Are you happy with your life the way it is?  Overall, can you say you’re truly happy?  If not, do you know why? Could it possibly be because you haven’t made the choice to be happy? When we think of being successful, we imagine that happiness is an inevitable side effect.  We may envision ourselves with the perfect job, the perfect mate, the perfect children, the perfect level of income, the perfect home, the perfect car, etc.  And we believe that all of that stuff will make us happy. Realistic expectations However, that view is skewed.  Material objects and other […]


Would You rather be a Butterfly or a Caterpillar?

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Butterfly or caterpillar, which would you rather be? Are you wondering why I would even ask that question? Well, let’s think about the differences between the two for a minute. A caterpillar crawls from leaf to leaf, eating, sleeping, and crawling. He does the same thing, day in and day out, not realizing that anything else is possible. A butterfly, on the other hand, goes where it wants to go, and drinks nectar from the choicest flowers. Some butterflies travel thousands of miles to spend the winter in a warm, sunny climate. Clearly, the life transformation between the two is […]

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Is Your Reason Why Good Enough?

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It’s interesting how our accomplishments often depend more on the reason why we do something, rather than the difficulty of the task at hand. We can be compelled to take on great challenges if our reason for doing so is strong enough. On the other hand, even a simple task can seem insurmountable if we can’t come up with a good enough reason why we feel we should do it. How many times have you avoided doing something just because there was no impelling motive? The power behind action, or inaction, often hinges on that simple three letter word, “why.” […]

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How to Turn Hindsight Into Insight

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We have all heard the expression, “hindsight is 20-20,” but is that really the case? Well, it certainly can be, but only if we are paying attention to where we have been and what we have learned. Experience has the potential to be our very best teacher, and hindsight plays a vital role. Unfortunately, many people go through life just repeating the same old mistakes over and over again. They somehow miss the connection between hindsight and insight. Granted, we all make mistakes, but there are two important question for each of us to ask ourselves with regard to our […]

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Core Character Strengths and Your Reality

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Challenging the conventional belief that people are stuck with the character attributes they are born with, The Science of Character reveals how it is possible for anyone to build up their core character strengths and use them to achieve greater personal, academic, and professional success and happiness. The scientific research behind this film confirms the positive power of perception. It shows that if we focus on the strengths we have, along with developing specific strengths we may not have; it has a lasting effect on our happiness and sense of well-being. Science, character strengths, and you! It is my pleasure […]

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67 Personal Development Pitfalls to Avoid

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Often times, what we don’t do is an important key to our success. For example, you may eat healthy and exercise regularly to stay fit, but if you like to jog on the freeway at rush hour it could easily counteract your fitness routine. The same principle applies to personal development. We may be focused on gratitude, visualizing our desired outcomes, and taking consistent action in the direction of our goals, but are we doing things that could unknowingly sabotage our efforts? To help you avoid the danger of hidden, personal development pitfalls I thought it would be advantageous to […]

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How YOU Can Change the World

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If you had the power to fix any problem and change the world, what would you choose to fix and why? Recently I asked this very question on facebook and twitter. We all recognize that there are plenty of things going on in this world that cause unnecessary pain and suffering. I asked this question because I was curious to know which issues were of greatest concern to those I interact with. As you can imagine, there were a lot of caring people with something of value to contribute. Here’s a sampling of some things people would fix if they […]

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How to Be Yourself, Your True Self

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Why do so many people feel confused about who they really are and how did the issue of personal identity become so challenging? While it may seem like you should automatically know how to be yourself, in reality that is rarely the case. When you think about it, so many things in life depend on our ability to connect with our true self. After all, how are we supposed to know what we should be doing or who we should be doing it with if we don’t even know who we really are? What does it mean to be your […]

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