A Simple Guide to Risk-Taking

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~Anais Nin

Would you consider yourself a risk-taker?

If you had asked me that question ten years ago, my answer would have been a resounding “no!”

I was too invested in the status quo, plus I had young children. I didn’t want to do anything that might disrupt them. (A very convenient excuse, wouldn’t you say?)

But in truth, I was simply afraid of risk.

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If You’re Not Doing These 4 Things In Your Relationship, You Better Get On It

I recently saw the movie Hope Springs, in which Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones portray an empty-nester couple on the skids.

After 30-something years of marriage, they sleep in separate bedrooms, no longer have sex, and limit their communication to the necessities.

Tommy Lee comes home from work, sits in his recliner after dinner to watch TV, and promptly falls asleep.

Meryl washes up after dinner, wakes him to go to bed, and they proceed to their separate bedrooms.

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How to Instantly Put Your Life and Problems Into Perspective

If you are anything like me, you have a handful of life difficulties or minor problems lurking in your brain at any given point in time.

They can be minor irritants like computer problems or taxes due. And then we have the biggies like coping with ailing parents, issues with our children, marriage problems, or job loss.

Most of the time we spend far more brain energy worrying about the issue than we do actually suffering with the reality of it.

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Do You Meditate? 6 Life-Improving Reasons You Should Start

Just thinking about everything we should do to live healthy, live longer, and be happy is enough alone to cause stress and anxiety.

We’re supposed to exercise daily, eat the right foods, maintain a healthy weight, floss our teeth, take vitamins, drink 8 glasses of water, get enough sleep, put on sunscreen, get regular check-ups,  and simplify our lives (ha!).

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Is Life a Constant Struggle? Find the Root Cause and Kill That Sucker

Sometimes life can feel totally screwed up.

No matter how hard we try, we keep running into dead ends. Or banging our head against a wall. Or failing to achieve or do the things we want to do.

We have great plans, amazing ideas — but we just can’t seem to launch them. Maybe we have constant money problems, difficulties with relationships, or emotions that drain our energy and enthusiasm.

We look around and see other people succeeding and  living exciting lives. It all seems like smooth sailing for them.

So we’re left wondering, “What do they know that I don’t? Why is it always such a struggle for me?”

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10 Ways to Establish Personal Boundaries

There is one area of personal evolution that can make or break your self-esteem and your ability to have healthy relationships.

It’s the ability to set and implement healthy personal boundaries.

Personal boundaries are the imaginary lines we draw around ourselves to maintain balance and protect our bodies, minds, emotions, and time from the behavior or demands of others.

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A Money Mindfulness Intensive: 7 Days to A New Attitude

If you are reading this post, you have a computer or iPad or smart phone — or at least access to one of these.

This tells me a few things about you without even knowing you.

First, you are clearly intelligent and curious. And I’m not saying this because you are reading my particular post. But you’ve taken the time to read an informative post on a personal development blog, seeking valuable information. You want to learn, and that’s smart.

But the fact that you are reading this post also tells me that you are in a better financial situation than the majority of people in the world. Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.

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25 Personal Freedoms to Claim This Independence Day

Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery. ~Wayne Dyer

Not long ago I read one of the most compelling books I’ve ever encountered. Believe it or not, it was a biography of one of our founding fathers — John Adams.

I know. Yawn.

But please bear with me.

The book is aptly titled, John Adams. It’s by David McCullough, the brilliant biographer who also wrote 1776. But the reason the John Adams book is so compelling isn’t just that it is well-written (it is beautifully written). It’s that the subject of the book is truly fascinating.

When you look at John Adam’s portraits, you see a pudgy little man who looks more like an accountant than a revolutionary. But when you learn more about him, you discover this brilliant man selflessly dedicated his entire life to one cause — freedom.

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