Monthly Archive: December 2007

Dec
11

Clean Your Plate

To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.
-William Londen

This is the second post in a series expanding on 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. Always clean your plate, but don’t overeat. When you are full, dump the rest of the food on the table and spread it around. Many of us were taught as children that we should always clean our plates. …

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Dec
10

Bumps, Bruises and Happiness

Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.
-Carlos Santana

Last month, I wrote about 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. I had so much fun with the post and genuinely learned so much in the process that this week, I would like to expand on some of of the points. Starting with the first one: Just because you bumped your head a few …

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Dec
07

The Next Step

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.
-Eva Young

Procrastination is often a response to feeling overwhelmed. We think about finishing what we need to accomplish and all the work it will take to get from start to finish. If I’m facing a huge task, I want to take a breath and prepare myself before I dive in. In the meantime, while I’m preparing …

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Dec
06

What do You Want?

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
-Napoleon Hill

Our deepest desires are a part of who we are: who God made us to be. They are not something to be suppressed in favor of mundane expectations placed on us by society. We procrastinate most when our plans are not in line with our desires. When we fill our heads up with shoulds, we …

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Dec
05

8 Signs that You Are Not Failing Enough

My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.
-Mahatma Gandhi

8 Signs that You are Not Failing Enough Failure and success go hand-in-hand. Like most people, risking failure doesn’t come naturally to me. Yet it has never lead to regret. In fact, all significant accomplishments in my life have come from taking risks and often failing. Here are the warning signs of a lack of …

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Dec
04

Overcoming Procrastination

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our window today.
-Dale Carnegie

This post is the fifth in a series on making peace with our bodies. And, the introduction of a new series on procrastination. Overcoming Procrastination In 1990, I bought a book on procrastination: The Now Habit. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but I read the first chapter in which I learned something …

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Dec
03

Overcoming Discouragement

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
-Dale Carnegie

Overcoming Discouragement Most of us are familiar with what it feels like to lose confidence of enthusiasm about our exercise or diet plans. Past experiences and present challenges can affect our hope for the future. “It is taking too long to see the results I am looking for.” “I worked hard and achieved great success …

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