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optimism pessimism
30
May

Relevant. Reckless. Reality

Is it relevant or reckless to deny reality?  I happen to like the phrase: “Do not deny reality, live your life to defy reality.” Those ten little words have driven so much of my personal development during the last 30 years.  Yet, recently someone I admire deeply at a professional, spiritual and personal level challenged...
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21
Jun

I Met An Angel

By Andrea Goeglein Really, I met an Angel in a very stereotypically, unexpected place – the Post Office drop off center at a Party USA store.  Let me explain. I stopped by a US Post Office service center to check the cost of mailing books to my distributor.  The woman behind the counter was immediately...
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09
Jun

Defy Reality

Do not deny reality, live your life to defy reality. Ten little words that have driven so much of my personal development during the last 30 years. A recent review of Marty Seligman’s 1990 book, Learned Optimism, reminded me of a fact I did not remember when I first read the book in 1994. What...
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17
Jan

Complaining is Positive

Complaining is positive. I can wager that was a statement you never expected to see in one of my blogs. When a 17-year-old learns that complaining is the first sign that you are stopping YOURSELF from the actions you need to take to succeed, it is time for us to listen. Da’Naia is my newest...
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22
Apr

So What, It Is, I Am…

Here is my newest thinking on framing life for your next greatest success:  view the past as a ‘so what’, the present as ‘it is’ and the future by completing the statement, “I am…”. Example:  I am a person who always attempts to find simple ways to re-craft our thinking so we can move forward...
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15
Apr

The Upside of Your Darkside

  The following blog post is from Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, a leading scholar of Positive Psychology.  His firm, Positive Acorn, offers training for coaches and corporations. I think this new thesis and forthcoming book will be a great addition to the growing body of work within Positive Psychology. I agree with the perspective that the...
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30
Sep

Hope and the Power of One

Do you hope or believe the power of one person could shift an entire situation from failure to success, from terror to cooperation, from isolation to inclusion?  In 1999, I listened as Mike Milken extolled the value shift in the Chicago Bulls basketball team pre-Michael Jordon and post and the Boston Celtics basketball team pre-Larry...
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08
Feb

Michael Jackson the Spiritual Teacher

The legendary Michael Jackson came to be known as many things during his short lifetime, but I never remember ‘spiritual teacher’ being one of them.  I, however, was sent on a mission to find the lyrics of Jackson’s Man In The Mirror  after reading the following passage by the 1920s spiritual philosopher, Ernest Holmes: “Life...
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30
Dec

It is all relative

I feel this is a fitting article to republish as we end 2012.  Just thinking about our universe expanding is reason for great optimism.  Only a pessimist would not see the beauty and wonder in our night sky.  The Flagstaff Observatory is on my 2013 bucket list.  Enjoy. Expand into 2013 by toasting 100 years...
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Blooming in Monet's Garden
22
Dec

New Beginnings

Apocalypse myths show our fear of the world as we know it By Douglas Ezzy, University of Tasmania If you believe the hype, the end of the world has finally come. The Mayan calendar’s “long count” began on 13 August 3114 BCE and will end today on 21 December 2012. Why do people believe the...
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