The path to improvement

Our thoughts create our reality — where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go. Peter McWilliams 1949 – 2000 Nearly everyone I know wants to improve some area of their lives; every person I work with is certainly looking to make a change for the better. Yet far too many people focus on the wrong thing. Let me share with you an experiment carried out at the University of Wisconsin. The researchers selected two bowling teams, determined a baseline performance level for each group, and videotaped the teams in action. Then the researchers edited the tapes. …
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Is your optimism hindering your success?

Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true. Napoleon Hill 1883 – 1970 You don’t need to do much research to find that optimistic people live longer, enjoy a healthier life and generally fare much better than their pessimistic counterparts. But consider this question: is it possible to be too optimistic? Can your optimism actually hinder your success? Psychologist Gabriele Oettingen has done extensive research on how optimism influences your ability to achieve your goals. In one study involving women enrolled in weight loss programs, the …
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Watch your language

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or evil. Buddha 563-483 B.C. When you were growing up, how many times did your mother tell you to watch your language? (If your childhood was anything like mine, you heard it plenty of times.) Our parents were trying to keep us from swearing, or possibly scolding us for calling other children unflattering names. But you might be surprised to learn that there are very sound reasons to watch our language, even as adults. Let me share the results of an …
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