How to Fall Madly in Love with your Goals (personal development finally made fun!)

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 under Personal Development

Only 8% of goal-setters ever reach the goals they set. But the problem may be less an issue of will and more an issue of the kinds of goals you’re setting. Learn the best way to set the goals you will always enjoy pursuing and will more likely and easily reach.

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How to Change the World (the secret of Martin Luther King’s success )

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 under Influence

Martin Luther King led a movement not merely by virtue of his character or charisma, but because he was able to get others to catch the vision he regularly articulated. He was thereby able to convince the nation that his dream was not only worth fighting for, but was the only dream worthy of having.

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Schooled on Life by a 7-Year Old

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 under Personal Development

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3 Essential Truths Taught by my 7-Year Old Happiness Guru

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 under Happiness

My favorite Life Coach, Zen Master and Guru of Happiness has never written a book, never meditated atop a snow capped mountain and has never spoken to an audience gathered at his feet to absorb the richness of his wisdom. His name is Jacob. And he’s my son. But the truths he’s taught me has made me a better (and happier) person.

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5 Reasons Personal Development has Failed You (and how to turn it around)

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 under Personal Development

For me, personal development is all about self-respect. It’s an expression of faith in one’s own potential. But it also reflects the sense of moral responsibility I feel to improve on the raw materials God and parents gave me. In a way, it’s an expression of the seriousness with which I believe in the inherent worth and value of humanity. In fact, personal development is to humanity what sharpening is to a knife.

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Inspire Me (Now!): 10 inspirational photo quotes

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 under Personal Development

Ideas are powerful things that can take on a life of their own, digging like roots deep into our hearts and souls and branching out into the circumstances of our lives as we nourish and tend to the germinating seed of thought. Come see my top 10 favorite ideas captured in picture quotes, ready for bite-sized consumption!

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7 Assumptions Happy People Make

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 under Happiness

It’s been said that when we assume, we make an “ass” out of “u” and “me” (ass+u+me). But are we to assume nothing in life? I believe some assumptions are helpful, even essential to a happy life. Come see if you agree with these seven assumptions I make every single day.

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10 of the Most Inspiring Quotes by Nelson Mandela (a tribute)

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 under Character & Values

Nelson Mandela passed away today (12/5/13) at the age of 95. After serving a 27-year prison term for his anti-apartheid involvement, Mandela would become South Africa’s first black President. This post is a tribute to the work he so tirelessly dedicated his life to. Come read my 10 favorite Mandela quotes.

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Teenaged Gratitude (classroom surveys yield surprising results)

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 under Happiness

When so many worry about the rising generation, inundated with sex and violence, self-indulgent, seemingly concerned too much with what doesn’t matter, impatient, disrespectful, vulgar and ungrateful, its heartening to get a glimpse into their hearts and see that our impressions of modern youth culture may not be so bad as we thought.

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The Man I Want to Be (thoughts on being a better person)

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 under Character & Values

“Who you want to be is irrelevant to who you are if who you daily choose to be is different than who you wish you were.” Who we are and who we believe we should be are not always one and the same. Your Ideal You is likely somewhat higher than your Actual You. And so we read posts like this one looking for inspiration to nudge us down that path. Come see three areas we can improve on to become better people.

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Rediscovering Willpower (what you need to know about the greatest human strength)

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 under Character & Values

Until recently, willpower seemed like the unwanted stepchild of the character family. But willpower, it turns out, is not a self-imposed prison sentence at all. It actually frees and liberates us to pursue our best selves as possible.

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How to Find 5 Extra Hours a Day (without losing sleep, skipping meals, multitasking or abandoning your family)

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 under Productivity

Do you have an extra 5 hours a day you could devote to doing what you love? If you could find 5 hours, that would translate to and extra 34 hours a week, or 136 hours most months and 1,768 hours a year. That’s a whopping 8,840 hours in just 5 years’ time and 17,680 hours in a decade you can devote to learning something, overcoming something, developing something, to creating an amazing life. If you are anything like the national average, I can offer you the gift of those 5 extra hours, free of charge.

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Three Simple Ways to Make New Friends and Improve your Social Life

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 under Love & Relationships

Guest Post by Paul Sanders: Some goals are easier than others. When it comes to meeting and making friends, it can be daunting. This article is designed to help you solve this problem and show you an effective way to draw plans and strategies to improve your social skills, meet new people, make friends, and build a rewarding social circle.

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The Power of Bad Examples

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 under Uncategorized

“Remember: No matter how bad you are, you’re not totally useless. You can still be Read More.

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How to lead a spiritual life (and avoid pseudo-spirituality)

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 under Character & Values

True spirituality cannot be developed in a vacuum. It cannot be exercised in isolation. To me, spirituality is connecting with the divine and letting that connection change us inside, so that we become something different than we were before the connection.

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4 Small Words that can Change your Life

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 under Personal Development

Words are the casings that contain the explosive power of ideas. They are packages of potent meaning, arsenals of potential. They can tie you to a miserable life or liberate you. They can wake us up, move us, motivate, inspire, change, redirect, open and free us. They can push us to reevaluate, leap, hope, believe, act, create and do. What words most reflect your life?

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How to be Miserably Unhappy in 10 Simple Steps

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 under Happiness

There are 2 complementary ways to learn how to do anything, whether it’s driving, playing a sport, a musical instrument, starting a business or becoming happy. One way is to learn what to do and how to do it. The other is to learn what not to do and how to avoid it. This is a sort of anti-map to happiness. A map that identify the potholes and detours and debris along the path to a happier life.

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3 Questions that Changed my Life

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 under Personal Development

The questions we never ask can never produce the answers they would have led to. The questions we never ask fail to open paths or illuminate lives or introduce possibilities or redirect courses. The questions we never ask keep lights dim, insight shallow and lives floating, drifting and sometimes sinking. Drift and sink no more. Asked yourself these transformational questions?

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Can just One Person Change the World? (these people seem to think so)

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 under Character & Values

Can one person really make much of a difference in this world? Can a single human being truly leave the world better? Come see just how you can indeed leave this world a better place to live. And as you read and watch, let the inspiration motivate you to take action too.

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Stupidity is Thicker than Blood (lessons from a 6-year-old)

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 under Mind & Attitude

Why do we take the whole of humanity and carve them up into distinct categories of subdivided, semi-related, subgroups, sorted and classified as separate clusters of generalized identities, all tagged and marked for racial and lingual and socioeconomic distinction, subsectioned into demarcated and clearly separated differences? Why not think of others the way my son does?

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