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Smart Happy

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” ~  James Oppenheim   Growing your own happiness. How novel. It’s your choice. You can be grumpy or happy. You may think that you have to wait to be happy. Not true. It’s right under your feet. Let yourself be…

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Don’t Wait. Enjoy Today!

“Don’t waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don’t destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present, enjoy the present.” ~ Henry David Thoreau You cannot change the past. You can’t. And, wasting today struggling for things that are not important to you is another…

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Sustained Joy

“I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace, a connection to what matters.” ~ Oprah Winfrey What is your definition of joy? Once you define it, it’s much easier to find. It’s worth it. To empower your happy face, do this Action Step today. Action Step: Write your definition of joy…

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Finding Inner Peace

“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.” ~  Marvin Gaye  How do you find inner peace? Inner peace refers to being in a state of calm while in the presence of stress. But can this be true? Yes, it can. Let me explain, working hard doesn’t mean that…

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Problems and Opportunity

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”  — Albert Einstein    opportunity – an appropriate or favorable time, occasion, situation or condition for attainment of a goal As a strategy, seeing problems as opportunities to learn becomes a wily way to work through thorny issues. The definition of problem seems to be directly opposite of…

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Perfection or Not

“It is our very search for perfection outside of ourselves that causes our suffering.”  — The Buddha  Is the quest for perfection worth it? I’ve decided that perfection has limits. Here’s why. At this writing I’m preparing to test for my black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I’ve been working on this for over 3…

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The Secret to Success

“In order to succeed, you must know what you are doing, like what you are doing, and believe in what you are doing.”  — Will Rogers   You may absolutely love and be passionate about what you’re doing. However, if you don’t take time to take care of yourself your performance ultimately suffers. The US…

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The Secret of Getting Ahead

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” — Mark Twain Stalled on a project or building your new habit? You’re not alone. Here’s the Top 3 reasons you can get stopped: It’s…

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A New Reality

“The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.” — Aart Van Der Leeuw How are you doing on the habit you wanted to start this month? Yes, I’m a pest about it right now. But I’m probably not as big a pest as you are to…

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What do You Really Want?

   “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens.” — Carl Jung Your vision is what you see in your mind’s eye. It’s how you want to live your life, be with your loved ones, and contribute to the world. You don’t dream…

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