Emotional Baggage: Let Go for a Lighter Existence

Emotional baggage weighs you down, making life more stressful and less joyful. You remember the past for reference; it helps you judge where to go next and how to do things better. However, painful histories, past failures and sad memories that you hold on to, come back to haunt you, making you ill. When you learn to let go, you feel lighter physically, emotionally and mentally.

Identify your thought patterns

Going over challenges is useful, to a point; but if done a lot, somewhere along...

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Finding the Opportunities Within Your Struggles

There are valuable lessons for each of us hidden within every challenge that we may face. It is the nature of the human spirit to always seek continuous growth leading to new levels of experience, and this implies that once we’ve solved one problem then another will be likely to emerge right behind it. Growth demands that we use our abilities fully and create new ones. We sometimes have to push them to their limits and then develop them further when we’re confronted with hardships...

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Replace One Word and Have the Greatest Life of Your Time

Yes, the title is correct. I meant to say “the life of your time”—not “the time of your life”.  By the time you get to the end of this article, you may be saying it, too. Can playing around with two words in your vocabulary help you change your view on life? Yes, it can.  Read on to see how this minor change in perspective can improve your life in a major way.

Several years ago, I was conducting a class at a local YMCA on goal-setting and time...

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5 Hidden Traits Successful People Have in Common

Successful people tend to share certain traits. We all know the most talked about traits such as hard working, goal oriented, confidence, energetic, discipline, resilience, competitive and risk taker.  But they also share less recognized traits that are as important as the ones mentioned above.  For example, they have a great ability to balance positivity and realism. They are highly flexible and adaptable. They are also individualists, able to think and act...

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5 Ways Worrying Robs You of Happiness and How to Stop

Worrying is a destructive habit, yet, everyone unwittingly does it. It costs time, energy, and ultimately your sanity if you aren't careful. The best way to stop worrying is to recognize it isn't helpful and choose to break that pattern and replace it with more constructive one. Understanding the five top reasons negative deliberations are a bad idea can give you the incentive to stop tormenting yourself. Discovering how to shift your thoughts provides the power to do so.

Worrying depletes...

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Stop Sabotaging Your Happiness

Happiness is something you create through the choices you make in your life. You are responsible for it. You are always perceiving the events in your life, both good and bad, your own way. You decide what value and meaning you give to them. You generate it internally every day. It can't be bought or given to you. If you are honest with yourself, you’ll see that most of the time YOU are the cause of this unhappiness. Here are five ways that you can stop sabotaging your own happiness and...

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The Band-Aid Mentality: How To Stop It From Ruining Your Life

The conservation of energy is important to all living things. Generally speaking, animals are more likely to take the path of least resistance when confronted with a problem. Leopards run after the slowest gazelle in the herd, rather than the fastest, because it's easier to catch. Buffalos wade at the closest watering hole, rather than the farthest, because it requires less walking. Humans, likewise, will always look for solutions that cost the least amount of energy and effort....

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Seven Tips for Overcoming a Scarcity Mindset

Many types of stress are rooted in a scarcity mindset. You may obsess over not having enough free time, money, happiness, respect, love or companionship. The deprivation associated with a perceived lack of that which is fundamental to your well-being may turn into a preoccupation that influences every aspect of your day-to-day activities. While a scarcity mindset is the brain's natural biological reaction to the threat posed by inadequate resources at times, those who develop a constant...

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Every Failure is a Step Towards Success

Many people end up despondent when they experience failure. They cannot deal with the consequences, with the feelings of inadequacy. But failure does not have to be such a horrible event. You can change how you react to failure. You can change your perception of it. Failure is nothing to fear when you recognize that even failure is better than doing nothing at all and that you can embrace failure as an opportunity for learning and change.

Failure is Success of Action

The very act of failing...

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Eight Tips for Developing Self-Confidence

Do you battle with self-sabotage or low self-esteem? Even the best people struggle with voices of self-criticism that shout louder than voices of self-approval. Most people would rather not have to give themselves continual pep talks, but doing so seems to be part of life.

Self-sabotagers often live under the presumption that they're not measuring up. They presume they've fallen short or disappointed someone. Some people are overly hard on themselves. Though doing a great job, they don't...

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