March 12, 2010
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Long-term goals are important, but don't make the mistake of putting your happiness on hold until you achieve them. Here are seven simple ways you can have a great life starting tomorrow morning:
Long-term goals are important, but don’t make the mistake of putting your happiness on hold until you achieve them. Here are seven simple ways you can have a great life starting tomorrow morning:
Most people don't like conflict. It feels risky and time-consuming. They're either afraid of it or they don't want to expend the energy to deal with it.
Do you ever feel unappreciated?
There are two basic human needs: connection and meaning.
Other people are flawed, they’re badly flawed. They’re selfish, they’re mean, they’re cheap, they’re sloppy they’re lazy, and in most cases they’re completely unwilling to even acknowledge they’re doing anything wrong.
Eighty percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by Jan 20.
For every person who’s looking forward to spending the holidays with family, there’s another one, or five, who are dreading it. For some people, time with extended family is practically purgatory.
Is the recession good for your soul?
Are you like Galileo? Or do you approach life more like a frightened Roman? In 1663 Galileo Galilei was jailed as a heretic for having the audacity to suggest that the earth moved around the sun. The man whose groundbreaking work marked the dawn of modern astronomy was convicted of heresy because he had the gall to tell the people of Rome that the sun did not actually rise and set upon them.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could tell people what to do, and then have them actually do it?
Do clothes make the man? Or in this case, the woman? We can talk all day about how brains and work ethic are more important than looks and fashion. But humans are visual creatures by nature. Like it or not, we make instant assessments of people based on what they're wearing.
What makes someone a great friend? Is it being supportive and accepting you just the way you are? Or is it someone who has the guts to kick you in the tail and demand that you do better? I had an abysmal book signing several years ago that gave me a different perspective on what it really means to be a friend.
What's more important: knowledge, work habits or the way we interact with others?
Recently, one of my clients was creating a project team. Several people volunteered, yet when they found out that Ms. So and So was going to be part of it, they quickly retracted their offers. The project hadn't even started, yet they were already jumping ship at the mere thought of having to work with Ms. So and So.
We've all experienced those moments when the planets aligned, everything went our way, and we were on top of the world. Even if it's been a while, you probably remember what it felt like.
Everyone is looking for the magic bullet, the secret words that will make our spouse melt, our co-worker cooperate and our customer giggle with glee as they sign on the dotted line.
Daily Post columnist Lisa Earle McLeod is ringing in 2010 with the release of her latest book. She says it's life-changing. "Writing it and researching ("The Triangle of Truth") and trying to unravel why we make each other crazy was certainly life-changing for me," McLeod said, "and I have been told from people who have read it who adopted the model that it was life-changing for them."