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Life Skills for Positive Change

  • Protect Your Emotional Health from Negative Talk

    We have scorpions in the forests of southern Oregon where I live, so I am going to use them in an illustrative way to make my point about emotional health. These nasty little critters can slip through the smallest of cracks and have lightning fast stingers. They are bad news on several levels. The sting of most scorpions is...

  • What’s the Value of Knowing Your Core Values?

    Did you know that your personal core values play a huge role in determining whether or not you experience a sense of satisfaction from reaching your goals in life? Did you know that if you don’t take the time to figure out what your core values and standards are, you can easily undermine your own success without even realizing it?...

  • Balancing Stress Instead of Being Consumed by It

    Have you ever noticed how sometimes you will be going along feeling just fine, then all of a sudden, some little thing pushes you right over the edge? That’s how stress usually hits me. I won’t even have a clue that I’m approaching the stress zone until I respond inappropriately to something. Then there are those super resourceful times, you...

  • Persistence and the Mule In The Well

    This is a story about the persistence of an old mule. Sometimes when things look hopeless, it is shear persistence that can save the day. In fact, of all the qualities that can see you through tough times, persistence might be unmatched. Here’s the story… There was a farmer who owned an old mule and one day that mule...

  • Personal Development – Seeing and Believing

    Our sense of sight is such an incredibly powerful source of input that we believe what we see even if everyone else thinks we are crazy. Once a picture has been uploaded to our brain, as far as we are concerned, it represents reality. We can use this analogy to illustrate a powerful personal development tool that we all...