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#270 – Trade your expectation for appreciation and your whole world changes. Tony Robbins

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#268 – Look to this day! For it is Life, the very Life of Life: From the Sanskrit Salutation of the Dawn

Live in the present and find what you can enjoy there. Let today be the focus of your life. Try not to torment yourself with past mistakes or future worries. Allow yourself to look at your life with wonder instead … Continue reading

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#263 – Forgiveness is the key to happiness. From: The Course of Miracles

Forgiving someone who has harmed you is not for their sake, but for your own peace of mind. When you refuse to forgive someone who has hurt you, you literally keep the hurt alive. Try coming up with a positive … Continue reading

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#261 -Practice the discipline of gratitude: Henri Nouwen

Hillary Clinton said this is her favorite quote of all time. “Regardless of how hard the day is, how difficult the decisions are, be grateful,” she said. “Be grateful that you have to reach out, be grateful for your critics, … Continue reading

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#296 – Major ways to lose face. From: Practical Magic

Lying to ourselves or others; Constantly seeking validation from others; Talking or thinking negatively; Tolerating people, things or situations that are bad for us;, Having ridiculous expecations of ourselves or others; Taking life too seriously. These are also some major … Continue reading

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#269 – Bottom line is, if you do not use it or need it, it needs to go. From: Charisse Ward

It’s difficult to think clearly in a cluttered environment. To begin cleaning out the clutter, treat yourself like Pavlov’s dog – work for 15 minutes and give yourself a reward.   Most organizers recommend making three piles – one to keep, one to … Continue reading

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#263 – Don’t Call it Love – Patrick Carnes

Actions that hurt you are not loving and actions that are loving do not hurt you. Real loves care for each other and have each other’s best interest at heart. Infatuation is about excitement.  Evaleen the Queen by Sandra Rector   Running-Away-to-Santa-Fe … Continue reading

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#262 – “Most people actually become happier after a certain age. Thrive: Finding Happiness in the Blue Zones by Dan Buettner

Studies have shown that, despite the popular belief that nobody wants to get older, most people actually become happier after a certain age.   I know as I age, I am a lot more able to let hurt feelings go and simply enjoy what is like … Continue reading

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#249 – “Live without expecting too much from others.” From: Walk in Dry Places by Mel B.

People are not here to please or satisfy us, nor do they owe us anything. Our personal responsibility is to do our best even when others fall short of our expectations.  Being reliable and dependable ourselves helps us to grow and become … Continue reading

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#248 – A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day – John Tierny, New York Times

“Cultivating an attitude of gratitude has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long term satisfaction with life and kinder behaviour to others, including romantic partners,” Tierny says in todays article in the New York … Continue reading

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#247 – Choose the things that make you feel good about who you are, that you can be proud of. From: Life Lessons by Elisabeth Kubler Ross and David Kessler

Identify three things you liked and three things you disliked about all your past jobs. Then ask yourself why you liked or disliked them. Your unique strengths and skills will start to emerge very clearly.   Evaleen the Queen, a tale … Continue reading

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#246 – “If you tell the truth, everything will work out.” Tom Hanks

 Incidentally a few ways to tell if someone is lying to you from Bill Brown, a former FBI agent.  Liars are nervous, will try to change the conversation,  cover their  mouth, and will look away then right back at you to … Continue reading

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#245 – “Change your focus, and you change your level of happiness” Anthony Robbins

Giving into your negative, self destructive thoughts is damaging to you and you alone.  How much better we would all be if we could switch our focus to something positive or at least neutral, especially when we’re obsessing about something we … Continue reading

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#244 – “Focus on what you can accomplish rather than obstacles.” Outswimming the Sharks by Harvey McKay

 It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the demands of a long term project.  Thanks to my brother Terry and his advice to do a project little by little instead of all at once, I have managed to finish big projects like writing books and smaller … Continue reading

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#243 – “Slow down you’re moving too fast.” A line from “Feelin Groovy” by Simon and Garfunkel

Life seems to be speeding up to a ridiculous degree and it’s not just because I am getting older.  Savor the hours and  minutes rather than just counting them. Do everything as well as possible instead of as fast as possible.  … Continue reading

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#242 – Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly. Plutarch 120 AD

To focus your attention when someone is speaking to you, clasp your hands together, thus preparing your body and mind to listen.  By doing so, you are switching from talking, doing, or living in your head to listening.   I see listening as a way to … Continue reading

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#241 – “Most folks are as happy as they make up their mind to be.” Abraham Lincoln

You are in charge of what’s going on in your own head. Don’t let your negative thoughts sink you.  Just for today, choose to be happy.    Check out my e-book Evaleen the Queen at http://goo.gl/AQlat,  an inspirational work of fiction  about a … Continue reading

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#240 – “Sometimes you have to be willing to fake it.” George Clooney

Sometimes you have to be willing to fake it. Continue reading

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#239 – Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own voice. Steve Jobs.

In an incredible talk given at the Ted conference, Steve Jobs talks about how important it is to listen to yourself, pursue your dreams and look at life’s setback as a gift.     http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.htm Check out my e-book, Evaleen the Queen, an inspirational … Continue reading

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#238 – The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. Stephen Covey

Keep the main thing the main thing. Continue reading

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#237 – “Move out of your comfort zone.” Brian Tracy, Author and Business Consultant.

If you want to keep moving, keep pushing yourself. Continue reading

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#236 – “Buy experiences instead of things.” E. W. Dunn, D. T. Gilbert and T. D. Wilson, Happiness Researchers

Buy experiences instead of things. Continue reading

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#235 – “For it is in giving that we receive.” St. Francis of Assisi

By giving, you also receive. Continue reading

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#234 – “When you’re hurt by somebody, they own you.” Marie Osmond

When you’re ready, actively choose to forgive the person who’s offended you.  Forgiveness takes away the power the other person continues to wield in your life.  It helps me to remember that continuing to be hurt, ultimately hurts me most of all.

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#233 – “Self-esteem and self image are developed by how we talk to ourselves.” Self Esteem – Second Edition. Matthew McKay, Ph.D & Patrick Fanning

#233 – Self esteem and self image are dependent on how we talk to ourselves. Continue reading

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#232 – “Fail small – win big.” Ron Weber, CEO of IBUYOFFICESUPPLIES.com

Weber’s marketing strategy is used by most successful entrepeneurs, according to Dileep Rao, president of Inter-Finance Corporation and a nationally recognized author. What it means is to try the small things, ride the ones that succeed and dump the ones that … Continue reading

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#231 – “Do the one thing you think you cannot do.” Oprah Winfrey

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Continue reading

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#229 – “Nothing is worth more than this day.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“It went by so fast,” my mother said right before she passed away at 86. My sister also died at a relatively young age.  Because of those two events, I try to remember how lucky I am to have this … Continue reading

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#228 – “Do not give in too much to feelings. An overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

It helps to remember that bad feelings, sad feelings, hurt feelings, even happy feelings are temporary.  Also when I know from painful experience that if I ask a certain question, my feelings are going to get hurt and nothing will be gained, I’m not going … Continue reading

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#227 – “You’ve always had the power.” Glinda the Good Witch says to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

Although you might think others are smarter, better looking,  better educated, more confident, the truth is you’ve always had the power too. Yes,  you and me and everyone who is reading this blog today.   So let’s keep telling ourselves this the next time we think we … Continue reading

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#226 It’s the repitition of affirmations that leads to belief and once belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. Muhammad Ali

The day after Golfer Rory McIlroy, 22,  blew a four shot lead on the final day of the Master’s tournament to miss out on winning, he posted this quote on his Twitter account.  He must have taken his own advice because … Continue reading

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#225 — “You win or lose according to your ability to withstand pressure.” From: Golf is My Game by Bobby Jones

 Being self conscious increases the pressure to succeed because it puts your self worth on the line, which in turn can cause you to screw up at the most inopportune times.  It helps if you can simply concentrate and even enjoy the process itself instead … Continue reading

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#224 – Don’t wait for someone to fix you, save you or complete you. Oprah

You and you alone are responsible for your life. Only when you realize this will you be free.

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#223 – “The only way to fix anything is one step at a time.” PMF Johnson, longtime computer programmer

Start with the most likely possibility and work your way down.  Don’t forget that more than one thing can be wrong at a time.  We recently solved a plumbing problem this way ourselves, after spending a small fortune twice to get someone … Continue reading

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#222 – Trust but verify – Ronald Reagan

Assume the best until proven otherwise.  But don’t rely solely on someone’s word.  It takes time to build trust on both sides.  There are some things that can’t be hurried.  Also, as Oprah has said many times, “If someone tells you who they are, believe them … Continue reading

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#221 – “Part of being a leader requires that you speak up and take a chance.” Robert Gates – Secretary of Defense

“To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing,” he also said. This was his sharp reply to  Katy Couric’s question on Sixty Minutes — “You’ve ruffled a few feathers. What do you say when people criticize  you?” It might help to ask yourself … Continue reading

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#220 – “Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness.” August Wilson

If you can name your flaws, you can manage them. For instance, if you have a spending problem, knowing that it’s worse when you are tired will help you to avoid stores at that time. Naming my flaws and the triggers that cause me to … Continue reading

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#219 – “When in doubt, do the positive.” Joy Laskas A.S.

When you possibly can, choose the positive.   It’s a way of saying yes to life.    Plus I think you’ll like yourself better, others will like you better and you will be happier in general.  Continuously negative people are difficult to be around.

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#217 – Make an ideal relationship list for a friend as well as for a marriage partner. Time to Break Free by Judith R. Smith

When I’m deciding whether I want someone to be my friend, I think of the things that are most important to me. A few things I look for — common interests, honesty, respects my boundaries, keeps their word, listens and … Continue reading

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#216 – All people make mistakes, but only the wise ones learn from their mistakes.” – Winston Churchill

If you made a serious mistake or didn’t get a chance to say or do what you needed to say or do, chances are good that you will get a second chance and even a third chance to make it better. What I … Continue reading

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#215 – Dealing with Emotional Vampires – Judith Orloff MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and author of Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life

 The most common types of emotional vampires are narcissist, victim, controller, constant talker, and drama queen.  Your tone of voice is critical when dealing with them.  Speak in a matter of fact or compassionate manner, set limits, and use not interested … Continue reading

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#214 – Knowing where to find the information and how to use it is the secret to success. – Albert Einstein

 Finding information these days is easier than it has ever been and also difficult because there’s so much information out there.  But it is out there  — you just have to take the time to find it.

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#213 – Respect Your Parents in Front of Your Children – Robyn Silverman, child development specialist

Every parent makes mistakes, some worse than others, but by treating your parents with respect, you are showing your children how to treat you when you too become old.

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#211 – “To be a great champion, you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” Muhammad Ali

Act as if like famous movie stars have done. Continue reading

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#210 – Holding on to your anger is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die. – Buddha

 Holding on to your anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else but  you are the one who gets burned.  It helps me to try to change my thinking to something, anything more pleasant … Continue reading

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#209 – “If you don’t want me, I’m not going to let myself want you.” Oprah Winfrey

If someone doesn’t want you, they don’t want you.  So stop wasting your time because with so many people in the world, there is someone perfectly wonderful who will want you. Your job is to put yourself out there so they … Continue reading

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#208 – Try Telling Your Boss the Things You Like. Napoleon Hill

Shock your boss — tell her or him what you like about your job and your boss. Focus on better serving your clients and customers instead of criticizing the boss or each other and instead look for the good.   Good luck to … Continue reading

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#207 – “First Things First.” From: Walk in Dry Places by Mel B.

In every situation or problem, there is always one step we can take that is more important than the others.   By using “First Things First” as a guiding principle in our lives, it’s possible to live in an  orderly, disciplined manner … Continue reading

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#206 “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein

Persevere.  What often appears to happen overnight  is the result of many years of hard work.  What a blessing it’s been to write this blog.  The sheer discipline of having to come up with something new every week has helped … Continue reading

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#205 – Stop eating when you’re 80 percent full. Dr. Craig Wilcox

A simple and almost painless practice that has been shown to prolong life in laboratory animals.  According to the book Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer, Okinawans, who are among the longest lived people and are seldom overweight have a mantra … Continue reading

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#202 – “Keep calm and carry on.” British Slogan from WWII

A simple, but powerful reminder that no matter what is happening to us or around us, we can strive to keep calm and carry on. Interesting Factoid.  Keep Calm and Carry On was a poster produced by the British government at … Continue reading

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#201 – Does he or she really make you happy?

Or are you just infatuated by this person?  Something to ask yourself if you’re not quite sure the relationship is working or not. It’s easy to mistake being excited about someone for real happiness.  It’s good to remember that excitement is temporary … Continue reading

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