Find Happiness in Life: 50 Things to Stop Doing Forever

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” ~Henri Bergson

One of the benefits of being a life coach is learning from your clients.

Although I've been trained to understand the concepts and actions that undermine our happiness and personal growth, there's nothing like watching someone reach that “ah ha” moment and begin to transform their lives.

Not only is it profoundly gratifying to be privy to these moments, it helps me  examine the areas in my own life where I'm stuck in old routines and behaviors that aren't serving me.

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Before You Start Your Weekend, Read This

“Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.” ~John Shirley

Remember when you were in school and Friday would arrive?

There was that sense of glorious freedom and anticipation.

Something fun was waiting for you, and the 3:00 bell was the only thing standing in your way.

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A New Career: 34 Probing Questions to Prepare for Work You Love

Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Follow your bliss. Do what you love. Live your passion.

You know the truth in those words. You've heard them many times and have probably cogitated on how they apply to your life, your job.

Am I doing what I love? Am I passionate about my job?

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Insecure? Reclaim the Joy of Being of You

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”  ~Vincent Van Gogh

Listen up dear friend — if you feel insecure about yourself, you are not alone.

A few months ago, I surveyed my readers about their most common fears and worries. Feeling insecure was a recurring theme. We tiptoe about on the eggshells of life, afraid that others will see our flaws, our ugliness, our failures.

We sell ourselves short. We hold ourselves back, because we just don't know — “Will it work, will I look stupid, am I capable? Will they like me?”

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8 Life Lessons to Teach Your Parents

“And you, of tender years/ Can't know the fears that your elders grew by/ And so please help them with your youth/ They seek the truth before they can die.” ~Graham Nash, from the song Teach Your Children

A guest post by Jon Giganti of 1440.

Editors Note: As I've created my blog and built my online business, I constantly realize how much there is to learn — and that most of the brilliant teachers are years younger than me. In fact, my entire lifestyle outlook has shifted as a result of connecting with these younger online experts. I asked Jon to write a post about what he believes his generation can teach those older than he is. Here's what he has to say.

It’s 1940. My parents haven’t been born yet. They’re soon to be part of the baby boomer generation and grow up in an age of many changes. TV’s, moon landings, leisure suits, Rock n Roll, Vietnam.

Many in this generation came from immigrant parents (as did mine).

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How to Lighten Up

“Man, unlike the animal, has never learned that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it.” ~Samuel Butler

I love my work. I really love it deep down in my bones and could sit at my computer all day writing and creating and connecting with other people.

Yes, I realize how wonderful it is to feel passionate about my work, but I'm also learning how important it is to step away from it — frequently.

A healthy lifestyle requires balance, which means we have to lighten up sometimes.

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How Simple Thinking Leads to a Brilliant Mind

“All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace arise from beyond the mind.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Your beautiful mind can be your worst enemy.

I know someone who suffers from schizophrenia. He constantly hears voices, like a radio in his head. It's a constant distraction, making it nearly impossible to hold a job or do anything that requires concentration.

The worst part is that the voices say negative, demeaning things to him. He's trapped by his mind and his illness.

In truth, we all suffer from voices in our head. They may not be audible, and they may not always be negative or demeaning, but there's a constant babble of information, worries, instant replays of interactions, thinking ahead, or ruminating about the past.

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