Do you want next year to be better than this year?
Sure you do. But it’s hard, isn’t it?
Every time you try to move forward, you make a little progress but eventually hit what feels like a mental wall. You know what you need to do, but you can’t make yourself keep it up by a sustained act of will. It’s like something inside of you doesn’t want you to succeed even though you’re desperate to. You get frustrated, scold yourself for not having more discipline, and fall back into your old habits and patterns.
It’s not entirely your fault. You have unconscious beliefs about yourself and your life that sabotage your best efforts. …
How have your stress levels been this year?
Are you constantly worried about what you see on the news or social media?
Will the mere mention of “2020” elevate your heart rate and cause stress in the coming years?
Rounding out this year, the twists and turns keep coming. The reality of how little is in your control hits close to home.
If you live in the United States — like me — you’ve just lived through a tumultuous election season. The trauma this election caused is yet to be determined. …
Have you ever felt that your life was off track?
Have you ever looked around at your life and thought: “This isn’t what I imagined?”
Have you ever asked that gut-wrenching question:
“What have I done to deserve this?”
You set out with good intentions and a clear plan of what you wanted to accomplish. It’s possible you even felt a sense of calling. But then it started to fall apart, a friend betrayed you, or you ran out of money, or you got diagnosed with a disease. It could be anything.
Whatever happened, the way you expected your life to go took a drastic turn. Now you face obstacles and setbacks that make all those old dreams seem lost forever. …
There are two types of people in this world–those who live and those who exist.
Those who live life to the fullest don’t submit to a system designed to make them conform. They live by values of their choosing and not those imposed on them by society or institutions. They see the world as a place of unlimited opportunity and aren’t afraid to take big risks to get what they want from life.
Those who survive in life submit to a system and go along to get along. They focus on how difficult life is and how hard it is to “get ahead.” They try not to draw too much attention to themselves and often put aside their dreams in favor of safety and practicality. …
There are a couple of things I know for sure. One, your life is what you make of it. And two, you always get what you’re looking for.
I’ve been fortunate to live a pretty good life by most people’s standards. I don’t hold myself as a paragon of success that you should copy, but I’ve done okay. Most people would love to be able to give their younger selves advice, so on my 34th birthday, I want to share 34 insights I wish I’d known earlier.
You can apply some of them to your life right now, but some you may have to discover for yourself. They are–nevertheless–insights I try to apply in my daily life. If you find them valuable, feel free to steal them for yourself. …
What do I do now?
I’m guessing you’ve asked that question before in some form or another.
Things didn’t go the way you thought they would — for better or for worse. Maybe you know where you want to go, but your internal GPS is on the fritz and you can’t get the directions you need.
You feel lost, afraid, and overwhelmed, and you wonder what you should do next. You’ve prayed but received no clear answer. You’ll drive yourself crazy by overthinking it. So what can you do?
When you don’t have a clear path forward, maximize what you have in front of you. …
Working in retail will destroy your soul if you let it. So everyone should do it for at least a year.
Why would I say that?
When you work in a position where you deal with the public, you’re not a person — you’re a thing. Most customers don’t think of or treat you as a human being. To many people, you’re nothing more than a living version of the company.
I’m sure you have your share of horror stories if you’ve ever worked in retail. If you’ve never worked there, ask a friend who has to share some stories with you. …
Are you shocked or confused by the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol building last week?
Everyone has their hot take on it, but I want to offer you something a little different.
I’m not here to give you my opinion, rather I hope to offer you perspective. I offer it wether you’re an American who watched in horror as the scene unfolded, or you live in another country and you can’t believe this is America.
I want to share three very short stories with you. Why stories? Because stories help us find our place in life. …
Have you ever wanted to start over but were too afraid to try?
You’ve invested too many years into your old life, relationship, or job to walk away now. Even when things fall apart, you keep holding on to hope that something will change and things will go back to the way they were — or the way you hoped they’d be.
But as time goes on, you begin to understand that things aren’t going back to the way there were. The longer you try to hold on, the more pain it causes. Life moves on with or without you. …
Why do people say “amen” when they finish praying?
Most people don’t normally put much thought into that question. At least not until this week. On Sunday, January 3 the 117 US Congress began with an opening prayer led by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri. Nothing out of the ordinary there.
However, Representative Cleaver multi-faith prayer by saying “amen and a-woman.”
When I first read it in the news, I thought it must be a typo. Surely someone misunderstood the congressman through his mask. …