03/09/2011Life Giving Light
Light is cheerful and comforting, and it even helps ensure our physical
and mental health. What if you had 5 keys to “shine the light” on how to
achieve a dream, learn a new habit, or complete a huge task? Recall
the power of L-I-G-H-T and apply these 5 keys to success to achieve the
results you hope for:
1. List what you want to change – describe in writing the vision
of your preferred future (how will your situation improve after you’ve
taken action in the present). Most people believe Thomas Edison invented
the electric light bulb- not true! He envisioned a day when even
ordinary people could enjoy safe, long-lasting light. Then he labored
for years to make that dream possible.
2. Investigate options and obstacles, perceived or real. This
awareness can get you unstuck and help you make wise decisions. As for
Edison, he was aware of several hurdles to over-come, such as the need
for delivering safer and more stable electricity to neighborhoods in
order for electric lights to be practical for everyday use. He then
focused his attention and resources to find solutions. Edison invented 7
system elements in all to make long-lasting and safe home light bulb
use a reality.
08/24/2010A Lesson from the Lawrence Puppies
How might we flourish if we would only act like little puppies?
Back in 2008, my life changed drastically. Two precious children came into our life . . . puppies actually. That winter I gained a new perspective on collaboration, dependence and interdependence. I watched these precious furry gifts from God play, eat, play, sleep, explore, and pretty much do everything in blissful, trusting, loving dependence.
11/02/2009From the Mountain of Challenges to Oceans of Opportunity
Coaching several out-placed professionals through 10 weeks of career transition inspired me to take an honest look at my own situation. The past few years have seemed like climbing up a mountain of challenges, only to get to the top to be tempted (even overwhelmed) by oceans of opportunity in view. Now at the top, what do you think I might be inclined to do? Will I head down rugged trails to explore those new oceans glistening in the sun, most likely filled with new people and adventures?
Or, will I study the "map" of my business and life plan, then head in the direction already chartered, the one that will allow me to maintain my best pace and share my talents and wares with those I've already invested time and resources with?
Have you ever been in such a place? If you are embarking on a new job, career or business venture, you might be able to relate.
08/26/2009Tips On Boosting Willpower
Brain behavior expert and bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D. reveals these 5 Tips to Boost Willpower:
- Get a good night's sleep of 6 or more hours a night
- Maintain healthy blood sugar levels by eating several small meals a day with some protein in each meal.
- Practice. The more will power you practice, the more you actually have (it's like building muscle). Have a child? Help your child develop greater brain capacity for self-control and will power by saying "No" and teaching patience from toddler age upward.
- Balance brain chemistry. Try natural supplements like 5-HTP and Green Tea, and seek professional help.
- Focus and meditate on what you want. Write clearly stated goals on a sheet of paper and review daily asking yourself, "Is my behavior today getting me what I want?"