Is there Hope for Happy let alone a Happily Ever After?
A woman I saw today asked me an interesting question. She said “you go around the country motivating people, right?” I chuckled and gave her my stock answer about motivation being an inside job. Then came the interesting part of her question, “don’t you find that life is too hopeless and people are too down to really feel motivated about anything these days?”
Yikes! Too hopeless? Too down to feel motivated? Are we? […]
Recently I received a letter from a woman seeking comfort. She shared that she had sought for a better life, better self-esteem, better her. She had hoped to achieve all this by undergoing plastic surgery. Sadly her surgeon was not what he had been advertised to be and her surgery resulted in a near death experience and years of ongoing physical pain. She felt a bitter guilt and shame for what she had put herself, her young daughter and the rest of her loved one through.
As I responded to her, I realized most of us have suffered in various ways from making […]
With Father’s Day upon us, I was thinking about my Dad. He always had an answer for everything. Some answers just wouldn’t work but he was going to try anyway. He was a man of great determination and a man who was willing to try, try, try. I think you’ll find this story funny. I still do!
My Dad and the Fridge
Many years ago my parents moved from their home in Salt Lake […]
What is a Mother? This is a question that can be answered many ways. The way I look at it… Besides my Mother who gave me birth and raised me… any woman who has ever loved and cared for a child is a mother to me. There are so many people in this world that have given me the love, care and advice of a Mother! I want to take just a minute to thank all of them. You wonderful people range from my sister Julie to my friend Janice to my Mother-in-Law (yes I did say the M-in-L word) […]
The year is ending soon and my hopes is to end it with Gratitude! There are a few however, who believe this is not a realistic approach to life. I disagree!
A couple of weeks ago, while I was speaking on the subject of having an ‘Attitude of Gratitude”, one of my audience participants challenged me or called me on the carpet so to speak. “You cannot tell me you can come up with 10 things every day to be grateful for.”
I’ll tell you what I told her…
“I do my very best! Some days are easier than […]
Personal Mission Statement
In Queuing the Future – Part 1, we talked about the ways to come up with a family mission statement. A personal one is a little harder for most. It takes quite a bit on introspection and honesty with oneself. I am going to put this on hold for a day. Before we can really get into writing your personal mission statement you must do a challenge you’ve been challenged to before.
Write a list of 25 -50 things you do well. Things that you can be […]
Compare yourself only to yourself!
We’ve all looked at someone and said, ‘If I could just be more like them, or I’m not as good at whatever as whomever”. This is one of the things that keep us in the improvement mode right? Wrong! What it does is lower our self-worth. As outlined before, we all have non-talents. Yes others may have talents in areas that we admire. However, comparing yourself to their particular achievements is usually a falsehood. You see – perfection is a perception. The very thing you think is perfect in another person, someone else may see as […]
I myself, like most, have low self-esteem days. These days come on the tail end or beginning of a funk. There are many ways to improve your self-esteem and to kick depression’s butt. In part four we talked about positive affirmations – self-talk. I’m going to approach it from yet another angle today.
We are going to look at the one thing we do that kills our self-talk faster than anything else. We down play complements. Someone says, “Great job on that report”. We say, “Not a big […]