Are You Motivated to Succeed?

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." -Ralph Waldo Emerson I thoroughly enjoyed watching the American medalist Michael Phelps compete in the Olympic Games in Beijing. His world-record-breaking performances were motivating, to say the least! What enthusiasm!? Michael Phelps made his dreams come true and he's inspired the world...

Emotional Dangers Beneath the Surface

While on vacation in Mexico years ago, our family toured a swamp near the ocean that was said to house a 25-foot crocodile. A young, small Mexican man was our guide. With enthusiasm, he walked my family (and a few others) onto a wooden ramp that sat a foot or so above the muddy water and had a railing made of logs. Walking forward I kept my eyes o...

Reach Out and Serve

Did you know that giving service to others is a basic human need—as important to our development as obtaining food and shelter? Today, psychologists emphasize this fact, reminding us that offering community service is a major factor in determining not only the happiness of individuals, but the success of families and nations. With all the pain...

3 Tips to Build Success through Trust

"A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else," -Cardinal De Retz. No matter the dream, establishing strong and trusting relationships--with others and ourselves--is a fundamental part of creating dreams. Why? Because relationships are all that matter. And ultimately, our relationship with ourselves determines the outco...

Working and Playing Balance

One morning when my kids were home from school for summer vacation I found them in front of the TV eating popcorn and Starburst candy, tossing wrappers on the floor and lazily kicking back. Like the nun in the children's cartoon, Madeline, I raised my finger and said, "Something is not right!" Though we all like to sleep in, lay around, watch TV, and ...

The Price of Pride

A few years ago, I caught portions of a television show about the life of C. S. Lewis, the much-admired and universally respected author of the nineteenth century. I learned from the hour-long documentary that Lewis believed the father of all sins is pride. This thought left me pondering the price of pride and how it affects our relationships, our emotiona...

The Charitable Solution That Works!

After years of helping (and watching) people solve problems (including me), I've come to know this universal truth--that the only emotion or state of being that really heals any problem (or any person) is charitable love. My favorite quote defining charity comes from Marvin J. Ashton, a deceased teacher, who said: " Perhaps the greatest charity ...

The Invisible Line of Love

In, "The Story of My Life," by Helen Keller, we learn how Helen came to understand the meaning of love. On one occasion, Anne Sulliva n, her teacher, spelled into Helen's hand, "I love Helen." Not knowing what that meant, Helen asked, "What is love?" Miss Sullivan tried to explain but her attempts were unsuccessful. A few days ...

Having Fun

Many adults don't know how to have fun and consequently, they don't allow themselves time to enjoy life. I must say, I've been one of them! As adults, we often get caught up in the demands of work, family, church or community service, and accomplishing all those extra goals and tasks we've set for ourselves. While thumbing through a magazine, I picked ...

3 Tips for Personal Freedom

When it comes to healing, The Chopra Center for Wellbeing defines, "The Law of Least Effort," as this: Accepting people, situations, and events as they occur. Taking responsibility for your situation and for all events seen as problems and relinquishing the need to defend your point of view. How can we use this formula to make an e...

Owning Your Place

It takes variety to make the world fun and interesting. We're blessed to live among animals, insects, and reptiles of all kinds. We even live in lands that vary from dry deserts to lush forests, from beaches to mountain tops. So much beauty exists in our world—and thankfully, there's variety. Sometimes we struggle to own our unique spot in o...

How's Your Attitude

I define an attitude as a chronic state of being--your natural disposition. This includes instinctive thoughts, opinions, behaviors, reactions, and perceptions that are so automatic that they seemingly happen without your thinking. Attitudes wind up being the conduit for self-fulfilling prophecies. Positive attitudes produce excellent results overall...

Heal Lives & Relationships

We all have regrets about the past. Maybe we wished we'd handled a relationship differently, or better? It can be overwhelming to become conscious of the damage that some mistakes have caused. Rather than transform painful choices, relationships blocks, and unhappy lives (which seems to be an obvious solution), many choose to ignore the reality of ...

Anything Can Happen If You Let It

While in London, England last year, I was uplifted and motivated after attending the musical production of Walt Disney's 1964 masterpiece, Mary Poppins, on-stage. It's been many years since I've seen the show, and the live performance was wonderful. After observing the enjoyable and practically perfect Mary Poppins reminding a family to love, play, be...

Discovering Gold

The world's largest, solid-gold Buddha statue-which is more than 700 years old, weighs approximately 5.5 tons, and is worth about $14 million in United States currency-was once hidden away, its true value remaining undiscovered for a very long time. The statue has a colorful history. The Golden Buddha, as it is known, was cast in Thailand in the Thirteent...

Truths to Simple Success

Truths to Simple Success Albert Einstein said, "Everything should be made as simple a possible, but not simpler." This is an important secret to happy living: realizing goals, projects, and purposes and organizing and accomplishing them in simple, yet prevailing fashion. This requires us to eliminate what's unnecessary while holding o...

Intuitive Living

Intuitive Living According to Albert Einstein, "The only real valuable thing is intuition." Why is that? Because our intuition is a unique, powerful, internal guidance system (much like a GPS) that guides and counsels us through every decision we face--if we will be aware, listen, and respond. (Also, in line with our discussion this...

Healing Family Patterns

Healing Family Patterns All families pass along traditions. Some traditions promote success, encourage love, and serve and heal those who choose to participate. Some family traditions come without any good. Others can be both negative and positive. Is there a way to eliminate the negative and keep the positive? Absolutely. In fact, teaching reade...

The Law of Attraction

Finding Success with "The Law of Attraction" Recently, a client of mine began struggling immensely with his marriage and his pocket book. He was fired from his job, his home entered foreclosure, and his wife wanted a divorce. While his world seemed to be falling down around him, my client wondered why his years of positive affirmations and...

Healing Happens With Your Help

Healing Happens With Your Help A few years ago, I received a kind e-mail from a friend, author Carol Ritberger, Ph.D., creator of a number of bestselling books, including Healing Happens with Your Help. Carol and I met through our association with our publisher. I love Carol's work and her fun, friendly, and happy disposition. As I thought about ...