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Do You Need to be Normal to be Happy?
I remember a popular bumper sticker that read “Why Be Normal?” It is a good question. It seems that as human beings we strive for “normalcy” – if by normal we mean conformity. There has to be some level that a society defines as “Normal” – or we run the risk of total anarchy.
As youngsters, we feel immense pressure to be normal – to fit in, this is why most teenagers look alike, sound alike, and like the same music.
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Learn How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
Every New Year we take the opportunity to resolve to do better – to make some kind of change in our lives that will lead to greater success or personal growth – and then by Valentines Day – they are often all but forgotten. However, the idea of making such resolutions is not frivolous. New Year’s Resolutions are great ways to set goals and start your year off in the right direction – so how to keep them?
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What Really Makes You Happy and Can Anyone Find Happiness?
To be sure happiness is elusive – there are those who might even say it is an illusion. How does a person gauge happiness? Certainly throughout our lives what we think will make us happy changes – at 6 probably all it took was a heavily frosted cupcake. As an adult, what is it? — a great job, a wonderful relationship, an African Safari? Or is that confusing happiness with wants or desires?
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow;
You may succeed with another blow.
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Definition of Inspire: To stimulate energies, ideals, or actions.
Here are my top 10 picks for the best Inspirational Quotes of all time. Enjoy, and please pass them on to anybody you think might need a bit of inspiration.
#10.) “Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.” —David O. McKay
#9.) “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” —Epictetus
#8.) “Every artist was first an amateur.
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Benefits of Journaling
If you want to remember something, write it down.
This is good advice. In our business pursuits – we know that nothing is confirmed until we “put it in writing.” This is also true in the areas of success and personal growth. The experts agree that a good way to set goals, be accountable, and track your progress, is by keeping a daily journal.
Pathologists and motivational trainers alike agree that journal keeping is a great road to self-discovery.
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Setting & Achieving Goals
“Lean on me, when you’re not strong, and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on. For it won’t belong, ‘til I’m gonna need – somebody to lean on…”
The familiar words of Bill Withers’ inspirational classic – ring very true when it comes to achieving goals and solving problems. Experts agree that one of the most successful ways to achieve your personal goals – is to share them others.
Sharing Goals Makes You More Accountable
Acceptability and accomplishing goals is the cornerstone of the concept of the Mastermind group.
It’s an old adage –
“Two Heads Are Better than One.”
From group therapy – to brainstorming on that time critical proposal, the benefits of collective thinking have been well established. In any endeavor or field, one of the surest ways to achieve success is the creation or utilization of a Mastermind group.
The concept of the Mastermind Group was introduced by Napoleon Hill, known for his best selling book Think and Grow Rich.
Definition of Motivate: To provide someone with an incentive to do something; to encourage.
Here are my top 10 picks for the best Motivational Quotes of all time. Enjoy, and please pass them on to anybody you think might need a bit of encouragement.
#10.) “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature… Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” —Helen Keller
#9.) “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.