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If you’re finding your days filled with too much ho-hum and not enough Zowie! then it’s time to search out the awesomeness in your life.

The most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.

Terry Hershey

It’s easy to miss all the little, but really important, things in life – it happens all the time.  In the busy-ness of our to-do lists, we lose track of time and then, one day, we look around and see that: the holidays have come and gone but our lights are still hung from the eaves; the lemon tree has bloomed and its produce is scattered about the ground; it’s almost the end of the first quarter of the year and our resolutions are far from done.  And/or perhaps even discover that, OMG! our kids (and/or grandkids, nieces, nephews, neighborhood tots and assorted other little folks) have grown up and gone their separate ways.

Today I offer you an Continue reading » Are You Missing the “Moments Where Awesome Grows?”

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Here Be Growth

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And then there’s the rest of the story – positive feelings as marquees for growth opportunities…

Herein lies the likely reason for feelings.  Just as negative feelings are a “here-be-dragons” sensory system that alarms you, telling you unmistakably that you are in a win-lose encounter, the feeling part of positive emotion is also sensory.

Positive feeling is a neon “here-be-growth” marquee that tells you that a potential win-win encounter is at hand… Positive feelings about a person or an object get us to approach it, while negative feelings get us to avoid it.

— Martin Seligman

I admit:  When I’m feeling positive I’m usually so happy to be happy, so caught up in the joy of the moment, that I may be missing the “here be growth” message – and as a consequence, missing an opportunity to approach and explore new paths. This is one of those déjà-vu-all-over-again moments for me because last year about this time, in my post Waiting in the Wings, I wrote Continue reading » Here Be Growth

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Together We Can Do More

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Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.

— James Cash Penney (JC PENNEY)

It’s only the middle of January and already it’s been a challenging year.  Within my small group of friends and coworkers, there have been three deaths in our families and two major automobile accidents.  Today, the Ladies of Literature had their annual meeting to toast the new year and pick our books for 2012.  One of our members said that 2012 had to get better from here.  Another member predicted that we just might look back on 2011 as a really good year once we saw what Continue reading » Together We Can Do More

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Lots of Little Changes

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Imaginary obstacles are insurmountable. Real ones aren’t. But you can’t tell the difference when you have no real information. Fear can create even more imaginary obstacles than ignorance can. That’s why the smallest step away from speculation and into reality can be an amazing relief. The Reality Solution means: Do it before you’re ready.

— Barbara Sher

You and I both know that we have lots of self-improvement projects that we’d like to get to.  But just like our home improvement projects, we don’t have the time or the energy to make the changes that we’d like to make.  Not being able to make the changes we’d like to make, we get discouraged and give up.

Recently, an old idea has been reshaped and moved into a new discipline.  Kaizen – the Japanese word for Continue reading » Lots of Little Changes

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Where Does Insanity Come From?

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You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

— Dr. Seuss

There’s a very old joke that goes, “Where does insanity come from?  You get it from your parents (or kids or cousins or siblings – in other words, family).”  And everyone laughs, ruefully – because underneath every good joke is some truth.  We do get our insanity from our families.

We also get our growth from them, too – if we choose to.  Families are like incubators.  There’s plenty of light and heat, which can hatch all kinds of Continue reading » Where Does Insanity Come From?