Affirmations for a Positive Attitude

Is there Hope for Happy let alone Happily Ever After?

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A woman I saw today asked me an interesting question.  She said “you go around the country motivating people, right?”  I chuckled and gave her my stock answer about motivation being an inside job. Then came the interesting part of her question, “don’t you find that life is too hopeless and people are too down to really feel motivated about anything these days?”

Yikes!  Too hopeless? Too down to feel motivated?  Are we?  […]

By | July 4th, 2016|Believe in You, Choose Your Attitude, Finding Happiness, Something to Think About|Comments Off on Is there Hope for Happy let alone Happily Ever After?

Choose to have a grateful heart

What is a grateful heart?

“A Grateful Heart is a loving heart. A heart often becomes grateful because it has experience in being ungrateful.  It has become a grateful heart because it has realized there is much to be grateful for despite life’s trials and difficult times.”   -Ron Barnes

How do we develop and show a loving heart?

Sharing, not giving more than you have, but sharing in what you have, is one way to build a grateful heart.  One of my favorite hymns is […]

By | June 7th, 2016|Choose Your Attitude, Finding Happiness, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Choose to have a grateful heart

Quick Tip for Improved Self-Esteem

Here is a quick tip for improving self-esteem

On the days I get up early, do my hair, put on makeup and a clean outfit (jeans and a t-shirt  are fine when I intend on staying home – I put on a nicer outfit when going out) I feel 10,000% better physically, emotionally and spiritually!

Had I realized that the little extra effort to look the best I can no matter what my plans were for the day… would change my self-concept, self-esteem, and my attitude, I would have changed the way I did things much sooner.

My encouragement […]

By | May 20th, 2014|Choose Your Attitude, Self-Esteem, Something to Think About|Comments Off on Quick Tip for Improved Self-Esteem

Comfort through Experiences

Recently I received a letter from a woman seeking comfort.  She shared that she had sought for a better life, better self-esteem, better her. She had hoped to achieve all this by undergoing plastic surgery.  Sadly her surgeon was not what he had been advertised to be and her surgery resulted in a near death experience and years of ongoing physical pain.  She felt a bitter guilt and shame for what she had put herself, her young daughter and the rest of her loved one through.

As I responded to her, I realized most of us have suffered in various ways from making […]

By | May 3rd, 2014|Believe in You, Choose Your Attitude, Learning, Self-Esteem|Comments Off on Comfort through Experiences

The problem with positive thinking

All the evidence I’ve seen shows that positive thinking and confidence improves performance…  In anything.

Give someone an easy math problem, watch them get it right and then they’ll do better on the ensuing standardized test than someone who just failed a difficult practice test.

No, positive thinking doesn’t allow you to do anything, but it’s been shown over and over again that it improves performance over negative thinking.

Key question then: why do smart people engage in negative thinking? Are they actually stupid?

The reason, I think, is that negative thinking feels good. In its own way, we believe that negative thinking works. […]

By | November 9th, 2013|Choose Your Attitude, Something to Think About|Comments Off on The problem with positive thinking

Food for Thought!

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Noticed remnants of a tree that succumbed to the recent storm. Within a few yards was another tree seemingly untouched by the blasting winds. I thought of the power and necessity of resilience. Emotional Resilience is the ability to flex rather than snap under pressure and to rebound from disappointment. It’s the ability to bounce back when the chips are down and keep moving forward towards your destiny. When the storm passed, the resilient tree remained standing.  — Michelle Har

By | August 30th, 2013|Choose Your Attitude, Something to Think About|Comments Off on Food for Thought!

Getting Past the FUNK!

I am very good at giving advice… sometimes not so good at following it.  And every once in a while I drop off the face of the planet for a couple of weeks.  I too get stuck from time to time in a FUNK or a Brain Warp  as I call it.

Today’s advice is about these Funks or Brain Warps:

There is always a light at the end of the tunnel! 

Path Through Tunnel

Some may say the light is from a train coming at them…  bad attitude!

And there are times when […]

By | August 15th, 2013|Choose Your Attitude, Learning, Something to Think About|Comments Off on Getting Past the FUNK!

Guest Article by Janice Madariaga

When will things improve?

A woman I saw today asked me an interesting question.  She asked me “you go around the country motivating people, right?”  I chuckled and gave her my stock answer about motivation being an inside job, then came the interesting part of her question, “don’t you find that people are too down to really feel motivated about anything these days?”

Yikes!  Too down to feel motivated?  Are we?  I certainly hope not!  Her questions caused me to think deeply about what is happening in our country right now.  Are we feeling a lack of motivation?  Just listening […]

By | July 30th, 2013|Choose Your Attitude, Something to Think About|Comments Off on Guest Article by Janice Madariaga

Gift of Love

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I had the opportunity one night not to long ago to listen to (yes I said listen to – cell phones are my friend when I’m traveling) people receiving a gift of a lifetime.

Three weeks earlier a family from Salt Lake City, Utah was visiting Moab, which is about 4 hours south of Salt Lake. They were separated from one of their family members, their sweet little doggie! After searching for several days they finally gave up and returned home. They then hired a “pet detective” (I didn’t […]

By | July 15th, 2013|Choose Your Attitude, Something to Think About|Comments Off on Gift of Love

Happy Mother’s Day

What is a Mother?  This is a question that can be answered many ways.  The way I look at it… Besides my Mother who gave me birth and raised me…  any woman who has ever loved and cared for a child is a mother to me.  There are so many people in this world that have given me the love, care and advice of a Mother!  I want to take  just a minute to thank all of them.  You wonderful people range from my sister Julie to my friend Janice to my Mother-in-Law (yes I did say the M-in-L word) […]

By | May 12th, 2013|Believe in You, Choose Your Attitude, Learning, Something to Think About|Comments Off on Happy Mother’s Day