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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, …

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Dealing with Difficult People

Did you ever grit your teeth in desperation as you tried to deal with a difficult person? Did you ever wonder why people are so difficult? Did you ever long to have the secret to dealing with difficult people? Well, the secret is surprisingly simple to learn and not too complex to master if you don’t mind practicing. So, what …

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The Road to Change

It’s often said that nothing is certain in life other than death and taxes. And after paying taxes, all that is left are two kinds of change. The change we carry in our purse and the unstoppable transformation of everything we experience. As change occurs at a dizzying pace, we cling to straws in the hope of finding stability. But …

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A Primer on 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, …

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Problems and Suffering

1. Problems Problems: we’ve all got them in one form or another. It may be health problems, financial difficulties, relationship trouble, career worries, or something else. Yes, we all have challenges to face, puzzles to unravel, and hurdles to overcome. But is that so bad? Psychiatrist, best-selling author, and screenwriter Theodore Isaac Rubin doesn’t think so, for he wrote, “The …

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Self-Deception and What to Do about It

Why is it that we hesitate to deceive others, but think nothing of lying to ourselves? I’m afraid we all practice self-deceit and sometimes with grave consequences. The most common ploy we use is rationalization. That’s just a fancy way of saying we make excuses and blame our lack of success on circumstances beyond our control. We don’t like to …

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Commit yourself to lifelong learning

Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it. –Brian Tracy We have a natural yearning for learning. Infants have an insatiable hunger, responding to each sight, sound, smell, taste, and tactile experience with curiosity. As toddlers, they roam everywhere, soaking in as much information as possible in …

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Paving the Way for a Successful and Happy 2018

Happy New Year! Have you thought about making 2018 your best year ever? To do so, you may want to consider a three-pronged attack. That is, your vision, your goals, and your One Word for the year (more about that later). Your Vision Stand-up comic Anita Wise had this to say, “I’m a little upset. I just found out I …