Are You Stuck In a Personal Development High? 5 Steps to Recovery


"To live remains an art which everyone must learn, and which no one can teach." ~Havelock Ellis

Have you ever noticed how you feel when you hear one of your favorite happy songs?

For the 3 minutes or so while the song is playing, your life actually seems better. Something about the music makes you feel that life is really pretty great. It's almost like you're starring in movie about you -- with your own personal background music playing along to punctuate the wonder of your amazing life.

Another similar scenario is when you are reading something inspirational or listening to an uplifting talk from someone. While you are reading or listening, you are jazzed. "Yes, that is exactly what I needed to read (or hear). I'm going to apply that to my life right away. This is the solution I've been looking for."

And for about an hour, you are on this high, thinking you've reached a peak moment or a transformational insight that will change your life. You can almost feel the new life emerging at that very moment.

Both of these experiences are like wearing sunglasses. Everything seems crisper and brighter when you're wearing them. But once you take them off, the world is just as it's always been. (more…)

Celebrate with Me!


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The Top 10 Big Fat Lies That Might Be Crippling You


Assume for a moment you have a situation that is uncomfortable or possibly painful for you. If you had the choice of knowing or not knowing the painful truth about it, which would you choose? Now think about this. If shining the spotlight on an area of your life might open a can of worms,…  Continue Reading

25 Ways to Become the Best Version of Yourself


Is it possible to be happy with yourself right now and still want to change your life? Can you be content and evolving at the same time? I believe you can. In fact, I think this is a powerful balance we should strive for every day — the balance between happiness in the moment and…  Continue Reading

How to Live Your Passion Without Giving Up Your Day Job


I spent many years (most of my adult life)¬† without knowing or living my life passion. But over the last few years, I’ve found it and I’m living it. I can say without a doubt that finding and living your life passion makes a huge positive difference in your quality of life. I’m sure if…  Continue Reading

A 5-Step Simple Plan for Dealing with Criticism


I have bristles. You probably have them too. They come out when someone says something to me that is critical or that I interpret as a criticism. When they are activated, these bristles set off a chain of internal feelings, thoughts, and physical symptoms. It’s amazing how one comment can’t set this complicated system in…  Continue Reading

Is Travel Your Passion? 10 Steps to Stop Dreaming and Start Packing

Couple  enjoying a mountains view

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.¬† ~St.¬†Augustine Just about everyone lists travel as one of their passions in life. We’re enamored with the idea of travel — getting away, doing something fun and adventurous, seeing cool things, and meeting different people. It all sounds so exciting….  Continue Reading

Are You Addicted?

stressed out

This is not a post about substance abuse. This is a post about the little things you do every day that pull you away from what you really want for yourself. It is about addiction to habits and behaviors that suck time away from us without adding much back to our lives or our souls….  Continue Reading