Yearly Archives: 2015

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Success Tips for the Holidays

  What do the Holidays mean for you? Memories of unfulfilled expectations? Good times or bad? Financial hardship? Combative relationships?   Reduce expectations of other people and yourself. Trying to expect other people to make you happy or act the way you want is setting you up for failure.  Being responsible for others happiness is [...]

Journey into You

   “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” -Lao Tzu ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ Have you ever gone to a psychic, read your horoscope, done a Meyers Briggs Personality Test, gone on a spiritual quest, or completed strength finders quizzes to learn more about who you are?  It can be fascinating to discover how you [...]

Principles of Success

"There are three constants in life... change, choice, and principles." -Stephen Covey ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ I recently attended a speaking engagement to hear Jack Canfield, co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, talk about his book “The Success Principles”.  This book is now in its 10th edition printing.  It has sold in 108 countries in 30 languages. [...]

Can facial features determine your success?

 “The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ Physiognomy is the study of how appearance reveals personality.  This dates back to the Greeks from Greek physiognomia "the judging of a person's nature by his features," from physio- (see physio- ) + gnomon (genitive gnomonos) [...]

Test Your Emotional Intelligence

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” -Lao Tzu ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ Emotional Intelligence involves our ability to understand, express, and control our emotions. The ability to express and control our own emotions is important, but so is our ability to understand, interpret, and respond to [...]

What does it mean to be Authentic?

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ― C.G. Jung   ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ Authenticity requires self-knowledge and self-awareness. It is an expression of your essential self, uncensored, undiluted, and genuine. Authentic people accept their strengths and weaknesses. They are accountable. They are connected to their values and desires and act deliberately [...]

Obstacles – Speed bumps on the Road of Life

 “All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”                                      -Walt Disney ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ Facing challenging problems or obstacles is a part of life that [...]

Free Yourself From Perfection

“Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful.” -Annette Funicello ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ I recently realized I was a perfectionist, or a recovering one. This topic came up in conversation recently when a friend was agonizing over the content of her first published book. The memories of my designing days in the garment industry flashed back [...]

Accessing the Power of Gratitude

    ""The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." - Friedrich Nietzsche   ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance [...]

The Fear of Choice

"Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice." -Ayn Rand ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ When faced with difficult decisions in life, how do you deal with them? The fear of making the wrong decisions can be paralyzing, causing us to avoid them, [...]