Do You Have A Fear Of Failure?

November 21st, 2017

Many of us have a fear of failure. We stay in our comfort zone where we feel safe, secure, confident and comfortable. And that’s fine. But if we want more than what we’ve got, we need to be willing to push our boundaries and move out of that comfort zone. We have to be willing to risk failure, disappointment, shame, rejection, disapproval, etc. if we want to succeed. There’s no other way around it. Success comes to those who are bold and push forward despite their fear of failure. Best we go after our dreams, hope for the best and accept what comes. The best part of challenging our fear and going after our dreams is that if we succeed it can be a wonderful journey, but if we don’t succeed at least we’ll never regret having given it our best shot.

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Do You Communicate Honestly and Effectively?

November 20th, 2017

Most people, when asked a question that they perceive is an attack of some sort, tend to pivot, deflect, change the subject, and attack back by asking a question or raising an issue to point out a flaw in the other person, rather than answer the question. This is a mistake in political discourse and in personal relationships discourse as well. It is best to answer the charge, regardless of how uncomfortable it may feel, and then challenge the other person with your position on some other matter that you feel you have the high ground on. Take responsibility first. Answer their question first, as honestly as you can. And then challenge them with your position if you wish.

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It’s Not Enough To Expose Sexual Predators. We Need To Expose All Bad Behaviors

November 19th, 2017

It’s good that our society is exposing the sexual predators but it’s not enough. The next step is to be whistleblowers speaking about and exposing those people in power, whether they be in the entertainment field, the media, politics or business. If there are corrupt people who are liars and thieves, breaking the law and doing unethical things, it is our responsibility to expose them and make them accountable for their bad behavior just as we are doing now with sexual predators. We need to clean up the entire global swamp. It doesn’t matter if they are celebrities, pundits or politicians that we like or who agree with our ideologies, we need to put our personal preferences aside and stick to one rule: if what someone is doing is wrong, unethical, or illegal, we need to speak up and force them to face the music.

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The Secret To Happiness? The Golden Rule

November 13th, 2017

Treat others as you would like to be treated. Give others the benefit of the doubt. Don’t assume the worst. Be compassionate. Be generous. Be supportive. Be forgiving. And then watch yourself become happier.

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Make Changes In Your Life Before You Have To

November 11th, 2017

Many of us are afraid of what the future has in store for us. We anticipate a variety of hardships and misfortunes befalling us. And many of us aren’t wrong. But the problem is when our fear moves us in the direction of denial and immobilization rather than inspiring us to take necessary action. It’s always best that we read the handwriting on the wall and steer our ship away from the rocky shores rather than wait until the shores are upon us. Best we be prepared, make changes sooner rather than later, anticipate what might happen, carefully consider all options and start the ball rolling, rather than waiting until the last minute and then making decisions that are likely to be impulsive and not well-thought out because we are in crisis mode.

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Do You Get Suicidal Thoughts? Take Them Seriously

November 7th, 2017

No matter how fleeting and minor your suicidal thoughts might be, it is best to take them seriously, examine them closely, and talk to a professional about them, to make sure you keep yourself sane and in one piece. Medications can cause depression and suicidal ideation. Physical conditions such as hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, low testosterone, anemia, diabetes and other illnesses can cause depression and suicidal ideation. And, of course, genetic and psychological factors can take people down that road. It’s always best to err on the side of caution, to nip any psychological imbalance in the bud, so to speak, so it doesn’t turn into a catastrophic event. Don’t assume everyone has these thoughts now and then so I don’t need to worry about them. That approach may work fine for some people. For others, it is the beginning of the end. Take care of yourself. If you’ve got significant suicidal ideation with intent and/or a plan, get yourself to a hospital immediately for your own safety. If you’re got milder suicidal ideation, get yourself to a psychiatrist or psychologist for an evaluation and possible treatment.

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I Propose A One Day Moratorium On Expressing Our Harsh Judgments, Anger and Hate Towards Others

November 5th, 2017

I propose that each of us take one day off from expressing our harsh judgments and our rage towards others and use that day to reflect on all the feelings and impulses that come up, to think about our issues and if we might be wrong, or overreacting, and to consider in the future expressing our displeasure with other people and other ideas with a healthy dose of tolerance, patience and compassion. Just one day. It could tell you a lot about yourself and perhaps your true Purpose on the planet other than judging and eviscerating others we disagree with.

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The Sun and The Wind. A Lesson In Be-ing vs Do-ing

October 23rd, 2017

We all want to control our lives in order to manifest the future we desire. But sometimes in our efforts to control outcomes we actually defeat ourselves and our Purpose. Sometimes it’s best not to do. Sometimes it’s best just to Be. Sometimes it’s best not to struggle. Sometimes it’s best to let the river flow where It wants to go. In other words: Row row row your boat gently down the stream…

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Don’t Make Assumptions. Take A Step Back and Think

October 22nd, 2017

We tend to assume we know what we’re talking about. We tend to assume our thoughts make sense, that we have analyzed information appropriately and have come to the most reasonable conclusions. But there are a lot of forces at play, and so I encourage all of us to challenge our own thoughts, despite how certain we are about their validity.

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What The World Needs. Dial Down The Rage.

October 21st, 2017

We need to dial down the rage. We need to do it now. Each of us. For World Peace. For Inner Peace. There’s no way through this nightmare of rage and intolerance on all sides unless we find a way to embrace the good, the love in each other, despite how badly many of us may behave. Spiritual maturity doesn’t come easily. Each of us has a responsibility to One’s Self and to Humanity to think critically, and anaylze information, as best we can, despite our biases and fear.

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