Saturday, March 9, 2013

Here's How to Have a Happy Life

"When all is said and done, success without happiness is the worst kind of failure."


Humanity is almost unanimous in their conclusion that one of the highest goals of life is to be happy.

Your happiness depends more on what you are as a person than any external factor(s). Be careful when you are tempted to leave a place, job, situation, loved one, or anything you believe is causing you unhappiness.

We've spent a lot of time studying the topic of success on this blog. Ultimately, success does not create happiness, but it is a part of happiness.

Here are some pieces of a happy life:

- a sense of being. To be able to wake up, enjoy the beauty of the world, satisfy your appetite, and to interact with others.

- a sense of belonging. To work with others to attain something, to be a part of a family and community.

- a sense of meaning. To build something, to have a role, to have connections and comradery.

- a sense of growing. Learning, compassion, forgiveness and love. Always be looking for ways to be growing in the different areas of life.

- a sense of giving. Whether it is money, time, talent, or ourselves, it is more blessed to give than to receive. Be a giver instead of a taker, and notice how quickly more and more blessings are added to your life.

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Here's a worthy saying for your consideration: life is not about you, it’s about you helping others.

It's never too late to live happily ever after. Start today.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

How to Create a More Successful Family Environment

"We inevitably doom our children to frustration and failure when we try to set their goals for them."

There is probably no harder task in the world than to raise a child well from birth to adulthood. Some important principles to teach along the way include:

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- value people, especially family members, for who they are.

- give encouragement to others; it helps them develop the courage needed to persist.

- don't be afraid to make mistakes. Does anyone learn anything without making mistakes? Not really, making mistakes is just part of the learning process.

Each of us need to develop a core set of principles and measure each of our decisions against those principles.

The only real way to teach values is to live them. Our children need to learn what we have learned and especially what has helped us along the way.

Our children should NOT do things just because we say NOT to do them, they should decide for themselves based on their values.

Life is not about you, it's about you helping others. Now go and help others learn these important principles, especially those in your own family.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

How to Claim Excellence

"You, scanning these words, are living proof that one need not stop learning, or growing, after some predetermined youthful age."

What does excellence mean to you?

Words like exceptionally good, continuous improvement, and possessing high qualities come to my mind.

On a personal level excellence is made up of individual fulfillment, high self-worth, and the belief that each individual has the opportunity and responsibility to be the best they can be.

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How about the word responsibility?

Do you believe the government is responsible to solve your problems? Or do you take personal responsibility and solve them yourself?

Thomas Jefferson believed that the role of government is to protect and serve the people.

Who is best suited to ponder and solve one's problems? I believe a free, moral, thinking, and responsible person is.

We are always in need of more free, moral, thinking, and responsible individuals to lead the way and encourage others.

What good is our freedom without moral commitment?

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We need to ensure a sense of individuality co-exists with a sense of shared purpose.

You and I must look for ways to encourage the development of individual freedom and personal responsibility. This is the opposite of depending upon government to provide solutions.

Strive to improve the lives of others by first claiming excellence and responsibility in your own life.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

How to Guard Against a Trap of Success

"When you get caught up in the heady pursuit of success you run the risk of losing far more than gain unless you are careful."


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You and I must learn how to live a truly successful life. It is much more important to love others than to gain material possessions.

Creating your own success can bring financial rewards, and with those financial rewards come more choices and responsibilities.

As we attract more money by providing more and better service to others, we sometimes fall into a trap of acquiring possessions to give us proof of status, give us the feeling of public approval, and to build our own self-esteem.

There is nothing inherently wrong with acquiring possessions, it is perfectly fine to enjoy the fruits of your labor as long as those fruits are truly enjoyed rather than becoming a burden.

Guard against believing that you must have, and display, material possessions to be considered a success. Problems arise when we spend our time and money to acquire possessions that give us the outward illusion of wealth. This type of materialistic thinking can easily leave you without the true riches of having people share in your life.

It seems like we have less trouble making money than demonstrating our love for other people but we must realize that not everything can be bought and there is no substitute for relationships.

In summary, remember, love people, use things (which includes money).

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Tips For Coming Back Stronger

"When you get caught up in the heady pursuit of success you run the risk of losing far more than gain unless you are careful."


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You and I must learn how to live a truly successful life. It is much more important to love others than to gain material possessions.

Creating your own success can bring financial rewards, and with those financial rewards come more choices and responsibilities.

As we attract more money by providing more and better service to others, we sometimes fall into a trap of acquiring possessions to give us proof of status, give us the feeling of public approval, and to build our own self-esteem.

There is nothing inherently wrong with acquiring possessions, it is perfectly fine to enjoy the fruits of your labor as long as those fruits are truly enjoyed rather than becoming a burden.

Guard against believing that you must have, and display, material possessions to be considered a success. Problems arise when we spend our time and money to acquire possessions that give us the outward illusion of wealth. This type of materialistic thinking can easily leave you without the true riches of having people share in your life.

It seems like we have less trouble making money than demonstrating our love for other people but we must realize that not everything can be bought and there is no substitute for relationships.

In summary, remember, love people, use things (which includes money).

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Stand For What Is Right!


"As your success grows you will soon discover that there are others who would delight in pulling you down from your perch."

Even the most loving and giving among humanity like Jesus, Gandhi, and Lincoln had those who plotted against them. How can we expect any less?

We have learned to protect ourselves from nature, disease and time but not yet against all kinds of evil and selfishness. For you to be successful and helpful to others, you must survive and thrive in a competitive world.

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It is your duty to protect and defend what is good, right, and just against those who would do evil. Those who operate with evil and selfish motives will eventually be caught in their own tangled web of lies and deceit.

Don't fight back unless you have to, and when you do, make sure you are fighting by yielding to win. That is, to give up your non-essentials to further your honorable purpose.

Keep your life about truth, honesty, and integrity. Always let your integrity show others the difference between yourself and those without honorable traits.

Make a decision to stand (and fight if necessary) for truth, honesty, integrity, and all that is right.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

How to Change Impossible to Possible

"Six simple questions that will always keep you from getting into any situation that may be over your head."

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Do you remember the last time you were presented an opportunity? What was your first thought? Did you think it was possible for you or impossible?

As you aspire to succeed in any endeavor, you must constantly evaluate what can and cannot be done under the circumstances you find yourself and the resources you have available.

Here are six questions to help you evaluate any opportunity you are considering:

- what am I really trying to accomplish?

- why do I think what I want is possible?

- is there anything that makes me think it is impossible?

- what do I stand to gain or lose by going forward with this opportunity?

- will my health have an influence on, or be affected by, the outcome?

- would my time, money and energy be better utilized elsewhere?


Your life’s journey will not always take you where you think it will. The road you travel, and the destinations you reach are determined by the choices you make. You must learn to accept this reality and always be ready and willing to adapt to situations that arise.

You may not achieve as much success as you could because of doing too little. On the other hand, you may not achieve success because you are trying to do too much. Always keep in mind the above questions when evaluating your course.

Try changing "Im-possible" to "I'm possible" by moving the hyphen (-) and placing it vertically between the I and the M. Do you see it? Do you believe it?

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Can We Count On You?

"More than 100,000,000 people, around the world, have been motivated and influenced by this message since the turn of the century."


Have you read the fascinating short story "A Message to Garcia"? If not, I suggest you read it HERE. This short story has taught millions of people some very important values.

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Unlike Rowan in the story, the average modern man is unable or unwilling to concentrate on one thing and complete it. How sad!

In our world there is a constant "weeding-out" process going on. No matter if times are good or bad, both employers and customers continually perform a sorting process. The incompetent employees and unworthy retail establishments go by the way side. In our world it is "the survival of the fittest."

Those people who can recognize the goal, and take individual action toward achieving it, are the most valuable assets to families, businesses, customers, and organizations.

Your marketplace, whether it be an employer or customer, is looking for someone who is resourceful, responsible, and reliable. If you have not already, make the decision that you will be a person who can carry a message to Garcia.

Can we count on you?

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

How to Master the Art of Living

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do you wake up in the morning with a sense of excitement about the possibilities and looking forward to your tasks, new experiences, interactions, and discoveries which will unfold during your day? If so, then you are young no matter what your actual age. What a blessing to have the continually fresh wonder and suspense of an exciting life.

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The secret to mastering the art of living the life you really want is to make, and take, the time to really be present in each moment. Stated another way, to live every moment, you must first decide to make, and take, the time to do it.

Unfortunately, we seem to believe the idea, or in the lifestyle, that everyone must constantly be doing something. What good is it to rush through our lives if we cannot enjoy living as we go?

To really live, set aside time to be with family and friends. We have been created as social beings and are placed on Earth to be of service and support to others.

Mark Twain reminds us that good books and good friends make up the ideal life. What are you reading and whom are you spending time with?

Life is a great gift you have been given, and it’s meant to be enjoyed. If you learn to really enjoy life you will have mastered the art of living.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

How to Trade in a Bad Habit for a Good One

"There are many ways you can get out of the ruts of boredom and mediocrity before you run out of road."

Making changes in our lives is hard isn't it?

Let's look at how to slowly but surely replace our "bad" habits with "good" habits.

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"If you want to make some changes in your life, you have to make some changes in your life." ~ Mark Hendricks

Who, What, When, Where, and Why - these are our five trusty friends that can help us make changes in our lives.

Who are your current friends? Are they helping you in positive ways? Who would you like to spend more time with?

What are you doing that you would like to stop doing? What would you like to do more of? Pick one small beneficial thing and do more of it.

When do you do your best work? When are you at your weakest? Be sensitive to your rhythmic body clock.

Where is the place or setting that inspires you most? Where can you spend more time that will be beneficial for you?

Why are you desiring change in your life? Try to understand why you have the negative habits that you currently have.

A habit is a recurring behavior that satisfies, calms, or rewards an underlying emotional need. To break a negative habit, we don’t replace the emotional need, we satisfy or reward that need with a more positive habit. It's unlikely you'll stop an undesirable habit without replacing it with another (hopefully desirable) habit.

When you find a positive habit that fulfills the emotional need, continue to reward that need over and over until the new positive habit becomes your automatic response.

So now you know, we don't get rid of "bad" habits, we replace them with "good" ones. View this as replacing a losing strategy with a winning one.

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