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December 31, 2019
Why Did You Ask Me?

Has someone ever asked you for advice? Has someone asked for advice then not taken it? Has someone asked for advice then not taken it AND kept complaining about the situation? You sit listening to the whining for the thousandth time. But the person refuses your or anyone’s advice. Do you want to pull your […]

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January 29, 2018
Hopeful New Year: A New Way to Define Happy

I was in a group recently and a woman talked about wanting to be happy. The group leader handed her a set of Mixed Emotions cards (see below for a link). She asked her to select ten. In order to explain this better, I’m going to do the same activity. Step One: I’ve gathered my […]

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January 22, 2018
Knowing What's Good for You Is Not Always Good for You

Goal Tracking Pros and Cons Last week I posted my (hopefully) well thought-out goals for the next three months. I’ve finished the “aggressive actions” for most of them – I posted one of those at the bottom so you could see what I mean. Now, the question is how to accomplish these actions. I’ve read […]

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January 9, 2018
What Will Be In My Campaign

In yesterday's post, I talked about developing a campaign for myself.  I listed several potential goals that I want to analyze and consider carefully before I choose to apply "aggressive activities" that direction.  With that in mind, I created the following questionnaire for myself and wanted to share it with you.  It's a living document […]

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January 8, 2018
Campaigning for Me in 2018

 “….. he ran a campaign of discipline not impulse.”  Do you campaign for yourself?  Before you roll your eyes at the absurdity of such a statement, read one of the definitions: Campaign: a systematic course of aggressive activities for some specific purpose dictionary.com Let’s break this definition down.  Specific Purpose Do you have specific purposes […]

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January 1, 2018
Accept Yourself in 2018

This year, I will continue to write about my goals/ habits/ trials/ success/ anguish.  I will let you into a mind that suffers.   I’ll continue to crack myself open so that YOU feel safe to be who YOU are, feel what YOU feel, realize YOU are not alone, trust YOU are valuable just because […]

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October 2, 2017
Do I Have To Be Excellent or Good Enough?

Last week, our daughter called to tell us she was struggling with a class.  She’d already dropped this class once so she felt some serious pressure to get through it.  And, she’s a people pleaser through-and-through so she is serious about getting good grades and keeping that GPA up.  I take credit – and blame […]

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September 25, 2017
The Ego vs The Soul: Only One Can Prevail

What is the Job of the Ego? The ego has a primary job – to make you feel self-important.  The ego accomplishes this by showing you where you are “better” than others and beating you to death with how you are “less” than others.  Your inner critic is the voice of the ego.  That part […]

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August 28, 2017
Wanna See What Excess Emotional Energy Looks Like ... The Post That Never Happened

The Goal that Must Be Realized When Habits Stop Being Habits, Part 3 Over the last two posts, I’ve worried over good habits that just don’t stick.  One thing I realized is that I had some habits that I don’t need right now.  For example, in the last post, I analyzed the goal of eliminating […]

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August 21, 2017
Pulling My Hair Out for This?? When Good Habits Go Away, Part 2

Obstacles Do Not Block the Path … Obstacles ARE the Path Last week, I started to talk to you about keeping good habits – or, more accurately, why we don’t keep good habits.  I’m going to keep this theme going because right now I’m really struggling to re-build some good habits and stop some bad […]

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