How to Change Your Life: Best Blog Posts of 2010

New Year’s is a time when many people say “I want to change my life.”  Sometimes we’re talking about making a major change in direction, other times it is a habit we want to start or stop, or a goal we’ve always wanted to achieve (like losing weight, starting a business, running a 5-K, etc.).

If you’re looking to make some change in your life in the New Year, check out these excerpts below, from my best articles in 2010 on how to change your life.

Annual Life Review & Planning Weekend

Annual Life Plan

A few years ago, one of my mentors introduced me to the idea of an annual life review and planning weekend.  It was something he did every year, both on his own and with his wife, because they wanted to be more intentional in how they lived their lives and raised their children.

Their goal is to assess their current life situation at least once a year, and determine what they wanted to focus on and achieve — over the next season, year, and 3-5 years — within each of the six major areas of life…

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Life’s Greatest Truth and Hardest Lesson: Everything is a Choice

Everything is a Choice

Everything is a choice. This is life’s greatest truth and hardest lesson. It is a great truth because it reminds us of our power.  Not power over others, but the often untapped power to be ourselves and to live the life we have imagined. It is a hard lesson, because it causes us to realize that we have chosen the life we are living right now.  It is perhaps frightening for us to think that we have chosen to live our life exactly as it is today.

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How a Change in Your Beliefs Can Change Your Life

I just started reading Zero to Zillionaire: 8 Foolproof Steps to Financial Peace of Mind by Chellie Campbell. The first step, or strategy, she lays out in the book is: “Change Your Mindset and Change Your Future.”

The point she mChange Your Beliefs Change Your Lifeakes is that the situation we find ourselves in today (whether good, bad or indifferent) in our finances, relationships, career, etc., is a direct result of our thinking. And if we are not happy with our situation and want to make change in certain areas of our lives, we need to change our thinking – our beliefs – in those areas.

One of my mentors explained it this way in a concept he called The Belief Matrix…

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How to Harness the Power of the Mind to Get Results

How to Harness the Power of the MindOur thoughts and beliefs shape who we are, and the results we experience in the different areas of our lives (whether good, bad or indifferent) are ultimately determined by what we believe to be true about those life areas. So how can we change what we really believe about certain areas of our lives that we want to change?

First, we need to realize that our beliefs have been programmed in us over time through our life experience to this point. Sources include parents, siblings, peers, friends, etc. Many exist by default rather than by intent or design. That is why I said, last time, that we believe certain things to be true, whether they are true or not. I think it is sometimes helpful (though perhaps painful) to identify the source of the belief we want to change…

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Handling Stress and Changing Expectations in Marriage

How to handle changing expectations in marriageAfter 18 years of marriage, I have a new wife.  Gratefully, this one’s much better than the old one.  Let me explain.  Before she slaps me. :)

Last week, my wife and I enjoyed a dinner out to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary.  During the course of our conversation, she made an interesting observation about our lives: Nearly everything about us has changed…

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Reboot Your Life

Reboot your life“Reboot” is often a term used in association with computers – to reboot a computer is to restart it.  But recently, I’ve heard of people who are rebooting themselves or rebooting their lives, meaning that they’re starting over, or recreating themselves.

I can understand why you’d want to reboot yourself if things aren’t going as well as you’d hoped, or if you want to make some significant change in your life – like start your own business or find a new career.   But reboot yourself when you’re at the top of your game and enjoying great success?  Doesn’t seem to make sense, does it?

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