Life’s Choices Aren’t All Easy, But They Are All Yours

Life is about making choices. Imagine bellying up to the counter at your local Haagen Dazs and asking the server for “whatever you think I’d like.” Of course you wouldn’t do that. With a veritable rainbow of ice cream flavors tempting you, making a choice might be difficult, but you’d do it. Granted not many of life’s choices are as lightweight as choosing between chocolate and vanilla, but what you choose and how you make choices, or don’t make them, is as central to your self-esteem as taking responsibility for… Read More >>

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10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn

By Martha Beck O, The Oprah Magazine | April 13, 2010 In the past 10 years, I’ve realized that our culture is rife with ideas that actually inhibit joy. Here are some of the things I’m most grateful to have unlearned: 1. Problems are bad. You spent your school years solving arbitrary problems imposed by boring authority figures. You learned that problems—comment se dit?—suck. But people without real problems go mad and invent things like base jumping and wedding planning. Real problems are wonderful, each carrying the seeds of its… Read More >>

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Healing the Roots of Self-Hatred

The Critic is a common and unfortunate constant in our inner lives. This internalized voice assumes the tone and language of our mother, father, religion and/or society. After every step forward there it is, doubting or damning our choice. But for many people, “critic” is much too mild a word. The voice they hear is relentless, a vicious screaming that cripples and controls. They might call their voice the “Self-Hater” or the “Killer Critic.” Not everyone hears self-hatred as a voice in their heads. Sometimes, it’s a way of being… Read More >>

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Thrive in the Midst of Chaos!

The winners in the 21st century will thrive on chaos. Several things are necessary to thrive in the midst of chaos: 1. Exceptional boundaries. This is where the “desperate” housewives go astray because they seem to have no boundaries at all. Winners know how to say no. They know how to close their doors and ignore disruptions. They know where they are going and they tolerate few, if any, distractions. 2. Exceptional vision. They know their priorities and their desired outcomes. They know what they want and they can see,… Read More >>

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Are You Worth It? You Decide.

As comedienne Lucille Ball quipped: You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. Part of that self-love is feeling that you’re worth it, that you are good enough, and that you deserve respect, kindness, and satisfaction with your life. Although this seems simple enough, unworthiness is more common in our culture than we might expect. Simply put, worthiness is a person’s judgment of their own value, merit, or usefulness. It stems from our deep human need to be known and seen for who we really… Read More >>

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