Personal Growth Tips from Dr. Suess

Personal growth life lessons from Dr. SuessMarch 2 was Dr. Suess Day – a day to commemorate Dr. Suess’s birthday. A lot of my friends were sharing their favorite Dr. Suess quotes on Facebook.

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As I read their favorite quotes, I was reminded of how much Dr. Suess wrote about personal growth and life change. [Read more…]

The Best Shortcut to Goal Achievement

Short cut to achieving goalsYears ago, I heard someone say there are no shortcuts to achieving your goals, because anything worth achieving will require hard work.

While I believe this is true, to an extent, I also believe there’s no need to work any harder than you have to!

What if you could develop a short cut that allowed you to do some of your work once, and let it benefit you over and over again? [Read more…]

Today You Do Greatness: A Parable on Success & Significance

Today You Do GreatnessThere is no shortage of books today on how to be successful in work and life.

Many of them focus on success in terms of our career and personal finances, which is understandable since most people tend to equate success – or greatness – in their career and finances with ultimate success in their life.

In Today You Do Greatness: A Parable on Success and Significance, authors Rex M. Rogers and Rick E. Amidon remind us that real success – and true greatness – goes well beyond career and money to impact every area of our lives.

In this Kindle e-book, the authors do a great job of describing what true greatness is, and why we aspire to do or achieve it. [Read more…]

Achieving Goals in 2012

In late December and early January, many of us reflect on what happened in our lives over the past year and start thinking about what we’d like to see happen in the new one.  I know I have.

This retrospection can cause feelings of disappointment if we haven’t accomplished some of the key goals we had hoped to do over the previous year, and discouragement if we don’t know how to make these things happen in the new year.

I read something recently which really got me thinking about how to put the dissapointments of the past into perspective while moving forward into the future to achieve our goals in a more clear and focused way.

It’s from The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, an excellent book that I’ve been reading each week with my teenage sons:

One of the quickest and most direct routes to getting yourself up and onto the success curve is to get out of the past. Review the past, but only for the purpose of making a better plan. Review it, understand and take responsibility for the errors you’ve made, and use it as a tool to do differently in the future. And don’t spend a great deal of time doing even that! – the future is a far better tool than the past. The future is your most powerful tool and your best friend. Devote some serious, focused time and effort into designing a crystal-clear picture of where you’re going.[Read more…]

Overcoming Obstacles and Adversity in Life

Overcoming obstacles in lifeHave you ever faced obstacles or problems that kept you from moving forward and achieving certain dreams or goals in your life?

Sometimes these obstacles seem so huge and formidable that we feel there’s no way we could ever overcome them.

But within each obstacle – big or small – lies an opportunity waiting to be discovered, if we know how to look for it.

Maxwell Maltz, the author of Psycho-Cybernetics, said:

“We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.”

Most of us, I think, would like to avoid obstacles, problems and pain. But Maltz says we need obstacles to conquer.

Life would be dull, and our growth limited, if we never experienced obstacles, problems, or pain…and, most importantly, if we never learned from these challenges and discovered within us the ability to overcome them. [Read more…]

Do You Have a Vision for Your Future?

what's your vision for your future“If you don’t have a vision for the future, then your future is threatened to be a repeat of the past.”

Those words from A. R. Bernard, an American clergyman, remind us of the importance of dreaming of what our lives could be…of what kind of impact we’d like to have, and what kind of difference we’d like to make.

What’s your vision for your future? What kind of life do you want to have? What kind of difference do you want to make? What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

If you don’t have your life vision written down, take 15 minutes right now to write down five things you’d like to be true in your life in the next five years. [Read more…]