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The Secret of Success

Tuesday June 16, 2015 #732

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”

~Benjamin Disraeli


How can you find success?

  • Determine what success means to you. Not to anyone else, just you. Otherwise, any success achieved may feel hollow because it was someone else’s definition of success.  Update your definition regularly.
  • Understand what you’ll need to succeed – skills, knowledge, experience, associations, etc.
  • Take action repeatedly to gain what you need and to be where you’ll need to be when opportunities arise.
  • Have the awareness to see it, the courage to go for it, and the tenacity to keep going for it again and again – because not every opportunity will bring you the success you desire, nor will any single success bring lifetime happiness

June 28, 2015 Posted by | Happiness, Success, Take Action | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Begin Where You Are

Tuesday June 2, 2015 #730

“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”

~Richard L. Evans

Businesswoman with intense stress and painful headache. Woman in job problems.

It is easy and common to allow yourself to become overwhelmed and discouraged by the challenges and obstacles this life throws at us.  Or to be envious of people who seem to have what we want:  health, wealth, happiness.  If you find yourself feeling this way, I implore you to accept the fact that these people – almost without exception – began just like you:  with frustrations and challenges to overcome.  And you can do just what they did:  decide what you want and take action to improve your situation.  Achievement must always be preceded by a decision and an action.  What are you waiting for?

June 16, 2015 Posted by | achievement, Happiness, Take Action | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Knowing What You Want

Thursday May 21, 2015 #727

“Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.”

~Don Herold

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It is important to occasionally sit back and reflect on how you are living your life and how and with whom you are spending your time.  The speed of today’s life and the increasing demands on our time can easily create a situation where we can go for months or even years without authentically and critically assessing if what we are working so hard at is something that is aligned with what we really want and with what nurtures us.  Spend a little time today to think about this in your own life, and regardless of your conclusions, also schedule your next “appointment” with yourself no more than 4 months later to start a habit of regular reflection to ensure all your hard efforts remain aligned with your purpose and goals.

May 31, 2015 Posted by | Goals, Happiness, purpose, reflection | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Enjoy Life

Tuesday April 7, 2015 #714

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.”

~Marjorie Pay Hinckley


We overcomplicate our lives.  We search endlessly for techniques to “find” happiness, when the reality that happiness is a decision.  No one has everything they want and no one ever will.  We all have challenges, unfair occurrences, losses, and frustrations.  The question not about avoiding these things, it is a matter of deciding how we’ll react.  Life is not fair or unfair.  It simply “is”.  Choose to enjoy life, accept the challenges and notice and celebrate the everyday small positives that are your path to joy.

April 11, 2015 Posted by | Happiness | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pursuit of Happiness

Thursday March 5, 2015 #705

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”

~Guillaume Apollinaire


A simple message today to remind you to occasionally pause from your fast-paced, multi-tasking existence and remember why you are working so hard and so fast on so much:  your unique definition of the “pursuit of happiness”.  Reflect on the people and activities you are blessed to have in your life.  Relax, smile, and be happy in the moment, before getting back into the wild ride of life.

March 15, 2015 Posted by | Happiness | , | Leave a comment


Thursday October 30, 2014 #674

“Cheerfulness in most cheerful people, is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline.”

~Edwin P. Whipple


It may seem counter-intuitive, but it is true that happiness and contentment with life usually stems from disciplined living.  Whether this is discipline toward exercise, diet, loyalty, integrity or commitment, discipline brings a sense of well-being and accomplishment which forms the basis of joy and fulfillment.

Be disciplined to those things that matter most to you and the people you love, and you will find yourself cheerful and content more often than not.

November 23, 2014 Posted by | Discipline, Happiness | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Looking Inside

Tuesday September 16, 2014 #662

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”

~Carl Jung

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People work hard every day, searching for meaning, success, wealth, happiness, and love.  Too many never seem to find these things because they are searching for them “out there”.  Somehow if they try hard enough, they believe they will find the elusive things they seek.  I have found that those who seem most at peace with their lives are those who have spent time with themselves, determined their core principles and what is most important, and then lived a life in accordance with these principles.  In this way, the people and experiences that bring fulfillment and all life’s abundance come to them – still requiring great effort and perseverance, but far more naturally.  Look inside, find yourself.

September 22, 2014 Posted by | Happiness, Perseverance, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Experiencing Life

Thursday September 4, 2014 #659

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”

~Joseph Campbell


Many (most?) people strive endlessly to fathom the “meaning” of life through introspection, exploration of religions and belief systems, joining others’ philosophies who seem to “get it”, etc.  And yet most never seem to find the answers they seek.  My observation is that the people most at peace and truly satisfied and happy with their lives are those that focus less on meaning and more on fully experiencing their daily lives.  Those other activities have value, of course, but they don’t satisfy our human needs unless we open ourselves up to truly experiencing all aspects of our lives – even the most mundane.  Open yourself to experience your life!

September 6, 2014 Posted by | Happiness | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Evolving Through Curiosity

Tuesday July 29, 2014 #648

“Read every day something no one else is reading. Think every day something no one else is thinking. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.”  ~Christopher Darlington Morley


The most boring people I know, and usually the least successful and most unhappy, are those who either stop learning, or only listen to or read about what they already know and/or believe in.  They lack curiosity, and are often fearful of learning anything or listening to anyone that might challenge their limited worldview.

Don’t be boring!  Be curious and seek out new ideas, and philosophies different from your own.  Challenge your beliefs, not because of a lack of character, but because you have the courage to realize that the world and the context is ever-changing and evolving and often that means you must evolve too.

August 3, 2014 Posted by | character, courage, Curiosity, Happiness, listening | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Choosing Joy Over Misery

Tuesday May 13, 2014 #626

 “The trick is in what one emphasizes.  We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy.  The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castaneda


I truly believe that our misery and our happiness are almost entirely our own doing.  In a particular moment, outside forces can illicit misery or joy in us.  But after that moment, it is up to us to determine our ongoing sense of being.  Miserable people tend to dismiss moments of joy as aberrations and feelings they do not deserve – and so the feeling doesn’t last.  Joyful people on the other hand tend to dismiss moments of misery as aberrations and feelings they do not wish to maintain – and so they don’t.

The fact is that you do deserve joy and not misery.  All moments are fleeting – both miserable and joyous.  It is up to you to decide what you will hold onto and to anticipate, and what you will dismiss as aberrations and let go.

May 18, 2014 Posted by | Happiness | , , , , | Leave a comment