The Starting Point

"One must first embark on the formidable journey of self-discovery in order to create a vision with authentic soul." ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi … [Read more...]

Communication

Communication “The greatest communication skill is paying value to others.” — Denis Waitley “Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” — Ambrose Bierce “The basic difference between being assertive and being aggressive is how our words and behavior affect the rights and well-being of others.” — Sharon Anthony Bower “Accept complete responsibility both for understanding and for being understood.” — Brian Tracy … [Read more...]

I have never been a Millionaire, But…

“I have never been a millionaire. But I have enjoyed a crackling fire, a glorious sunset, a walk with a friend and a hug from a child. There are plenty of life's tiny delights for all of us.” — Jack Anthony … [Read more...]

18 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be

18 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be --Marc and Angel You look to everyone else for the answers only you can give yourself. – For much of our lives – especially at the beginning – we get told what do, how to think, what looks good, what “success” is, etc.  You don’t have to buy into any of it anymore.  Feel free to peel back the layers.  Think for yourself.  Listen to your Self.  Break the mold.  When you stop doing what everybody else wants you to do and start following … [Read more...]

The Key To Flourishing Relationships

The Key To Flourishing Relationships by Brian Johnson “Recent research suggests that optimal mental health is associated with high ratios of positive to negative emotions. According to this model, normal functioning is characterized by ratios near 2.5 (that is, 2.5 times more positivity than negativity), whereas optimal functioning is characterized by ratios near 4.3. Summarizing two decades of observational research on marriages, the University of Washington psychologist John Gottman, an … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Boost Confidence

5 Steps to Boost Confidence 1.Be you. Have the nerve to be yourself. Start to check in with yourself to be sure you aren't people pleasing, holding back, criticizing, or down playing who you truly are. Start by appreciating yourself and your gifts, talents and attributes. Next acknowledge the great things you've accomplished throughout your life. Finally accept you for who you are.Yes, it's wonderful to want to grow, shift and change, but acceptance first is key. After this you can work on … [Read more...]

I am Determined to be Cheerful and Happy

"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition." --Martha Washington … [Read more...]

Slow Down!

It doesn't seem like it would be true.  It doesn't seem like slowing down would get more done. But it does. Every day I do it, I get more done. Every day I experiment with slowing down I understand the tortoise and the hare. If I'm doing the right thing, I can do it as slowly as I want and my life will get better.  If I'm doing the wrong thing (caused by a stressed,  rush-rush contaminated decision-making process) it doesn't matter how fast I go I'm going to be even more STRESSED when I'm … [Read more...]

Energy and Enthusiasm

“I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm.“ - Harry Truman … [Read more...]

Giving An A

“Michelangelo is often quoted as having said that inside every block of stone or marble dwells a beautiful statue; one need only remove the excess material to reveal the work of art within. If we were to apply this visionary concept to education, it would be pointless to compare one child to another. Instead, all the energy would be focused on chipping away at the stone, getting rid of whatever is in the way of each child’s developing skills, mastery, and self-expression. We call this … [Read more...]