Why bother trying so hard when no one notices?

What’s the point in trying so hard when no one seems to notice? It can be discouraging when it feels like your work and effort don’t seem to matter to anyone. When you make sacrifices and work hard, but no one seems to notice or care. I tend to look for distractions. Facebook, Yahoo and CNN Read More …

Are you getting what you expect?

The mind is powerful. Do your mental expectations determine how far you’ll go? If you “get it in your head” that you’re going to do something, does it mean you will? I had an experience recently that got me thinking about this idea. I’m training for a half-marathon and had a long run the other day. Seven Read More …

What to do when doubt gets in your head

What do you do when doubt creeps in? It can spoil your confidence and sour your mood. Where does it come from? Doubt can creep up from inside of you. It may start small like a hint of something that causes you to second-guess yourself. A word from someone you don’t even know could trigger it. Maybe Read More …

What can you do when current events make you feel awful?

Tragic events happen every day and sometimes their effects seep into our collective consciousness. That’s what the events in Charlottesville, VA on August 12th have done. It’s raised issues beyond a man slamming his car into a group of people. It’s more complicated, deeper, and long-lasting. Trying to make sense of a horrible situation I Read More …

5 Ways to stay motivated to finish what you start

It’s hard to get to the finish line sometimes. You get super-charged about doing something big, like starting a business, going back to school, losing weight, or getting out of debt. Then the novelty wears off. Your motivation wanes and you wonder if you can finish what you set out to do. You’re not alone. It happens 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 …

Can you be happy and still want more?

“Be happy with what you have while working for what you want.” ~ Helen Keller How can you be happy with what you have if you still want more?  Being happy with what you have helps you Appreciate every day blessings Have an attitude of gratitude Choose happiness every day Focus on all you have Read More …

No one knows everything about everything

Everything we know, we’ve learned somehow – by watching, hearing, reading about, and/or doing. Being a lifelong learner is good for your health and happiness. It helps keep you engaged in the world, so ask questions, research, and keep learning. Being a beginner can be awkward because you’re figuring things out as you go. You Read More …

Choose belief over doubt

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford. So often, we give up before we start. We list reasons why something won’t work. It saves us the trouble of trying and keeps us from risking failure. But how can we get past that? How can we open our minds to Read More …

Be the gatekeeper of your joy

When I get upset about someone else’s inconsiderate behavior, like cutting me off on the highway or going to the “15 items or Less” aisle with a cartload full of groceries, I’m giving someone else power over me. I’m giving up my joy. I know I need to be the gatekeeper of my joy and Read More …