5 Ways Personal Development is like Going to the Dentist

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 under Inspiration & Motivation

I was recently sitting in the dentist’s chair thinking about my mouth. I don’t usually spend much time doing that, but that day, I was. And it dawned on me that personal development is really a lot like going to the dentist. Sounds strange, but not so much as you might think.

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Why Being Fully Content With What You Have is Utter Nonsense

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 under Happiness

Guest post by Vlad Dolezal: Lately, I’ve seen an unusually high amount of posts in the blogosphere extolling “being happy with what you have”. They’ve been springing up like mushrooms after a mushroom soup factory explosion. Unfortunately, most authors leave out crucial details. Like the fact that being fully content with your current situation for an extended period of time is utterly nonsense.

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Do You Love your Life? (3 steps to finding your passion and purpose)

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 under Inspiration & Motivation

Stop living life in neutral and start living with your foot on the gas pedal. It doesn’t have to be pushed to the floor, just enough to move you forward and get the adrenaline of passion flowing a little bit. Light the flame of purposeful living. Don’t wait. Get to filling life with the meaning and passion it lacks. Every day you don’t, you delay doing what you were created to do.

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The Anatomy of Failure (21 easy ways to fail at anything)

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 under Inspiration & Motivation

Just as there are specific actions we can take and attitudes we can harbor to increase the likelihood of a successful life (in whatever aspect of life we’re seeking success), there are obviously specific actions and attitudes that can increase the likelihood of failure as well. Below are some of those steps that can lead to abject failure in life. The point is, of course, to know ahead of time exactly where the cow dung in the field is to avoid stepping in it.

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Emotional Spring Cleaning (5 ways to declutter your heart)

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 under Personal Development

I have a confession to make. I don’t live a minimalist life of decluttered simplicity. I have too much unused stuff packed in too many boxes stacked on too many shelves. And while I could do better in this respect, there are other cluttered parts of our lives in need of some spring-cleaning as well. Too many of us suffer from our own cluttered emotional closets stuffed with messy habits of thought and crowded feelings we’ve clung to for far too long. Perhaps it’s time we practiced a little emotional minimalism as well.

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The Extraordinary Story of an Unlikely Hero (your past does not predict your future)

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 under Inspiration & Motivation

So often, we look down the road of our lives through the prism of the past, projecting that past onto the unknown and unknowable future, somehow dirtying it. For some of us, all we need to empower the decision to take our foot off the brake of life is the inspiration of a powerful example, proof that it can be done, that someone as regular and normal as me with all my limitations, baggage, insecurities and emotional problems has done it before.

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The Character Pledge (how to be a better person)

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 under Character & Values

Pledging to live up to a set of standards, to something higher and larger and more eternal than self-serving and immediately-gratifying impulses may be considered an insignificant step in the process of actually doing the work of building character. But it’s in the small steps that miles are covered and continents crossed … and a character is fashioned.

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Turn the Garbage of your Life into Music (a true story)

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 under Personal Development

We all have trash in our lives. We can let it pile up, rot and decay. Or we can turn it into something beautiful. There are parts of us that are not so pretty. Perhaps it’s a temper or an attitude. But we can change them. We can adapt them. They can become stepping stones by which we climb higher than ever before. They can inspire us to make something beautiful of them. They can inspire us to turn them into the music of our lives.

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3 Inspiring Quotes from the First 3 Presidents

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 under Inspiration & Motivation

Not all Presidents of the United States are equally worthy of being quoted. Some have even been downright dreadful for the country. And yet we can confuse the issue with what historians call presentism, judging historical figures by contemporary standards. With this caution in mind, while our first three Presidents were certainly imperfect and products of their times, their words continue to inspire us today.

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The Meaning of Love (quotes on love from name-brand bloggers)

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 under Love & Relationships

What is love and how can we grow our own little pot of it? Love is more than some might think. I contacted some of personal development’s blogging superstars to ask them to contribute their two cents on the topic for this Valentine’s Day post. Click on in to read their responses (and a few of my own thoughts).

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A Bold Life is a Happy Life

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 under Mind & Attitude

Bold living is living a life of meaning and purpose. It is doing what you love even if you don’t necessarily get paid to do it. It is stepping up and jumping head first into life by living fully in harmony with your core values and fundamental principles of decency, excellence and happiness. It is overcoming obstacles and learning to accept those that can’t be overcome, refusing to allow them to push you into the corner of your own life. This interview with Tess Marshall introduces us to bold living.

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6 Simple Steps to Unearth Your Happiness

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 under Happiness

This is a guest post from Paige Burkes: We subconsciously think that, if we simply do all the right things in the right ways (whatever “right” is), the happiness fairy will magically appear to us, touch us on the nose with her sparkly wand and we’ll suddenly be happy forever.

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I too Have a Dream (5 Life-Changing Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.)

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 under Personal Development

In celebration of the life of the man who most personified the 1960s US Civil Rights movement, whose name is almost synonymous with that era, who risked everything and consecrated the movement he helped start with his blood, I give you 5 life-changing quotes by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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50 things You Don’t Know about Me (and may not want to)

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 under Uncategorized

In the spirit of full disclosure and as a peek into the guy behind the words, I give you a bunch of stuff no one in their right mind would care to know about me. So to all you who are not in your right mind, here’s an unfamiliar part of the man called Ken …

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A Year in Review (looking back and looking forward)

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 under Uncategorized

As a year is laid to rest and the fanny of a brand new one is spanked into existence, it’s time to look back at the road I’ve traveled thus far as a blogger at Meant to be Happy … and to look down the road a bit to see what’s in store for 2013.

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The Brick and Mortar of your Life (goal setting where it counts the most)

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 under Personal Development

It’s perfectly fine to want more income or less weight, a higher degree or lower blood pressure, to overcome a habit or start a new one. But when we start stacking one accomplishment on top another on a foundation of sand, life becomes off-centered, unstable, and eventually comes tumbling down. All it takes is one good storm and we’re belly-up on the beach. This is when a firmer foundation is important.

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The Happiness Pledge

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 under Happiness

Happiness is the byproduct of other things. It is the natural effect of the way we live, the way we think, the way we act and believe. Come take the Happiness Pledge as a commitment to those characteristics that add to happiness and start the process of living with more joy than ever before.

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How to be Happy at Christmas (10 tips for beating the Holiday blues)

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 under Happiness , Life

For many, the Holidays are not happy times. They are filled with stress, anxiety, loneliness, despair, discouragement or a sharp case of the holiday blues. But they don’t have to be. There can be so much more joy in the Christmas season than you think. There are, in fact, specific steps you can take to have a happier, more meaningful Christmas this year, even if circumstances are not ideal.

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Overcoming Obstacles

Turning Obstacles to Opportunities: 5 foolproof strategies

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 under Adversity & Challenge , Guest Post

Why do we expect life to be obstacle free? In our imagined ideal world we don’t expect difficult situations to get in our way. We should be able to sail through life ‘s seas without any storms. Problems and obstacles only taunt other people. Who are we kidding? I’m here to reassure you that whatever obstacles life dares to dump in your way, you can deal with them.

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Smiley Faces

How to Be Happy (in 10 steps!)

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 under Happiness

Are you happy? Really happy? Do you want to be? Most of us have at least had moments of happiness, fleeting or infrequent. We’ve experienced joy in spurts, like a whisper or a puff of smoke. Others seem to almost always to be happy. What’s the difference? Come see and begin today to improve the quality of your life.

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