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How to Forgive Yourself For Mistakes

Self-forgiveness is about allowing yourself to move forward once you’ve acknowledged your folly and done your best to make amends. If you’ve done something hurtful—lied to your partner, offended a friend, belittled a co-worker—the “let it go” advice when it comes to your guilty ruminating is naive, if not unethical. Shame, sorrow and self-blame may be warranted after you’ve wronged someone. But it’s not healthy—or productive—to hold on to those feelings forever. Self-forgiveness has been related to lower levels of anxiety, mood disturbances, hostility and rumination. Whether or not the other person forgives you, can you forgive yourself? To be clear, self-forgiveness is not about assuaging your guilt or sidestepping responsibility. (Although if you’re the brooding, overthinking type, it’s ...

6 Celebrity Rejection Letters to Remind You to Never Give Up on Your Dreams

Rejection can be devastating.  You work your heart out, you follow your dreams, you fall flat on your face.   Someone in an a higher position may make a huge judgement on you based on a small amount of information.   The truth is, they don’t know you.  They don’t know what you are capable of.  And they don’t know the will and determination you have to succeed.  They make a simple judgement or decision that may halt you in your tracks… but don’t despair!   Pick your self back up, regroup, work harder, keep moving forward.  Climb, jump, run, or fly over that wall, because at the end of the day, it’s only one opinion.  One opinion out of billions.  For that one person who tells you that you can’t, there may be 100 people who believe that you can.  And you n...

Benefits of Positive Thinking

You have probably had someone tell you to “look on the bright side” or to “see the cup as half full.” Chances are good that the people who make these comments are positive thinkers. Researchers are finding more and more evidence pointing to the many benefits of optimism and positive thinking. Such findings suggest that not only are positive thinkers healthier and less stressed, they also have greater overall well-being. According to positive psychology researcher Suzanne Segerstrom, “Setbacks are inherent to almost every worthwhile human activity, and a number of studies show that optimists are in general both psychologically and physiologically healthier.” Even if positive thinking does not come naturally to you, there are plenty of great reasons to sta...

A Positive Attitude: More than just happy thoughts

The glass is half full.  When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.  There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.  When one door closes, another one opens.   We say these quotes to remind ourselves to stay positive.   Having a positive attitude is an important tool to getting through the hardest times in life.  Believing there is a bright side, believing that you can overcome adversity, believing that you can be the best, and believing simply that you can make the impossible possible is most often the difference between those who dream, those who try and fail and those who achieve. Having a positive attitude is more than just thinking happy thoughts.  If that was the case, we’d only just need a little fairy dust and we would be flying on our way.   A positive attitude is a mental ...

The Science of Positive Thoughts

Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But “positive thinking” is also a soft and fluffy term that is easy to dismiss. In the real world, it rarely carries the same weight as words like “work ethic” or “persistence.” But those views may be changing. Research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile. The impact of positive thinking on your work, your health, and your life is being studied by people who are much smarter than me. One of these people is Barbara Fredrickson. Fredrickson is...

12 Things Successful People Do Differently

    Ever want to know what it takes to be successful?   Here’s a list of 12 things successful people do differently than most!:   1. They create and pursue S.M.A.R.T. Goals 2. They take decisive and immediate action. 3. They focus on being productive, not busy. 4. They make logical, informed decisions. 5. They avoid the trap of trying to make things perfect. 6. They work outside their comfort zone. 7. They keep things simple. 8. They focus on making small, continuous improvements. 9. They measure and track their progress. 10. They maintain positive outlook as they learn from mistakes. 11. They spend time with the right people. 12 They maintain balance in their life.

Knowing When to be an Optimist and a Realist in Life and Business

Always  have a positive attitude.  This we will tell you time and time again.   Forbes Magazine states that Entrepreneurs tend to lead toward one of the two mindsets.   On the plus side, optimism will drive hope, belief and allow you to remain strong no matter what the outcome.  Realism will allow you to know your limits, keep your feet on the ground, make more practical and less emotionally driven decisions.  On the other hand, can optimism bring you up too high that you don’t know when you’ve made mistake, or need to rethink the situation, or does realism stop you from pushing forward in the face of failure in fear or calculation that the impossible may just be impossible?  There’s definitely a place for both in life and business, and I think that a careful mix of the t...

How Contagious is Your Attitude?

Simply put, whether you realize it or not, your positive attitude is very contagious.  Even more so than the common cold.  It can be caught spontaneously – simply by infecting yourself with optimism and making the conscious decision to look at the bright side of things.   And it can be very easily transferred to others by example and through positive actions, words, thoughts, acts of kindness, and encouragement.  But be careful, negativity can be spread just as easily.  Motivational speakers make a living through spreading their positive energy to groups of people all at once, while bullies are people who purposely attempt to spread their own negative and poor attitudes to others to make them feel bad. You can catch bad attitudes from others: Have you ever been in a great mood while ...

Positive Attitude Challenge: Day 17 of 365

      Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our every day lives – the things we have to do, our responsibilities, chores, and obligations that we lose track of the things we love to do and never seem to have time for them. It is important to make time for these things. They make us happy, reduce stress, and are a lot of fun. For today’s challenge we want you to make a list of 20 things that you really enjoy doing. It can be anything from riding a bike, to painting, to reading a book, to writing, watching a movie or even getting your nails done. Hobbies, sports, crafts, hanging out with friends, volunteering… Any 20 things that you enjoy doing but haven’t had the time to do in the past 3-6 months. We want you to pick at least 5 of those things and do them ...

Positive Attitude Challenge: Day 16 of 365

    Sometimes we focus in on all of the things we are missing in our life that we do not realize what we do have and what we should be grateful for. Today we want you to only focus in on the things that you have and are thankful for! For today’s challenge – we want you to take out a pad and paper and make a list of the top 20 things you are grateful for in your life and find ways to both acknowledge appreciate them.

20 Things People Should Say More Often

A very heartwarming and charming video from a  young man explaining 20 things we should say more often to others.  It will brighten your day.

5 Things to Do Each Morning that Will Help Boost Your Positive Attitude

In our busy lives its hard to always keep a positive attitude.   People get caught in the daily grind where work, relationships, family, health, and other life issues can both positively and negatively impact their lives.  Anything and everything can begin to weigh down on your energy levels, health, peace of mind and overall mood, and it can become very hard to remind yourself to always keep a positive outlook in life, but I assure you, the small effort you do take to improve your mood will have a big impact on all of these things. Here are 5 simple things to do each morning before breakfast to make sure you start and continue your day off with as much positive energy as possible:   1.  Set your alarm clock early(and get to bed early): Yes.. there is some merit to the old saying R...

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