How to Be Present When the Present Is Difficult

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Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow. – Mary Anne Radmacher

By now you’ve probably heard it hundreds, if not thousands, of times.

It’s been expressed in many ways by self-help experts and by spiritual teachers through the ages, but at its heart the message is always the same:

The importance of living in the moment.

How To Stay Blissfully Calm In A Stressed-Out World

 
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 Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. – Natalie Goldberg

Have you ever seen a 9-year-old boy throwing knives at his baby sister?

No?

Strangely, I have.

Now, once you’ve had a justifiable rant about ‘kids shouldn’t throw knives’, especially at cute little girls, sister or not, here’s what I noticed…

The little girl wasn’t stressed at all.

5 Easy Ways to Stop Overthinking and Master Decisiveness

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It’s frustrating, no?

You can’t seem to figure out how to become productive.

At the same time, the reason is simple:

You overthink things.

You feel stressed and anxious every time you have to make even the smallest decision. Big life decisions feel unfathomable. You’re left spinning your wheels while you know that decisiveness would help you unlock your potential.

In our digital age,

7 Roadblocks Standing in the Way of the Life You Want

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A year from now you may have wished you had started today. Karen Lamb

I’ve always wanted to write and share my life experiences on getting the life you want.

Yet, for years, I could never start.

I looked at the lives of writers like J.K. Rowling or Paulo Coelho, and admired what they had done.

I looked at what Chris Guillebeau,

How To Speak Up With Confidence: 6 Little-known Secrets

woman with megaphoneYou had something to say, but as usual, nobody listened.

It’s irritating, right?

They seemed to write you off the second you opened your mouth. Worse than that, they barely even acknowledged you were there.

And it happens every time.

You know you have great ideas and opinions worth listening to, but nobody ever seems to take you seriously. So half the time you don’t even bother speaking up any longer,

How to Practice Self-Love Without Looking like a Narcissist

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Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” ~ Parker Palmer

You’re torn.

You’ve heard all the good advice out there about how important self-love is.

You’re constantly being told that you have to exercise, eat right, meditate, pursue your interests,

How to Outsmart Procrastination

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Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? T. S. Eliot

Oh, let’s face it.

Use it, love it, or hate it, you procrastinate.

We all do.

Procrastination is a label that covers all manners of behaviors, from passive aggressive attempts at being in control,

How to Live With Less Stuff But More Happiness

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Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus

“Do you want some more?”

Seems a dumb question, doesn’t it?

The answer is of course, it depends what the ‘more’ is. More of what, exactly?

Of course you’d enjoy more money to buy more cool stuff,

3 Biggest Holiday Stressors and How to Overcome Them

holiday stressorsHoliday stressors can ruin the festive season for you.

The holidays offer precious time to enjoy food, time off, and people we love.

But the magic of the season can turn to stress when we find ourselves around the person we avoid all year long, or panicking over gifts, or with our digestion in a funk from too many cookies and cocktails.

Use these tips to overcome holiday stressors and enjoy the festive season.

5 Simple Questions to Boost Your Happiness Every Day

boost your happinessFolks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be. – Abraham Lincoln

Be honest.

How happy do you feel every day?

It probably depends. It’s not like it’s a predetermined state of mind, right?

Or is it?

I used to fall into a happy state and just as quickly fall out almost every day. My state of happiness was as delicate as a butterfly and just as susceptible to the slightest breeze.