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Self-Sabotage – One Dozen Self-Defeating Habits

If you were asked to give an example of something ridiculous, what would you say? What would you consider foolish, irrational, absurd, stupid or senseless? What could be more ridiculous than to neglect oneself, ignore what is in one’s best interest, and squander one’s vast potential? Does it make any sense to curb your own growth and enjoyment of life? …

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Easy DOESN’T Do it. You’ve Got to Make the Effort

I came across a quotation on the Internet that resonated with me: “Continuous Effort ─ Not Strength or Intelligence ─ Is the Key to Unlocking and Using Our Potential.” I quickly found it all over the Internet, usually attributed to Winston Churchill. However, after further investigation, learned he never said that. Some believe it first appeared in print in 1981 …

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Forgiveness Releases the Bonds of Hatred

Alexander Pope aptly pointed out that “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” That is, it is normal to make mistakes, including the type that hurts others. We probably have all made mistakes. And when we did so, we may have dismissed our mistakes with a simple, “Whoops, sorry about that, I’m only human, you know.” Yes, we’re only human; …

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When You Obey Your Conscience, You Start a New Life

Did you ever hear of someone travelling to a distant land in search of a guru who would reveal the path to happiness, peace of mind, and a meaningful life? If you had the time and means, would you want to take such a trip? Suppose a spiritual master moved into your neighborhood and welcomed seekers into his home for …

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What Is in Charge of Your Life: You or Your Emotions?

You wouldn’t fire a gun without aiming, would you? So, why would we act without thinking? When we live as robots doing whatever feels good instead of whatever is best for us, there is a heavy price to pay. Replacing thoughtful behaviour with thoughtless acts leads to material, mental, and physical suffering: lost dreams, emotional turmoil, and bodily pain and …

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Life Secret: Embrace Your Problems

Frank is a 23-year-old European. He has graduated the university and started his studies for teaching credentials. Yet, rather than feeling joyful because of his achievements and a fairly comfortable life, Frank is troubled. “Why can’t I be as confident as others? Why am I so sensitive? What can I do to become accepted and admired by others? Why do …

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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body – Joseph Addison

Although we are part of the animal kingdom, we occupy a unique position in life. For we are not only creations, but creators. And we are wonderful creators. That is, we have created wonders such as the great Pyramid of Giza, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Greece’s Acropolis, Peru’s Machu Picchu, the Angkor Wat Buddhist temples in …

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F.O.C.U.S. = Follow One Course Until Success

Imagine the rays of the sun striking a newspaper lying on the sand of a tropical beach. Even if the newspaper were to remain there for many years, there wouldn’t be very much sun damage. True, the pages would yellow and fade, but for the most part, the newspaper would remain intact. Yet, if we were to use a magnifying …

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An Overview of Positive Thinking

Is there something negative about positive thinking? Judging by the titles of some books and the headlines of some newspaper and magazine articles, I can easily see how people could become confused. For example, an article in the May 2011 issue of Scientific American plants seeds of doubt with this title, Can Positive Thinking Be Negative? And the July 4, …