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Amazing Advice on Happiness at 92-years Old

Age and Positivity

This delightful story was shared with me on Facebook this morning and I wanted to make sure I captured it so I wouldn’t forget about it. Great words of wisdom from an elderly lady. We could all learn something from her:

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.…

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Don’t Scratch the Itch!

Itch 2All people are tempted. There is no one that lives that can’t be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot. – Henry Ward Beecher

I found this article from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and I absolutely love it. It talks about avoiding those urges that keep us from getting the things done that we need to. Enjoy!

Don’t Scratch the Itch

One thing I learned from a week-long bout with poison oak … is a lot about itches.

I’ve become somewhat of a minor expert on itches.

I’ve learned to watch the itch and not scratch it.

Now, why  is that useful or even noteworthy? Because if you can learn to not scratch an itch, you can do anything.

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The Rise of Your Empire – Building on Your Best

Ancient Athens 3“Good is the enemy of great.” – Jim Collins

In the fifth century BC the Greeks and Persians had a series of major battles which basically determined the lasting success of a new idea called “democracy.” At the heart of the struggle was the city of Athens, the “birthplace of democracy.”Athens had become a major power in Greece and a melting pot of cultural ideas from all over the Mediterranean. Its art, architecture, and culture was a mix of the best from all around.

Ancient Athens 4Even though the Greeks eventually won the war with Persia, the city of Athens was abandoned and later burned by the Persian king Xerxes. This struggle has been recently depicted in the movie: 300 – Rise of an Empire.

When the war ended, the Athenians returned and began to rebuild their once-great city.…

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Regret

Regrets

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball

I’m a pretty conservative guy.

I usually play it pretty safe.

And that’s one thing I don’t always like about myself.

Sure, there are times when it is better to be cautious and not jump into everything with eyes wide shut. But usually the problem is not the risk, it is that I lack the self-confidence to see myself succeeding at the great task. Self-doubt tries to creep in whenever it can.

I watched the pattern happen over and over again: guy in the glass 2

  1. I’d get an idea
  2. I’d start playing it out in my mind and making plans to execute it.
  3. I’d get really excited about the potential.
  4. I’d think of one possible scenario that would make it not work perfectly.

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Which Ladder Are You Climbing?

Ladder 5“People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.”

- Thomas Merton

Everybody is climbing a ladder. It is a figurative ladder of course …unless you’re a painter or roofer. But we are all moving one direction in life, whether it be up or down.

Most of these ladders we scale intentionally, like education or developing a talent, running a marathon, working our way up in a company, writing a book, etc.

Some ladders we climb just because we never chose another one. These could include addictions, laziness, or complacency.

No matter what, you are climbing a “ladder” in some direction.

Ladder 4But what would happen if you get to the top of your ladder, looked over the wall and realized that it wasn’t what you thought it would be?…

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The Skill of Self-Confidence

I found this Ted talk today and really enjoyed it. It is about the skill of self-confidence. Most people think you are either born with self-confidence or not but this video talks a little about how you can develop it. Enjoy!

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“Dutch Dynasty” – Focus On Your Strengths

Dutch Speed Skater 1

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins

     The Winter Olympics in Sochi came and went with the usual stories of personal triumph and victory. My favorite story to come out of Sochi was that of the medals won by an underdog, the Netherlands. In the final medal count, the Netherlands came in 5th with 24 total medals, one shy of the winter sports powerhouse Canada. This is an amazing accomplishment because the Netherlands have no mountain ranges and get very little snow. The country is not very big and only sent 1/5 as many athletes to the Olympics as the United States or Canada.…

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The Merchant and the Prospector – A Happiness Parable

Gold-Panning     I once heard a story from the 1849 Gold Rush that teaches an important lesson about our search for happiness:

    Gold Nugget 2 “Oftentimes we are like the young merchant from Boston, who in 1849, as the story goes, was caught up in the fervor of the California gold rush. He sold all of his possessions to seek his fortune in the California rivers, which he was told were filled with gold nuggets so big that one could hardly carry them. Day after endless day, the young man dipped his pan into the river and came up empty. His only reward was a growing pile of rocks.

Discouraged and broke, he was ready to quit until one day an old, experienced prospector said to him, “That’s quite a pile of rocks you are getting there, my boy.” The young man replied, “There’s no gold here.…

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7 Reasons Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Fail and How to Fix Them

Fresh StartAs the New Year arrives I want to write this post to you who are setting your New Year’s resolutions. Did you know that at least 5 studies show that about 90% of your New Year’s resolutions will fail within the first 30 days? You could argue that point but I bet if you took a moment to reflect on your past resolutions, you  would be forced to agree. Does that mean you are weak and incapable of bettering yourself? Of course not! It does mean that we need a little help setting goals that actually work.

Here are 7 mistakes that most people make when setting their new year’s resolutions and how to fix them.

Mistake #1: They don’t write them down. This is the first and biggest mistake.…

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7 Thoughts to Have a Better Thanksgiving

Gratitude

Thanksgiving time is here! It is my favorite holiday because it claims no religion, no ethnicity, no social group. It is a time when everybody can be thankful for what they have, especially when it comes to family and friends.

What a great time to reflect on what we are grateful for and then go out and show we are grateful by helping others. I think the holiday season should be one of very few words and very many actions. There is a lot of need in this world and it isn’t just monetary. There are so many around us who have forgotten to be grateful for life and the wondrously simple blessings we receive on a daily basis.

Let’s look for opportunities to give a kind word or helping hand to the people around us that we see every day.…

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