5 Positive AttitudeTips

  Each day you get to decide the kind of attitude you will have. You can soar above the clouds of negativity and make a conscious choice to either complain or be grateful. Instead of bemoaning the fact that it is raining, be thankful that you are supplied with water to feed the grass. When your attitude is out of order, so is everything else - your relationships, your work, your life. Here are some tips to help restore order to your attitude and harmony to your life: • Eliminate negative words from you vocabulary. The words "can't, and "don't" suggest a sense of hopelessness and distress. Instead, use positive words like "I can", "I will", and “I am" to lift your thoughts to a higher altitude and help you to dwell more in … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Put Fun in Your Life

Have you played enough this year or have you been too busy being an adult? If you notice when children play there's an effervescence about them. They don't hold back on having fun. They are creative, inquisitive, adventuresome, and readily engage in new experiences. They have a great time just "being". What happens to the spontaneity, adventurous spirit and fun when we become adults? Growing up and growing older does not require any special talent or ability or prevent us from having fun. Having fun is usually one of the things we let slip through our fingers. Limiting beliefs often keep us from pursuing more fun. Messages like, "you're too old to…" grown ups don't…” "you're acting silly", "when are you going to grow up?" are … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Take Vacation

  July is the unofficial start of the summer vacation season for a lot of us.  The children are out of school and we start to think about taking a welcome respite from work to enjoy lazy days relaxing away from our daily routines and responsibilities.  Being away from your work and routine allows the body time to replenish and repair itself. A Harris poll indicates that only 14% of Americans will take a vacation of two weeks or more this year.  And, according to a recent poll from Rasmussen Reports, an astounding 72% of workers said they would check in via e-mail occasionally - if not every day - while on vacation. A vacation is meant to be a restorative time and a protection against the ill effects of stress and physical … [Read more...]

Stop the Energy Zappers and Time Takers

Are you frequently distracted and make needless mistakes? Do you find yourself juggling a gazillion tasks, wishing for more time while rushing from one thing to another? Are you often fatigued, even when you are doing things that require little energy? Did you misplace your keys, purse or phone - again? If any of this sounds familiar, you're not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) chronic fatigue syndrome is a prolonged period of unexplained, persistent fatigue not related to physical exertion and not relieved by rest. Ongoing symptoms include difficulty concentrating, unrefreshed sleep, muscle pain, headaches, shortness of breath, depression and anxiety attacks. Constantly feeling like … [Read more...]

Rejuvenate, Recover and Refresh

  Rejuvenate, recover and refresh is something many of us strive to incorporate in our daily lives. However, it is a goal you can achieve. It’s an essential ingredient to our overall mental and physical health to reserve some quiet time to recharge your mind, body and spirit. I often hear people say, “I could use some time for myself”. But in our overextended world where we are so busy "doing", slowing down long enough to take the time to recharge our mind body and spirit. I know slowing down is not always easy with your busy life, commitments, instant access to email, messaging and the Internet, etc. However, if you are serious about having some time for yourself, you must make a choice to make it a priority. Here are a … [Read more...]

Show Your Appreciation in 10 Simple Ways

  Showing appreciation is about more than saying the perfunctory "thank you" when  someone does a good deed for us.  Many times, we neglect to tell the people who enrich our lives just how we feel about the things they do or say and that create a richer experience for us such as being a good friend or making us laugh. We take so much for granted that we may not pay that much attention to the daily things we can do to light up someone else's life.  As the wise poet, Maya Angelou says, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” You can start now to "make someone's day" by not only noticing their good deeds but also showing … [Read more...]

How to Conquer Your Fears

Does your throat close up at the thought of standing in front of your peers to give a presentation at work? Are you afraid that people won’t like you if you say “no”? Does the idea of starting your own business, or changing careers send shivers down your spine? Some of the things you fear can keep you confined in a prison of immobility unable to make the necessary change to move forward. And, if not addressed, fear will eventually eat away at your self-confidence and prevent you from feeling empowered, decisive and free to make choices that enrich your life. Although fear is a natural automatic response to scary situations, it's not meant to block you from trying new things, following your dreams, or living your best life. Fear is a … [Read more...]

What Are You Running From?

Some of us run to compete in marathons, some of us run fast to keep up with the latest gadgets and newest social phenomena. Others run fast to get away from a ferocious bull whose chief goal is to thrust his sharp horns into your back. I recently came across an article about the dangerous, and for some, exhilarating sport of running with bulls. While some consider it a sport, animal rights activists call it cruel and dangerous.  Still, bull runs attract thousands of participants and spectators every year. Every year since the 13th century during the San Fermin Festival, in Palmona, Spain, thousands of veterans and tourists flock to the annual running of the bulls. Although, it seems to me the people running are trying their best to … [Read more...]

Loosen Your Grip on Time

Time is a precious commodity just like gold or diamonds.  But, we don't always value our time the same as we do for something we can reach out and touch.  We say, we waste time, kill time, make time and hold onto time.  And, we think time flies as fast as a 747.  We never seem to have enough of it or we have too much. Yet, we are all given the same gift of 24 of hours or 1440 minutes in a 24-hour period. So, how are you using this valuable gift? I started to think about how I spend my time recently when one of my subscribers said, "I have to loosen my grip on my time". I wasn't quite sure what she meant by that so I asked. This is part of the answer she gave me: "We must loosen our grip on our time and minds by letting go of … [Read more...]

Personal Boundary Success Tips

Your relationships are mirror images of the view you have of yourself and are a direct reflection of the relationships you have in your life.  You are an integral part of any relationship and the role you play is crucial as to whether or not your relationships are successful, healthy, thriving or unhealthy and withering. Without relationships in your life, you would not know what upsets you, what excites you, when to make a choice that’s in your best interest or what things trigger an automatic negative or positive response in you. That’s why it’s important to set strong boundaries around what you will do, accept, and give. “Without a strong concept of your boundaries, you can easily react and respond in ways that don’t honor the person … [Read more...]