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How To Make Tomorrow A Great Day

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:14:00 +0000

Why do we put off our better lives until the future? For most of us, tomorrow will be a better day. Or at least we're hoping tomorrow will be better. Many of us gently lie to ourselves day after day, "Tomorrow things will change." But for that same majority, that glorious tomorrow never does come.We are constantly faced with a couple questions… Why don't we make tomorrow a great day? Why don't strive to make the rest of today a great day?Do note that we are merely faced with these questions. We are not demanded to answer them. Sometimes we will say tomorrow will be a great day, as if today is a forgone conclusion. Why is this? We can still make today a great day, can't we? Well, there is good news and bad news to this.The Bad News FirstTo put it bluntly, time is limited. You've heard it before and it's also super cliché that "time is valuable" but let's face the facts: One day you are going to be dead. That's flat out grim. But it's the truth, and sometimes the grim truth staring us in the face is the dose of reality we need to hear. If you've read or listened to enough personal development you've probably done an exercise envisioning your own funeral. If you haven't done that exercise do it now. If you can't remember what that felt like then do it again… right now. What are people saying about you? What is your eulogy? As you look down on yourself what are you saying, feeling, and thinking to yourself? Never forget that you'll never be able to bargain for or talk your way into acquiring more time. Do you really want to spend a large portion of your life waiting? Heck, I don't even want to wait in traffic for 2 minutes more than I have to!Some people are okay with waiting all their lives. Are you?The Good NewsNow the good news. And you knew there was good news if you've been a student in our virtual classroom for any length of time. We delight in learning about life, and in life the bad is balanced with the good. Both paths are always there for anyone and everyone, but we are permanently in charge of choosing which we will let into our lives. That's an important responsibility we have.Did you catch all the good news in that last paragraph? If you didn't then read it again and understand what it means to your life. We are constantly choosing. Even when we feel out of control the gap between stimulus and response is a true power point in our lives. Even though what we are contemplating sometimes seems to be between disaster or perfection we are, in fact, usually choosing between decent and good. If we consistently tip the favor towards good in a few areas, we will have more than just good results. We will most certainly have great results. A few goods won't offset many decents though.Your Better Tomorrow Starts NowWe must truly realize that the elusive tomorrow is now today. Tomorrow came numerous times now, but we probably haven't capitalized on it like we wish we had. However, the power is in the present moment and we can make today great. We can almost assure ourselves at that point that tomorrow will likewise continue the trend. We have shifted the momentum to favor our better lives. It will be a great day.You know at least one or two things you could do to really capitalize on this day. You knew it yesterday too. The difference now partly lies in your very conscious choice at this moment to make that beautiful tomorrow a reality or accept that it will be another confused, decent day you'll never care to remember."You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."    Zig ZiglarChallenge to YouMy challenge to you is to see how great you can make the rest of today. And tomorrow, try to make that day great as well. And tomorrow evening I want you to come back to this post and tell me what you did to make your day special. If it seems trivial because it is "just" reading a few pages in a new book or taking that first jog around the block, remember that that is where it all starts.Go! [...]

Dr. Oz Tells How to Get Happy and Crush Negativity!

Wed, 24 Nov 2010 11:15:00 +0000

What if I told you you could be happier in just 28 days? That's what Dr. Oz put forth in a recent episode of his tv show, and he delivered on that promise. This blog is quite different from other articles. It's a transcription I made while watching the show so that I could share it with you. I put a lot of time into this, and I am very grateful that my t.v. let's me pause and rewind because I am by no means a stenographer! Dr. Oz offers a simple 4 step plan and we will break it down. First, let's "watch" the show!Dr. Oz's 28 Days to Happiness PlanShow Introduction:What if I told you you could be happier in just 28 days? That's the challenge I'm issuing to my next guest. You probably know someone just like her: a Debbie-downer whose negativity brings everyone around them down. But that's about to change in just 4 weeks.The show cuts to the guest, Mikayla, who explains her negativity and unhappiness...Some people say every cloud has a silver lining, but I can't see it. I guess you could say I'm a very critical person. I have negative things to say about everything I come across. I just don't understand why people are so positive. The truth is I don't get along with everyone. When I'm engaged in a conversation I always see the downside. I'm not depressed. I'm just not happy. It's not like I mean to be a killjoy. I just want people to have all the facts. This has been going on for 15 years. NO seems to be my answer to everything. Not everything in my life is negative. I have a wonderful husband and a son named Gabriel, who is the love of my life...Maybe I'm so used to being a Debbie down I don't know how to be anything else.Dr. Oz's interview begins...Dr. Oz: So why do you think you tend to be so negative?Mikayla: It's just the way I am. Some people see the cup half full. I see it half empty.Oz: How has it held you back? The negativity you carry around with you.Mikayla: It's stopped me from having the relationships I want with friends, family, work. It's just not working; it's holding me back.Oz: So I was curious; I actually wanted to find out how happy you were and how negative you were. There's actually a scale for this called the Oxford happiness questionnaire. And we gave it to you, and there's the scale behind you. And the average is about 4 and a half, and you were about 3.2 out of a total of 6.Mikayla: I'm not happy.Oz: You're not happy. And you're not depressed; I want to emphasize that. We're not talking about someone who is wallowing in despair. You just find negative things. [...] I feel passionately that there are a lot of people like you who, like you said, are perceiving the glass half empty even when there's lot of other opportunities. And what were going to do is help you improve over 28 days where you are. And joining us to help do this is research psychologist and author of The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky.We all have someone like Mikayla in our life and it's not depression. It's some other facet of our personality that drags us down to negativity. Explain that, why are they so negative?Sonja Lyubomirsky: Well there are some people that feel they see the world the way it really is. And everyone else around them is walking around in rose colored glasses. They would rather be right than be happy. And my response to that is that there is no right way to see the world. The world is both a terrible place, there's suffering and injustice; but it's also a wonderful place, there's beauty heroism and kindness and it's what you choose to focus on that determines your happiness level.Oz: So if you're negative or positive, talk us through some of the consequences. What are the differences?Lyubomirsky: Well the consequences of being negative and unhappy can be really harmful to your relationship and to your work. It turns out that people who are happier and more positive are more creative, are more productive, they make more money. They are healthier.In fact a study I just found out about today was looking at photographs of major baseball players and found that those who showed sincere[...]

Are You Sold on Your Self?

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 23:33:00 +0000

It's awesome and essential to your best possible self to set fantastic goals. Acting on, and reaching, those goals is the important next step, and it very well may require a lot more belief in yourself than you currently have. When I got started on my own personal development journey years ago I quickly learned how to set goals. In fact, I learned many ways to set goals. Setting goals is a subject with such a glut of information out there that you'll have the privilege of choosing what's best for you. However, it may become clear that as you embark on these goals you begin to doubt yourself. As a matter of fact, that doubt may even paralyze and prevent you from ever taking the critical first step. There is good news though. As I have studied for myself, we can learn to improve our self confidence and the belief we have in ourselves. This is an essential quality that we must develop in ourselves to live as the person we dream to become. When you become sold on your self you will notice dramatic improvements throughout your life.Who's Making Your Rules? Are you worthy? Are you worthy to be alive? Are you worthy to be a fortune 500 CEO? Are you worthy to be the president? Whether you answer yes or no, who said you were worthy or not, and how do we decide what we deserve or not? Ultimately, isn't the decision up to you whether you're worthy or not? And if you had to choose, try to think of a few good reasons you aren't worthy. I'd be willing to bet those reasons are self imposed and probably poor reasons at that.What we're really talking about here is belief – the belief in yourself. In your life the product is you, and you need to be sold on your self. In my opinion, whether our own personal beliefs about ourselves reach high into the sky or sink deep into nothing is a chief reflection of our self confidence. Make no mistake here: Becoming sold on ourselves is a major part of our growth as individuals. As super-successful life change expert Les Brown often comments, the hardest thing he's ever done in life was to "simply" believe that he could actually do it. And he did.You Are Already in SalesTelling someone they need to believe in themselves does little to actually help them believe in themselves. I've listened to countless audio books and read enough books and articles to know that belief is integral to personal growth and success. Even still, understanding that being sold on ourselves is paramount is very different from actually being sold on ourselves. If you're sold on the product then selling the product is easy.Have you ever tried to do any of the following?Have you tried to get a date?Court someone for marriage?Apply to school?Get an interview?Ask for a raise?Well, if you haven't been acquainted yet, let me introduce you to one of your many important roles you will fill in life. Welcome to the position of senior sales representative of yourself. Nobody will challenge you for the position, but please, take it seriously because the pay is far more valuable than money can buy.When you're on an interview, date, or some situation where you have to sell, how comfortable are you? In my personal life, I've found that the majority of people are shy or reluctant to really sell themselves. Why is this? Don't we love ourselves enough to open the majestic doors of opportunity? Or do we fear being labeled egotistical? Perhaps it's for both of these reasons that we don't sell ourselves with the due respect we deserve.Treat Yourself Like #1In modern times "looking out for number 1" has gained a poor public opinion, although I see it starting to reverse. The reality is that by putting yourself first in your own life you become far more valuable to all people in your life. It's almost confounding, but it's based on the fact that the more you are the more you have to give.Personally, I find it gut-wrenching at times when I talk with someone who has pretty much sacrificed themselves, and for little to no gain to themselves or the other party. For an extreme example, consider dru[...]

1 Weird Tip to Raise Self Confidence

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 22:40:00 +0000

One of the weirdest things about human nature is that people will try to hide themselves by slumping over. There are some people who literally think that hunching over will somehow hide them. They often do this because of a variety of reasons including shame, guilt, feelings of unworthiness and so on and so on. The sad reality, however, is that by not standing tall this only serves to worsen their negative feelings, further hurt their self image, and erode their wilting self confidence that made them want to hide in the first place. If you try to blend in to a crowd because of poor feelings then it's time to switch things around if your goal is to become more self confident. Furthermore, raising self confidence is one of the major steps along the personal development journey. "Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are."    Malcolm S. ForbesIn a very interesting study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology scientists uncovered a link between peoples' height and their salary. Perhaps unsuprisingly, there was a clear suggestion that taller people, whether male or female, earned significantly more money over their lifetime than their shorter counterparts. The exact reason for these interesting findings are debatable. On the other hand, what is more certain is how we can use this information to tie it into something we probably intuitively know and feel.What can I do to RAISE my self confidence?The study looked at height and how that relates to self confidence, and thus how others look at you. However, it doesn't take a scientist to know that a tall person who slouches over is sending incredibly strong non-verbal signals that they may be depressed, apathetic, disinterested, or very unconfident. The take home message here? Invest in some high quality platform shoes... Wait no that's not it! What we have seen here is that you can't change your height, but you can improve your confidence by standing tall. Standing tall means your spine is erect, your chin is up, and both your feet are planted on the floor. If you haven't done it in a while, you'll probably hear a lot of crackling as you straighten out that spine! "Who has confidence in himself will gain the confidence of others."    Leib LazarowInstead of slouching over when you feel unworthy or your confidence is low, simply stand tall. It's a much more favorable thing to do although it may feel totally unnatural at first. But lets face the facts here: If you "shrink" by a few inches you're just as visible and people are still going to see you and know you're there. On the other hand, if you stand tall you will still be seen and you will feel better and more confident. Furthermore, other people get a more favorable impression because you simply look more confident.Not only is standing tall very cost-effective (it's free if you weren't sure) but it's also instant. No chanting, praying, waiting, attracting, or dreaming required! So stand tall today. You might just like the higher perspective!Additional Self Confidence Building ResourcesIf you're hungry for more tips to raise self confidence, a very thorough and helpful resource I personally use is from the Chicken Soup for the Soul co-author Jack Canfield called Maximum Confidence: Ten Secrets of Extreme Self-Esteem.If you'd like to read the article referenced in this blog post, read "Standing tall pays off, study finds" Still hungry to learn more about how to improve your self confidence and feel better about your own life? Then be sure to read a previous self improvement blog titled, 4 Easy Tips to Build Self Confidence. [...]

"How to Win Friends and Influence People" Book Review

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:39:00 +0000

src="<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="align:left;padding-top:5px;width:131px;height:245px;padding-right:10px;" align="left" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">A new favorite personal development book of mine is now Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People." On the cover of Carnegie's classic book, a little gold medallion reads "Over 15,000,000 Copies Sold". There is no doubt in my mind that this book has sold that much and millions more by word of mouth. It's been said that word of mouth is one of the best forms of advertisement. And make no mistake, if you read "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie you will recommend this book to your friends also.When I first read the title "How to Win Friends and Influence People" I thought it sounded slightly manipulative, and I'm not interested in that. Fortunately, the book is anything but manipulation techniques. In fact, it's so grounded in being true, honest, and caring that to say you will "win" friends using the wise words in this book is almost a misnomer. To the contrary, you will develop a winning personality and that will make you an infinitely more attractive person."How to Win Friends and Influence People" Book ReviewAlthough the book was originally written in the 1930's it has been updated and it is undoubtedly as relevant today as it could have been centuries ago."How to Win Friends and Influence People" is divided into 4 parts. Those four parts are:Fundamental techniques in handling peopleSix ways to make people like youHow to win people to your way of thinkingBe a leader: How to change people without giving offense or arousing resentmentWithin each part there are information-packed chapters such as: The big secret in dealing with people, You can't win an argument, Do this and you'll be welcome anywhere, An appeal that everybody likes, How to criticize -- And not be hated for it, and Making people glad to do what you want. Do these sound like subjects that could dramatically improve the quality of your relationships and your life? It certainly did to me! In general, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie stresses the importance of empathy — seeing things from other peoples' point of view, and trying to develop win-win scenarios. To the contrary, many people in today's world are simply thinking, "How can I get what I want out of this person?" But Carnegie's book is so much more than that as well. To me, it is a handbook in human relations whether they be friends, family, business or professional relationships. Great Features of "How to Win Friends and Influence People"The book is practical. Simple advice like using peoples' names more often can instantly let them know you're interested in them. Dale Carnegie points out that to each person their name is the most precious sound in the world. Not only is the advice very practical, but it's immediate as well. There's no voodoo or wishing or dreaming necessary. As Jim Rohn might say, you don't have to move to Sedona, Arizona and sleep under a crystal for this stuff to work! When you learn to make someone else feel important then you will notice such immediacy. "How to Win Friends and Influence People" SummaryCarnegie was a teacher of his methods, and it shows through in the book. Rather than merely giving good advice or spelling out techniques, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie is delivered like a high quality instructional course. At the end of each chapter are reviews. Throughout the book there are relevant stories about how some of his students successfully applied the techniques. And, rather than a reader wondering "How do I apply this?" there are practical examples about how you can take what's written on these pages and transfer that information into noticeable ch[...]

Positivity – Is it a Choice? Overcome Negativity

Sat, 02 Oct 2010 12:44:00 +0000

If you consider yourself a negative thinker or your emotions bring you down, is it possible to change and overcome negativity? I've been studying personal development now for over a year and it's what this blog is all about. One of the resounding messages that have been very subtle but pervasive among great teachers (for example The 7 Habits author Stephen Covey, Zig Ziglar, Anthony Robbins, and other very notable experts) that I have picked up is that our emotions and how we act are completely separate — if we make that choice. In spite of feeling or thinking negatively, we can choose to act positively.For instance, Stephen Covey talks about a gap existing between stimulus and response. That is, when stuff happens to us that is part 1 of a 3 step process. Part two of Covey's idea is that we consciously or subconsciously make a choice; and part 3 says that we ultimately react. Make a special note that there is a special between stimulus and response where we choose our behaviors. What does this gap mean?This beautiful choice we are faced with is what makes us different from other species on Earth. As Jim Rohn puts it, the goose can only fly south in the winter. Humans, on the other hand, can do whatever they choose. Whether you wake up feeling vibrant and full of life or sluggish and downtrodden you can choose how you want to react. In the past, I made the mistake of thinking this was easy, and figured that I should feel like doing an activity before starting that activity. Since then, I have learned that despite feeling or thinking negatively, we can choose to overcome negativity and act positively. Inevitably, this will make us feel better. I'd also be willing to bet you will start thinking better as a result as well.Why bother with motivation?The idea of behaving according to how you feel seems to play a large part in many peoples' motivation. For instance, I would wager that most people attribute very successful people to largely being very motivated. However, the entire idea of motivation is a huge pitfall for many people. Zig Ziglar is a personal achievement guru, plain and simple. I've heard him make a great point before that motivation follows the act. Zig Ziglar a guy who was an aimless wanderer and underachiever into his early to mid 40's. Around this time he completely turned his life around and ends up leading his sales force virtually overnight. How did this happen? I don't think it was because energy usually picks up in your mid 40s. Rather, he was able to change his life because somewhere in his mind he started thinking and choosing to behave differently.Stimulus > Choice > ResponseThe strongest emotions can drastically change our lives, but the beautiful part is that you can dramatically change your life by your own freedom of choice, whether you're feeling like a "go-getter" or a "maybe-later" attitude. We can act according to how we want to act even in the face of negative thoughts. The choice and power ultimately lies with each of us. We can choose to act against our negative thoughts and live a higher life. That is exactly what I hope you have the enjoyment of doing today and tomorrow and beyond! [...]

Must See Personal Development TV!

Sat, 25 Sep 2010 12:16:00 +0000

Those serious students of life and self improvement who know a little about the personal development and life coaching industry know that Jim Rohn died last December. I'm certain that day moved a lot of you, as it moved me as well. Not only that, but my episodic memory kicked in, and I still remember that night thinking Jim Rohn is looking down on all of us now. (Hopefully he is watching the many seeds he planted in all of us grow and flourish!)This blog post is not to make you or myself depressed, but much the opposite. It is a celebratory post and I want to share an incredible 117 minute video with you all about the inspirational Jim Rohn. It's about the life he lived, the lives he touched, and the legacy that will last far beyond even our days.If you haven't seen the tribute video yet, it features some show-stopping names such as Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Harvey Mackay, Les Brown, Darren Hardy, Denis Waitley and Chris Widener. Not only that, but I was very touched to hear from some of Rohn's closest friends as well as his grandson Nathanael Pangrazio (You may have heard of Jim talk about Nathanael in his later works including Living an Exceptional Life and I thought it was really neat to see and hear from the progeny of the great Jim Rohn). The entire event really was done well. There's no self-glorification or false praise just to get some air-time. From start to finish, there is a lot of value to be had in this video.Prior to watching the entire video I had only seen clips from various other web sites, but I sure am glad I got the opportunity to witness the whole thing. It really puts Jim Rohn the mentor and life coach in a broader light that simply illuminates his generous soul even more. And I owe it to you, my fellow students of life, to share this fantastic, inspirational, and memorable Jim Rohn event with you!To watch the event just follow this link to the official video web site Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Jim Rohn Event. When you're done watching please do share what you thought about it! [...]

Create and Clean Up Your Messed Up List

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 11:32:00 +0000

You've messed up. Welcome to the club. We call it being human and messing up is part of life. Now, if you're like me and 99.9% of the rest of the population you've also got this little backlog going of things you've messed up in life that you've just never really cleaned up yet. We're going to identify those pesky traitors and then we're going to eliminate them for good!Make Your Messed Up ListWhen it comes to lists and note-taking, I wasn't always a writer-down. I gave my memory too much credit! Although I consider myself bright, it's certainly a positive thing that I realized it's not always best to trust your memory, especially if you don't have to. I've found that writing things down is not only important but it's helpful. In this self improvement article we are going to look at a useful list – our "messed up" list.Once we have this list drafted we are then going to translate that into a sort of "should do" list. Now, this is not to be mistaken for a must do list or a do-it-or-die list. To the contrary, our should do list is a compilation of areas or aspects of our lives where we knew that our outside actions were betraying our inner knowledge, awareness, feelings, and perhaps even betraying our greater wisdom as well.It should be noted that the messed up list is not my creation. Rather, as this man has done so many times prior, Jim Rohn once again inspired me and informed me about this useful little list, we will call the "messed up" list. Jim talks about it along with probably hundreds of other great ideas in his amazing personal development program How to Have Your Best Year Ever.While the messed up list plays just a small part in his seminar, we are going to examine it to the degree it deserves. Not only that, but we are going to actually create our own messed up lists. I'm even going to share mine in this blog post.What is the "messed up" list?Jim Rohn doesn't spend very long on the messed up list in his DVD seminar. Part of the reason for that is simple – the messed up list is a simple process. The other part of this is that I've come to learn that this is how Jim Rohn teaches most of what he offers us. He'll give you the idea, concept, or principle but then it's up to you – to us – to develop it and truly learn the lesson. I liken this method to planting a seed and nurturing it to adulthood. Jim Rohn plants the seed and we make it flourish… or perish. In short, your messed up list is a quick run-down of the neglect in your life that has weighed you down and held you back from being your personal best.For example, did you know that all that junk food you may have been eating was harming your health? If you answer "yes" then you've messed up. Put it on the list!Other areas of your messed up list can include: health, spiritual, family, friends, relationships, professional, educational, planning and preparation, financial, charity, and anything or anywhere you've messed up!How I've Messed UpSo, how have I messed up? Well, on my list I have a number of things that I am continuously paring down on since taking a proactive approach to handling this nagging little list. Some of what I have on my list I have: My exercise routine has been too off/on; finding inner peace has not been a priority in my daily life; I haven't written a friend in a while; I haven't stuck to my teeth-flossing regimen; and I let my office and house get messy or cluttered more than I'd like.There is my messed up list. Now, where is yours? If you don't have one in writing then do create one now! The next part of this self improvement article hinges on your list. And the name of the game here is self improvement and personal development, so let us honor our intentions and put some activity into our lives. It's worth noting that I recommend writing your list on paper for reasons that will become clear.What to do with your Messed Up ListLife coach exp[...]

7 Free Kindle ebooks!

Sun, 12 Sep 2010 11:25:00 +0000

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.    James BryceToday we have an offer straight from Amazon for quite a few free ebooks! Like all the free offers I post, chances are this one won't last very long!Listed below are some free ebooks for the Kindle that I came across randomly. I'm not sure how long the offer will last, so you'd better jump on it fast! And for free and easy, it doesn't take much effort either! Listed below are the free book titles and short descriptions. I hope you find some value in them!Free Kindle eBooks: src="<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" rel="nofollow" style="align:left;padding-top:5px;width:131px;height:245px;padding-right:10px;"align="left" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">It's tough, but true—the people you're trying to communicate with, sell to, or convince don't really care about you. Nor do they care what you're offering them—until they understand exactly how it'll benefit them. If you recognize that one hard, cold fact—and you know what to do about it—you'll make more money, achieve greater success, and even have more fun!In this book, world-renowned sales consultant Mark Magnacca shows you how to answer the “So What?” question brilliantly, every time—no matter who's asking it or what you're trying to achieve. This book will transform the way you communicate: You'll use it every day to get what you want—in business and in life! src="<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" rel="nofollow" style="align:left;padding-top:5px;width:131px;height:245px;padding-right:10px;"align="left" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">Social networks are no fad. They're a permanent reality: one that offers immense opportunities to smart, innovative businesses. Now, top social networking consultant Juliette Powell reveals how dozens of innovators are driving real ROI through social networks–and how you can, too.Powell's wide-ranging research, including coverage on Barack Obama's successful online strategy in his bid for the presidency, focuses on technology, media and gaming companies, leaders in fashion, beauty, publishing, finance, retail, event planning, and beyond. These powerful narratives illuminate the reality of doing business on today's social networks as never before seen! src="<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" rel="nofollow" style="align:left;padding-top:5px;width:131px;height:245px;padding-right:10px;"align="left" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">Do you have to be perfect to lead a healthy life? Ann Smith discusses how perfectionism may have benefits but is ultimately an obstacle to quality living as it prevents intimacy and lowers self-esteem. This book offers practical hints to letting go of your superhuman syndrome and being imperfect. src="<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" rel="nofollow" style="align:left;padding-top:5px;width:131px;height:245px;padding-right:10px;"align="left" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping New York Times bestselling novel about the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today. A young man in li[...]

Daniel Pink TED Video and Your Motivation Problems

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 11:45:00 +0000

Motivation is one of those great mysteries of the mind. Some have it, most want it, and a few just don't care. The chances are good that you want to increase your motivation in at least one or two areas of your life (I know I'm working on that!). But what is motivation? Where does it come from? Most importantly, how and what can we learn about motivation to make it actually improve our lives? In this Daniel Pink TED video we try to find out all of this, and learn a little about Pink's humorously bad time in law school.Daniel Pink TED Video: Surprising Science of Motivation Now, after watching this informational Daniel Pink TED lecture, are you using any If-then rewards for your own candle problems?If you think you are, recall what was said. If the task utilizes even rudimentary cognitive ability or skill then the reward lowered performance. Challenge yourself today, and answer the following question. Are you making decisions based on unexamined assumptions? The answer is to base your behavior on 3 areas of intrinsic motivation: Autonomy – An urge to direct our own livesMastery – The desire to get better and better at something that mattersPurpose – A yearning to do what we do in service of something larger than ourselves Now, Pink points out that this is for business, but it is just as valid for people and individuals. Here's a powerful Daniel Pink quote from the video:"The so-called 20th century rewards such as financial payoffs do work but only in a surprisingly narrow set of circumstances! Unseen intrinsic drive is the real behavioral motivator."     Daniel Pink, TED speechSo what can we do with Daniel Pink's motivation information? Well, first of all we can examine what motivational tactics we are employing in our own lives, especially where we find our motivation is lacking or failing. For instance, even though you may want money (hence you get a job), once you have your basic needs met then you're almost certainly going to want more… but not more money. There are far more valuable things than money! Look to satisfy the 3 areas of Daniel Pink's intrinsic motivators: Autonomy Mastery PurposeI do hope you gain the value that is in this Daniel Pink video and use it to increase your own motivation! On a final note, challenge yourself! [...]

Free Kaplan eBooks for Back-to-school!

Sat, 28 Aug 2010 10:47:00 +0000

Today's blog blip is just to let everyone know that I stumbled across some free eBooks from Kaplan (the real big test prep company). Since many of you are serious students of life and also serious students in high school, college, and beyond (or know someone who would love to get their hands on these books!) I felt you would love this free offer! offer is only going on until August 30th so get 'em before they're gone... or not free rather.It appears as though you will need the ibooks application from Apple or iTunes to get these free Kaplan books. If you don't have iBooks The list of free eBooks offered from Kaplan:Call To NursingCollected WritingsCorpusCrime: Its Cause and TreatmentEvolution of Modern MedicineFirst Year NurseFirst Year TeacherGet Into Graduate School Get Into Medical SchoolImpairedKaplan 101 Algebra Practice QuestionsKaplan 101 ASVAB Practice QuestionsKaplan 101 Biology Practice QuestionsKaplan 101 GMAT Verbal Practice QuestionsKaplan 101 GRE Quantitative Practice Questions101 GRE Verbal Practice Questions101 MAT Practice Questions101 SAT/PSAT Critical Reading Practice Questions101 SAT/PSAT Writing Practice QuestionsACT Strategies for Super Busy StudentsAP Biology 2011AP Macroeconomics/Microeconomics2011 CCRN GMAT Math WorkbookGMAT Verbal FoundationsGMAT Verbal WorkbookGRE & GMAT Exams Writing WorkbookGRE Exam Advanced MathGRE Exam Advanced VerbalGRE Exam Math WorkbookGRE Exam Subject Test: Psychology 2009-2010GRE Exam Verbal WorkbookMCAT Biology ReviewMCAT General Chemistry ReviewMCAT Organic Chemistry ReviewMCAT Physics ReviewMCAT Practice TestsMCAT Verbal Reasoning and Writing ReviewMedical Internal Medicine Question BookMedical USMLE Master the Boards Step 3Medical USMLE Step 1 QbookMedical USMLE Step 2 CK QbookMedical USMLE Step 3 QbookNCLEXPN 20102011 EditionNCLEXRN 20102011 EditionPMBR FINALS: Civil ProcedurePMBR FINALS: Conflict of LawsPMBR FINALS: Constitutional LawPMBR FINALS: ContractsPMBR FINALS: CorporationsPMBR FINALS: Criminal LawPMBR FINALS: Criminal ProcedurePMBR FINALS: EvidencePMBR FINALS: Family LawPMBR FINALS: PropertyPMBR FINALS: RemediesPMBR FINALS: TortsKaplan PMBR FINALS: TrustsKaplan PMBR FINALS: WillsKaplan PMBR: Multistate Performance Test (MPT)Kaplan PMBR: Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)Kaplan Portable GMATKaplan Portable GRE ExamKaplan Portable SATKaplan SAT Critical Reading WorkbookKaplan SAT Math WorkbookKaplan SAT Score-Raising DictionaryKaplan SAT Subject Test Chemistry 2010-2011 EditionKaplan SAT Subject Test: Biology E/MKaplan SAT Subject Test: Mathematics Level 1Kaplan SAT Subject Test: Mathematics Level 2Kaplan SAT Subject Test: U.S. History EditionKaplan SAT Writing WorkbookKaplan SSAT & ISEELaw School LabyrinthLives in the BalanceManual of SurgeryMath for NursesMBA Fundamentals: Accounting and FinanceMed School RXMemorable Thoughts of SocratesNotes on NursingParalegal's HandbookPath of the Law and The Common LawRoutine MiraclesSaving LivesSharp VocabSharp WritingSocratic DialoguesSOS: Stressed Out Students' Guide to Dealing with TestsSOS: Stressed Out Students' Guide to Handling Peer PressureSOS: Stressed Out Students' Guide to Saying No to CheatingWonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many LandsReflections on DoctorsReal Life of an InternistNew Lives Meditations on HopeFinal Moments That looks like an excellent list and if you're considering any type of graduate school, medicine, law, and others then this is a great savings on some high quality test materials. And who doesn't like FREE?!Having said that, if you're interested in more free stuff, check out this page for free personal development and self improvement audiobooks and eBooks! [...]

What Makes Life Worth Living?

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:05:00 +0000

Part of life is to use your senses and be stimulated. I'm not sure what exactly makes life worth living, but the one thing I do know is that since we're here we might as well play the game. I favor the words of Og Mandino who says that life is precious and can be beautiful, but it's a game. And in the end, I cannot help but think life is simply a game. The rules of which I am still figuring out.Og Mandino also says that to play the game we have to know the rules. This is something I just pondered about... what are the rules in the game of life?I'd like to take a sentiment from another teacher of life, Jim Rohn, who says that there is no happiness/joy without suffering. So, surely both of those are part of life. We've got to have a little bit of both. A life led purely for pleasure and enjoyment certainly seems to me that it would be vapid and ultimately unfulfilling. It's quite a conundrum to swallow, but if you think on it for a while you may come to the same conclusion.But then that begs another question, is it better to suffer than to live in happiness? That turns out to be a tougher question to answer than it seems at first. When it's all said and done, it's a question I certainly need to think more about. More importantly, it's something that needs to be weighed on both ends.All of these seemingly oddball questions stemmed from my musings over the question, "What makes life worth living?"If you dare to ask yourself this question, you may be in for some shocking revelations.The following 2 life resources have served me and may help you muse over this question as well:How to Have Your Best Year Ever (my favorite self improvement resource)andOg Mandino Secrets of Success an eye-opening audio book about life... far more than merely material success. [...]

FREE eBook and audiobook page added!

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 11:39:00 +0000

Alright well, in my time as a student of life and self improvement I've come across some great sites to find free self improvement resources. And what better thing to do than to share them with all my fellow students of life!

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
    Dr. Seuss

So, today's blog update is going to be this free page of self improvement resources, ebooks, and audio books. The link to this page will stay at the top of the blog for easy access.


I hope you do find some great books from this, and I encourage you to share your own links and I'll put them on the page if it will help other students out!

Other changes

You'll also notice a couple of other changes to the navigation bar.

The first of these secondary changes was that I added a link to my personally recommended "everything self improvement" resources store. I advocate them for a few reasons. They're fast, secure, they stand behind their product and have toll free customer service, and finally because they're the official store for personal development legend Jim Rohn and all his good company! They've pretty much got every base covered that you could want to work on.

And the last change was that I removed the link to the Videos section. Do note, the posts with videos are all still on the blog; it's just that I am temporarily removing that page. It will be back shortly in a much better format.

As a final note, our goal today is to find a book or audio book and start reading it. Information hoarding serves us no purpose unless put into practice. Enjoy!

George Santayana Quotes and Biography

Fri, 13 Aug 2010 11:34:00 +0000

George Santayana quotes are evocative! Not only that, but he's uttered so many insightful, and profound quotes that this blog post just kept getting bigger and bigger. I came across him quite randomly as I was reading some inspirational quotes, and Santayana's poignancy just made me want to dig deeper. When it was all said and done I had a big ol' quote list and pared it down to just the gems you'll read below.So, here are some of the fantastic George Santayana quotes I came across, as well as a brief biography in case you've never heard of this philosophy legend (it's ok... I never heard of him before this either!).George Santayana BiographyGeorge Santayana was born in Spain in 1863. He was known as a Spanish-born U.S. philosopher. He graduated from Harvard with a bachelor of arts and then went on to complete his Ph.D. also at Harvard by the age of 26. As an undergraduate he was said to have a very active social life and he was also a member of 11 clubs, as well as president of the philosophy club. After earning his Ph.D. George Santayana became a professor at Harvard until he retired from teaching in his 40's, much to the dismay of Harvard, who tried to get him back on numerous occasions. He was heavily recruited by many of the world's top universities for his incredible abilities.After retiring he moved back to Europe and bounced around Europe, Britain and the United States. Unfortunately, World War I and then II prohibited Santayana's traveling lifestyle and eventually he was trapped in Rome, where he later died.During his earlier years he partook in poetry, but later undertook philosophy as his major work. He wrote many books, and his only novel The Last Puritan was a worldwide hit and best-seller. George Santayana was also a great student of philosophy and he credits a lot of his learning to Aristotle, Spinoza, and Lucretius. Furthermore, William James, commonly known as one of the fathers of modern psychology, had an impact on Santayana since they worked together at Harvard.As far as his views on philosophy are concerned, George Santayana quotes that philosophy attempts firstly to, make an account of "the shrewd orthodoxy which the sentiment and practice of laymen maintain everywhere" and secondly at drawing out "a distinct vision of the universe and definite convictions about human destiny [that] inspires and expresses the life of those who cherish it."Santayana died of cancer on September 26, 1952 in Rome, Italy.George Santayana on Life"Before he sets out, the traveler must possess fixed interests and facilities to be served by travel.""The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.""For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.""If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved.""It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to.""It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on the ground that one can do it well.""We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past; remembering that once it was all that was humanly possible."—The Philosophy of George Santayana, Northwestern University Press, 1940, p. 560"Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace."—Dialogues in Limbo"One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.""To possess things and persons in idea is the only pure good to be got out of them; to possess them physically or legally is a burden and a snare""... if you bravely make the best of a crazy world, eternity is full of champions t[...]

How many years should a kid spend in 4th grade?

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 11:32:00 +0000

How are you doing? How many? How much?Ok, well to be a little less ambiguous we are going to talk about exactly how well you and I are doing with our personal development. And I say "exactly" with such emphasis because we're going to use some cold, hard numbers in today's blog. We are going to talk about results. As far as the seemingly outrageous title of this blog post... I will leave that up to you to find out after you watch the video!Actually, I suppose it would be more appropriate to say we are going to talk and listen and watch about results and more. Because today we have a great video clip from one of my absolute most recommended self improvement programs How to Have Your Best Year Ever from Jim Rohn. So far, I've watched the entire 5 hour DVD at least 4 times. I actually started to keep track on a piece of paper inside the case.As you'll see in this short clip, not only is Jim Rohn funny but he puts concepts, strategies and advice in such simple terms than you simply have to be effected. He's really a great story teller as well. You'll actually laugh quite a few times in this awesome program. So, let's watch Jim in action and follow up right after...How to Have Your Best Year Ever - Jim Rohn videoNow let's look at our numbers...Here's the question list that Jim Rohn was asked by his mentor Earl Shoaff:How much money have you saved and invested?How many books have you read in the last 90 days?In the last 6 months, how many classes have you taken to improve or develop your skills?The short of all this information is pretty simple. If you don't like your own numbers then you have the power to change it. And only you can. Remember, if you have messed up then now is the best time to turn any one of these around!You don't need to change countries. It's a lot easier than that! Maybe after all this toil and aggravation it's just because you bought the wrong plan. So, do yourself a favor and buy the right plan. Just like Earl Shoaff helped turn the young Jim Rohn around, Jim Rohn helped turn me around and he can help you too.Look within and let your results teach you something about your own activity, your own attitude, and your own philosophy. What a fantastic, realistic analysis! And as Jim Rohn says in video, and this is critical, you've got to be willing to face the numbers. Set yourself free to amend your errors!Discover the day that turns your life around and puts you on the road to having your best year ever! In this five hour seminar, filmed before a live audience, you'll learn the keys to success in life and how to accomplish your goals. Everyone is interested in getting more out of life, but few are willing to turn that interest into action. In "How to Have Your Best Year Ever," Jim Rohn will show you how simple it is to begin to turn your dreams into reality! Decide today to make this one of the most valuable additions to your family or business DVD library!Subjects include:The Life PuzzlePersonal DevelopmentThe Five AbilitiesSetting GoalsSelf EsteemFinancial IndependenceCommunicationHow to Have Your Best Year Ever - 5 Hour Seminar (DVD) Jim Rohn [...]

Perhaps My Best Advice... An Inch

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 11:28:00 +0000

Are you having trouble taking action? Do you know what you SHOULD do, but just can't get yourself to do it? Here's a little piece of advice that will give you big results.The best part of the following self improvement advice is that it puts you in the power position. Sometimes people don't do something because it's easy to be overwhelmed. Some people won't do XYZ because it takes too much time. There really are a million and one excuses not to take action, and sometimes there's a good reason. But when it comes right down to it, there's no real good excuse to do nothing. And I will urge you to share (via a comment below or email) if you have a good - or even decent - reason to do nothing. I can't think of one.Inch by InchInch by inch, anything's a cinch. That's a philosophy I blew off for a large part of my life. I used to say to myself something along the lines of, "I have time to put it off for now. Besides I'll be sure to get it done later in grand fashion... it always gets done." In most cases it did get done. I'm older now though, and I'd like to think I'm a little wiser too. And with that wisdom it becomes too obvious that some things can't be rushed, and then there are other things that are simply better to do inch by inch, row by row, even if you're not even giving maximum effort. Perhaps the best advice I could ever give someone is to just do a little.For a couple examples of this, consider your health. Even if you don't run a marathon, is it not better if you just walk around the neighborhood? Sure you might barely break a sweat but I guarantee the light walk is better than no walk for your general health. I used to figure if it wasn't my "best" effort then it wasn't worth doing. Too many times that led me down the path of putting it off or gettin' ready for the big show!Another example relates to procrastination. now before your brain shuts off because you've already read or heard everything about procrastination just read the next sentence intently, think about it for at least ten seconds, then only continue if you think it might help. If you do just two earnest minutes of work on whatever project you're undertaking every day then you have beaten procrastination. how great is that? Now if you only do 2 minutes a day and never get done by your deadlines it will be a problem. But the important aspect here is that your problem was not you delaying endlessly because you failed to start. How much sooner could you get started if you just had to commit to do an inch or 120 seconds?Jim Rohn Does It...Jim Rohn is a personal development legend, and one of his stories talks about the apple a day philosophy. He actually has a pretty funny story with people who mix up an apple a day with a Hershey bar a day. I'll be sure to share a video about this in the near future. But save to say right now that the apple a day is one of those super simple fundamentals that lead to radical life change.When I really thought about the apple a day philosophy it struck me as something a lot more meaningful. And it doesn't just have to do with an apple either. It can be anything so simple that you think it's meaningless. But the key to note here is that thinking something might not be effective at all does not make it so. If you drank one less can of coke today, then 10-15 cans later you'll have saved yourself from probably gaining a pound of fat. Sound incredible? Not really in my opinion. But what would be incredible is if you applied these small changes to your life, and every area of your life that you're trying to improve.If it's worth doing at all, then it's worth doing badly until you get good at it.In conclusion, what I want you t[...]

Perseverance Quotes

Mon, 02 Aug 2010 11:19:00 +0000

Perseverance. It's one of those things that you really can't know what it is until you do it -- or better yet, until you experience it and persevere through something. Chances are you've done it too. It feels great. Nonetheless, it is human nature to ease up just a little, and often times we go through a period of time where know that we should persevere, but for whatever reason we don't. My goal for this blog post is to share some inspirational perseverance quotes to help you try to persevere the next time you're being challenged!Perseverance Quotes"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second."William James"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."Ralph Waldo Emerson"Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go."William Feather"Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits."Robert Brault"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."Earl Nightingale"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."Albert Einstein"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."Dale Carnegie"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."Dale Carnegie"If you fall, fall on your back. If you can look up, you can get up."Les Brown (Read more Les Brown quotes about perseverance!)Now we will switch it up a bit and go for some fantastic quotes about perseverance from unknown authors!Unknown Quotes about Perseverance"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.""Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.""The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.""There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.""I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."Embrace this quote and keep on going too."Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about."More Famous Quotes on Perseverance"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable."Thomas Foxwell Buxton"A door opens to me. I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors."Antonio Porchia"Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."Samuel Johnson"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up."Vince Lombardi"Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries."James A. Michener"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity."Louis Pasteur"If you are going through hell, keep going."Winston Churchill"I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right."Albert Einstein"Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting."Christopher Morley"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."Franklin D. Roosevelt"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."Newt Gingrich"He conquers who endures."Persius"Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, p[...]

Breakthrough with Tony Robbins Review - Must See TV!

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:04:00 +0000

Must see TV?Wow. That's how I will start and summarize the season premiere of the television show Breakthrough with Tony Robbins. If you haven't heard of it, keep reading. I will say that I'm a fan of Tony Robbins and of course, you know I'm a huge fan of Jim Rohn.He was the mentor to Tony Robbins, which many people do not know. It makes sense that a great personal development and self improvement coach would have such outstanding students. Anyways, this brief preface was aimed to help explain in part just why I would write about watching tv in a personal development blog. After all, I strongly agree with Zig Ziglar who proclaims that tv is by-and-large a huge detractor from most people's lives. Nonetheless, there are some good tv shows that are worth watching; Breakthrough with Tony Robbins is one of these.Why?Why is my Breakthrough with Tony Robbins review so positive in spite of my generally poor opinion of tv? Let me just say that it was great television, great drama, a great story, all while wrapped up in a great moral lesson. The show really got my emotions worked up and I'm not one too cry often, but it really did almost get me there! You'll truly feel for the people in this show. They are pushed and they fight and they make real progress during their 30 day breakthrough. Unlike "reality" tv, Breakthrough with Tony Robbins is actually real tv. I didn't do any research as far as whether or not the show is a gimmick, but I don't see Tony Robbins putting out a cheap gimmick to the masses just to make some more money or get on tv (he's already achieved both in some major ways!). Not only that, but Tony Robbins is one of the true personal development trainers who can effect real changes in people.Not only is Tony Robbins' show very enjoyable to watch, but it's also educational. He covers the basic steps to life change. Even though it's nowhere near as in depth as some of his audio books or programs like Unlimited Power, it's still good reinforcement, in my opinion. Throughout the show you see and hear him talk about fundamental keys to living a happy life.What is Breakthrough with Tony Robbins?The basic overview of the season primier of Breakthrough with Tony Robbins revolves around the tragic story of a newly-wed couple. On their wedding day, the groom (Frank) jumped into a pool and injured himself. He became a quadriplegic at his wedding reception. That is a heavyweight burden for anyone to handle. His wife, full of her own emotions and challenges, became his full-time caretaker. She's had just as a tough time as Frank since their wedding day, and she's now wrapped her identity up in being a caregiver. They've both given up on their dreams, hopes of a family, and they generally live with regret and depression. Tony could not have come soon enough.And in comes Tony Robbins. His incredible ability to listen to people and give them hope and confidence really shines through from start to finish. He does exactly what we know he can, and then more. I don't want to spoil the entire episode for you because I strongly recommend you watch the show. Not only that, but there are really no suitable words to relive such tragedy and triumph. Some of their challenges include skydiving, being seperated from eachother for the first time since the accident, and if you can believe it, Frank racing a performance truck around the desert with Tony Robbins in the passenger seat. It's truly an emotional experience to see such human strength and progress.Must See Television!All in all, my Breakthrough with Tony Robbins review comes down to this: You can enjoy yourself, feel some real em[...]

Important vs Urgent - How to Do What Matters in Life

Sat, 24 Jul 2010 16:31:00 +0000

Doing what's important versus what's urgent is a skill that absolutely will change your life. It's the foundational step for Stephen Covey's 7 Habits. That alone says a lot. With that brief introduction, I would like to share with you a great article I read from Jim Rohn's higly esteemed personal development newsletter. It's from Denis Waitley who is a really great and influential life change catalyst. I really liked his audio book Acres of Diamonds because it was short and sweet, and it was a very provocative story about looking outside yourself when we need to look within ourselves.I highly recommend Acres of Diamonds, but you'll also really benefit from reading and absorbing the following short article from Mr. Waitley about training yourself to do what really matters in life.Life Balance: The Urgent vs. the Important by Denis WaitleyOf all the wisdom I have gained, the most important is the knowledge that time and health are two precious assets that we rarely recognize or appreciate until they have been depleted. As with health, time is the raw material of life. You can use it wisely, waste it or even kill it.To accomplish all we are capable of, we would need a hundred lifetimes. If we had forever in our mortal lives, there would be no need to set goals, plan effectively or set priorities. We could squander our time and perhaps still manage to accomplish something, if only by chance. Yet in reality, we're given only this one life span on earth to do our earthly best.Each human being now living has exactly 168 hours per week. Scientists can't invent new minutes, and even the super-rich can't buy more hours. Queen Elizabeth I of England, the richest, most powerful woman on earth of her era, whispered these final words on her deathbed: "All my possessions for a moment of time!"We worry about things we want to do, but can't, instead of doing the things we can do, but don't. How often have you said to yourself, "Where did the day go? I accomplished nothing," or "I can't even remember what I did yesterday." That time is gone, and you never get it back.Staring at the compelling distractions on a television screen is one of the major consumers of time. You can enjoy and benefit from the very best it has to offer in about seven total hours of viewing per week. But the average person spends more than 30 hours per week in a semi-stupor, escaping from the priorities and goals he or she never gets around to setting. The irony is that the people we are watching are having fun achieving their own goals, making money, having us look at them enjoying their careers.Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire today. If you've just frittered away an hour procrastinating, you will still be given the next hour to start on priorities. Time management contains one great paradox: No one has enough time, and yet everyone has all there is. Time is not the problem; the problem is separating the urgent from the important.Every decision we make has an "opportunity cost." Every decision forfeits all other opportunities we had before we made it. We can't be two places at the same time.Even though we all are aware of the tradeoffs of "quality time vs. quantity time" in our relationships, we are not used to thinking specifically about how our decisions cost us other opportunities. Without this understanding, our decisions will often be unfocused and unrelated to helping us achieve our most important goals.You may have heard the story about the analogy of the "circus juggler" to each of us a[...]

1 Odd, Super Easy Stress Tip

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 11:33:00 +0000

Gray hair. Unhealthy skin. Short temper. Feelings of dread. Feelings of hopelessness.These are just a few very common side effects high stress. The worst part of it is, as you get some stress many people add to that stress simply because they know they are stressed out! Ouch! Is that even fair?Why You Have Stress ProblemsIn the world of self improvement relaxation and stress reduction is one of the most sought after areas. It's for a simple reason: Stress is everywhere. Moreover, did you ever get formal schooling on how to handle stress? I didn't. Nobody teaches you these important real world skills like handling stress. Those lessons sure would have served me better in life than learning about the fascinating topic of Riemann sums.A Simple Stress Reduction TipSo that brings us to actually getting your stress hormones under control. I must warn you, the placebo effect will not work on you here. So if you're big on tricking yourself into thinking things are better or even worse then it's not going to work. Even more, there are no drugs, diet changes, or difficult techniques to learn!The advice is simple: Just get stuff out of your head! Write it down. If there's anything that has been on your mind for more than a week and you feel like it needs more attention at any level, then simply write it down. The magic of this stress tip is that once you write it down things just start flowing from that point on.What do you write? Well, write down anything and everything. If you need to wash the dishes then write that down. If you need to ask you boss for a raise then write it down. I'll bet there is a lot "backlog" in your head. Writing it all down will do wonders for both your stress level and your productivity.Why does writing it down work?A few things will happen when you write things down. First of all, you'll get those ideas, tasks, and thoughts out of the stress zone where it lingers in the back of your mind, but you know it's not getting done. Next, you're infinitely more likely to start working on the task or issue simply because now you can "see" it. Writing things down has the effect of making you put your thoughts into something more rational and coherent. Finally, when you write some things down you will realize that you just needed to get the thoughts out and clear them up. And once this happens you will realize that some of those pestering thoughts don't actually require any further action.What You Need To Do NowTake this simple action step to reduce stress in your life. Feel the exhiliration and liberation from worry, anxiety (I wrote a previous self improvement article titled: Positive self talk for freedom from worry and Anxiety affirmations), stress, and the general malaise that goes along with leaving too much junk undone. All it takes is a pen or pencil and a nice sheet of lined paper. One thought, problem, task, or whatever you're thinking per line; and feel the stress melt away. When you're done with one of these, give yourself the reward of crossing it out and literally give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it. [...]

4 Easy Tips to Build Self Confidence

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 11:38:00 +0000

You need more self confidence. I need more self confidence too. Well, so does Donald Trump so you're in really good company! That's the good news. The better news is that I have 4 easy tips to build self confidence and I promise you they can make a difference in your life today. Sounds pretty good doesn't it? It will feel even better.4 Easy Tips to Build Self Confidence1. Educate YourselfImmediately start building your self confidence and self esteem by reading a book about the thing you feel unconfident about. For me, when I sat down at a formal dinner I used to occasionally think, "Am I doing this right?" "Is this the right silverware for this?" and so on and so on. I wasn't frantic about it, but by questioning myself it showed a lack of confidence.So one day I simply started to read a book. It helped a lot. In fact, this little tip changed the way I eat dinner you could say. Not only that, but I now easily recognize other people who put in the time, energy and effort to learn good manners like I did. The book I read happened to be a very inexpensive and readily available one -- Etiquette For Dummies (my affiliate link).You can start building your self confidence in so many areas to a point where you wouldn't believe. You'll be so far ahead of the game, you'll probably be able to help your friends and family as well as yourself.2. Get Chemistry on Your SideImprove your posture. While you're at it, breathe in really deep, hold it, and repeat it a few times. Tell me you don't feel better and more confident after doing this. I dare you! For whatever reason, there's a link between the way our bodies are and the signals it sends to your brain. Use these to your advantage, and sit and stand up straight today. And while you're at it, don't do tip #1 while you're lying down!3. Have You Made the Decision?Make a decision. This tip is from an idea I learned from Stephen Covey. I can't quite recall what it was but I came across the idea when I began my personal development journey in 2009. What you want to do is simply be more decisive. "Decide on what?" you ask. Decide on what you want for dinner if nothing else! How many people don't even know what they want to eat? Millions. Maybe even billions. You could make this exercise much more extreme and decide what you want to do with your life, but for now let's start with flat-out anything. Make more decisions in your life and you will absolutely build self confidence.4. Clean Up Your Back LogClean up your "shitty list." Okay, I just made that term up, but it's an appropriate word for something I know you'll relate to. Not only that, it's an appropriately strong word. This is a list of stuff in your life that does not help your self confidence or self esteem.Your shitty list is that small list of petty things that have been nagging at you in the back of your mind for the past weeks, months, and even years. Remember that letter you wanted to write to someone? Perhaps you never thanked someone when you knew you should have. How about that job around the house you've been finding reasons not to tackle? Well, these small items seem easy to push aside for now, but every time you think of them you feel just a little bit worse. You don't have to feel that way!In fact, once you tackle just a single item on your shitty list I guarantee you'll have more self confidence. Not only that, but when you walk by that previously-undone job or think of the person you finally wrote the letter to then you will feel even better. In effect, you not only remove things in[...]

Zig Ziglar Setting Goals

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 11:40:00 +0000

You've got to see this energy! These Zig Ziglar videos show the motivational master at his best. His energy, charisma, stories, and humor all really shine in these 3 brief videos.But beyond being just a great showman, Zig Ziglar is an inspirational genius. And he's been through the dregs of a shallow life and climbed his way to the top. In short, he speaks from personal experience. That's something we need more of today! And that's why Zig has been a staple in the self help business for decades upon decades. I've recently been doing blog posts about dreams, goals, and goal setting (See Quotes About Dreams and Goals and What is Your Goal in Life?. Well, Zig Ziglar and setting goals are almost synonymous and it's the focal point of his seminars and personal development books and audio books. There's a lot you can pick up in these brief Ziglar video clips. I hope some of it really resonates with you too.Watch these videos. Act on these videos. And you can and will change your life!Zig Ziglar Setting Goals Part 1"Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk."    JC PenneySetting Goals Part 2"The people who wait for changes to take place out there before they do the changing inside are flat going to end up getting cooked in the squat."    Zig ZiglarSetting Goals Part 3"The basic problem is not lack of time; it is lack of direction."    Zig ZiglarDo you have any health goals? Take a page out of Zig Ziglar's book and search the internet or a magazine and find a picture of someone's physique that you would like to achieve one day. Next, put a timeline on it just like Zig did with great success.Also, if you love the words of Zig Ziglar as much as I do then check out my Zig Ziglar quotes page. If you're checking out those quotes first then make sure you get some pen to paper and work on your goals list right after! [...]

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Thu, 01 Jul 2010 10:46:00 +0000

This blog post is a little "extra" quickie. I came across some really great FREE offers that I just know you'll enjoy! There are actually two completely free offers up for grabs.

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None of these are affiliate links or offers or anything remotely shady. I just happened to come across these tonight and wanted to share them with you asap. Especially the free Think and Grow Rich audio book! I've also got a new blog post coming up very shortly with some great Zig Ziglar video!

Quotes About Dreams and Goals

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:03:00 +0000

This self improvement post ties into last week's blog article titled "What is Your Goal in Life?". If these quotes about dreams and goals inspire you enough to put forth some action then I encourage you to read that post as well.Anyways, I've been spending a lot of time lately going over my dreams and goals. Getting clear on such an important subject is just so important. Unfortunately, we're always changing and growing. What is our dream today may be a pitiful joke to us in 5 years. That's just the way life is. And for that reason I suggest you look over your dreams, goals and aspirations.I was prompted to list some quotes about dreams and goals because I came across a few good ones reading various articles and random internet stuff lately. But really, my real goal with this post is to get you thinking about your own dreams, your own goals, and maybe even get you to start believing that you really have no limits except the ones you put on yourself.Quotes About Dreams and GoalsKeep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great.Mark Twain Bottom line: Surround yourself with positive influences. Your "inner circle" will influence you!You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?A terrible thing: no one to blame.Erica Jong Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.Helen Keller Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.Albert EinsteinPeople are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.I don't believe in circumstances.The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want. And if they cant, make them.George Bernard ShawBottom line: Take responsibility for everything in your life. Only you can change it.Often people attempt to live their lives backwards.They try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier.The way it actually works is the reverse.You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.Margaret Young Bottom line: As Zig Ziglar says, you must Be, Do, then Have.Unless you start doing something different, you are in for more of the same.UnknownThis life is a test. It is only a test.Had it been an actual life, you would have received further instructions on where to go and what to do.UnknownAn aim in life is the only fortune worth the finding; and it is not to be found in foreign lands, but in the heart itself.Robert Louis StevensonYou can't hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can't catch fish unless you put your line in the water. You can't reach your goals if you don't try.Kathy SeligmanBottom line: Trying is the name of the game. The opportunities in life are simply gifts. Go get your share!To know just what has to be done, then to do it, comprises the whole philosophy of practical life.Sir William OslerThis one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything.Scott ReedWithout goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.Fitzhugh DodsonBottom line: Your goals give you direction. Focused energy is magnitudes more effective.To solve a problem or to reach a goal, you...don't need[...]

What is Your Goal in Life?

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 12:31:00 +0000

Jim Rohn is big on a couple things. First is that you've got to take responsibility for where you are AND where you are going. Where we go in life is up to us. Next, Jim Rohn speaks heavily about goals. In other words, your dreams.As Mr. Jim Rohn puts it your life goals are the set of your sail. His analogy is that people are like ships. We all have sails on our ships and the wind blows on us all. It's a really good analogy actually. The set of YOUR sail determines your futureThe interesting thing about the analogy is how true it is. The wind that blows on our sails blows on everybody (the economy is a wind; politics is a wind; taxes are part of the wind; your neighbors, friends, relatives are part of the wind, etc). However, even though that same wind blows on us all, people have remarkably different lives! Some people are dirt poor and unhappy living in prosperous countries. Others are happy, successful, and love life. What's the difference between these radically different people? The set of their sail. The set of your sail is your philosophy on life, the actions you take, your attitude about life, and of course your goals and dreams are part of your sail.The point of this blog entry is to get you thinking about your goals and dreams. What is your goal in life?I recently read a nice, succinct article from Jim Rohn which portrays their importance. I can't say it any better than him, and I've heard him say it many many times in all his audio books that I listen to.Establishing Dreams and Goals by Jim RohnOne of the amazing things we have been given as humans is the unquenchable desire to have dreams of a better life, and the ability to establish goals to live out those dreams. Think of it: We can look deep within our hearts and dream of a better situation for ourselves and our families; dream of better financial lives and better emotional or physical lives; certainly dream of better spiritual lives. But what makes this even more powerful is that we have also been given the ability to not only dream but to pursue those dreams, and not only to pursue them, but the cognitive ability to actually lay out a plan and strategies (setting goals) to achieve those dreams. Powerful!What are your dreams and goals? This isn’t what you already have or what you have done, but what you want. Have you ever really sat down and thought through your life values and decided what you really want? Have you ever taken the time to truly reflect, to listen quietly to your heart, to see what dreams live within you? Your dreams are there. Everyone has them. They may live right on the surface, or they may be buried deep from years of others telling you they were foolish, but they are there.So how do we know what our dreams are? This is an interesting process and it relates primarily to the art of listening. This is not listening to others; it is listening to yourself. If we listen to others, we hear their plans and dreams (and many will try to put their plans and dreams on us). If we listen to others, we can never be fulfilled. We will only chase elusive dreams that are not rooted deep within us. No, we must listen to our own hearts.Let’s take a look at some practical steps/thoughts on hearing from our hearts on what our dreams are:Take time to be quiet. This is something that we don’t do enough in this busy world of ours. We rush, rush, rush, and we are constantly listening to noise all around us. T[...]