Tap Into Your Inner Wizard to Overcome Fear and Doubt

You might wish you had enough courage live authentically, write a best selling novel or live with purpose and authority. You might long for loving, fulfilling relationships with your partner, family and friends.  Or you think you don't know the answers to the probing questions you have. The answers you're looking for already within you. You already have the intelligence,  courage and confidence to achieve your hearts desire. But doubt and fear have you stuck so that you can't find your way back to the happiness and success you desire. No matter what other dreams you have, being happy is a dream most people share. Yet, a lot of people are “unhappy”, given up on their dreams, constantly overwhelmed, confused and lack the strength … [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...]

Top 5 Reasons to Take Back Your Time

  In the book, Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America by John De Graaf, we are encouraged to organize a Take Back Your Time Day on the fourth Friday in October as a way to avoid overwhelm, exhaustion and overwork. We are consumed by "time poverty" and "busy-ness".  A recent USA Today article featured a study commissioned by Westin Hotels & Resorts where 1,500 employed professionals were polled by  STUDYLOGIC.  The study found that 64% of workers admitted they had canceled or postponed a vacation this year and 33% said it was because of stress at work, too many responsibilities or too busy to plan a vacation. Take back your time...you've earned it! Vacations are intended to refresh and give you a … [Read more...]

Stop to Smell the Roses While In Pursuit of Happiness

Are you waiting for your situation to change so you can be happy? Many people are waiting for that illusive dream to manifest, the great idea to be implemented, the new house, car or some other tangible evidence that says they are Happy. Stop to smell the roses while in pursuit of happiness! Happiness is a state of mind based on how worthy you feel, how deserving you think you are of good things coming your way. Your internal critic (the negative messages received and embedded in your subconscious) may attempt to sabotage your happiness quotient which will in turn affect your level of self-confidence and self-esteem. Self-confidence is the realistic and positive expectations you have for yourself, your abilities and others. … [Read more...]

Accessing the Power of Gratitude

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support its  effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. But while we may acknowledge being grateful has many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for thankfulness to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just something we express at Thanksgiving. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And … [Read more...]

How to Attract More Abundance – Show Gratitude for What You Already Have

We spend so much time focusing on all the things that go wrong in our world that we give often overlook the abundance already in our lives and the things that are going well for us. It's common knowledge that we should be grateful but we don't always take the time to stop and take stock of just how much abundance we already have in our lives. Here are some things to be grateful for that you can easily overlook: The gift of time No matter how "busy" you say you are, you still find time to use in non-productive, time killer activities. Time is still your most precious gift.  Think about how often you waste this special gift. Are you spending countless hours indulging in mindless TV watching, browsing the Internet, chatting on the … [Read more...]

The Secret to Making Changes in Your Life

Bill O'Hanlon, a well-known family therapist, says in his book, "Do One Thing Different" to focus on the solution rather than the problem. I couldn't agree more.  When all of your attention is given to the problem at hand, you end up with very little energy to apply to a solution. Long before I read The Secret,  I learned from Bill O'Hanlon that changing my thoughts and what I  paid attention to is a way for me to bring about a desired change. In my practice, I come across people everyday who say they want change but are unwilling to challenge faulty beliefs about themselves, the situation or do something different. It's much more helpful to look at the things that are going well and exceptions rather than dwelling on the … [Read more...]