4 Good Reminders When You’ve Had a Bad Day Email I have learned that life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and that life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to push forward even when times are tough. Sometimes I catch myself staring at the people around me – studying their gestures and expressions. I wonder, “What’s their story? What are they searching for? What makes their heart beat with happiness, with sorrow, with fear, and with longing?” Today, in our latest video blog, we want to share some of these thoughts with you. Video Blog Post: 4 Good Reminders (video transcript): 1. Having a bad day? Put your hand on your heart. Keep in mind that we’ve all made mistakes. 2. You have to remember that you are incredibly capable of handling great challenges. Truth be told, there are two types of pain in life: pain that hurts you, and pain that grows you. 3. Will the road ahead always be easy? 4. And that’s why the best thing you can do is to keep going.
7 Social Hacks For Manipulating People 1. Whenever someone is angry and confrontational, stand next to them instead of in front of them. You won’t appear as so much of a threat, and they eventually calm down. 2. Open with “I need your help.” 3. 4. 5. 6. 16 things I know are true but haven’t quite learned yet There’s a difference between knowing something and living as if it were true. At the end of 2013, these truths are all lingering on that awkward threshold, for me anyway. 1) The sooner you do something, the more of your life you get to spend with that thing done — even though it takes less effort (or at least no more) than it will later. It’s the ultimate sure-thing investment and I pass it up all the time. 2) I never regret working out. 3) Whenever I’m playing with my phone I am only shortening my life. 4) Nothing makes me more productive and in-the-moment than a clean house. 5) Minute-for-minute, nothing I do is more rewarding than meditation. 6) Creative work is something that can be done at any time. 7) Acting the way you want to feel usually works. 8) Ninety-five per cent of my happiness comes from having a home, a functioning body and something to eat. 9) Our minds are geared to manage much less than we typically end up managing. Goodbye 2013, you were great. Photo by David Cain
21 Things Lucky People Do Differently Get Healthy Living Newsletters: Did you ever look at someone and think, "He is so lucky. He has money, he's in a great relationship and wow -- what a great career, being able to travel like that?" I've done it too. And as my mind entertained this thought, I would find myself in an often depressing place overthinking about reasons why I wasn't as successful as "that guy." I wasn't so lucky. But as I grew in my career and in my life and by meeting lots of people from all over the world in so many walks of life, I made this profound realization: Sure, we can be born into it and fall into it. As I thought about my own journey of learning to deal with uncertainty these days, I realized that in the absence of luck being granted to us by the lottery of birth, we all can get a chance to get lucky. Here are 21 reasons why some people get lucky in life: Lucky people... Work hard... quietly.
Accuracy of Self-Knowledge How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world. ~ Kafka Social psychologists and other mortals are hypnotized by the Delphic demand to Know thyself. Actually, it was not the oracle speaking, but probably a sophist prince who put these words on the front of the temple of Apollo. Social psychology supports a cottage industry dedicated to the case of human ignorance. What to make of a correlation of .3? Yet, many people think the accuracy correlation should be higher. Zell & Krizan’s finding that the average accuracy correlation is .3 is interesting, but of little theoretical relevance. In sum, Zell & Krizan provide and interesting, if theoretically bland, overview and integration of the voluminous literature on the accuracy of self-perception.
11 Practices That Will Make You Instantly More Positive - Alycia Hall - Vancouver Life Coach and Coaching Services - Alycia Hall – Vancouver Life Coach and Coaching Services Feeling positive doesn’t have to be the result of your external circumstances. You can learn to cultivate positivity anytime as long as you’re committed to it. Here are 11 practices that will make you instantly more positive! 1. Journal nightly about what you were thankful for. 2. Meditation brings you a sense of calm, taps into your intuition and can sooth your mind. 3. Instead of focusing on how things are not working out try shifting your perspective. 4. Nothing good comes from comparing yourself to other people; it’s the quickest path to unhappiness. 5. Regardless of where you live spending time in nature will help calm your mind and open your heart. 6. Take the time out to laugh, be goofy or just smile at a stranger. 7. One of the best ways to feel instantly more positive is to do a random act of kindness. 8. Is there something that you are doing that… well…. you’d like to stop doing? 9. 10. Do you have a dream that you secretly wish for? 11. Now I’d love to hear YOUR story.
Dan Carter How I Wish the Homosexuality Debate Would Go Just once, I’d like to see a TV interview go more like this: Host: You are a Christian pastor, and you say you believe the Bible, which means you are supposed to love all people. Pastor: That’s right. Host: But it appears to me that you and your church take a rather unloving position when it comes to gay people. Are homosexuals welcome to come to your church? Pastor: Of course. Host: But you said there, “We’re a place for sinners.” Pastor: Yes, I do. Host: So how do you reconcile the command to love all people with a position on homosexuality that some would say is radically intolerant? Pastor: (smiling) If you think my position on homosexuality is radical, just wait until you hear what else I believe! Host: But Jesus didn’t condemn homosexuality outright, did He? Pastor: He didn’t have to. Host: You say he condemned adultery, but he chose not to condemn the woman caught in adultery. Pastor: That’s right, but He did tell her to “go and sin no more.” Pastor: Who am I? Host: But you are judging.
Daily Positive Affirmations The World Is All Yours Saying daily positive affirmations is an essential tool to changing your life right before your eyes. It has been widely accepted by the personal development community that the way you think, as well as the way you speak has a huge influence on your life and how you live it. To see a real change in the world around you, you must first change the way you think about it. What exactly are affirmations? When using affirmations, it is important to remember to repeat them every single day. Key Points when using Daily Positive Affirmations Once again, we are training our subconscious' to think differently. The second key point in having your affirmations work is to keep it in a positive context. The third key point to remember when saying your daily positive affirmations is to keep the phrase present. The final key point is last for a reason. Try to repeat your affirmations every day when you wake up, before you go to bed, and even randomly throughout the day. Positivity:
75 Affirmations for Personal Development Affirmations are one way to develop new beliefs that can eventually become second-nature. Every morning or evening we can repeat these affirmations with a clear and focused mind, and with practice these beliefs can take hold inside our brains. One caveat, however, is to make sure that the affirmations you repeat to yourself are congruent with reality, and aligned with your core values. I’ve seen many people come up with delusional affirmations and then attempt to ingrain them into their minds. Even when they do succeed, those beliefs can be detrimental. Please be aware of the meaning and intention behind the affirmation before you decide to “program it” into your mind. The following is just a list of suggestions on some of the affirmations you may want to practice. I recommend only practicing 1 or 2 affirmations at a time. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44.