Why it’s so hard to finish what you start and what you can do about it

Do you have trouble finishing what you start? Anything from cleaning out your garage to planting a garden or losing weight. What happens to us that we just struggle to get to the finish line? Is it human nature to start projects and never completely finish them? Projects that started strong are left unfinished. Plans Read More …

Success starts with desire

What determines whether you’ll reach your goals? Whether you’ll succeed or fail? In his book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill says, Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. In order to be successful, you need more than a hope Read More …

Where you look is where you’ll go

A few years back I took a bad spill from my mountain bike. The crash left me with bruised and bloody knees. It hurt, but while it wasn’t a pleasant experience, it helped me realize something important: Where you look is where you’ll go.  Cycling baggage I’ve never been very good at things on wheels. Skateboards, bicycles, Read More …

What you do matters

“I cannot do everything, but I can do something.” ~ Edward Everett Hale There’s so much going on in the world right now. Watching five minutes of the news is enough to make you feel uncertain and discouraged. The issues are huge. Bigger than huge. In fact, world-famous theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, recently predicted the human Read More …

You have to start somewhere

When you start something new, your first attempt might be rough and awkward. It may not look like much. Don’t give up. Nothing’s perfect the first time around. You have to start somewhere. Think of it as a first draft. Ernest Hemingway once said: The first draft of anything is sh**. Think of a song, a book, Read More …

Let negativity roll off your back

Negative and insensitive comments that can be hurtful and leave you doubting yourself and feeling stupid. Little jabs like: “Are you wearing that?” “You don’t know what you’re talking about!” “You can’t/won’t be able to do ________ .” “Can you try to pay attention, for once?” Off-handed remarks can float around in our heads for a Read More …

Choose the Opportunity of Now

My husband introduced me to a website wolframalpha.com “an engine for computing answers and providing knowledge”. The website provides facts – quantifiable facts. It doesn’t provide opinions or recommendations. Interesting information Type in Chicago, Illinois and you’ll get Chicago’s population statistics, current weather and time, income statistics, demographics, and more. Put in today’s date and Read More …

Be Good to Yourself

Be good to yourself. It’s a simple concept. It means treat yourself with love, consideration, and kindness. Be understanding and forgiving towards yourself. The concept is simple, but not always easy. What does it mean? “Good people” are kind, supportive, considerate, and generous. They help us feel positive about ourselves and about life. They’re like a warm blanket Read More …

Give and receive the gift of encouragement

While out shopping the other day, a woman approached me and said, “I love your hair. It’s so natural.” (referring to my gray hair) She said, “I wish I had the courage to do that.” Her words stayed with me. She said she didn’t have the courage to do it. But how does a person gain courage? How Read More …

Run your own race

I’d never been a runner, even though I’d always wanted to run. I thought running was not something I was able to do because every time I tried I gasped for air and felt like I’d pass out.  But I decided to give running another try. Nothing about it was easy for me. I was slow Read More …