  age as them and see how they match up. If one thinks that they are doing  as well the people in their life or those that are the same age, they  could come to believe that they are doing well.

Another Outcome

Through  coming to this conclusion, they will be able to feel good about  themselves and their life. On the other hand, if they think that they  are not doing as well as the people that they have compared their life  with, they will probably feel bad about themselves and their life.

It  is then clear to see that when one compares themselves others, they can  feel good about themselves or they can come up feeling short. And even  if this approach allows them to feel good at one point in time, it  doesn't mean that it will allow them to feel good at another.

A Different Way

The  trouble with this approach is that it creates the impression that one  started off at the same point as everyone else and that they are on the  same path as them. The truth is that they didn't start off at the same  point and neither are they are on the same path as anyone else.

So  just because they are the same as age as someone else, it doesn't mean  that they have gone through the same experiences. For example, perhaps  one had a traumatic birth and another person didn't, or maybe the other  person was physically abused as a child and they weren't.


Furthermore,  although society can do what it can go give someone a purpose, it could  be said that they already had a purpose when they entered this earth.  However, when someone loses touch with why they are here and gets caught  up in what other people want them to do, it will be normal for them to  compare themselves with others.

Thanks to the conditioning that  they have received throughout their life, they will have lost touch with  the fact that they are unique. Comparing themselves with others is then  going to be a consequence of being out of touch with their essence and  not honouring their own journey.

Invisible Challenges

What  one will also need to consider is that even if another person appears to  be doing better than they are, it doesn't mean that this person is  actually happy. The life that they lead might not be in alignment with  who they are actually are.

Then again, this person may have gone through hell to get to where  they are. The life that they now live won't have fallen into their lap,  it will have taken blood, sweat, and tears.

Final Thoughts

The  key will be for one to realise that they are on their own journey, with  this being a journey that is not the same as anyone else's. If they  want something to compare their life with, they can compare where they  are with where they started.


Looking back on where they have been and comparing it with where  they are will give them a way to mark their own progress. If they  compare themselves with others, they won't be able to accurately assess  their own life.


By Oliver JR Cooper

It  has been said that the body is a temple, but while this is the case, it  could be said that there are plenty of people that don't view their  body in this way. For some people, their body is basically a dustbin.

Now,  this can mean that someone will put just about anything into their body  - not caring about if it is actually good for them. Furthermore,  someone can even eat when they are not hungry.

Outer Focus

When  the former takes place, they could eat a lot of fast food or food that  can simply be warmed up. So although they may be discerning when it  comes to other areas of their life, this won't be the case when comes to  the food that they consume.

When the latter occurs, there is the  chance that someone will often eat good food. However, instead of no  longer eating if they are full, they could have the tendency to eat  until they have used everything up.

The Right Thing

Their  focus is then going to be on what is taking place externally as opposed  to what is taking place within them. Clearly, the ideal will be for one  to be aware of what is taking place within them, so they know when to  stop eating.

One outcome of behaving in this way is that their  health could suffer. Even so, it doesn't mean that one will see that  there is anything wrong with how they are behaving.

A Strong Influence


They could believe that it is wrong to waste food as there are so  many people who are starving. This is not something that can be denied,  of course; but living in this way is not going to do them any favours  and it is unlikely to do the people who are starving any favours either.

Sure,  it might stop them from feeling guilty, yet what it won't do is serve  their body. The way for them to serve their body will be to allow this  part of them to decide when they have eaten enough.


It  could take them a while to get into the habit of doing this, especially  if they have a weak connection with their body. Perhaps they are  carrying a lot of emotional pain in their body, with this being the  reason why they have disconnected from it.

Facing and working  through this pain won't necessarily be easy, but it will allow them to  eat mindfully. Eating in this way will serve their physical body and it  is likely to benefit their mental and emotional health.

Final Thoughts

If one can see that they are carrying a lot of  emotional pain, they may need to reach out for external support. This is  something that can be provided by the assistance of a therapist or a  healer.


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