Reason to persist

Why would you want to persist at anything? That’s a very good question. Indeed, why WOULD you want to persist? Answer that question in a way that is personally meaningful to you, and you significantly empower your persistence.Persistence demands effort and sacrifice, and in order to pay the price you must have a compelling reason. No one can persist for very long in the pursuit of something they do not truly desire. In such a scenario, attempts at persistence only lead to frustration and d … [Read More...]

Positive news

Bad news makes big headlines and gets plenty of attention. But one major reason bad news is considered newsworthy is because it is so rare. There's plenty of positive news, too. Here are some recent examples:Montannah meets her flying hero'Precious Life' About Palestinian Mom Who Wanted Israeli Doctors to Help Son Live to Be Suicide Bomber, Then ChangedIs there a genius in all of us?SD Fire Department Gets Big DonationDental students connect to inner-city football teams … [Read More...]


Take some initiative. Don’t wait for results to happen. Make them happen. Don’t wait for good things to come to you. Get up and go after them. Go above and beyond what is expected of you. The value you obtain from each day is directly proportional to the value you create for others. What are you doing to create real, substantial value? What could you do that would create more value? What initiative could you take that would add substantial value to your work?It is essential that you do what i … [Read More...]

Accepting disappointment

Nowhere is the power of acceptance more influential than in dealing with disappointment. When you get your hopes up, and are excited and enthusiastic about something, and then it doesn’t work out, the resulting disappointment can be devastating. Yet most of that devastation comes not from the situation itself, but from your own mind. Your disappointment can quickly turn what was once a very positive situation into an extremely negative experience. The way out of this is through acceptance of the … [Read More...]

The moment you begin

A meaningful goal that has not yet been reached can actually be more valuable than a goal that has already been reached.Do you ever work crossword puzzles? If so, would you buy a book of crossword puzzles if all the puzzles in the book had already been filled in? Of course not. The whole point of the puzzle is to work it. In exactly the same way, the whole point of any goal is to work it. The fulfillment comes not from having reached the goal. The fulfillment comes from the experience of … [Read More...]

Doing what is right

We don’t often think of integrity as a strategic element of life. Integrity implies selflessness and a certain degree of sacrifice, you assume, so how could it possibly be viewed as a strategic tool?Yet the quality of your life is ultimately determined by the integrity of your actions. It is always in your best interest to act with integrity. It may seem that doing what is right would sometimes call for a sacrifice on your part, and would sometimes demand that you act against your own i … [Read More...]


This place of wonder

Can you feel the miracle that is your life? The cold wind blows. Waves crash endlessly upon the rocky shore. And all of it is real. All of it is here. All of it is the existence in which you are enveloped. If you spend even one small moment in anything other than utter amazement, you’re not really paying attention.Consider the possibilities. They have no limit. They have no end. Each new experience makes even more experiences possible. The universe expands with every thought.You i … [Read More...]

Expanding your comfort zone

To get into the zone of maximum effectiveness, you must move outward from another zone -- your comfort zone. It can be uncomfortable to be highly effective on a consistent basis. It can be much more comfortable to just sit around like normal, not accomplishing anything. We tend to fear and avoid the unknown, even if the unknown is highly positive. The comfort zone may seem to be a sanctuary, where you feel safe and secure. That’s not the case though. The boundaries of your comfort zone do not k … [Read More...]

Inner goal

On very common problem when seeking success is struggling to create some specific outer achievement in order to experience a certain inner achievement. The pitfalls of this are many. There are all sorts of obstacles and limitations that stand in your way when you seek only the outer achievement without regard to what it’s connected to inside.However, if you are able to first experience, fully, completely, and genuinely, the inner achievement, then the corresponding outer achievement will be v … [Read More...]

Getting beyond the need to blame

Do you want to transform a problem into an opportunity? One crucial part of that is getting beyond the need to focus on who is to blame. Sure, you need to know what caused the problem and, yes, there are certainly people who are responsible. It is important to understand what led to the situation so that you can avoid similar problems in the future.Dwelling on blame, however, is nothing but a waste of time and energy. Hold people responsible, but don’t hold a grudge. There is nothing to be g … [Read More...]