Stress Tip: Buy a Saddle!

One of the “Success Principles” by Jack Canfield is “Use Feedback To Your Advantage.”  Jack says that while not all feedback is accurate, if you start seeing a pattern, you should pay attention.  Or as he puts it, “If one person tells you you’re a horse, ignore them.  If two people tell you you’re a horse, they might be on to something.  If six people tell you that you are a horse, buy a saddle.”  Tomorrow I’m going to buy a saddle. First feedback came from my sister, who watched me trying to
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Three Quick Tips to Reduce Time Stress

Have you ever had so much on your plate that you don’t know where to start? Doesn’t feel good, does it? How do we wade through the never-ending emails, piles on our desks, conflicting priorities and urgencies, without feeling stress rising higher and higher? If we are not careful, we will spend our lives doing the bidding of others, without accomplishing OUR dreams and goals. We must defend our time with Military Diligence! Here are three quick tips to help you accomplish more and feel less
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Six Ways to Slay Stress with Friends

Mondays! The day God invented to challenge us (and keep Starbucks afloat). Today arrived with computer problems, challenges with bureaucracy and an unrealistic timeline imposed by my own procrastination (did I mention that the Starbucks in my hotel couldn't make coffee today?!). As I headed into a meeting, I took several really deep breaths, asked God for help, used the Sedona method to release it, and walked in smiling. As soon as I saw my friends, that 300 lb. stress gorilla jumped off my
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Beach bliss!

Don’t hate me – I just returned from a fabulous all-inclusive, sun-soaked vacation in Mexico.  A friend’s daughter’s wedding provided the excuse and the venue, and we happily complied! As I was laying on the beach waiting for my next margarita, I pondered the de-stressing effects of vacations.  The biggest challenge to using destination vacations as a stress-reduction strategy is the bookend of stress known as travelling – I’ve seen MANY people in airports who do not enjoy travelling (heads
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Family Ties

I am writing this blog from our condo in the mountains on our family ski holiday.  Sounds good in theory, doesn’t it?!  Three powder-filled days of snow, skiing and snoozing (afternoon naps are high on my priority list).  Alas, reality is quite different.  Beautiful springtime weather (in December) equals rain, green lawns, little snow, zero skating, snowmobiling or toboganning, and therefore several stir-crazy children (big and small alike).  With five adult children, several significant
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New Year`s Resolutions

How many times in the past have I made resolutions only to break them within the still-new days of January? Too many to count.  I know too well the self-flagellation and self-hatred that follows. What strange spirit compels us to want to improve ourselves as the new year dawns?  And why does our resolve fade before the month does? In his book, “Change or Die” author Alan Deutschman followed two groups of heart patients.  These patients had experienced heart attacks or bypass operations, and
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From Holiday Stress to Holiday Bliss

With the holiday season still fresh in our minds, I’d like to take a moment to recount the many and varied ways in which the holidays sever our nerves.  Perhaps too numerous to count, let’s tackle the top five holiday stressors (or at least my top five), along with suggestions for how to ameliorate the tension and create Holiday Bliss rather than stress.  You may want to book mark this list for next November for a quick read: Top Five Ways to move from Holiday Stress to Holiday Bliss! 5.  Time
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My Story

The last year of my life has been one of intense introspection.  I left a highly stressful career to find joy, peace, enlightenment, and to provide real service to the world. Woodrow Wilson touched my soul with these words, “You are not here to merely make a living.  You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.  You are here to enrich the world.  You impoverish yourself when you forget this errand.” I was making a
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Welcome to my blog!

My intention for this blog is to provide a forum for us to discuss ideas, banter, chat ... it is not meant to be a diatribe or monologue. Together, let’s explore interesting ideas in the area of self-development --concepts that work for the highest and best interest for all of us.  I want to be of service to you by providing HOPE and HELP in these pages and perhaps you can provide the same to me!  I’m grateful that you are here on this journey with me!  I value your time and look forward to
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