Top 10 Steps to Achieve SMART Goals

Making a SMART goal—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound—is just the first step in making your goal a reality. It’s what you do after that can make or break your objective. Below are 10 essential steps to achieving your SMART goals.   1. Make sure your goal passes the SMART test. To the letter.  …

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Top 10 Barriers to Self-Growth

  Change can be scary as we feel new things, entertain different thoughts, perhaps leave old ways behind. Here are 10 obstacles that can hinder self-growth.   1. Denial. It’s difficult to grow when you don’t see the need. Listen to the quiet voice inside and to what your loved ones are saying. Get the…

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

As the author of more than 30 books, including the bestselling series Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Dr. Richard Carlson helped millions of people create lives of greater peace, connection and caring by focusing on the more important things in life. The last chapter of one of his books is titled “Live This Day As…

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Making “Impossible” Thinking Possible

“For the world is full of zanies and fools who don’t believe in sensible rules, and don’t believe what sensible people say,” wrote Rodgers & Hammerstein, in their lyrics to the 1964 movie Cinderella. “And because these daft and dewy-eyed dopes keep building up impossible hopes, impossible things are happening every day!”  While most of…

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Listening to Our Bodies… They Know More than We Do!

The genius of our bodies is our best kept secret even to us!! The body holds much of the information we need to function at our best, but too often we ignore its messages and plow ahead with what our minds tell us. Perhaps because we’re not taught from early on to pay attention to…

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3 Tips to knock out holiday stress

What IS the reason for the season? For some, this is the time of year when they gather with families and friends. Some have had to change the way they define family due to transitions in their lives. This time of year can be one of the loneliest times for people. We struggle with many…

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The Importance of Play in Our Lives

How do you use your leisure time?  Fewer unstructured “play” hours seem to be in our lives!!  This is a serious threat to our health and happiness. Did you know? •  The average married couple works 26 percent longer each year than similar working couples did thirty years ago. •  Leisure time among children ages…

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What will your story say about you?

Have you ever heard the tale of when first meeting St. Peter at the pearly gates, he asks, “What would you do differently, if you could redo your life?” All too often, the answer is not focused on what you really did. Most say they would have loved more and lived more, not built more…

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A Seasonal Approach to Life

Mother Nature certainly likes her routine. Global warming aside, she cycles through the same processes, in the same order, doing things the same way they always have worked. Within that cycle, of course, variations exist—a dry winter or a mild fall—but we always can rely on the rhythm. One season follows the other. It’s a…

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How Much Joy Can You Stand?

Everyone has a dream. It may whisper to us in a still, small voice or it may have the volume and intensity of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The problem is that not many of us are actually living our dream. But as Suzanne Falter-Barns says in her book, How Much Joy…

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